Art De Vany’s New Evolution Diet Food Pyramid

Aug 30th, 2011

Art De Vany’s New Evolution Diet Food Pyramid


A very small photo of the New Evolution Diet Food Pyramid

Last week, paleo diet pioneer Art De Vany revealed his version of the food pyramid, the New Evolution Diet Food Pyramid.  Check out his blog post explaining it here:

Also, in case you missed it, check out JP’s comment from yesterday’s post regarding organic farming, the failure of economic forecasting, and the misuse of said forecasts for public policy decisions.

Plenty of food for thought on the CFO blog these days (cheesy pun, I know).  At the risk of opening a can of worms, where do you stand on these matters?

DISCUSSION 10 Comments

  1. Aaron Mac August 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Isn’t a calorie still just a calorie? As much as I know the effects of sugar on our hormonal system, I found when continuously exerting energy, I had to eat copious amounts of sugar and fat in order to meet that need in performance and energy expenditure. While I didn’t look as lean as I wanted, my performance continued to increase. I could very well not completely understand the negative impacts of having a hormonal response, but if you are going to be using that energy right away, should sugars be cut out of your diet? 

  2. Lydia Encinas August 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Candace, T and I were having this conversation just the other day… What if, in 20 years, after multiple years of testing is available, it is determined that our bodies can’t actually process that much protein without any grains? And that irreparable damage is done to our organs due to excessive protein intake?

    Just for arguments sake, let’s say that grains won’t kill you or, worse still, make you fat. If you ever read about any "old-time" bodybuilders or fitness guru’s diets, it almost always contains whole grain- whole wheat bread, oatmeal, etc. and they’ve managed to live long and prosper while staying lean and fit… So, what gives? Why the sudden shift to No Grains at all? Is it purely the aesthetic result that is driving us- if you get lean by cutting it out, it must be good for you?

    Candace can offer a more eloquent view point than I but for now, I wonder…

  3. Tamara August 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    During the era when people were getting “70’s big” they all had farms and raised a more organic product than what we eat today. Yes everyone had farms, it was the thing to do then. Because of ranching and lifting heavy in the evening, these litters had a higher metabolism and could digest grains better. People like yourself with sedentary lifestyles who sit at a desk all day, shove grains down their throats and just get plain fat & unhealthy. I hope that cleared up a few things for you?

  4. Candace Hester August 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Sometimes I wonder not so much whether strict Paleo as it utilized by our ancestors could have adverse effects but rather whether it might as used today by us meat head Crossfiters and the like.  That is, like Lyd, lyd said maybe too much bacon is bad and perhaps even worse for you without a piece of toast on the side.  Without some sort of randomized control trial and very little historical information it’s hard to know for sure.  Another one that gets me is all those "healthy" gluten free alternatives.  I get nervous that folks are reaching for 2 gluten free muffins rather than 1 since they’re healthy and that there may in fact be perverse implications years down the road as a result.


    I know this is TMI for the blog but when I first started Paleo I couldn’t poop for a month because I thought replacing meat with grains was the way to go.  Not so much for me.  Now, I am getting the hang of it but (tying in with JPs post) it is mighty mighty expensive to eat all those fresh, organic veggies and grass fed meats 4-5 meals a day.  So much so that I’ve been thinking about reintroducing beans and rice because I doubt it’s going to kill me but it might make it possible for me to graduate from school financially solvent.  And, because I am in fact studying economics and public policy, I can’t resist probing JPs jab at economic models based on what I interpret as their lack of ability to mimic reality.  While of course it is true that models are perfectly accurate or even mostly accurate most of the time, the only thing that can be perfectly predictive of the future is the future itself.  I believe, nonetheless, that sound policy will in fact attempt to make predictions about the usefulness of various policy prescriptions- be it to intervene or to allow the market to work uninterrupted.  Either way, employing predictions that make use of models that make explicit our assumptions and enable candid conversation about their validity is, in my perhaps biased opinion, a significant improvement over simply trying to out shout one another based on our theoretical and political ideologies.  In my opinion, this is the beauty of economics specifically and, actually, academia more broadly: that it provides tools for analyzing problems and language for identifying the crux of the disagreement.  In the economics discipline in particular, I have found liberal and conservative thinkers alike who employ these skills to analyze situations and sometimes even change their minds about a specific policy.  Imagine that!  A conservative who ends up publishing a paper suggesting we should in fact raise taxes or a liberal who finds the opposite.  I’ve seen it happen my friends, albeit rarely, and I doubt it would be possible without the use of these models.   The models, by the way, aren’t so arcane after you spend a good 4 years in graduate school;)

    Speaking of models… back to studying for me!  Cheers to good, thoughtful discussion on the CFO blog!!


  5. Candace Hester August 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    … I thought replacing grain’s with meat was the way to go…



  6. Tamara August 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Why do people feel that going Paleo means you have to increase your meat/protein intake? If anything you are supposed to be replacing grains with larger amounts of veggies and some fruit?

  7. Candace Hester August 31, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I think I probably exchanged a little veggies in their too for the grain but it’s hard for me to eat the same amount of calories with fruit and veggies as I was used to getting from grains.  What can I say T, we’re all not as good at it as you…

    PS.  Even Robb Wolf says constipation is a common problem from switching to Paleo since grains tend to be really high in fiber…  

  8. D-Sal August 31, 2011 at 4:10 am

    To be clear, is pizza a fruit or vegetable?   I always get those two confused. 

  9. Zeke August 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

     If possible adverse effects of eating Paleo are discovered some 20 years down the road I will always take quality of life before quantity of years.   So for me, if the side effects of a paleo lifestyle  and diet turn out to be more or less years that is really beside the point.   I can say that since changing my diet my BP has dropped 30 points and I am calmer and clearer.   We also got to this point in society, in both good and bad ways,  because of generations of people taking risks and modifying there diets.   For example, some poor soul, probably many times over, had to eat that little red berry  for human consciousness to figure out that it was poison.  It is kind of too bad that Mark is at Burning Man this week because I am sure that he would have something, actually a lot of things, to say about this.