Paleo diet, YOLO, bro hug, amazeballs, douchebaggery, FML, and side boob. These are just some of the words the Oxford University Press officially recognized last week by adding them to its online catalog. Here’s the official description of our favorite dieting term:
“Paleo diet (n.): a diet based on the type of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans.”
Though many of these words are part of a growing batch of modern-day lingo, you have to admit, many of them are on their way out (shame on you if you still use YOLO at this day and age). But not Paleo. A quick look at Google Trends will show us that search interest for the words, Paleo, Paleo diet, and CrossFit, have risen rapidly over recent years and will continue its upward growth.
Here’s what the trends look like worldwide. Paleo is in blue, Paleo diet is in red, and CrossFitis in yellow. The dotted lines indicate the forecast for 2015.
Here’s a look at the US.
Here’s the Philippines.
And it’s not only search interest that’s growing, Paleo-themed restaurants are popping up everywhere. In 2012, husband and wife team Marie and James Hobbs opened up the Paleo Café in Cairns, Australia. Two years later, they’ve franchised 11 more branches throughout the country, with more branches to open up in New Zealand, USA, and Canada by 2015.
In San Diego, California, Paleo is hitting the streets via the Not So Fast! food truck. Owner Bob Montgomery lost a lot of weight using the caveman diet and wanted to share the lifestyle with others. “I wanted people to know that they could come to this truck and feel secure knowing that they were getting a clean meal,” Montgomery tells Discoversd. “It’s been really well-received by the paleo crowd and by CrossFit gyms, which are both big in San Diego.”
Fine dining restaurants are also getting in on the act. In Copenhagen, Palaeo restaurant serves what they call, “Primal Gastronomy.” A sample dish includes organic pulled pork with Paleo-coleslaw, cabbage & homemade parsley pesto wrapped in omelet of organic eggs. Delish!
While including Paleo diet in Oxford’s online dictionary doesn’t guarantee the concept or its restaurants will last generations and generations – after all, the Atkins Diet was a hit not too long ago, and you’ll hardly see anyone opening an Atkins-themed restaurant nowadays – this development marks the Paleo Diet as an important facet of modern living. It’s time has finally come, so to speak. Or at the very least, it’s as important to today’s generation as side boob.
Photo credit: Palaeo