Progue Stepchild had a great post yesterday I thought deserved some attention. I’m a whole food/paleoish subscriber and while we’re far from perfect in our house, we tend to be close to the MarksDailyApple 80/20 rule of thumb most days (though some days we’re 100/0 and others maybe 50/50, rarely worse than that). Anyway, our family is pretty strong, lean and fit and especially compared to the masses at the water parks these days (WOW!) we’re in the top 5% of those that are over 25 years old.
Anyway, here’s an exerpt of Progue’s post from Tuesday:
If you switch from a highly processed diet to a mostly whole foods diet, you’ll probably lose weight. Because a calorie is still a calorie, and your body likely absorbs a bit fewer when tasked with extracting them from complex biological matrices.
Because all calories are equal in her paradigm, this is in fact the basic axiom of her paradigm, like Euclid saying that parallel lines do not intersect. Anyone who dares question that axiom (such as J Stanton or myself) simply doesn’t understand basic science. If you switch from 3000 calories a day of Cheetos to 3000 calories a day of steak, you’ll “probably” lose weight, but only because you absorb a “bit fewer” calories from that complex steaky biological matrix.
Then some of his readers crank up the food geekness to 11. I don’t know if what he’s referencing is true, but I do know that 3000 calories of steak is a hell of a lot of steak. An 8 oz steak, depending on the cut, is roughly 400 calories. So 3,000 calories is about a 60 oz steak (reminds me of the Great Outdoors ‘Ole 96er John Candy had to eat). Now cheetos have 141 calories per ounce, so you would need to eat only 21 ounces to reach that same caloric level. Still a hell of a lot of cheetos, but the what is going to take longer to digest, and when are you going to want to eat again after each of those examples?
Besides the simple goal of “losing weight” on a paleoish diet, what about the types of things you put into your body? I count 22 ingredients in cheetos vs. one for steak. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce it, it shouldn’t be eaten. When choosing between same food types, even junk food, this is still a good general rule to follow. We do occasionally eat Costco’s premium vanilla icecream. Ingredients: fresh cream, skim milk, sugar, pasteurized egg yolks, natural vanilla, carob bean gum and guar gum. Contrast that to Ben and Jerry’s that can contain up to 40 ingredients, including some GMO ones.
So I’m not here to start a paleofan war with other dieters. My point is regardless of if you eat grains and flour and sugar, we can all agree that whole foods are better than processed foods and eating incrementally more of those over time than we currently do will likely make us healthier. Hawaiian Libertarian has many articles over the years on paleo and GMO foods, here’s a brief one on GMO if you’re interested.
It’s up to each of us to educate ourselves and separate the wheat from the chafe with regards to diet… but I have a hard time putting a lot of stock in the USDA and Big Ag putting our health ahead of their profits when I’ve nearly lost my lunch at the pool seeing what big ag (low fat, processed foods, grains galore, soy substitutes) is doing to us as a society. Instead I’ll eat my ass-load of meat, eggs, veggies and feel satiated. lean and strong.
If you want a recipe book, here’ s a good one.Rachel’s Recipes