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  • What do you do when your family says you are eating too many eggs?

    I ran into this today - my first full day of a whole week to be spent with family (and eating with them).

    I have almost finished reading the Primal Blueprint, and I get what Mark is saying about how Cholesterol is not the bad guy it has been portrayed as, but how do I defend how I am trying to eat now to people who are stuck on Conventional Wisdom? They are very firm believers in the absoluteness of the calories in - calories out formula - they say nothing else matters, you just need to adhere to the math.

    I want to stick with the Primal way of eating while I am here and I want to even improve where I am in implementing the Primal Lifestyle (since I don't have to be at work and I can concentrate more on stuff like this). However, if I am going to be challenged on my eggs and other things that I eat, I am not sure I can stay the course. I haven't been doing this very long, so I don't have a very big arsenal of the nutrition science and the other pieces of information stored in my brain yet. And I know they won't read the book, even if I buy it for them (my book is on my nook, so I can't just pass it on to them).

    My family can be very convincing/pushy/argumentative and most times, I just don't want to fight (I don't like arguing in general and really don't like arguing with family). Does anyone have any suggestions about what I can do or say to make them stop harping about "all that fat and cholesterol in all those eggs"?
    Difwiz

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    Originally posted by difwiz View Post
    They are very firm believers in the absoluteness of the calories in - calories out formula - they say nothing else matters, you just need to adhere to the math.
    Here's a trick. Why don't you agree with them?

    Imagine two different 1500 cal diets (actual calorie target is completely fictional. choose your own):
    1. High Fat Low Carb diet
    2. High Carb Low Fat diet
    (protein should generally be kept about the same in both cases)

    Because fat has a greater SATIETY, you feel more satisfied after eating it. You feel fuller after eating your fat meal, even though the total calories are 'weight loss' level.

    However, because of your bodies insulin response, all of the glucose from the carbs gets shunted off into muscle and adipose tissue. Eating carbs you will feel hungry again within a few hours. This diet makes you starving and miserable

    Any diet can work (just look at the biggest lower shows). For diets to really work they need to be sustainable. Which of the alternatives above do you think your relatives think will be a more sustainable weight loss approach?
    Last edited by magicmerl; 09-23-2012, 03:21 PM.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

    Griff's cholesterol primer
    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
    bloodorchid is always right

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    • #3
      I suggest ear plugs.

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      • #4
        say " I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sounds of your stomach while you think about all the eggs I'm going to eat"

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        • #5
          How about "I understand that you feel that way and I'm not asking you to change how you eat, but harassing me isn't going to change how I eat either." *smile*
          “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
          ~Friedrich Nietzsche
          And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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          • #6
            Ask them for evidence that the amount of eggs you are eating is "too many". When all they can come up with is "People say cholesterol is bad." Tell them that the majority of people are often wrong about many things. Tell them that a "low fat, low cholesterol diet" has lead to the wonderful health of those in the great US of A.

            Tell them to enjoy their froot loops in skim milk, and leave you alone.
            Last edited by Bosnic; 09-23-2012, 03:40 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
              Which of the alternatives above do you think your relatives think will be a more sustainable weight loss approach?
              They will say the High Carb Low Fat diet will be more sustainable because they will simply say, "you just need to have willpower and then you can do it and stick with it and once you see your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers shoot up from the eggs, you will need to stop eating like that and eat healthy foods - all that cholesterol and fat is just not good for you."

              I do like the earplugs suggestion though. That reminds me of a quote I saw the other day on Pinterest, "Listen, smile, agree, then do whatever the f**k you were gonna do anyway" - Robert Downey Jr.
              Difwiz

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              • #8
                I usually laugh and say I don't care about my cholesterol. Their jaws usually drop lol
                Paleo since November 2011 - Carnivore since June 2012
                Before and after pics
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread65846.html
                Primal Sucess Story
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread65400.html
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                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post955444

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by difwiz View Post
                  They will say the High Carb Low Fat diet will be more sustainable because they will simply say, "you just need to have willpower and then you can do it and stick with it and once you see your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers shoot up from the eggs, you will need to stop eating like that and eat healthy foods - all that cholesterol and fat is just not good for you."
                  Triglycerides are driven by carbohydrate consumption. To lower them you need to eat less carbs.

                  Also, you could show them this graph and ask them what year they think that the LowFatHighCarb healthy eating guidelines were published.
                  Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                  Griff's cholesterol primer
                  5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                  Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                  TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                  bloodorchid is always right

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by difwiz View Post
                    I ran into this today - my first full day of a whole week to be spent with family (and eating with them).

                    I have almost finished reading the Primal Blueprint, and I get what Mark is saying about how Cholesterol is not the bad guy it has been portrayed as, but how do I defend how I am trying to eat now to people who are stuck on Conventional Wisdom? They are very firm believers in the absoluteness of the calories in - calories out formula - they say nothing else matters, you just need to adhere to the math.
                    You send them the following links:
                    The Skinny on Obesity - UCTV Prime - UCTV - University of California Television
                    there are 7 parts but esp these two address how fructose makes obesity.
                    The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 1): An Epidemic for Every Body - UCTV - University of California Television
                    The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 3): Hunger and Hormones - A Vicious Cycle - UCTV - University of California Television


                    Dr Johnson MD, University of Colorado, builds on the above videos. His lab believes they've discovered a "fat switch" that trips your body into putting on weight. The paleo trigger is fructose. It signals our ancestral bodies to put on fat in preparation for the lean winter months. Now people are eating fructose year round. Sources: sugar, HFCS, honey, and fructans from grains like wheat (the doughboy syndrome). Brewer's yeast (in beer) also sets this fat storage in motion. Which is why lite beer hasn't prevented the beer belly in regular beer drinkers. And as it turns out, if your glucose/glycogen is replete your liver can/will convert some that ingested glucose into fructose.
                    The Fat Switch Book | Weight Control Guide - Mercola.com

                    Fructose is metabolized into triglycerides in the liver so....

                    MayoClinc: What is VLDL cholesterol? Can it be harmful?
                    VLDL cholesterol: Is it harmful? - MayoClinic.com

                    MedTV: What Is VLDL Cholesterol?
                    VLDL Cholesterol
                    Page 2: "VLDL cholesterol is produced in the liver in response to a high-carbohydrate meal. The liver converts the extra carbohydrates into fat (triglycerides) and puts them into VLDLs to be transported to fat cells and muscle within the body. The liver also puts some cholesterol into the VLDL. A VLDL particle is rather large, carrying a lot of triglycerides relative to the amount of cholesterol."

                    "Once a VLDL particle delivers its triglycerides to fat cells or muscle, it is called an intermediate density lipoprotein (IDL). This IDL can return to the liver with its cholesterol so that the liver can repackage it to use it later or simply get rid of it. But in most cases, the IDLs remain in the blood and go through another transformation where they lose most of their remaining triglycerides. At this point, the IDLs are almost all cholesterol and are now known as LDLs. About three-quarters of total cholesterol in the blood is contained within LDL particles."

                    Your body actually uses HDL to process the VLDL which is why blood tests are showing high LDL and low HDL
                    Would I be putting a grain-feed cow on a fad diet if I took it out of the feedlot and put it on pasture eating the grass nature intended?

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                    • #11
                      Show them this: a doctor explaining how sugar-burning is unhealthy and fat-burning is better

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                      • #12
                        I just tell people that I spent the last 32 years learning about the SAD diet and I am unimpressed. And add that if they can't take a few hours to learn about my food beliefs then I don't want to hear their one-sided opinions. Luckily my family is quite supportive and isn't as carb addicted as most Americans, but there have been comments from some friends. I also throw in that it's a different kind of lifestyle that not everyone is "up for". It throws a little challenge to them which makes many people want to learn about it just to prove you wrong... but you're right, so really you're just tricking them into learning about your way of eating. > muwahahaha! Stick with it!!! You'll do great!!!!

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                        • #13
                          You are asking all the wrong questions. Don't justify it. Tell them to read the book. You only think you have to justify yourself, because you have been conditioned by your family to do so. end that habit.

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                          • #14
                            I love that your ticker is EGGS!

                            Say that you are following your doctor's recommendation. That's right: lie. It is none of their business.

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                            • #15
                              Wow you guys are SO AMAZING. So many awesome comments, information, and articles. Thank you so much!!!

                              Tom, yeah, I have been conditioned. My husband says the same thing (about different topics).

                              Thank you guys for your support.
                              Difwiz

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