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What breakthroughs have you had related to converting others to Paleo?

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Created April 27, 2011 at 7:48 PM

I've been eating paleo for about 9 months now and, during that time, I have been hoping my husband would jump on the bandwagon. I have tried explaining why I eat this way, I have tried not saying anything and letting the results speak for themselves, I have tried convincing him by having him abstain from wheat/gluten for 30 days (he quit on day 24 or so because he hadn't noticed any difference).

Through it all, I've resisted nagging or being self-righteous about my choices and I've accommodated him by continuing to cook the "usual" foods--but only when specifically requested.

He requested Rice-A-Roni the other day, so I picked up a box from the grocery store. Later, when I asked him if he wanted rice with dinner that night, his response was something along the lines of, "Nah, it'd probably do me good to not eat so much gluten." (No, I didn't tell him rice has no gluten! I'm sure the seasoning packet has some, lol.)

I was floored! That was the first inclination that he recognizes my "weird food habits" as something beyond a diet craze. It made me think that he just might jump on the bandwagon after all. I resisted the urge to make a big deal out of it and quietly put the box back in the pantry. 8)

Has anyone else been surprised by someone who previously seemed completely disinterested?

7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

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on May 02, 2011
at 07:19 PM

And another possible was given the web info on Saturday (at a First Aid training course ironically). Already had a reply that said they were impressed with the websites and intend to give it a go :)

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on April 30, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Mmm ... ginger kombucha ...

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on April 28, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Hey Ali. He may have problems with other anti-nutrients, such as proline in corn, and proteins in dairy. I had (less severe) problems with milk as well. Gut irritation takes a little while to heal, though, you really have to be 100% strictly Paleo, 30 days to be safe, to see whether it can fix your problem. Best of luck!

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on April 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

She just texted me a pic of all these marrow bones and organs from US Wellness Meats; she's officially paleo-er than me now!

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on April 28, 2011
at 07:40 PM

Unfortunately, you're right. They have to be willing to make a change. So many people think they're the "norm" and just accept living with their ailments.

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on April 28, 2011
at 07:33 PM

My husband takes a PPI every night and I really want him to get off those meds. I had him drop wheat, but he said he didn't notice any difference. He is, however, also carrying a lot of extra weight, which could be adding to his problem.

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on April 28, 2011
at 07:31 PM

I think you hit a key point: people are turned off when you try to "force" them into something. That's awesome about your friend switching over!

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:24 PM

I'll drink (unsweetened organic ginger kombucha) to that!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:20 PM

Thanks, Futureboy! (That should be a superhero name!)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:17 PM

It's so exciting when others show interest! I hope they give it a try. 8)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:16 PM

Ha! That's awesome! My sister is another one I would like to try Paleo, but the idea of fat being "ok" (let alone healthy) hasn't clicked for her.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:15 PM

Let's hope her realization signals the end of brainwashing!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:14 PM

That's great that he's checking labels! Every little bit helps, right? 8)

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on April 27, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Try this: http://paleohacks.com/questions/29574/whats-your-best-conversion-story#axzz1Kkfif2Vr

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on April 28, 2011
at 04:39 AM

My 13-year-old nephew has a bit of OCD. He found out about Paleo from my husband and me, just in passing, and he locked on to the idea within 30 seconds. This was a great thing because up until that point he was a pure sugar freak.

Within 12 hours, my sister called me and chewed me a new one because my nephew was refusing to eat "normal" food. She yelled at me that he was being too picky and ridiculous and that she could not afford all the Paleo food he wanted. She was raging pissed that we had discussed Paleo with him because now there was no turning back.

I kid you not, within 2 weeks, (after she realized that I was getting skinnier) she quietly started Atkins-and is now on her way to a Paleo lifestyle. Pure comedy.

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:16 PM

Ha! That's awesome! My sister is another one I would like to try Paleo, but the idea of fat being "ok" (let alone healthy) hasn't clicked for her.

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on April 27, 2011
at 09:14 PM

My girlfriend is a nutrition science major, myself a biology major. I've explained to her a zillion times all the premises behind Paleo in pretty technical terms, and she gets it. She doesn't, however, eat Paleo. Not TOO bad, but not Paleo. That bothers me, especially because she's so sleepy all the time, and it's no surprise why...

It is nice, though, when she calls and tells me about something she learned about in her classes that totally parallels Paleo premises.

Sad story: One of her professors, a nutrition biochemist (Dr. Alice Fly, in case any of you PubMed-crawlers recognize the name), was lecturing on hormone-sensitive lipase, an enzyme in fat cells that primes fats for metabolism. Insulin strongly inhibits hormone-sensitive lipase which prevents fat cells from emptying free fatty acids into the bloodstream for energy usage by other cells. This is basically the crux of Paleo fat loss. Her professor asserted to the class that in order to keep from getting fat, just eat less fat! That way, the insulin inhibition won't be a big deal because you won't have overfilled fat cells in the first place. WRONG. My girlfriend noticed that she DIDN'T say just to eat less insulinogenic foods so that adipocytes will be able to shunt free fatty acids to the bloodstream for usage. I was proud of her for picking that up :) She said it was her "oh shit" moment when she finally realized I wasn't crazy and that maybe the entire nutrition science community really IS brainwashed about fat intake.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:15 PM

Let's hope her realization signals the end of brainwashing!

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:24 PM

I'll drink (unsweetened organic ginger kombucha) to that!

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on April 30, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Mmm ... ginger kombucha ...

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on April 27, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Ali--thank you for sharing. My partner tells me that my eating habits are just "wierd" and that he has never in his life met anyone who has such a sensitive body--gets a serious headache from eating dairy. Sigh. I am sensitive to my body and can not change that nor will I change the way I eat just to "fit in."

However, he is now reading labels looking for HFCs to avoid them!

So, yes I am surprised to see him reading labels looking for that particular ingredient. I would probably fall over if he gave up beer!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:14 PM

That's great that he's checking labels! Every little bit helps, right? 8)

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on April 30, 2011
at 12:01 AM

My long-distance friend surprised me by getting several of the books I wrote about (Sisson, Wolf, Cordain) and diving in head first after getting part way through his reading. He's been reporting physical improvements regularly since starting several weeks ago, and I think his dietary track record is closer to 100% than I have achieved.

I also have a friend at work who checked out Robb Wolf's book and website and is now trying to follow Paleo. He is struggling more, because his family is not supportive.

I'm not really setting out to make conversions, but I'm not shy about explaining why I'm eating this way if someone asks. It has been fun to highlight a couple of online articles about Dr. Lustig's presentations to send to my coworkers also, since I'm working at California Dept of Public Health and receive daily health-related news summaries from our public relations office.

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on April 28, 2011
at 05:16 PM

I am a constant advocate to the Paleo Lifestyle, but I have yet to get one person to change, except my 8 month old son...lol. My wife is gluten free, but she still loves her sugar (mostly from fruit) and artificial sweeteners.

It surprises me because I had a serious IBS issue and when I explain that I was essentially healed in 3 days after 7 years with severe IBS, I only get the "you must have been gluten intolerant" response. I have several family members with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease and it would be nice to get through to them. But I guess if you are not willing to change then no amount of knowledge I try to provide is going to convince them.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 07:40 PM

Unfortunately, you're right. They have to be willing to make a change. So many people think they're the "norm" and just accept living with their ailments.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on April 28, 2011
at 02:13 PM

I was really surprised a couple of weeks ago when my best friend told me she was going paleo. She was kinda fat-phobic before and had experimented with a few diets over the years, and when I would tell her about paleo, she thought it was kinda nuts. She recently has been sick & found out she has some severe vitamin deficiencies, and really likes the paleo emphasis on Vitamin D; I think that's how things started to click. Now she's all about it! She even wrote a paper for school on paleo & told me I was an inspiration for it; that made me feel really good.

Three of my girlfriends have now converted, and my boyfriend is pretty much on board, other than his lo-cal gatorades and copious amounts of peanut butter. I definitely found that when I stopped actively trying to convert people, they started approaching me.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 07:31 PM

I think you hit a key point: people are turned off when you try to "force" them into something. That's awesome about your friend switching over!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on April 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

She just texted me a pic of all these marrow bones and organs from US Wellness Meats; she's officially paleo-er than me now!

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7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

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on April 28, 2011
at 11:00 AM

Not necessarily a conversion yet but a couple of prospectives.

Had a family BBQ last weekend (beautiful weather at Easter for a change!) and both my mother and sister-in-law commented that I looked slimmer (29lb and 3 belt-notches since Feb) and asked how I was doing it. I explained the rough basics of paleo and they seemed genuinely interested.

My sister-in-law is a dispenser in a pharmacy so has some biochem/medical training and followed the science reasoning. She went away with a handful of web addresses including Robb Wolf's and EverydayPaleo. I've also said that both can borrow my copy of Robb's book once I've finished reading it myself (I've only just got it). I await the outcome with interest :)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:17 PM

It's so exciting when others show interest! I hope they give it a try. 8)

7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

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on May 02, 2011
at 07:19 PM

And another possible was given the web info on Saturday (at a First Aid training course ironically). Already had a reply that said they were impressed with the websites and intend to give it a go :)

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on April 28, 2011
at 05:00 PM

I've had several friends go paleo because of the success I've had with it in relation to stomach acid problems.

I've had trouble swallowing from acid reflux related scarring for almost 20 years. 2 years ago I finally had an operation to cut the scar tissue, and I got on PPI medication to cut down on acid production. I had always resisted this route, thinking I could avoid the foods that were causing the problems. Little did I know that acid reflux causes damage without always being bad enough to cause detectable heartburn. The main food (which I never tried to avoid) was wheat.

After other family members on the Paleo diet commented on how it reduced their stomach acid problems, I tried it and stepped down my dosage over a couple of days. After a week I was completely off the medication. Before going Paleo, I'd know very quickly if I missed a day, but without wheat, I had no acid reflux problems whatsoever.

It always amazed me that so many people I knew were on stomach acid medication. Why is it that something that wasn't available a mere century ago is now prescribed to people I know in pretty much every demographic. By the time I got a prescription, approximately 35% of everyone I knew was taking prescription PPI's, and many others were taking OTC.

Now it's not amazing, it's just sad. But several of my friends have gone paleo to avoid the medication. No surprise, they are able to get off it within a few weeks and stay off it as long as they don't cheat.

Eeb593d6b6d7a939fdd5469b69347d5f

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on April 28, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Hey Ali. He may have problems with other anti-nutrients, such as proline in corn, and proteins in dairy. I had (less severe) problems with milk as well. Gut irritation takes a little while to heal, though, you really have to be 100% strictly Paleo, 30 days to be safe, to see whether it can fix your problem. Best of luck!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on April 28, 2011
at 07:33 PM

My husband takes a PPI every night and I really want him to get off those meds. I had him drop wheat, but he said he didn't notice any difference. He is, however, also carrying a lot of extra weight, which could be adding to his problem.

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on April 28, 2011
at 11:34 AM

I've been preaching to the heathens and given Why We Get Fat to four people whose interest was piqued. Sadly, no converts yet. If you do have any success stories, please detail your jedi mind trick technique.

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