Why paleo on a global scale is more sustainable than you think.

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A poignant article called How the Anti-Meat Narrative is going to get us all Killed was recently posted online and it prompted me to dust off the below article to give my own five cents worth…

People who don’t understand paleo (essentially a whole foods’ movement), give paleotarians flak for eating animals.

The knee-jerk reaction I get when I tell someone about my lifestyle is almost always: ”eating paleo is unsustainable for the planet because of the meat aspect”. This often coming from someone who has made next to little effort to eat foods from more sustainable sources. The irony of it all…

But despite the irony, they happen to be right… to some extent. Because indeed, everyone including the most fast-food-addicted junkie will agree that the state of affairs at the moment with factory-raised livestock worldwide (especially in the US) is inhumane, unethical and definitely unsustainable.

However, beyond this fact, is eating paleo really unsustainable?

Here’s what I generally respond when people give me grief for my “carnivorous” diet.

  • If you eat whole foods, you’re definitely not eating fast food anymore. You care about where your food comes from; you go to the farmer’s market and by local produce, including your meat and animal products. You also buy grass-fed, hormone free and perhaps even organic if you can afford it (and most of the time you can). Get most of our world population eating this way and it (again) equates to less feedlots around the planet. No more feedlots not only = no more livestock being raised (and mercilessly sacrificed), but also the survival and revival of entire ecosystems (fauna and flora), once decimated by land clearing.
  • No more grains, means you’re no longer part of a long chain of events which leads to more land clearing this time to grow wheat, corn, soy, barley, spelt and other such things for human consumption. Because if you’re going to quit eating meat in favour of grains, you will be indulging in an eating practice that also results in animals being killed for the sake of feeding humans. People might not like or want to admit it but it is definitely a reality. Ultimately, we all have blood on our hands and annihilating our planet’s eco systems on such broad scale to feed our species isn’t sustainable either.
  • Eradicating grains to exclusively grow vegetables and fruits translates into substantially less fresh water needed to irrigate plant fields.
  • A whole foods approach devoid of grains (and most) dairy products definitely minimises that negative impact we have on nature.
  • When you consume whole foods, you don’t overfeed yourself because your hormonal hunger signals aren’t out of whack thanks to crazy-high quantities of carbs in your diets contributed mostly by sugar and grains–which are known to derail hunger hormones such as leptin. Thus you eat when hungry and stop as you start to feel satiated. Less less food consumed equals less resources to sustain your body, which ultimately leads to eating less animal flesh even if you were to eat meat at every sitting.
  • Because you’re lean (like a lot of paleotarians I know), you ‘re more likely to use less resources.
  • As a paleotarian, you might even practice the art of intermittent fasting (as I do); you might go 16 to twenty hours without a single morsel of chow. You end up eating 1-2 meals per day as opposed to the three square meals and two snacks the average person would eat.
  • Because you understand how nutritious offals are, you consume its marrow, organs and blood. You end up consuming more of the animal–which is something we touched on in We Love Paleo. Doing so, obviously translates in less waste and a lesser number of animals being killed year in year out.

To some extent, I can understand why a dietary practice involving eating animals would come up against misconceptions and resistance. There’s no doubt in my mind that the current state of affair regarding the meat industry worldwide is fuelling the polemic. However, demonising the consumption of a food that has been proven to be very nutritious, and to some extent essential to our health is not the solution either.

Hopefully, films like ours will favourably turn the public opinion around on the matter.

 

sources:                                                                                               https://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Wildlife/EndangeredbySprawl.ashx
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Our indie documentary now available subtitled in… Czech!

Watch the film now with Czech subtitles. | Podívejte se na film s českými titulky teď.

We’re very happy to announce that you can now watch our film on VHX in Czech language. That’s right… Czech!

Perhaps it’s your native language or you know someone who speaks Czech and could benefit from watching We Love Paleo in their native tongue.

All you need once you’ve rented/purchased the film is to select Czech in the drop down menu, just like this:

Oh and before we go, we would like to publicly thank Alena Suchá, our devoted volunteer who worked tirelessly for months on end to translate a film she felt very passionate about!

Watch the film now. | Podívejte se na film s českými titulky teď.

Food Matters filmmaker James Colquhoun’s thoughts on We Love Paleo (aka Love Paleo)

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Earlier this year our film was reviewed by respected Aussie documentary filmmaker James Colquhoun (who co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed the likes of Food Matters and Hungry for Change).

Our debut documentary had been selected as part of FoodMatterTV‘s portfolio of quality films and that alone was great validation for us! Then came Colquhoun’s coverage on our piece as it was officially released. Chuffed.

Here’s the article:

“Are you curious to know if there’s any truth behind all the Paleo talk? Could it really be healthy? Or is it just the latest craze?

Nutrition can be a heated topic at the best of times. And when it comes to Paleo, people tend to sit in the ‘passionately for Paleo’ camp or ‘wholeheartedly against it’ school of thought.

But whichever side of the fence that you currently sit in, ‘Love Paleo’ offers a fresh perspective on what the Paleo Diet is all about. It strips back the hype and focuses on real-life stories of people who follow this way of eating.

 This film chronicles how people from all walks of life, ranging from chefs to doctors and nutritionists, have healed their health issues by taking on a Paleo approach.

In doing so, this film clears the misconceptions about what the paleo lifestyle actually involves. It explains how this way of eating is about ‘uncomplicating’ food and returning to a way of eating that builds our bodies, instead of breaking down our health. 

More than anything, it offers an alternative possibility to the standard western diet that is the current cause of so much disease. 

I was surprised by how much of this film made ‘common sense’. While it certainly presents an evidence-based argument, it also offers information that resonates in an intuitive way as well.

So if you’re interested in eating real food, curious about the Paleo diet, or want to discover inspirational stories of health, I encourage you to watch ‘Love Paleo’ today.”

You can read the article on FMTV here.

We Love Paleo Live on iTunes Australia as ”Love Paleo”

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Great news! Our film just received a PG rating from the Australian Classification Board last Friday. (Finally.) It is now live on iTunes in Australia and will also be available soon in Australia on FetchTV, Sony Playstation, X-Box, and Google Play.

This means that we have yet a broader outreach to our audience and the mainstream… because not everyone know about VHX.tv, right?

Now remember, we launched online worldwide under the name Love Paleo; to buy the film on iTunes in AUSTRALIA go to: http://apple.co/1oVRzXE

Patience pays off everyone!

Stay tuned for more exciting news on how WLP is “conquering” (and hopefully changing) the world.

Caroleen

WLP available on iTunes in French, Spanish and German.

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Hi Folks, Caroleen here.

Wow, January  and February are already well behind us! Where did the time go?

We hope you’re doing well so far and that everyone’s year started with a positive BANG!

Ours certainly started very well with our distribution of We Love Paleo in French, German and Spanish since January 01.01.2016!

As a matter a fact, you can now go to the following shops to buy sub-titled in these languages:
in FRENCH on iTunes FRANCE
in GERMAN on iTunes GERMANY
in SPANISH on iTunes MEXICO

So spread the word and share with your French, German and Spanish speaking friends so they too can learn about Paleo and start turning their lives around!

And rest assure that we’ll be updating you with more news on the film and insights from the paleo community… so stay tuned guys.

WLP announces a SECOND signed distribution deal!

Gravitas_Ventures_logoThings are getting very exciting over here.

We’ve signed yet another deal, this time with a large US film distribution company called Gravitas Ventures. They’re one of the biggest out there and are a well-respected, well-known distribution company. If you’re in the know when it comes to distribution in the US, you’ve definitely heard that name!

So here’s how the story goes in a nutshell…

Rewind to December 2014.

I was looking at my emails at 4am… I know, I know, not very paleo but for some reason I had awaken and found nothing better to do than to check emails on my iphone. And there it was black on white: one of the high executives at Gravitas telling me how he had stumbled across our Berlin clip and was open to watch the final product. I seriously had to rub my eyes (it was 4 am after all) to check that the email was legit… because I had heard of Gravitas through filmmaking peer circles and here they were coming to us! So of course, we had a long chat a couple days later and it was agreed that we would stay in touch and submit the film to them once finished.

Fast forward to early August, 2015.

By now we’ve completed the film and sent it to GV for their perusal… and that’s it! They were still interested in getting We Love Paleo on their slate for a WORLDWIDE ONLINE RELEASE.

Now apart from being a cute little story, what does that have to do with you?  A couple things actually. If you didn’t buy the film at early bird prices or if you have purchased your copy but would like all your loved ones to see the film, then you’ll be glad to know that it will be WIDELY available online on other platforms. Dates and specifics have yet to be discussed but we promise to keep everyone in the loop.

The other great thing is that GV has a total reach of over 1 BILLION houses everywhere around the world! Now that’s pretty impressive if you ask me. We might be able to achieve our dream of changing lives around the world with our documentary, after all.

And it doesn’t stop there: as our worldwide online distributor, they will be taking on the tedious task of getting the film translated in French, Italian and German. We were always going to do this aided by passionate volunteers, but having someone else handle the nitty gritty in its entirety will allow us to go on and create other documentary projects.

As always, make sure to watch this space for further great news and a firm release date for the film.

Have a great week-end!

Caroleen

World Premiere in London — feedback & photos

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With the buzz of the carnival outside, groups dancing and crowds smiling, we began our own celebration inside The Gate cinema in Notting Hill.

On August 31st, we had our World Premiere! Where we were joined by numerous Paleo bloggers, friends and some of our cast and crew. As the attendees arrived, the drinks began to flow (a big thank you to Jameson!) Although the foyer was small, the room began to fill and became crowded as more and more appeared. As you can see we were having a great time!

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The time had come. We made our way into the huge cinema theatre, decked with red velvet seats, which held the screen behind the classic red curtain. All we needed now was an usher to hand out popcorn and ice cream. Everyone had taken there seats and the film was about to begin.
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Unfortunately despite testing, we did have a few technical problems with the projection, over-exposure and shown at a different aspect ratio leaving some of the subtitles to be cut off, but the film was enjoyed all the same. After a lengthy applause, we kicked off our Q&A. Along with the Director and Co-producer, Caroleen Moise Reimann and Co-producer Tjard Reimann, the cast of the film also took to the stage, Irena Macri, Darryl Edwards and Mark & Pete Davis. Questions about the challenges, benefits and advice towards Paleo brought up a great discussion and why it is important for people to watch this documentary.

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Here’s what people thought of the film:

“A truly superb documentary film. I absolutely loved it.” Richard Baggs, Primal Pantry

“A superb film.” Jill Gardner, Hate It Change It

“Excellent documentary detailing how a back-to-basic approach to health can holistically bring you back in tune against the current stem of epidemic health problems.” Jerry Dhillon, Evolution in Fitness

We would like to thank everyone who came to the premiere and to OurScreen and The Gate cinema that made it all possible. We all had a great night and was a good first-run of the film. We can’t wait to show the film to the rest of the world!

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photo credit: Tibor Kardos

An Absolute MUST-HAVE Book

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Hi guys!

Caroleen here.

What can I say… we’re suckers for the cool things our people create! Heck, there’s a reason why they made it in WLP: they are awesome, successful proponent of the paleo lifestyle and the community loves their stuff!

In this case, we’re talking about Darryl Edwards’ brand spanking new, Paleo from A to Z. I find the book very useful–there was definitely a gap in the market for such product–I mean how do you explain what ghrelin is to uncle Burt who wants to know what blood “gremlin” is and why he should even care?!

First the design: I’m sorry but who ever said “don’t judge a book by its cover” obviously lived in another era! I mean, that’s all that counts nowadays! If the cover sucks we often think the content will too… because why wouldn’t you have a catchy, sexy cover in this day and age of photoshop and HD stock photography, right?

Luckily Darryl’s book cover is quite simple, playful yet shockingly appealing: the duck tape concept just works.  There’s also something about crisp-white sheets of paper… (Or maybe it’s just me.)

When it comes to its layout, again the book is quite straight forward since it’s a dictionary. What I found really good was the fact that whilst the content hasn’t been dumbed down, it definitely hasn’t been made out to be so complex and elaborate that it can only be understood by someone holding a PhD. This was obviously what Darryl was going for here: mass accessibility. Still, it is worth noting that he has achieved somewhat of a feat here: vulgarizing language that is more often than not complicated and rooted in academia, chemistry and medicine. One only needs to go to the “Resources” section (page 301) to see what humongous task creating this book would have represented for Edwards.

Overall the book covers reasonably well all of the terminologies commonly used by people adhering to the lifestyle and is yet another tool (just like this cool little documentary about paleo coming out soon-wink wink), that can be used to educate ourselves and loved ones about human health.

The product description on www.paleofromatoz.com

The book consists of over 500 topics using jargon-free language and aims to dispel the misinformation that surrounds health and nutrition. The listings are set out in an easy-to-use A-Z format using a simple cross-referencing system linked to related topics. In this book you will learn:

  • The foods to eat and avoid that allow you to enjoy better health.
  • How to decipher acronyms such as HIITVLDLRCTBPA and AIP.
  • Simple tips to improve sleep, reduce stress and regain vitality.
  • How to better understand concepts such as blood tests, the role of inflammation and disease, hormones, and epigenetics.
  • How to make sense of the other choices that contribute to wellbeing – such as the toxic chemicals you should avoid in your food, on your skin and in your home.
I for one am particularly pleased to see the concept of epigenetics steadily making its way into the mainstream.
There’s another exciting thing about The Fitness Explorer’s new book: it’s being translated into German, Spanish and Italian and those versions will be released by the end of this year.–This will no doubt fill the global need for such a reference book.
For now, Paleo from A to Z is available in English on Amazon as an digital or printed book and all these various sites, so go get your copy now!
Have a great week-end everyone,
Caroleen

Newly signed distribution deal with Leap Frog Films!

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The past couple of weeks have been quite alright…

We’ve screened our film at Notting Hill’s 105 year-old cinema, The Gate, for the first time. Many people from the UK paleo community were there and it was quite nice to step out from behind a computer screen and meet people face-to-face! (There shall be a lengthier post about the event complete with photos coming very soon…)

What I want to talk to you about today is the fact that our lil’ doco was “picked up” by an Australian distribution company. That’s right: our team is proud to announce that we’ve signed a deal with Leap Frog Films and they will be setting-up and facilitating theatrical screenings all around Australia in partnership with Tugg Australia and distributing the film in DVD later on and more! To be honest, it’s quite validating to have peers or industry decision makers come forward saying that they’re interested in working with you! Especially when your their company slogan is “Good stories, well told, with heart and substance.” Moreoveer, Leap Frog’s small team have a combined experience in the film industry of over 45 years.

What does this means in terms of actually showing the film to an audience? Well, for starters a cinema owner came forward and asked to host a couple indie films including ours; our first screening in Brisbane at the end of this month and hopefully many more by end of 2015.

We promise to keep you abreast of all further developments. From the emails we receive, we know you are very eager to see the film… So Australia here we come: it’s now time to rally the cinema-going troops and get people in front of We Love Paleo!

Until then, stay well.

Caroleen

We Love Paleo: Released Trailer

Hi guys, Caroleen here.

Today marks an important milestone in any film’s development process.—It’s the day we share We Love Paleo’s trailer with the rest of the world!

While this is long overdue, we hope you will find it entertaining, enticing and that it ultimately makes you want to see the film once it’s released. (Read on for more details about that.)

Our goal with We Love Paleo is to reach a larger, more mainstream group of people who might otherwise never come across the paleo principles and ultimately inspire them to try it out for themselves. All this whilst entertaining them with a good story.

There’s something in it for paleo enthusiasts too, who will probably enjoy the fact that there’s (finally) a film touching on obvious topics such as nutrition, but also, fasting, sprinting, movement, chronic cardio, sleep and lots more.

Enjoy and thanks in advance for sharing our trailer with anyone and everyone you think WLP might benefit once it comes out!

NOTE: To view all our pre order packages, go here.

1- Is it finished? Nope. But we’re almost there!

We’re still working on animations that pack a punch. Bootstrapping the whole post-production (as you probably already know from earlier posts) and completing motion graphics ourselves to the highest possible standard along with chasing up external media clearances (which often takes a long time) has proven to take way longer than expected… Thanks for having faith in us.

2- Why did you create a trailer before finishing the film? We felt like you can only stop sharing material with your audience for so long before people start thinking the film will never come out or (worse) forget about it altogether. It was therefore imperative that we have something to show for all our hard work even if some of our better animations didn’t make it into the trailer. Thus although WLP will be showcasing plenty more animations, great clips and archival footage… there’s only so much you can show within a 3-minute clip.

3- When are you releasing it? There’s a lot of chasing around for formal permission when you’re using other people’s material (such as photos, video, etc.).—This is where I secretly wish I was Sofia Coppola and could readily use my “filmmaker’s magic wand” (i.e. the phone) to get everything sorted almost instantly. This said, we really don’t see ourselves releasing the film beyond summer 2015.

4- Is this the only trailer for the film? Yes, unless a third party (aka a film distributor) wanted to cut a new version. We’re now focussing on getting WLP passed the finish line within the next couple of months.

5- Will you be submitting the film to festivals? Yes, we do have some in mind. Our approach is to submit the film to festivals that don’t require us to premiere at their event since we don’t want our audience to wait any longer to enjoy our debut feature documentary. We’ll surely keep you posted on those developments as well.

That’s it for today!

Speak to you soon again,

Caroleen