Last night we visited my mother-in-law, and in the course of conversation, she asked us why it was a problem to eat grains and what was wrong with eating gluten. As a result, we got to tell her a *lot* about the PB - without using those words, of course - and she seems to be interested. She said "I need to get off these cholesterol medications," and she was stunned when she heard that not only my arthritis but my migraines went away when I stopped eating wheat, because she has migraines and has been told nothing will fix them.
Of course, the usual "But what do you EAT?" question came up, but when I described our meals (steak, eggs, high-fat ground beef, dark-meat chicken with skin, big salads with no starchy veggies... you know the drill) then we had to explain how no, cholesterol is not bad if your HDL is high and your trigs are low... She said "but where do you get your potassium?" and I said "vitamin supplements and red meat." She boggled more than once.
She has migraines, high cholesterol (not the good kind) and high blood pressure, while her husband has severe type II diabetes and has lost a leg to it already. They desperately need the PB. She mentioned they were thinking of trying Weight Watchers and I begged them not to. I said "Please, please, PLEASE don't go on Weight Watchers. It will kill you." I explained about how a calorie is not just a calorie, about how different macronutrients do different things for (and to) the body, about how we need to eat saturated (not trans) fats and how we need to avoid carbohydrates and starches, and she actually listened. It was amazing.
Of course, she has most of the major CW misconceptions, like "juice is good for you" and "you have to eat five helpings of fruits every day" and "fat is bad for you" and "cholesterol will kill you," but we covered those, and more importantly explained WHY they're misconceptions. I explained how blaming cholesterol for heart disease is like blaming a bandage for the wound beneath it, or blaming firemen for a fire, and she got it, although she looked really bemused and bewildered there for a while.
I gave her one of my Primal cards and urged her to look at the resources on it, starting with the Taubes lecture video. She said she would.
It was a good discussion, and one I never, ever thought I'd have with my dinner-is-lean-meat-and-lots-of-potatoes mother-in-law. This is a big, big step for her, and I'm pleased.