Should the Paleo Diet Be Illegal?

paleo diet illegalAre you a fan of meat? Or just eating as if you lived like a caveman, which means, meat? Then perhaps you've been tempted to try the Paleo diet, which cuts out anything (most anything) that was not around during the time period pre-processed foods. On the surface, this sounds kind of good. Processed foods are the devil! Ditch processed foods!

Here's what else you have to avoid on the Paleo diet: Refined sugars, starchy vegetables like potatoes, grains, legumes, dairy, some oils, and some people cut out alcohol. So we're kind of talking about the Atkins diet but with even more restrictions.

Personally, I couldn't do it but I know people who have and they seem to love it. Like this blogger and diabetic, Steve Cooksey who is being threatened with jail time for advocating the Paleo way of life. Seems like an extreme reaction to a diet you don't like, right?

But apparently the State Board of Dietetics and Nutrition of North Carolina (where Cooksey lives) are super angry and saying that Cooksey is advocating a nutritional lifestyle that is just like "practicing nutrition without a license." Excuse me while I remove these recipes I posted about how to go Paleo.

Cooksey may be advocating that we all try the Paleo diet -- or at least those people who are using diet to control their diabetes -- but is that the same thing as following advice from a nutritionist? If a nutritionist told you to follow the Paleo diet would it also be illegal? I'm confused. Why so much hating on the Paleo? Was there this much anger over the South Beach Diet?

Again, I don't want to go on this diet particularly, but I hope you're not listening to me, or any other blog, when you decide what diet works best for you.  Reading a blog is not the same thing as going to a doctor. Just like when I tell you how to create a bridal shower menu, I'm not acting as a wedding planner or a caterer. So please keep that in mind when you enjoy the recipes. But you knew that already, right?

Do you think this guy should be sued for practicing nutrition without a license?


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Melis... Melissa042807

From my own research on the subject (I'd like to go back to school for nutrition), you don't need a license to advise people about nutrition, or even to call yourself a "nutritionist", but you need a license to be a dietician. There's a difference. So as long as he's not calling himself a dietician without a license, I don't see why he can't talk about his love of the Paleo diet on his blog. 

alisa... alisabethjaimes

If he isn't advertising himself as a licensed dietician then he shouldn't be threatened with legal action.

nonmember avatar Emme

He's just advocating it, not printing out fake certificates that say he's an authority on the matter. People recommend all sorts of stuff if it works for them. I definitely don't see the harm in it it.

nonmember avatar Dani

I don't see a problem with what he's doing. I have a friend that swears by paleo, and she looks great, and healthy so I guess it works.

Great... Greatdays

Personally, I've lost track of what all the "Nutritionists" have told me that I can and cannot eat.  Fact is we learned what to eat with the Four Food Groups (Pyramid) as children and, if we follow the rules of them and exercise we'll be fine.  Just that simple.  So let's add the Paleo Diet to the ones we bought the books for and tried to follow.  It all comes back to common sense.  

PonyC... PonyChaser

Isn't NC also the place where that school took away that little girl's lunch and gave her chicken nuggets, instead? I think they're going a little overboard. Since when is it the government's place to tell us what to eat???

On the subject of Paleo... I've been leaning more and more toward that style of eating. Some of it I can't handle (organ meats.. gyuhh), but some I'm all over (not eating bread constantly, eating lots of lean protein and not feeling bad about it), and it's done wonderful things for me. I feel better, more energized, and I lose weight when I follow it. And I'm insulin-resistant, so for the first time in like 20 years, I'm losing weight easily. It's not for everyone, but then neither is vegetarianism, or veganism, or any other "diet".

DebaLa DebaLa

Eat Right For Your Type (dieting by ancient programming by your bloodtype) by Dr Peter D'Adamo makes more sense than this...

the4m... the4mutts

Whether or not you do the diet, or think its a good one, he didn't portray himself as a professional, so they should lay off.

Sidthe Sidthe

Said it before I'll say it again people are spazzes...

mistysun mistysun

Oh good lord!!! They're going to come after me next because I actually tell people about how going gluten free has reversed 95% of my son's behavioral and emotional difficulties that he was having in school over the past 2 years! Funny our family wasn't all that big on wheat anyhow. He was an angel in preschool and kindergarten, quiet and attentive, very helpful as well. He got into 1st grade and a few months in started having problems holding still and talking out of turn. Headaches and stomach aches. He started getting really depressed as well. Summer after first grade saw an improvement in all the behaviors but they started up again as soon as 2nd grade started. Did blood test for allergies and it came up with bad reaction to wheat, eggs and banana. We pulled those from his diet immediately! 2 weeks later the majority of his behaviors cleared up. We had a second test to confirm the results since he'd never had a reaction that we'd seen and that test proved the first results were a false positive. However the allergist said that boys especially can have a gluten sensitivity that causes those behaviors and there's no test! What can I say?? I'll still pass the information on since it's better then pills for ADHD if the child didn't act ADHD before they started eating all that wheat heavy over processed school food. Ever take a look at a school menu. EVERY item is heavy in bread. Bad, bad for diabetic kids too!

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