10 Reasons Why I Don’t Agree With A Strict Paleo Diet

10 Reasons Why I Don't Agree With The Strict Paleo Diet. #paleo #diet #health vitalivesfree.com

I guess I should first define what I consider a strict Paleo diet. It would not include things like dairy, grains, legumes, lentils, potatoes, and of course all the processed foods and sugar. It would also be reasonably low-carb, somewhere around 50-100g of carbohydrates a day. I guess most traditional Paleo followers would fall within this category, and I used to as well apart from the fact that I consumed some full-fat dairy.

This is Part 4 of the Primally Simple Diet series, where I explore everything I have learned in the last 5 months since ditching and coming back to the Paleo diet twice. I will explain why I think the strict Paleo diet is flawed. We will also talk about the Wheat Belly, all the reasons why I failed on the Paleo diet twice, and what my diet is going to be like from now on. I hate labels, so there will be no more Paleo. Nobody really knows what Paleolithic people ate anyway, and there were so many diverse diets all over the world. The world isn’t the same anymore. I have no wish to be a fanatic. So I have created my own version of primal: The Primally Simple Diet.

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When I followed the conventional strict Paleo diet (or rather the Primal variation that allows raw full-fat dairy), I felt great for the first few months, but I quickly reached a plateau. It seemed like I repeatedly hit a wall and I was slowly starting to feel worse. I felt so disappointed that the diet I believed in with all my heart turned its back on me.

My research took me months, but I finally realized what I was doing wrong. I also realized how mistaken I was about many aspects of the Paleo diet. This blog post is the culmination of everything I’ve learned since the first surfacing of my doubts about the strict Paleo diet.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not totally against the Paleo diet. I just think it can be unnecessarily strict and I see lots of room for improvement.

So let’s talk about the 10 things that I think are wrong with the conventional strict Paleo diet:

1. Science doesn’t really support the strict Paleo diet.

The theory behind the ancestral diet sounds impressive and very, very convincing if you read “The Primal Blueprint” or “The Paleo Solution”, but so did the science behind “The 80/10/10 Diet” when I read it. Authors know how to manipulate facts, and there is no need to lie – all you need is just to cherry-pick the facts that suit you.

The Paleo diet is far away from the real ancestral diet because all of the species today – including animals, fruits, and vegetables – are totally different from the ones our predecessors ate. They hunted wild animals, while we domesticated them and cross-bred them to get as much milk or as many eggs out of them as possible. The modern fruits are much sweeter and give much more yield than the fruits from the Paleolithic times.

How can we try to recreate the diet that simply doesn’t exist anymore?

Scientific American published a long article about the Paleo diet, where they called the Paleo diet “half-baked”:

“We are not biologically identical to our Paleolithic predecessors, nor do we have access to the foods they ate. And deducing dietary guidelines from modern foraging societies is difficult because they vary so much by geography, season, and opportunity. “

Watch this amazing TED talk by Christina Warinner of the University of Zurich where she debunks a lot of the Paleo myths:

And isn’t it hypocritical to shun legumes, dairy or grains just because they weren’t consumed before agriculture (they actually were, but we’ll talk about it a bit further down), but then go and make a cake with almond flour or gorge on nut butter by the jar? Did they exist in the Paleolithic times? Absolutely not. I guess my main problem with the strict Paleo diet is that there are contradictions like this everywhere.

A lot of the Paleo diet theory is based on the argument that Paleolithic humans didn’t suffer from any of the illnesses that we suffer from today. As if they were perfectly adapted to their diet and the environment. However, scientists found atherosclerosis in 47 of 137 mummies from different hunter-gatherer mummies. Another misguided argument it seems!

2. I don’t agree with all the processed Paleo products, which seem just like a money-making machine for some.

Just look at all those nut flours, nut butters, Paleo bakeries, and, even worse, protein powders. If one of the main principles in the Paleo diet is that you shouldn’t eat anything that our ancestors wouldn’t have eaten, why the hell would you spend money on the protein powder? Shouldn’t you get protein from the meat, fish and seeds like your ancestors would have done?

I’m sorry, it’s turning into a bit of a rant, but it blows my mind seeing what kind of empires have been built selling “Paleo” products, which shouldn’t really even have a place in the real ancestral diet.

3. Paleolithic hunter-gatherers didn’t really eat low-carb (apart from Inuits).

William Leonard, an anthropologist from the Northwestern University, wrote this in Scientific American in 2002:

“We now know that humans have evolved not to subsist on a single Paleolithic diet, but to be flexible eaters, an insight that has important implications for the current debate over what people today should eat in order to be healthy.”

Then, he also adds:

“Our species was not designed to subsist on a single, optimal diet What is remarkable about human beings is the extraordinary variety of what we eat. We have been able to thrive in almost every ecosystem on the Earth, consuming diets ranging from all animal foods among populations of the Arctic to primarily tubers and cereal grains among populations in the high Andes.”

Marlene Zuk, an evolutionary biologist from the University of California wrote a book that really shook the Paleo world: “Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live”. In an interview with Washington Post, she said, “We don’t really know what they were eating. It’s turning out that they may have eaten more starch and more carbs than we had realized”.

4. Our ancestors burned much more fuel moving and keeping warm.

They spent a considerable amount of time running and chasing prey until exhaustion. They also had to rummage around looking for edible seeds, herbs, fruit or tubers. Finally, they didn’t have central heating or super insulating clothes, so they needed much more fuel to keep themselves warm.

Nowadays, most of us spend most of the day sitting. Our brains work much more than the rest of the body (in most cases). Can we still say that the kind of nutrition that worked for the highly active Paleolithic humans would still work for the sedentary modern humans? That’s a bit naive, if you ask me.

5. I don’t agree with the strict Paleo diet because it writes off entire food groups without any real reasons.

The strict Paleo writes off complete food categories, such as dairy, legumes, lentils or whole grains as unhealthy, but what reason do they give? The phytic acid and other anti-nutrients. Hmmmm, but isn’t it the same thing that both nuts and seeds have, too? That’s exactly what has been my biggest gripe with the Paleo diet right from the start. If nuts are allowed, why aren’t beans allowed? The Paleo leaders say it’s because nuts are only consumed in small quantities, but what if you consume beans in the same quantities? Would that be safe? It just doesn’t make sense.

Proper preparation of grains, beans, and lentils (soaking, sprouting, or fermenting) gets rid of most of the anti-nutrients. They are incredibly nutritious, and eliminating them totally doesn’t make sense.

6. Being super strict naturally leads to being fanatical and narrow-minded.

This one is from my own experience. I am guilty of feeling self-righteous because I eat so healthy and of trying to convert everyone around me in quite a pushy manner. Oh, how I cringe today! Thank god my family and friends had more common sense than me and none of them went strictly Paleo.

Being fanatical leads to judging people for their choices of food. Attacking them because they eat dairy or beans. Or even worse, if they allow themselves to indulge in a sugary dessert very occasionally. What’s wrong with that anyway? We all need to relax and stop taking ourselves so seriously. Stress is even more dangerous than unhealthy foo, after all.

Another common thing that I see on blogs is all the hate bloggers get if they broaden what the term ancestral or primal means to them. Every diet can be like that: vegans, vegetarians, raw foodists, Paleo. Everyone seems to think that they’re right and bicker endlessly, but who cares? We’re all different, and there are so many different ways to eat to be healthy. The way I eat is no better than how you eat (unless you dine at McDonald’s each day).

7. Converting fat to glucose requires a lot of energy.

The strict Paleo diet is all about converting yourself from the sugar-burning beast to the fat-burning beast. Sure, people succeed. The body is pretty flexible and will survive many things. But is it really worth it when converting fat to sugar is a much more laborious and tiring task for our bodies? If you’re struggling with energy levels, low-carb Paleo diet will just makes things worse. Or if you exercise a lot and need a lot of energy.

That certainly happened to me no matter how hard I tried to feast on fat. I just felt worse and worse each day, as my skin and eyes dried up, and my last drops of energy were drained from my body to process all that fat.

8. A strict Paleo diet is dangerous for women.

Going low-carb might work very well for men (at least for some therapeutic period), but it’s dangerous for women. Be really, really careful if you’re low-carbing yourself. I experienced a lot of issues, but I didn’t understand them until I discovered this article from Paleo For Women. Not getting enough carbs can cause hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, it can also disrupt your sleep, and cause so many other issues. Women are so much sensitive than men, and it’s important to respect it.

When I was on the strict Paleo diet, I probably ate around 50-100g of carbohydrates per day. When I increased the amount of carbs to about 150-200g, I saw almost instant improvement in my moods, energy levels, and hormonal balance. I was amazed.

When I was low-carb, I started experiencing really weird things, where my period would stop and then would restart again for a couple of days just 2 days later. I’d never experienced anything similar, so I knew something wasn’t right with my hormones. As soon as I increased the carbs, the next period was totally normal. I repeated the experiment twice and both times the double period came back and then disappeared again when I increased the carbs.

Another thing I noticed was that any breast tenderness during the cycle totally disappeared.

10 Reasons Why I Don't Agree With The Strict Paleo Diet. #paleo #diet #health vitalivesfree.com

My energy levels are much more stable when I eat more carbs, and, interestingly, I don’t suffer from any allergy symptoms. If I fail to eat any major carbohydrate sources for a few days, my sneezing and runny nose return. Even to this day. But if I remember to eat some potatoes, beans or lentils, my nose is perfectly clear.

My skin also gets really dry and scaly when I eat low amounts of carbohydrates. Apparently, that’s normal because low-carb eating reduces the production of mucus in the body, which also includes sebum. Dry eyes and skin isn’t my idea of health, so I’m much happier eating moderate carbs.

My weight also started creeping up, no matter how low-carb I went. I couldn’t understand why. When I reintroduced sourdough bread, potatoes, and other healthy carb sources (up to around 150-200g per day), my weight started dropping again and dropped lower than at the lowest point during the strict Paleo diet. I also felt fuller and more satisfied than ever.

Where I come from, potatoes are a real staple. I think we eat more potatoes than any other food. Being on the Paleo diet, I eliminated them completely, but going back to them was one of the best feeling in the world. Potatoes give me an incredible feeling of well-being. Just pure bliss. Maybe it’s in my genes, I don’t know. But they certainly are a staple in our diet now, and I can’t believe I shunned them out for a whole year!

By the way, saying that potatoes aren’t Paleo is totally wrong because they have been consumed for 35,000 years! How is that not Paleo?

9. A strict Paleo diet seems to be low in magnesium.

Around 80% of the human population are deficient in magnesium, but the Paleo diet seems to be extremely low in this magnificent mineral. I spoke about it before, but one of the main reasons why I had to quit the strict Paleo diet was a bad magnesium deficiency. My muscles were twitching like crazy, and I had no more energy for anything, I was extremely irritable, which eventually pointed me to the direction of magnesium deficiency. Thankfully, I realized it and started taking supplements, which changed the way I felt in a couple of weeks.

The problem is that the Paleo diet excludes foods that are very high in magnesium, such as grains, beans, and lentils. Being on the Paleo diet, the only sources of magnesium are pretty much nuts, seeds, and bananas. But it’s difficult to eat enough of them. Quite impossible, in fact! No wonder why I became so deficient.

When I googled the connection of the Paleo diet and magnesium deficiency, I found quite a few people who complained of magnesium deficiency on the Paleo diet. Looking at the list of foods highest in magnesium, it’s not surprising.

10. A strict Paleo diet doesn’t allow dairy.

Dairy is one of the main sources of Vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin K2. Again, the argument is that the human genes haven’t evolved to process dairy. However, that’s another lie because a lot of humans (especially those of European origin) have evolved to be able to process lactose beyond childhood. There is also proof that cheese was made up to 7,500 years ago. That’s long enough for our bodies to adapt.

Each of us is a dynamic assemblage of inherited traits that have been tweaked, transformed, lost and regained since the beginning of life itself. Such changes have not ceased in the past 10,000 years. (Scientific American)

According to Marlene Zuik, “in populations that consume a lot of starches, there are more copies of genes that allow starch breakdown. All of this suggests that evolution is happening all the time and much more quickly than people think”.

And if we’re really careful about eating anything quite recent, how about turkey? It was only introduced to Europe in the 16th century. Surely, it’s much less Paleo than dairy, but it’s perfectly fine for strict Paleo dieters.

And talking about grains being fairly recent, here’s another bomb from a publication in the Oxford University Press called “People, Plants, and Genes: The Story Of Crops and Humanity”: there is evidence that cereal grains have been processed and consumed  by humans as early as 200,000 years ago, which would totally crash the Paleo diet theory which is based on the assumption that humans started consuming grains around 10,000 years ago. Cereal grains might turn out to be the most Paleo thing out of all!

Blaming so many health issues on dairy is simply wrong, when there are so many cultures that consume dairy, yet live very long and have amazing health. For example, the Georgians and other cultures in the Caucasian mountains consume a lot of fermented dairy, but have one of the highest concentrations of centenarians. They are obviously doing something right.

I recently made an experiment where I gave up all dairy for 30 days. I was expecting a lot, but I actually felt better when I reintroduced it. No bad symptoms at all. I come from the North of Europe and my ancestors have been consuming dairy for thousands of years. I don’t have to run away from my origins.

Please don’t think that I’m all against the Paleo diet. Not at all! I think it can be a great framework, but there’s a great danger of becoming too strict. There’s no doubt that one of the greatest strength of the Paleo diet is the elimination of all the processed foods. But why get rid of perfectly healthy food groups, such as dairy, beans, lentils or grains?

My solution is the 80/20 principle. If 80% of the foods I eat are Paleo (i.e. fresh unprocessed food), it’s fine if the other 20% are other healthy foods, such as beans or whole grains. That seems to be the winning combination for my body, and it certainly keeps my mind sane without all the crazy cravings or mood swings.

So many people go from the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) of McDonald’s and processed foods to the strict Paleo and feel great. Of course they do! I have no doubts about that. All I’m trying to say is that there is so much room between the SAD diet and the strict Paleo diet. A much healthier and happier place for me (and I believe for many people, too) would be somewhere in the middle.

Grok is an imaginary Paleolithic figure created by Mark Sisson from Mark’s Daily Apple. According to Scientific American, “Grok cannot teach us how to live or eat; he never existed. Living off the land or restricting oneself to foods available before agriculture and industry does not guarantee good health”. I couldn’t agree more.

Think with your own head, respect your origins, and listen to your body. That’s the best advice I can give. And of course enjoy your food!

What’s your opinion on the whole Paleo debate? Do you support being strict or are you more in favour of everything in moderation? Let’s discuss!

Lots of love,

Vita xx

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, dietician or nutritionist. This is what I have learned observing my own body and researching endlessly. So please take my words as ideas, but research, think carefully, and consult your physician before making any decisions for your own health. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. I only recommend things that I absolutely love myself, and they’ve all been bought with my hard-earned cash.


  1. I found your article very enlightening…..I just started Paleo 3 weeks ago. Yes I am very pleased that I HAVE LOST 15LBS…4″ in my hips and 3 in my waist. I feel fantastic and am pretty excited that after 62yrs I actually am eating healthier than I ever have. With that being said, I too was questioning the beans, potatoes and dairy. Weren’t we taught all thru school we should drink our milk for strong bones and teeth? Like everything else in our modern world…there are those that take it to the extreme…the health markets are cashing in….I mean when I go to the market there are glutens I have never seen or heard of…much less cooked with them. I refuse to use those products…however it’s a good excuse for me to lay off the cookies and cakes…
    I think (like anyone cares) if you use the program within reason..be sensible…and like you said LISTEN TO YOUR BODY it can be VERY good. We could all stand to eat a little healthier and get away from all that proccessed crap. So I say PALEO bring it on….I will be interested to see how I feel a few months down the road. Keep you posted.

    • Hi Lori, I’m glad you’re enjoying Paleo! I think it’s great, at least as a starting point, and it’s a truly wonderful framework. All I wanted to say with this blogpost was that there’s no need to be that restrictive long-term. There are lots of healthy foods, such as beans, potatoes, and dairy as you mentioned that really shouldn’t be excluded (at least there are no real reasons why they should be). Paleo is so right about eliminating processed foods and eating everything super fresh. You’re so right that Paleo also gives you an excuse to stay away from cookies and cakes. I can totally relate to that. I’m glad that now I’ve got my cravings in control and I very rarely think of sweets anymore. Before it used to be 24 hours a day! I’ll be waiting for your updates down the road, and good luck! xx

  2. I really enjoyed your article, it looks like you put a lot of work and passion into it. Good thoughts, way to find what works for you.

    • Thanks so much! Nutrition is one of my greatest passions, and I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic in the last few months, so I’m glad I managed to translate it well to this post. xx

  3. Great, thoughtful, insightful post, Vita. After attempting a ‘strict Primal’ diet, my husband and I both ultimately reached a happy medium and returned to simply eating more intuitively. We live in New Orleans where red beans and rice are part of our heritage. The idea of giving up this delicious, satisfying, (and inexpensive!) meal made us balk. Instead of subscribing to a fantasy diet of what our ancestors ate, we simply eat real food, buying organic when possible, and preparing most of our meals at home. Of course we enjoy an occasional indulgent meal out. (I refuse to call this a ‘cheat’ meal because I believe that line of thinking leads one to an unhealthy relationship with food – far more unhealthy than the indulgent meal itself, in my opinion.) Because the overwhelming majority of our food is nutritious and thoughtfully prepared, we don’t worry about a splurge here or there. It’s very liberating. 🙂
    Keep up the great work – I always enjoy your posts and find myself nodding in agreement as I read.

    • Hi Rosie, I couldn’t agree with you more. Heritage is so important. I also come from a place where the majority of the diet is grains and potatoes, so adhering to the Paleo diet seems unnecessarily extreme. It’s so inexpensive as well compared to eating all that meat. “We simply eat real food, buying organic when possible, and preparing most of our meals at home.” Yes! You said it perfectly. We’re gravitating more towards an intuitive diet as well, and if we really want a homemade pumpkin pie, so be it (I made it yesterday – it was amazing!). As long as it’s homemade and I know the quality of the ingredients is as high as possible, there’s nothing “unhealthy” about it. I agree so much about cheat meals as well. I used to refer to them like that, but I’ve noticed that eventually all of those restrictions just lead to a very unhealthy relationship with food. There is no good and bad food. Everything is relative. If you need it at a particular moment and it makes you happy and makes you enjoy life more, how can it be called bad? It’s all about moderation. Thanks so much for such a great thoughtful comment! I always enjoy your feedback. xx

  4. Hi, Vita.
    I read Dr. Wahls book, “The Wahls Protocol”, and she states that both casein (the protein in dairy) and lectin (the protein in legumes) behave just like gluten in our guts. Though I still eat some legumes (much less than when I did not know about paleo life style) and dairy, I could not forget Dr. Wahls’ warnings. Neverthless, many people also consume these groups of food and feel ok. My questions are, in the long term, will we have any health problem? What research on that says about it?
    Thank you,

    • Hi Jorge, I used to always listen to all the scaremongering about lectins, phytic acids, and other anti-nutrients However, those foods are heavily used by super healthy cultures with great life expectancies. Many things simply don’t add up in the Paleo theory. The problem with the legumes is that many people don’t prepare them properly. It’s important to soak them or sprout them and cook them for a very long time. This kind of preparation neutralizes most of the bad guys. I think it’s important to respect our heritage as well. If you come from a place where people were nourished for thousands of years by beans and potatoes (just an example), why would you want to give them up? Talking about cassein, people in the Caucasian region (for example, Georgians) live extremely long and are very healthy, yet they consume huge quantities of dairy, including cheese, which is high in cassein. Another scaremongering theory. Stressing from all of this information can cause more harm, don’t you think? Just my two cents. xx

  5. Some interesting points.. the contradictions don’t bother me because I don’t eat packaged foods. I don’t see why a few people’s choices to eat packaged paleo products or nuts but not legumes should mean the whole thing is wrong and pointless, but it definitely frustrates me too.
    My diet is mostly paleo, but I will still have dairy and prefer raw fruit & veg over meat. I think the main thing is to do what feels best for your body, not stick to one nutritional doctrine relentlessly but continually research and build your knowledge base. Definitely going to read up about being a female on low carb! Great post as always x

    • Hi Sabrina, you’re very right. Paleo does have a lot of good points, but it’s those dogmatic rules, such as no legumes or properly prepared whole grains, that get me frustrated. Or more the arguments that they supply are wrong and don’t really prove what they’re trying to prove. That’s what I’m against, I guess. It’s all about following your body’s messages and eating what’s right for you. Definitely read that article about females and low-carb Paleo, it’s really eye-opening. The problem is that most Paleo leaders are men, so whatever works for them, might not work for us ladies. For example, intermittent fasting can totally mess up the female hormones, adrenals, and thyroids. But it works awesome for men. We need more female leaders to helps us find our own ways! xx

  6. Very good and interesting post. For years I’ve been trying to find the “perfect” way of eating. I’ve thought and tried vegan, then raw, then paleo. I’ve read an embarrassingly large amount of books, magazines, blogs, etc all related to dieting and the correct way to eat. On each and every one of them there are people who swear that changing to a specific diet changed their health in a good way. Whether it was vegan or paleo. How is that possible? What I’ve come as a conclusion is that none of these diets are the correct one. They all read the same way by these “experts” who are trying to sell something. They back everything up with research and facts, one saying animal products are bad, another saying beans are bad. It makes no sense to me! I’m middle aged, I’m really starting to see a difference in my body. I’m working hard to keep the muscle on and the fat off (I’ve got probably 20 pounds to lose to be in the healthy weight category). I’ve come to the conclusion that what’s really harming people’s health and putting the weight on, isn’t the fact that they’ve eliminated animal products, or beans, or dairy, or gluten. It’s all the processed stuff, refined carbs, and fake foods that are out there. The body just can’t handle this kind of stuff, and it really causes so much pain, discomfort and illness. In all those blogs, mags, etc where people say they improved their health following a specific diet, it’s more because they went from eating garbage (McDonald’s, bagged chips and cookies, etc) to eating clean (whole meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy) unprocessed foods. Like you said, everything in moderation. And the occasional splurge is perfectly acceptable. We only live once and there are times in our lives (birthdays, anniversaries, a special occasion of some sort, or just a need for a treat) where we want to splurge, and we should. As long as we continue to live in a healthy way, those occasional treats are just that, treats. Anyway, I’m really enjoying your blog and your enlightening thoughts. Thanks!

    • I completely agree! You said it so perfectly! All of those diets have some great points, but why do people are so in a hurry to limit themselves and be fanatical about things? All the food is good as long as it’s not tampered by humans and not even resembling food anymore. Nothing beats real whole foods. Thanks for your supportive words. I appreciate them a lot! xx

  7. I agree, nothing beats the real thing. And it tastes so yummy when it’s whole and clean instead of being tampered with. Unfortunately, I think a lot of processed foods are addicting, and that’s why so many people (myself included) eat so much of it. I do feel so much better when I stick with whole foods. Also, I bought Mark Lauren’s book (the one for women) and started doing bodyweight workouts. Wow, they feel great, and my legs are sooooo sore! That tells me it’s working :0) Thanks for the tip on these workouts!

    • Yes, I remember the soreness after the first workout. My husband and I couldn’t even hold hands for a whole week. Our arms were that painful! 🙂 So glad you’re enjoying Mark Lauren’s workouts. xx

  8. I am so grateful that women (and some men) like you push against the popular ideas and who actually research and POST your findings! TV is still the worst source that my kids get information from each day, and I’m sure I’m living it.. I grew up in the 90’s and know that TV can take a hold on us. Now, with the internet, it’s all about access. I appreciate that you give sound advice, research and actual participation in it. Thank you for your blog. 🙂 Kris

    • Hi Krys, thank you so much for your words! I really appreciate them. I feel like the Paleo diet has been the worst thing for me (even though it also taught me some things), so it’s my responsibility to share my experiences and findings. By the way, it’s been one year since I quit it and I’m going to write about all of the 20 reasons why I did it. It’s good to look back and reflect now. Everything is much clearer. If you’re interested, keep an eye out for it! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts! xx

  9. Tina Mangalonzo says

    I think the education of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, quality foods, etc. should begin with children in their early years. “The Food Pyramid” used in the U.S. school system is an outdated source of information. There are more important things to teach. Teach a child the intricacy of the human body from an early age and slowly build on this information and by the time a child or teenager graduates high school they will be that much farther ahead than the rest of us. “Diets” like Paleo, etc. do not work because we all have different needs at different times in our lives. Depending on economic or cultural factors. But, if we were all taught at a young age the wonders of our bodies, the various systems and nutrients needed for proper function then each child would have a better opportunity to be their so called own doctor as they grow into adulthood. Children would learn to be more appreciative of the human design and hopefully more in tune with what their bodies are trying to tell them.The seeds for healthy bodies would be planted and confusion would be lessened. Why does the public school system wait until the teen years to teach anatomy, nutrition, physiology etc.? It’s too much information in a short period of time, during the worst season of most adolescence’s life.

    • Amen to that, Tina. If I knew even 10% of what I know now about nutrition and the holistic human body now, I would have prevented all of the health issues. I don’t think the education system will ever catch up because it will never be supported by the pharmaceutical industry, but what we can do for sure is make sure we educate our kids at home from a very early age and spread our knowledge around to friends and family. Very wise words, thank you! xx

  10. Thank you for this level-headed piece. I do primal, and I’m sick of looking for recipes online and finding 1 primal and 15 million paleo ones where they don’t eat dairy! What good is life without cheese? I just don’t trust people that don’t eat cheese – it’s just wrong.

  11. My sister’s currently doing this diet and I honestly don’t have any idea about this. I so learned a lot from this. Thanks for posting!

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