Mine kinda suck.
I've tried converting all my friends and family with mixed results.
Most of my family now talks about nutrition more. It's a topic that has thankfully replaced political debates at the dinner table and in the living room. I am grateful for that.
I convinced my mom to go Paleo. She eats fruits, veggies, nuts, berries, fish and seafood. She is 100% grain-free. She lost 20 lbs. at 62. She looks and feels great. She just retired and is really feeling fantastic!
The other convert was my neighbor. He had a son with ADHD who has been on medication since he started grade school. One summer his dad wanted to take him off it and asked for my help. We eliminated refined sugars and grains from his diet and loaded his system with fruits, veggies and meats. He struggled at first but finally stabilized to the point where his dad recognized a distinct improvement in his behavior. He was easier to talk to and more emotionally in control. He could communicate far more effectively. His dad was extremely pleased but it didn't last because his mother wasn't on the same page.
Who are your victims and projects?
How successful are you at recruiting people in your life to go Paleo?
I think I do ok, but its mainly because I dont actively recruit. I let my own personal results do the talking, and let people come to me. People see how much weight I have lost, and that I am also happier, and stronger, and more fit, and have this glow about me, they have to ask. What I often here is that they have seen other people lose a lot of weight like that, but their crabby, look kinda sickly, and arent that pleasant to be around. So I start telling them about all the bacon I get to eat, getting them thinking about how crappy they feel after a big bowl of pasta, and how none of that stuff gives you what you need to be strong and fast, and things start clicking. I love seeing those light bulbs go off.
Ive been doing this for about six months so far and have 3 full converts and a few others that are starting to think about it. If we are keeping score.
What got me onto this was quitting a 21 year tobacco habit. It took me 21 years to quit something I KNEW was horrible for me because I just had to be in the right mindset to do it. Once it was done, I was energized to find out what else about my life I could change for the positive and found the Primal Blueprint which was great since it dealt with both diet and fitness. Thats what I have found with talking to people about this. They have to be in a headspace to receive the information, otherwise CW will just rear its ugly head and they wont be able to connect the dots. Dont try too hard and it will happen.
Attraction, not promotion IMO. Let's leave the proselytizing for religion.
Converts, victims...scary choice of words. Hope it was for effect. I suggest you keep your side of the street clean and feel good about the choices you have made to improve your health and inspire others to understand why you have made those choices.
This is not a Religion no converting needed :) If people are truly interested they will ask questions and be willing to hear the answers, then pointed to the resources on the interwebs they can educate themselves and then make an informed decision. People need to learn how to think for themselves and get out from under the control of the government and conventional wisdom.
People want everything handed to them with no effort put forth, we live in an instant gratification society, we are spoiled. Yes life can be hard and stressful, etc but it can feel way worse if we are overweight, out of shape and have metabolic disorders that are a direct result of what we eat and since that is under our control we can take responsibility and change what we are able to. Being paleo is about being human and living as such, making our own choices, learning from our experiences and moving forward physically, mentally & spiritually.
I think almost everyone will open their ears when you mention "weight-loss", as well as and the mechanics of insulin and glucose in the weight/health picture.
I also always say, check it out on google, don't believe me.
I don't. I prefer to operate under the radar. "Paleo" is not an army or a religion. It's just a change. I support my local butcher, buy grass-fed meat - there are ripple effects and I think I'll find and associate with others over time. PaleoHacks is a great start there.
I do suppose that if more people ate and acted this way there would be some positive shifts in the world - reduced grain agriculture to start, better food systems for the kind of foods we prefer to eat. But even then if you push it or turn it into a "cause" then the Monsatos and ConAgras of world will take notice and see a threat. That would just turn into a stupid us v. them battle (see Atkins). Who needs that?
There are one or two people who have changed their eating habits because of seeing my weight loss. My wife is kind of interested (to my surprise) but I'll fall down amazed if she makes any actual changes...
I dont recruite, its already hard enough to find grassfed meat :) I just tell people grains are not worth much, replace them with vegetables. I dont want to make a scene what i do not want to eat. But i many times do, i just would like to eat stuff that i like and not talking about it, like anybody, just to feel accepted and so on.
I wear bacon cologne (http://www.fargginay.com/ lol) and they follow me home wear they bow down to me and call me their god i then convert them to paleo telling them it's the only way to serve me. jk but really just look good and happy and people will ask about what you do eat etc. Thats when you can explain. Btw good work so far.
I don't try to convert anyone. Converting is for religion when you believe something on faith. Paleo is science and I can see evidence thru direct observation.
Within about 5 minutes of meeting me, most people learn thru small-talk that I am an avid reader. They always ask what I am reading or some of my favorite authors. That is the one and only time I offer paleo authors and information - unless they ask for more. But I only offer paleo advice to obviously overweight or unhealthy people.
I'd hate to see the day when we have jokes about Jehovah's Witnesses and Paleo Witnesses knocking on the door.
I don't try. If people ask about my body or skin or energy, I tell them what I do and how I felt before and after the SAD life. That's all. I am friends with some super stubborn people (who happen to be vegetarians) and they would sit down in a burning building simply because you told them to get out. People have to help themselves, all I can do is share my experiences when they are interested!