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Your best advice when people don't "get you?"

Answered on January 11, 2014
Created January 10, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Hey. So a lot of my gals (and people in general) don't get my paleo lifestyle. I don't know what to say when I eat out or when I'm offered cake for example.

Help?

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on January 11, 2014
at 01:27 PM

In the UK after I donate blood they try to get me to eat biscuits and crisps (chips). I say, "Nah, I'm fine. Thanks. No, seriously, I'm fine. Yeah, I'm sure. Absolutely sure."

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on January 11, 2014
at 01:25 PM

Clearly.

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on January 11, 2014
at 02:11 AM

Clearly, this comment is totally appropriate

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 11, 2014
at 12:03 AM

Ah, the good old days

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

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on January 10, 2014
at 03:37 PM

This screams N=1...capture one...get it a feed bowl and food pellets that don't conform to traditional pellet ideologies and one of those hamster water bottles..then simple monitor the results and get back to me!

I know you'll deliver on this CDone, because I remember you when you were still..CD...

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 10, 2014
at 01:13 PM

I think paleo makes you allergic to hipsters. I was never allergic before.

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on January 11, 2014
at 02:47 PM

You can tell them that you are undergoing a restrictive diet for health reasons. If they try to talk you in saying :"Don´t worry this is homemade and healthy"; you can tell them that it might be healthy for some people, but not for you.

I personally wouldn´t refuse domething on the grounds of its taste, since many people won´t take it seriously, and they would even try to convince you by saying "But I promise this one is really good, everyone likes it".

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on January 11, 2014
at 12:51 AM

honestly, i feel the less i say the better. when i was getting bloodwork done yesterday, the lab work ladies said i was so skinny and they'd have mcdonald's waiting for me next time i was in. kept going on about cheeseburgers and ways to get meat on my bones. i just said "thanks." i HATE explaining my diet to people who do not care to understand it.

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on January 11, 2014
at 01:27 PM

In the UK after I donate blood they try to get me to eat biscuits and crisps (chips). I say, "Nah, I'm fine. Thanks. No, seriously, I'm fine. Yeah, I'm sure. Absolutely sure."

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736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on January 10, 2014
at 10:31 PM

Paleo is complex and infected with an unknown amount of woo, so I'd stick to the elements of anti-inflammatory eating: replace seed oils with animal fat, cut out grains, tend toward nutrient density.

Once those rules are established you're free to whip out your boobs and deliver a lecture on the nutritional balance of mammalian breast milk.

Also - dye your hair shocking pink.

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on January 11, 2014
at 02:11 AM

Clearly, this comment is totally appropriate

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

(175)

on January 11, 2014
at 01:25 PM

Clearly.

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on January 10, 2014
at 05:37 PM

do not insist and keep your lifestyle to yourself. You can always claim socially acceptable allergies. Many (I dare say most) people are not prepared to accept that establishment medicine is so far away from logical scientific conclusions.

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on January 10, 2014
at 03:19 PM

I usually say that I'm allergic to gluten and dairy. In fact, intolerances CAN develop later in life. You don't have to be born with them. This could clear up the, "well, you used to eat such and such comment." In a restaurant setting, gluten and dairy could sneak into practically any meal choice, so they should understand why you are being so meticulous. You could also say certain foods give you indigestion or heartburn.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 10, 2014
at 01:13 PM

No thank you.

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on January 10, 2014
at 11:24 AM

There are usually two camps to this question.

Lie.

Truth.

Lie - I eat this way because I'm allergic to: wheat, corn, Eggs, dairy, nuts, hipsters, Klingons, carnies, having fun, sadness...etc (unless of course you do have an allergy.)

Truth - I eat only whole foods because it seems to work best for my lifestyle.

You will find people that use Paleo as a form of their identity. They will preach the "good word" about terrible frankenfoods, nasty oils, better choices in all foods you eat and how to read a label to be better informed or recommendations on vitamins that you might be lacking in. The problem is when someone who has a Paleo identity starts their conversation more like " Do you have a moment to talk about your Natural fats and savoir, Paleo..." Smile and back away...don't stop backing away...

So long as you're not cramming Paleo down peoples throats, and they're approaching you, which seems to be your case...people are curious and anything different is generally considered strange or exotic...which lasts for about, what, a minute?

When people ask you questions, pick which camp works best for the situation you're in, if you get the feeling that if you talk too long about how you eat, the whole night will be you giving a lecture...when did you stop to have a good time and be a "normy"?

Also, being 8 weeks in, you're still learning your own N=1 at this point. so the info you will give them would be pretty basic, and as mentioned above, to the point answers to direct questions, similar to the approach used by parents to explain to children what the parts of the human body are called, which also turns out to ususally be the most asked at the most inappropriate times!

Good luck and Welcome!

Truth.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 10, 2014
at 01:13 PM

I think paleo makes you allergic to hipsters. I was never allergic before.

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on January 10, 2014
at 10:02 AM

This is actually excellent advice.

I'm a pretty new convert (8 weeks) and I feel a bit of an evangelist as people always ask so many questions why I'm not eating this and that and before I know it I've either got a potential convert or I'm being looked at as if I am completely insane.

Less really is more, thank you!

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on January 10, 2014
at 09:38 AM

Politely decline and don't make a fuss. Choose what you like to eat and don't moan about lack of options. I wouldn't go on about your diet as nobody likes to hear that....seriously. If someone asks you a question answer (without going into great detail unless they are genuinely interested) but don't make a big deal.

Usually I just say "No thanks." and if pressed for why just say "It's not really something I eat, but don't let me stop you." If you get more questions you can just say that you feel better when you don't eat it.

Definitely do not start raving about anti-nutrients, how wheat will kill you, blah blah blah. That will make you sound like a self righteous ass. It's always better to frame explaining your choices around what works for you personally and don't assume that you know what everyone should be eating/doing.

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