[QUOTE=Jiigigaw;910690]I have found that I just let the results do the speaking. I don't argue with anyone; I just live the paleo lifestyle. This includes my parents, wife, bes friends, coworkers, etc. THey are slowly all picking up aspects of my lifestyle with no arguments. Why? Well, I went from a 260 pound asthmatic with allergies, high blood pressure, early on-set arthritis, and chronic back pain to a 170 pound guy with no chronic illnesses.
Of course, if you want to convince your mom, just give her a copy of "Good Calories, Bad Calories".[/QUOTE]
This! I am hoping to have some good results soon, so I can "show" rather than "tell" people. My parents are both highly intelligent and well educated people, so when my dad told me he had to quit eating grapefruit for breakfast because he went on statin drugs, I nearly lost it. Unfortunately, as he's the Ph.D in organic chemistry, and my mum's the medical doctor, they don't pay much attention to little old me :rolleyes:.
If I were you, I'd also provide her with some solid information on going paleo/primal, and demonstrate with your own health improvements. As you say, if she agrees to go on it for just 30 days, she can decide for herself. Just don't let her ask a conventional doctor what's best :rolleyes:.
There is no study I've read that "proves" the primal / paleo diet bad or dangerous for long term health. For short term (10 years?) health, go look at the "before and after" thread that is probably up to 1000 pages by now, or the success stories forum.
But if your mom believes that anything you can find on the internet is true, you'll have an uphill battle to fight. I say do it yourself for a while, get healthy, THEN tell people about it if you want to.
[QUOTE=Scott F;909373]She didn't get it from any study. She got it from a book review
[url=http://caloriecount.about.com/book-review-primal-blueprint-b533767]Book Review: The Primal Blueprint[/url]
IOW it's an opinion from someone who post to a forum [url=http://caloriecount.about.com/profile/carolyn_r/posts]Calorie Count Forums :: Posts by carolyn_r[/url][/QUOTE]
Holy crap, Calorie Count forums are the worst. Everyone on them is terrified of fat, patting themselves on the back for exercising 3 hours a day and eating soy with every meal. I swear, there's probably a shrine to Diet Coke somewhere on there.
Your mom is going to believe what she's going to believe.
Even when people see the weight loss, improved health and a real live fully functioning brain, they still think you're one fiber-less meal away from keeling iver from a massive coronary where your veins explode and bacon fats comes shooting out.
If I knew a way to convince people without driving them away, my mom would be in the Crossfit Games by now. She's still alive at 77 in spite of herself.