One way to chew on that title is to realize why Low Carbers have had success infiltrating Paleo Ranks. They merely restrict a macronutrient (carbohydrate); so, if they have no allegiance to Paleo, They can eat as much cheap soy-oil mayonnaise as they like, while scoffing at your super expensive grassfed butter.
It’s an extreme example, but serves to illustrate the difference between just excluding a macronutrient (carbohydrate) and going Big, excluding lots of bad stuff (anything bad, all macronutrients). In other words, it’s arguable that Paleo is more restrictive than Low Carb—even with plenty of carbs—in a quotidien context.
Food for thought.
In everything I saw this afternoon—after 30 hours of zero Internet—this interested me the most:
Depressed today. Ate starches several days this week. I’ve been feeling dull the last few days, and today it’s full-on depressed. I’m sure it’s because of the starches…because this is what happens. But you know what? I’d really like to be able to eat a slice of home-cooked gluten free bread now and then without it having such a dramatic effect on my mood. I’m tired of having to stick to such a restrictive diet in order to feel ok.
After reading this post over at Free The Animal, I’m asking myself if my current restrictive diet (basically just dairy, coconut oil, butter, meat, eggs, fruit, juice, seafood (1x a week), liver (1x a week), and sometimes chocolate) is really just symptom management. I feel great when I’m able to stick to it for a string of consecutive days, but eating the same 9-or-so things is monotonous and isolating. I don’t feel like I can eat at restaurants or sit down to meals with my family, because most often I’m having something weird like juice and cheese for dinner.
I think you all need to be policing yourselves a little better. You’re creating a culture of exclusion, of catechism, and of doctrine. At the same time, you can’t police everyone, nor can you help everyone.
This is why Culture matters so much and I’m suggesting to you that the whole Paleo food culture of exclude, exclude, exclude is not right; or, you’re not really going out of your way to emphasize the importance of reasonable amounts of sane carbohydrate via starches and fruit.
What’s above is only posted as “what’s going to happen more and more,” and it’s just that this one person looks a bit beyond help, to me. An update to the post.
It occurs to me that I should really put some effort into learning how to cook with the few ingredients that make me feel awesome so I can learn to tolerate a restrictive diet. I’ll share the recipes I come up with.
I’m suggesting that anti-grain, Paleo folks really take to heart the neuroses they may be encouraging. I’ve been guilty myself, so this is a wake-up-call for me.
Ever heard of the east meets west metaphor? Vegan meets Paleo. Head that shit off, please.