« on: May 30, 2014, 07:45:11 PM »
The discussions about the 'ZC' diet have highlighted some rather large problems with the diet categories on this site, which do not match with historical reality of what a paleodiet would have included. In addition more consideration needs to be given to what foods are readily available to our average modern human.
I believe this is important because these arbitrary categories may be channeling users into directions that are unhelpful.
"Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet
Animal products with some veggies, berries, and non-domesticated, wild fruits added to the mix."
'Omnivorous' - unnecessary since humans are omnivores so practically all paleo diets would be omnivorous.
' some veggies' is ambiguous and denigrates the high value starchy roots, and wet vegetative matter would have had.
'non-domesticated, wild fruits' is totally unrealistic for most of us.
No mention is made of seeds, fungi or seaweed
"Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach
Not literally zero carb but eating only from the animal kingdom: muscle meats, organs, and fat of sea, sky, and land animals alike -- the raw meat diet for humans."
This is not even a paleo diet - what tribe of humans living on unfrozen land has ever limited themselves to eating just animal food? Therefore this diet title either needs changing or it should be moved to the 'Other Raw-Animal-Food' category.
High in fruit; low in a limited selection of animal foods; raw vegetables and dairy are forbidden.'
Well this is obviously not a paleo diet because once again I bet that there has never been a tribe that randomly decided not to eat roots, shoots, leaves, flowers, sprouts, fungi, seaweed etc. So it to belongs in the 'Other Raw-Animal-Food' category.
It seems others have made similar comments many times before, but there is too much inertia and an unwillingness to change, maybe its too hard to change the setup, or it might alienate existing users, or just can't be bothered.
Another way of looking at this is that ancient humans would have eaten whatever they could find, so the diets would come down to the climate in geographical location of the inhabitants. Following this would give:
Temperate Diet (a low sugar diet)
Animal food, low sugar fruits and berries, vegetation, roots, fungi, seaweed, seeds, nuts
Tropical diet (a high sugar diet)
Animal food, high and low sugar fruits and berries, vegetation, roots, fungi, seaweed, seeds, nuts
Frigid diet (a very low carb diet?)
Animal food, seasonal berries, vegetation, roots, fungi, seaweed, seeds, nuts
Any other ideas?