Some of the info in this post may be reduntant, but having seen how supportive and intelligent the members of this forum are, I've decided to go ahead and post it anyway:
I discovered primal diet about 9 weeks ago and decided to follow it and it had a tremendous effects on my body, I lost close to 5 lbs in a short span of time. I've always been a proponent of exercising and eating healthy (well, healthy according to CW) but I saw the real changes only in that short span of going Primal. Then I had to go India for vacation for a month and had to resort to a carb-intensive diet and observed the effects right away (PMS, mood swings etc). I have no doubt about the effectiveness of PB and want to stick to a truly PB lifestyle (I cheat here and there but will get there eventually). When I initially tried this diet, my motivation was weight-loss, as I wanted my obese mum (most of her weight is on her belly) to try it out if it worked for me. But on seeing the benefits of this diet, I want to do it for health.
Now coming to the hurdles:
My mum was diagnosed with high cholesterol about 5 years ago and was prescriped statins which she's been taking since then. She also has calcium deposits in her arteries. Of course, that was followed with the usual CW dietary advice of low-fats, chicken-breast, egg-whites, carbs (white rice in her case) and such. She doesn't know any better and is trying to only follow her cardiologist's advice. When I went to India, I tried to convince her to eat primal. Although she is receptive to the idea, whatever I told her is completely contradictory to what the doctors have told her. It's hard to reconcile the 2 sides. My father, on the other hand, says he doesn't want to take any chances with her health by having her adopt to a new diet.
My husband and brother-in-law are physicians (intensivist and cardiologist respectively) and she decided to run my diet recommendation by my husband. He, who is trained in CW, propounded on "Everything in moderation" and "high dietary cholesterol is bad if you already have cholesterol issues" theories. I also sent "Good Carbs, Bad Carbs", Fat Head and Primal Body-Primal Mind to my sister in the hope that she and her husband would read them and that my cardiologist b-i-l can advise my mum on the diet. Instead my sister thought I was evangelizing and compared what I did to that of people distributing religious texts forcefully. I want my mother, more than anyone, to adopt this diet (I've had no luck with my husband). I've been trying to make sure she takes baby-steps even if she can't go completely primal. For instance, she's started cooking with coconut and sesame oil. When I posed a similar dilemma before, some posters said, people will start taking PB seriously once they see the positive changes in me, but I don't want my mum to wait that long.
1. What are some ways in which she can go primal that are not contradictory to CW? I've asked her to cut down rice consumption and eat wheat instead. I know both are equally bad, but she would be replacing polished white rice with whole wheat, so hopefully she'll have some weight-loss.
2. I've seen many Primal Diaries in the forum. I haven't had a chance to go through them in detail. But is their purpose to give other PBers a peek into the diet and offer them a chance to give suggestions? I would like to start one too but am not sure what the requirements are.
3. I'm sure this has been answered before, but without the search option in the forum, I haven't been able to locate the thread that answers this. So, why exactly is Dairy bad? Would ghee be bad too then?
4. Are there any PBers out there who are either planning to start a family or are in the family way? My husband and I are planning to start a family soon and I would appreciate any relevant Primal advice.
I have lotsof other questions too, but this should do for now.