Other than my own research, what persuaded me to try primal was the fact that I could do so with no investment. Just quit eating grains, cut back on fruit and dairy. Try for a month or two. If it doesn't work for me, I can quit at any time. Easy-peasy. I haven't signed up for a monthly supply of acai berry extracts, or paid for Weight Watchers meetings, or bought expensive supplements, or tried to persuade my doctor to prescribe something exotic. I just change the way I eat and see what happens? What have I got to lose?
I do get your MIL though, I really do. I have received so much unsolicited advice over the years, most of it bad. Or been told that my problem is probably X,Y, or Z. You get numb to it after a while. It's like beggars or telemarketers or door-to-door salesmen, you develop a rejection reflex. I know people want to help, so I don't get nasty about it, but I rarely listen either. I usually look up the conditions they cite, see after two minutes' reading that it doesn't fit my symptoms as well as CFS, and if they ask, then I can politely tell them that I checked it. Just dropping into the conversation when it's natural that you know people who have overcome fibromyalgia without medication might work in her mind better than anything else, although it would probably take a while. These things usually have to simmer for a long time.
5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again
More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
- Lewis Mumford