Here are two quick comments re yesterday’s Dr. Oz on the Paleo Diet (TM). First, I was a bit surprised that cheat meals had such a prominent place on the show, but Christoph Dollis pointed out to me on Twitter that that was part of Cordain’s TPD-TM.
The other oddity (error?) was this. Here’s the description of the TPD-TM “plate” per Nell Stephenson: 2/3rds of a plate of fresh veggies, a palm-size serving of protein, a little bit of healthy fat, and some fruit (as pictured below).
That’s the plate you should look at for every meal of the day.
In the next segment, we see some typical paleo meals — after reminding folks what plates are supposed to be like (2/3rds of a plate of veggies), we see instead paleo’s “steak and egg” breakfast:
Probably a dumb production mistake, but it doesn’t exactly help dispel the idea that paleo is Atkins in Grok clothing.
That said, paleofolk seem mostly happy with the show. Cordain and Stephenson are pretty good ambassadors, there were no goofy cavemen jokes/props, and the Oz team seemed oblivious to some of the diet’s criticisms.
Speaking of the latter, out of the mouths of raccoons?
It’s just another paradigm that happens to be better than eating potato chips and fast food.
Update, 4/23/13: Here is full transcript of the show (HT Julianne Taylor).