ve been living paleo for three months now. I think its hard to tell people how I eat. I
m afraid they will judge me and think that I have some kind of eatingdisorder or something, and not understand. On the other hand I think its hard to keep it for myself as well, because I want to be truly honest with people on who I am. I think that its first when I have the courage to tell people about my lifestyle I fully respect myself.
So, I just wonder : do you tell people? In that case, do you tell everybody about your lifestyle? And when do you tell new people? what do you say to make them understand?
I am proud of my lifestyle! I have helped some friends deal with health issues and weight problems by posting advice on my facebook or talking with them one on one. People see the results of my dramatic weight-loss, how healthy and active I have become and are quick to ask how I got here and I am open to share. I am not ashamed, it's my life and my free will and if someone dose not like my lifestyle I am not at all affected by it. After all Lions do not care what lambs think.
I don't just bring it up out of the blue at inappropriate times. But I am however openly a strong vibrant cavewoman!
No i never tell anyone who hasn't asked.
If they do, or if you go out to dinner with new people, I just say, "oh i dont eat grains or legumes."
They say why? I say, "they don't make me feel well." Done. Easy.
No use of the word "diet." Don't make it more than it is. You choose your food, I'll choose mine.
I've been living paleo for a little over 3 months myself. I tell EVERYONE, especially after getting my 90-day follow-up results!!!!
Measurement > February 22 > June 1
Cholesterol > 231 > 170
Triglycerides > 249 > 76
A1C > 6.3 > 5.5
Weight > 189 > 168
June 1 blood pressure > 102/70
Just frame it positively: "I eat whole, non-processed foods that have high nutritional value, that includes meat, vegetables, and saturated fat"
Unless they're really interested, don't go into the restrictions. People get all weird if you cut entire things out of your diet, even if they are poisonous (grains, soy, e.g.).
I generally try to avoid the details unless someone asks, but when they do ask, I give them just enough to make them understand I'm not crazy. No one really wants a 1000 page GCBC explanation. If they did, they'd have read it and not be questioning me :)
I make cavemen noises, beat their women folk over the head with a club, and drag them back to my cave. I find the club stops any annoying questions about my dietary behavior.
No, I tell people I am a vegan. I go to a town a couple of hours from here to buy meat and butter. I return to my house in the middle of the night and pray that nobody will see me as I tranport my cache into the house. A wheatgrass machine is on full display in my kitchen, along with books by Ann Wigmore and Viktoras Kulvinskas, as decoys. An acquaintance opened the door to my refrigerator and gave me a funny look. I had mistakenly left some liverwurst there. It may be necessary to take drastic action to prevent him from spreading rumors.
I tell pretty much anyone I'm going to spend time with repeatedly, and anywhere else that it might come up. I definitely try and wait til it's a relevant moment rather than just blurting it out of nowhere. It's amazing how much people talk about food/lifestyle in a non-paleo way once your eyes are opened. I try to stay on the good side of the "it's a cult" line and not be too annoying about it :)
People have varying levels of interest but I've never had any issues with it. More like they don't get it, or cling onto conventional wisdom because they haven't done the research and it's hard to ignore that "everybody knows" stuff like eating 5 meals a day or "carbs are what give you energy".
The more people who look into it, the better. Maybe your mention of it doesn't get them to take it seriously, but when the 3rd or 10th or 50th mention or piece of evidence comes up, it starts to click....
I was so excited when I discovered Paleo that I immediately had to run and tell my sister, who was suffering from many of the same conditions that I was. She's adopted most of the Paleo principles now, too, based on my testament. I've even gotten my mum to go gluten-free after sharing with her what I've learned. They're both thrilled with the results.
Other than telling that small handful of people, however, no. I've kept it to myself unless asked why I wasn't eating something. If asked, I explain that I get sick if I eat certain things. Most people who know me also know that I've suffered from chronic stomach pain and they're very understanding and are happy for me now that I've ameliorated most of my tummy issues. I'm very shy, though, and with my history of wonky eating, Paleo has given me the semblance of normalcy that I've craved for so long. :)
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