I had been primal for six or seven months and my parents had watched me lose 20 lbs while staying healthy over that period. Then we went to a restaurant for dinner with them. I ordered a bacon cheese burger with mushrooms and avocado, no bun. Probably coleslaw as the side. My folks ordered, and split, a large salad with salmon on it. When the food came, and we began eating, my mother asked me if I ate a lot of salads (as we had been chatting about diets). I said "nope, I don't really like a lot of salad. I eat this food mostly (pointing to my meal). I only eat salad once a week or so."
Shortly after that, my dad tried primal for four weeks.
I think people who say "I could never give up bread" are of the mindset that giving up bread wouldn't leave much to eat because the SAD rules out good meats and other great foods that we all love to eat. They don't realize (until they see it) that they give up bread, but they get to eat bacon, avocado, steak, etc.
Last edited by PBNewby; 07-15-2013 at 11:10 PM.
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Much like when people say they could never give up pasta and really mean pasta sauce, I think people who couldn't give up bread just miss the yeast or something. Your common American bread is kind of...tasteless.
It amazes that some people can be so weak willed to find reducing processed foods impossible. Its amazing they can even wake up everyday for work.
I think people use the word "could," where the word "would" is more correct.
A lot is about perception. Ray Kroc bought McD in 1961, so if a person is old enough (me) they didn't grow up with a McD on every major thoroughfare. I'm not saying that we didn't occasionally eat fast food (especially Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips which is now defunct), but it was thought of as a break for Mom, not a go-to source of food.
Same for pasta and bread. Except for packed lunches for school, weekend breakfasts, and on holidays, there wasn't bread at every meal. Even though we're Italian, I remember baked ziti and lasagna being special, not the norm. And they were special because they required more work than boiling up pasta and pouring a jar of sauce over the top. Even macaroni and cheese was baked, not from a box.
So, when people say they couldn't, what they're really saying is that they wouldn't give up the convenience of a five minute meal for their health.
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I haven't told anyone yet.
On hubby's side, his mum is a homeopathic doctor and nateropath, and honestly, she's AWESOME when it comes to health, healing and being ruthless about your diet. On the other hand, she's sold on grains, and tries not to have too much red meat or fats.
I'm afraid we'll tell her and she'll just shake her head and list a really complicated set of reasons why this is a bad idea....
On my side I have a mum and dad who do WW and count points.
She likes being able to eat crap, and still call it a diet.
I briefly told her about how we're cutting out wheat and starches and she just said: "It's not sustainable. You'll lose weight, then start eating carbs again and balloon".
Which is true, for her. She did Atkins, lost weight, then starting eating the same way again and just swelled up.
I don't think she gets the whole "lifestyle change" part of it... hmm.
Why does it bewilder people that, when they get off their "get fat" diet, lose weight and then get fat again when they go back on the "get fat" diet?