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    Just curious how many times a day/week do you tell people about your primal life?


    Perhaps its just because I'm starting to see the benefits of this lifestyle that I want to share it with everyone, but I find myself having a conversation with at least one person everyday about how awesome it is to be primal.


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    I donīt talk to a lot of people about being primal because I find it tedious when they start telling me that Iīm crazy for having a high fat diet or other things like that. I only talk to those who I see are genuinely interested and curious about the primal blueprint, it doesnīt matter if in the end they donīt agree with me, but I want them to actually consider it. However, when I had just started being primal I talked very frequently about it as you do.

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      I will if people are interested but otherwise it's like talking about religion and politics. Everyone thinks they are right.


      The other day we went for coffee and I asked the lady if they could make me a vienna, she didn't know what it was and I said it has whipped cream instead of milk, she laughed and said oh we don't have cream here it's not good for you. Then another lady piped in that she was a dietician and I should be having trim. So I laughed and walked away. How frustrating! My dh said oh baby in about 10 years maybe people will start to get it. He's right, it might take that long before people realise the current diet isn't working.


      I wish I could talk to more people about how being primal is actually really simple and how good they could feel but for some reason most people just put a wall up.

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        Yeah thatīs exactly what happens to me, itīs almost impossible to have a rational discussion because they just keep repeating the same things and they donīt see any need to justify what they are saying.

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          I've tried to tell friends about it but they all just think I'm ridiculous and unhealthy. I think it's just because they love carbs and don't want to admit that they're bad for you.

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            I don't talk about anymore.


            In fact, even though I followed most of the dietary guidelines of PB before I even knew about it as "PB", I didn't talk about.


            My family and friends didn't understand why I did what I did, nor did they take seriously what I told them the few times I acknowledged their comments. So...I just stopped talking about it.


            Now, the current people in my life still shake their heads at me, but they pretty well go along with my preferences.

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              I'm going to keep a before and after pic, along with a before and after blood test, so I can show what a primal lifestyle can do for you.


              I hate seeing people suffer needlessly. I suffered for too long, trying to count calories and eat low-fat. I grew larger and larger and felt like a failure and had to cope with all kinds of pain and anxiety. It wasn't from not trying. It was from getting the wrong advice.

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                jpippenger,


                I feel the same way. I suffered when I was overweight and I see diet- and lifestyle-related suffering in everyone around me. But hardly anyone is open to the idea that you're better off not relying on any substance like alcohol or tobacco or pot to make yourself feel better, when all you need is to eat naturally and be active. People equate exercise with being tired, sore, sweaty and miserable. And just about everyone is an honest-to-god sugar addict. Reason and logic don't work when you talk to addicts.


                Anyway, before I go off on too much of a tangent, I used to talk about it freely when the subject of health and fitness came up, but now I try to keep my mouth shut unless the other people seem open to new (old?) ideas.

                You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                  Haha

                  I tried the other night over dinner - well my friends think PM is AITKINS re-dresed and all marketing hype.

                  - oh well their loss not mine - I dont give a hoot frankly why bother to try and sell it ...

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                    At least once aday, I "preach", mostly at lunch, when somebody asks about my "lunch composition". Meat and veggies seems som make people confused somehow.

                    Cholesterol often comes up, and I LOVE to explain what cholesterol IS and what it DOES. I also love to tell people how well I feel, and how delicious my food are.


                    Keep preaching

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                      Having spent plenty of time in my youth silently nodding along to Jehovah's Witnesses or other proselytizing evangelicals while planning an escape route, I'm hyper-conscious of coming off like a zealot. Whether we're right or not seems irrelevant when "preaching." The important thing is that we're making claims that refute conventional wisdom, "everyone knows" type stuff - and most people aren't open to that. It's your word versus the experts. And c'mon, they can't all be wrong, right?


                      We're stuck between a rock and a hard place. The revelations of the Primal lifestyle make it impossible to keep bottled up, but when we do spread the word it's not so much quiet confident knowledge as it is a barbaric yawp straining to be released. When you're passionate about a subject (as I find most of us are - quite understandably, given the simplicity and ramifications of the lifestyle), you don't speak calmly when it comes up. People tend to ignore the rabble rousers, the men with bullhorns on street corners, simply because they're usually off their rockers. But not always. That we love saturated fat and despise whole grains doesn't make our message any easier to handle, either.


                      What's strange is that some people, when you get them locked in, will even recognize how much sense the concepts make, they'll understand your points and show seemingly genuine interest in the subject matter... and then they generally shrug and move on. Are they unwilling to try? Disingenuous? I just don't get it.


                      Whoever likened nutrition and diet to politics and religion is completely right; at worst, it'll spark a bitter fight, and at best, they'll just tune you out.

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                        I talk about primal/paleo to close family and friends who ask. The rest of the world just thinks I'm nuts, that I have orthorexia or something like it. It doesn't help the fact that I am OMG in medical school, where saying sat fat is good for your is heresy and the paleo thing is just as scientific as Bach flowers.


                        I got tired of explaining the same things over and over again to satisfy curiosity if the person asking seems really interested.

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                        • #13
                          I have been following PB since January 2011. I have given up explaining to anyone for the same reason - they all know the CW by heart. It turns out that the low-fat movement has become their mantra and nothing can break through to them - not even the slimmer me or my blood work numbers.

                          I have one friend who constantly bickers about it and even followed me around a banquet table after a memorial service to nag on me. I have finally succumbed to ignoring people because of that. This is the same person who got angry with me at the Fish Camp breakfast when I didn't show up because they were serving pancakes. He called me inconsiderate even though all the other 20 people showed up and chowed. He KNEW that pancakes were not on my radar as something I'd eat and I still feel like he made the choice to see what I'd do. And he saw.

                          For those of you who seem to have the knack for arguing on behalf of PB - I salute you!
                          Female back to the basics: 11-12-16
                          CW: 10-11-16: 144
                          GW: 130 a dream, I know
                          Muscle soreness surrounding Neck, Thyroid and Rosacea issues.

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                          • #14
                            I don't even try. If someone comments on how healthy I look & feel 'at my age' and asks specific questions I'll answer. 99 times out of 100 the reply is "Oh, I could never give up ______. OK fine, enjoy your PopTarts then - later.

                            However, I do have one friend who asked, listened and immediately wanted to know more. I lent her some books and she dove in head first. She's closing in on 70 and after only a couple of weeks is losing weight and feels better than she has in years. I put that one in the W column.

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                            • #15
                              0. i actually loathe explaining it to people unless they seem genuinely curious - which is rare. i have no need to proselytize.

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