So, what's your best comeback for those that mock you for eating paleo?
I'm just waiting for the moment someone catches me eating spinach and steak salad for breakfast.
My comeback is usually something like ...
"I didn't realize my eating of fresh veggies, meat, and fish would upset you so much."
People like to have a chip on their shoulders, aching for you to snap at them. Turn it around.
Classic come back in the 90's would be "Your Mom." In this case it would be "Your mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's, mom."
Don't worry about it. There's be a lot of questions like this (plus the world domination question earlier this week). If you start getting snarky or preachy then you're no better than the vegans who say we're killing the planet by eating meat. Just know that you're doing the right thing for your body and don't try to be a smart ass towards those who aren't. They'll either come around when they see you be healthy or they won't. Either way, it doesn't affect your health. When asked about what you eat, just be positive - focus on what you can eat, how good it makes you feel, etc, rather than listing what you don't eat. No need to be holier than thou about paleo, because it's just the same as the holier than thou vegans.
When people seem put off by what I'm eating, or ask why I'm doing it, I give them the simplest version of the truth "I feel better when I eat this way." Pretty hard to argue with. If they follow up with something about me eating too much cholesterol/fat or not enough grains, I respond with "There is a lot of science that supports this kind of eating." I've never had someone push farther than that, and usually people ask genuinely interested questions at that point.
My friends have decided that I must have gluten issues.
I am the only one in the group who does not take regular medication/ does not have arthritis/ does not have weight problems. (We are all pensioners)
They feel sorry for me because I 'can't' eat cake. I feel sorry for them because they do!
Ask them how their diet is working out for them.
They're typically too distracted by my Vibrams to notice what I'm eating...
"You see, I have really lucky genes--I am lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive, and allergic to soy."
Wait, I totally made that up, and that's terrible.
Well, if it's a she, and she's kind of attractive, go caveman on her. Wait, I don't want you going to jail for that.
I guess a simple "you are fat" should do for most people.
I actually haven't had anyone ever "mock" me for my interesting meals (including sliced liver or a salad for breakfast). Some folks may be curious, and I'm happy to talk about what I'm doing, and what ancestrally-minded eating and living have done for me. If they truly -did- mock me, I don't think I'd come back at them at all -- after all, I wouldn't want to waste breath on someone who was that rude, and if you "feed" the rude boors, since folk of that nature tend to be basically emotional scavengers, they'll come looking for more handouts.