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Help me convert my housemate to Paleo!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM

My 31 yo male housemate is very fit (marathon runner) and the perfect weight for his height.

After seeing my progress over the last year and my attempts at explaining why this lifestyle is so beneficial, he's finally keen to try a month on Paleo.

He's always had a SAD diet and he's very concerned about the perceived lack of carbs on Paleo. Particularly how he is going to have the energy to run. He's running an ultra marathon in six weeks time (and doing a lot of training in the meantime). He's keen to try Paleo for a month - but is very concerned how it will affect him from an energy perspective.

Any help you can give me in answering this would be great! I want to show him what positive impacts it will have on him (despite him being so fit already) If I manage to get him on board I'll have a paleo house - how much easier will that make life!

Edited to say - hmmm... looks like "convert" was completely the wrong word to use. He is already really keen to start, he just wants to know what to expect. I didn't get fit until after adopting paleo so have no personal experience of how it will impact someone who is already fit and has no weight issues.

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on April 02, 2011
at 12:21 PM

Get him Paleo for Athletes and tell him to investigate Joe Friel's blog - since he's a marathoner, he's probably at least heard of both. That was the path I was given to quit running marathons and transition to full paleo diet and fitness and I haven't looked back since.

9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on April 02, 2011
at 12:05 PM

What the hell??

9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on April 02, 2011
at 12:05 PM

Then you should have explained your answer better.

64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on April 01, 2011
at 04:43 AM

Didn't miss it at all.

64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on April 01, 2011
at 04:43 AM

You must have missed that I missed that his friend was keen to try it. #gunjumper

9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on March 31, 2011
at 04:45 PM

It sounds like you missed where the OP mentioned his friend was "keen" to give it a try, but I can understand jumping the gun given the ton of posts about "how do I convert" a person who has no interest in changing.

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on March 31, 2011
at 02:44 PM

I would be very wary of giving him dietary advice. If he crashes and burns during his ultra, he will blame you. Point him to specific sources like the Paleo Diet for Athletes, as suggested below, and let him do his research and make his own decisions.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 31, 2011
at 12:41 PM

Second the "Paleo Diet for Athletes" recommendation. Give him that and then talk about it if he is still interested!

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on March 31, 2011
at 04:38 PM

It would be stupid to change his regime before the big event. Better afterwards during training season.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on March 31, 2011
at 12:29 PM

If he is a marathoner he is not fit. Tell him to get a cardiac crp and a calcium index score and I bet he comes away in disbelief

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5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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on April 02, 2011
at 10:59 AM

6 weeks is way too little time to even begin the change to a fat burning metabolism. I suggest you give your friend all the info and web sites you can muster and plan to try a Paleo WOE when he has several months without any events, one month is not long enough. Training is OK but he must be prepared for his training to suffer. Being a marathon runner is no recommendation of fitness, in fact I'd suggest he wasn't fit at all. Read this: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/2#IDAUFU0EB

http://www.gymjones.com/knowledge.php?id=17

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39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on March 31, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I don't believe in "converting" people. If they're attracted to the changes I've made I'll gladly talk with them about it.

64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on April 01, 2011
at 04:43 AM

You must have missed that I missed that his friend was keen to try it. #gunjumper

9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on April 02, 2011
at 12:05 PM

What the hell??

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:37 AM

Number one lead by example, our greatest friends here are time and patience, your good results and hopefully continued health will speak volumes. If you want specifics and need a quick answer google "Paleo Athletes". There is a wealth of information out there to share, maybe get them to read "Paleo diet for Athletes". The world (google) is your oyster if someone is willing to listen.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 31, 2011
at 12:41 PM

Second the "Paleo Diet for Athletes" recommendation. Give him that and then talk about it if he is still interested!

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F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

on April 02, 2011
at 11:13 AM

  1. Get him to watch Food Inc and Fathead.

  2. Make him read the Paleo 2.0 article by Dr Kurt Harris.

  3. Also make him read this awesome article by Alessio Fassano: http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/support-files/celiac-disease-surprises.pdf

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64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on March 31, 2011
at 12:34 PM

Conversion may cost you a friend.

9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on March 31, 2011
at 04:45 PM

It sounds like you missed where the OP mentioned his friend was "keen" to give it a try, but I can understand jumping the gun given the ton of posts about "how do I convert" a person who has no interest in changing.

64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on April 01, 2011
at 04:43 AM

Didn't miss it at all.

9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on April 02, 2011
at 12:05 PM

Then you should have explained your answer better.

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