July 14, 2011

Why I Blog

Recently there has been a spate of blog posts on the interwebs about what paleo bloggers should be and should not be blogging about.  The paleo/primal idea is big.  It turns the conventional claptrap about how we should fuel our bodies on its head.  Paleo/primal eating is based on science.  We may not all agree on all of that science, but the fact remains that BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET AND PALEO BLOGGERS, no other way of eating has been so intensely studied, scrutinized, and investigated.  This community of bloggers includes scientists, biochemists, physiologists, business people, educators, medical doctors and Ph.D.'s, evolutionary biologists, athletes and trainers, and many people without a fancy title but who have the intelligence to look at the data and analyze and interpret what they read.  Many in the paleosphere conduct n=1 experiments on ourselves.  Who best to determine what works for you?

In response to a discussion on PaleoHacks not too long ago about what bloggers should be posting, I wrote this about the evolution of the paleo/primal message:

Actually, I find the evolution of the paleo idea pretty fascinating. I've been following lots of paleo blogs for the last three years. I started with MarksDailyApple, still one of my favorites. Mark has more of a middle-of-the-road approach (Primal) and has stayed fairly consistent with his moderate message yet still seems to come up with interesting material every day. However, you can see the changes in the paleo message through the other bloggers. At first, there was the interpretation of the Cordain message - lower fat, low carb, high protein. Then fat made a comeback big time, so we had the bacon blogs and pictures of bacon wrapping everything all over the web. Then, we had the VLC or even zero-carbers make an entrance - meat, meat, and more meat. Next, exercise, especially Crossfit, entered (more on that in a second). There were several other permutations along the way, but now the carbs are making a small comeback and some bloggers have gone all the way over to that side (Primal Wisdom and a really obnoxious "straightline-Health" blogger). We are seeing that once metabolic syndrome has been slowed down or stopped, that maybe a superfit Crossfitter or lifter needs some starchy carbs or they might start suffering cortisol issues. And just recently, we have been told that we should not be eating food that tastes good because that might be making us fat. I know Dr. Kruse gets some flack on here from time to time - his writing style is a bit obtuse - but I like his idea of a paleo Quilt. This community has discovered a lot of little things and I think these little things are coming together to create one very large idea. That is the beauty of this amazing community of bloggers consisting of scientists, athletes, doctors, cooks and chefs, fat people, skinny people, kids who climb on rocks, whoever. We are creating a very big idea based on science and N=1 experiments and just plain intelligent discourse. It's not a religion, it's not a philosophy, it is, perhaps, a scientific theory explained by facts. As for me, I'll just keep writing about my recipes and general life. Doesn't really matter to me if you want to read it or not ;)
So, the moral of my story today is that there is a place for all of the paleo bloggers. Some of us post recipes and pretty food pictures, some of us post meticulous investigations of the latest research, some of us post pictures of our latest hang-gliding adventure or a trip to a MovNat camp or even lounging on the beach. There is a place for all of us. The beauty of the internet is that you have the option to read or not. And, with that said, here are pictures of my garden bounty and some local fruit we had for dinner this week. Enjoy!

String beans picked 10 minutes earlier steaming in a pot.
Mini eggplants for baba ganoush!
Local stone fruits (plums, peaches, cherries) and blueberries. Gotta love summer!


  1. Very nicely said (from one of the food bloggers that occasionally wraps things in bacon :) ).

  2. Thanks, Melissa and Jan. I read both of your blogs often - they are on my blog roll. And Jan, I wrap things in bacon from time to time as well :)

  3. Great post, the food look great! I love how you found a community within the blogging community. Blogs are such a great and easy way to share information about similar interests, and in your case, paleo information. I recently launched www.whyiblog.com for bloggers to share their story and read about other. Since you found your own paleo community I would love to hear what you have to say. Thanks for sharing your dishes!

  4. Sharing paleo recipes with the community is good way to promote the diet.