I discovered Paleo 4 weeks ago and tomorrow I start my 5th week of 100% Paleo eating. I jumped in feet first and haven't looked back. I've lost 15 lbs in this time, and although I have a long way to go in that department, I am doing it more for the other health benefits (but I won't turn down that elusive weight loss!)
Prior to Paleo I suffered lots of stomach aches with some being severe enough to give me cold sweats and make me almost delirious. Although the majority were of the uh-oh, run to the bathroom-take some-pepto-feel-better variety.
After NO stomach aches these 4 weeks, I suffered a bad one today. My colleagues at work got involved as they realized I was not well. I was slightly loopy and had cold sweats. Of course, they all blamed it on the way I am eating.
Actually, I remember that the night before last I ate some paleo pizza (100% paleo) and topped it off with lots of sun-dried tomatoes (something I had never indulged in before). The crust was almond flour and truthfully, very dry and unappetizing. So I made up with the toppings to compensate.
Not to be gross or anything, but I am familiar with how long things usually take to make it through our system and I am blaming my ailment on that meal. Awful pains and bowel movements twice. Took pepto and am feeling much better now.
How do you deal with well meaning folk who swear there are good carbs I should not be forsaking? They brought me some coke as they thought my blood sugar was low and I took two tiny sips and refused any more. I've been so good about cutting all of that out that I did not want any more.
I haven't suffered any cravings and have dropped my asthma medicine to half the previous dosage. I no longer fall asleep in the middle of the day. I am having nothing but benefits from paleo and don't plan on stopping.
How do you deal with well meaning folk who swear there are good carbs I should not be forsaking?
I say "No, thank you" and keep repeating it until they get bored and go away. They do mean well, but they live in a different universe and don't speak your language. All you can do is be polite and stick to your guns.
I usually just smile, thank people, nod, give a short answer at most, and keep doing what I've been doing.
I posted this anecdote in the "Sh*t Nutritionists Say" thread:
I am finishing up a nutrition degree, and there was one week earlier this year I was feeling a little off - it's important to note that everyone around me (at the hospital I was rotating at, at school, at work) was coming down with a particularly nasty strain of influenza. One of my peers (who came down with it hard a couple days later):
"You know, you're probably feeling off because of that diet of yours. You should add whole grains back into it. I'm just saying...it's not healthy to avoid them!" [insert smug head shake here]
Needless to say, I did not start consuming "whole grains," nor did I come down with the flu.
I could have argued, and probably won (whatever that means when a friend is involved). I have a strong background in debate, and I know my "stuff" much better than this other student. But I just shrugged and said that I was tracking my nutrition and knew that I meeting all of my dietary needs. And then I changed the subject.
What do you say to your coworkers who tell you there are good carbs?
"You bet- and they grow on trees, bushes, in the ground... I know where to find fruit and veg, thanks for your concern"
There will always be haters. Just explain to them how much good has come of it so far. I've been eating this way for years, and I still get people who tell me that I'm going to be deficient in something or other. So I ask them what exactly I can find in grains that I can't find elsewhere? Ask them to get into specifics about what you're "missing" if you really want to go down that road. What magical properties do grains have?
In my office I am like the fourth person who has gone Paleo. It is really funny. We are converting people! Thankfully no one is bone headed in my office to try and argue with us. They are usually more curious and supportive. I have had more problems with my family who insists I am killing myself by denying myself the traditional four pieces of garlic toast with spaghetti at dinner time. This is the same group of people who have spent more time with cardiologists than I can even remember. LOL!
I just shrug my shoulders and ignore the well meaning, but completely wrong, people who are against being Paleo. I even had a family friend try and tell me that my diet was unhealthy as she was complaining about her inability to loose weight, her stomach problmes, joint problems, and being sick all the time. I wanted to point those things out to her, but she is my aunts neighbor and I did not want to hurt any feelings.
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