Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Paleo diet ranks last on 'best diets' list - CNN

In the interest of being a well-rounded, open-minded human, I will share this information with you that Kelly just posted on facebook, because I don't like to pretend that what I do is the be-all, end-all best. I like full disclosure!! So here is this article:

Paleo diet ranks last on 'best diets' list - CNN

I will post this blurb:

"Being last on the Best Diets list doesn't mean Paleo is the worst diet ever (the "Cookie Diet" didn't even make the list). But U.S. News & World Report's experts said the Paleo Diet was too restrictive for most people to follow long term, and that it limited some essential nutrients. They also cited a lack of research proving the Paleo Diet's cardiovascular health and weight loss benefits in their ranking.
The Paleo Diet tied for last place on the list alongside the Dukan diet, which is also a high-protein, low-carbohydrate approach."

In my estimation, it is not too restrictive and has actually helped me experience food as a healthy, normal human being. But I can understand, in this day and age, why living without wheat would be classified as near insanity by some people!!

And, I think, as a well-informed and responsible healthy eater, I am NOT missing any essential nutrients in my diet. In fact, I think I get MORE because I have replaced my wheat, rice, pasta, etc with vegetables, seeds and nuts! And I take vitamins :)

But - it is not for everyone.

And - it is not an easy way to live.

HOWEVER.... it works for me. And all I ask is that people be open-minded about that! I don't really care how other people eat, I don't have to live in their bodies. But I do want to share my experiences, because life is so much better for me now, better in ways I could never imagine!

Looking forward to sleeping and a better tomorrow <3


  1. Right there with you Jeanette.

    Although I'm calling what I do more 'low-carb' than strictly 'paleo', I don't see it as particularly restrictive either (quite the opposite in some ways, as it's encouraged me to be inventive with GOOD food). The only time I struggle is if we plan to eat out (which isn't often anyhow).

    The no-grain, no added sugars, no crap, etc. deal with eating a 'diet' of proper, natural foods with higher fat, adequate protein and low carbohydrates suits me just fine too. Like you, I think my nutrient/vitamin/mineral intake has got better and for much the same reasons - I certainly feel I eat better now, and don't feel 'deprived of' or 'miss' anything.

    OK, this isn't the way I lost my weight, but I'm more than happy to maintain that loss with this way of life. As you say though, each to his/her own - it may not be to everyone's taste (I'm thinking especially of my sister and her hubby here - the very thought horrifies them).

  2. I don't think they take into account the unknown effects of ingesting all the chemicals in diet foods either. When I did South Beach years ago, I got caught up in the "low carb tortillas" and "low carb ice cream" and "low carb everything under the sun" products. I'm doubting any of that was actually good for me. You may lose weight...but doctors and researchers need to really look at these diet foods to see what it does to people's bodies long term. I personally think it's attributed to the increases in cancers in the U.S. Just my 2 cents.

  3. Jeanette - you've found what suits you.

    For me it's a low carbohydrate, high fat and moderate protein menu plan. I tend to eat 50 carbs per day mainly from non starchy vegetables like kale, spinach. brocolli, cauliflower etc. Potatoes, rice, pasta do not show in my meal plans - neither does cereal etc. I have been following this lifestyle for over five years now and wouldn't choose to eat any other way.

    It is up to each individual to read, research, ask questions and perhaps experiment to see what is best for them.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan