I am the only Paleo eater in my house. I am also the primary cook and grocery shopper. The likelihood of my family switching to my way of eating is slim to none. My husband is a "meat and potatoes" kind of person and thinks my food is weird. I don't have issues with having the bad food in my house. I've learned to control my eating and don't expect everyone to eat what I eat.
The question came up this weekend, while I did my Holiday Baking for friends and family. Despite the fact that I would not eat this type of food, I made cookies and caramel corn and toffee for my co-workers and family. It's a holiday tradition and they would be disappointed without it. I feel almost like I am poisoning them though, even if they are happy about it.
I think next year I may have to come up with some new gift ideas.
Nope. I won't get junk food when I go shopping. If my family wants to eat it, they can go get it. I go to wholefoods too, where that stuff would be quite expensive. I will make baked goods for friends on their birthdays though. I guess that's somewhat hypocritical.
I rarely make cookies or pastries for family anymore. No. 1, it's bad for them; and No. 2, I don't have the willpower to resist eating a ton of it myself. Your loved ones are getting lots of sweets this time of year from other sources, so they probably won't suffer if you cut back next year on your baking. Consider making less harmful treats, like spiced nuts or dark chocolate truffles (solid dark chocolate, heavy cream and butter).
I try to exert a positive influence on my vegetarian daughter (she's 10) when I cook for her. We make sweet potato fries instead of rice and beans. I substitute nuts for tofu (blech!).
I wouldn't bake brownies for her; however, she's getting to be a whiz in the kitchen. The other day she whipped up a batch of brownies by herself. I don't stop her. We talk about food a lot. Her mom jokes about how I'm crazy. But I'm not sure it's really a joke.
I hold out hope that things will change. In the meantime, I live by example.
Yup. I do it because it saves me money and because I do not want to force them to come to the same conclusions I came to with my own free will. So far in the past six months this soft sale of eatting bacon and eggs while they eat pancakes and French toast has helped me convert three friends.
I live in a household with two other adults who are both capable of cooking and shopping so there is no need for it. I cook what I enjoy with some consulting on preferences. If they want something else they can make it. I did make egg nogg this weekend but I like the process :)
In sum, I cook what I enjoy. Either because I eat it or because the process itself brings me joy.
No. But if I am in a social situation where food is shared, I'll bring what I consider a "gateway" food like home made almond crackers with red pepper dip, or some veggies or some cookies I've made with walnuts and dates instead of flour and sugar. While the "paleolier-than-thou" folks might cringe at this and give me 1000 reasons while it's wrong, I've found that this is a great ice breaker and gets people asking questions about why I eat the way I do. And those foods are recognizable enough so that the entire concept doesn't seem completely unattainable or foreign, though I make it clear those foods are treats and my day-to-day diet looks much different.
I've had several friends convert completely, and a few more have started dabbling as they get their minds around certain concepts, like "fat is good for you" and "grains are not." My belief is that paleo the way it's defined and practiced today is about as close to a perfect diet for human beings, and the more people think about it, and more importantly, as they explore eating this way for themselves, the more evident that becomes, and the easier it is to adopt it. There is no need for a hard sell here.
When dealing with others, I think the most critical thing is taste. Avoid the whole 'healthier for you' argument and go for the 'it tastes great and is a change from the standard ho hum stuff' argument. If it tastes bad, you've lost the battle before it's even started.
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