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  • #16
    Ahh yes... the concept of being primal is really easy until you realise you have to deal with other people trying to feed you stuff People who will, the majority of the time, just not "get" it.

    I think the easiest thing is sometimes just to lie and say you've got an allergy to XYZ, or your doctor has put you on a sugar free diet, or some other rubbish that is easier for people mired in CW to accept.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Iron Fireling View Post
      Ahh yes... the concept of being primal is really easy until you realise you have to deal with other people trying to feed you stuff People who will, the majority of the time, just not "get" it.

      I think the easiest thing is sometimes just to lie and say you've got an allergy to XYZ, or your doctor has put you on a sugar free diet, or some other rubbish that is easier for people mired in CW to accept.
      This does them and you a disservice. Just say no. If they persist or ask why, simply tell them why you eat as you do (we should all be prepared for this). If you get a negative reaction shrug
      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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      • #18
        Originally posted by peril View Post
        This does them and you a disservice. Just say no. If they persist or ask why, simply tell them why you eat as you do (we should all be prepared for this). If you get a negative reaction shrug
        While you're right, I think a lot of people don't want to hear it, and will argue the point with you. Honestly, I've tried... Really, at the moment I'm just trying to make my life as easy as possible, which means avoiding dietary confrontation! (Really, if someone IS receptive, I'll be happy to talk to them... but so many people aren't... I get it, because it wasn't so long ago that I wouldn't have "got" it either!).

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        • #19
          No thank you, but I don't eat processed foods, even if its gluten free.
          F 28/5'4/100 lbs

          "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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          • #20
            Thank you for the replies everyone. Unfortunately, gluten-free bascially takes us back to Square 1 in how to say no to wheat.

            "I'm allergic to xyz," even if I'm not. <--- This is lying outright, which is a far worse problem than a little gluten.

            "This is store bought and probably has junk in it. I don't eat processed food." <--- This probably works. But then, "no thanks" works just as well. Nobody has an emotional tie to something from Safeway.

            "This is homemade, but I don't eat processed food." <--- This is a straight up insult. To a SAD, home-baked doesn't count as processed. And they've already gone through the extra effort of making it gluten-free. Refusing it insults your hostess/friend twice, first by calling their labor of love "processed," second by dismissing the extra effort.

            "I'm trying to avoid sugar." <--- prompts requests to have just a little bit. In that case I have a little bit and don't stress.

            "I am Primal I eat as our sacred ancestors did I only eat whole foods I don't put poison in my body" and similar primal screeds. <--- Assuming they weren't turned off by the screen, a SAD is justifiably puzzled. Wasn't gluten the poison.. there isn't any gluten here... why is it poison now?

            I found that the best action is to say "no thanks" to store bought stuff, and to take one bite of home-made stuff. It's not going to kill me.
            5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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            • #21
              No thanks should be sufficient. I see no need for further explanation. This response, sometimes repeated, has always worked for me.

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              • #22
                There are definitely people who don't want to take "no" for an answer. It is probably cultural/regional. Seems to happen more here in Tejas than it did in SoCal.

                I had that problem yesterday. Someone brought in something they really loved and wanted others (me included) to try. My "no, thank you" was a personal disappointment to them.

                Another tactic is to accept a small portion but don't eat it. People rarely watch to make sure you eat what you take.

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                • #23
                  I tell people that I don't eat grains and avoid GMO, that cancels out the whole gluten arguement. Since gluten-free is often replaced with rice flour and potato starch, that covers all my bases.

                  For the insistant person, I have a cold stare, and say "which was more difficult? The Nnnnn or the Oooo?" Then again, I am a a-hole.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by geostump View Post
                    And with all those except the last one, the giver of sweets will be able to come up with a comeback. At least you can offend them with the last one.
                    " A girl scout once tried to sell me cookies. I ate her liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti"
                    -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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                    • #25
                      I have had good success with the, 'not right now, but could I take a piece for later' strategy. It works pretty well on those who won't take 'no'. And sometimes, you just don't want to get into it, you know? I have non-primal family members, or it gets tossed into the compost.

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                      • #26
                        grow up and don't eat it

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                        • #27
                          You dont need to eat anything you dont want to. Hopefully you outgrew peer pressure in High school.

                          I say no thanks, I explain if needed that I dont eat any sugar or grains at all and if they keep insisting I take one then drop it on the floor or in the garbage in front of them. Then I walk away. I too have been accused of being an A hole.

                          The fact is I dont give a damn what anyone but my family and some of my friends think of me.
                          Primal since April 2012 Male 6' 3" SW 345lbs CW 240lbs GW 220lbs and when I get there I am getting a utlikilt. This one http://www.utilikilts.com/company/pr...ilts/workmans/ actually.

                          Join me at www.paleoplanet.net, where all the cavemen hang out.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by ryanmercer View Post
                            " A girl scout once tried to sell me cookies. I ate her liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti"
                            *thpthpthpthpthp*
                            beautiful
                            yeah you are

                            Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
                            lol

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                            • #29
                              These "just be an asshole like me" posts are kinda strange. Where do you people work/live that it makes sense to firebomb your professional (assuming that applies to you) social capital for basically zero gain?

                              For many of us, we have a professional life where social grace actually has real-life ramifications. If a coworker bakes some sort of Xmas desert and brings it into the office, and I throw the plate she brings me on the floor, you know what? I'm going to have a harder time working with her for years. That will impact my job performance. That means tens, or hundreds, of thousands of dollars of my future income thrown away for want of 10 seconds of civility. Why on earth would anyone follow that course?

                              This isn't about peer pressure, it's about the fact that people who cannot gracefully negotiate a benign social encounter like a coworker handing them a treat are going to get noticed in a bad way.

                              I'm all for being an asshole when it's called for. This isn't even close to such a situation.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by sabine View Post
                                i have had good success with the, 'not right now, but could i take a piece for later' strategy. It works pretty well on those who won't take 'no'. And sometimes, you just don't want to get into it, you know? I have non-primal family members, or it gets tossed into the compost.
                                love this!!!!!

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