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by 430 · about 18 hours ago

My parents are not exactly supportive of this paleo diet. I've been trying to desperately lose weight, and I fell off the wagon and had 2 weeks of binges, followed by Christmas. So yeah, I've put weight on. I'm back on paleo now and I was feeling... (more)

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Angela_7 0 · January 06, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Can I suggest a mean comment? Have you pointed out to them they are overweight and obviously struggling with it so they might not be the best to give you advice? I mean you are a product of their environment at this point so a lot of the "blame"... (more)

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by 5 · about 18 hours ago

I really want to try the Paleo diet, however, I am still living with my parents. My mom, my sister, and I are all trying to lose some weight, but disagree on how to go about it. I've tried Vegetarian before which worked for a while. However, they... (more)

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Miriam 0 · December 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I feel any paleo is better than no paleo. Suggest making a meal or two a week, but don't say "this is a paleo meal!" Just ask if you can pick up X ingredients to make a meal for everyone once or twice a week so you can practice cooking. Start... (more)

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by 410 · about 18 hours ago

This will likely be fairly long, but there are quite a lot of details which might influence your thoughts/ advice so I think it's better than I'm pretty thorough. Stats: 20 years old, female, only living at home over the summer/ Christmas and... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · July 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Leave...right...now. I'm serious, pack your bag and go. Wait tables for the summer, crash on a friend's couch, anything would be better, just get out of there. The binge eating will never be controlled as long as you are in that abusive... (more)

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by 50 · about 18 hours ago

I live in a city where tortillas are the main ingredient in many of the foods here. I go to college and I'm living with the parents, so I'm basically stucked eating the foods the prepare. I have other siblings so sometimes I need to eat... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · July 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I would say that the ingredients and preparation method of the tortilla would make or break whether or not I considered them ok to eat every now and again. First off, I would not consider wheat based tortillas a viable alternative (unless I was... (more)

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by 1115 · about 19 hours ago

As my daughter is getting older and TV, unfortunately, is becoming a bigger part of her life (her grandmother watches her during the day and lets her watch Disney/nick jr./etc despite me asking her not to...), she is becoming exposed to all the... (more)

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JeezLoise 0 · February 02, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I knew a woman who worked as an herbalist and felt very strongly about what food she fed her kids. That being said, she also decided to let them make their own decisions when they weren't at home (at restaurants, a friends house, etc.). This gave... (more)

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by 453 · about 19 hours ago

So I've been trying to lose weight, well.. my whole life. A friend of mine told me I should read the Gary Taubes book, "Why we get fat", and I've been reading paleo websites since and everything makes sense. But I'm a college student, still live... (more)

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Kewpie 0 · November 02, 2011 at 11:10 PM

I was definitely an Atkins-phobe. I had a few friends try it in the 90s and it seemed like total lunacy to me. However, reading Gary Taubes's book--even though it has its flaws--really helped me see the light on the flaws of lipid hypothesis and... (more)

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by 493 · about 19 hours ago

Since the school year started, I thought it would be a good time to start trying to IF. I'm 100% Paleo, no dairy (except butter) or fruit, and have been for a while. I go to bed every night at 9-9:30. Usually eat my last food around 7:45. Every... (more)

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Will 0 · September 08, 2010 at 2:34 PM

I am a once daily IFer myself, and have been for quite some time. 19+ hours is a typical day for me. I hear the 16 hour number from Robb Wolf and Martin Berkhan in terms of optimal muscle growth, but I am not entirely convinced. Liver glycogen... (more)

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by 60 · October 22, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Female, 20, going to school/working full time and still living at home. I'm a very fit healthy paleo individual. :) But my parents, especially my mom almost seem to have this strange desire to fatten me up. No chance I'm ever going to let that... (more)

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julianne 0 · July 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM

As a mother probably your parents' age, I can say that most of what we do is fairly thoughtless when it comes to our growing children making their own choices. (I mean thoughtless, in that we don't always think of the effect of what we say has on... (more)

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by 160 · October 22, 2014 at 3:21 AM

Things like coconut milk, almond butter, etc. It's more expensive, but I'm so much more healthier and I'm performing better in sports. Plus I'm not eating as much (mostly because there's not much to eat...) so It's kind of balanced in terms of... (more)

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Sunshine 0 · September 16, 2011 at 2:59 PM

This will sound really mean but please don't take it the wrong way. I don't know what the financial situation of you family is like but let's assume that you're all on a tight budget. With that said, getting a weekly allowance might be tough,... (more)

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by 20 · October 22, 2014 at 3:10 AM

I would really like my parents to try paleo. They eat quite well but eat a lot of carbs and think CW is correct. My mum cannot understand why she is not losing weight despite being at the gym for six classes a week! I am doing the whole30 at the... (more)

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Asclepius 0 · March 05, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Hi Runningwild. We are all reluctant to let go of things we 'know'. You parents will have been conditioned by years of 'conventional wisdom' about what it meant by a 'nutritionally balanced diet' and what they should do to exercise/get fit. ... (more)

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by 4984 · October 22, 2014 at 3:08 AM

I love paleo so much, I feel like I have been given the key to health and longevity, and it makes me feel so good that I want to tell everyone. For me it's the perfect "diet," and I enjoy ALL the food. I am very proud to be paleo, so why is it... (more)

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Corinne 0 · January 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

When someone asks me why I've not eating the cake or the pasta, I tell them that I am gluten/wheat/sugar intolerant. When someone asks me why I look so fantastic and why my skin got so clear and soft and why I look ten years younger than my age,... (more)

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by 434 · October 21, 2014 at 4:07 AM

im 21, and i would say for the past 4 months, i was inadvertently introduced to the paleo diet, supplementation, and overall good health habits due to extremely poor health. before I go on I have to give some background so you understand the... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · November 03, 2012 at 12:09 AM

No. We can each decide for ourselves how best to feed our children. Let's not try to tell others how to feed theirs.

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by 307 · October 21, 2014 at 4:04 AM

With a psycho parent? Like... "OMFG YOU ARE KILLING YOURSELF WITH ALL THAT FAT!" And after gaining weight the past 3 weeks and have abdominal pain --> from binge eating on fruit and dried fruit, she's like "omg I bet you have gallstones and wow if... (more)

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Diane_4 0 · September 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Best way to sneak fat is to use a lot of olive oil. Since I take it you live with your parents, if you are still in school, bring a small bottle of olive oil with you (if you can) and add it to your lunch. Or, after school, when everybody is going... (more)

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by 11581 · October 21, 2014 at 3:50 AM

My daughter is expecting with my second grandchild in July. Aside from the standard type baby gifts, what would you suggest? She's very into attachment parenting and is a Montessori teacher. They live in New Mexico - very dry. Some possibilities... (more)

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Marie 0 · May 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

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by 692 · October 21, 2014 at 3:49 AM

This past weekend my brother and I attended the wedding of a mutual friend and it suddenly occurred to us that the way our parents are going they will never attend our weddings or hold their grandchildren or even exist at some point in the near... (more)

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Marcy_1 0 · May 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I feel your pain. From what people have told me here and what I have experienced in my life, it is best to just quietly live through example. When other relatives comment on how good you look, just smile and thank them. If they press it and ask... (more)

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by 4176 · October 21, 2014 at 3:45 AM

I have been very satisfied with my health since going primal. However, I still have extended family members who are eating horrible diets. My question: I don't know how to approach this with my parents. They know what I am doing and they're not... (more)

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jakeA 0 · April 04, 2012 at 5:10 PM

It's really hard to do this. I find myself coming off completely highbrow and making the people not want to listen to me. Try reading Robb Wolf's latest blog post. It may help you come up with... (more)

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by 701 · October 21, 2014 at 3:42 AM

I got my 23andMe results back today, and found myself thinking about heart disease, diet, and my Dad. My test results put me at what appears to be a statistically significant increased risk for CVD. I'm just starting to explore the results and... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · March 14, 2012 at 4:16 AM

The genetics vs lifestyles of family members I've always found interesting, if I little frightening because my pool isn't that great. I grew up eating lots of meat and fresh vegetables, but with plenty of white rice. We were outside CONSTANTLY,... (more)

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by 11581 · October 21, 2014 at 3:29 AM

Interesting article on how evolution explains why children protest bedtimes so strongly. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201110/why-young-children-protest-bedtime-story-evolutionary-mismatch The answer begins to emerge as... (more)

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sage_ 0 · October 14, 2011 at 6:59 PM

my three were vastly different from one another. the oldest slept with me until he was four; the second never slept with me and happily waved good-bye to the room as he was carted off to his solitude. the youngest slept with me on and off till... (more)

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by 8933 · October 21, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Hi, I've been diagnosed with candida, and want to follow a very-low-carb paleo diet as long as possible. I'm getting so thin now, it's not normal anymore. I'm often afraid of food. The only things I could add to the diet are more eggs and... (more)

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sherpamelissa 0 · May 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Since candida is a yeast type infection, I can see why you are leaning toward a lower carb or low sugar diet. Higher fat/calorie dense foods that are healthy: nuts nut butters coconut in all forms (shredded, flakes, oil,... (more)

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by 429 · October 21, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Is anyone here from Poland? I am Polish but living in the Chicagoland area like about 2 million other Polish people. Anyway, my parents have known about Jan Kwasniewski and his diet for years and years (even Polish president Lech Walesa used... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · March 29, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Partially Polish. I find many polish recipes easy to paleotize. Golabki potato pancakes, Pikeperch, goulash, and bigos are all basically paleo as-is. Of course, if anyone can come up with a paleo pierogi I would kiss the ground you walk on. I... (more)

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by 3651 · October 21, 2014 at 3:08 AM

I've been a little chubby for a long time but never too out of shape. People got used to me looking a certain way but after almost a year being Paleo, I'm a pretty skinny version of the old me. I'd say I am the healthiest I've ever been, but my... (more)

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CT 0 · October 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM

I don't agree that it's other people projecting fake concern onto you or wishing they were that slim. In my personal experience, it was people who clearly had a fixed view of what I looked like after having known me for a long time, and then... (more)

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by 456 · October 20, 2014 at 3:40 AM

I'm 23, I love my parents and there are few things I disagree with them on. Recently though I've had a terrible realization there are some subjects I know more about than them. I grew up all my childhood struggling with obesity. It was frustrating... (more)

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A_at_Grain_Free_Diet 0 · July 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM

You can't make people do anything. All you can do is be a shining example of how awesome it is. Lead by example. That's really all you can do. I mean I'm now at the point where family members are asking me about recipes ("did you post that one... (more)

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by 253 · October 20, 2014 at 3:39 AM

I'm 17 and still live under my parents roof so I kind of have no choice but to eat what I'm served. I prepare my breakfast and lunch when I can, but when it comes to dinner, my dad is always asking me why I don't just eat what my mom makes. If we... (more)

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Maria_8 0 · July 15, 2012 at 2:59 AM

It depends on your parents - you might be able to explain it as just a personal thing: "I feel better eating like this; I've noticed [x, y, z] health improvements." A lot of people feel defensive about Paleo because they feel you're trying to... (more)

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by 15 · October 20, 2014 at 3:28 AM

I'm 19 and living with my parents. I've started buying my own food and eating those for breakfast and lunch. I haven't told them that I'm changing my diet and they haven't really noticed yet, they've just commented that it's unhealthy to eat so... (more)

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Talldog 0 · February 06, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Tell her vegetable oils will make her skin wrinkled. Processed vegetable oils (like canola and corn) are rancid by the time they hit the bottle. Rancid, in this case, just means that the oil has started to oxidize. Oxidized means the oil if full... (more)

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by 571 · October 20, 2014 at 3:25 AM

I posted something earlier about getting my Dad into paleo for health reasons, I want to do the same for my Mom. I was thinking about buying a book or two for both of them and slip them in to the Xmas presents this year. What is a great book for... (more)

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EH 0 · December 10, 2011 at 11:59 PM

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