I work in consulting at one of the big three strategy firms. I find it odd that seemingly everyone else in my business is incredibly smart and innovative when it comes to business and many intellectual ideas, yet at the same time physically most people are in poor shape and eat a pretty awful SAD diet (lots of bread, soda, cupcakes, cookies, the list goes on). Oh, a few vegetarians mixed in. A lot of people seem to be runners but their bodies are not ideal by any means (either skinny fat, large midsection, poor muscle build even for a non-lifter, etc.)
Any others on here that are in strategy/business consulting with a strong interest in it or are doing well in other areas of business. From my view thus far in my career, much is dominated by congregating around SAD foods whenever people can.
Chase, I'm in a similar situation. I'm an independent strategic consultant, but I spend the majority of my time on-site. Not only do people question my Paleo nutrition, but they question why I have a lacrosse ball on my chair or why I stand at my desk and while eating -- all in the name of avoiding "office posture"!
I think it's similar to talking about religion in some ways. If your behavior and habits are positive and non-threatening, people will ask genuine questions about why you do what you do. Then you can explain and offer some insight and perhaps an action step for them. If you get into the verbiage of "you need to..." or "you should...", people tend to shut off.
I take those questions as opportunities to share the Paleo lifestyle. As a result, one of the guys I work with has gone Paleo (dropped 25lbs in 2 months!) and others are slowly adopting some of the principles. Just about every day, someone stops me to ask how they can improve or what they can change. The company I'm currently on contract with has recognized my lifestyle and begun catering to it. During the past few months of holiday parties, they have asked me how to order food so that I can eat with everyone instead of bringing my own meals! Very cool!
I'm graduating college this spring and starting consulting this summer. I love my paleo lifestyle and I'm definitely concerned about adjusting to living in hotels 4 days/week and making up enough excuses for not eating sandwiches (ever!). I'm planning on having a steady supply of coconut oil, macadamia nuts, canned sardines/salmon, jerky, etc. wherever I'm staying and eating a lot of steak and fish at restaurants (when the company is paying for it, obviously). I'm crossing my fingers I'll be able to have a refrigerator in my hotel room (leftovers = breakfast) and I'll probably IF while traveling.
I too feel like a lone paleo wolf in the land of economic/business consulting. One of my greatest fears is the dreaded working lunch, particularly with government clients. If I see one more f***ing sandwich and cookie tray... I'll sometimes pick the meat and cheese out of the sandwich, but I usual politely decline. The cubicle dwellers will sometimes try to impress by pointing out that they ordered the "healthy" subs from Subway. Jeez-us.
Thinking about going into consulting, and wondering how I would stick to Paleo/Primal while traveling 4 days/wk. Its one thing to eat meat and veggies, its another to request grass fed and organic. How do you tackle this?
I'm also in consulting, and also ashamed by my superiors' poor approach to dietary health. They provide 'lunch' five days a week, but I often feel forced to settle for some raw almonds that I keep stored in the car. It's supremely ironic to watch Stanford graduates stuff themselves with Cheetos and granola bars as they hunker down to work.
I'm a consultant as well. The companies that I go to have known me for a long time, even before my dietary change. They've seen the changes and they know I know what I'm talking about, so they've stopped questioning me. Every once in a while, I'll let a few gems of wisdom come out and they look at me oddly because it usually goes against what they "think" they know, but they've stopped questioning me anymore. For the most part, they've accepted it, and won't bother me when I refuse the cookies and garbage they give out sometimes. Being healthy and looking younger than my age keeps them quiet. I certainly have more respect than the diabetic vegetarian in the office (no joke).