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    Family Woes

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    I know this one comes up fairly frequently but I hit frustration level yesterday and I need to vent

    So it was my mother's birthday yesterday and we gathered at her place for a family function. They decided they were having Chinese takeaway. I politely declined and asked if I could just cook come bacon and eggs for myself as a quick tide-me-over and also to be social and eat with them. This was fine until we sat down. Then it started:

    "All you ever do is eat eggs now" (not true, I do love them but I have meats and lots of leafy greens and salads as well)
    "Your cholesterol will be terrible, what does you doctor say" (This while my pregnant sister is scoffing down the oily fried chinese food which I'm sure was much worse for her)
    "Are you telling me you know more than your trained doctor" (when I try to explain I have done research and that most doctors know relatively little about nutrition)
    "You are way to skinny now" (this after three months ago I was too fat apparently).

    It's just getting harder and harder. Today I've been invited to Yum Cha with a group of friends ... I'm going for the company, but I'll be eating primal before I go and just having green tea while I'm there. I'm sure I'll get constant "why arent you eating" and "just try this".

    I'm not a fan of 80/20. I want to do this 100%. Besides, I find non-primal foods make me feel sick now.

    I may die of frustration ... any thoughts?
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    "Your cholesterol will be terrible, what does you doctor say?" - After my last set of results and weight loss, there wasn't much he could say.

    "Are you telling me you know more than your trained doctor?" - You always claim to know more than a trained politician.

    "You are way to skinny now" - Yeah, you jealous huh?

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    If my family kept on at me every time I sat down to eat, I would stop eating with them. And if they ask, tell them why.

    I will eat with them again as long as they understood that how I ate was not up for discussion unless I brought it up.

    Having said that, I am always scanning other cuisines to see what Primal choices I can get from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip @ MIPWID View Post
    If my family kept on at me every time I sat down to eat, I would stop eating with them. And if they ask, tell them why.

    I will eat with them again as long as they understood that how I ate was not up for discussion unless I brought it up.

    Having said that, I am always scanning other cuisines to see what Primal choices I can get from them.
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    Do you live with your family? If not, they can't do anything about it. You have to tell them that you don't want to talk about it. That's what I do. My family likes to argue with me and tries to convince me that I should eat a little of everything, including gluten. My dad thinks I should be eating dairy even though he knows I'm lactose intolerant because, according to him, there are no other good sources of calcium and he is never wrong. Sometimes all you can do ignore the comments and try to change the subject. I've learned that--at least with my family--diet discussion always results in unwanted tension and awkwardness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazatiger View Post
    Do you live with your family? If not, they can't do anything about it.
    I still live with mine. I now cook my own meals and would do so for my family except that they are on a low-fat diet and I, as you might guess, am not.

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    I get a lot of emotional blackmail from my mother and sister. Don't get me wrong, I'm 40 years old and can fend for myself. They just think they know best (they don't) and get really upset when I try to reason with them.

    I've tried pointing out that the majority of their views are just CW. When I ask them to define where they got this information its either "doctors" or "everyone knows this".

    Obviously I could just ignore it, but I have a weak spot when it comes to family. They just make me feel terrible.

    Take my lunch today, they flat out told me I wouldn't have any friends anymore if I refuse to eat what they are all eating. I happen to think that good friends will respect my choices and appreciate that I still took the time to come and socialise with them even if I'm not eating.

    But still, it makes me feel guilty and terrible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz71 View Post
    I've tried pointing out that the majority of their views are just CW. When I ask them to define where they got this information its either "doctors" or "everyone knows this".
    "Everyone used to think the Earth was flat." "There are plenty of doctors who endorse what I'm doing."


    Take my lunch today, they flat out told me I wouldn't have any friends anymore if I refuse to eat what they are all eating. I happen to think that good friends will respect my choices and appreciate that I still took the time to come and socialise with them even if I'm not eating.

    But still, it makes me feel guilty and terrible.
    I'd be minded to put that to the test.

    I'm sorry to sound offensive...but I get the impression that your mother and sister have issues.

    Short of showing them a stellar set of test results...there isn't much you can do to change blinkered thinking.

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    Oh I feel for you! Its no fun when you don't have much of a support group around you.

    If it makes you feel any better, after awhile most people run out of 'commentary' (well, most people anyways. There seems to still be a couple who take me eating healthy as a personal attack on them....so they still offer their unsolicited advice and I just smile and continue to ignore them).

    I have been eating gluten free for 7 years, and mostly primal/paleo for about 5. At first they always thought it was a phase, that it was just another scheme to help my medical problems (fibro, chronic fatigue, etc). I had tried supplements, natrupaths, chiros, etc etc....so they were used to my experiments in health. Since I stuck to my guns on my diet changes, kept going for years, was feeling better and looking better, eventually the commentary faded because there was nothing left to say.

    Now the majority of the comments are just "wow, you have such great discipline, I could never do something like that", and so on. I usually cheer folks on, tell them they could do anything if it meant they felt as good as I do. That discipline comes just like exercise, you just need to work the muscle and it gets easier. If they ask questions about the foods, I share info but I don't overwhelm. I also never give advice unless it is asked for.

    Most of my friends and family are reasonably considerate now. They don't make a gluten free thanksgiving, but they always make sure there are several things for me to eat and use potato starch to make the gravy kind of thing. My friends ask whats a good restaurant to meet at, and I always try to accommodate them and myself if at all possible (its not fair if I pick something no one else will like or could afford kind of thing). I have also gotten more creative at restaurants and can usually come up with something just about anywhere (or I just eat before like your doing).

    Sorry everyone is being a pain, just keep trucking and lead by example and maybe down the road others will follow

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    What is emotional blackmail?
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