Is Paleo Mainstream Now That These Celebrities Are Doing It?

Posted on 24. Apr, 2012 by in Lifestyle

Recently a bunch of celebrities have made it public that they have been following “Paleo” or Paleo-like diets and making their hatred for gluten and sugars known. Celebrities like Jessica Biel, Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox, Miss USA 2011 Shannon Ford, Eva La Rue, and professional dude Matthew McConaughey all follow Paleo diets.

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Even Kim Kardashian has recently stated she’s starting to cut out wheat, gluten, and dairy. If that booty starts slimming down then you know why.

Athletes like Steve Nash and Grant Hill have also realized the power of Paleo and it has helped them extend their basketball game into their elder years (late 30s). While not divulging the secrets of an NFL Quarterback diet, Aaron Rodgers said he brought a copy of “The Paleo Diet” with him to read on his road trip to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, which they won of course.

In my opinion it’s great to see celebrities speak out about their personal intolerances to certain foods and dietary changes to help their bodies. Since they are always in the spotlight, the conversation about their diets quickly turns to physical appearance and why they EAT a certain way to LOOK a certain way.

Instead of being praised for turning up their noses at the big food marketers and listening to their bodies, they seem to be ostracized for following another “fad diet”, or suspected of being anorexic.

 

In a recent article I read about Miley Cyrus going Paleo, she only admitted to being Paleo because of the eating disorder accusations that were being thrown her way.

I may be putting too much weight into a US weekly article but the “experts take” on Miley was completely and utterly ridiculous.

Here is expert Rachel Begun, “People who go gluten-free may gain weight if they rely mostly on highly-processed gluten free foods, many of which tend to be higher in fat, calories and sugar than their gluten-containing counterparts.”

WTF? That’s like saying Zac Efron’s new movie “The Lucky One” is the best Nicholas Sparks movie since “Dear John.”

(I didn’t think there was another Sparks’ movie since “Dear John” but there actually was one in between, “The Last Song” starring my new friend Miley Cyrus. Sorry Miley.)

Anyways, let’s hear from “The Last Song” star.

“Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing. You won’t go back!”

“It’s not about weight — it’s about health. Gluten is crap anyway!”

I admire Miley for her honesty and her work will be a little more digestible for me now.

I’m sure her publicist jumped on her a** for just blowing every future Carl’s Jr. or Subway commercial.

Then her publicist probably told her to just keep her thoughts about corn syrup to herself so they could still have Pepsi! (…and 80% of the other processed food products out there)

 

I’m sorry but I just have to laugh when I see David Beckham or Selma Hayek in Burger King commercials. I can’t fathom them actually eating that crap, even if it was offered to them on the set of shooting and they were starving. Even if they had to take a bite for the cameras, I’m sure it was spit out when the director yelled “cut”.

 

I also can’t picture Michael Phelps shoving hoagie rolls into his mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mean c’mon does Jessica Simpson really eat Pizza Hut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O that’s her now? Ok maybe she did a little.

 

A celebrity not pregnant, still looking mighty fine, and ready to marry the equally fine Justin Timberlake, is Jessica Biel.

Jessica Biel says in an article found here, about eating Paleo, “I do a lot of cooking at home using fresh fish or lean meat like chicken and vegetables. I eat well. I don’t like the word ‘diet’,”

“The healthy-eating plan is incredibly helpful; it just leans you down and slims you up and takes that little layer of fat, skin, water-weight right off your body.”

Jessica is also a CrossFitter as well. She may have the best body of any actress out there right now, so I think its best we pay attention to her health and fitness regimen.

 

Many actors and actresses have to look their best for the roles they are about to play. Unless you are Jonah Hill and you are just funnier fatter.

Stars like Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, and Chris Hemsworth (Thor), have made Superhuman transformations to their bodies in short periods of time by putting in some serious work and tapping the much coveted “celebrity diet secrets!”

Secrets? Really?

In researching celebrity diets I found most of them sing the same tune.

  1. Lots of lean meats
  2. Lots of veggies
  3. No sugar

While only some explicitly get rid of carbohydrates from grains and gluten, most of the diet plans are of the no or low carb variations. I see a theme here.

Come to think of it though, celebrities are very secretive about their diets. Why is that?

If you barely ever eat bread anymore because you know how bad it is for you then why not say so? (Thank you Miley again for speaking up! Gluten is crap!)

But why hold back from making an enemy with bread?

Is it because you may get a ridiculous lucrative deal for a fast food commercial in the future? Ahem, Mr. Beckham.

 

 

I hope you’ve made it this far into the post because I have to share my most favorite “celebrity” take on paleo yet. Although he’s only much of a celebrity among college students, he still counts as another great Paleo-er.

Here are some quotes from the man behind “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,” book and movie, Tucker Maxx. It absolutely made my day to read this.

“I realized that if you’re just a normal person, and you have the normal ideas about diet and nutrition, everything you know is wrong.”

You are damn right about that one Tucker, and I feel like only a year ago, I only knew normal nutrition and it was killing me inside. Go on sir.

“Look. I’m not a f**king fruitcake. I understand that Snickers bars are f**cking delicious. No fact about paleo is going to ever change the fact that Snickers are f**ing delicious.”

LOL. Proceed…

“This morning I woke up, I was 171 pounds. I’m the strongest I’ve ever been. I’m 35 years old and I’m in better shape than I was at 25 or at 15. I’m at eight percent body fat. I work out, like, not counting fighting, maybe an hour a week. A week. Not a day. A week.”

“I’ll be like, ‘How old do you think I am?’ They’ll say, ‘I dunno? 28?’ I’ll say, ‘No, I’m 35. And you’re 22 and you look like you’re 30.’ And it’s not my genetics. I’m not Johnny Depp or something. My parents look like average people. I have pretty average genetics.”

And I love this last quote by Tucker when asked about finding someone with the same passion for Paleo in common:

“You know what’s funny, dude? I’ve gotten to the point now where I can look at someone and tell. Paleo is not mainstream yet but I think it will be in the next five years. But I can look at someone and tell you. Especially the ones that are hardcore. They just have an energy and a vibrance and a skin tone and a musculature. It’s like they stepped out of an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog, even if they’re not like model-hot. They look like… Greek statues or something.”

Again, Well said. Read the full interview here.

 

It’s a catch-22 when celebs go Paleo.  Every time a celebrity news article says their on it, it brings more attention to this way of eating. Sadly its often negative attention and they get criticized for caring about physical appearance and falling into this FAD just like all the other healthy celebs and athletes who admit to doing it.

I’m sorry but it’s anything but a FAD to eat REAL FOOD.

A FAD is mandating all wheat flour foods be enriched with folic acid since 1998.

A FAD is taking the sugar out of all our foods just to substitute a more harmful substance, high fructose corn syrup in its place.

A FAD is the fear of real fats, the “fat-free” labeling movement and the introduction of trans fats.

A FAD is EVERY NEW ZERO CALORIE DRINK chocked full of aspartame and other harmful ingredients.

Paleo eating, means eating like the ancestors of the Paleolithic era that spanned 2 million years. 2 million years is hardly a FAD in my book.

Thank you to all the celebrities who come out and speak up in support of this eating lifestyle.

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  • Michtou

    The real paleo diet probably had very little meat in it. Grubs, worms, and bugs were the main source of protein. Fruit, berries, leaves and roots were the mainstay of the diet. All this “paleo” stuff is imaginary.

  • Ole

    Scott @ Exactly, the annoying people who writes about lean meat! Fat is good! Even Saturated Fat!!! And not that we are only Carnivores, because we’re not, we’re Omnivores, but you never see any Carnivore / Predator, that filters away the Fat from what they kill! In with Fats, out with Carbs :D

  • Scott

    Why is there always the discussion of lean meats? Lean meats cause insulin spikes. I stick to lots of greasy, fatty meats and it keeps my appetite at bay. Fat is my friend. Bacon, pork, veggies fried in bacon grease, all very satiating. But I’m just getting started on Paleo. Eventually I may lean it down significantly.

  • Angela Coleman

    I am hoping to have a testimony to the paleo way of life. I am a registered nurse with an MBA. My life has been a yoyo and at 47 years old I have to become a purist. I know what is right for my body. Doing it every moment of my life is a change from bad habits to good habits. I need to do this not only for me but for my family and break the cycle of bad habits and the traditional Standard American Diet (SAD).
    Here’s to now. Getting my butt off the chair and computer to get my daily work out in.
    Thanks for an inspirational site,
    Angela

    • http://www.livingsuperhuman.com Andrew Frezza

      You’re welcome Angela! Thanks for sharing your story with us! We look forward to hearing your testimonial! Start living your “after” today and it won’t be long before you won’t recognize the old you! I am sure you already are a huge inspiration to your kids and those around you! It’s time to take things to the next level!

  • http://thebaboo.com/ Eleni

    This was great! For a long time, I was very involved in a big bodybuilding forum and when I considered going paleo I asked what the women thought. Some encouraged me to try it, but most just told me I would fail and not be able to stick with it because I love carbs. They just told me I would be making myself suffer and I would quickly change my mind…I tried it anyway, and I’ve never felt better! Seriously-energy like you wouldn’t believe, sleeping so much better, and a 6 lb loss in the first 2 weeks. Love it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Swaringen/100000250965440 Jonathan Swaringen

       Anyone looking to look and feel great on Paleo should also check out The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living/Performance and Body by Science.

      All three books have really useful information.  Body by Science has a ton of good information on how and why to work out and is written by someone who believes in Paleo as well.

      • Andrew

        Thanks for the suggestions Jonathan! I have read Body by Science but not the other ones.