With a psycho parent? Like... "OMFG YOU ARE KILLING YOURSELF WITH ALL THAT FAT!" And after gaining weight the past 3 weeks and have abdominal pain --> from binge eating on fruit and dried fruit, she's like "omg I bet you have gallstones and wow if you eat all that fat you are just asking for an early grave." And..."NO ONE ELSE I KNOW EATS 2 DOZEN EGGS IN A WEEK..." and other fear of cholesterol nonsense. She believes in MayoClinic and other conventional government websites like they are some kind of omnipotent god. You know, the typical "they are right because they are doctors." Sorry but...no. Please, any suggestions? I mean I eat a very high fat/low carb diet, and it's the only way I can control my binge eating, lose weight, and be happy with myself. Obviously I will be moving out ASAP, but until then...? If you don't have suggestions, at the very least give me some support here. It just makes me so upset when conventional wisdom believers seek to tell me that I am ignorant and don't know what I'm talking about. It's like no... I chose to educate myself and make decisions for myself, so fuck you...right? Anyone have similar experiences?
Best way to sneak fat is to use a lot of olive oil. Since I take it you live with your parents, if you are still in school, bring a small bottle of olive oil with you (if you can) and add it to your lunch. Or, after school, when everybody is going to the convenience store or pizza place after school, go to the grocery store and get some fatty good stuff and eat it before you get home. You could stock up on stuff that doesn't spoil like cans of sardines or artisan salami, coconut butter or whatever--you be creative--and keep that in your backpack.
Many people can relate here. One question though, is she stopping you from eating all that fat or is she just making negative remarks about it? If it's the latter then just ignore it, you know what's right.
Have you tried showing her or explaining to her about the paleo lifestyle? Give her some links to read, that's the best you can do. When i started out eating this way, my family was supportive yet skeptical. One aspect that really hit hard was my general change in attitude. Might have been forced at the start but then just became natural. By this i mean, act more mature in front of your mom. Give her a reason to believe that what you are doing is good for your health and in the long run going to have positive effects in all aspects of your life.
Show them this picture(scroll down to see it) of a meal I had at a diner. I didn't have the heart to tell the waitress that the things on the "healthy" menu are what will kill you!
P.S. After seeing the shock on her face from the plates of eggs and bacon, I left out the large amount of butter in my coffee!
I have a similar experience. A few weeks ago I was visiting my parents and I told my dad as he was preparing breakfast that I eat at least 2 eggs a day. He asked, "is that too much??" and my sister exclaimed, "WHAT'S YOUR CHOLESTEROL!?" This is generally how my conversations surrounding fat go. There isn't much questioning beyond that. My mom thinks "eating healthy" and "losing weight" is synonymous with eating low fat. Even for their overweight dogs, she believes they need to eat "low fat." She also believes that carbs are satiating and protein and fat are NOT, and she doesn't understand how there could be any sort of particularly beneficial nutrient in organ meat. She hangs on to the nutrition advice she heard in the early 90s, and while she's open to new concepts that do not conflict with anything she's been previously told (e.g. she recently started having my grandfather with leukemia take turmeric pills, and she's not even the holistic "type"), but once it conflicts, it's completely disregarded.
No advice here obviously. Just sharing your pain.
My parents were concerned as well...until I showed them my bloodwork results (which were awesome) and explained how much better I feel now (no more afternoon slump, no more chronic knee pain...I can run without a knee brace again!) Now whenever I go to my parents' for dinner, my mom has a jar or bag of beef fat that they saved for me. My dad still isn't so convinced, but is at least supportive. He even cooks with ghee when they know I'm coming over, since canola gives me a stomach ache. Baby steps! Be patient. Are they willing to do some reading? Maybe they need to see the info from someone other than their kid? I just recently introduced my mom to Chris Kresser's site. I know she'll be able to get through to my dad better than I...
Educate yourself so that you can educate her (like that there were no studies done on humans when the whole lipid theory gained popularity) and also tell her that you are an adult and able to make your own choices based on what you know, how you feel, etc. Back to my first point, sort of, I was reading just last night that nothing in science is set in stone and that science is allowed to change - this holds true for diet and medicine.