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Relationships with non-Paleo family members

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Created November 05, 2012 at 9:15 PM

What's the best advice for a newbie Paleo who lives with a partner who survives on carbs like bagels, veggie sandwiches, pasta?

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on November 08, 2012
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good link- thanks!

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on November 08, 2012
at 04:14 AM

I am glad it will get easier :)

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at 04:14 AM

sometimes I think my family doesn't 'believe' me b/c i am always trying to alter things around the house to make it better...when comfort is important for them. i like change though and yes, I need to do it for myself and not worry about their opinions/habits at this point. They will be curious as I am the one who will be going for the hike up the hill and loving it!

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amazing article; thank you for sharing!

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on November 06, 2012
at 12:17 AM

This is so true. As your health improves and you begin to look better, they will get curious and want to know more about it. If you can get them to just try it for 30 days, they won't ever go back.

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on November 05, 2012
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Don't try to "convert" your partner to Paleo. Follow your way of eating/living faithfully, and answer questions when asked. Your partner will, I believe, eventually see the positive benefits you are realizing, and see the sense of it all. Don't comment on what your partner eats, don't pass judgement. Let your actions speak.

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on November 06, 2012
at 12:17 AM

This is so true. As your health improves and you begin to look better, they will get curious and want to know more about it. If you can get them to just try it for 30 days, they won't ever go back.

B82233e1bb20c911371dedac5e20cdbc

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on November 08, 2012
at 04:14 AM

sometimes I think my family doesn't 'believe' me b/c i am always trying to alter things around the house to make it better...when comfort is important for them. i like change though and yes, I need to do it for myself and not worry about their opinions/habits at this point. They will be curious as I am the one who will be going for the hike up the hill and loving it!

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on November 05, 2012
at 09:45 PM

The best advice? Take responsibility for your own health and don't make excuses. "I can't eat well because my roommate always has bread around" is an example of a poor excuse.

The hardest part is the peer pressure and the availability of those foods. Plan ahead and prepare your own food. You may even win over your family when they see/smell the delicious food you prepare! But don't go in expecting them to be on board or supportive in any way, shape, or form.

The good part is that is does get easier. As I've gotten used to eating a higher protein/fat diet with fewer carbs and virtually no gluten, my carb cravings are almost nonexistent and I don't experience hunger very often. A lot of that bready/sugary stuff just doesn't look appetizing anymore.

Also, as a final note that may seem to counter all I've just said, but would be remiss if I didn't mention is: forgive yourself. You will need to along the way. None of us are perfect.

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on November 08, 2012
at 04:14 AM

I am glad it will get easier :)

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at 04:15 AM

good link- thanks!

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on November 05, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Robb says it best. I've come to realize that strangers will take advice from me much more readily than friends and family. I don't even waste my time anymore:

http://robbwolf.com/2012/04/04/paleo-diet-convince-it/

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on November 08, 2012
at 04:11 AM

amazing article; thank you for sharing!

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