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I've tried a lot of different explanations. Lately, I've been saying I only eat people food. You know, what humans eat. Not fake stuff. But I do freely point people here, and often say I'm high-fat paleo or Primal, per Mark Sisson.
I used primal for a while, but as it became popular with the bandwagon crash dieters, I've moved away from it Nowadays, if directly asked, I say "I eat healthy and try oo remember to workout." If pressed, I'll say "my body doesn't like grains, beans or soy, and I'm allergic to cottonseed oil, so it's mostly meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and healthy oils."
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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I just tell people that I finally figured out what works best for me, if they keep asking I send them to this site. I did use primal and paleo for a while but just to many negative response from everyone.
I don't know why this word has started to grind on me but lately I get the same negative connotation from primal as I do from vegan. I start thinking of Heaven's Gate...
Anyone else feel this way?
I guess it's just a brand-name for the book and website. Works for that purpose.
If you don't like "paleo" as a label, since the PB is a variant on that, then I guess you could say you eat an Ancestral Diet. The WAPF have used that term, and the AHS obviously uses the label "Ancestral". Or you could say "a hunter-gatherer type diet". Or perhaps you could just take a leaf out of Sean Croxton's book and say you "JERF" -- just eat real food.
Yeah, with the explosion of Paleo-ness on the web and in real life the past year, or so, I'm more hesitant to use the term Paleo or Primal. People will make (usually wrong) assumptions of what I'm talking about, since there's such a variety of information out there and in the media. They will assume low-fat, lean meats only. Like CW minus grains. Egg whites and turkey bacon - yum!
When we first started eating this way after finding MDA in summer 2008 I didn't use the terms much, either, because no one knew what the heck I was talking about. Plus, our journey has been so on-again, off-again over these years, I mainly kept it to myself, except close family members. I wanted to show some mind blowing results before promoting a way of eating/life.
Nowadays it is terminology overload out there. I just say "I can't eat grains or legumes, limit dairy, don't really eat sugar, and avoid most unnatural oils."
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.
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.