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  • #16
    Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
    I'm on a "Primal" forum... so I use it in that context... "Primal", as in "Primal" diet/lifestyle on the forum... not person.
    I'm a person, not "a Primal".

    In life. No.
    In life I have real reasons I eat the way I do, medical reasons.
    People don't question that, and I don't have to argue it, but it's really more restrictive than "Primal" is.
    I don't ever bring it up unless absolutely necessary or asked point blank by someone, and then I don't add a name brand tag to it. I just explain what I do, and why... and if they ASK, I will point them in the direction of "TPB" book.

    There isn't a reason to bring it up on my own that I can think of.
    This, pretty much. Everyone seems to make adaptations and tweaks to the PB to fit their lifestyle, so my diet is... my diet. Has a lot of overlap with Primal, and with the Jaminets' PHD, and several others. I'm more hardcore on some stuff (quality of meat and fish) and less on others (OK with dairy, grains maybe 1-2 per week). Primal is a good reference point, a starting point for discussion, but it's not a completely definitive term for the individual.

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    • #17
      I am lucky enough to live in a place where paleo/primal is accepted enough to use those terms without much explanation or any real bad connotations (crossfit has blown up here so a lot of people have tried it or are paleo). When I start trying to explain it outside the bubble of Santa Cruz I will usually revert to saying I have discovered I am gluten intolerant and try to avoid all grains. When they question what I eat I simply say steak and fresh veggies with butter for dinner, eggs and lots of bacon for breakfast. Usually when I get done telling them what I eat they want more info and I have to hand them a napkin to wipe up the drool as they realize I eat better tasting food than them (and have lost more weight )
      Male 40 Years Old
      210 LBs - 5/14/12 - SW
      ??? LBs- GW
      36"- Starting pant size
      32" - Current Pant size

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      • #18
        I just say that I'm 'eating clean'. ..... I don't eat anything with sugar or that comes with a barcode. That seems to cover things. I don't care for offering suggestion --- my lifestyle is personal and I'm not here to convert anyone. If someone is truly interested, I direct them to Mark Sisson -- other than that, it's every man for himself
        ----------------------------------------
        F, 48, 5'10"
        Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
        Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

        Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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        • #19
          San Diego is getting primaleo too. I have a group of friends who get together once a month for game night. The eats people would bring once were all about the cookies and cakes with maybe some pretzels and cheese. Now everything is meatballs and veggie sticks with yoghurt dip, raw nuts, etc.

          I do think that the Crossfit bunch are a big catalyst for this WOE. There are crossfit boxes springing up everywhere around town.

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          • #20
            If someone asks, which they usually don't, I reply that I try and eat real, unprocessed food. If they ask further I say it's aligned with ancestral health, that usually glazes their eyes over and they go away. IF they ask further I say it's based quite a bit on evolutionary research and that usually has them grabbing for their car keys. End of conversation.
            Primal/Paleo is not for everyone, it's for those who have committed to understand.
            READ THE BOOK! ...as Robb Wolf says: "Trying to convince people to save their own ass will burn you out."

            Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for -- the pure enjoyment of food.” Anthony Bourdain

            and yes, calories DO count my little piggies

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
              I do think that the Crossfit bunch are a big catalyst for this WOE. There are crossfit boxes springing up everywhere around town.
              Glad to know we're good for something!
              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

              Owly's Journal

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              • #22
                I used to say Paleo, but that started sounding douchey...besides it wasn't completely accurate anyway. I used Primal for a while, but I grew tired of the 'fad diet' reaction. I just try to avoid talking about it now. Nobody wants to hear some self-righteous a-hole preach about his superior diet anyway. If questioned about how I eat now, I simply say we all have access to exactly the same information, it's up to each individual to interpret it and make their own healthy choices accordingly. Then I bask in their confusion as they watch me stuff my face with fat even though I resemble a male Kate Moss.

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                • #23
                  I think this is all a sign that this movement is maturing from a follow-the-leader situation to lot of independent thinking people all agreeing to common terms. Health movement of the 21st century?

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                  • #24
                    Among those with internet addiction and interest in food, maybe. Slowly, the advice from major media outlets is shifting toward proper nutrition. But even as the stranglehold of big agra loosens, family habits will be slow to change. It could be two or three generations before things turn around. And, even then, there will be people who choose to be fat and sick based on "freedom", like smokers. Not everyone wants to feel good and be happy or healthy.
                    Crohn's, doing SCD

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                    • #25
                      I always think it's easiest to not discuss my diet at all. If someone offers me something that I don't eat, I generally say "Oh, I don't eat grains/sugar/whatever".

                      Then again, sometimes I will eat something that on a normal day-to-day basis I wouldn't eat.

                      The problem with labels is you end up coming across all self-righteous and annoying. I find it's easier not to be so judgmental of other people's eating choices when I don't put a label on mine.

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                      • #26
                        Feral is a better word to use to describe me.
                        In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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                        • #27
                          I just say I eat "natural foods", things a caveman would be able to find/hunt in nature. I tell them that things that deviate from this (grains, high-sugar, beans) disagree with my body.

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                          • #28
                            If I tried to use primal or paleo with most people in my life, they would have no idea what I meant anyway. So I just say I'm not eating grains and focusing on real, whole foods, rather than processed stuff. That seems to work just fine, whenever it rarely comes up.

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                            • #29
                              I tend to say I don't eat processed foods and most people accept that. I also get a lot of positive comments on my BAS for lunch!!!
                              Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                              PS
                              Don't forget to play!

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                              • #30
                                I think Primal sounds silly so I usually use paleo. But mostly all I do is say "No thank you" when people offer me stuff to eat and nobody ever asks me why so I never have to put any label on myself or explain anything.
                                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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