Remember what I wrote about the last success story? That what moved me recently is that I get just as many emails about improved hearts and minds as I do improved health or weight loss.
Got this email from reader Richard in reaction to to this post (Paleo Cinnabon!!!) where I kinda dumped on both all the “Paleo” sweet treats and baked goods I see everywhere, plus all the masses of paleo books, paleo cookbooks, etc.
Thought I’d share it with you, with his permission.
Like many people, I read your post re: Paleo Cinnabon and I felt aghast. Not because I felt afronted by your weariness of useless cookbooks, but for the same reasons as you. I almost emailed you the day I read the post but I’ve simmered on it, just to think about it more. I didn’t disagree with you then, I don’t do so now, so many people have now made Paleo a lifeless husk of shit products, pushed by nobodies, e.g. Victory Belt (I actually typed Vanity first, like you).
Since I jumped on this boat, I’ve read your blog and a few dozen others. I also used to read a few dozen running blogs. Over time, I’ve slowly unsubscribed to nearly all of the running blogs because not only are they absolutely boring as fuck 99% of the time, most of them serve as a vehicle for product promotion. Jammed in between posts about taking a dump on your run — who fucking cares? — I get to read drivel about socks or headbands or whatever useless crap it is, nearly always followed up with a giveaway. Great, now they’re giving away crap to get more sycophants. Go fuck yourself with a mace. Seriously.
Similarly, I’ve greatly scaled back the paleo/primal blogs I read for the exact same reason: they’re boring as fuck with nothing to contribute. Not a day goes by where some schmo isn’t hawking a new cookbook which contains the same recipes as everyone else, they’re hawking a bundled giveaway of ebooks “worth $689 for only $37!”, or some other self-promotional bullshit. You’re so popular you can give away all those ebooks for only $37, saving me $652? Oh right, because they’re not worth either price to begin with. Incessant pitches for cookbooks, improvement books, parenting books (seriously, how the FUCK is “paleo parenting” any different from regular parenting?), or some terrible low-production podcast no one listens to. Things like FTA are worth reading because you do things, you eviscerate things. In my field of work, you’d be called an applied paleo blogger because you actually do shit and not just regurgitate it like so many others do. If there were, if there truly were more people like you tirelessly conducting N=1 tests and being interested in the results of how things effect life, the paleo sphere would look a lot less like an endless cookbook convention that it is now.
Keep up the good fight.