i usually say that i eat an ancestral diet with modern convenience, and if people want more info i'll give them a few details and tell them to research the rest.
"I eat mostly animal protein and vegetables with a little fruit and nuts." <ding> (Second floor)
I spend a lot of time in doctor's offices, and since I started Primal I get a lot of questions at work about the weight I've lost, so I have honed it down tight:
"I don't eat grains, legumes, sugar, or dairy, and I don't drink alcohol. I eat a lot of fat, a little bit of vegetables, and fruit only occasionally. I cycle half an hour four or five nights a week while I watch TV."
I do eat SOME sugar, usually in the form of dark chocolate, and I do use butter and occasionally cheese, but they're not looking for a list of my occasional indulgences, so I don't give them one unless they ask for it.
I definitely don't tell them that I'm now kind of grossed out by meat/eggs/dairy that isn't grass-fed and/or otherwise from humanely raised animals, because I've found that's when people start looking at you funny. Which I find kind of laughable in a society that's willing to re-route internal organs to lose weight, but what can you do?
Nah, honestly I don't mind saying paleo, primal, or ancestral......I don't care if they know what that is or not. It's the keywords they need to find the info themselves so I use it.
Last edited by Neckhammer; 11-02-2012 at 03:32 PM.
News flash: "Healthy" CW is also unprocessed, real food, no junk food, etc. So I don't think it works to use those terms.
Since I had very little weight to lose, I can only say that wheat gave me heartburn. No wheat, no Prilosec.
But I convinced a co-worker to go Primal, he lost 25 pounds, and he uses the anti-grain angle.
What worries me is that the newest diet fashion is "gluten-free" instead of grain free. So now we have people loading up on non-gluten whole wheat, cornmeal, rice, designer non-gluten grains, and sugar. And not dropping weight and getting really frustrated.
5'0" female, 44 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 keeping food tracker.
I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and should tweak Primal to their own needs.