NRNM: Celebrate the Tribe

In fierce opposition to the ADA’s National Nutrition Month, I’m doing my own advocacy with National REAL Nutrition Month. Throughout March, I’ll post ideas and tips for something you can do to improve your own health habits, along with stuff you can do to painlessly share what you know with the people you love. (All the posts thus far are right here, or click the “National REAL Nutrition Month” label below.)

NRNM: Celebrate the Tribe

It’s always kind of stunning to me when the media gets it right, but I’m super excited to say that Nightline aired an interview with Robb Wolf and Art De Vany last night – and the piece was really nicely done. There was maybe a little bit of a “Look at those crazy fake cavemen eating meat!” vibe at the beginning, but the interviewer gave both Robb and Art an opportunity to speak intelligently and with humor about why the paleo lifestyle makes sense.

Bonus points for…

  • stressing the inclusion of vegetables
  • showing CrossFit as a supportive tribe of people striving to be their best
  • Art towing a car, and Robb walking on his hands
  • making the traditional nutritionists look like pinchy, skinny wannabes next to our paleo leaders – maybe we should take them out for a steak and a CrossFit workout!

Demerits for…

  • the nutritionist who cautioned to “watch the fat”

Overall, I think it’s one of the best mainstream media portraits of this lifestyle.

Tip for You & Your Near and Dear
Today’s assignment is an easy one! Watch this video and revel in how fortunate we are to already have adopted a real food lifestyle – then forward the video to at least one person who needs a nudge in the right direction. For many people, a major network news broadcast like this can make something “fringe” seem much more approachable and manageable.

What do you think of the piece? Post to comments and let us know!

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  • david pugh says:

    hey's so ironic because i'm actually going to start my 1st crossfit intro class at the crossfit south brooklyn box this saturday!!

    very good job by Nightline.

  • desidou says:

    I think the piece was nicely done as well and I was so annoyed when the nutritionists added their comments about watching the fat and how you couldn't eat like a hunter gatherer if you sat on the couch. Really? B/c I have been eating that way and out of the gym for a few months and I didn't gain any of my weight back. Not that I am proud to be sitting out of the gym, but still. I was annoyed. Oh well. The positives of the piece still vastly outweigh the negatives. Hoping more people start to catch on….

  • Tom Denham says:

    Thanks for posting this video link. I actually emailed it to a friend already and I never do that.

  • Allison K. says:

    Hey, do you mind if I steal your "Real national nutrition month" picture and link to your blog from mine?

  • Becky says:

    Oh, I watch the fat, just like she says. I watch it sizzling in the pan before I drop in my eggs and veggies. Am thinking about who to send this to … thanks!

  • Michele says:

    That's a good video, you always should include differing viewpoints. I may just post it FB style and whomever can watch it.

  • Michele says:

    & I forgot to add that it made me wish there was a cross-fit gym anywhere close to where I live. Boo for that.

  • Wendy says:

    That's a great video. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    David P –> AWESOME! Wishing you a successful first CrossFit… be sure to let me know how it goes!

    Desidou –> I agree. That couch comment was really ill-informed.

    Tom –> Yay! Think you can make your friend a convert?

    Allison –> Yes! Please! Feel free to grab the graphic… thanks!

    Becky –> That totally made me laugh out loud. And now I will think of you everytime I watch a spoonful of coconut oil melt in the pan. In fact, I'm going to make it a verb: "The coconut oil is Beckying nicely."

    Michele –> Sorry to hear you don't have a local tribe — but we're here for ya online!

    Wendy –> Thanks for stopping by!