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How to persuade someone to give Paleo a chance?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to convince someone to give Paleo a try? This person is trying to lose 20-30 lbs by summer. But I don't think they think that givin up starchy carbs is a big deal?

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on February 15, 2011
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The soft sale got me as well.

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Yeah I was sold on the soft sell as well.

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on February 15, 2011
at 08:00 PM

It's all about the soft sell. I've convinced 4 co-workers in the past 10 weeks to switch to eating a paleo diet just by brining my a healthy lunch each day, skipping out on the gallons of coffee, having a high energy level and positive outlook on work. Also showing them my before and after picture helps.

This usually leads to them asking me what diet I am on. Which is when i ask them questions about what they eat now and how it makes them feel and tell them about what I eat instead.

Send them a list of resources to read. I usually include something like this in the email:

How to get started: http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/

Motivation to get started: http://paleohacks.com/questions/7058/share-your-paleo-before-and-after/16340#16340

Diet:

Marksdailyapple.com - Lots of great ideas on recipes/other topics and stories about people's success. (note that he has an offshoot of paleo called primal where he is ok with eatting diary)

paleohacks.com - a great community of people who have answered/will answer most questions about the paleo life style. Also everyone on this website is wildly attractive and brilliant.

http://paleonu.com/ - The science behind it all and great advice about how it all works.

Exercise:

http://www.crossfit.com/ - All of the work outs are posted on there for anyone to do.

My Gym: http://www.crossfitboston.com/ - there are three other ones in the greater boston area as well.

Other links:

http://bostonlocalvores.org/blog http://whole9life.com/

Let me know if you are looking for anything else or have anymore questions!

So far it's worked. One person tried it for a week then decided they couldn't live without cupcakes but the other two are going strong.

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on February 15, 2011
at 08:12 PM

I have frankly given up trying under most circumstances. Convincing someone to try a new diet who doesn't feel the need to do so is like trying to convince them to quit smoking.

My exception to that is if someone comments on how much weight I've lost, or how much healthier I look - and I get those comments a lot after only 6 weeks on Paleo! Someone will say my cheeks look healthier, I'm in a better mood, that I now have enough energy to be at the gym at 6 am every day, etc. If they inquire it's generally followed by asking, "what have you been doing differently?" If they give me that opening, I email them a list of resources like TedB's.

In other words, I let the results speak for themselves, and am always ready to steer them in the right direction if they express interest.

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on February 15, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I'd vote for the soft sell, too. After seeing a change in me physically a variety of friends and acquaintances have started eating paleo... it's so exciting to watch! In hindsight, it was the soft sell that got me, too.

A3e654929c08c0723607842656b57f8f

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on February 15, 2011
at 08:11 PM

The soft sale got me as well.

A3e654929c08c0723607842656b57f8f

(834)

on February 15, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Yeah I was sold on the soft sell as well.

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