Diane Sanfilippo & Liz Wolfe interview Robb on the Balanced Bites Podcast

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Balanced Bites Podcast

Balanced Bites Podcast

Robb joins Diane Sanfilippo of and Liz Wolfe on Episode #10 of the Balanced Bites Podcast.

Topics covered include:

  • myths that are perpetuated about the whys and hows of a Paleo or Primal type of diet
  • a recent article from the NPR blog
  • sustainability and thoughts about the long-term success of the ancestral health movement
  • general Paleo rants and ramblings

Note: We rated this episode as explicit due to an F-bomb and possibly one other curse word, but the general subject matter is family-friendly.

Click here to download the episode as an MP3.
Click here to listen in iTunes.
Click here to listen on Stitcher

Read more from Diane over at Balanced Bites.
Read more from Liz over at Cave Girl Eats.

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  1. Tom
    November 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Robb, great podcast! I commented on balancedbites.com, but I wanted to maul you for information about this upcoming Paleo certification you mentioned. Is there an ETA? Will there be some sort of educational requirements/credentials needed to attend? Will it come with a nifty wallet card I can use to pick up women with? Will it be online, or in a workshop? The suspense is killing me!

    Thanks a ton for all you do. I’m applying to PA school soon, and the paleo nutrition framework will be integral to my future practice.

  2. Rob
    November 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I just had a chance to listen to the podcast in its entirety. This is a really good topic.

    From an exercise in avoiding cognitive dissonance I think developing the counterpoints to the standard paleo criticism is an excellent idea. Straight up talking points would be good. They are certainly floating around the community just not in a concise format.

    I think the thing that is interesting about this podcast and the associated topic is at some point the Paleo vs. Non-Paleo argument boils down to a religious argument and just turns into polemics.

    If you look at the NPR article discussed at the beginning of the Podcast it is written by Barbara J King, who is an admitted vegetarian and an “animal lover” (considering she wrote a book called Being With Animals for crying out loud). Barbara is starting with the assumption vegetarianism is good and equates to loving animals (my assumption); eating meat is bad and equates to being harmful to animals… and working backwards in defending her point of view.

    She is caught in the vegetarianism echo chamber just as much as those who read your blog are probably caught in the Paleo echo chamber (myself included).

    My nutritional history is eerily similar to yours Robb… I am getting close to forty, was a successful standout athlete in high school experimented with vegetarianism in the 90’s (chasing hippie chicks), got fat and unhealthy, starting playing college sports eating right and chasing health & performance, found Paleo (from you and the CF community) and now find myself strong and healthy. For the record I love animals and being healthy.

    The fact is the diet works if you are chasing performance and fitness (true fitness as in the CF definition). Blood chemistry, energy level and pure performance in the gym do not lie. These are testable measures which show the diet and concepts are successful when implemented.

    The mechanisms and philosophical view point are very important but seriously, if rubbing purple paint on your legs every morning made you the strongest fittest person on the planet there are some us who walk around with purple legs. There are others who would just say those purple legged people are crazy and that having red legs is the way to go. Even if anecdotally the red legs made you fat and caused cancer.

    My bet is if Barbara was chasing performance and fitness she would be eating and advocating Paleo.

    Part of the problem is the term Paleo, it inspire all kinds of odd reactions from those who are not steeped in the “community” per se. Therefore I suggest we throw out the term and use a new one that rolls off the tongue:

    MeatVegFruitNut-NoGrainsLegumesOrDairy-Avore, maybe this term needs a little work….

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