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  • #16
    Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
    Yeah, giving them a link is probably the best way. Particularly since mark backs his points up with scientific references.
    p.s. If your icon is you then I haven't got a clue *what* your parents are on about. You look pretty awesome to me.
    haha yes it's me... they probably blame my physique on my young, fast metabolism little do they know it's the steak and butter

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    • #17
      Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
      This seems to be unnecessarily argumentative. There's LOTS to agree with about 'healthy' CW eating. Eat lots of fruit and veges, get vitamins and minerals, olive oil is good for you......

      The trick is in working out what you can agree on.

      If you *really* feel that the best defense is a good offense, I would tackle wheat and challenge them on their consumption of that.
      Each to their own, but as I understood it, it specifically related to eggs & fat and no amount of look at all the good stuff I eat will change that and the only way to get over that hurdle is to walk the entire cholesterol & saturated fat road, and as we all know it's a long one, but if you think they will accept it with the odd link or comment, go for it, I personally think it will just end up as a painfull tit for tat saga, a structured discussion takes the emotion out of it and emotion is where the pain comes from.
      "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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      • #18
        Fair enough. If it's specifically a journey into Cholesterol the OP wants, The straight dope on Cholesterol is really really good. It's a pretty lengthy read though for a series of blog posts. He wrote a guest post on MDA, but sadly it's far too densly packed to be accessible to the layman.

        PS, would your parents be motivated/interested to read that?
        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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        • #19
          at the end of the day it's your life and you have to live it as you see fit. Be respectful, courteous and committed to your lifestyle. No one else can live your life for you or reap the benefits or lessons hard-earned. But be respectful and non-judging of those who may not share your lifestyle choices. That's how I deal with it (most of the time). I'm not perfect either.

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          • #20
            Tell them nicely, since they are making a point of the amount of eggs that you eat, that eating cholesterol doesn't give a person high cholesterol.

            In my case, I would tell my parents to go and research it if they are worried about it, but that I am an adult and I can decide what I want to eat, since I respect the fact that they are adults and I don't tell them what to eat. But that's me. And also in my case there would probably be a little sarcasm thrown in.
            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!

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            • #21
              I am a student that still lives with my parents so I feel your pain. It is truly bad when my parents cook meals for me: I am "obligated" to eat whatever they prepare. I have attempted to explain to them (to know avail) that going primal will actually benefit me. My dad has even compared my nutrition to a "fasting state." Although it seems tough now, realize that when you are living on your own, they have no say over your nutritional choices. If your parents respect your choices, they will eventually stop criticizing you. They just don't want to admit you are old enough to make your own decisions.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by TrevorSorensen View Post
                I am a student that still lives with my parents so I feel your pain. It is truly bad when my parents cook meals for me: I am "obligated" to eat whatever they prepare. I have attempted to explain to them (to know avail) that going primal will actually benefit me. My dad has even compared my nutrition to a "fasting state." Although it seems tough now, realize that when you are living on your own, they have no say over your nutritional choices. If your parents respect your choices, they will eventually stop criticizing you. They just don't want to admit you are old enough to make your own decisions.
                That's the worst... when I go home, my mom goes all out and bakes cookies and makes all these carb-heavy CW meals. I know she's doing it out of love, and I hate to hurt her feelings, so I'll force myself to have some. Once or twice I've ended up feeding it to the dog... bad, I know.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
                  Thanks for all the input. I'll definitely make an effort of emphasizing the veggie/"whole foods" aspect. I'll probably avoid the whole "fat is good" explanation because I don't want to send them into a meltdown... might be too much for them to take, haha. If they ever have real questions about the nutrition aspect of what I'm doing, I'll just send them over to MDA
                  Until you graduate, you have to appease your parents enough that they will submit the FAFSA and let you get student aid. If you need them to help you pay for college, their support is even more important. I'd agree with others to eat lots of fruits and veggies around them and load up on eggs and meats while out or at a friend's place. You don't want to risk them getting mad and making you have to quit school.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
                    That's the worst... when I go home, my mom goes all out and bakes cookies and makes all these carb-heavy CW meals. I know she's doing it out of love, and I hate to hurt her feelings, so I'll force myself to have some. Once or twice I've ended up feeding it to the dog... bad, I know.
                    I doubt this will make you feel much better, but I still have to go through this sometimes and I haven't lived "at home" for 20 years. Sometimes parents just don't get it. A lot of parents don't want to think their kids know more about something than they do. I am trying not to be that kind of parent with my son.

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                    • #25
                      ehem.

                      'YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ME I HATE MY LIFE WHY DO YOU TORTURE ME LIKE THIS I HATE YOU WHY WON'T YOU LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME DO WHAT I WANT I'M NOT A LITTLE BABY I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF *long screech then door slam*'
                      beautiful
                      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.
                      lol

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                      • #26
                        Just show them your lab numbers.
                        Crohn's, doing SCD

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
                          That's the worst... when I go home, my mom goes all out and bakes cookies and makes all these carb-heavy CW meals. I know she's doing it out of love, and I hate to hurt her feelings, so I'll force myself to have some. Once or twice I've ended up feeding it to the dog... bad, I know.
                          No, the dog is no trash can! If its sh!t - throw it in the bin, don't compromise the innocent animal's health!

                          Well, but the problem with the parents can be a tough one. I lived with mine till I was 42, married, had children.... No decision of my own, parents don't easily take all that nonsense about beeing adult and taking your own decisions. Learn to act when they don't look. Always easier to get them accept whats done already. Luckily we don't have much problems with the PB as my parents are close to it.

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                          • #28
                            Yeah parents can be tough. I'm almost 46 years old but my parents would freak if they knew how much fat I eat! Mother is completely obsessed and totally fat-phobic...oh, yes, and she believes everything she reads in the Daily Mail. Although - small miracles - I have managed to get her into using coconut oil (although she uses only the tiniest bit she possibly can).

                            I don't visit them too often - generally just Christmas - and just say no thanks to the carby crap. I eat the veggies and the meat - and maybe a roast potato or two (just because it's Christmas).

                            Mostly they visit me. I just feed them primal and wonder how long it will take them to notice that there's no pasta/potatoes/rice on their plates. Usually they just rave about how lovely my cooking is. Last time, mum noticed there was no toast with the bacon and eggs but actually just commented that it was nice to know that she didn't need the toast and felt quite satisfied without it. Otherwise she just comments about 'all that fat' as she wipes it from her chin with a smile.

                            I don't talk about primal eating, I just say that I don't really eat bread these days. They're always commenting on how well I look so maybe some of it will rub off on them...but they're a bit too old in the tooth. And if I'm in their house, well I suppose I just do the best I can.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
                              ehem.

                              'YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ME I HATE MY LIFE WHY DO YOU TORTURE ME LIKE THIS I HATE YOU WHY WON'T YOU LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME DO WHAT I WANT I'M NOT A LITTLE BABY I CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF *long screech then door slam*'
                              Erm I think you forgot "I DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN"


                              Oh and "FINE I'LL NEVER EAT AGAIN THEN YOU'LL BE SORRY WHEN I'M DEAD
                              Last edited by Tribal Rob; 02-21-2013, 04:41 AM.
                              You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                              • #30
                                perfect
                                beautiful
                                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.
                                lol

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