The Real Food Pyramid

Paleo Food Pyramid

Notice anything different about this food pyramid?  This is the Paleo food pyramid. There is a large population of people who believe in the “so called” paleo diet. That is, these people believe that man was not made to live on grains. Now I have a tendency to agree with this philosophy to a certain extent. One reason I agree is because grains were not a main source of food for early humans, especially not refined grains. The amount of refining of grains did not exist then as they do now. Claims of items being “whole grains” are just false half the time. They have been processed to some extent. Ok, why should grains be the base or foundation of a diet as the “so called” experts claim? Well, partially because they get paid to say so. The grain industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and guess what? Grains were great as filler foods, could store for long periods of time, kept people full during the harsh winters and are cheap enough to feed the masses. But why intake refined grains when you can get all the vitamins and nutrients you need from fruits and vegetables, which are REAL whole foods? Cut out the base of your normal pyramid…you’ll watch your body fat melt away…and don’t say but what should I do for carbs. What are fruits and vegetables?


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

4 Responses to The Real Food Pyramid

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  2. Volker says:

    Well, meat as base for diet is maybe worth than grains. The high fat content is definitively not good for the human being. It stresses the suggestion, takes energy from the body and slows down the whole person. Nutritions in meat can be het from other vegetarian resources, e.g. Proteins from soy products or quinoa. Grains are good, once eaten in balance to other food elements and in good quality, means as unprocessed as possible and organic.

    • You’re right about meats Volker. However, the issue is the food pyramid perpetuated to us is one that contains Bread, Rice & other grains at the base of our diet, which is not healthy at all. You’re correct about slower digestion, etc. I do tend to lean more towards being heavier on the vegetable side…and I don’t even agree that vegetables and fruits should share the same balance. Vegetables should carry a higher percentage of the human diet. Quinoa is excellent, but I think the main point of the pyramid (which is not perfect by any means) is to say that grains which are directly related to glycemic load impacting diabetes and all sorts of other issues should not be so prominent. Thanks for your comments Volker. We need more open discussion on these things.

  3. Volker says:

    *digestion (not suggestion)

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