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  • #16
    I started out by quitting sugar (before I found Primal) and my internet reading kept bringing me back to MDA but I thought "I can't do that! Seriously, no pasta/bread/potatoes/beans???!! This diet is waaay too extreme!"

    I had to read tons of stuff on here before I was ready to give it a go, in the end it was spotting a picture of Mark in VFFs that convinced me he might be right (I already had a much-loved pair of classics - all that science and it was my love of toe shoes that convinced me).

    NOW it seems so easy to live this way, but if I remember how I felt back then I can sympathise with people who think it's too hard. Lots of people lose weight on crazy diets so my weight loss isn't proof for a sceptic - I try not to preach or criticise others' diets (not always easy) but you're only responsible for yourself at the end of the day.

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    • #17
      I remember going through a slightly evangelical phase shortly after making the switch to Primal/Paleo - I felt so amazing, surely everyone else should be eating/living this way too - and probably bored a few people senseless in the process. Thankfully that calmed down after a month or so! As differences have started to become more noticeable, more people have asked what I have done. If they show interest beyond the 'whole unprocessed foods' explanation I will tell them a bit more, then point them in the right direction for MDA and various other online resources I've found helpful. If I get the 'OMG I couldn't live without bread' response I just smile and say that it's important to find a solution that works for you. The people I find more difficult to deal with are those who, after saying they would DIE without bread, go on to tell me the way I eat is unhealthy whilst chowing down on food/drinks laden with additives and other crap. However, as Primal-V says we can only be responsible for ourselves.

      Totally agree with the poster who said that people want the answer to be something other than the answer! Bottom line is that there are no quick fixes and that being committed to long-term health means making changes to diet, exercise, sleep and stress levels - and STICKING to them.
      Last edited by katiepotato; 06-11-2013, 02:36 AM. Reason: sp

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      • #18
        I just agree with them.
        Nope, you probably couldn't. Most people are too weak to take things into their own hands and have control. It's just a fact.

        I've said this to a couple people and reactions were mixed. One got miffed and I just said that I merely agreed with them and the other changed the subject. It was hilarious.
        5' 9" 47 YO F
        PB start June 2, 2012
        Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
        Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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        • #19
          I just shrug and say "So don't."

          Sent via A-10 Warthog

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          • #20
            I'll admit I'm still a bit passionate about primal so I tend to get a bit enthusiastic when explaining how I eat. But yes, it does annoy me when someone who has health problems, not just the weight issues I've had, says 'I couldn't do that'. For me it wasn't difficult to decide that my health is more important than any food. There's always something else you can eat after all, and primal has the best goodies, imo. It is very much them wanting it both ways - success without effort.

            I'm hopeful that as I continue to stay and look healthy that it will encourage my friends to take my approach more seriously. But ultimately, yes, it's their lives and their choice.
            Me, My Father and The Alzheimer's - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread84213.html

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            • #21
              I'm no expert in nutrition, so I don't try to convert anyone. I do have one friend that's being tested for celiac/gluten issues and has to cut out wheat etc, and I mostly just joke that "Hey, you'll be eating like me now! Don't worry, it's pretty easy."

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              • #22
                The correct response to "I could never do that" is "Sucks to be you then, fatty" <eats bacon, drops microphone, exits post-haste>
                The Champagne of Beards

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                • #23
                  I don't try to convert anybody. I present my dietary restrictions as medically necessary, which some of them are. If somebody said to me they'd kill themselves rather than give up their favorite foods, I'd probably say, "You would if you had to."

                  It takes real motivation to do this, not something I could inspire someone with zero awareness to do after a little chat.

                  The fact is that weight loss dieting is a form of compulsive gambling. Everybody's had enough success at least once in their life to let them believe that the next time they could win the big one. And then the next magical leap of faith tells them they could keep the weight off forever. A part of them thinks they could somehow stay happily on some horribly restrictive crash diet forever to keep the pounds from coming back, but they also believe that they will be able to dump the diet and go back to their normal way of eating but not gain weight.

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                  • #24
                    I am only interested in improving my closest relatives' health. Unfortunately, I live quite far from them. I did explain to them by email and over skype how I improved my health and what they should be careful about. After that, it is up to them to make necessary changes. I am not taking them by the hands. As to the more distant circles of relations, I don't even spend time in trying. Marks' endeavor to help 10 million people is quite ambitious ... But if I can improve my close relatives' health, I would be more than happy.

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                    • #25
                      People who notice I have lost weight will ask what I'm doing. My usual answer is "I cut out everything that is processed/packaged and stick to real food". I will explain more if they want to hear, usually they don't. I think they are wanting to hear something like I am taking this pill....

                      I met my boyfriend after I was already primal. He questioned why I don't eat bread, etc. I explained why I do it, and would send him articles and such explaining benefits of paleo. He slowly is changing his ways. Not because I am telling him he should, but because he wants to and sees the benefits. And he doesn't even need to lose weight!

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                      • #26
                        I had some serious health problems when I stumbled across MDA and another Paleo webpage on the same day. It made immediately so much sense to me that it was no problem for me to make changes. After a while I realized that many of the health problems my mom had could be due to high carb and gluten sensitivity. So I told her about the primal diet, but of course she immediately said "No bread? No pasta? No way!" But she did read "Life without bread" (one of the few books available in German) and found all her problems described there. So finally she tried it and feels so much better now. She does miss pasta and bread, but thinks the gain she gets is much better than the price she pays.

                        DH and his family are different. Bread, cake and cookies are the basis of their diet and they all would rather die than stop eating cake and cookies. All have some health issues and are overweight. But they don't care. I have stopped explaining what I eat and why I eat that way. But each weekend I spend there I get those "poor girl can't eat cookies and cake" looks... They don't understand that I don't miss cookies and cake!
                        Turnstone's world - not really a journal...


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                        • #27
                          There are addictive components to wheat. And the sugar so often found in it is addictive, too. Some of those who enjoy it the most are truly addicted.

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                          • #28
                            Just means MOAR MEATZ for the rest of us, right?

                            Not going to go and sympathize with panda's that wont screw to save their species, certainly not going to sympathize with people who won't drop the junk to save themselves.

                            M.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by MEversbergII View Post
                              Just means MOAR MEATZ for the rest of us, right?

                              Not going to go and sympathize with panda's that wont screw to save their species, certainly not going to sympathize with people who won't drop the junk to save themselves.

                              M.
                              Not to mention, recycling and speed limits are bullshit. It's like quitting smoking on your deathbed.
                              The Champagne of Beards

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                              • #30
                                I've pretty much stopped discussing it with people because most don't have a clue. They usually start telling me how they are doing their bit by switching from white bread to brown and buying low fat spread etc....I usually change the subject quickly !

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