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How do you explain Paleo to people who are only interested in bashing it?

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Created March 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

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Does cheeseslave represent the consensus at WAPF toward the paleo community?

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http://www.cheeseslave.com/top-10-reasons-im-not-paleo/

I mean there are a lot of flaws in her logic here, but even so, it bothers me when people take this strong anti-paleo stance without necessarily understanding it. How do you deal with haters in your daily life?

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on March 19, 2013
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Reason 11: This stance drives mega traffic to my site.

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Agreed, I almost never bring it up and then if someone asks questions I just disengage if they become aggressive about it. It's hard to explain to low fat/whole grain evangelists who don't really want to listen. Some do, so I think the effort is worth it I will suggest some things, but never get preachy.

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on March 19, 2013
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Your most likely not going to change somebody's mind once it's made up. If they don't do the research or don't care then just let them hate. You'll be the one in good health and that will say more to them than words can.

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:28 PM

Agreed, I almost never bring it up and then if someone asks questions I just disengage if they become aggressive about it. It's hard to explain to low fat/whole grain evangelists who don't really want to listen. Some do, so I think the effort is worth it I will suggest some things, but never get preachy.

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on March 19, 2013
at 05:34 PM

I slap them in the face with a piece of bacon...then eat said bacon...seems to work pretty well

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:01 PM

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I agree with Abe on this one, and I will share the wisdom of Jason Seib (The Paleo Coach):

"Stop being a Paleo evangelist!... Focus on your goals and change lives by example." (pg.183 TPC)

Sometimes you just have to smile and walk away. Maybe consider telling them where you learned about it and suggest they go do a little of their own learning.

But some people are just haters. Let haters be haters...

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:51 PM

I try to focus on why I personally choose to follow paleo, and how it makes me feel better. I have a health conscious friend who just rags on paleo, and will even point out times when I cave and eat something non paleo, rather than just be supportive. I say things like "It makes me feel so much better!" rather than "It's so much better for you!" I believe that the best argument for convincing my friends paleo isn't crazy, is by showing them how much healthier I feel and look, rather than verbally arguing about it.

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on March 19, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Articles like that piss me off a little...just a little.

I don't try to argue with people and I really don't even describe how I'm eating as "Paleo." Lately, I've been saying that I eat a traditional foods diet that has limited or no processed foods and I avoid wheat and sugar. That is a very dumbed down way of describing how I approach paleo, but I figure if someone is interested in more info they'll ask me. For someone eating SAD, Paleo is very foreign. I started my paleo journey by first understanding whole, real foods and reading about WP....starting paleo didn't seem too difficult after getting rid of all processed foods for a few months. Trying to describe paleo without having to first describe the foundation of real food is nearly impossible and isn't a conversation I'd have with someone who isn't truly interested. Oh, and I don't ever get into the evolutionary aspects of paleo and how our ancestors ate and all of that, partially because it doesn't interest me and partially because I don't know the info well enough to speak to it without sounding like an ass. Also, I don't think it matters a whole hell of a lot considering every person eating paleo has a different experience with how different foods affect them. If I can tell that the person is asking why I don't eat certain things because they are just trying to be argumentative, I usually just say, "I don't know, but not eating those foods makes me feel amazing." You can't argue with that.

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