Back when I was a vegetarian and a vegan, I was never interested in wearing those shirts that said things like "Meat is murder" or "I love tofu" or using bumper stickers, key chains, bracelets, or any of that type of junk that advertised my diet...just not for me. I never was into pushing anything on anyone else, and I still feel the same way.
However, I do see some cool Paleo t-shirts and things of that nature, which seem to be WAY less biting than the vegan agenda ones that just make other people feel bad and guilty for eating meat. (Now hear me out, I don't think ALL vegan philosophies are overly extreme, for example, I too would want to avoid the going to the circus and avoid buying meat from factory farms which can be places of animal cruelty).
So my question -- do you advertise that you are Paleo? Do you start the conversation with family/friends, or keep it more toned down until you're asked about your diet and lifestyle? Do you keep it to yourself mostly? Or are you are you more interested in wearing the t-shirts, starting a conversation, and talking to people about what you do because it expresses a part of who you are?
I'd love to hear your stories and responses. Thanks!
I never advertise anything about my eating habits. One of my central IRL tenets is "avoid unnecessary and exhausting conversations."
I don't advertise just because it's somewhat like showing off. At least that's how I perceive it. Then again, there are different ways to advertise I suppose. There are shirts that say vegans/ vegetarians are stupid or meat eaters are equated with the devil, you know, somewhere along that line (whatever), and I am not for that at all. It's great that some people avoid animal products or endorse the consumption of animal products, but I do not appreciate the fact that they advertise in some way that makes other people feel bad or guilty.
As for bringing the topic up with friends and family - It all depends on how "open-minded" or receptive they are. Food is somewhat like religion/ politics to me and I think to others as well. It's a very touchy subject and people do not like being preached to.
In my experience, conversations concerning the "paleo" lifestyle tends to be more positive when the other person asks out of curiosity.
This one always bugged me.
No, he doesn't love you, and he'd eat you in a heartbeat if the situation were reversed.
I have a shirt with a tyrannosaurus eating a carrot and the word "Omnivores" on it, if that counts. I've owned it since before I even heard of the paleo diet.
I love the PaleoParents "Eat Like A Dinosaur" shirt, though I'd get it for my kids, not myself.
In general, I talk about my diet to the least extent possible in real life.
Does wearing a t-shirt (made on the ever-so-handy print on demand site Zazzle.com) emblazoned with this graphic count as advertising?
Or what about a sticker on my car like this?
Or a hat that says this!
We honestly wear paleo shirts all the time, particularly the ones advertising sites we like. I was wearing a Nom Nom Paleo shirt at the apple farm a month or so ago and it inspired an interesting conversation with a historian. Couple weeks before, a Balanced Bites shirt gave me the opportunity to talk to three interested moms at once. I, personally, feel evangelical about Paleo because it has done so much for me and my family.
Like everything else that is integral to my life, while I may not advertise, I don't make any attempt to hide, either. And people notice when a person does things that are out of the ordinary,or when what the person does starts showing results. For me, people started noticing when I got out of my wheelchair and started walking around, and when I lost over 150 lbs... would I wear a t-shirt... sure, some of them are just cool... but while I'm not comfortable pushing it, I certainly don't hesitate to talk it up under the right circumstances.
With my 12+ pound weight loss (and my husband's 15+ pound weight loss) in just a little over a month, I can't help but advertise! I'm looking around for the "perfect" Paleo shirt for me, but I haven't seen one I must simply have yet. I do tell everyone however (online and in real life), and I even started a blog about it and how it is working for me.
I would probably wear a shirt that says "wheat is murder" or the re-evolve one because I think they're funny. Not because I'm trying to advertise Paleo or whatever, but because I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl and I have a collection of tshirts that crack me up.
I also don't go out of my way to tell people that I'm Paleo/Primal/Grain Free/whatever the hell you want to call it, but I'm sure not going to hide it either.
I'm always posting Paleo/Primal/gluten-free links to my FaceBook page. I've turned a lot of folks on to Primal eating this way.
I do nutrition coaching with pregnant and tryng-to-conceive moms, so I'm very up-front about my eating habits. Most of the parents I work with are WAP-inspired or Primal (or want to be) in their diets, anyway, so I'm generally just helping them fine-tune.
No t-shirts yet, but I'm not adverse to them--or bumper stickers, either!