Why are WE considered the Fanatical Freaks?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Hey Hackers! Im truckin' along, doing the Paleo. But the attitude I get from those around me drives me bat-sh*t crazy. I get: "Just googled it... seems not to be very realistic but to each his own", to "Thats just not going to work, you need real food."

It just makes me angry (which of course isnt really good for me either!)

I know that I should just ignore it all, and Ive read all the related "best answer to give" from other Paleo sites. But eating real "grew-in-the-ground or walked around" food seems too bizarre for my friends and family! I got my hubby enjoying the lifestyle (he sneaks kd or bran flakes when Im asleep), but even he says Im "fanatical".

What do you do when you get attitude? Ignore, educate, ridicule?




on December 13, 2012
at 05:11 PM

They're actually atlatl's, and don't forget the 3foot long beard.

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on December 12, 2012
at 06:47 PM

What I've learned is that it's all about how you start the conversation.

I lost a lot of weight, and have kept the fat off while gaining some significant muscle. People notice, and they ask.

I used to start out by saying, "Oh I eat according to the Paleo Diet" and that would bring down all the stuff you talk about.

Now I say, "I eat fresh vegetables, some fruit, some meat, and the occasional seed. And I have stopped eating processed stuff, sugar, and it's derivatives."

To which the response is, "Wow that's so healthy, how do you do it and not have cravings?"

That's when I start explaining some of the paleo stuff and offer to let them read my copy of solution or blue print (depending on who they are). They've already agreed that, in principal, you are eating healthy it's hard to go down the whole, "unhealthy" or "eat real foods" angle. Start with Dogma and it's just another fad that they can dismiss.


on December 21, 2012
at 04:41 AM

I'd be curious to hear them explain how bread is more "real food" than meat.



on December 13, 2012
at 02:40 AM

Because we wear deerskin jackets, mockasans and walk around with a bow n arrows.



on December 13, 2012
at 05:11 PM

They're actually atlatl's, and don't forget the 3foot long beard.



on December 13, 2012
at 01:22 AM

Unless it's someone I know well and/or know that they are able to learn about new things, I usually just tell people I don't eat bread / noodles / rice / sugar because it makes me feel bloated and uncomfortable and it interferes with my workouts, and I don't make a big deal out of it or even try to label it.

Unfortunately, it seems like if you are passionate about anything (crossfit, religion, etc), other people who aren't into it will be more apt to look at you as "fanatical". I'm very passionate about paleo, and it comes out when I talk to people who actually want to hear about it and are interested in learning about it.

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on December 13, 2012
at 12:26 AM

People don't like talking about their problems and have sensitive antennas. If you start off by talking about your problems first it breaks the ice. You might not like their advice, but don't just blow it off. Compare and contrast your approach to the problem, but try not to convey that you're right and they're wrong.



on December 12, 2012
at 11:42 PM

People have erroneous and pre-conceived notions about paleo and low carb. I just say I cut out sugars (nobody can argue with that), starches and grains. If they don't care very much they are satisfied at that point and we don't have to have conversations like these:

"So are you gluten free?" I just respond by saying there's no gluten in my diet, but it goes beyond that to no grains.

Or "what DO you eat?" vegetables, meat, fish, a little bit of fruit.

"Is that the high protein diet--Adkins--do you just eat meat and cheese?" No, I just explained to you that I eat vegetables, fish, a little fruit from time to time, too.

"Is that that there caveman diet? Do you cook your meat joint over an open fire outside your cave?" I eat normal, healthy foods and cook them over the stove like everyone else. I buy mostly organic and fresh food.

"I could never give up bread". It's not as hard as you think, and I'm sure glad I did.

And so on . . .


on December 12, 2012
at 11:01 PM

Stay strong, believe in yourself,ignore them! One day they`ll come to you begging for health advice. I promise!

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