[QUOTE=summerbreeze;1239350 When I tell people I don't like pasta, they really do get aghast. I always get confused when they ask why I don't like Italian food, because I do like Italian food (grilled baby octopus, braised lamb shanks, veal kidneys, I could go on and on)[/QUOTE]
Please do go on & on. I'd love to hear more!!
Although no one has called me out on the carpet for my dietary/lifestyle changes, if they ask I say:
"I lost 2 lbs per week for the first 8 weeks of not eating grains and sugars."
"I eat only when I am hungry, and usually find that I am not very often hungry."
"I do exercise, but not a whole lot."
People tend not to be able to argue with the above statements, meaning if they try to tell me my diet is unhealthy I can say, 'yeah, but I lost a lot of weight, so I am healthier now than I was.'
If they ask me about giving up bread, I say "yes, that was my biggest fear because I loved eating bread. But I tell them that after a week of not eating it, the cravings went away and I never desired to eat it again."
BTW, reading the Primal Blueprint convinced me there is no reason to eat bread.
Some people ask me about my lipid profile, and I can safely tell them that after the first couple of months, my profile was in line with those of my past - not my worst, but not my best, about average for me.
After nine months of living and eating primally, and having lost (and kept off) a total of 24lbs so far, I can safely say that I will never go back to eating bread or other grains and sugars. At least not anywhere near the consumption rate of my past, or near the recommendation of the FDA.
[QUOTE=JoanieL;1242364]Yes, but you get to feel all trendy and self-righteous from not eating poor wittle moo-cows and oink-piggies, etc. Because really, who's going to say, "Way to go!" if you're just avoiding wheat?[/QUOTE]
But but but, don't WE get to be all trendy and self-righteous too?
Some days I don't need to eat at all, I'm powered solely by the knowledge of how right this WOE (way of eating) is.
My family is quite big into grains so when I visit I make a stop at the store and buy a bunch of good veggies and some fruit for snacks. They really like to see me eat so I will eat those for snacks, if I'm the one making dinner I will make good food without the usual two grain dishes. They didn't seem to miss it.
I usually tell people that I can't digest grains properly, and beans make me fat. When I was on Weight Watchers I ate a bean soup, it was soooooo delish, but I couldn't lose weight even when I was doing it "right". I cut out the beans and grains and viola, I'm losing weight.
Heh ... my MIL criticized my diet to my husband behind my back, so of course he relayed it to me anyway, and we had a laugh about it.
Basically, something about me looking pale and unhealthy (no idea where that came from) and "You know, as soon as she stops eating that way, she's just gonna gain the weight right back!" My husband said something like, "Uh, this isn't a diet she's going to go off of, she's just decided not to eat junk food anymore."
Honestly, I think she's mad because I'm losing weight and she isn't (and that's not me being catty--my husband thought of it before I did).
[QUOTE=oxide;1241449]While you're probably being sarcastic, you're actually 100% correct.[/QUOTE]
I wasn't being sarcastic at all, oxide. Grains are addictive and play games with your system.