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S#*t SAD people say?

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Created February 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM

In the spirit of the "Shit Girls/Guys/etc. say" videos and the "Shit Paleos say" post, what about stuff we've heard from the other side?

"You eat what?!?"

"But grains are good for you!"

"Oh, I could never live without ___ (sugar, bread, pasta, salt, cheese, muffins, snack cakes, peanut butter...)"

"You spend how much money on food?!?"

"Oh, so it's basically just like Atkins."

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1097 · November 12, 2013 at 5:37 AM

In the Bible? In the Bible?? So is convincing a man who raped your sister to castrate himself so he and his men can convert to your religion on the false pretense of marrying her before you slaughter them while they're in horrible pain from it to seek revenge for the abuse.

Good Lord.

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0 · November 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I actually wouldn't dismiss these people-- it seems out of the spirit of our N=1 philosophy. If they report that their system genuinely works worse with meat, who are we to argue? (Of course, I know that my system just can't tolerate going without meat, but that's the point-- everyone is different).

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0 · November 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

the answer to "Cavemen died at the age of 30" is that they didn't.

Essentially, the person making this argument is repeating a misunderstanding of a mathematical statistic. It's a matter of high infant mortality rates skewing down the "average" age; 'cavemen' who lived past the age of 15 went on to live long lives. This link has a more in-depth explanation:

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/why-cavemen-didnt-die-young/

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0 · November 11, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Isn't it amazing how people who know they AREN'T healthy still think there's nothing wrong with their understanding of how to be healthy? It's like they think of health as something you can only ever work towards, and never attain. How else can they explain to themselves how they're never "there", despite being so sure about their methods (whole grains/veganism/calorie focus)?

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0 · November 11, 2013 at 3:34 AM

I hate that "cutting out an entire food group" line. If something's not properly digestible by humans it shouldn't be called a legitimate food group, and cutting it out shouldn't be "unbalanced."

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0 · November 11, 2013 at 3:31 AM

peter 5: where'd you get the idea that "Most Asian countries have a lower life expectancy"? Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. Singapore is 4th. South Korea's lower than Canada but higher than the United States. China's only 3 years less than the U.S. The only technically "Asian" countries with radically lower life expectancies are countries like Russia, and people aren't generally talking about Russians when they talk about Asians.

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320 · February 03, 2013 at 11:57 AM

"The China Study" is a study about cognitive dissonance, where a highly biased (of course, vegetarian) author, through the excessive misuse of statistics and selective data argues in favor of less meat, even if the original data contradict everything he writes. To make it look scientific, he named the book "The China Study", even if the real study has little to do with it.

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868 · February 03, 2013 at 4:05 AM

Funny how I never got the good metabolism comments until after I went paleo...

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2341 · February 02, 2013 at 5:26 PM

*we're keen....

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2341 · February 02, 2013 at 5:25 PM

sometimes it seems like we have more health problems...I think we're just more aware of our bodies. We keen to the fact that feeling like S#it 80% of the time is not normal.

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174 · February 02, 2013 at 4:02 PM

One year after arguing with my mom over coconut oil, and explaning scientific stuff and researches to her. She suddenly asks me to get her a lot of it.. Turns out she watched the DR.OZ coconut oil episode.

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2029 · February 02, 2013 at 5:04 AM

I watched her on Leno over Christmas. She had lost a lot of weight and he asked her if butter was the first thing she cut out. She said no, it was the sweet tea. She was drinking a full CUP of sugar every single day, JUST in sweet tea! You can't escape that!

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2029 · February 02, 2013 at 4:54 AM

As a Zumba Instructor, I've always resented when other ZI's made those claims! GET REAL. I'm of average weight and a bit taller than average, and I don't burn HALF that in an hour of high intensity zumba! /rant

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519 · June 06, 2012 at 9:10 PM

+1 for shut the **** up hahahaha

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Actually I cooked a lot more before paleo. Breakfast (oatmeal/muffins and such), lunch, and dinner... and often baked snacks as well (granola bars for example). Now on paleo I'm never really hungry, I often eat only one meal. If I want another meal that day, then there's leftovers or easy fried eggs. This is unfortunate, because I really like cooking! :P

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Yeah... now I hate going to restaurants too, the food is about as appetizing as week-old leftovers.

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 8:58 PM

and everyone says "i couldn't eat like that...too restrictive...I don't know how you're not hungry..." face palm

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 8:58 PM

yeah i know!! OMG because I don't order burger and fries or pizza when we're out everyone is like "oh my you're so healthy"...I'm not...I just eat real food...and when I take my own food to work at lunch and it's meat and veg and not a sandwich they're like "oh wow" and gawk. but then people feel the need to ask why I eat the way I do...it's because I like it...it tastes better...I feel better...it makes me insecure about my completely natural food choices and it's so strange!!

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 8:29 PM

""Cave men were only 4 feet tall and lived to be about 20 years old. We need to be eating food that is for tall people" So peasants (common folk) ate lots of meat and fish, and the royalty ate grains, right? Royalty is generally taller than the poorer people. Ah, people! :-)

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827 · June 06, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Upvote for the carrot.

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 8:23 PM

But all the people back home ate so much red meat! Until I came to USA I'd never really heard of cancer! I was like... "Cancer... whut's that?"... and our men and women lived to their nineties... and would still walk from one town to another to see their family!

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Rub a steak on their arm to see if they're "allergic" to it.

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5135 · June 06, 2012 at 7:38 PM

It's what plants crave.

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8014 · June 06, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I had to learn this one the hard way.

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2227 · June 06, 2012 at 7:24 PM

yeah it's sad and super awkward.. everyone that knows me knows me as "the healthy nutrition guy" and i don't even say a word unless people ask me about it. taking one for the team i suppose.

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 6:14 PM

it strikes me as so strange that the food we eat is "weird" when it is a lot closer to it's natural and normal state than 90% of the processed shit you find in supermarkets...like how is that weird? a carrot from the ground?? but in the morning you can have a bowl of cereal fortified with nutrients because it has none of its own, a hot chocolate, and maybe a muffin....

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2227 · June 06, 2012 at 6:06 PM

haha, after that same friend found out i was skipping lunch he called me a loser. lmao.

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 4:29 PM

OMG, thank you so much for my morning giggle. :)

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Hahahaha! :) Love it!

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Exactly my point so often! :) I think that people actually feel extremely uncomfortable around me in social situations involving food (what sitch doesn't involve food in the SAD world?) wherein I'm not eating. I'm not uncomfortable not consuming SAD crap, please don't feel uncomfortable around me because I'm NOT eating. *facepalm*

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 4:17 PM

fuck whole food tastes a lot better...I now find i like my own food better than restaurant food..especially when you can taste all unnecessary additives...paleo doesn't need to be a diet...it's just clean eating...people get put off by the categorisation of it i think...it's easier to explain i dont eat anything overly processed...

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 4:10 PM

plus, i'd be hungry in about half an hour after that fast food meal, end up spending another $8 just to feel satisfied...

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 4:09 PM

yup too true!! it's like ever heard of bacon and eggs?

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 4:08 PM

on the weekend I was making omelet for breakfast while snacking on some nuts and carrot sticks...got asked "why the F are you eating gerbil food?".....oooook buddy.

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I'm a WW "Lifetime Member" myself... I think I lost somewhere around 300 pounds on WW all told over the years - and gained it all back again and lost it over and over and over. It was such a frustrating hamster wheel and I hated myself because I was unsuccessful and felt I wasn't doing something right. Finally, an eating lifestyle that works for me with no weighing, measuring, and making myself crazy with cravings! :) Yay for Paleo! (Plus I'm no longer metabolically deranged and my autoimmune disorders are gone!)

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I agree with this so much! I am a total foodie and LOVE the fact that my plate is covered with a glistening layer of fat when I'm finished. Of course, this prompts comments from my co-workers in the lunch room - many of the comments are on this page! LOL Love Paleo cooking (Nom Nom Paleo ROCKS!) and being able to have full flavor and never being bloated after! :)

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0 · June 06, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Charlotte: this made me lol because I've had instructors say "let's work off all those cookies we ate over the holiday." I laugh to myself. I'm definitely NOT in there working out to burn off cookie calories. I don't eat cookies. I'm there to work out, not work off or work for some nasty processed junk lol.

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95 · May 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM

I've heard this from vegans - seriously!

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95 · May 17, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Sad if you think about it!

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95 · May 17, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Life's too short! I hear this all the bloody time - yeah, short if you don't take care of yourself, bozo!

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1040 · May 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Maybe some home made beef jerky will turn her around ;-) Tell her the ingredients.

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1443 · May 12, 2012 at 4:53 AM

I always eat a lot of unsalted butter with my vegetables.

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1443 · May 12, 2012 at 4:52 AM

Well, in the fat-phobic public we live in, all salad dressings are fat free and instead loaded with vegetable oils.

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698 · May 12, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Funny how they'll use that excuse but find time for television, snacking idly, games, or pretty much anything else but spending 30 minutes to prepare food..

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2227 · May 12, 2012 at 1:39 AM

i totally LOL'd on that last one... i'm going to hell.

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925 · May 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

"not having time" is the one I hear all the time and I HATE IT

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1467 · May 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Haha. 'stab her with a baby carrot' priceless.

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5904 · May 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Why does it just have to be about being fat? What about being healthy. Most Asian countries have a lower life expectancy. Also, there are heaps of fat Asian people.

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14877 · May 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM

...If I were solely concerned about longevity I'd be borderline starving myself forever and eating only fruit and vegetables.

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14877 · May 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I would rather take a slight trade as to live the fittest life I can and possibly suffer a few less years, as opposed to living the longest. For instance, I eat a lot of protein, which my slightly shorten life span. But, the years I am alive I'll be fit as f***

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1101 · May 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

How about we examine what our meat is eating first...

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4181 · May 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Ugh, no offense to Americans but I'm so glad we don't get these sorts of ridiculous comments in England

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4181 · May 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

'salad with no dressing instead during most events' Dude if that dressing has fat in it it will help you absorb more nutrients from the vegetables

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1101 · May 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Derp to your nutritionist friends. :P My goodness.

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260 · May 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Hahhaha Life's too short. I love that one.

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1061 · March 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Definitely! People saying that they cook with olive oil to be healthy reeeally annoy me though. ;)

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453 · March 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Well, at least he said olive oil instead of canola. Ugh.

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284 · March 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Dr. Oz's first name is Mehmet, which you don't see very often.

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1443 · March 24, 2012 at 4:45 AM

Totally me too. I may not be fat but I was tired all the time.

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425 · March 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

It's confusing when it comes from pious teetotalers. So bread is okay, but wine isn't... even though both are in the Bible? I didn't get into it.

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4080 · March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

My husband would add -Besides Liver is poison since its the bodies filtering system. Sigh.

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438 · March 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Get that one all the time! It sounds so crazy to me because (even with my many food intollerances) I still get more variety than people on the SAD diet, who just eat rice, corn, soy, and low-quality animal products in endless combinations. There's more nutritional variety in the wide array of fruits, veggies, and high-quality animal products that I eat! Plus, I relish my food much more now that when I was addicted to processed food, wheat, and sugar, getting sicker every day...

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438 · March 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Me too, Jen. I always get herbal tea. If possible, I try to get us to go to a wonderful tea shop that gives you a whole tea pot of amazing loose leaf teas. It brews right in front of you, and they are SO delicious. The selection is huge, and there's a whole page of custom-blended herbal teas...so nice! One of the treats yet available to me.

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203 · March 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

this thread has made my depressing day so much more better!

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203 · March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

AHH moderation, that word kills me

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203 · March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

oh my god, story of my life!

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3049 · March 12, 2012 at 4:57 AM

Sooooo true on the last one- you know I don't eat any grains or sugar, why are you baking for me?! Please... Please save your energy and money. I can't honestly say I even appreciate the effort anymore, when my lived ones should know better by now....

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3049 · March 12, 2012 at 4:53 AM

When I meet someone at coffee shops, I almost invariably order peppermint tea as I can't do dairy, and avoid caffeine :)

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12540 · March 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM

I always ask people "OK, so it takes more time -- what, exactly, are you doing with all that time you're 'saving'... what are you saving it FOR if you're sick and miserable?"

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2291 · March 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

No..it is certainly not that simple. :/

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30 · March 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I spend a lot of time cooking for my family, but I think cooking is fun. So, it's win/win!

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3197 · March 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I know spin is supposed to be chronic cardio, but the spin class at my gym (London) is really good, and I do it all the time. The trainer is kind of primal, so I suppose that's why. It's a tabata-inspired, shock-your-muscles kind of workout. I use it as my sprint workout. Just mentioning :-)

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2081 · March 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Actually, Mystery Man X, that's not completely true: “DuPont’s own research suggested a link between PFOA and rare birth defects in animals. Of the seven pregnant women at [a] West Virginia plant, two of the seven babies born bore similar serious birth defects." Offgassing of PFOA, which can occur at temperatures as low as 396F, can be fatal to birds and cause flu-like symptoms in human beings - do I really want something in my kitchen that will kill a bird just by getting hot? And if you're concerned about your iron levels with cast iron, there's always good old stainless steel.

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1683 · March 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

AHH I GOT THIS TOO! "Bread is in the bible so it must be healthy!"

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806 · March 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I can't stand Dr. Oz either...but actually there is a good theoretical basis for why eating lots of red meat may at least somewhat contribute to diabetes. Red meat is high in heme-iron, which in excessive amounts can indeed cause insulin resistance. Though this would mostly be an issue for men and post-menopausal females who don't donate blood on a regular basis. Young females can likely eat red meat with impunity.

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806 · March 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Hey Caleb - They have looked at cancer and other disease rate among people who atually work in factories that make teflon products. These folks are exposed to much higher levels of teflon than you or I will ever be, and they do NOT have more diseases. Cast iron on the other hand is likely to overdose a man on iron, unless he gives blood on a regular basis.

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581 · February 10, 2012 at 1:47 AM

say it out loud next time lol

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360 · February 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Except Dr. Harris, Jenny J

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360 · February 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Yeah, crystal meth is OK in moderation

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11557 · February 09, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Any doctor that follows "Dr" with their first name creates an immediate sense of distrust for me.

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11557 · February 09, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Agree with @greymouser - as an atheist since birth, some of the best, most interesting conversations I have had are with religious people, but on the flip side I have been called the devil, "closed-minded" (?), disrespectful, and many other unsavory things by the religious varieties. Same with people who eat SAD- fun, interesting banter filled chats that we both are intrigued by, or weird, shut-down conversations that we both walk away from feeling jaded.

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4080 · February 09, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Thanks for doing the math Talldog! I will be sure to tell him!He prefers sugar cookie anyway -so maybe he just eats what he likes instead. No way is he going paleo -he told me the other day that "wheat is gods gift to man for food"

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3450 · February 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM

You could tell her this: A plain bran bagel has a glycemic load of 32 (anything over 10 is high). It contains 55 grams of non-fiber carbs, which--after they are digested--end up as 11 teaspoons of sugar in your blood stream (the normal blood sugar level is about 1 teaspoon).

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3450 · February 09, 2012 at 10:03 PM

"Wheat Belly" makes a convincing argument that modern dwarf wheat, the tall wheat your grandfather ate, and the wheat of Biblical days are 3 totally different plants. The wheat talked about in the Bible was, over many centuries, cross bred with numerous other plants to produce tall wheat. Dwarf wheat (what we eat today) was genetically engineered. Most people wouldn't even recognize it as wheat if they were standing in the middle of a field of it.

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439 · February 09, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I wish I could give you extra likes for making fun of Spinners. LOL, I've yet to meet a thin one, but they love it!

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19120 · February 09, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I guess he has a point. Wait. Nope. (facepalm) LOL.

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19120 · February 09, 2012 at 7:36 PM

As an atheist, I completely agree with this analogy. Want to have an egghead discussion or debate in a fun, lively, friendly way? Sure. Either side pushing their view unwantedly? Instant fail.

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10653 · February 09, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Lol @ glucose diet. What even.

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:47 PM

This won't help her either, but I am pretty sure I'm metabolically resistant to the usual methods...whether that's a legacy of restrictive eating or the side effect of psych meds, I can't say. And you know what's working for me? Paleo. Imagine. (rolls eyes)

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I like that paleo has made me cook more at home and also made me a better 'forager.' I look at food differently now, and thank heavens for jerky when I'm out without a good eating plan.

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I find it interesting when I say "oh, no thanks" to something like a cupcake and the person gets pushy..."oh, c'mon, one won't hurt you" etc. Then if I say "No, really, I can't eat it" they ask why not. Ummm...because it makes me sleepy? And sad?

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I go to a weight-training class where the instructor will actually say "Great job guys, now you can eat whatever you want!" It makes me shudder every time.

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I want us to have coconut milk, too. And, we've got a woman who brings her own almond milk and I'm attempting to get our owner to carry it more often. The baristas actually hate soy milk because it doesn't foam right.

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4258 · February 05, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Agreed, DN. I prefer to take the time to cook. In fact, paleo has nurtured a love of cooking in me, as something I can do to center myself in an otherwise hectic environment. It's worth it every time.

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4258 · February 05, 2012 at 4:47 AM

Why is there the assumption that "diet" means "eat terrible unfun food until weight lost"? I mention "my diet" and people say, "you're on a diet?" or alternatively act as if healthy tasty food is an oxymoron. +1 for liking what you eat.

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3808 · February 05, 2012 at 4:20 AM

A friend of mine had luck getting her local Starbucks to steam almond milk that she brought herself. If I were buying coffee outside the house on a consistent schedule I'd probably bring my own, but the rare trips aren't generally quite that well-planned.

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581 · February 05, 2012 at 3:05 AM

i don't even wanna know what dr. oz would consider a prehistoric diet... and do u remember the days it used to be "but oprah said..." lol

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7660 · February 04, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I totally get this respect it. But I'm amazed at how often people ask questions or bring up topics, even seemingly un-diet related like cancer, that Paleo becomes relevant for. On top of that, I get that some don't want to proselytize, and I do think living as an example is the best way to go, but don't you think the stakes are pretty damn high right about now? I mean, we're looking at EVERYONE in America being overweight/obese in another 20 years.

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7660 · February 04, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I always challenge folks to time themselves frying up an egg in the morning versus a bowl of microwavable oatmeal. Even against a bowl of cereal, it only comes in second by a minute. Start the heat under the pan, get the butter/coconut oil and S&P, crack eggs, cook, done.

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1061 · February 04, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Oh god oh god oh god. My mom acts like Dr. Oz (and those folks from The Doctors which airs around the same time as his show) is some kind of medicinal god. When I first told her I was doing paleo she said, "Oh, is that like Dr. Oz's Prehistoric Diet? That looked so healthy."

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17103 · February 04, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Facepalm! That has got to be the winner!

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581 · February 04, 2012 at 8:24 PM

LOL it took me a moment to get the last one LOL

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7275 · February 04, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I would love for coffee shops to start offering (BPA-free, guar-gum-free) coconut milk. I sometimes bring my own to work and add it to my tea/coffe later.

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425 · February 04, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Hahaha. I might try that. Maybe someday she'll read Wheat Belly. In her defense, she's a lovely person and even connected me with a gluten-free friend of hers.

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1680 · February 04, 2012 at 4:32 AM

That's my approach, too - no point in talking about things, for the most part. I told my close family and friends about paleo. Some asked questions, and hopped right into the 30-day challenge. The others think I'm insane. (shrug) Like you, I'll answer questions, but it's not a topic I bring up.

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1680 · February 04, 2012 at 4:24 AM

Good luck with your teacher, Soccertanker! Maybe you can help to him re-think a few things.

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1061 · February 04, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Oh god, I remember when I felt like a badass for having eaten 1 entire egg in a day, but I wasn't worried because I never ate sat-fat or cholesterol-ridden foods so it wouldn't affect my heart too bad. Yesterday I ate 10 eggs; the day before - 12 (it's been a lazy cooking week). I entered my information on cron-o-meter and apparently I exceeded my daily cholesterol by 782%. Whoops?

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2873 · February 04, 2012 at 2:51 AM

and yeah, Majora's Mask was incredible.

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2873 · February 04, 2012 at 2:50 AM

"I shall consume... consume everything (eggs)."

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21405 · February 04, 2012 at 2:01 AM

@DNONeill - The China Study is a heavily biased book used by vegans to justify reducing their meat intake.

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360 · February 04, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Love the ending analogy

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360 · February 04, 2012 at 1:55 AM

upvote if you are a proud paleo American!!!!

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360 · February 04, 2012 at 1:53 AM

I once had a lean cuisine, turkey and potatoes, with some added butter for the healthy man here. :D

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360 · February 04, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Sounds like my high school health teacher!!!! I am currently planning a bombardment of paleo supporting facts to hit him with :1

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1804 · February 04, 2012 at 1:38 AM

HAHA! Love this one. But I don't get the China study one... explain? :)

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85 · February 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Arg. As a Catholic, that just... arg. I guess you could reply that St. John the Baptist ate locusts and honey, and suggest they try that too.

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699 · February 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I like raw meat :)

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85 · February 04, 2012 at 12:51 AM

A friend once retorted "I practice moderation in moderation"

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135 · February 04, 2012 at 12:40 AM

I hate it too, My ex-doctor told me this

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135 · February 04, 2012 at 12:40 AM

I've been told every single one of these. :/

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3808 · February 04, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Given that soy milk (or nondairy creamer) is often the only dairy alternative available at coffee shops, it isn't *that* strange. I can't do dairy, so when I go out for coffee (a handful of times a year), I have soy. It's a cheat, and I'm not under any impression I'm making a healthy choice. But the random stranger observing my order has no idea that the gingerbread soy latte is literally a once a year thing for me, and not a daily thing.

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2485 · February 03, 2012 at 10:57 PM

+1 on that last one! :-D

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60 · February 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM

It's them Vegans!

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1804 · February 03, 2012 at 9:48 PM

or... "how do you stay so thin?" *stuffs face with cookies while drinking a diet coke*

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1804 · February 03, 2012 at 9:37 PM

No time - my ass! This one drives me nuts. Sure, I spend a lot of time preparing my paleo meals for the week - a LOT more than I used to pre-paleo days. But life is about sacrifices, right? Lazy ass Americans got used to the fast food life, microwaving TV dinners and calling it a meal. People just need to get their heads right.

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1804 · February 03, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I will admit my Box usually keeps a 12 pack of beer in the fridge.... some of those guys will finish a WOD on Friday night and grab a beer. Just never sounded appetizing to me! But hey, to each his own.

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428 · February 03, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I work at the coffeeshop...yep. It's a struggle not to look at people funny. (Heck, it was a struggle not to look at them funny when I wasn't doing paleo. Who drinks that soy-mocha sh*t?)

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428 · February 03, 2012 at 9:30 PM

No. 3 is the one I get the most often.

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4533 · February 03, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Tis true, tis true.

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2913 · February 03, 2012 at 7:29 PM

LOL @ diabetic.

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85 · February 03, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Or just good business sense.

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832 · February 03, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Dunnie, that's exactly exactly how I came up with that one! lol.

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4620 · February 03, 2012 at 6:32 PM

+1 for profile pic. +1 for eggs.

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4533 · February 03, 2012 at 5:50 PM

+1 The gym where I work out actually serves free pizza on the first Monday of every month. The gym is never as packed as it is on that day. It's so bass ackwards!

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2240 · February 03, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Don't get me started. This is what my guys eat when I don't have them. My recent experience attending my son's field trip as a chaperone and seeing what he had packed for lunch (an "uncrustables" pb&j, a bag of Fritos, a Go-gurt, a Trix cereal bar, a pack of gummy snacks, and a gatorade...basically a brown bag full of NAD's) inspired me to do a work-up of the nutrition and cost differences between sending that junk vs. sending real food. The hard part will be presenting the information, but it's worth it to me to make the effort.

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1025 · February 03, 2012 at 4:17 PM

"...It's fat-free" - my mom, always. I've stopped trying to explain anything to her.

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4258 · February 03, 2012 at 4:16 PM

yeah, my food budget is most of my monthly expenses aside from rent. I get even crazier looks when people see that I've treated myself and spend good money on teflon-free cookware (like cast iron), or similar paleo kitchen items.

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4258 · February 03, 2012 at 4:14 PM

haha, I get this *all the time*

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2873 · February 03, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Cheese, salt, and very limited amounts of peanut butter ain't THAT bad.

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733 · February 03, 2012 at 2:07 PM

i really hate when they say moderation. i always say, ya even cyanide

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896 · February 03, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Gawd! I hate it people say the last one.

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1515 · February 03, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I totally got the second and last one.

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4703 · February 03, 2012 at 1:42 PM

"You're going to have a heart attack."

"I'm definitely going to have to go the gym after this cake/doughnut/ice cream/cookie."

"How can you not eat this cake/doughnut/ice cream/cookie? It's Debbie's release-from-the-hospital-after-her-fourth-heart-attack-from-too-many-cake/doughnut/ice cream/cookie-parrties-party!"

"Spin class is my faaaaaaaaaaavorite. But I'm still can't lose this 10 pounds. I must need to do more spin classes."

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428 · February 03, 2012 at 9:30 PM

No. 3 is the one I get the most often.

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439 · February 09, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I wish I could give you extra likes for making fun of Spinners. LOL, I've yet to meet a thin one, but they love it!

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3197 · March 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I know spin is supposed to be chronic cardio, but the spin class at my gym (London) is really good, and I do it all the time. The trainer is kind of primal, so I suppose that's why. It's a tabata-inspired, shock-your-muscles kind of workout. I use it as my sprint workout. Just mentioning :-)

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1536 · February 03, 2012 at 1:15 PM

"After this meal I still have 1433 calories left. But I need to watch my fat intake."

"It's the saturated fat that you need to look out for."

"Yeah, I eat pretty healthy. I stay away from all red meat. Doctor said it's the reason for my high cholesterol."

"I stay away from red meat and pork. And I eat a TON of fruit and whole grain. Want a slice of my papaya?"

"Are there any 100 calorie snack packs left?"

"I did Zumba last night and burned over 800 calories!"

"So you eat raw meat?"

"I'm diabetic."

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699 · February 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I like raw meat :)

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2913 · February 03, 2012 at 7:29 PM

LOL @ diabetic.

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2227 · May 12, 2012 at 1:39 AM

i totally LOL'd on that last one... i'm going to hell.

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2029 · February 02, 2013 at 4:54 AM

As a Zumba Instructor, I've always resented when other ZI's made those claims! GET REAL. I'm of average weight and a bit taller than average, and I don't burn HALF that in an hour of high intensity zumba! /rant

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21405 · February 03, 2012 at 1:37 PM

"Have you read the china study?"

"But lamb has so much cholesterol!"

"But eggs have so much cholesterol!"

"But liver has so much cholesterol!"

"I'm sorry, but I just can't fathom how that much cholesterol is good for you!"

"You look great! I baked these cookies for you..."

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1804 · February 04, 2012 at 1:38 AM

HAHA! Love this one. But I don't get the China study one... explain? :)

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2485 · February 03, 2012 at 10:57 PM

+1 on that last one! :-D

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21405 · February 04, 2012 at 2:01 AM

@DNONeill - The China Study is a heavily biased book used by vegans to justify reducing their meat intake.

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3049 · March 12, 2012 at 4:57 AM

Sooooo true on the last one- you know I don't eat any grains or sugar, why are you baking for me?! Please... Please save your energy and money. I can't honestly say I even appreciate the effort anymore, when my lived ones should know better by now....

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320 · February 03, 2013 at 11:57 AM

"The China Study" is a study about cognitive dissonance, where a highly biased (of course, vegetarian) author, through the excessive misuse of statistics and selective data argues in favor of less meat, even if the original data contradict everything he writes. To make it look scientific, he named the book "The China Study", even if the real study has little to do with it.

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2178 · February 03, 2012 at 2:13 PM

After explaining no grains, legumes, dairy, sugar....

"Then what DO you eat??"

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203 · March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

oh my god, story of my life!

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438 · March 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Get that one all the time! It sounds so crazy to me because (even with my many food intollerances) I still get more variety than people on the SAD diet, who just eat rice, corn, soy, and low-quality animal products in endless combinations. There's more nutritional variety in the wide array of fruits, veggies, and high-quality animal products that I eat! Plus, I relish my food much more now that when I was addicted to processed food, wheat, and sugar, getting sicker every day...

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11683 · February 03, 2012 at 4:01 PM

"Yeah but you have a crazy metabolism. I could never eat like that or I'd get fat."

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1804 · February 03, 2012 at 9:48 PM

or... "how do you stay so thin?" *stuffs face with cookies while drinking a diet coke*

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4258 · February 03, 2012 at 4:14 PM

haha, I get this *all the time*

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1443 · March 24, 2012 at 4:45 AM

Totally me too. I may not be fat but I was tired all the time.

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868 · February 03, 2013 at 4:05 AM

Funny how I never got the good metabolism comments until after I went paleo...

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832 · February 03, 2012 at 1:41 PM

"I can't give up starches, I need fiber for constipation."

"... it's fat-free!"

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1025 · February 03, 2012 at 4:17 PM

"...It's fat-free" - my mom, always. I've stopped trying to explain anything to her.

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832 · February 03, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Dunnie, that's exactly exactly how I came up with that one! lol.

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13635 · February 03, 2012 at 1:31 PM

"Anything is OK in moderation."

"Just eat a balanced diet."

"I support Paula Deen."

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733 · February 03, 2012 at 2:07 PM

i really hate when they say moderation. i always say, ya even cyanide

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85 · February 04, 2012 at 12:51 AM

A friend once retorted "I practice moderation in moderation"

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135 · February 04, 2012 at 12:40 AM

I hate it too, My ex-doctor told me this

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360 · February 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Yeah, crystal meth is OK in moderation

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203 · March 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

AHH moderation, that word kills me

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1680 · February 03, 2012 at 7:15 PM

"We can't have you over for dinner anymore, because there's nothing we can cook for you. What do you eat?" (Repeated monthly.)

"You must come see this movie our vegetarian club is showing. It's called Veducated, and it will change your mind for sure."

"But you're clogging up your arteries!"

"But that diet is so unhealthy!" (This from a morbidly obese person who had asked how I lost weight.)

"That's really extreme. I believe we should eat a healthy, balanced diet. And anyway, grains are good for you."

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360 · February 04, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Sounds like my high school health teacher!!!! I am currently planning a bombardment of paleo supporting facts to hit him with :1

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1680 · February 04, 2012 at 4:24 AM

Good luck with your teacher, Soccertanker! Maybe you can help to him re-think a few things.

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"I'm going back on Weight Watchers for the 17th time. This time I'm going to make it work!"

(I have one this acquaintance who struggles with her weight, is metabolically resistant to all the usual methods, and IMHO is perfect candidate for paleo. I have sent her information, book recs, shared my experience. She keeps going back to ww, hating it, going off, and gaining 10 more pounds. She comments frequently on how great I look and complains frequently about her struggle to lose. SHE CANNOT GET PAST CW. I think she thinks, about me, "it's ok for you because you're diabetic and so of course you can't eat [sugar]." But I'm some kind of exception or anomaly and of course "Atkins" would be unhealthy for normal people like her. I have vowed to shut my mouth about this with her unless she comes to me and asks. Everytime she goes back to ww I feel like...I want to stab her with a baby carrot. I do understand, in a way, because I remember when I was too emotionally attached to my bread and pasta to even consider the idea. But I also know I was willing to TRY anything, and results and feeling good on low carb convinced me, and that eventually evolved towards paleo. ANYWAY! Long parenthetical. Sorry. Point is: I don't get why people will return again and again to something that fails them every time but won't take a chance on something unconventional just once. That is crazy shit.) (eta it's like going back to a bad boyfriend or girlfriend again and again!)

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360 · February 04, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Love the ending analogy

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:47 PM

This won't help her either, but I am pretty sure I'm metabolically resistant to the usual methods...whether that's a legacy of restrictive eating or the side effect of psych meds, I can't say. And you know what's working for me? Paleo. Imagine. (rolls eyes)

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1467 · May 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Haha. 'stab her with a baby carrot' priceless.

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I'm a WW "Lifetime Member" myself... I think I lost somewhere around 300 pounds on WW all told over the years - and gained it all back again and lost it over and over and over. It was such a frustrating hamster wheel and I hated myself because I was unsuccessful and felt I wasn't doing something right. Finally, an eating lifestyle that works for me with no weighing, measuring, and making myself crazy with cravings! :) Yay for Paleo! (Plus I'm no longer metabolically deranged and my autoimmune disorders are gone!)

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827 · June 06, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Upvote for the carrot.

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4533 · February 03, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I also hear the no-time excuse a lot.

I also hear its close cousin, "I could never afford to feed my family a paleo diet." This comes from a woman who should own stock in those cookie/cracker/chip snack packs, cereals, dinosaur-shaped microwave chicken nuggets, "Go-gurts," diet soda and other incredibly expensive convenience foods. It's all her three kids eat. o.O

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1804 · February 03, 2012 at 9:37 PM

No time - my ass! This one drives me nuts. Sure, I spend a lot of time preparing my paleo meals for the week - a LOT more than I used to pre-paleo days. But life is about sacrifices, right? Lazy ass Americans got used to the fast food life, microwaving TV dinners and calling it a meal. People just need to get their heads right.

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2240 · February 03, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Don't get me started. This is what my guys eat when I don't have them. My recent experience attending my son's field trip as a chaperone and seeing what he had packed for lunch (an "uncrustables" pb&j, a bag of Fritos, a Go-gurt, a Trix cereal bar, a pack of gummy snacks, and a gatorade...basically a brown bag full of NAD's) inspired me to do a work-up of the nutrition and cost differences between sending that junk vs. sending real food. The hard part will be presenting the information, but it's worth it to me to make the effort.

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7660 · February 04, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I always challenge folks to time themselves frying up an egg in the morning versus a bowl of microwavable oatmeal. Even against a bowl of cereal, it only comes in second by a minute. Start the heat under the pan, get the butter/coconut oil and S&P, crack eggs, cook, done.

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360 · February 04, 2012 at 1:55 AM

upvote if you are a proud paleo American!!!!

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4258 · February 05, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Agreed, DN. I prefer to take the time to cook. In fact, paleo has nurtured a love of cooking in me, as something I can do to center myself in an otherwise hectic environment. It's worth it every time.

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12540 · March 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM

I always ask people "OK, so it takes more time -- what, exactly, are you doing with all that time you're 'saving'... what are you saving it FOR if you're sick and miserable?"

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30 · March 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I spend a lot of time cooking for my family, but I think cooking is fun. So, it's win/win!

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Actually I cooked a lot more before paleo. Breakfast (oatmeal/muffins and such), lunch, and dinner... and often baked snacks as well (granola bars for example). Now on paleo I'm never really hungry, I often eat only one meal. If I want another meal that day, then there's leftovers or easy fried eggs. This is unfortunate, because I really like cooking! :P

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428 · February 03, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Today, at lunch

Her: "Wow, that smells SO GOOD! What is it?"
Me: "It's just some salmon with lettuce and spoonful of tzatziki." Her: "That's so healthy!"

The puzzling thing to me about other people's diets is that they make themselves miserable eating food they don't like. I like what I eat on paleo (I do eat yogurt. Shoot me.). I miss some other food (cookies), but at least I'm not miserable eating what I DO eat.

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4258 · February 05, 2012 at 4:47 AM

Why is there the assumption that "diet" means "eat terrible unfun food until weight lost"? I mention "my diet" and people say, "you're on a diet?" or alternatively act as if healthy tasty food is an oxymoron. +1 for liking what you eat.

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I agree with this so much! I am a total foodie and LOVE the fact that my plate is covered with a glistening layer of fat when I'm finished. Of course, this prompts comments from my co-workers in the lunch room - many of the comments are on this page! LOL Love Paleo cooking (Nom Nom Paleo ROCKS!) and being able to have full flavor and never being bloated after! :)

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 4:17 PM

fuck whole food tastes a lot better...I now find i like my own food better than restaurant food..especially when you can taste all unnecessary additives...paleo doesn't need to be a diet...it's just clean eating...people get put off by the categorisation of it i think...it's easier to explain i dont eat anything overly processed...

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Yeah... now I hate going to restaurants too, the food is about as appetizing as week-old leftovers.

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4258 · February 03, 2012 at 4:12 PM

(at coffeeshop)

Me: I'll take black coffee (possibly adding heavy cream later) Silly friend: Hi, I'll take a low-fat soy mocha latte...oh, and can you add hazelnut flavor syrup?

(friend and I stare at each other as if the other is crazy)

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60 · February 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM

It's them Vegans!

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3808 · February 04, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Given that soy milk (or nondairy creamer) is often the only dairy alternative available at coffee shops, it isn't *that* strange. I can't do dairy, so when I go out for coffee (a handful of times a year), I have soy. It's a cheat, and I'm not under any impression I'm making a healthy choice. But the random stranger observing my order has no idea that the gingerbread soy latte is literally a once a year thing for me, and not a daily thing.

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428 · February 03, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I work at the coffeeshop...yep. It's a struggle not to look at people funny. (Heck, it was a struggle not to look at them funny when I wasn't doing paleo. Who drinks that soy-mocha sh*t?)

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7275 · February 04, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I would love for coffee shops to start offering (BPA-free, guar-gum-free) coconut milk. I sometimes bring my own to work and add it to my tea/coffe later.

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3808 · February 05, 2012 at 4:20 AM

A friend of mine had luck getting her local Starbucks to steam almond milk that she brought herself. If I were buying coffee outside the house on a consistent schedule I'd probably bring my own, but the rare trips aren't generally quite that well-planned.

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I want us to have coconut milk, too. And, we've got a woman who brings her own almond milk and I'm attempting to get our owner to carry it more often. The baristas actually hate soy milk because it doesn't foam right.

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438 · March 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Me too, Jen. I always get herbal tea. If possible, I try to get us to go to a wonderful tea shop that gives you a whole tea pot of amazing loose leaf teas. It brews right in front of you, and they are SO delicious. The selection is huge, and there's a whole page of custom-blended herbal teas...so nice! One of the treats yet available to me.

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3049 · March 12, 2012 at 4:53 AM

When I meet someone at coffee shops, I almost invariably order peppermint tea as I can't do dairy, and avoid caffeine :)

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7660 · February 04, 2012 at 9:11 PM

"There are many ways to be healthy."

"Different things work for different people." (Yeah, right. So does a lion have several different theories and methodologies for her diet? No? I didn't think so.)

"My dad just reduced his cholesterol intake and takes statins, and now he's fine." Ugh.

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425 · February 04, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Coworker: "Well, bread is in the Bible, so I'm eating it."

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85 · February 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Arg. As a Catholic, that just... arg. I guess you could reply that St. John the Baptist ate locusts and honey, and suggest they try that too.

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425 · February 04, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Hahaha. I might try that. Maybe someday she'll read Wheat Belly. In her defense, she's a lovely person and even connected me with a gluten-free friend of hers.

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3450 · February 09, 2012 at 10:03 PM

"Wheat Belly" makes a convincing argument that modern dwarf wheat, the tall wheat your grandfather ate, and the wheat of Biblical days are 3 totally different plants. The wheat talked about in the Bible was, over many centuries, cross bred with numerous other plants to produce tall wheat. Dwarf wheat (what we eat today) was genetically engineered. Most people wouldn't even recognize it as wheat if they were standing in the middle of a field of it.

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1683 · March 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

AHH I GOT THIS TOO! "Bread is in the bible so it must be healthy!"

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425 · March 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

It's confusing when it comes from pious teetotalers. So bread is okay, but wine isn't... even though both are in the Bible? I didn't get into it.

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4181 · May 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Ugh, no offense to Americans but I'm so glad we don't get these sorts of ridiculous comments in England

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1097 · November 12, 2013 at 5:37 AM

In the Bible? In the Bible?? So is convincing a man who raped your sister to castrate himself so he and his men can convert to your religion on the false pretense of marrying her before you slaughter them while they're in horrible pain from it to seek revenge for the abuse.

Good Lord.

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8239 · February 03, 2012 at 10:39 PM

My view is that simply finding oneself in such a dialogue with a SAD person is a no-win situation. I consider myself successful when I am eating the way I want to eat, without providing any form of explanation or justification or rationale. Without even discussing diet. If this means my non-eating of cupcakes captures the attention a serious pastry eater, at most I'll find myself simply saying, "No thanks" and refusing subtle invitations to argue.

Imagine that you're a pagan, or an atheist. And you decide to go to the local Southern Baptist congregation where you think it might prove fruitful to make general statements in behalf of the tenets of your pagan or atheist worldview. Would that be a conversation you'd like to have? Would you expect to be greeted warmly and kindly?

People very rarely switch paradigms based on evidence. In the present case, this is because the evidence that a Paleo eater produces (studies, research, science) is ipso fact considered invalid at worst, irrelevant at best.

Now, if someone I love or care about is eating SAD and asks about the diet I seem to be on, I may choose to "share" but only in a setting that is free of contention or the need to be right or to make anyone else wrong. The key is: I need to receive an invitation to talk about my diet, before saying word-one. Barring an invitation, I simply notice that my diet is different from yours, or hers, or his, and that's about it.

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1680 · February 04, 2012 at 4:32 AM

That's my approach, too - no point in talking about things, for the most part. I told my close family and friends about paleo. Some asked questions, and hopped right into the 30-day challenge. The others think I'm insane. (shrug) Like you, I'll answer questions, but it's not a topic I bring up.

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I find it interesting when I say "oh, no thanks" to something like a cupcake and the person gets pushy..."oh, c'mon, one won't hurt you" etc. Then if I say "No, really, I can't eat it" they ask why not. Ummm...because it makes me sleepy? And sad?

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7660 · February 04, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I totally get this respect it. But I'm amazed at how often people ask questions or bring up topics, even seemingly un-diet related like cancer, that Paleo becomes relevant for. On top of that, I get that some don't want to proselytize, and I do think living as an example is the best way to go, but don't you think the stakes are pretty damn high right about now? I mean, we're looking at EVERYONE in America being overweight/obese in another 20 years.

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11557 · February 09, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Agree with @greymouser - as an atheist since birth, some of the best, most interesting conversations I have had are with religious people, but on the flip side I have been called the devil, "closed-minded" (?), disrespectful, and many other unsavory things by the religious varieties. Same with people who eat SAD- fun, interesting banter filled chats that we both are intrigued by, or weird, shut-down conversations that we both walk away from feeling jaded.

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19120 · February 09, 2012 at 7:36 PM

As an atheist, I completely agree with this analogy. Want to have an egghead discussion or debate in a fun, lively, friendly way? Sure. Either side pushing their view unwantedly? Instant fail.

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581 · February 04, 2012 at 8:43 PM

1) "but dr. oz said..."

2) my ex-mom-inlaw: "dr. oz said red meat raises ur chance for diabetes" me: "that's impossible cuz meat doesn't trigger insulin imbalance" her: "i know that. but why would he say that?" me: "because he's wrong and doesn't fact check!" her: "i know he's wrong. but why would he say that?" ((i don't think she understood she was stuck on a loop like a computer operating on pre-set assumptions - "people on tv must make true statements all the time"))

3) "but this is complex carbohydrate, not simple carbohydrate" ((there will be 1-2hrs of a delay to ur blood sugar spiking but it'll be the same spike all the same))

4) "but this is carbohydrate, not sugar" ((and my head explodes...))

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1061 · February 04, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Oh god oh god oh god. My mom acts like Dr. Oz (and those folks from The Doctors which airs around the same time as his show) is some kind of medicinal god. When I first told her I was doing paleo she said, "Oh, is that like Dr. Oz's Prehistoric Diet? That looked so healthy."

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581 · February 05, 2012 at 3:05 AM

i don't even wanna know what dr. oz would consider a prehistoric diet... and do u remember the days it used to be "but oprah said..." lol

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11557 · February 09, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Any doctor that follows "Dr" with their first name creates an immediate sense of distrust for me.

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360 · February 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Except Dr. Harris, Jenny J

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806 · March 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I can't stand Dr. Oz either...but actually there is a good theoretical basis for why eating lots of red meat may at least somewhat contribute to diabetes. Red meat is high in heme-iron, which in excessive amounts can indeed cause insulin resistance. Though this would mostly be an issue for men and post-menopausal females who don't donate blood on a regular basis. Young females can likely eat red meat with impunity.

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284 · March 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Dr. Oz's first name is Mehmet, which you don't see very often.

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174 · February 02, 2013 at 4:02 PM

One year after arguing with my mom over coconut oil, and explaning scientific stuff and researches to her. She suddenly asks me to get her a lot of it.. Turns out she watched the DR.OZ coconut oil episode.

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7592 · February 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM

"We like liver but it's too high in cholesterol so we don't eat it."

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17103 · February 04, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Facepalm! That has got to be the winner!

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4080 · March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

My husband would add -Besides Liver is poison since its the bodies filtering system. Sigh.

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1804 · February 03, 2012 at 5:28 PM

"That was a great workout! Want to get pizza and beer after?"

"How many points is in this donut?"

"No, this is the HEALTHY ice cream. duh."

"Look, this microwavable dinner is called lean cuisine. It must be good for you."

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4533 · February 03, 2012 at 5:50 PM

+1 The gym where I work out actually serves free pizza on the first Monday of every month. The gym is never as packed as it is on that day. It's so bass ackwards!

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4533 · February 03, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Tis true, tis true.

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85 · February 03, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Or just good business sense.

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360 · February 04, 2012 at 1:53 AM

I once had a lean cuisine, turkey and potatoes, with some added butter for the healthy man here. :D

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1804 · February 03, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I will admit my Box usually keeps a 12 pack of beer in the fridge.... some of those guys will finish a WOD on Friday night and grab a beer. Just never sounded appetizing to me! But hey, to each his own.

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I go to a weight-training class where the instructor will actually say "Great job guys, now you can eat whatever you want!" It makes me shudder every time.

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Charlotte: this made me lol because I've had instructors say "let's work off all those cookies we ate over the holiday." I laugh to myself. I'm definitely NOT in there working out to burn off cookie calories. I don't eat cookies. I'm there to work out, not work off or work for some nasty processed junk lol.

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1614 · February 03, 2012 at 2:40 PM

"Yeah, but what was the life expectancy of cavemen who ate like that? 25 years? 30 years?"

Edited to add one I just heard 5 minutes ago:

"That's why Paula Deen got the diabetes- for eating a pound of butter a day!" (I couldn't resist, I had to argue this one.)

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2029 · February 02, 2013 at 5:04 AM

I watched her on Leno over Christmas. She had lost a lot of weight and he asked her if butter was the first thing she cut out. She said no, it was the sweet tea. She was drinking a full CUP of sugar every single day, JUST in sweet tea! You can't escape that!

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Him: "I just don't understand why you want to do this whole...no-carb thing all the time. They won't kill you!"

Me [nomming down on sweet potato]: "no-carb thing?"

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Hahahaha! :) Love it!

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"I just ate two-hours ago and now I'm hungry again!"

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4283 · February 04, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I just downloaded this app to count my calories. I burnt 300 on the treadmill last night, which means I can have cheese on my tortilla today.

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"Oh ok... But I can't do that... I have high cholesterol" "You are excluding an entire food group, you can't do that" "You can't eat that much eggs... Three a week is is the maximum!"

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1061 · February 04, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Oh god, I remember when I felt like a badass for having eaten 1 entire egg in a day, but I wasn't worried because I never ate sat-fat or cholesterol-ridden foods so it wouldn't affect my heart too bad. Yesterday I ate 10 eggs; the day before - 12 (it's been a lazy cooking week). I entered my information on cron-o-meter and apparently I exceeded my daily cholesterol by 782%. Whoops?

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Food Tech Teacher- " You know an amazing amount of information!"

Doctor - " You should be eating a variety of foods, such as pasta"

Health Class teacher ( Obese) - " No that's entirely wrong, saturated fat is bad for you and carbs give you energy * eats bagel* "

Uncle - " Yeah well if you were a REAL caveman you should go and hunt your meat , we aren't cavemen anymore"

Me just finishing explaining paleo to friend , friend- " oh so it's something called a glucose diet? " ( W T F )

friends- " Bread is everything, I would never chuck bread away or say it's bad. It's written in the book"

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10653 · February 09, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Lol @ glucose diet. What even.

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2873 · February 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM

"Too many eggs!"

Pffffft.

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2873 · February 04, 2012 at 2:51 AM

and yeah, Majora's Mask was incredible.

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4620 · February 03, 2012 at 6:32 PM

+1 for profile pic. +1 for eggs.

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2873 · February 04, 2012 at 2:50 AM

"I shall consume... consume everything (eggs)."

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8933 · February 03, 2012 at 1:06 PM

"I eat really healthy, I eat lots of whole wheat bread and lots of bananas. And I keep my meat intake very low"
"I get my magnesium from beer"
"I don't feel very well"
"Why do you go to sleep so early?"
"Why do you get up so early?"
(After I coughed once) "Are you okay? Do you feel sick?"
"Yuk. Veggies."
"Why do healthy things taste bad?"

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581 · February 04, 2012 at 8:24 PM

LOL it took me a moment to get the last one LOL

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2240 · February 03, 2012 at 4:12 PM

"I don't have time to make stuff at home."

This is probably one of the most common excuses for eating fast food which I heard again from someone recently. It was often my excuse pre-paleo as well, even knowing for years from a logical standpoint that eating straight-up junk food wasn't good for me.

SAD but true, unfortunately.

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428 · February 06, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I like that paleo has made me cook more at home and also made me a better 'forager.' I look at food differently now, and thank heavens for jerky when I'm out without a good eating plan.

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698 · May 12, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Funny how they'll use that excuse but find time for television, snacking idly, games, or pretty much anything else but spending 30 minutes to prepare food..

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925 · May 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

"not having time" is the one I hear all the time and I HATE IT

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360 · May 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM

"I can't afford to eat like that" As they spend $8 on a fast food meal. I cacn cook two or three paleo meals for that price.

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 4:10 PM

plus, i'd be hungry in about half an hour after that fast food meal, end up spending another $8 just to feel satisfied...

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4181 · May 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

'One of the guys from Ben and Jerry's died of a heartattack, that's what you get for eating so much fat I guess'

'So why does the NHS tell me that saturated fat is bad?? I think they know more than you fella'

'How many eggs do you eat?' Me: 'about 3 or 4 a day' Friend: 'What??? That's crazy! I eat 2 or 3 a week TOPS'

TV: 'Now 50% less fat!'

Me: 'I eat a high fat diet' Friend 'Dude, mcdonalds is BAD for you' Me: 'I know?'

'Ugh can't believe how many doughnuts I ate! Definitely going for a run tomorrow'

'Dude, shut the f*ck up, no one cares about your eating habits!' Me: 'Sorry'

'I really need to lose weight' Me: 'Just eat a high fat diet' Friend: 'hahahahahaha!'

Women on BBC Breakfast 'The link between red meat and cancer is now basically irrefutable' Reporter: 'So what sorts of things should we be eating instead?' 'Pulses, grains, soy, vegetarian options' Me: 'Aaaaagghhh!!! Shut up!!! Aaggghhhh!!!'

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1101 · May 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

How about we examine what our meat is eating first...

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 8:23 PM

But all the people back home ate so much red meat! Until I came to USA I'd never really heard of cancer! I was like... "Cancer... whut's that?"... and our men and women lived to their nineties... and would still walk from one town to another to see their family!

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519 · June 06, 2012 at 9:10 PM

+1 for shut the **** up hahahaha

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17103 · February 04, 2012 at 8:48 PM

"You have some interesting ideas on health" (after I put coconut cream in my coffee + a square of 100% chocolate. I said "Why, thank you." despite her politically correct attempt at being scared. (This is a coworker that I regularly see eating doritos and other crap-in-a-bag all day long, but things like beef jerky are anathema to her.)

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1040 · May 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Maybe some home made beef jerky will turn her around ;-) Tell her the ingredients.

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1022 · March 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM

"You see, from my point of view, when I want to eat things like Pasta or Ice-Cream, I just train longer. I think it??s that simple." (Coming from a friend who??s trying to lose weight..)

Ummm..actually, it??s not.

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2291 · March 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

No..it is certainly not that simple. :/

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8014 · June 06, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I had to learn this one the hard way.

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3850 · February 09, 2012 at 9:37 PM

From multiple coworkers several times a week: "Oh, you can't have [insert processed artificial chemical snack food]? I'm so sorry."

Me [to myself]: "I'm not."

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581 · February 10, 2012 at 1:47 AM

say it out loud next time lol

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Exactly my point so often! :) I think that people actually feel extremely uncomfortable around me in social situations involving food (what sitch doesn't involve food in the SAD world?) wherein I'm not eating. I'm not uncomfortable not consuming SAD crap, please don't feel uncomfortable around me because I'm NOT eating. *facepalm*

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335 · February 04, 2012 at 1:01 AM

You don't eat bread? You must be starving!

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4080 · February 03, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Yesterday I got this from a co-worker to me:

"You can't tell me this isn't healthy! Its a plain whole grain bagel without all the bad fattening cream cheese!"

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3450 · February 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM

You could tell her this: A plain bran bagel has a glycemic load of 32 (anything over 10 is high). It contains 55 grams of non-fiber carbs, which--after they are digested--end up as 11 teaspoons of sugar in your blood stream (the normal blood sugar level is about 1 teaspoon).

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4080 · February 09, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Thanks for doing the math Talldog! I will be sure to tell him!He prefers sugar cookie anyway -so maybe he just eats what he likes instead. No way is he going paleo -he told me the other day that "wheat is gods gift to man for food"

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"But I need potatoes, rice, and pasta to regulate my blood sugar." - Me a year ago.

"But cavemen weren't stressed out because they didn't have traffic or deadlines to worry about." - A newscaster after reviewing the Paleo Lifestyle

"Wanna go get nachos?" - My room mate every day, even after workouts to lose weight.

"You know a diet is bogus when you cut out an entire food group." - A nutritionist friend.

"Hey, that actually tastes really good!"

"Cave men were only 4 feet tall and lived to be about 20 years old. We need to be eating food that is for tall people and we want to live long lives and eating that much meat is not good for you." - Another nutritionist friend.

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1101 · May 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Derp to your nutritionist friends. :P My goodness.

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 8:29 PM

""Cave men were only 4 feet tall and lived to be about 20 years old. We need to be eating food that is for tall people" So peasants (common folk) ate lots of meat and fish, and the royalty ate grains, right? Royalty is generally taller than the poorer people. Ah, people! :-)

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I hate that "cutting out an entire food group" line. If something's not properly digestible by humans it shouldn't be called a legitimate food group, and cutting it out shouldn't be "unbalanced."

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A family member to me: "Well, Asians eat grains all the time and they're not fat."

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5904 · May 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Why does it just have to be about being fat? What about being healthy. Most Asian countries have a lower life expectancy. Also, there are heaps of fat Asian people.

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peter 5: where'd you get the idea that "Most Asian countries have a lower life expectancy"? Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. Singapore is 4th. South Korea's lower than Canada but higher than the United States. China's only 3 years less than the U.S. The only technically "Asian" countries with radically lower life expectancies are countries like Russia, and people aren't generally talking about Russians when they talk about Asians.

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1061 · February 03, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Copy and pasted from a message board I occasionally read; I saw this yesterday. The poster was slamming all saturated fats, but focused on butter (which, being dairy-free, I don't eat, but still would prefer over "butter substitute").

"Butter is butter, contains cholesterol and saturated fat. But it is rather that a lot of poor quality alternative products that are full of trans fat, which we now know can be be worse than butter. However, there are healthy alternatives that do not contain trans fat. Not all butter substitutes are the same. [...] If I am talking about the use in cooking, then using olive oil is healthier, without a doubt."

I did a very dramatic facepalm after reading this.

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453 · March 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Well, at least he said olive oil instead of canola. Ugh.

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1061 · March 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Definitely! People saying that they cook with olive oil to be healthy reeeally annoy me though. ;)

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3280 · May 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

My 51 year old co-worker said: "Ewwww" when I told her I had an avocado as a snack earlier.

Then she said: "I've never had an avocado".

Really? in 51 years of living, you've never had an avocado?

Amazing.

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95 · May 17, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Sad if you think about it!

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1101 · May 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

"I can eat all the pizza and ice cream I want! Calories in, calories out!" - SAD person pounding away on a treadmill for 1 hr+

"I have never felt better." - acne ridden, puffy-faced, pudgy vegetarian/vegan

"I eat whole grains and drink Kangen (ionized/scam) water for weight loss." - obese coworker (nurse)

"All that weight you've lost is just water weight. You'll start packing on the pounds with all that FAT you eat." - SAD disbeliever in my 25+ lb weight loss so far.

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0 · November 11, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Isn't it amazing how people who know they AREN'T healthy still think there's nothing wrong with their understanding of how to be healthy? It's like they think of health as something you can only ever work towards, and never attain. How else can they explain to themselves how they're never "there", despite being so sure about their methods (whole grains/veganism/calorie focus)?

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1295 · February 03, 2012 at 3:48 PM

In response to a youtube clip from Fathead that I sent my uncle to try to explain to him that the lipid hypothesis is false...

"Yeah, well what are your sources? I bet I could find a video that tries to prove that the Holocaust didn't happen..."

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19120 · February 09, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I guess he has a point. Wait. Nope. (facepalm) LOL.

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419 · March 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM

"everything in moderation"

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1443 · March 24, 2012 at 5:14 AM

"I can't believe you're not dead yet"

"Are you vegan?" (when I refuse to eat the foods cooked with HFCS and vegetable oil, and settle for the fruits, vegetables, and salad with no dressing instead during most events)

"Yeah but those Eskimos/Africans/Cavemen didn't live for a long time. Their diet was supposed to only help them short term." (and, what about the harsh conditions that such people lived in? Predators? Lack of healthcare?)

"You need to drink 8 glasses of liquid a day"

"I only eat fat free"

"Well, acne and bad teeth is all genetics, you can't really do anything"

"Why are you on a diet, you're not even fat"

"That sounds so expensive" (I spend under $200 per month on food in an expensive city, it's not cheap but it's doable)

Friend: You NEED shampoo. Me: Egyptians didn't have shampoo. Friend: Yeah. but they smelled! Me: Hey, do I smell? Friend: No, why? Me: Does my hair look dirty or weird? Friend: No, why? Me: Well, I didn't use shampoo, conditioner, nor soap on my hair for two years. Friend: ... I think you should shampoo just in case there's bacteria living in your scalp.

I try to shut my mouth (trying to get my point across is useless when the SAD mentality is deeply ingrained in others) Instead I try to be a living proof that goes against conventional wisdom. I believe that one of my friends is now curious about my paleo diet. She's shocked that I am not dead yet. She lives on a low fat diet as recommended by her doctor due to her heart condition, but she slowly let go of her fear of trying out my food, and even asked to try my butter. Because she's surprised that I am not dead yet.

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4181 · May 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

'salad with no dressing instead during most events' Dude if that dressing has fat in it it will help you absorb more nutrients from the vegetables

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1443 · May 12, 2012 at 4:52 AM

Well, in the fat-phobic public we live in, all salad dressings are fat free and instead loaded with vegetable oils.

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1443 · May 12, 2012 at 4:53 AM

I always eat a lot of unsalted butter with my vegetables.

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1489 · March 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

"So you won't eat brown bread, but you're happy to eat bacon?" - ffs...cannot even be bothered beginning to explain why.

"Life's too short" - yes, but I'd like to live the longest of those short years I possibly can...

and I was talking to my dad on the phone who said "You don't party? You've got to get a life!" Because I choose to go to bed early on a Friday night so I can be a beast at crossfit on Saturday mornings.

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260 · May 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Hahhaha Life's too short. I love that one.

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14877 · May 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM

...If I were solely concerned about longevity I'd be borderline starving myself forever and eating only fruit and vegetables.

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14877 · May 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I would rather take a slight trade as to live the fittest life I can and possibly suffer a few less years, as opposed to living the longest. For instance, I eat a lot of protein, which my slightly shorten life span. But, the years I am alive I'll be fit as f***

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95 · May 17, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Life's too short! I hear this all the bloody time - yeah, short if you don't take care of yourself, bozo!

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40 · February 03, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Yesterday from a co-worker: co-worker: "my friends father had heart disease, so he has to watch his cholesterol" me: "so he is at risk from heart disease because it is genetic?" co-worker: "no! he is at risk from heart disease because his cholesterol is high! I can't talk to you about this anymore!"

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752 · June 06, 2012 at 4:29 PM

OMG, thank you so much for my morning giggle. :)

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8014 · June 06, 2012 at 7:36 PM

"I really want to have this 'x,' but it's 3 points and I'm saving my points b/c I'm going to the Cheesecake Factory later."

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2227 · June 06, 2012 at 2:45 PM

"At least I'm not going to die from eating some weird shit."

-my SAD friend while i put an avocado on top of a burger patty.

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 6:14 PM

it strikes me as so strange that the food we eat is "weird" when it is a lot closer to it's natural and normal state than 90% of the processed shit you find in supermarkets...like how is that weird? a carrot from the ground?? but in the morning you can have a bowl of cereal fortified with nutrients because it has none of its own, a hot chocolate, and maybe a muffin....

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 4:08 PM

on the weekend I was making omelet for breakfast while snacking on some nuts and carrot sticks...got asked "why the F are you eating gerbil food?".....oooook buddy.

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 8:58 PM

and everyone says "i couldn't eat like that...too restrictive...I don't know how you're not hungry..." face palm

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2227 · June 06, 2012 at 6:06 PM

haha, after that same friend found out i was skipping lunch he called me a loser. lmao.

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2227 · June 06, 2012 at 7:24 PM

yeah it's sad and super awkward.. everyone that knows me knows me as "the healthy nutrition guy" and i don't even say a word unless people ask me about it. taking one for the team i suppose.

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 8:58 PM

yeah i know!! OMG because I don't order burger and fries or pizza when we're out everyone is like "oh my you're so healthy"...I'm not...I just eat real food...and when I take my own food to work at lunch and it's meat and veg and not a sandwich they're like "oh wow" and gawk. but then people feel the need to ask why I eat the way I do...it's because I like it...it tastes better...I feel better...it makes me insecure about my completely natural food choices and it's so strange!!

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30 · May 12, 2012 at 4:40 AM

I can't believe that

"But what do you have for breakfast?"

hasn't made it on the list yet. I get that all the time. Usually it's the first follow-up question after asking me to explain how I eat.

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1489 · June 06, 2012 at 4:09 PM

yup too true!! it's like ever heard of bacon and eggs?

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806 · March 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Though I don't agree with the implicit assumptions in some of the above comments (Such as the notion that paleo is LC by definition) I must say this is probably the funniest and most true thread I've ever come across after many years on many different forums. As a personal trainer, I hear many of the above on an almost daily basis.

  • It's "just all genetics"
  • I can't lose weight eating...insert starvation level of calorie intake here

    - Yeah you lose weight on X-diet, but gain it all back once you go back to eating "normal"

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487 · March 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

"Look at me, I ate bread and beans all my life and I turned out just fine."

Yes, my friend is not overweight, but she gets sick frequently, acne, never has a good night sleep, her knee "bothers" her, and doesn't have any muscle whatsoever. She can just barely lift 30 lbs.

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237 · February 09, 2012 at 8:45 PM

"What? You don't eat bread??!!!"

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296 · May 12, 2012 at 4:53 AM

You HAVE to see "Forks Over Knives "...

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1608 · May 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Co-worker: "You're on a diet? But you're not overweight!"

Friend who was cooking an all vegetable stir-fry: "I guess this is the exact opposite of what you eat, huh?"

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30 · May 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM

From a recent health magazine for women: EAT MORE FISH!

(OK, I can get behind that.)

BUT IF YOU'RE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT, SKIP THE FATTY FISH LIKE SARDINES AND SALMON, AND GO FOR TILAPIA.

(Aaarrgh..)

From a friend who is trying to get pregnant: "Well, I eat plenty of whole grains, so no problem there. But I'm going to stop eating fish and carrots. They're dangerous!"

Same friend to me (I'm also TTC): "Aren't you going to eat like a normal person once you're pregnant?"

"I can't eat artichokes. They're too high in fat!" (???)

"No avocado - too fattening. Could I have a side of ranch?"

"I'll have the (menu item), but could you take out the broccoli, cabbage, peppers, and onions?"

Waiter: "So.. you just want the tofu and noodles, nothing else?"

"Oh, I could never do that. I couldn't live without bread!"

"So, basically, you just eat meat, right?"

"You're so good for bringing your own lunch to work. I try, but I always forget." (Um, it's not that hard?)

My biggest thing, and this goes for my history of pre-Paleo eating as well, is that I just don't have a sweet tooth. Friends, family and coworkers just can't understand why I don't want a cookie or piece of candy or other "treat". They stare at me incredulously, like, how can you possibly be denying yourself? You might as well be from another planet if you don't take the proferred sugarbomb, no matter what your reason is.

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723 · February 02, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I heard these two yesterday:

"After doing all that Zumba today, I deserve that corn dog!"

and

(after piling a plate with macaroni and cheese and a dinner roll, says), "I'm gonna be a fatty today and get some meat." (puts a piece of beef rib on plate that is approximately the size of my thumb)

SMH lol!!!

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174 · February 02, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Every once in a while when I get a cold or when my migraines come back, my mom blames "Paleo", and everyone in the family, just goes along...

"Aren't you too young to get your arteries clogged up?" "Cavemen died at the age of 30." <- I never know how to answer this "Coconut oil is bad for your heart" And there's always things that my friends the nutrition graduates start debating. "Why does your food look so weird?" and there's always my brother in law who argues with me about science and health (he has nothing to do with either, and he's very PRO-pharmaceuticals), yet is always drinking diet coke, and smoking.

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0 · November 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

the answer to "Cavemen died at the age of 30" is that they didn't.

Essentially, the person making this argument is repeating a misunderstanding of a mathematical statistic. It's a matter of high infant mortality rates skewing down the "average" age; 'cavemen' who lived past the age of 15 went on to live long lives. This link has a more in-depth explanation:

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/why-cavemen-didnt-die-young/

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268 · February 02, 2013 at 6:58 AM

  • Me: I'm trying to eat healthier because of a digestive condition
  • Friend: Oh, so you must eat a lot of whole grains then? My husband has diabetes and doc told us to make sure he gets his whole grains.

  • Me: No actually I dont eat grains. They have these things called antinutrients-

  • Friend glares at me and turns away
  • She and her husband are both obese. Just sayin'

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348 · February 01, 2013 at 11:54 PM

"You know, your brain can't function without carbs."

"What about the seven nations study?"

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321 · February 01, 2013 at 8:26 PM

"Wait. . . you're NOT vegetarian?" - said by many, many folks who have seen me eating amounts of veg/salads they consider inhumane. My answer is usually, "I like vegetables. With bloody rare meat."

"You're not a doctor." - said by relatives, mostly, after they ask for advice and I tell them something they don't like.

"What smells funny?" - other office inhabitants who have the "misfortune" of walking into the kitchen as I crack open a can of kipper snacks. Cue them opening the freezer to retrieve #14 of 38 Lean Cuisines they have stashed.

"Can you eat that?" "Can you eat this?" "Can you eat ANYTHING?"

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190 · June 06, 2012 at 2:46 PM

But it has electrolytes...

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5135 · June 06, 2012 at 7:38 PM

It's what plants crave.

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1307 · June 06, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I know I'm late on this, but:

Bodybuilder friend trying to lean out while eating two sandwiches "I need to do more cardio, man"

Doctor "Have you heard of the China Study?"

Me "Have you heard of Denise Minger?"

Friend drinking and smoking "Man, I don't know anyone with as many health problems as you."

Me "You will soon enough."

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2341 · February 02, 2013 at 5:26 PM

*we're keen....

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2341 · February 02, 2013 at 5:25 PM

sometimes it seems like we have more health problems...I think we're just more aware of our bodies. We keen to the fact that feeling like S#it 80% of the time is not normal.

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3499 · May 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

"You may want to cut your current vitamin D level by 33 to 50%." --my doctor.

Um, no thanks.

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9402 · May 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Not from SAD people, but:

"It's great that way of eating works so well for you, but everyone is different, and my system just can't tolerate meat."

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95 · May 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM

I've heard this from vegans - seriously!

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2954 · June 06, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Rub a steak on their arm to see if they're "allergic" to it.

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0 · November 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I actually wouldn't dismiss these people-- it seems out of the spirit of our N=1 philosophy. If they report that their system genuinely works worse with meat, who are we to argue? (Of course, I know that my system just can't tolerate going without meat, but that's the point-- everyone is different).

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1608 · May 12, 2012 at 1:10 AM

"Red meat causes cancer. Want proof? HERE - just look at all these Google search results!"

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0 · June 07, 2014 at 3:08 AM

After saying I don't jog and I wear minimalist shoes

"But we aren't cavemen anymore! We've evolved! You need the arch support, and if you don't jog you'll gain weight!"

Also,

"Yeah, I'm going on a modified version of the paleo diet, because the original one is bad for your heart and your liver because of all the saturated fat and cholesterol, and when you go back to eating like normal, the weight just comes back on super fast... I haven't lost much weight though... oh yeah, and I have cheat meals once a week"

I really, really, really hate it when people think of the paleo diet as a weight loss or a fad diet because I spend so much time, effort, and money eating 100% locally grown organic paleo food. It's not easy.

In speaking of that, there's this one:

"Why don't you want to go to (insert place)?"

"There's nothing I'd eat there..."

"Well, maybe you could just go off your diet for a while... You'll still lose weight!"

Maaajor face palm.

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0 · December 12, 2013 at 3:13 PM

"Paleo.... isnt that the fad diet I keep hearing about? Good luck with that."

"Soooo...... what do you eat then?"

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0 · November 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

"All that protein is gonna suck out your cartlidge."

I don't even..

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0 · November 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

"All you have to do to lose weight is eat less, it's a scientific fact! I had toast for breakfast this morning."

-My boyfriend (I have lost about 10 pounds and he hasn't lost anything. He's great and all but trying to convince him to go paleo with me isn't going so well, haha)

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95 · February 03, 2013 at 5:42 AM

I've been gluten free for two years and this was from my mother last week - The entire family is at a steakhouse and I am waiting on my yummy prime rib. They bring the plates of bread and the whole table dives on it like they have never seen bread before.

She says to me - "Do you want some bread? Oh wait...does bread have wheat?" I have stopped trying.

~~~ My friend said "Dr. Atkins died of a heart attack from blocked arteries." I said "No he didn't. He died from hitting his head on the sidewalk." She said "Well, I don't believe in low carb diets.

I didn't know low carb was a belief system!

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70 · February 03, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Do you get to use forks?

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100 · February 03, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Conversation between a friend and me. He's 19 years old, approximately 40 pounds overweight, and sedentary.

"So, how much longer are you going to be on this diet?" (I've been on it for a month.)

"Well, I'm trying it out, and if I like it then I'll do it indefinitely."

"But that's terrible!" (You could hear the exasperation in his voice.)

"No, terrible is feeling lethargic every afternoon from 1 to 4."

Obese, sedentary roommate in his early 30s with arthritis:

"So, you know how doing this whole paleo crossfit thing is pretty much a full time job for you?"

"Uh, no.."

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2341 · February 02, 2013 at 5:54 PM

This video has already been made!!!! haha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2fmJDiWGDA

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812 · February 02, 2013 at 3:27 PM

"I'm going to try what you recommend tonight."

From an overweight friend.

I recommended him paleo and weight training.

Tonight when we went to the gym, he headed straight for the treadmill.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

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379 · February 02, 2013 at 3:06 PM

"who do you think you are, Ron Swanson?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrIeP798hiQ

"you aren't going to eat this donut I brought the group?"

"we miss you, why don't you come out with us as much" :( need to work on ordering at restaurants so I can still have friends

"so you only eat raw meat?"

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1005 · December 22, 2012 at 3:45 AM

"I eat whatever the F*ck I want, as long as it tastes good"

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14877 · May 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

"whole grains for fiber"

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78422 · February 04, 2012 at 6:40 PM

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