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Anyone live a paleo lifestyle while under the same roof with spouce and or kids or even roomates who are not?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2011 at 3:59 AM

I am interested to how you are handling it. what are some difficulties? what are your solutions. How about with young kids?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

That's great. As time goes on, your family will look to you to help solve their health problems. You're doing great!

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on June 25, 2011
at 05:54 AM

This is a great question IMO. It is very difficult when you are the black sheep of the family, especially when you have nothing but love and well wishes for those around you and believe that this lifestyle maximizes ones well-being. Thank you for asking this question!

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on June 25, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Thanks for the comment, this does help alot. See I just learned about this paleo lifestyle (its funny cause we struggle with dieting and this just seemed so common sense) anyways, I have my first on the way and due in december and the mother is not someone who is going to adopt this lifestyle very easily or at all. I am just thinking ahead because we are not together and I wonder how this will effect my child if i live that life style and the mother does not.

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on June 25, 2011
at 04:23 AM

I am married with 2 children ages 9 and 11. I am the main food shopper and te maind meal preparer yet my husband will not adapt to paleo and if I can't get him to do it there is no way to get my kids to do it. It would e different if I would have started my children off that way but I just learned of and switched to paleo in February. Although my husband sees a drastic difference in me since changing and I have lost 20 pounds he still refuses to switch and will constantly keep sweets and other things in the house I don't want to eat. Most of the time it is not a problem. when I cook dinner I will prepare meat and veggies cooked the way I like then add the starchy sides for my husband and the kids. I have cut back on the amount of starchy sides and grains and breads. If I conveniently "forget" something while shopping. my husband will go get it anyway. Most of the time i can resist the foods I should not have but I do have a difficult time resiting when it is "that time of the month" or when I have had an exceptionally long day at work and their convenience crappy foods are easier to prepare. It is frustrating but I will continue to eat this way to be an example to them and maybe, just maybe one day they will see things my way.

D3ed56aed0196d48b102945a21fd0124

on June 25, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Thanks for the comment, this does help alot. See I just learned about this paleo lifestyle (its funny cause we struggle with dieting and this just seemed so common sense) anyways, I have my first on the way and due in december and the mother is not someone who is going to adopt this lifestyle very easily or at all. I am just thinking ahead because we are not together and I wonder how this will effect my child if i live that life style and the mother does not.

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on June 25, 2011
at 04:35 AM

my wife was not all in for my first two years......then Kaboom. Last four years she is all in and now looks and feels amazing. time is on your side because the truth is.

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on June 25, 2011
at 03:43 PM

My roommate/best friend isn't paleo and eats a lot of junk. I don't care what she eats. She doesn't care what I eat. We just have our own food. Sometimes I do feel a little bad because we don't do the normal roommate thing of sitting around eating pizza and other junk together but hey, I'm not putting that stuff in my body if you paid me. Plenty of other things to bond over. She just considers me a ridiculously healthy eater (I eat lower-fat/higher carb paleo and no dairy so I don't get weird looks for drenching stuff in butter or anything) and I don't feel the need to discuss the specifics of my diet with her. It probably helps that we don't always eat together because we have different schedules. I feel a little awkward sometimes but whatever.

My family isn't paleo but we've never eaten poorly- my mother is a physician and actually talked to us about the dangers of HFCS, trans fats, and too much omgega-6(!) when we were growing up. She eats almost no grains and mostly vegetables and fish to maintain her weight now that she's menopausal, she's not getting on my back for not eating pasta or bread. My dad is one of those guys who will eat basically anything. I'm the only one who is able to cook and enjoys doing so, so I do the cooking when we're all together. Let me tell you my brothers aren't complaining that we get to eat delicious and well-prepared meat and vegetable dishes every night. Sometimes they make themselves pasta on the side, though, and they do have bread and cereal around.

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on June 25, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Yes and no. My daughter has health conditions that even paleo can't fix and is mostly fed by medically formula through a G-tube.
The husband is half-a**ed paleo, basically will eat anything that I cook. He is in the Army, so the chow hall or the food court at the PX are too easy to give in to. However, his aversion to spending money works in my favor. I pack his lunch and snacks and he doesn't touch anything else (as far as I know). I just sat down with him at dinner one night, gave a little testimony about my before and after, emphasizing that with more energy there would be more "fun time" for him! That was probably all he needed to hear. He has lost 20 lbs, and even if he is still nibbling here and there on his vices (sunchips and Dr. Pepper) it just has to be good enough for now. I know that I'll probably not see him go full paleo, but he's respectful enough that he doesn't intentionally bring anything unhealthy into the house. That was really my only actual request of him and he's done a little more (and this is one stubborn guy) so I'm happy with that!

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on June 25, 2011
at 12:55 PM

My roommates at school are both SADers and think I'm insane... Our entire kitchen is full of their cereal boxes, cookies, candy, snack foods... So I just stick my few Paleo foods in a tiny corner and keep on eating Paleo by cooking for myself and making smart choices on my meal plan.

At home, it's a bit easier. My dad is WAPF, my mom is on-again-off-again Atkins, but both of my siblings are on the SAD (though my brother has a dairy intolerance and only recently went dairy-free). I've been doing most of the cooking since I've come, but if my siblings want pizza or whatever, I just make myself a salad or omelet or eat my leftovers instead.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

That's great. As time goes on, your family will look to you to help solve their health problems. You're doing great!

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on June 25, 2011
at 11:28 AM

My wife is maybe 60% paleo. She might supplement whatever is served for dinner with something not paleo.

My son is 100% kid. He loves his pizza and chicken fingers. So we make those items gluten free with gluten free flours.

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on June 25, 2011
at 10:58 AM

My toddler and I eat paleo, but the hubs doesn't. He likes the big hunks of meat I cook for dinner, he just supplements with Oreos afterward. I do cook white potatoes and noodles for him sometimes, but we have an agreement that I'm the only one who feeds the kid, period (which means the little guy eats 100% squeaky clean paleo) . Of course, when our son is tall enough to reach the Little Debbies, we'll have to work out something. Or just move them higher.

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on June 25, 2011
at 04:11 AM

My living situation is unique. I'm in college renting a room from a family who owns the house but doesn't live here. Their two daughters and their 2 friends live here. There are 5 of us. The fridge is so packed I bought my own mini fridge in the clearance section of Lowe's for $70 and it's brand new! It's a Frigidaire that retails for $140 and my friend negotiated the deal for me. I have mountain well water. This situation sucked for a long time especially having to label all my food only to have one of my roomies gank my blueberries one day. I keep the rest of my fruits and veggies and canned salmon in my room and open things with a Swiss Army knife. I hardly ever enter the kitchen because everything I have is right here. In a way it's nice to have privacy. I don't force my diet on them and they don't hassle me. To each their own.

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on June 25, 2011
at 02:43 PM

Yes

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on June 25, 2011
at 12:48 PM

For the summer, I'm staying with/ house-sitting for a couple who is not paleo (they eat mostly real foods though). I eat earlier than they do, and they give me fridge space and let me cook my own stuff. I get called crazy every once in a while but I'm ok with that!

Next year I'll be living with 3 other girls at college in an apartment. I don't think they know that I'm paleo yet so that will be interesting when I tell them I'm not going to join in on their spaghetti dinners!

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on June 25, 2011
at 12:41 PM

Like others have said, I make meat and veg for meals, then add rice or baked sweet or white potatoes, which I may or may not eat. I had no idea my husband loved sweet potatoes so much! He still snacks on junk, but I'm hoping my results will speak for themselves over time. He's always skeptical when I start a "new diet" cause I've yo-yoed so many times.

My daughter (9) already loved meat and veggies, but changing breakfast and snacks for her has been a bit of a challenge. This morning she asked for scrambled eggs and blueberries and I did a little happy dance!

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on June 25, 2011
at 07:31 AM

i have two young adults at home who aren't the least interested in switching. i think its the prespect of no pizza that holds them back ;)

its not a problem for me. if they don't like what i cook, they make their own food. if something they want to eat is not in the fridge they have to make an effort to get it there. i think its actually very good for them as they have endure a couple of unintentional fasts since this began.

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on June 25, 2011
at 07:20 AM

None of my family is paleo, thank goodness i'm starting to convince my dad (very slowly). I just present the evidence to everyone and my dad thought it seemed interesting but my sis mom and everyone else i've mentioned it to thinks i'm crazy. I'm done trying to convince people, if anyone asks i'll tell them but i don't want to preach or anything because it was just hurting my relationships. At least i convinced or am in the process of convincing my dad. Hell maybe he'll spread the word and it'll have been worth trying to convince so many people. My parents are divorced and mom was a vegetarian/vegan most of her life and will never come around and neither will my carb addict sister. I plan on just looking really good and happy for a long time and they'll finally want to join me in this lifestyle.

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on June 25, 2011
at 06:51 AM

I am the only Paleo in my family. I had them read this article in hopes that if they adopted a portion of it.

http://www.mensjournal.com/everything-you-know-about-nutrition-is-wrong

It is far from optimal. But a huge step in the right direction over the standard American diet (SAD).

I convinced them to stop buying vegetable oils and to take fish oil.

I try to make sure the meat and wheat are seperate at meal time. Brocolli is my replacment for grains. I put my eggs over it. Spaghetti sauce over it. Spinach also works.

I also try to have more meals with rice instead of pasta. Get the family more gluten free.

Just little tweaks over time. I shop and cook a lot which helps..

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