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How do you handle negative reactions from people about Paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 21, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Everytime people ask me how I'm "dieting" and I explain to them about Paleo, or if they even hear the word Paleo, they immediately dismiss it. They tell me its a fad, that its stupid, that its unhealthy, etc.

I'm seriously considering just not telling anyone when they ask! But that makes it hard for me to socialize because usually socialization is around meals. My parents and my husband are the only people who are encouraging other than how I'm feeling physically.

Regardless of what I say, even if I show them PROOF of my body healing itself, I always hear "Well, you'll gain weight back when you stop." Which, obviously, isn't what I'm planning on doing.

I keep hearing its a "fad, just like atkins." and "You NEED carbs and whole grains!"

Has anyone else encountered situations such as this? How did you handle it? Do I keep to myself? That's what seems to be working!

32be195157f00ad15a933b8bb333dcc4

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:20 PM

I don't think you are as much an outlier as it may feel...

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:55 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/111837/does-being-paleo-come-down-to-faith/111904#111904

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:53 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/115102/the-first-rule-of-paleo-is-you-do-not-talk-about-paleo

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on January 21, 2013
at 10:11 AM

You can perhaps rebrand your paleo diet in a less controversial way e.g. just say that you're cutting out refined starches (and sugar, veg oil) since they're empty calories. If people say "you need carbs" you can say you get plenty from vegetables. Hard to argue with. Even if someone fetishistically insists you need grains, they can't really object to you saying "I'd rather have a salad."

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:00 AM

Very good point. My husband always tells me that I care too much what other people think. :) I guess I should just brush it off!

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:31 AM

"How do you handle negative reactions from people about Paleo?"

Turn into a 2 year old...I'll explain.

2 year old children will generally ask "why?" when given an answer, even though the answer given really has no further explanation available/ or needed, so you might try a different road, and again, you'll be met with "why?"...this battle of wits in most cases ends with something along the lines of "just trust me this is why A happens to B???...life continues on and the whole thing happens again when they're teenagers and you're asking them Why they do a lot of the dumb shit that they do in order to meet the invisible bar known as only???cool...

Now...

Applying what we've just learned, most people you'll talk to will be HIGHLY fat phobic, so after you tell them how much fat you have a day and its source, most likely you'll be met with something like ???well all that fat is going to give you a heart attack??? or ???if I ate all that fat BLANK will happen??? this is where the fun can start???begin asking??????why???? and let them explain, no matter the explanation, your answer should be ???why???? Eventually they will back themselves into a corner and reveal that what they ???know??? is bro-science and have no actual merit at least in my experiences, and when you get them into this place of confusion, you begin to build them back up, explaining how good these fats are, why the cuts of meat are important and slowly build???BUT???I only do this kind of thing if I???m feeling, cheeky, I???m not actually expecting them to start Paleo, but I do expect them to keep a much wider birth from me and anyone else who proclaims that Paleo is there religion of choice, at least the next time they attempt to ???throw down??? they will need to do some homework, and if that???s the case, they might just end up coming to the dark side, which is always my primary goal.

Long live the Empire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8ZTTsiJupo

Truth.

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on January 21, 2013
at 02:55 PM

Lol when I first started, I sat in a room with a Dietitian/Nutritionist who flat out told me Paleo was a Fad diet. 2 years later, and I can say she was wrong. I keep it to myself, when people ask me am I dieting. Everyone at work, I have explained to (as quickly as possible) what it is, now they just say "Oh your on your diet" when I don't go out to lunch. Do it for that long, it becomes your norm, not a diet, not something people need to question. And it is completely sustainable, not something I ever want to stop doing.

So just ignore the haters, they are going to hate. :P

I also just pick a line or two to answer the question "how are you dieting?". I'll say something like, I am not dieting, I am just not eating grains and reducing my sugar intake. Why no grains? Because they irritate by digestion. Why no sugar? Because it just makes me want to eat more sugar, and then I feel lethargic. They usually get bored before you can finish saying that much. You can always just ask them a question or change the subject as well.

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:09 AM

i invite people over and cook paleo for everyone, and (thanks to numerous beautiful recipes easy to be found) no one can really say it's "diet food" or something, cause that's how a non-paleo person sees it. then after the meal the discussion comes up by itself, how everyone's eaten their full but doesn't feel stuffed and what unusual dishes they've tried... and then only do i say it was a meal on paleo terms. sure everyone doesn't go paleo after that , but you know. people see it differently.

of course that kind of feast is somewhat expensive, but still. truth is, when someone is skeptical to begin with explanation doesn't work, personal example neither. now own experience, that's another thing. works from the inside :)

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:04 AM

Total sympathy here. My BFF desperately wants to lose weight (especially around waist), eats very healthy foods (CW, of course), exercises strenuously 5-6 days per week, and has not lost any significant amount. When I tell her about Paleo, she says That her doctor says she needs the carbs for energy because of her heavy workout schedule! I want to point out that obviously the energy intake is excessive since she is overweight/ storing excess energy as fat around the waist. But she won't budge away from 4-5 servings of whole grains per day. We all have to believe in something, I guess.

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:06 PM

Start by not using the word "Paleo." Just explain how you eat and why and if they have negative things to say, change the subject.

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:43 PM

At the end of the day it only matters that I feel wonderful and the days of pain and sickness are long gone. I usually keep info about Paleo to myself because most people don't care. People close to me understand how important it is for me

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:09 PM

I find morbid solace in the fact that none of them will live long enough to know that I was right.

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:41 PM

I just say "grains make my body hurt if I eat more than a serving" and that's usually enough. It's harder for me to prove, though, because I haven't really lost that much weight, even belly fat, so I can't say "look at my wonderful abs!" as a good reason. I would so love to do that, and maybe, finally, get my husband on board, but I guess I am one of those outliers. I feel great, though.

32be195157f00ad15a933b8bb333dcc4

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:20 PM

I don't think you are as much an outlier as it may feel...

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on January 21, 2013
at 04:22 PM

Let the results do the talking! Eventually even the hardest head can't deny.

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on January 21, 2013
at 04:08 PM

"I'm eating nutrient dense foods, avoiding inflammatory foods and most most allergenic foods."

That sums things up what I put in my gullet and what I stay away from in a way that the thickest SAD person appreciates.

Inevitably that will raise their eyebrows and longer conversations evolve. Sometimes asking if I was tested for celiac, or what my cholesterol levels are, or if I get constipated. Some are dismissive, but lately more are receptive because I'm a walking billboard for this working. Two years on and I've not put back any of it and I'm getting fitter and healthier.

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:44 PM

First I am not "on a diet," nor am I "dieting." I have a diet i.e. nutrition plan with which I'm comfortable. It involves avoiding processed foods. Yes, I expend more energy than most people preparing my food; and I feel better for it.

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on January 21, 2013
at 11:18 AM

Patience, and more patience.

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:55 AM

There are tons of questions similar to this on here, and some very good advice too. You already know what to do, don't tell anyone. You either stand up for it and listen to the criticism or just make up some excuse(doctor told me to etc).

But first ask yourself, why do you get irritated by negative comments? The problem is never to do with other people, usually there's a flaw within ourselves :)

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:53 AM

There are tons of questions similar to this on here, and some very good advice too. You already know what to do, don't tell anyone. You either stand up for it and listen to the criticism or just make up some excuse(doctor told me to etc).

But first ask yourself, why do you get irritated by negative comments? The problem is never to do with other people, usually there's a flaw within ourselves :)

B4892d619c3817a808e37f3f947c8fc2

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:00 AM

Very good point. My husband always tells me that I care too much what other people think. :) I guess I should just brush it off!

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on January 21, 2013
at 10:06 AM

Well I been using http://getnow.org/paleo/ for 2 months now, lost already 30 pounds. It helps! Its the best result for me!

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