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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    New York, NY

    Question What to tell the others? Help a newbie out!

    Hi Everyone!

    Paul here, 33 year old native Texan living in NYC. Discovering the Primal Blueprint lifestyle has felt like coming home, like YES! Finally something I resonate with, from the eating to fitness to taking care of yourself. Easing into the eating, but 5 days with no grains and I feel fantastic! It doesn't feel difficult, and I'm enjoying getting back in the kitchen.

    The hardest part so far is mentioning it to others. While I understand the scientific reasoning when reading the articles, I'm not the best at explaining it, nor do I want to have an in-depth discussion and defend myself at every social/work meal.

    So what are some of your stock responses? Something I can easily tell people when the whole office is staring at me or a friend is telling me this doesn't sound healthy.

    Any suggestions appreciated!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Southern California
    I say I don't eat processed foods and avoid wheat because I have a sensitivity to it.
    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

    "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    I personally hurt if I eat grain/sugar. So I just tell people I cannot eat them. If we talk about it more I describe said pain. Depending on the person, if they have an inflammatory disease or talk about tryi g to lose weight, or ask about my weight loss, I will go into more detail about insulin, blood sugar, toxins in grains, wheat and corn being freaks etc.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Santa Barbara
    Don't talk about it to other people. Just say, "No, thank you" when they offer you stuff. Don't answer any questions if they ask you directly. Just find the most appropriate non-answer that fits, such as if they say, "Hey let's go get some Burger King" and you say, "No, thank you" and they ask, "Why?" then just say, "I'm watching my weight" or "I've already eaten" or whatever non-answer fits. Or if they say, "Hey you've lost weight, how did you do it?" Just say, "Eating right and exercise" and leave it at that. Period. Only ever tell people about paleo or primal if they actually bring it up themselves, as in, "Hey, I've decided to eat a Paleo Diet and I'm going to preach it to the world!" You can just say, "Yeah, I've been doing it for a year, it's great."

    Trust me on this. If you say anything you will never hear the end of it from some jackass with a wedgie. Never. Hear. The. End. Of. It.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    BC, Canada
    i would keep it simply, just say it doesn't agree with you, so you're trying to be proactive about your health.
    jsut remember, if someone is going to make a comment...they will make a comment regardless. own your decision and don't worry about others too much. eventually, people stop asking and start accepting.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Dude, you should have this down.....just tell em your a Texan and that should take care of it .

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    tell them you eat nothing but sticks of butter, all day every day

    then say 'wow, i feel a twinge in my chest'

    then walk away
    yeah you are

    Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    I eat meat, vegetables, and fruit. (Maybe some dairy or rice sometimes.) Where's the unhealthy part?

    You can put vegetables and fruit in front of meat, or say meat inbetween so that people remember the veggies and fruit more.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Wet Coast of Canada
    I laughed out loud again:

    Knifegill says:

    People do the same thing to me. They ask, I tell them, and they're sure it would never work for them. It doesn't seem to ultimately matter how the information is presented. Next time I think it'll go like this:

    Well, I went to mount Olympus and duct taped two unicorns together to double their magic, and rode their magic bodies for forty days and forty nights. When I got off, I looked like this. It's great!
    Female, age 51, 5' 9"
    SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

    Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
    2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Norco, California
    I'm getting worried about eating out. Is it really a good idea?

    But to answer your question, sbhikes is right. Best to say nothing.

    My daughter-in-law is very proud of her cooking. She learned from here grandmother and she is a very good cook. She eats the same way her grandmother did - with some deletions. I tell here she doesn't eat WHAT her grandmother ate. She gets a stubborn look on her face. Then I shut up. Enough.

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