New York Times Follow Up

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Wow, in really really exciting news, I and the others from the Eating Paleo in NYC group were featured in the New York Times in an article called The New Age Caveman and The City. I am very proud to have been involved in this article and the paleo community in the city. 

However, some readers are concerned that the article makes us seem odd and faddish. I don't necessarily think that's true. It's a short article and they had to pick what was interesting. It's too bad this quote made it into the article "Unfortunately, life was short: If you made it to age 30 or so, you had done well." that once again perpetuates the myth that paleolithic life was nasty, brutish, and short. If you've done any reading at all on the subject, you will find that is simply not true. 

Also, I was sad to see little discussion on meat itself, which is really what makes the diet unique. Both Vlad and I were photographed at farmer's markets buying from farmers that we know well who raise pastured animals rich in healthy fats, but the photos and the discussion of them did not make it into the article. I will certainly post plenty about that here to make up for it. I've done lots of posts about that too on my personal blog here.

But overall, I hope it will get more people thinking about the paleo diet or whatever you call it (I should post about this later). I remember I was pretty annoyed when I first heard about it, so even if people react negatively...at least they are thinking. The idea that bread might be bad never crossed my mind until I read Jared Diamond's essay. 

Here are some of the questions I get and their answers:

Did the Paleo diet work for your stomach problems?

Yes, if it didn't I'd probably still be searching for a suitable cure. You can read more here. 

How can you live without cake/beer/other assorted banned foods?

I indulge occasionally, but the stomach problems associated with most of these foods dissuade me more and more these days. Besides, there are plenty of treat options that do not seem to cause me problems. I do love beer's complex flavors in particular though and I find that if I consume only small amounts I don't seem to have problems. 

You obviously have a medical condition and should see a doctor.

That's not a question, but I do have an answer. I have seen plenty of doctors and yes, I have been tested for celiac disease. 

Why all this talk about sprinting when humans evolved to be persistence hunters and run long distances?

The running thing is pretty controversial. Some paleo dieters are fans of Born to Run and run pretty long distances barefoot. I'm more in the Art De Vany camp in that I believe endurance running is harmful. Humans certainly can run very well, but for most hunter-gatherers, persistence hunting seems rare. The idea that humans are born to run also rests somewhat on the idea that hunting big game was what allowed our brains to enlarge. I disagree with this, because our brains are hungry for nutrients that are fairly rare in land mammals and very common in aquatic species that require no particular tools to gather.  And I am personally dissuaded by older people I know who were runners and now have some pretty serious health problems, though I know it's only anecdotal and it's not liked I loved running and I'm sad to give it up.

 

Anyway

 

If you are in NYC, come meet and greet on Tuesday and think about coming to our Momofuku Feast on the 25th.