Clearly many friends and family think your thoughts on diet are insane. But have you succeeded in getting through? Can you share your stories of turning around the health of a friend or family member? Did you save someone from statins or a gastroplasty? Or maybe just from feeling lousy about themselves?
yes, and im so excited!! i pretty much use my facebook page for a lot of paleo propaganda, recipe postings, articles, before-and-afters, etc. ive actually converted about ten people so far, one of whom had lupus and is now in a total remission and completely asymptomatic and off medication, another one with pretty bad rosacea that has totally cleared up, one with familial high cholesterol (she was over 400 when she was 4 years old!- she just had new labs taken and im dying to hear the results,) another one with MS (like me) who is also off her medication then just a bunch of people who wanted to lose a little weight or who were WAP and wanted to take it further. im so excited for everyone! we all have our paleo.licious facebook albums and upload pictures of what we are eating, too. i felt like such a freak when i fist started eating this way, but now i have a little tribe, and so far everyone is pretty psyched about it. i did lose one who gave up after two days, but i think there are other things going on for her. everyone else is ALMOST as enthusiastic as me.
A few of my friends and family have expressed interest, but last week I got my first actual convert! One of my dear friends made the switch and is absolutely loving it. She's told me her gut feels better and she feels more on an even keel. She is really stoked to be learning so much about health and is excitedly reading Robb Wolf's book. I'm honored to have helped turn her on to this lifestyle, and I know she's going to do great. I've somewhat converted the boyfriend, which I'm really happy about. He knows the basics but isn't super passionate about it like me, and has lost about 10 or 15 lbs.
As for the other interested parties, I'm working on a family member on a statin, one that wants to lose weight, and a friend who has an endocrine disorder & her little boy who was just diagnosed with autism. When I am excited about something, I tend to want to shout it from the rooftops, but once I stopped really trying to tell people all about it, I had some approach me, which is great!
My wife, who initially though I was crazy, is now a convert and is down about 35 pounds. She is now sharing information with her parents.
A friend who was diagnosed with "Acid Reflux Disease" and was told he would need prescription antacids for the rest of his life is now living without even taking over the counter antacids after 3 months paleo. He is now sharing information with his parents.
Two co-workers have adopted the ideas and have lost almost 80 pounds between the two of them. Both of them have "converted" their wives and children.
Several more co-workers are now easing into the asking questions stage and may or may not make changes.
I get LOTS of comments about my lunches at work. I bring in really good food and they are initially jealous and then surprised to find out it's a "diet". It sure doesn't seem like diet food! After watching me eat eggs for breakfast while they had oatmeal or bagels, I've convinced two other co-workers to join me in an "egg share" - I'll bring eggs from my local farmer and split the cost with them.
I'm very pleased (and a little surprised) to have been able to provide a positive enough example to make an impact with so many people. I never offer advice unless someone asks - and then I'm willing to share as much or as little as they want to hear.
With my family a captive audience on a long drive to Thanksgiving, I played a podcast about the benefits of coconut oil. They were all impressed and interested. My parents probably won't start using it until I buy them a jar and leave it next to the stove, but my college-student sister picked some up the next week, and reports that she and her three roommates use it all the time now. It's something.
Additionally, I've started making granola for my parents with no wheat or added sugar. They love it so much they've stopped buying the commercial varieties and ask me weekly to come over and make more. I realize I'll never clear their cupboards of cereal; at least I can give them a better alternative.
i got my brother and parents on board full tilt. my other siblings have incorporated some aspects into their life and 1 coworker. i also have people who i have on an email list of people who've heard of my success with this "weird diet" by word of mouth that number about 20.
my father lost 50 lbs in the first 8 weeks(he started off at 360). my mom has lost 30 lbs and my brother has lost 19. they all started 1/3/11. my dad is pretty amazed at how easy it is and never thought he could feel this good again. my mom is the having a good time shopping for all new clothing.
I've spread the paleo lifestyle to friends and family around me. Not everyone listens of course. I also live with my fiancee and she eats paleo because of me. She is my best critic on new recipes.
People who have tried and failed generally get the idea that the conventional wisdom is wrong, and there is definitely a better way. The ancestral health movement is growing in part of the distrust of the establishment at this point, and the overwhelming anecdotal evidence that speaks for itself. There really is no counter for the science aspect of it either, when you have brilliant minds putting all this together. I have gotten through to a several people who just see the results who have made a concerted effort to eat and live healthier, all from setting an example. I have also gotten through to people who were wanting a solution. People who have tried and failed several times in their lives to lose weight, and want to see results. These are actually the harder people to get through to because they are so steeped in conventional dogma that they can't see the answer to the question even though it is staring them in the face. They try, but are doing it wrong because of whatever reason or the other they are scared to use saturated fats, or think if they don't have bread they will shrivel up and die. They get it eventually, but it takes more time.
Broscience guys are harder nuts to crack, but once they see the bulb, then they keep it up. I think there must be something addictive in the supplements.
A friend of mine was just diagnosed with a very aggressive rare breast cancer. She said, "I wished I would have listened to you! you can't drink a 6 pack of pop a day, processed and fast food for 10 years and expect to be healthy." I said, "I tried to tell you." So, anyway, in the last two weeks from her change of diet, she has noticed how good she looks, but soon that will change, when her chemo takes hold.
My mom and daughter are completely on board with the Paleo foods, but my husband still has no clue. He brings breads and pastry's into our house all the time. errrr
I only wish I could get some of the peeps in my live to join us, the people I want the most to do this won't even hear me. I share stuff all the time on Facebook in hopes they will watch/read it. Because of this diet I found out I have Celiac and they have all the same symptoms. I tell them it is genetic and still nothing. It is very very discouraging to me and it breaks my heart cause I love them so. The number one person I wish I could touch is my own daughter who is suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis and is currently going through Chemo to push her into remission.
I did share Paleo/Primal lifestyle with my daughters friend who seemed very interested, she lost 25 lbs got pregnant and just delivered a beautiful baby boy. She had been unable to carry and had mis carried several times. She sent me a Thank you letter, says she contributes his birth to me. NOTHING could thrill me more!!
My employee just adopted the Paleo Lifestyle 2 weeks ago and is already feeling better! I am proud of her.
I will keep trying, but it is very frustrating. I know they get sick on me talking about it. They just don't believe that bread could be so bad for you and they can't fathum giving it up!
In my experience I only been able to get through to libertarian types.
Libertarians are naturally skeptical of popular culture and suspicious of authority. They asked the most questions AND the best questions.