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    Had lunch with friends yesterday. One was commenting that she was heavier than she's ever been. She wanted to know how I had lost weight.

    "I'm following a Paleo diet."
    "What's that?"
    "Whole foods. Nothing processed. No sugar and no wheat, so no bread or pasta."
    With a shake of the head and a dismissive wave of the hand, "I could never do that."
    End of discussion.

    This is the easiest thing I've ever done!!!! But I can't tell you how many times friends have told me they could never do it. I have NO will power, ZERO, and yet here I am down 40 pounds with little effort.

    Anyone else have trouble convincing friends/family that they, too, can do this?
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    Hey,

    Ive tried many a time to get my family/friends to try this lifestlye, but they are so poisened by conventional wisdom that by the end of the conversation theres a massive argument. They wont listen to me because of what there "Doctors" and "Dietitions" have told them, so I no longer bother with them anymore, its so frustrating. But anyway

    I feel your pain
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    oh Lord yes. Like on a daily basis. I get:

    "Oh I HAVE to have carbs, I get grumpy without carbs."
    "Can you have Splenda?"
    "I could never live without pasta!"

    You get the picture. Whenever people say they could NEVER do this or that, I just say simply, "Yes you can, and you should."

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    I don't really try to convince anyone. The closest I've come to that is a friend of mine who is in his late 60s and eats a very low fat diet. I tried to tell him that his brain needs fat. That's all. He either will google and find the info or he won't. I did y best.
    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    I don't really try to convince anyone.
    I think that's the best policy. You can be matter-of-fact about what works for you, but most people don't want to hear much more. I think it's socially more acceptable to eat "wildly unhealthy foods" (i.e. meat, bacon, cheese, butter) than to be a "health nut".
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    Yep, about the only thing I do is describe the diet without the PALEO jargon. And just leave it, it works for me. Then I just remind myself that 5 months ago I might have reacted the same way.

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    People want there to be a different answer other than the answer.

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    I don't bother any more.
    Sometimes people ask, I just say I don't eat processed foods. If they are interested they ask more and a give a bit more info. If still interested, I'll tell them more. I don't mention paleo/primal. If they can't/won't do it then that's their choice - I'm not their keeper.

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    I once had the following conversation with a grocery store clerk (this was before I went Primal):

    Her: "Why are you buying all the gluten free stuff?"
    Me: "I have Celiac so I can't eat anything with wheat, barley, spelt etc in it or I get very sick."
    Her: "Oh my God, I'd kill myself if I couldn't have bread and pasta."
    Me: ".... um... You do realize you just said my life wasn't worth living, right?"
    Her: *blink blink... blank stare*

    I wish that was an isolated incident too. It's shocking how many people have told me they would commit suicide if they had to live with my dietary restrictions.

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    And it is rather amazing what people think they can't do. I have had a lifelong phobia of needles. I used to have to lay down when I had blood drawn because I would faint, really quite pathetic.

    I found out when I got pregnant with my youngest child that I had a serious medical condition that could kill both of us. The only solution was to give myself shots every 12 hours for my entire pregnancy and 2 months beyond.

    So many people told me that they could never do it. I will admit the first shot I had to do myself was scary but I wanted that baby and I wanted to live so I would have stuck that needle in my eye if I had to. When push comes to shove you do what you need to do, right? Are we somehow the minority who are willing to take steps to protect our health?

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