The waves that Pete and co are making are contributing to an epidemic of health. Don’t slam that.
In a nation where we have a growing epidemic of obesity and a high rate of diabetes and chronic illnesses, we should be thanking Pete Evans for trying to make a difference to our current state of health – not criticising him. In May 2014 there was a major news story that presented the harsh truth: Australia has the fastest growing rate of obesity. Read more here.
I don’t care if you follow Paleo. I don’t even care if you still believe that margarine is better for you than real butter. The fact is that we need all the help we can get. Pete Evans is like Australia’s Jamie Oliver – he is passionate about making a real difference to the lives of many through his love of cooking. And I am beyond grateful for that, because he CAN make a difference. People like myself are just as passionate, but we don’t have the reach they have. We can’t make waves and be heard like they can.
Australia’s Paleo revolution
Pete Evans has started a food revolution in Australia. No one can deny that. The people that poo-poo the Paleo thing surprise me – shouldn’t we be glad that people are starting to swap the highly-refined foods to whole foods? Sure, we can’t REALLY eat exactly like we did in Paleolithic times because food has changed and we don’t run after our prey, but we can remove the refined foods and do our best to eat nutritionally dense foods cooked ourselves; instead of foods that are squeezed together by machines that contain fillers and binders with artificial colours put in to make them look prettier.
I’m also surprised that there are people that diss Pete who work within the health industry. I am surrounded by the impact the Paleo movement has been having on the community. I work in a health food store for 40 hours a week and continue to have people coming in daily to share their stories of amazing health turnarounds. Most people come in for ingredients to make a newly discovered Paleo recipe, and spend a few minutes telling me about the difference it has made to their life/their husband’s life/their kid’s life…
I hear so many stories of people who suffered major blood sugar dysregulations who now have perfect blood sugar readings. I see them lose weight – or they show me a before photo taken a few weeks prior. They tell me that their skin has cleared up. Their stomach is no longer bloated. They have focus. Energy all day. Far out – how can this be bad?! People are actually paying attention to what they are eating and how the food they eat makes them feel.
Through the power of social media, most everyone has seen the big carry-on about his new recipe book that allegedly contained a recipe for a baby formula made from chicken liver and bone broth etc. I was previously going to address this in this article, but the information at hand regarding the claims is vast – there are dieticians that are claiming that the amount of vitamin A in the formula could kill a baby. Let’s address that in a separate post shall we!
So anyway, there you have it…
Just my few cents worth. I, for one, am grateful for the splash Pete Evans has made. He should be given a damn medal, not raked over the coals every time someone thinks his recommendations don’t make sense – remember that the low fat guidelines put in place in 1977 only served to increase obesity. The claims to eat a higher amount of naturally occurring good fats may go against everything you were originally told to believe – but if I can just add that a picture says a thousand words.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2009 Mar. Chartbook.
The waves that Pete and co are making are contributing to an epidemic of health. Don’t slam that. Be thankful someone is fighting for us.
Edit to add: Pete has just announced the release of his new book in question – “Charlotte, Helen and I are thrilled to announce that “Bubba Yum Yum The Paleo Way” will be a proudly independent digital worldwide release in April with print to follow.” I for one can not WAIT to get my hands on this. As a mum, I need all the help and inspiration I can get for feeding my kids!