Earlier this week on Facebook, Just Eat Real Food cited a great post by the eloquent Cave Girl Eats about the problems of dogma, or “rigid set[s] of rules” governing the choices in our individual quests for wellness, illustrating how the paleo community is not exempt from absolutism. She writes:
“There are no hard-and-fast ‘rules.’ There is only information and choices. Yes, it’s true that certain foods are nourishing and others simply aren’t. But a list of yes/no rules without an understanding of the ‘why’ means somebody else is still bossing you around. And this lifestyle is about informed self-determination – not blind execution of somebody else’s trademarked Rules.”
There is an image posted with this passage, a “real food pyramid” by Balanced Bites—a helpful guide, perhaps, but easily interpreted as “a list of yes/no rules without an understanding of the ‘why'”—so more than a bit contradictory to CGE’s words.
Why were these particular things paired? Is JERF asking us to look past a dogmatic interpretation of this food pyramid, and to the spirit of the image?
The intention isn’t clear to me, nor apparently to their followers. The vast majority of the comments are from people arguing and nitpicky over the content of the food pyramid, what foods should be on there and should go where. Reading this post is a good study in absurdity.
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