As much as I enjoy the Paleo diet, and tell people about it, I have to say, it always reminds me how fortunate I am to have the option to eat this way. First off, not everyone in the US has the means to eat a Paleo diet. I'm not wealthy by any means. In fact over the last 12 months my wife stopped working to stay at home to raise our baby. This has put a huge dent in our income (I was shocked when I saw the year to year difference in income on our taxes that's for sure.) Many Americans can't afford to eat a Paleo diet. I don't have any statistics, but lets just think if you're a single mother with 2 kids at home and a $30K income. Will you be shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store where all the perishable food is, or are you going to be looking along the aisles of the store, picking up deals on processed foods that won't spoil?
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So that's just one example of people in the U.S. Sure, most Americans could probably make healthier choices if they wanted to. You could find a cost benefit analysis, give up something to eat better. The vast majority of Americans could eventually see the light and eat more vegetables and less grains.
When it comes down to it, 7 Billion people on Earth can not possibly all eat a Paleo diet. There aren't the resources. There's not enough grain to go around to feed the human population, there certainly won't be enough land to feed the 7 billion people of Earth grass fed meat.
While I'm not using this as a way to knock the Paleo diet and lifestyle by any means, I think we should always remember that unless we happen to be part of a hunter gatherer culture, we are very lucky to be blessed with the resources to choose a Paleo diet.