I was heating up my lunch today and talking to a office mate from another floor and she asked me what I was bringing to our luncheon tomorrow. I told her I was bringing bacon wrapped dates and she jokingly said "You're not Paleo are you?" I assume she said it jokingly because she's never met anyone outside her inner circle either who was Paleo. Of course I responded yes and she looked at me with shock, disbelief and excitement. I'm sure that's how I looked as well when she asked me the question.
Our reaction seemed ridiculous at first when I got back to my desk, but then I thought, hey maybe I'm not so crazy and there are real people who do follow this lifestyle and not just bloggers and internet handles with names like BaconHealsChic, animalcule, and Namby Pamby ;). In all seriousness, do any of you still get giddy or have some other embarrassing reaction when you meet another Paleo-er when you least expect it?
This is my fantasy of how I'd meet another Paleo-er: I'm standing patiently waiting to order some meat at Whole Foods. A really cute dude comes up and stands next to me and smiles. I then start getting a little anxious about him overhearing my ridiculous order of ribeyes, New York steaks and chuck steaks that may feed a family of 4 for a month but is only my food for the week. I then tell the meat guy what I want and after filling my basket up to the brim with those brown paper packages of meat, I turn around and the guy is staring at me, and if I'm not mistaken, he looks quite impressed. He looks down in my basket to see what else I have: a jar of coconut oil, veggies galore in those green plastic bags, and... is that some KERRYGOLD BUTTER? Oh she must be, he thinks to himself. He bites his lip. And utters out a single word as he looks back up at me: "Paleo?" I give him a big smile. "Why, yes I am!" I exclaim back. We then spend the rest of our time grocery shopping together, pointing in disgust at cereal loaded with sugar, and proceed to the cashiers together. We exchange numbers and decide to make grocery shopping a weekly get-together.
Now that I've embarrassed myself, anyone here in Los Angeles? :)
Umm.. well..I walked up and introduced myself to Mr. Paul Jaminet, using my real name, then changed it to my PH handle for some reason.. and he knew who I was :)
Other than that moment of extreme awesome, x11, I don't advertise how I eat or my lifestyle, those that do know my deal there is a rason why. If Paleo happens to flow into a random convo, not brought up or addressed by me, then I'm more than happy to discuss.
I dream of the day I chance upon a fellow Paleo/Primal/WAPF-er in real life. Would be so cool to have a local group and be able to do pot-lucks or gatherings where for once food wouldn't be an issue and we could totally geek out together.
I got a Meetup notification just last week from a paleo nutritionist. Wants to meet at a gym this Saturday with other paleo types for a Movnat-type deal. I'm interested in seeing who shows up. This is in Columbus, Ohio and I haven't met a soul out here who doesn't think I'm batshit crazy. Exciting times!
I've never a Paleo-er in real life, so I am sure I would be pretty giddy if I did :). I am thinking to try and start a meet-up group for Paleo people and see if I can find some. It would give me a way to meet/make some real life friends and maybe even find new/more friends for my kiddos. Living way out in the country is great most of the time... but sometimes you lack socialization.
:( I've never met anyone in real life who's paleo (other than my kids and the one other person I've converted). I'm in NH and definitely am in the uber-minority. My heart would sing if I unexpectedly met a fellow paleo!
I did get really giddy when I found out my chiropractor recommends even insists on paleo to anyone with health issues. But then I found out that he practices "moderation in all things". Then I was just super disappointed. Practice what you preach!