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    I've been doing Primal since February, with pretty good results. My question is, if I continue to do Primal, is there a risk of me becoming as self-righteous as some of the people on this board? Will I wake up some day and start believing I'm some elite piece of perfection because I don't eat bread? If someone talks about "cheating" will I make sure they feel like something stuck to the bottom of my shoe by the time I'm done with them? If they talk about how they had pizza, will I make sure to let them know in a superior tone that I NEVER eat pizza? If they ask a question about something that I of course have known since the beginning of time, will I reply with a drawing of them in a little yellow bus?
    Those who have been primal for a while and have resisted the force and stayed a mere mortal like the rest of us, how have you managed?

  • #2
    Yes now go away peasant! haha

    Seriously- why would you change your lifestyle because you don't want to turn pretentious? I frankly don't give a shit how someone practices their lifestyle I can only control my own.

    So basically if I want to eat a pizza on Saturday and chug a keg of beer it's what I want to do and don't care what anyone says about it.

    Be you and forget the rest.
    Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    • #3
      I`ve only been Primal as long as you but I think the key to your question is just an everyday task of personal self analysis. We don`t become anything we don`t allow ourselves to be. With ongoing knowledge about what the "offensive" foods are it would be easy to slip into the type of attitude you`re referring to above. It`s an individuals responsibility to keep oneself in check. I think it comes down to being humble and the motives of your actions. When you think you`re better than someone the elitist attitude comes forth. I don`t think I`m better than a person eating the SAD; but I do wish people would not be sheeple and would do some footwork when it comes to their health and well being.
      "Anxiety is a sign of spiritual insecurity"
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      • #4
        Personally, though I fully acknowledge the harms of the things that the Primal/Paleo lifestyles eschew (grains, legumes, bad oils, etc) and don’t have a single problem with people that don’t want to eat them I haven’t in my personal life ever said to others that “I just don’t eat ____” but I do tell them it’s either very rare, hasn’t happened in a year or it’s not something I make part of my daily life.

        There are many things I just plain don’t have a desire to consume anymore, and it’s only accentuated by what I’ve learned about these things. Case in point, I never really ate pancakes with syrup, so I’m not about to do so now to prove I’m not stuck-up or holier-than-thou it makes no sense to me.

        I just don’t stress too much about other things that I have less control of such as going out to eat with others. I make smart choices but don’t worry much if maybe it’s cooked in vegetable oil, or whatever. Everybody has their limits, boundaries and level of comfort with their own diet.

        I used to eat oatmeal literally everyday, haven’t touched it in over a year, don’t miss it or need it, and can’t imagine a single instance in which I’d have to eat it so I can safely say “I don’t eat oatmeal” without that making me a self righteous asshole.

        In the case of this forum its unfortunate that people beat themselves up so much over “cheating” but it goes back to how comfortable you are with yourself and how well you understand yourself personally. I know I can eat a slice of pizza if I want and it won’t make me seek and destroy every pizza in a 2 mile radius, but other people don’t have that type of self control. That being said… I don’t eat pizza! Haha. I’d rather take the shit on top and put it on eggs. Last time I had pizza I was a little drunk and shared a slice with my girl, I didn’t sweat it nor did I think about the gluten, lectin and phytates as mortal enemies that were tearing my insides apart, but I can’t blame those that do.

        In the end everybody’s different.

        Oh and this won’t end well =]
        I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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        • #5
          Quitting the best way of eating just b/c you're afraid of turning into one of "them"? LAME. If you love it, LIVE IT!
          --Trish (Bork)
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          • #6
            Originally posted by iniquity View Post

            In the case of this forum its unfortunate that people beat themselves up so much over “cheating” but it goes back to how comfortable you are with yourself and how well you understand yourself personally.[/b]



            oh and this won’t end well =]
            this
            "Anxiety is a sign of spiritual insecurity"
            www.beachbodycoach.com/fatbusters

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
              Quitting the best way of eating just b/c you're afraid of turning into one of "them"? LAME. If you love it, LIVE IT!
              Just a tongue-in-cheek post keeping us humble. I can't feel too superior because I once thought veganism was the ideal diet for mankind. I once gave my mom an ear-full for eating a hotdog when I was committed to a vegetarian lifestyle. Now I eat bacon like it's going out of style.

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              • #8
                Well in all my perfection I still don't think I'm quite perfect enough...

                Seriously dude, the whole point of primal/paleo for me is that I do cheat every once and while and smile as I eat chocolate and bacon and even ramen for a meal in front of friends and smile with all that shit my teeth because my body doesn't get effected by a cheat when I eat well 90% or more of the time...

                You are afraid of becoming a self-rightious asshole? Well, try dropping the asshole part and being self-righteous won't be so bad....
                March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
                Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

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                • #9
                  Hi! I'm a newbie (my first post)! Just wanted to say I'm glad to see forum shenanigans seem to be the same wherever you go (naive newbies getting schooled by old timers, new threads making oblique references to something that happened in another thread somewhere, etc.). I suspect I will eventually feel as at home here as I've felt on another CW weight loss board! :^)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by me jane View Post
                    Hi! I'm a newbie (my first post)! Just wanted to say I'm glad to see forum shenanigans seem to be the same wherever you go (naive newbies getting schooled by old timers, new threads making oblique references to something that happened in another thread somewhere, etc.). I suspect I will eventually feel as at home here as I've felt on another CW weight loss board! :^)
                    LOL, I`m sure you will jane
                    "Anxiety is a sign of spiritual insecurity"
                    www.beachbodycoach.com/fatbusters

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MichaelH View Post
                      Just a tongue-in-cheek post keeping us humble. I can't feel too superior because I once thought veganism was the ideal diet for mankind. I once gave my mom an ear-full for eating a hotdog when I was committed to a vegetarian lifestyle. Now I eat bacon like it's going out of style.
                      Michael, same here. I was so into the vegetarian lifestyle that I actually said at one time "yes" to the question at a get together "if you could push a button and all hunters would disappear would you" and in my head I believed it, thought the world would be better off without them. I sometimes still can't believe that I'm eating meat, but I think being vegetarian destroyed my body in so many ways and I just hope I can recover from it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by thehallowprince View Post
                        Well in all my perfection I still don't think I'm quite perfect enough...

                        Seriously dude, the whole point of primal/paleo for me is that I do cheat every once and while and smile as I eat chocolate and bacon and even ramen for a meal in front of friends and smile with all that shit my teeth because my body doesn't get effected by a cheat when I eat well 90% or more of the time...

                        You are afraid of becoming a self-rightious asshole? Well, try dropping the asshole part and being self-righteous won't be so bad....
                        I'm a female and I've never been called an asshole before but hey, there is a first time for everything!

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                        • #13
                          To the OP: Being primal does not make you in anyway pretentious or holier-than-thou. You had to be pretentious or holier-than-thou prior to starting.
                          Georgette

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                          • #14
                            I think its fair to say that a good percentage of the type of people that are spending copious amounts of time posting on forums are people that: like to hear themselves speak, or they enjoy "teaching" others, or they just like to sound off because its entertainment for them to be snarky, flippant or rile people up.

                            That being said, I have learned a lot reading here. You just have to sift through to find the gems, and if you are brave enough to ask questions: have a thick skin!

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                            • #15
                              I think its fair to say that a good percentage of the type of people that are spending copious amounts of time posting on forums are people that: like to hear themselves speak, or they enjoy "teaching" others, or they just like to sound off because its entertainment for them to be snarky, flippant or rile people up
                              Or to mentally escape the workplace for awhile... sorry work.
                              Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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