I no longer bother to explain either. A while back I discovered that people don't want to hear about a diet free of grains and many get irritated if I mention it. Either that, or they think they'll die without the cereal, bread and cookies.
Somehow talking about Paleo feels like talking politics or religion. I never before realized people could get so sensitive when nutrition is being discussed.
I'm just doing my thing that works for me and what everyone else puts into their mouth I could care less about.
Honestly though, it's not your job. There are better ways to share this information with people than shoving it on them. YOU don't want to hear about THEIR whack diet, do you? That's probably how it comes across to them. I am not like some people here, I have no weight loss to show off or that was at all noticeable for anyone but my Boyfriend and myself. If people ask how my skin is so clear (not right now, thanks Christmas cookies), I tell them I don't really eat sweets. People will come to their own conclusions, trust who they want to trust, be deluded if they choose to. It's not your job to tell them otherwise, and I think it's actually rude how often people seem to (both from the primal/paleo community as well as SAD or whatever fad diet) push their dogma on other people.
Long story short, and sorry, that's not really aimed at you, but the answer is don't. Don't bother.
I never say a thing about PB. People don't seem to be interested in eating programs unless it's something they've heard of - Jenny Craig, Atkins, stuff like that. I tell them I've cut *way* back on processed foods and grains, because I'm starving all the time if I eat stuff like that. When they say they could never do that, I tell them I did it little by little and now it's easy. Of course, they don't believe it! That's usually the end of the conversation. I do feel kind of sad for the people I care about who are eating themselves sick, but people have all kinds of demons that bring them daily misery. Bad food is just one more. I can't (ha, I'm not qualified to) fix other people's lives for them.
I do spend a good bit of energy finding and making primal foods that my family will enjoy. But again, I don't care if they're on board with the philosophy. As long as they're happily eating better foods, I feel victorious.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related
i loathe explaining my diet at this point. i specifically try to avoid it. i claim it was all the raspberry ketones and acai berries i've been taking no, but really, i hate explaining it to people.