I started Paleo 6 months ago. I try not to actively push it on people that aren't interested, but a surprising amount of my family has jumped on board lately! My dad was first, about 4 months ago (well he's kinda half-ass paleo). But about two weeks ago my uncle was asking me about Paleo so I gave him my copy of The Paleo Solution. Since then, my uncle, aunt, mom, and grandma have all started eating Paleo! Wow! Hopefully they all stick with it.
Have you had as much luck converting friends or family? Do you even try to, and how?
My goal is to be a walking example instead of being evangelistic about it.
Me and my girlfriend started around the same time almost 5 months ago following Kurt Harris' Archevore Diet. I usually avoid the word "paleo" and when folks ask what I'm doing (I've lost almost 60 pounds, so a few have noticed) I tell them that I've simply cut out gluten grains and processed foods in exchange for whole foods, good meats and fats, safe starches, etc. I just try to be low-key about it and so far I've gotten quite a few questions from several people who seem interested.
Now about my one BIG "convert" so far:
The person I've had the most conversation with about all of it is my mom, who likes to talk about recipes and food stuff in general. She's been more curious than anyone else, and I just recently realized that she's apparently been in "contemplation" mode, because she just called me this past Thursday to tell me that SHE GAVE UP WHEAT! Then, she called me back yesterday to tell me that she has lost 5 pounds in 4 days and can't believe how awesome she feels. She says her head feels clearer, she has more energy, pretty much all the good stuff we're all familiar with.
In the same conversation she also said something like "if you get X food at Y restaurant you have no way of knowing how it was cooked". This tells me that some of our casual conversations have led to her looking things up on her own. Yay mom :)
Needless to say I'm excited for her, but I'm even more excited because she stays in closer contact or gets along with a lot of our family better than I do. She'll be much better at spreading the word to them than I would, and I'm really glad she's taking action for herself. I told my girlfriend a couple months ago that if I could just get my mom onboard...
11 - all Ninja style. People saw the change, asked what was up, I said in the simplest terms without using "PaleoPrimalCavemanblahblah" what I was up to, in addition to the lifting and CrossFit. They tried using me as a sounding board if they were confused or had questions. The results: felt better, looked better, done.
I haven't tried. I've lost 150lbs and so have had a lot of "WOW, what are you doing!" and I tell them. Then they do nothing. It's too foreign for most of them. Life without bread is just not in it for most of them. Sad really.
At least 5, all with varying amounts of success. In the beginning, I was preaching Paleo like a cult preaches their religion. After realizing people don't take to kindly to that, I essentially just sat back and when people came to me with questions, I would supply them with info. Timing is paramount. They need to mentally be ready for a change and have an open mind.
None. I'm not comfortable around people who proselytize so I don't do it myself (though being passionate on a subject is admirable, interesting and yeah there's a fine line there). I also don't believe every diet is right for everyone, but I will tell people about what I do if they ask.
Interesting timing on this question -- two separate people on two separate days this week on my dog walk were shocked to hear that I am not in fact a vegetarian, just because I'm lean.
My gentle reply both times, "Well, whenever I'm not eating animals, I do eat a lot of plants."
Let's see...in my 15 months of Primal eating, I have "influenced" my husband, 3 clients, and at least 2 friends. No luck with my family of origin, however!
I post a lot on FaceBook and have talked about my diet with some of my family.
More and more people seem to be coming over to a Paleo way of eating! I'm careful not to impose my views on people, but obviously I'm passionate about it - so I do talk about it!
I think everyone knows refined/ processed food is bad, so initally I notice friends and family making more of a concious effort to eat less of those "foods". Then I think combined with them feeling better/ seeing how well I was doing and asking me questions, people seem to gradually evolve to a paleo approach.
It's so pleasing to see - especially when they start to look and feel so much better!
I tried with my mother, her diabetes saw improvement and she stopped statins. But since she takes care of kids, keeping strict to the diet is proving nearly impossible for her.
One of my uncles has taken to it, lost significant weight, diabetes normalized, no more statins. He's sticking to it.
My wife is coming along better and better, but progress is still needed.
The rest of my family is stunned with my progress and ask about it everytime we meet. I think most of them are waiting to see me backslide and give up on the fad.
Two to three times a week I get to talk to my customers who have seen my improvements and wonder what I did. I only tell them when I ask, I'm still practicing my "elevator speech".
Great question. I get asked ALL THE TIME by people who see me noticeably slimmer (35 lbs in 6 or 7 months), so I've had alot of opportunities to "preach" paleo.
My wife and kids are paleo due to my efforts for sure.
I have a feeling that alot of my extended family were very skeptical when we first started, but are having changes of thought now that they see us really committing to this way of life and witnessing our dramatic change in appearance and health.
Really, more than preaching "paleo", I'm actively encouraging clean eating. This includes going to farmers markets, buying grassfed beef and organic food, and consuming only good fats.
Its alot easier and more productive IMOH to encourage clean, natural and whole food as oppose to a "paleo diet" that people can dismiss as just another fad.
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