When I became primal 4 weeks ago, I went from strict vegetarian (in a misguided attempt for animal cruelty) to a pastured meat lover. I can feel the positive changes (consistent energy, no bloating, & a few lbs weight loss) but the lack of support from my family is frustrating to the point where it's stressful. I am of Asian descent and my family tends to focus their meals around rice. I've tried many times to explain how rice turns to sugar and raises insulin which leads to fat storage, but they won't listen. I am always getting criticized about the huge amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol I am eating, and I know that they are concerned for my well being, but they're stuck in CW thinking. I even showed them the studies that prove saturated fat is not the cause of cardiovascular/heart disease and how dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on the cholesterol levels. But of course, they will have none of that. Almost everyone in my family got sick this past winter (I didn't because I already cut out all the processed junk) and I see a steady increase of weight gain. I am tired of watching my mother eat junk and gain weight when she used to be thin and fit (she loves her cereal now..) and also taking my grandmother to the doctor only to watch her pay $200+ for medication for her eyes. My little sister is already 10lbs overweight and has taken a liking to cereal like my mother and she is deathly afraid of ANYTHING FAT, which I'm scared will be problematic in the future for her health and self-esteem. I get so frustrated because I know that simple changes in their diet can reverse all these effects and improve their health. I know that I cannot save everyone, but it is hard to watch those that you love do damage to themselves. It's stressful because my mother and father are going behind my back and commenting on my new lifestyle to everyone about how concerned they are. They think that I am just going through some kind of phase like when I refused to eat meat. But now, apparently, I am inhaling protein and fat at an alarming rate and my lack of grains will cause future health problems (in their opinion). I know that I am not the only one who doesn't have support, but it just makes it that much harder and is much more stressful. Sorry for the long rant, but it is something that has been bothering me for a while. I plan on sticking to PB and hoping that my results will inspire them to make their own changes to their life..
And sometimes I wish that people would stop being so judgmental. It's one thing to disagree with someone else's lifestyle, but it's another to criticize and impose.