Is Popcorn Paleo? Who Cares!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Posted in category Food & Nutrition

A recent reader email prompted this thought. While I avoid most grains most of the time, in keeping with the spirit of an 80-20 rule (or usually better, in my case), I love the occasional popcorn night. I buy organic, non-GMO popcorn at Detroit Eastern Market, and I pop it in a Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper on the stove, in coconut oil from the Philippines. I then smother the popcorn in melted raw butter (that I buy illegally from an Amish farmer) and celtic sea salt and pepper.

Too often, people are confused by the various streams of paleo dogma, leading them to believe that perfection is the only prescription to move upward from the SAD (Standard American Diet). Most paleos (or primalists) do not advocate a strict dogma; it is essential to understand this. I see people turning paleo and becoming what I call “food frightened,” or afraid of eating one strand of gluten, one dollop of grain, or worse, they punish themselves for drinking wine or coffee. Fermented grapes and real coffee beans are nature’s gifts, and each provides their own unique stimulant. I partake of healthy doses of each.

While microwave popcorn is pure industrial evil (look at the ingredients), the Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper makes a great gift, and so I bought one for my sister and her family last Christmas.

Be Sociable, Share!
You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

9 Responses to Is Popcorn Paleo? Who Cares!

  1. cory says:

    November 6th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    As a “primalist”, I heartily agree with you. I consume plenty of coffee and fermented grapes. I indulge in fermented wheat drinks as well, as I have brewed those since my youth and would never give them up. Giving up bread is one thing, but giving up the fermented version would be too much. 

    I will say though that it is a good idea to be “food frightened” when starting out. Without a strict, consistent adherence to the plan, it’s can be very challenging to get the weight loss. I can make great strides toward my optimal weight goal, but then lose a week if I have a nice dinner out even if the food is all organic and of the best quality ingredients. I’ve had to commit to a 95/5 rule until around March, when I will be at my optimal weight, and then 80/20 will be easy, and enjoyable, to maintain.

    My wife will be happy about your popcorn experience. She loves the stuff. You can make your own microwave version easily. Put it in a paper lunch bag and a teaspoon of coconut oil and some sea salt, and then fold and staple shut the top. Microwave it like you would the bags and it comes out great. No chemicals or odd ingredients required.

  2. Hans says:

    November 7th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Yes! What a great post. Really made me chuckle.

    Thanks for the popcorn popping tip too. I just love the stuff and it’s one of my favorite cheats to the paleo way of eating.

    “Paleolibertarianism” (from your About page): what a great moniker. I feel like I’ve finally found a home for my burgeoning interests in both subjects and all that they imply.

    In short: love your blog! I’ll be adding it to my Google Reader pile but moving it toward the top. 

    I’ll stop here before I begin to gush. 

  3. George says:

    November 12th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Yes, after hearing you and Lew ruminate about the Primal lifestyle, the forty pounds melted off almost effortlessly. Mark Sisson even put my story up on his website. I did the food fear thing for a while, but my 80/20 indulgence is confined mostly to a bit of dark chocolate and a glass of burgundy every now and then. For what it’s worth, your popcorn is well-chosen by being organic and non-GMO, but the one thing to also keep in mind is whether it’s a hybrid. Those are gut bombs as well.
    Best, GUS

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    November 12th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Gus – link to the Sisson posting of you?

  5. George says:

    November 13th, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Karen, I’m pretty sure that I emailed you about it last year when I’d just lost the weight. You responded with congratulations. Here it is again though:

  6. Karen De Coster says:

    November 13th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    George – now I remember! (when I saw your photo).

  7. George says:

    November 14th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Impressive memory, because you’ve gotta have a tidal wave of posts and emails. My wife and I are down-in-the-bones, culturally-proper Southerners, but you get to be one of our favorite Yankees (there aren’t very many: three or four, I think).
    Best, GUS

  8. Karen De Coster says:

    November 14th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Oh Gus! A Northerner, but no damn Yankee! :–)

    An Unreconstructing, secessionist, jury-nullificationist Northerner!

  9. Mary says:

    June 24th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I love you popcorn post. I was searching for “is popcorn paleo” when I found it. I just started out trying to be weekday paleo. My brother lost a bit of weight and nothing else seems to be working for me. So far, so good. I hope you will post more things about Detroit — like things to do, great products, where to get them in the area, etc.

Leave a Reply