Today my mother came home all excited because at the garden club, she randomly met another person who was a paleo eater. The person was thrilled because paleo eating had cured her ecsema and a few other problems. And my mother was happy to inform me (like I didn't know) of tons of paleo info on the internet that I should look up immediately at "w w w dot com dot paleo...dot... something," and then she told me, "Oh and they have recipes!" My mother doesn't understand the internet, as you can see, and apparently she has no idea where I have been getting all the recipes we have already used. Hehe. But she can still eat paleo and spread the word. However, it made me wonder how many paleo eaters have randomly run into other paleo eaters 'in the wild,' ie not through paleo websites or paleo events, but just at random (and not at crossfit). How likely is a paleo eater to randomly encounter another outside of normal paleo circles? Any others had such experiences?
I also have not met any paleos in the wild. (I'm in Chicago.) But I see people with Vibrams all the time. I used to ask those people -- usually in the gym, and usually in a very friendly way -- if they also eat paleo, but I only ever got puzzled looks. This taught me a lesson about the overwhelmingly larger popularity of the minimal footwear movement. (Though there could be very plausibly be some sampling error in my case, I recognize.)
Over Christmas I refused a cookie and had to explain why, and my cousin mentioned that he was paleo. It was absolutely the last thing I expected from anyone in my family.
Never met anyone in person (Edinburgh,uk) :( in the early days I tried to convert people (I call it my evangelist-paleo phase) I quickly realised that was getting me nowhere fast - people do love their grains and processed junk. So now when friends or colleagues say "my arthritis is really sore today" "I have irritable bowel syndrome" "my digestion has never been good (vegetarian)" etc I just say nothing but secretly I am thinking PALEO!!!!
Yay Yay yay! I finally did! I rent out my spare room on airbnb.com, and have done so for 2 years. I've always wondered if I'd run into another Paleo/primal person. Lord knows I've had plenty of vegetarians & vegans.
My last guest, a woman in her mid-50's, walked past my book case and said "Oh, you're a Primal Blueprint person too!". It was fantastic. So we got to chat about that, and I was able to point out some local resources for restaurants that had good paleo options.
The population is getting bigger!!!
I haven't met any in the wild, and I'm not counting on it, either. I live in veggie/hippie mecca. Almost everybody I meet is a vegetarian/vegan or something similar of the like.
However, I know there are at least /some/ paleos in my town, since I've encountered them already on this forum. :)
In a second degree way, twice!
One of my friends went on a blind date with a guy, who started talking about how he ate, and then said he was Paleo. At which point, she talked about me. Of course it turned out we knew each other.
My mother also ran into a bunch of cross-fit Paleo's down in Oregon when she was out for Happy Hour (they were too). She ended up talking to them about me & our meet-up group here in Seattle.
I'm still waiting for the day that I run across one!
I'm living in Orlando FL and have met several "wild" fellow paleo dieters. I started the Orlando Paleo Diet Meetup group a few months back and have notice that there is a lot of interest, but as a previous commenter mentioned, we're not at the level of barefoot running (or vibram five finger wearing to be more precise) at this stage adoption.