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Paleo Diet: The Good, Bad, and Ugly! {NEW VIDEO}

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Feb 12, 2016

I’m talking about FOOD FADS for the next couple of weeks.

I’ve written on it before. Now here’s my video.  I don’t have a vendetta against the Paleo Diet. I just think people should know that it’s a fad, that there are good and bad things about it, and that it has little or nothing to do with what Paleolithic man ate.

Use good discernment and critical thinking skills.

Love y’all, enjoy the new video.

Posted in: Food Industry, Good, Better, Best, Robyn Recommends, Standard American Diet, Whole Food

18 thoughts on “Paleo Diet: The Good, Bad, and Ugly! {NEW VIDEO}”

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  1. Arliss Allen says:

    Great Video. and Just want to say, I love your hair, both the color and the curls!! 🙂

  2. Sean says:

    Second the comment on your hair – looks great! I think you might be a little hung up on the term Paleo and I think we can all agree that today’s foods are not the same as that era. But would you agree that the diet (based on the pyramid shown in the video) with a reduced amount of animal protein would be a pretty healthy diet? I think it would be pretty ideal! And that wouldn’t be a fad. I also believe that some people just have issues (sensitivity if not intolerance) with gluten grains. I’m one of them and I restrict them.

  3. Allison says:

    Another interesting thing about the Paleo diet… our paleolithic ancestors ate meat, yes. But not in the quantities that we eat now. They ate meat when they could, but that was not every single day. They ate MOSTLY plants and berries. And meat, absolutely, but not for “breakfast, lunch and dinner.” I see that a lot these days. Meat or eggs in the breakfast, meat at lunch. Meat at dinner. Not accurate. I’m not saying people that eat meat three times a day are doing something terrible. But it is not an accurate depiction of a paleolithic diet. I’ve subscribed to the paleo diet many times in the last ten years. And I always eat TONS of fruits and vegetables. But I would also always eat meat at each meal. I’ve lately moved to a more plant-based diet, with grass-fed beef here and there. I feel better and it’s also MUCH cheaper!!!

  4. John Schumacher says:

    (Wow! You look great!) Has anyone researched what short life spans early humans had?? even 500 years ago, 35-55 was your life expectancy… I would NEVER choose to live in paleo times! It is a nutritionally deficient diet. Also Eskimos/Native Alaskans eat mostly MEAT and have short lives and suffer from heart disease. Eat for longevity, vibrant health, super energy and anti-aging! That means a vegetarian, organic diet (Read the book Blue Zones) There is NO heart disease, no brest nor prostate cancers in sub-Sahara Africa and parts of China where residents are on a 100% plant based diet. It works and you live longer. Period.

  5. John Schumacher says:

    Please realize that there are many very sick vegetarians and vegans that do not eat a nutritionally balanced, nutrient-dense diets. Enjoy a robust menu of starchy plants, vegetables, beans, fruits, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, and onions/garlic, herbs and spices to have optimal health, wellness and longevity. Check out Robyn’s nutrition plans, as well as Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s, Dr John McDougall’s and Dr. Dean Ornish’s nutrition books. Thanks also to Robyn for creating this forum online and all her videos, and for sharing her wisdom with others! – I feel amazing now since I discovered the Green Smoothie!

    1. Jess says:

      John, so glad to hear the green smoothie is working for you. Keep up the blending!

    2. Robyn says:

      It’s true, John! Some vegetarians live on Doritos and Diet Coke! They’re “vegan,” after all! 😐

  6. Right on Robyn!!! I know so many bloggers eating “paleo” and when I ask them where they get that bacon…they say “Costco!” Because they can’t afford the clean stuff at $5.99 for 8 slices. That is not what Paleolithic man ate!

    1. Lori says:

      FYI, Costco sells plenty of organic meat and produce.

  7. C Nicolai says:

    Just a clarification regarding fresh, wild caught salmon: In the Pacific Northwest, particularly Seattle, it is rare to find farmed salmon at any decent restaurant. I realize this is only a small part of the country and we are spoiled, but worth noting.

    1. Jess says:

      C Nicolai, lucky you! Thank you for clarifying. I’m sure many of GSG’s readers in the PNW area will breathe a sigh of relief after reading your comment.

    2. Robyn says:

      C Nicolai, I’m jealous! Not so here in this land-locked state.

  8. Rhonda D says:

    Robin, thank you for such a great and simple overview on the various fad diet out there.
    If people would only research and educate themselves.
    Thanks again
    Rhonda D.

  9. Lori says:

    Paleo is not a fad. The grapefruit diet, yes. The cabbage soup diet, yes. Paleo is a way of eating just as Vegan is a way of eating and that is not a “fad” either. Many people have healed from diseases eating the Paleo way. Others healed themselves by not consuming animal products. And not everyone eats as much meat on Paleo as some think. Every body is different so whatever works for someone, good for them.

    1. Jess says:

      Hey Lori, thanks for your input. We appreciate your insight into how Paleo is a lifestyle choice for those who choose it. We don’t dispute the health benefits that a Paleo diet can offer an individual. We are definitely on board with the whole-foods, plant-based, and healthy fat aspect of Paleo. Thanks for reading!

  10. Ellen says:

    No hate mail here. Robin you are spot on with your thoughts regarding paleo! Thanks for the video.

  11. John S says:

    Here is another brilliant, science-based response to the Paleo Diet “craze” – which also supports what Robyn is saying, from Dr. Michael Greger, who wrote the amazing book: “How not to Die” :


    also check out his amazing website: http://nutritionfacts.org

    and numerous videos on YouTube.

  12. John S says:

    In addition, here is proof, based on human morphology, that our human body evolved as plant eaters:


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