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  • What to tell the others? Help a newbie out!

    Hi Everyone!

    Paul here, 33 year old native Texan living in NYC. Discovering the Primal Blueprint lifestyle has felt like coming home, like YES! Finally something I resonate with, from the eating to fitness to taking care of yourself. Easing into the eating, but 5 days with no grains and I feel fantastic! It doesn't feel difficult, and I'm enjoying getting back in the kitchen.

    The hardest part so far is mentioning it to others. While I understand the scientific reasoning when reading the articles, I'm not the best at explaining it, nor do I want to have an in-depth discussion and defend myself at every social/work meal.

    So what are some of your stock responses? Something I can easily tell people when the whole office is staring at me or a friend is telling me this doesn't sound healthy.

    Any suggestions appreciated!


  • #2
    I say I don't eat processed foods and avoid wheat because I have a sensitivity to it.
    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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


    • #3
      I personally hurt if I eat grain/sugar. So I just tell people I cannot eat them. If we talk about it more I describe said pain. Depending on the person, if they have an inflammatory disease or talk about tryi g to lose weight, or ask about my weight loss, I will go into more detail about insulin, blood sugar, toxins in grains, wheat and corn being freaks etc.


      • #4
        Don't talk about it to other people. Just say, "No, thank you" when they offer you stuff. Don't answer any questions if they ask you directly. Just find the most appropriate non-answer that fits, such as if they say, "Hey let's go get some Burger King" and you say, "No, thank you" and they ask, "Why?" then just say, "I'm watching my weight" or "I've already eaten" or whatever non-answer fits. Or if they say, "Hey you've lost weight, how did you do it?" Just say, "Eating right and exercise" and leave it at that. Period. Only ever tell people about paleo or primal if they actually bring it up themselves, as in, "Hey, I've decided to eat a Paleo Diet and I'm going to preach it to the world!" You can just say, "Yeah, I've been doing it for a year, it's great."

        Trust me on this. If you say anything you will never hear the end of it from some jackass with a wedgie. Never. Hear. The. End. Of. It.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.


        • #5
          i would keep it simply, just say it doesn't agree with you, so you're trying to be proactive about your health.
          jsut remember, if someone is going to make a comment...they will make a comment regardless. own your decision and don't worry about others too much. eventually, people stop asking and start accepting.


          • #6
            Dude, you should have this down.....just tell em your a Texan and that should take care of it .


            • #7
              tell them you eat nothing but sticks of butter, all day every day

              then say 'wow, i feel a twinge in my chest'

              then walk away
              yeah you are

              Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.


              • #8
                I eat meat, vegetables, and fruit. (Maybe some dairy or rice sometimes.) Where's the unhealthy part?

                You can put vegetables and fruit in front of meat, or say meat inbetween so that people remember the veggies and fruit more.


                • #9
                  Where's that post about the unicorns...
                  Female, age 51, 5' 9"
                  SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

                  Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
                  2013 goals are to get fit and strong!


                  • #10
                    I laughed out loud again:

                    Knifegill says:

                    People do the same thing to me. They ask, I tell them, and they're sure it would never work for them. It doesn't seem to ultimately matter how the information is presented. Next time I think it'll go like this:

                    Well, I went to mount Olympus and duct taped two unicorns together to double their magic, and rode their magic bodies for forty days and forty nights. When I got off, I looked like this. It's great!
                    Female, age 51, 5' 9"
                    SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

                    Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
                    2013 goals are to get fit and strong!


                    • #11
                      I'm trying to train myself to say "I don't eat that" instead of "I can't eat that".

                      After all, what I eat is my choice no matter what my diet is at the current time.
                      Began Primal Living: 25 Sep 2012
                      Starting Weight: 82kg (180 lbs) - Lost 30 lbs since going Primal!

                      "I do not eat enough carbs to justify eating low-fat."
                      "Have some bread with your bread, pasta, bread, and HFCS." - Unicorn
                      "I also walk my dog twice a day now instead of paying someone else to do it." - IronGirl
                      "Tell me you're not weak minded enough to be outsmarted by a donut?" - not on the rug


                      • #12
                        I just tell people that I'm sensitive to grains. When I have mentioned the paleo diet to people they seem to think it's some type of detox program. Then I had to continue by saying its a lifestyle just like being a vegetarian. In all honesty, I don't feel the need to justify the way I eat or live my life in general. People are allowed to think what they want and there's nothing I can do about it. Most of my friends actually have come to me saying they want to drop some weight and they ask what I eat. They probably think I'm pretty hard core but eating paleo for me is not too different from the way I was eating before.


                        • #13
                          I'm getting worried about eating out. Is it really a good idea?

                          But to answer your question, sbhikes is right. Best to say nothing.

                          My daughter-in-law is very proud of her cooking. She learned from here grandmother and she is a very good cook. She eats the same way her grandmother did - with some deletions. I tell here she doesn't eat WHAT her grandmother ate. She gets a stubborn look on her face. Then I shut up. Enough.
                          "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase


                          • #14
                            I usually tell people I just eat meat, fruit and vegetables. It is the simplest answer and most of the time they do not ask for more of an explaination because it is a healthy way to eat. If that isn't enough for them I say that if the food comes in a box or is processed I don't eat it because it isn't healthy to eat processed foods. I do tell some people I eat a primal diet and if they think it is strange I really don't care.


                            • #15
                              "I used to weigh 400 pounds." Shuts 'em up every time.
                              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


                              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.