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  • #16
    Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
    I'm smug because I know something that the sheeple are too afraid to know.
    *snerk*
    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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    • #17
      I find most of the time, people reflect what they eat. So while I struggle not to judge other's food choices -- I'd be lying to say I'm not -- more often than not my heart hurts for them. And I'm not particularly sympathetic. But I remember how hard it was to eat "healthy" according to CW, then going gluten free, and staring at things others could eat, and I would leave the grocery store in tears. Then eventually, I went Primal, and now I don't want any of that crap. I miss the social aspect of cake and ice cream. But not the cake...and now, not even the ice cream. So yes, there is an element of, "You poor, lost soul. Let me feed you real food," when I look at others. But more often than not, it's a nod of, "Universe bless you that you can even get out of bed in the morning eating that way."
      The Sedition of Sisyphus: Go Find Another Rock

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      • #18
        I used to be smug. I was convinced of the "rightness" of my way of life. I was convinced that my way was the right way, and everyone who didn't agree was wrong.

        Then I realized I'm completely full of ****, you guys are all full of ****, and all of the conventional eaters are full of ****. Now I just don't give a shit what people eat, who they screw, or what their politics are.

        I cook food for the family at home. It is primal with a side of non-primal. My wife, despite eating grain, is very healthy and happy. My kids are growing up lean and strong, and I feel good.

        Who cares? We are probably wrong about a whole bunch of stuff ourselves. Nobody has "facts" at this point. We are all looking at bad studies and trying to draw conclusions. We'll all be dead of old age before someone can honestly state "here is what the science says". I mean, conventional eaters are like blind people, and we are people with sight. But we are all in a big pitch black room with absolutely no light, so none of us can see anyway. We just try to find what works, and change our minds/philosophies/whatever as new theories come to light and old theories are proven unfounded. IE we're all full of ****, it is just that some are struggling to expel some of it.

        --Me

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        • #19
          You actually seem pretty smug in your anti-smugness.
          If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
            You actually seem pretty smug in your anti-smugness.
            I am incredibly smug . I was being tongue in cheek, but sadly these things don't come over well on the inter-tubes...

            /smacksselffortryintohavesenseofhumouroninternet

            :-D

            --Me

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            • #21
              Originally posted by MissJecka View Post
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              • #22
                Okay, and to respond to the actual topic at hand:

                I've been really dedicating myself to mental and physical improvement since July of 2011. Over that time, I've definitely noticed changes in how I think about other people and their choices. I am much less angry about other people's choices than I used to be, and I don't "preach" as much. I share information when it's relevant, and however much I want on my own social media pages/threads (Facebook, G+, Twitter). I ask a lot of questions and chime in with helpful facts when I can (like asking Boyfriend what the doctor said about his inflamed intestines and having him buy some ginger beer for the nausea instead of the anti-nausea pills). I have had to resolve so many issues with my own body, I don't really have the energy to worry about anyone else's. I would love to help other people, but I think I can do that better by being a good example of health, and sharing resources on my blog/when asked. If people don't want to hear it, I understand. Change is difficult and scary, and I think people feel guilty, like you'll think they don't try, when you tell them about your amazing improvements through changing your diet.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by BestBetter View Post
                  I generally try to avoid feeling superior based on something like food choice.
                  I....

                  do not.

                  =D

                  I'm pretty smug most days. I'm especially smug at work when I see people thinner than me eating fat free yogurt and lettuce for lunch, while I'm having leftover steak and an avocado. (I just look at them and think: "You may judge my avocados now, but just wait.")

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                  • #24
                    I work out and eat right and it is not easy for me, therefore I think I've got the right to be a leeeeetle smug for myself. That said, I do hate being judgmental about food because it brings to mind other types (vegans, in particular) who are overly smug and preachy about their high road. I can't help but feel insufferably smug, though, when I'm in line with my massive vegetable and meat and egg-filled cart behind a grossly obese individual or family who has nothing but packaged food in theirs.
                    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                    "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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                    • #25
                      Smug? No, never. Maybe someday if I ever look like Mark or Al Kavadlo (I doubt it). But not before. My current mini-goal is that with 12 more lbs. lost I will no longer be obese, merely overweight. Satisfied with my progress - yes, smug - no.

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                      • #26
                        I'm often smug about nutrition - but i try to hide it because i know its a bad trait. I just can't help feeling satisfied when someone gives me half a chance to elaborate upon why they should step away from their fat free product and run for the meat section as fast as their feet can carry them.
                        Whenever i see a fat person who is conciously trying to lose weight by chronic jogging or eating something 'healthy' there is no end to the condescending jokes my brain will entertain itself with.
                        Imo we/I should remember how annoying this is from external sources. I mean i'm fairly certain everyone of us has a vegan in our lives, strutting around like a reborn Boddhisatva, raising his/her (mostly her) eyebrow at your heretical meat eating ways. We all know how excruciatingly irritating they are. You dont wanna be that person.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by quelsen View Post
                          ...nor am I an "attractive women and girls."
                          Quelsen, I find you attractive, and I'm a woman. And I bet that Mrs. Quelsen finds you attractive! So you're not entirely correct! Attractiveness isn't entirely based on physical appearance, although that does play a part.

                          To answer the OP... I feel sad about the circumstances that have brought about the prevalence of the SAD, and I feel sad for those who struggle with health and weight issues and don't know that the answer may be as "simple" as not following what those in authority say is good for us.

                          The once or twice in my life when I've felt smug, it's reared up and smacked me square in the face. Smugness is not a useful emotion, so I try not to indulge it.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Goldie View Post
                            The once or twice in my life when I've felt smug, it's reared up and smacked me square in the face. Smugness is not a useful emotion, so I try not to indulge it.
                            +1.
                            F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by BestBetter View Post
                              I generally try to avoid feeling superior based on something like food choice.

                              I am a work in progress, and my view on nutrition (and life in general) changes over the course of time, as I gain more knowledge and experience with how my body reacts to different things.

                              Hold fast to the belief that what you are doing is the 'one true way' and you are robbed of the freedom to learn, grow and change.
                              Exactly my thoughts. I don't think I have all the answers and I also think it's difficult to understand the factors in another persons life that have led them to make their dietary choices.

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                              • #30
                                Smugness is kind of obnoxious, so I try to avoid it. I don't always succeed. I do try to at least keep my mouth shut, so no one else is subjected to it.

                                Let's say I sometimes feel happily virtuous... LOL!

                                Somebody said to me the other day "I admire your discipline" as she was walking away. I can hardly wait to tell her the next time I see her that I have very little discipline. I am having fun eating. Who needs discipline? I am just very grateful to have found a fun way of eating that gives good results.
                                5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                                Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                                Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                                More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                                - Lewis Mumford

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