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  • Comebacks for Naysayers

    I've been in the unfortunate situation (as have most of us) of being on the receiving end of some not-so-nice discussion about our PB lifestyle.

    So I thought I'd start a thread of POSITIVE things we can discuss, other than resorting to abstract scientific theories or personal jabs. Please add yours!

    1. Environmental Concerns While we have to concede that if 6 billion people tried to switch to this diet we'd all be in big trouble, there are some environmental pluses. In my house, we generate a lot less waste, both trash and recycling, because most of what we buy isn't packaged. Meat comes with minimal packaging. I'm also wasting a lot less food because I am more focused on using what we have and finishing or repurposing leftovers. It has also strengthened my resolve to eat as seasonally and locally as possible, reducing carbon emissions and supporting local farmers.
    2. Health Concerns Feel free to share your cholesterol numbers with those who ask. If you're diabetic, explain how it helps you. Talk about the energy you have. I was shocked at my yoga class the other day to find that just losing a few pounds made some poses more accessible. Mention that aren't we all supposed to eat more whole foods like nuts, vegetables, and fruits? I eat more of that stuff now than before! Aren't we all supposed to cut out sugar and processed food? Done!
    3. Lifestyle Changes I have more energy and brain power to get through my day. What seemed difficult before isn't an obstacle anymore. No more desperate need for an afternoon nap. I'm no longer controlled by my hunger and I don't feel like I'm going to die without a snack at 10am. I don't have to feel guilty about sunshine anymore! And, ahem, shall we just say the libido benefits? (Keep it clean, kids!)

    What else?
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    It's not a Diet. It's a lifestyle.

  • #2
    *change the subject*

    seriously, it's the best. just change the subject.

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    • #3
      "I feel better"

      That's all. I don't care if they want to eat like me and I don't need them to approve of how I eat.
      Liz.

      Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
      Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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      • #4
        Originally posted by lizch View Post
        "I feel better"

        That's all. I don't care if they want to eat like me and I don't need them to approve of how I eat.
        +1
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        • #5
          I gave up on the conversation altogether. I'll answer a straight question with a straight answer, but the second the person I'm talking to starts vomiting CW on me, I tell them how many pounds I've lost and rattle off my current lipid and blood sugar data.

          But that is absolutely as far as I will take the conversation from that point.

          Then, as Zoebird said, it's time to change the subject.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lizch View Post
            "I feel better"

            That's all. I don't care if they want to eat like me and I don't need them to approve of how I eat.
            That's my approach. If someone notices the changes in me and wants to know more, I'll share until they've had enough. If they want to criticize and critique and find fault they can find somebody else to bring down. I've got better things to do with my time.
            Start weight 403 09/29/2010
            Current weight 335
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            • #7
              I have a photo of me at my heaviest before changing my lifestyle that I keep in my wallet. When people say shit about it, I show the them the photo and credit my lifestyle for the results. Shuts em down every time.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Karma View Post
                I have a photo of me at my heaviest before changing my lifestyle that I keep in my wallet. When people say shit about it, I show the them the photo and credit my lifestyle for the results. Shuts em down every time.
                Nice!

                But everybody, I kinda meant more like we can share some positive benefits here. I get the "don't talk about it" thing, trust me, that's my advice to everyone who asks for help about this too. I just mean when the debate gets going, I find it useful to return it to something positive, specific, and personal rather than try to argue the science and data.

                Any other ideas?
                The Paleo Periodical
                It's not a Diet. It's a lifestyle.

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                • #9
                  sure, i just avoid the debates. because no matter how positive I make it, they get angry/frustrated that i somehow am not listening, and then i'm like 'uhm, no."

                  so, i just stop.

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                  • #10
                    My lifestyle isn't up for debate. And IMO, it's not fair to get involved in a debate when your mind is made up. Thus I smile and say "this works for me".

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                    • #11
                      I guess I've just been lucky or the people around here are more used to the idea that different people at different ways but I have yet to run into anyone who really gets upset that I don't eat grains, etc. Now I have a couple friends whom I would LOVE to see switch to this type of diet but by them seeing what I do and hearing some of the conversations I have I think things are slowly soaking in. They have both quit drinking soda and other drinks. Just water and the occasional glass of milk for them these days and BOTH of them have lost weight just from that! Awesome. So the way I approach those kinds of conversations is just by saying that I am experimenting with different kinds of eating (which is true. It's all primal but I keep tweaking and changing stuff too!) and this is what works for me and this is what I've read on various subjects, etc. I make it very much about me. Not them.

                      But you asked for positives so lets see.

                      I am more intellectually connected to my food
                      By this I mean that I THINK about my food more. What is in it? Where did it come from? How was it raised or grown? Do I know the person who raised or grew it? I really like that connection of thinking about my food. I find myself making better choices regarding sourcing my food for one. And who really thinks that supporting small local farms is a BAD idea?


                      I am trying more new foods and cooking old food in new ways
                      I have discovered that I LOVE parsnips for one thing. I have discovered that I don't know how to make a rutabaga taste good (gave it one try so far, ew. Gonna try that again). I have tried liver and find it edible but I'm not sure I really like it. But I do know my dog LOVES it once I dehydrate it into dog treats! She is making big progress in her training cause dried liver is WAY better than commercial dog treats. She works harder for it! I now like spaghetti squash (I used to detest it. And still do if I eat it like 'squash' but I love it as a spaghetti replacement. Possibly better than pasta...) Before trying primal stuff I had no idea the concept of cauliflower rice existed. And I love it. I'm kinda 'meh' about rice and rarely took the time to cook it.


                      I cook more
                      I used to fall prey to the 'oh heck, I'm tired, I'll order a pizza' thing on a pretty regular basis. Same goes for eating an entire box of mac and cheese. Now my 'lazy meals' are grabbing a rotisserie chicken or eating a huge bowl of salad or just grabbing random stuff out of the fridge. Dinner could be 1 carrot, 1/2 a green pepper, a handful of pecans, a handful of blueberries, and a hard boiled egg. Not all together or anything. Just whole veggies, etc.
                      BUT, I usually cook! Look, fresh food! What a concept. Most things can be whipped up in 10-20 minutes, sometimes things go in the oven for a little while but really cooking for yourself IS easy. You just have to do it. For dinner tonight for instance my choices are reheat some venison and leek stew from the freezer, scramble some eggs, eat almond butter with a spoon or pull out all the veggie odds and ends and make stir fry. It'll probably be the stir fry. And cauliflower rice to go with it!

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                      • #12
                        Thank you, Noctiluca. THAT'S what I'm looking for!

                        Just trying to build a list of positives so that when it does come up in conversation, we have some fun things to say. It really helps prevent the "Oh, I could never do that" comments.
                        The Paleo Periodical
                        It's not a Diet. It's a lifestyle.

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                        • #13
                          In conversation, I try to present all the dietary guidelines in positive terms too. For example, instead of saying I CAN'T eat any grains I say I CAN eat all kinds of organic meats and veggies.

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                          • #14
                            I won't debate. But if someone says primal sounds good but they are worried about saturated fat or cholesterol, and they seem sincere and receptive, I will do my best to explain. I'm not great at remembering all the technical stuff.
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                            • #15
                              You can't change people's minds by argument unless they're already open to changing their minds. Otherwise, arguing just forces them to dig in their heels and defend their way of doing things because they're feeling attacked. Nobody likes to admit they're wrong.
                              A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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