Thursday, December 19, 2013

"I Worked in a Natural Foods Store for About 5 Years"

Pulled from the comments of the NBA Players Ditch the FDA Pyramid and Go Paleo-Primal post . Rick Miller writes:
Having worked in a natural foods store for about 5 years, I have developed the ability to pretty much tell what kind of diet folks are following by just looking at them. I also had the opportunity to get to know many of the "regular" customers, and I can tell you from experience that our healthiest customers were paleo. The diabetics who were sent to the store by their doctor for some help with their diet, while generally jovial, were also quite panic stricken. The vegetarians were somewhat happy, but a bit "holier than thou". The "gluten-free" folks were rarely people with celiac disease, meaning gluten would make them quite sick. Rather, typically they were just trendy. However, the vegans stood out the most- they were unhappy, pale, and seemed to have a "haze" about them, like they were in some sort of a mental fog. These are absolutely broad generalizations, but pretty darn true to my experiences. As a side note, the fattest folks were always buying "low-fat" items, while the healthiest were seeking "whole-milk" and the most unaltered sorts of things!

On a libertarian note, it is obvious that the primary beneficiaries of the government farm subsidy (grain growers) have their segment of the pyramid right on bottom- indicating the government wishes consumers to eat a large portion of their daily diet in grains. The US food system is truly built on subsidized grains, and the results (more overweight people) are quite predictable. This is a strange form of redistribution that amounts to taking tax dollars (stolen loot) and money-laundering those dollars through the agricultural system, resulting in fat wallets for a select few big ag companies, and fat asses for the majority of their consumers who are driven to their products via unrealistically cheap prices!


  1. I would just like to point out that Scott Jurek, the number one ultramarathoner, is a vegan. Can the above commenter run 165 miles in 24 hours? I am not trying to promote vegetarianism/veganism, as I tend to follow a paleo diet myself. But it's pure bullshit to claim that vegans are necessarily unhealthy.

    1. Ed Ucation,

      Thanks for sharing that! I would point out that in my comment, I added the caveat:

      "These are absolutely broad generalizations, but pretty darn true to my experiences."

      Also, I didn't say they were "unhealthy", just pointed out that they appeared to be "unhappy, pale, and seemed to have a 'haze' about them, like they were in some sort of a mental fog."

      These are merely my experiences in working with many, many customers over the course of half a decade! I am sure there are plenty of vegans out there who are healthy and happy people- everyone's body is different and responds differently to dietary choices. But generally, these were my experiences...

      Another aspect of the paleo lifestyle is the recommended exercise regimen, which is quite different from what I am sure Mr. Jurek follows as an endurance athlete. As Alaska 3636 alludes to, cavemen were never engaging in 165 mile runs per day, rather they were trying to conserve energy in anticipation of the unknown duration of time until the next meal.

    2. Rick,
      thank you for you comment. You should watch this:

      We are born to run.

    3. Ed,

      Thanks for the video to watch...was that a vegan burrito the tribesman was chasing down? LOL!

  2. Somebody cynical might ask why in god's name anyone would want to run 165 miles in 24 hours. Get a hobby for crying out loud.

  3. I'm craving a felafel sandwich.