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Do people mock you for eating paleo?

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Created July 14, 2012 at 4:24 AM

After seeing the recently posted question about responding to someone mocking you for eating Paleo, I had to wonder how many of us are actually mocked by others?

Personally, no one really notices or cares what I eat (I do eat fast, though) except for my mother who constantly pushes bread and sugar at me (thank goodness they don't live nearby).

So, do people actually notice what you eat? And comment negatively about it? That seems pretty rude and I am wondering how often in happens.

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(10611)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:09 PM

It's better to be positive and show what works for you. Compare notes like professionals. Regarding my T2 diagnosis, having a professional (my doctor) examine my feet for diabetic ulceration was my wakeup call, and a lot more effective than telling me I was fat. Which was of course true.

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(10611)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:03 PM

A lot of guys at work are drinking that green stuff from Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Sometimes I think about mocking them, but why mess with success? One guy has lost 60 lbs. I wouldn't diet that way but telling him that would result in a bunch of smack that helps neither of us.

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on July 15, 2012
at 01:17 PM

I know, he does not. I do believe it was my giggling and telling him quietly that avocados have no cholesterol and I make a point of a high fat diet that prompted his continued (rude) comments about how little I know about food.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:42 AM

"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 15, 2012
at 01:31 AM

We are our own worst enemy at times that's for sure. The criticism of anything short of perfection (one version of it anyway) that some so strongly unleash is a little unsettling IMO.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Your coworker is a retard, there is no cholesterol in plant products like avocado, only in healthy animal products. Pity that every cell in our body needs it though.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 12:38 AM

LMAO with the "I go coco for ketosis." I personally make sure I avoid ketosis. My body doesn't do well in it.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Thats great! I put this comment somehwere else here, but I actually had a guy at wholefoods say my meal looked like something Fred Flintstone would eat. I took a pic of it. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vwnkDMSjc8I/T_41PlDSaPI/AAAAAAAAAk4/6KpW-TYSnPg/s1600/dinner-shortribs.jpg

2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

(435)

on July 15, 2012
at 12:33 AM

It only hurts because part of you thinks you might be wrong. If you truly believed in yourself, no ones criticisms, no matter how dear they were to you, could make you feel any different.

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(10611)

on July 15, 2012
at 12:04 AM

How's your couscous bush doing this year?

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(10611)

on July 15, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Bacon complements any food. Scallops wrap well too.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Well I used to think there were a lot of foods I could never give up....I didn't realize I could actually feel full. If only I had known.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Well at the very least it is rude and annoying, and that...annoys me! I don't think it is about how strongly you believe. If someone close to you is putting down your beliefs, that can be hurtful.

2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

(435)

on July 14, 2012
at 08:12 PM

It's not about being thick skinned. It's about believing in yourself and your choice to be Paleo. Get over the drama and love yourself.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:31 PM

Well not everyone is so thick skinned, and if it someone you care about, like a close friend, family member or coworker you look up to, then it can be hurtful and aggravating. I ten to be overly sensitive and stuff like that would bother me.

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Amen, I just don't get why anyone cares what other people think. It boggles the mind.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on July 14, 2012
at 02:41 PM

F--- yeah! I like this response.

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:33 PM

My favorite so far was when I coworker lectured my loudly and mockingly twice at one lunch break as he ate his fast-food sandwich. He was appalled that I was so stupid as to eat avocado which he said was full of fat and cholesterol and insisted I should know better. He didn't care much for seeing my rare steak either.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 05:20 AM

I think people will eat anything if it's dipped in chocolate. :-)

Ef9c487bfbfe9121767ec9218a3d682a

(170)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:59 AM

I actually brought bacon dipped in dark chocolate once and announced that it was just for me since they don't "eat Paleo". After everyone tried to poke fun, I started getting meek requests to try it. I caved, and when I when back the plate, it was all gone. I think people often mock because they just don't want to change old/bad habits. I personally have never like cooking, but I have made such delicious dishes and now my friends try to invite themselves over for meals, lol.

06894589e5710456ed32c2cd10891c05

(260)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:56 AM

That TOTALLY happened to me at 4th of July. And it wasn't even a recipe... it was just carrots, celery, and berries (OMG! Such healthy food choices! Now I feel guilty for looking at those chips, we'll just eat these now!). Once that happens though, I just fast since my blood sugar is no longer an issue. Gatherings can be quite cumbersome.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:54 AM

LOL< I need to have a party and invite you so I can see what kind of yummy food you are making!

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2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

(435)

on July 14, 2012
at 02:20 PM

WHO GIVES A SHIT?

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

(1657)

on July 14, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Amen, I just don't get why anyone cares what other people think. It boggles the mind.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on July 14, 2012
at 02:41 PM

F--- yeah! I like this response.

2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

(435)

on July 15, 2012
at 12:33 AM

It only hurts because part of you thinks you might be wrong. If you truly believed in yourself, no ones criticisms, no matter how dear they were to you, could make you feel any different.

2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

(435)

on July 14, 2012
at 08:12 PM

It's not about being thick skinned. It's about believing in yourself and your choice to be Paleo. Get over the drama and love yourself.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:31 PM

Well not everyone is so thick skinned, and if it someone you care about, like a close friend, family member or coworker you look up to, then it can be hurtful and aggravating. I ten to be overly sensitive and stuff like that would bother me.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Well at the very least it is rude and annoying, and that...annoys me! I don't think it is about how strongly you believe. If someone close to you is putting down your beliefs, that can be hurtful.

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D3405783e9cdb999607184380af7c1ee

on July 14, 2012
at 05:34 AM

One of the "48 Laws of Power" (Google it) is: "Always win through action, never through argument".

In other words, your positive results on paleo dieting will do the convincing others for you, ignore the unhappy and unlucky in the meanwhile.

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on July 14, 2012
at 05:18 AM

Seems like more of the mocking comes from within the community. If you're not eating frozen liver off a grater you're not paleo. Why are you eating white potatoes? I go coco for ketosis!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on July 15, 2012
at 01:31 AM

We are our own worst enemy at times that's for sure. The criticism of anything short of perfection (one version of it anyway) that some so strongly unleash is a little unsettling IMO.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 12:38 AM

LMAO with the "I go coco for ketosis." I personally make sure I avoid ketosis. My body doesn't do well in it.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on July 15, 2012
at 03:19 AM

No. Anyone who knows me knows better than that. I really don't take well to that sort of thing. Most people know that. The rest find it out very quickly.

Honestly I don't understand putting up with bullshit from people. Just turn and walk away. Or shoot them down if you need the entertainment and have the time to waste (and actually know enough to not come out of the fight looking like a total moron.) Stop caring what anyone thinks. Stop thinking you have to defend your choices to anyone. If you feel defensive then you are insecure at your own core which means you need to study more, learn more, and understand more. Stop wasting your precious time and energy on numskulls and instead use it to turn inward and better yourself.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:42 AM

"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."

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(2043)

on July 14, 2012
at 11:36 PM

They might but I can't hear them over the crunch of my bacon.

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:27 PM

Meh, doesn't bother me. I threw a housewarming party, served "Devils on Horseback", wonderful bites of bacon-wrapped dates with an almond inside--they were hoovered up within seconds of hitting the table, and people clamored for more. I don't talk about what I eat, just sit down and nosh, and inevitably someone asks where's the ____. I say, "I don't really eat that anymore, just have no taste for it." I think that being older (60's) and in very good health with no particular weight or health issues says a whole lot, and folks generally leave me alone. If someone asks, I tell 'em. Otherwise, I allow folks to go their own ways, and I go mine. Makes for calm, balanced meals with others.

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(10611)

on July 15, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Bacon complements any food. Scallops wrap well too.

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(1536)

on July 14, 2012
at 11:15 AM

I don't necessarily have people mock me, but when they see what I bring in for lunch at work they ask, "don't you ever eat real food?" All I can do is look at them dumbfounded. Yup, Wild caught cod, steamed veggies, and a sweet potato is fake food. Forgive me for not going out in the yard and picking Oreo's out of the garden and slicing bologna straight from the (insert animal that bologna primarily comes from).

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(10611)

on July 15, 2012
at 12:04 AM

How's your couscous bush doing this year?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Thats great! I put this comment somehwere else here, but I actually had a guy at wholefoods say my meal looked like something Fred Flintstone would eat. I took a pic of it. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vwnkDMSjc8I/T_41PlDSaPI/AAAAAAAAAk4/6KpW-TYSnPg/s1600/dinner-shortribs.jpg

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on July 15, 2012
at 02:41 AM

Most people who know me well know I'm eating this way for health reasons. I came up pre-diabetic, and don't want to go any further down that road. I don't even tell them I'm eating paleo--I just say, "I'm eating this diet because it keeps my blood sugar stable." So there's nothing to mock or argue about.

I do have one crazy, toxic narcissist in my family who knows that I don't eat grains or sugar, and why, but still tries to goad me into eating junk. But, as I said--she's a crazy, toxic narcissist, and she never likes anything I do, so I just don't give her any power.

For the most part, nobody notices what I eat enough to comment on it. And if they did--what kind of douchey person mocks what someone else is eating? That's unreasonable. So rather than going on the defensive and trying to explain myself--attempting to reason with the unreasonable--I just keep pushing it back at them. Depending on the situation, I'll ask them things like: "Why is my diet so important to you?" "Why do you need me to eat that donut/bread/candy so badly?" And the killer: "So how is your diet working for you?" Believe me, that last one shuts people up and sends them scurrying quicker than anything.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:09 PM

It's better to be positive and show what works for you. Compare notes like professionals. Regarding my T2 diagnosis, having a professional (my doctor) examine my feet for diabetic ulceration was my wakeup call, and a lot more effective than telling me I was fat. Which was of course true.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:03 PM

A lot of guys at work are drinking that green stuff from Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Sometimes I think about mocking them, but why mess with success? One guy has lost 60 lbs. I wouldn't diet that way but telling him that would result in a bunch of smack that helps neither of us.

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on July 14, 2012
at 06:24 AM

Yes. Not only are we mocked, we're admonished to change our ways and told that we're going to die of heart-attacks because of the saturated fat we eat, whilst they sit and munch on processed, fried non-food.

Like several other posters, though, they always seem to wipe out whatever Paleo goodies we bring to their gatherings - to the point that we always eat before we go to any party, because we might not get any of our own food! The results we're getting are starting to garner their attention, but still we hear "I could NEVER give up pasta, or potatoes or bread..."

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06894589e5710456ed32c2cd10891c05

(260)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Those that mock are the most insecure about their food choices. The fact that you are eating that shouldn't affect them, but they still feel guilty about what they are choosing to eat so they decide to mock you. Just be patient and don't react to them. Most of the people who mocked me for it are now asking me how I'm doing, supporting me, and even making better food choices (not quite paleo, but better than before!). Some have even decided to go on 30 Day challenges with me :)

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Ef9c487bfbfe9121767ec9218a3d682a

(170)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Yes, for example I take "clean" foods as snacks or appetizers to gatherings versus the frozen, fried, processed stuff everyone else brings, and someone will inevitably post on the evite that they will "bring such and such for those who don't eat Paleo", in reference to my dietary preferences and restriction.

More annoying than the mockery is that the other participants will inevitably find whatever I bring quite appealing and eat it all, leaving me with nothing else to eat. I am learning to make sure I am not hungry when I go so that I won't care if I get to eat or not.

Most importantly, I am usually the only one who does not need to lose any weight, and yet all I hear is how they "can't" live without bread, fast food, desserts, etc.

They have begun eating crow. I have been getting more requests for my recipes than ever before in my life!

Ef9c487bfbfe9121767ec9218a3d682a

(170)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:59 AM

I actually brought bacon dipped in dark chocolate once and announced that it was just for me since they don't "eat Paleo". After everyone tried to poke fun, I started getting meek requests to try it. I caved, and when I when back the plate, it was all gone. I think people often mock because they just don't want to change old/bad habits. I personally have never like cooking, but I have made such delicious dishes and now my friends try to invite themselves over for meals, lol.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:54 AM

LOL< I need to have a party and invite you so I can see what kind of yummy food you are making!

06894589e5710456ed32c2cd10891c05

(260)

on July 14, 2012
at 04:56 AM

That TOTALLY happened to me at 4th of July. And it wasn't even a recipe... it was just carrots, celery, and berries (OMG! Such healthy food choices! Now I feel guilty for looking at those chips, we'll just eat these now!). Once that happens though, I just fast since my blood sugar is no longer an issue. Gatherings can be quite cumbersome.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 05:20 AM

I think people will eat anything if it's dipped in chocolate. :-)

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on July 15, 2012
at 01:00 AM

My family thinks it's an oddity for sure. But it's mostly comments like: "Are you still on that paleo diet? you're skinny enough!" It's not mocking, it's just a "I wouldn't want to eat like that" sound. Though given how I eat around them (I eat anything put in front of me, usually standard holidays fare), they're a little unsure that I actually eat as I say I do.

My friends and co-workers don't really know anything. I make my voice heard that I'd prefer not to eat out at a sandwich shop, but they just think I prefer sitting down to a plate with a fork. They comment that my homemade lunches are so small, but it's usually because I don't have 2-3 cups of rice as a side.

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(10611)

on July 14, 2012
at 11:59 PM

I've mocked paleos on blogs for years. If they set themselves up for it they get the whack-a-mole:

-Self righteous attitude is a problem. I don't like people waving their little bibles in my face. Paleos couldn't read, and I've only got one good use for GCBC: fire-starters in my smoker.

-The ripped look. I've sometimes slipped into calling Sisson the apple guy, and start calling his blog adam's daily apple. All because his blog is fronted with this surfer looking dude. Paleos didn't surf and they sure as heck didn't look like they spent 20 hours a day weightlifting.

-The brush-off almost all paleos give to hunt-and-gather. The only two paleo certainties are this and meat eating. Paleo without H&G is like riding a bike with one tire.

In the flesh I don't mock people for what they eat. Not even vegans.

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on July 14, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Who doesn't love a diet where you can eat steak and lose weight? I hate the reply "but I could never give up the bread"

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 14, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Well I used to think there were a lot of foods I could never give up....I didn't realize I could actually feel full. If only I had known.

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:17 PM

Not any more, they don't. No one can find fault with my results.

My husband and I do have a running joke about Paleo Woman vs. Neolithic Man (he does extremely well on grains and such), and my mother in law keeps thinking I never eat (because I don't eat what she eats or when she eats, and because I've gotten so lean) but she reserves her snarky comments for when I'm not around.

After almost four years of eating this way, I've learned how to talk about it in such a way that doesn't provoke negative reactions in others. I'm not dogmatic, I don't proselytize, and I wait for someone to be genuinely interested before I launch into any detail.

The occasional odd look from someone who is puffy, unhealthy, overweight or closed-minded simply doesn't get to me any more and certainly doesn't ruin my enjoyment of either my fatty steaks or my good health.

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:09 PM

I get teased a little by my closer friends but the results speak for themselves and most of the time people just ask me what I do to get in such good shape. I talk about it very confidently and that seems to keep people from mocking me. I usually end it with, "It may not be right for everyone but, as you can see, it certainly works for me".

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on July 14, 2012
at 11:32 AM

Mocking is a bit of a routine occurrence for me, I'm afraid. The contorted faces get to me a bit.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Your coworker is a retard, there is no cholesterol in plant products like avocado, only in healthy animal products. Pity that every cell in our body needs it though.

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on July 14, 2012
at 02:33 PM

My favorite so far was when I coworker lectured my loudly and mockingly twice at one lunch break as he ate his fast-food sandwich. He was appalled that I was so stupid as to eat avocado which he said was full of fat and cholesterol and insisted I should know better. He didn't care much for seeing my rare steak either.

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on July 15, 2012
at 01:17 PM

I know, he does not. I do believe it was my giggling and telling him quietly that avocados have no cholesterol and I make a point of a high fat diet that prompted his continued (rude) comments about how little I know about food.

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029b24a92c1835c773bf055b76a70251

on July 14, 2012
at 06:23 AM

yeah I get it all the time. Usually comes from fat morons who have a laundry list of health problems but continue to mock me for eating healthy. Hang out with crossfitters and they won't mock you.

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on July 14, 2012
at 06:20 AM

Some people constantly mock me whenever they can, as if my choices on diet come from some strange idea, like if I blindly and senseless fell for a fashion. What can I say? I'm older than all of them and still my body shape is great while this 10 years younger guys have bodies that I would be ashamed of. Athletes and people who cares about food and performance, to the other hands, asks me for advices and we share ideas and opinions. We improve. So in the end who mocks you is mockin' him/herself. That's it.

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