Stacy London’s Adorably Neurotic Dinosaur Paleo Diet

We’re really digging these “New York Diet” diaries run by New York Magazine, especially when they reveal the rich, inner lives of celebrities who enjoy eating. Today’s diary was written by Stacy London, host of What Not To Wear, one of our favorite Power Bitches, and current paleo-eating dinosaur.

The paleo diet is a boring, boring diet, according to London, except for one thing, according to London: “No carbs, no dairy, no sugar, no anything fun…Eat the way cavemen ate, or as I keep confusing it, eat the way dinosaurs ate.” Eating like a dinosaur = kind of awesome, what with the blood and gore, or plant eating and rock swallowing (really). But alas, London’s spirit animal is not a dinosaur, as she learns with regret throughout the week:

Dinosaurs don’t do palm oil.

The mouthfeel — this almond butter has the best mouthfeel of any almond butter ever. I cannot stop eating it. It literally feels too good to stop eating. I look at the label: almonds (well, one would hope), sugarpalm oil. Fuck. Failed again. That palm oil is a killer. Dinosaurs definitely did not eat palm oil, though I do wonder about their thoughts on mouthfeel.

Dinosaurs don’t do dough.

Happy Bastille Day! Normally, I would stuff my face with pain aux chocolats or crepes or croque madames from Provence en Boîte, but dinosaurs, even French ones, didn’t have much in the way of dough.

Dinosaurs probably killed themselves extinct because their diet sucks so bad.

I want to go to Brooklyn Farmacy and have a Sundae of Broken Dreams. I want to go to Ample Hills and eat ample amounts of their maple oatmeal which cannot be all bad for you because it has tons of oats in it. Oh wait, no oats for the dinos. Scratch that. It is really not a surprise dinosaurs could not survive this.

Maybe dinos were winos? She’s really reaching here.

I meet a friend at August on Bleecker Street, which appears to have absolutely lovely pizza and cocktails and quickly pronounce I am Paleo and can have neither. We have two glasses of wine each. Surely, dinosaurs foraged a grape or two.

The moral of the dinosaur story: “I’m not sure this Paleo thing is helping or hurting,” London concludes. “My brain is all over the place. Survival of the fittest and all. I don’t have to tell you, no dinosaur came out unscathed.” But, hey, it’s better than eating rocks (which, again, dinosaurs actually did.)

[Grub Street]

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  • robinscats

    If someone finds the paleo or primal way of eating boring, then they’re not doing it right. Yes, it can be restrictive if you like pastries, etc. Those of us who eat this way prefer the way we feel when we DON’T eat grain, processed foods, etc. It’s worth the extra work and the so-called deprivation. There’s lots of food out there in the world, though that doesn’t involve pastry or ice cream or wine.

    Also, paleo or primal doesn’t mean no carb. That just shows true misunderstanding of the whole way of eating. You get plenty of carbs from veggies and loads of them from fruits. What you’re NOT getting is simple carbohydrates in the form of processed grains that your body can’t digest.

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