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  • #16
    I think we also greatly underestimate the stress that some health professionals are under, particularly in hospital settings. The demands of shift work are terrible for one's health and weight, and a lot of them also pick up smoking as a response to that. Additionally, they exist in the same toxic food environment as everyone else and may often rely on eating the terrible food served in many hospital cafeterias because that's what's available, and when people are tired, they are likely to choose the grilled cheese and onion rings over the salads.

    Also, orthopedic surgery specialists are likely not spending a lot of time reading research literature on nutrition. Medicine is a huge field, and people tend to get really, really knowledgeable in their area but may know very little about another because as people become specialized, their depth of knowledge exceeds their breadth of knowledge by quite a bit.

    And yeah, on the self-righteousness thing: lots of people who are doing primal are still fat. Some people (shock!) even manage to get fatter on a primal diet. And you really don't know if that nurse didn't already lose 50 pounds, or if she's tried tons of diets and not succeeded, or whatever.

    It's really easy to judge other people, but you don't know what's going on in their lives.
    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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    • #17
      Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
      ^^Exactly. I eat primal and I wouldn't stop any heads as I walk down the street. Nobody would look at me and say, wow, what's your secret? I've got no abs and plenty of cellulite on my thighs. I'm lifting heavy weights and am sore and hungry almost all the time.
      Sorry you're hungry most of the time. I have loved that primal meant I am NOT usually hungry. I just now had leftover duck (with skin and fat) as a snack or second lunch. I skipped breakfast today and even though I had an egg/mushroom omlette just 3 hours ago, I was starving. So I ate. I have found I lose the most weight when I get serious about carbs and staying low on them. Am I perfect? Heck no. I refuse to be hungry though unless I am fasting, then I find a way to distract myself and it goes away.

      On the note of healthcare professionals, I see why some might be upset and have a personal note to add to this. I am a full time Pilates instructor (mat and equipment). I was 11 lbs (looked like much more) heavier just 3 months ago before Primal. I was still as fantastic at my job as I am now. I just happen to now look the part much more. I am not yet to my final goal, but I can see some abs now, they really were buried under the layer of fat! I won't discount professionals based on their appearance, I was once one of them.

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      • #18
        Health professionals are part of the medical industrial complex. They are not actually interested in real health, generally. We shouldn't criticize them for this. Everyone has to make a living.

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        • #19
          About a decade ago a morbidly obese RN in college actually had the nerve to tell me (mildly overweight at 160 lbs) that I should lose some weight. As he huffed and puffed about it, he actually had a stack of 5 donuts on his desk behind him, each with a piece bitten off. It was like a scene from a comedy movie.

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          • #20
            OK, good points about not judging. I don't judge people on the street because yeah, I don't know their lives. But here's my deal -

            I wouldn't take my car to a mechanic who couldn't keep his car running. Wouldn't take financial advice from someone who's gone bankrupt over and over again (and I've had it offered from just such a person), a plumber with a flooded basement, etc., etc. I really don't give a rat's ass what people eat, wear, listen to, sleep with or how much they weigh. I just find it sad and ironic that so many nurses, doctors and nutritionists are such pathetic examples.

            And re: the "giant nurse". She hasn't recently lost 50 lbs., she's getting bigger by the year. This was the local clinic and she lives here and I've heard 'nutritional advice' from her in the past, for instance, I can't be healthy if I don't eat a 'hearty' breakfast. This time I wasn't going to keep my mouth shut but thankfully, it didn't come up.

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