I know this sounds a bit weird but many people think I am "less masculine" because I try to eat healthy. Maybe it's because most of the people I hang out with are "ghetto"? Or because I am Mexican, you know Mexican's and their machismo, something about them seeing vegetables on a plate automatically turns on a switch that tells them it's food for a man who violates or does not meet traditional male gender role. Do any of you experience the same thing?
I know you are probably looking for a male perspective, but I'll voice my opinion nevertheless. That is absolutely ridiculous. There might be a lingering association between women and dieting (things like dance aerobics have a similar stigma) which could explain some jokes, and there's nothing wrong with occasional humour, but if people are really being serious in telling you that being conscious about your health is a woman's prerogative and hence diminishes your manliness, that is either a sign of total immaturity or an inner jealousy that manifests itself this way.
I would only expect someone who is seriously immature to associate (not just use a stereotype to create a joke) being health-conscious with some distorted idea of feminine vanity & obsession about weight (which is irrelevant); or, they are innately jealous of you being able to look after your health, so they dredge up this stereotype to make themselves feel better.
Think about it, how is being strong, health-conscious and disciplined enough to turn down temptation non-manly? To tell you the truth, to me, there is nothing more off-turning than a man who has let himself go, and who treats his body like a trashcan into which he'll throw absolutely anything. Most women like men who respect themselves and care about their health.
Just a female perspective there for you.
Those who mind don't matter; those who matter don't mind.
All the best, Grok on, and keep eating veggies :-D
I question the masculinity of guys with wide hips and man boobs from having too many phytoestrogens, especially present in hops.
I have in the past, yes. Depending on the situation, I've reacted in different ways. With some, it's been something a bit childish but fun, like who has the stronger grip, or arm-wrestling, etc. Call me a sissy if you will for eating big leafy greens and salmon, but in my mind, strength speaks for itself.
With other people, a more rational approach can be used. Explaining that I have celiac, and that the way I eat allows me to be fit and healthy without supplements or even things like protein shakes. The truth, like strength, speaks for itself.
Then sometimes it has to be a combination of both. Like, "I eat this way, and it works for me, so then I can do the kinds of things I want to do." And I thusly mention walking barefoot in forests, rowing several times weekly, etc.
As time has worn on though, my approach has changed. I find that paleo has allowed me to embrace a (literally) primal masculinity. My posture has improved, my body has become more muscular, etc. All of these things lead to both a physical and mental kind of self-acceptance, even a kind of presence. I don't do it to flaunt it, I do it because I am proud of who I am becoming and my accomplishments with my health. Others seem to pick up on how I carry myself. If anyone questions it, I've come to realize that it is no longer my problem. I am confident in my masculinity without their approval.
Not at all for me. Maybe because I'm 5'10 200lbs with 8% body fat, and feed my dog raw meaty bones, eat sardines by the can, rip apart grass fed beef, eat cartilage off bones, and crack whole eggs with my teeth and slurp them down.
im six feet four and 228 pounds of kick ass. i dont think anyone is going to question my sissy food. some days my shopping cart is just vegtables and coconut milk. LOL
I think everyone that chooses to shun the SAD will probably experience some sort of sociological challenge related to their decision.
We've all heard that people question or criticize anything that isn't status quo and personally, I think the genesis of this behavior is insecurity that arises from a desire to be accepted and from a group-think mentality.
As for masculinity, in a literal sense, anyone who eats like we do and nourishes their body will by default have an advantage in quantifiable masculinity. Period. When you start to get all the attention from women and your normalized/optimized testosterone levels, as well as your clear thinking put you at the "head of your pack", I doubt you'll hear so much as a squeak out of these individuals. You may even have converts on your hands.
The gains from being Paleo have far outweighed the social challenges (for me) but that may not be clear to many for some time after implementation. Stick with it, and believe me, you will have the last laugh.
Sometimes I get 'gay' when people low on vocabulary mean 'different'... A tag I will totally eat-up and make my own.
Yeah, I am different, and I like it.
Sure, it can be an irritant to stick out and be questioned about it. I'm practicing ignoring the opinions of those I did not request an opinion from.
I tell the truth. My hobby is kicking ass and honing my combat skills.
I'm 'in training' for a martial arts seminar this summer.
If I want to kick ass and never tire... This is how I MUST eat most of the time.
What I'm trying to say here is that 'in training' gets respect, while 'on a diet' gets more name calling and ridicule.
Your macho morons may vary.
I am 6'1", about 180lbs, no fat, mid 40's (paleo 5 years) and I run a crew that works very hard outside all day long and I am in better shape & can out last all the guys half my age on the crew. If I go to the bar with them (which is rare) I always get younger women approaching me and ignoring the younger guys around me. I am never bugged about the way I eat :)