What are some funny reactions you've gotten when people see your meals or when you try to explain what paleo is?
My coworkers favorite thing to do is say, "cavemen" didn't do this or that whatever it is I might be doing. Or try to convince me that "cavemen" ate cheesecake and drank coke.
They ask, "You had bacon for breakfast? Cavemen didn't have bacon.." facepalm
Me: "... yeah no sugary drinks and no grains..."
Friend: "oh cool that sounds healthy"
Me: "... yeah so no bread, pasta, rice.."
Friend: "wait, what??"
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Overheard from down the hall while I was eating broccoli and beef for breakfast at work:
Coworker1: "Whats that awful smell? Its like... broccoli. But it's too early for that!" (she was heating up a pop-tart.)
Coworker2: "Well, there's only two people I can think of that bring in vegetables..."
Of course I was their first culprit. They came down to my desk and gawked at the fact that I was having veges at 8am. I told them I'd cooked it in lots of beef fat so it would make a nice satiating meal first thing. Their jaws dropped a bit lower and they left me alone.
At a butcher's shop, questioning the owner about his products:
Butcher: "No, none of the beef is grass fed. I just don't think it tastes as good, you know?"
Me, trying to patronize him somewhat: "Yeah, I suppose you're right - its a nutritional thing though."
Butcher: "We could argue that all day, but really, how much meat does a guy eat? Not enough for that to matter."
At that point, I simply had to smile, say thank you, and leave. I'm still perplexed by that experience; I managed to find a butcher that didn't carry bones, marrow, suet, liver, or heart. He did have some beautiful $22/lb local steaks - but really, where's the rest of the cow? I've labeled him the boutique butcher.
Talking to a coworker of mine that spent her first 17 years in Germany, I forget what I said, but something hinting at my carnivorous nature slipped in response to the vegan we were having a conversation with. Come to find out, the girl from Germany loves liver and marrow, and has tried more weird meats than me - she was particularly fond of frog legs and kangaroo. She complained that her husband was grossed out by her eating habits. That guy doesn't know how lucky he is...
In the checkout line at the health food/grocery store with 6 lb's of beef bones in my basket, a rather pale, skinny-fat, girl in front of me (buying a lot of fruit, frozen vegetarian dinners, and a couple of bread products) kept glancing at me nervously. I smiled at her, and she asked: "Are those for your dog or something?"
I've been at a restaurant with friends talking about ordering something to share, and had someone say "but wait, you don't...eat meat...right?" I told him I probably ate his bodyweight of meat every week.
I think most people just mentally file away anyone who doesn't eat something or eats differently somehow as "dietary weirdo," which usually means vegetarian or vegan.
Both of my sisters are vegetarian. Every holiday my Mother meticulously makes sure they will get fed (she's a good Mama.) I have increasing anger over my carnivorous holidays being intruded upon with pseudo-meats.
This last Thanksgiving my sister's new girlfriend brought a Tofurkey to go along with my pasture-raised, perfect, real Turkey.
When she asked if my 4 and 6 year old would like some of the Tofurkey (while my sister was extolling the benefits of vegetarian living) I replied to her..."No thank you. I don't like them to be exposed to that much soy."
You should have seen the look on her face. Anyway...that's not that funny but it sure did make me smile.
Well, I don't know if you consider water kefir paleo, but my friends razz me pretty hard about making it. They call my water kefir pitcher my "still" and keep asking when I'm going to put a stand out front to sell my "moonshine."
I tell them I'm drinking all my inventory.
All my friends seem to "tactfully ignore" my bizarre eating pattern but they're all celebrating with me as the excess fat continues to melt away.
My grandson seems to be getting more ancestral with each passing month. He doesn't like water kefir but he just decided to start eating my home-made yogurt and tonight when I was exclaiming over a recipe for jalapeno poppers on Chowstalker he calmly asked, "Are they Paleo?"
Some quotes (sorry for grammar mistakes, I always had bad scores at school in english class, probably because my mother language is french) :
"That's a silly way of eating. You can survive on bread only, but you cannot survive with only meat."
"You cannot be sure you became healthier just because your skin, your eyes, your teeth, your digestion, your body composition and your mood got better. You might have cellular mutations going on right now."
"It's your birthday, you HAVE to eat some cake." (yeah, sgonna be a GREAT birthday with lots of zits)
"I'm 100% sure I don't have nutritional deficiencies" (he goes outside less often than me last year, and I had a huge vitamin D deficiency back then). So I asked "what about magnesium". He replied "Oh I drink beer, that gives me all my magnesium. Why do you think beer is so bitter". Made me chuckle.
"There's sugar in EVERYTHING, you know". I asked, with lots of sarcasm "In meat too". He replied, with a serious voice : "yes". Clearly he was hoping I'd shout "OH NO I'VE BEEN WRONG FOR WEEKS I SHOULD EAT CANDY RIGHT AWAY IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAYS"
"I try to eat 3 fruits and 2 vegetables every day :) !" (sure you do, that's why you ate 4 apples, 2 kiwis, 2 oranges and a small serving of carrots. oh right, potatoes are vegetables?).
"Fat people are just lazy. I can't stand them." (I've never been fat, but that's a very mean and ignorant thing to say)
"What you eat is disgusting <starts eating whole wheat bread while I indulge in celeriac fries with a steak from heaven>"
"I'm in PERFECT health." (so tell me why you have acne, mood swings, spend your days playing computer games, have eye and teeth problems, ...)
And now some doctor's advice (I like my doctor, but you know how they are) :
"You have hypoglycemia. You should eat slow sugars like bread and potatoes. Or eat fruit very slowly throughout the day" (I had been fruitarian for 4 months before that).
"HALF A POUND OF MEAT DAILY?? ARE YOU CRAZY?? Fish is unlimited though"
(To my sister) "You sleep too much"
Housemate: "You are frying with butter again!?"
Me: "Last month I weighed 86Kg and had 13% body-fat, this month I weigh 83.5Kg and have 12.1% body-fat."
Housemate: "Yes I was about to say you are looking much thinner."
Me: "Obviously two months of butter isn't working too well is it?"
Me: "And I am going to eat this whole avocado too."
My sons stayed the night at their Grandparent's house, who are renowned for asking things like, "why can't you eat corn?" and "what's wrong with whole grains?" The next morning they were going to make pancakes and they got a special gluten-free kind. For the life of me I do not know when they shifted their thinking from my family eating a Paleo/Primal diet to gluten-free?!?! Anyway, oldest son says, "No thanks, can't we just have some eggs?" Grandma, "How do you know we have eggs?" Son, "Don't you need eggs to make pancakes?" Grandma proceeds to make eggs for my sons and nasty pancakes for everyone else, including the asthmatic, always have snotty noses, and covered in eczema cousins.
My sons are tall and lean, considered by everyone around them to be too skinny (comparatively speaking to other kids, I guess). Grandparents keep harping on them to eat so they can be big and strong. Grandparents are trying to get them to run marathons with them and told them about the hot chocolate reward at the end. Sons ask, "Why, hot chocolate at the end of a race. Shouldn't you have something healthy?" Grandparents explain how healthy the carbs from hot chocolate are after a marathon run. Sons say, "We would rather have healthy fats." Grandparents, "That's an oxymoron." Sons, eyeroll and think, "What morons," to themselves.
I had someone tell me that I should eat grains. I asked why. They told me, "Because the government says we should." Really? Sometimes I feel like I'm living Circa 1950 over here...
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