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Funny Reactions to Paleo

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Created January 10, 2012 at 3:30 AM

What are some funny reactions you've gotten when people see your meals or when you try to explain what paleo is?

My coworkers favorite thing to do is say, "cavemen" didn't do this or that whatever it is I might be doing. Or try to convince me that "cavemen" ate cheesecake and drank coke.

They ask, "You had bacon for breakfast? Cavemen didn't have bacon.." facepalm

ETA:
Me: "... yeah no sugary drinks and no grains..."
Friend: "oh cool that sounds healthy"
Me: "... yeah so no bread, pasta, rice.."
Friend: "wait, what??"

In essence of PH I'm going to choose an answer, so help me pick go vote 'em up

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

believe it or not, I special ordered it through a grocery store. Which means, unfortunately, that it was probably grain finished... but even American lamb is not fed grain through it's life, just at finishing. I couldn't turn down a deal where I got almost 20lbs of organs for about $15 bucks.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on February 25, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I got the dog comment too - upon paying for my large haul of bones and organs, the butcher lady asked "ohh, are these for your dog?" and I was like "uhh....actually I eat all of these kindsa things..." But we did start talking about bone broth and heart, etc and how good it is for you.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on February 25, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I got the dog comment too - upon paying for my large haul of bones and organs, the butcher lady asked "ohh, are these for your dog?" and I was luke "uhh....actually I eat all of these kindsa things..." But we did start talking about bone broth and heart, etc and how good it is for you.

778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

(1123)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Mine isn't on board either. He says I'm like an evangelical minister with my Paleo Preaching. I keep telling him it's because I love him that I'm trying to convert him. He's not buying it. I have converted the kids, though, for the most part. Hehehehe :)

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I get that a lot too. They then add that awful statement about needing 'heart healthy' whole grains.

778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

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on January 30, 2012
at 07:52 PM

HAHA! I told someone I hadn't had a slice of bread for 6 months and they thought I was the most deprived person on the planet. It was hillarious :)

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on January 22, 2012
at 12:16 PM

Nice idea. I can help with the content if someone can illustrate. :)

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on January 21, 2012
at 04:54 PM

People sort of default to low-fat when they think about diet. I'll be talking to someone who *knows* I eat low-carb, lots of meat, no wheat, etc. I mean, they've *seen* me eat -- they've seen me cook eggs in lard and put butter on my ham. And yet, if I say something about how grass-fed beef is better, they'll say something like, "Yeah, I heard it's leaner." And I have to explain that no, it's better *despite* often being leaner. The low-fat belief is just so ingrained and so often reinforced that it's very hard to truly let go of.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 20, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I would not call that proprietor a butcher. Anyone can order products and put them on display. Being a butcher means you are skilled in deconstructing an entire animal into parts that your average person can use. It's about a long history of a traditional trade-skill, not just deciding "I'm going to open a shop and sell some meat." The traditional butcher provides a vital service to the community. I think a lot more people would eat head to tail if we shopped at butchers rather than megamarts. I don't like this trend at all.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on January 20, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Some butcher shops just get in cleaned carcasses and chop them up into cuts and ground meat, so they never see the organs or have extra fat. One time I got "dog bones" from a local butcher to make beef stock. The next time I went back they were out, and told me they don't "get those in" very often. So they weren't leftover bones from the butchering process as I assumed, but a bagged product they purchased now and then. Unless you see live animals going in the back door, your butcher may be doing nothing more than cutting big pieces of meat into smaller ones.

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on January 20, 2012
at 03:57 PM

This exchange would make an amusing 3 or 4 panel comic. A paleo comic--does it exist? If not, shouldn't it?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on January 20, 2012
at 01:17 AM

wine was in the bible...thats why I can get drunk and never feel guilty about anything stupid that may come...because that what the bible people did right?

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

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on January 19, 2012
at 09:58 PM

I swear I have told my coworker 1000 times that I eat meat, but she is always trying to find a place to eat at lunch with vegetarian options. I think she gets me confused with her vegan daughter-in-law. I love her, she is my favorite hippie :)

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

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on January 19, 2012
at 09:41 PM

So was cooking the bread over fires made of human crap!

Cc49234f065a33c763ab09fa234d08eb

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on January 19, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Amazing! Congrats to you and your parenting skills!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:55 AM

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Where do you get your spleen? Offal is much easier to get in New England, but even there I can only get liver, kidney, heart and tongue.Processor won't give the farmer anything else back. My e-mail is [email protected] . Thanks.

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:21 PM

Haha this is the best.. For your dog? LOL yes, I feed my dog what I eat too and he's thriving!

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Dave, I frequent the Organic Butcher of McLean and I love them. What didn't you like about them? Just curious!

48b2a8e6d223d996957e1adaf8877eff

on January 11, 2012
at 06:21 PM

11 and 13. They both love reading nutrition labels (we rarely buy things with labels) when they are offered food at other people's houses. Then they decline whatever is offered. They can hold their own when questioned but have learned not to get into debates with those who think they know more than they do about healthy food ; )

B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

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on January 11, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Or spelt! Because you do eat bread made with spelt, don't you?

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:25 PM

There is indeed Mg in beer. Alcoholic beverage, beer, regular [?], all contains 21.4 mg per can. So for only a little over 14 cans, he could indeed be getting his RDA of Mg from beer. I prefer to get magnesium from coffee, which only requires me to drink 16.5 20 oz cups. Bzzzzzzzzzzzz

1ab7ccb9520dddd0777db88e74ca0bed

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on January 10, 2012
at 10:03 PM

How old are your kids? Sound like they are off to a great start.

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on January 10, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Today at lunch somehow "Survival of the Fittest" got brought up. So my coworker says it's not about strength and power anymore it's about brains. The other says yeah it's not like we have to hunt for our food anymore or anything.. Naturally they all look at me and in unison said "CAUSE THEN WE'D ALL BE PALEO BWAHAHAHAHA". I laughed too :)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 10, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I got the same from the Organic Butcher of McLean. (Virginia)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 10, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Tell him to wait until you don't have bacon if he wants to see "angry".

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on January 10, 2012
at 07:09 PM

i love the big-ass-salad too! its just so visually filling :)

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on January 10, 2012
at 06:27 PM

I get that too! Its so strange! Thanks for trying to explain!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on January 10, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Yes, sell the stuff!! I will buy!

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on January 10, 2012
at 06:26 PM

But salt is bad for you! :)

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 10, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I wish I had such good replies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpNPw4H6_tU

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 10, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I recognize this so well :) Love your reply!

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on January 10, 2012
at 05:44 PM

We actually have more fun with it than anything else. I make fun of my sisters and encourage my children to do the same. My children are smarter and nicer than I am though.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 10, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Oh, LOL! This past weekend a friend of my grandson's spent the night and I sat down with my usual crunchy salad (my favorite replacement for the bag of chips I used to munch) and he kept saying, "How can you eat all that? I've never seen such a big salad." I kept saying, "If it was a bowl of popcorn you wouldn't be amazed and this salad is less food density than that." He'd just shake his head and say, "I've never seen such a big salad."

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Good for you. I hope the family food rivalry doesn't get confusing for the kids but I bet they model your selections rather than your sisters'.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:36 PM

That's where most teenagers are smarter than adults--they take what parents and the gov't say with a large grain of salt. Our culture forces them out of that though.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Mg in beer: no wonder it makes me sleepy!

778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

(1123)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:04 PM

My husband says that stuff all the time. He says that I get angry BECAUSE I eat bacon. Ridiculous... :)

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on January 10, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Here's a common reaction I get: "You're not still eating that diet are you? By the way, you look great--but you're still not eating that diet are you?"

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Oh, gosh, you can't win either way can you?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:49 PM

LOL LOL I may have hurt myself laughing about the "mutations going on right now."

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:46 PM

@raney, LOL, I got the "for the dog" question too. I replied, "Only if they figure out how to get the lid off my slow-cooker."

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 10, 2012
at 03:43 PM

@Jules K, I bet you'll pick up some good recipes that'll only be enhanced by the meat juice/fat on your plate. :-))

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:21 PM

One of my coworkers always brings me vegetarian magazines because I'm so health-conscious, haha. There are some good side dishes in there though.

7cab5a1f1fd48c3cc4938ab824fdb52e

on January 10, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I found a boutique butcher as well.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 10, 2012
at 11:39 AM

There is a better one, actually : histamine intolerance :). I use it to explain why I eat auto-immune paleo. Unfortunately it's probably not a lie for me ^^.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 10, 2012
at 08:51 AM

"Are those for your dog or something?" Hahaha

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on January 10, 2012
at 06:19 AM

love the leading by example!

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on January 10, 2012
at 06:16 AM

The fat stuff gets me the most. "you are healthy right, you don't want this fatty stuff.."

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on January 10, 2012
at 05:30 AM

Can't tell you how many similar jokes I had to deal with when I started making kombucha! I'm getting curious about water kefir, thanks for the write-up on your blog Nance. I think I might give it a go.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on January 10, 2012
at 05:29 AM

+1, at least once a month someone in my office will say the same to me.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on January 10, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Congrats on the slow conversion of the boy, Nance! That's some fancy Jedi mind trick, getting a teenager to change his ways...

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0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:56 AM

Overheard from down the hall while I was eating broccoli and beef for breakfast at work:

Coworker1: "Whats that awful smell? Its like... broccoli. But it's too early for that!" (she was heating up a pop-tart.)
Coworker2: "Well, there's only two people I can think of that bring in vegetables..."

Of course I was their first culprit. They came down to my desk and gawked at the fact that I was having veges at 8am. I told them I'd cooked it in lots of beef fat so it would make a nice satiating meal first thing. Their jaws dropped a bit lower and they left me alone.


At a butcher's shop, questioning the owner about his products:

Butcher: "No, none of the beef is grass fed. I just don't think it tastes as good, you know?"
Me, trying to patronize him somewhat: "Yeah, I suppose you're right - its a nutritional thing though."
Butcher: "We could argue that all day, but really, how much meat does a guy eat? Not enough for that to matter."

At that point, I simply had to smile, say thank you, and leave. I'm still perplexed by that experience; I managed to find a butcher that didn't carry bones, marrow, suet, liver, or heart. He did have some beautiful $22/lb local steaks - but really, where's the rest of the cow? I've labeled him the boutique butcher.


Talking to a coworker of mine that spent her first 17 years in Germany, I forget what I said, but something hinting at my carnivorous nature slipped in response to the vegan we were having a conversation with. Come to find out, the girl from Germany loves liver and marrow, and has tried more weird meats than me - she was particularly fond of frog legs and kangaroo. She complained that her husband was grossed out by her eating habits. That guy doesn't know how lucky he is...


In the checkout line at the health food/grocery store with 6 lb's of beef bones in my basket, a rather pale, skinny-fat, girl in front of me (buying a lot of fruit, frozen vegetarian dinners, and a couple of bread products) kept glancing at me nervously. I smiled at her, and she asked: "Are those for your dog or something?"

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 10, 2012
at 08:51 AM

"Are those for your dog or something?" Hahaha

7cab5a1f1fd48c3cc4938ab824fdb52e

on January 10, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I found a boutique butcher as well.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 10, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I wish I had such good replies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpNPw4H6_tU

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 10, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I got the same from the Organic Butcher of McLean. (Virginia)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:46 PM

@raney, LOL, I got the "for the dog" question too. I replied, "Only if they figure out how to get the lid off my slow-cooker."

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on January 18, 2012
at 11:21 PM

Haha this is the best.. For your dog? LOL yes, I feed my dog what I eat too and he's thriving!

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on January 18, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Dave, I frequent the Organic Butcher of McLean and I love them. What didn't you like about them? Just curious!

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on January 20, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Some butcher shops just get in cleaned carcasses and chop them up into cuts and ground meat, so they never see the organs or have extra fat. One time I got "dog bones" from a local butcher to make beef stock. The next time I went back they were out, and told me they don't "get those in" very often. So they weren't leftover bones from the butchering process as I assumed, but a bagged product they purchased now and then. Unless you see live animals going in the back door, your butcher may be doing nothing more than cutting big pieces of meat into smaller ones.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 20, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I would not call that proprietor a butcher. Anyone can order products and put them on display. Being a butcher means you are skilled in deconstructing an entire animal into parts that your average person can use. It's about a long history of a traditional trade-skill, not just deciding "I'm going to open a shop and sell some meat." The traditional butcher provides a vital service to the community. I think a lot more people would eat head to tail if we shopped at butchers rather than megamarts. I don't like this trend at all.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on February 25, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I got the dog comment too - upon paying for my large haul of bones and organs, the butcher lady asked "ohh, are these for your dog?" and I was luke "uhh....actually I eat all of these kindsa things..." But we did start talking about bone broth and heart, etc and how good it is for you.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on February 25, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I got the dog comment too - upon paying for my large haul of bones and organs, the butcher lady asked "ohh, are these for your dog?" and I was like "uhh....actually I eat all of these kindsa things..." But we did start talking about bone broth and heart, etc and how good it is for you.

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77ef7eaba743037c022c7fd28d5f99e1

(380)

on January 10, 2012
at 04:31 AM

I've been at a restaurant with friends talking about ordering something to share, and had someone say "but wait, you don't...eat meat...right?" I told him I probably ate his bodyweight of meat every week.

I think most people just mentally file away anyone who doesn't eat something or eats differently somehow as "dietary weirdo," which usually means vegetarian or vegan.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:29 AM

+1, at least once a month someone in my office will say the same to me.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on January 10, 2012
at 06:27 PM

I get that too! Its so strange! Thanks for trying to explain!

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on January 19, 2012
at 09:58 PM

I swear I have told my coworker 1000 times that I eat meat, but she is always trying to find a place to eat at lunch with vegetarian options. I think she gets me confused with her vegan daughter-in-law. I love her, she is my favorite hippie :)

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on January 10, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Both of my sisters are vegetarian. Every holiday my Mother meticulously makes sure they will get fed (she's a good Mama.) I have increasing anger over my carnivorous holidays being intruded upon with pseudo-meats.

This last Thanksgiving my sister's new girlfriend brought a Tofurkey to go along with my pasture-raised, perfect, real Turkey.

When she asked if my 4 and 6 year old would like some of the Tofurkey (while my sister was extolling the benefits of vegetarian living) I replied to her..."No thank you. I don't like them to be exposed to that much soy."

You should have seen the look on her face. Anyway...that's not that funny but it sure did make me smile.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on January 10, 2012
at 05:44 PM

We actually have more fun with it than anything else. I make fun of my sisters and encourage my children to do the same. My children are smarter and nicer than I am though.

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(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Good for you. I hope the family food rivalry doesn't get confusing for the kids but I bet they model your selections rather than your sisters'.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 10, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I recognize this so well :) Love your reply!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 10, 2012
at 03:59 AM

Well, I don't know if you consider water kefir paleo, but my friends razz me pretty hard about making it. They call my water kefir pitcher my "still" and keep asking when I'm going to put a stand out front to sell my "moonshine."

I tell them I'm drinking all my inventory.

All my friends seem to "tactfully ignore" my bizarre eating pattern but they're all celebrating with me as the excess fat continues to melt away.

My grandson seems to be getting more ancestral with each passing month. He doesn't like water kefir but he just decided to start eating my home-made yogurt and tonight when I was exclaiming over a recipe for jalapeno poppers on Chowstalker he calmly asked, "Are they Paleo?"

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 10, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Congrats on the slow conversion of the boy, Nance! That's some fancy Jedi mind trick, getting a teenager to change his ways...

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on January 10, 2012
at 06:19 AM

love the leading by example!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on January 10, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Yes, sell the stuff!! I will buy!

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:30 AM

Can't tell you how many similar jokes I had to deal with when I started making kombucha! I'm getting curious about water kefir, thanks for the write-up on your blog Nance. I think I might give it a go.

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(8938)

on January 10, 2012
at 12:06 PM

Some quotes (sorry for grammar mistakes, I always had bad scores at school in english class, probably because my mother language is french) :

"That's a silly way of eating. You can survive on bread only, but you cannot survive with only meat."

"You cannot be sure you became healthier just because your skin, your eyes, your teeth, your digestion, your body composition and your mood got better. You might have cellular mutations going on right now."

"It's your birthday, you HAVE to eat some cake." (yeah, sgonna be a GREAT birthday with lots of zits)

"I'm 100% sure I don't have nutritional deficiencies" (he goes outside less often than me last year, and I had a huge vitamin D deficiency back then). So I asked "what about magnesium". He replied "Oh I drink beer, that gives me all my magnesium. Why do you think beer is so bitter". Made me chuckle.

"There's sugar in EVERYTHING, you know". I asked, with lots of sarcasm "In meat too". He replied, with a serious voice : "yes". Clearly he was hoping I'd shout "OH NO I'VE BEEN WRONG FOR WEEKS I SHOULD EAT CANDY RIGHT AWAY IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAYS"

"I try to eat 3 fruits and 2 vegetables every day :) !" (sure you do, that's why you ate 4 apples, 2 kiwis, 2 oranges and a small serving of carrots. oh right, potatoes are vegetables?).

"Fat people are just lazy. I can't stand them." (I've never been fat, but that's a very mean and ignorant thing to say)

"What you eat is disgusting <starts eating whole wheat bread while I indulge in celeriac fries with a steak from heaven>"

"I'm in PERFECT health." (so tell me why you have acne, mood swings, spend your days playing computer games, have eye and teeth problems, ...)


And now some doctor's advice (I like my doctor, but you know how they are) :

"You have hypoglycemia. You should eat slow sugars like bread and potatoes. Or eat fruit very slowly throughout the day" (I had been fruitarian for 4 months before that).

"HALF A POUND OF MEAT DAILY?? ARE YOU CRAZY?? Fish is unlimited though"

(To my sister) "You sleep too much"

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on January 10, 2012
at 11:25 PM

There is indeed Mg in beer. Alcoholic beverage, beer, regular [?], all contains 21.4 mg per can. So for only a little over 14 cans, he could indeed be getting his RDA of Mg from beer. I prefer to get magnesium from coffee, which only requires me to drink 16.5 20 oz cups. Bzzzzzzzzzzzz

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:49 PM

LOL LOL I may have hurt myself laughing about the "mutations going on right now."

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Mg in beer: no wonder it makes me sleepy!

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:15 AM

Housemate: "You are frying with butter again!?"

Me: "Last month I weighed 86Kg and had 13% body-fat, this month I weigh 83.5Kg and have 12.1% body-fat."

Housemate: "Yes I was about to say you are looking much thinner."

Me: "Obviously two months of butter isn't working too well is it?"

Housemate: "Hmmm..."

Me: "And I am going to eat this whole avocado too."

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on January 20, 2012
at 03:57 PM

This exchange would make an amusing 3 or 4 panel comic. A paleo comic--does it exist? If not, shouldn't it?

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 22, 2012
at 12:16 PM

Nice idea. I can help with the content if someone can illustrate. :)

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48b2a8e6d223d996957e1adaf8877eff

on January 10, 2012
at 09:21 PM

My sons stayed the night at their Grandparent's house, who are renowned for asking things like, "why can't you eat corn?" and "what's wrong with whole grains?" The next morning they were going to make pancakes and they got a special gluten-free kind. For the life of me I do not know when they shifted their thinking from my family eating a Paleo/Primal diet to gluten-free?!?! Anyway, oldest son says, "No thanks, can't we just have some eggs?" Grandma, "How do you know we have eggs?" Son, "Don't you need eggs to make pancakes?" Grandma proceeds to make eggs for my sons and nasty pancakes for everyone else, including the asthmatic, always have snotty noses, and covered in eczema cousins.

My sons are tall and lean, considered by everyone around them to be too skinny (comparatively speaking to other kids, I guess). Grandparents keep harping on them to eat so they can be big and strong. Grandparents are trying to get them to run marathons with them and told them about the hot chocolate reward at the end. Sons ask, "Why, hot chocolate at the end of a race. Shouldn't you have something healthy?" Grandparents explain how healthy the carbs from hot chocolate are after a marathon run. Sons say, "We would rather have healthy fats." Grandparents, "That's an oxymoron." Sons, eyeroll and think, "What morons," to themselves.

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on January 11, 2012
at 06:21 PM

11 and 13. They both love reading nutrition labels (we rarely buy things with labels) when they are offered food at other people's houses. Then they decline whatever is offered. They can hold their own when questioned but have learned not to get into debates with those who think they know more than they do about healthy food ; )

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(870)

on January 10, 2012
at 10:03 PM

How old are your kids? Sound like they are off to a great start.

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(292)

on January 19, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Amazing! Congrats to you and your parenting skills!

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on January 10, 2012
at 06:32 PM

For some stupid reason when I tell people I don't eat ANY Grain, they try to find exceptions. Like Rice! Or Oatmeal!

B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

(1680)

on January 11, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Or spelt! Because you do eat bread made with spelt, don't you?

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(4090)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I get that a lot too. They then add that awful statement about needing 'heart healthy' whole grains.

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(1123)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:52 PM

HAHA! I told someone I hadn't had a slice of bread for 6 months and they thought I was the most deprived person on the planet. It was hillarious :)

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:38 PM

"how does a little girl like you eat all that?!?!?" exclaimed at my 1pm breakfast of 4 eggs, 1/4lb beef kidney and cup of broccoli.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on January 10, 2012
at 07:09 PM

i love the big-ass-salad too! its just so visually filling :)

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(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Oh, LOL! This past weekend a friend of my grandson's spent the night and I sat down with my usual crunchy salad (my favorite replacement for the bag of chips I used to munch) and he kept saying, "How can you eat all that? I've never seen such a big salad." I kept saying, "If it was a bowl of popcorn you wouldn't be amazed and this salad is less food density than that." He'd just shake his head and say, "I've never seen such a big salad."

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273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

My favorite...

"Bread was in the Bible, it has to be good for you"

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 20, 2012
at 01:17 AM

wine was in the bible...thats why I can get drunk and never feel guilty about anything stupid that may come...because that what the bible people did right?

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

(1956)

on January 19, 2012
at 09:41 PM

So was cooking the bread over fires made of human crap!

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0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

on January 10, 2012
at 05:42 PM

It's always amused me how often the people I talk to mishear "I don't eat wheat" for "I don't eat meat." Usually right before I tear into a fatty steak cooked in Kerrygold.

4
778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

on January 10, 2012
at 05:03 PM

I had someone tell me that I should eat grains. I asked why. They told me, "Because the government says we should." Really? Sometimes I feel like I'm living Circa 1950 over here...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 05:36 PM

That's where most teenagers are smarter than adults--they take what parents and the gov't say with a large grain of salt. Our culture forces them out of that though.

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(1026)

on January 10, 2012
at 06:26 PM

But salt is bad for you! :)

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C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

(670)

on January 20, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I have a feeling this thread will be rather long! Eating feels to be a very political act, even when one eats for purely self-involved reasons. I'm doing this because I believe it to be the best option in a world where food is just so removed from its natural form. I still get co-workers, friends and family trying to challenge me during meal times. It's extremely frustrating as I am doing this as a form of self-love and healing, not trying to convert anybody or judge others' food choices.

I live with my mother, who recovered from her eating disorder after a counsellor taught her to regard all food as energy and to take 'everything in moderation'. I can totally see the merit in that approach. Now that I am recovering from mine, I too am eating all things in moderation - but sticking to foods that are more or less natural. I won't touch oatmeal, wholemeal bread, peanut butter or jam because they trigger binges, send my moods out of whack, give me nasty bloating and digestive issues... but my mum makes it hard. She takes my lack of energy to be a symptom of 'eating too much red meat and fat' (rather than something that was caused by chronic malnutrition). Last night she was on my case about eating wholegrain toast and cheese to give me energy (which probably would help, as I just need more calories). She has a rather damaged digestive system and can't handle red muscle meat anymore, is constipated for days. Arthirits, high blood pressure, anxiety, poor sleep, and she's having a hell of a time with menopause. She doesn't eat red meat because of it and eats her wholemeal bread for fibre. I hope to get her started on water kefir and other probiotic foods to help heal her gut, but I think realistically she might never improve her quality of life if she continues eating what she does.

Folks at work comment on how lean I am and how I got that way by eating 'low carb', even though I load up on the starch and fruit all the time. These are not 'real' carbs for most people, or they tell me they just didn't think of it that way. They shame each other for being fat. Our office manager has low self-confidence, a stressful job and I often see him comfort eating from the vending machines. He's on an 'all protein' diet but of course won't touch fat because fat makes you fat. I told him quite seriously that adding healthy sources of fat like avacados, olive oil and fatty fish would be hugely beneficial for satiety and energy (didn't mention saturated fats in case I scared him off). But these type of diets are like group challenges and only last about two weeks. They simply aren't sustainable lifestyle changes- yet they all congratulate each other for losing weight (even though the constant yo-yoing is more damaging to your heart than saturated fats or being 'overweight' ever is).

Last week I made a curry with coconut cream, beautiful yellow curry spices with nothing added, and rather lean grass-fed goat meat. Mum was initially excited because it tasted so good, but looked at the nutritional info of the cream and declared she couldn't eat it because it contained too much saturated fat and would give her a heart attack. She made another curry besides mine, with chicken and jar curry, containing 20 ingredients, soy, wheat, milk powders, vegetable oils, flavours, thickeners, the lot. It just makes me so sad.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 19, 2012
at 09:17 PM

I always get:

You are throwing away the egg whites?

3
A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on January 19, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Christmas morning I'm asked to cook bacon and scrambled eggs. No problem. As we're finishing up eating my sister asked "Did you cook the eggs in olive oil or canola oil?"

"Neither."

begin argument...

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D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

on January 18, 2012
at 11:56 PM

My quasi-pescetarian (she will occasionally eat chicken, for some reason), candy-hoarding sister is full of great ones. She actually is very supportive but she maintains that being vegetarian is healthier and doesn't quite get the science behind how I eat. (FYI: Terry Wahls's TED Talk was my conversion to paleo, and I've showed it to my nuclear family.)

[In the middle of dinner with my extended family, whom I barely know and am not comfortable discussing my health/diet with, while my mouth is full] "Marielle is minding her mitochondria!"
[Hearing the sizzle of fatty beef hitting a hot pan] {horrified} "That sounds like fat!"
"WHAT? What's wrong with soy? I thought you just weren't eating bread."
"Get some kale for those mitochondria!"
[Watching me drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on some kale] "I didn't see any olive oil in that video."
[After I simplified the concept behind paleo to "we did not evolve to eat grains, but we did to eat meat"] "We didn't evolve to eat red meat."

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1ab7ccb9520dddd0777db88e74ca0bed

on January 10, 2012
at 04:02 AM

Today a lady mentioned how I'm similar to her son: tall, skinny, doesn't eat processed food, low fat, etc. Once she saw my roast duck and said it looked delicious, I started telling her about my "diet". Lots of meat and vegetables. High protein, high fat. She had a funny look after I said high fat. Unfortunately she didn't tell me why fat is bad for me...

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(9812)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:21 PM

One of my coworkers always brings me vegetarian magazines because I'm so health-conscious, haha. There are some good side dishes in there though.

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(1363)

on January 10, 2012
at 06:16 AM

The fat stuff gets me the most. "you are healthy right, you don't want this fatty stuff.."

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:43 PM

@Jules K, I bet you'll pick up some good recipes that'll only be enhanced by the meat juice/fat on your plate. :-))

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(3944)

on January 21, 2012
at 04:54 PM

People sort of default to low-fat when they think about diet. I'll be talking to someone who *knows* I eat low-carb, lots of meat, no wheat, etc. I mean, they've *seen* me eat -- they've seen me cook eggs in lard and put butter on my ham. And yet, if I say something about how grass-fed beef is better, they'll say something like, "Yeah, I heard it's leaner." And I have to explain that no, it's better *despite* often being leaner. The low-fat belief is just so ingrained and so often reinforced that it's very hard to truly let go of.

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on January 20, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I raise a few chickens and barter with a couple of my coworkers for them. I offered some to one guy and he said, "Sure, my wife will use the whites for omelets and we'll give the yolks to the dog." DENIED!

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144e1a4e0753f285f3520d1e9ddbd690

on January 19, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I get plenty of comments from co-workers when I heat up my leftovers of sweet potatoes and pork roast while they are shoving a Jimmy John's sandwich down their throats. I discuss my diet only with a few people who have some interest, but they don't actually want to try it for themselves. Too scary, I guess.

The dietary habits of my co-workers are appalling. We have an overweight protein-deficient vegetarian, a skinny skinny sugar junkie near vegan. A low blood sugar person who has to eat every couple of hours. A lot of just generally overweight people who start their day with a huge diet soda. We have an unusually high number of people with migraines. The office snack basket is filled with HFCS-laden "whole grain" cookies. The freezer is full of Lean Cuisines. Even our office bulletin board is covered with health-related flyers from our Human Resources Dept. touting Meatless Mondays and MyFoodPlate. And then everyone seems to always be nursing a cold, allergies or a sinus infection. I've tried to gently steer people to sites like PH or MDA, especially when the topic covers one of their maladies.

And my partner gets pretty cranky when I start discussing paleo. He's not on board.

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(1123)

on January 30, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Mine isn't on board either. He says I'm like an evangelical minister with my Paleo Preaching. I keep telling him it's because I love him that I'm trying to convert him. He's not buying it. I have converted the kids, though, for the most part. Hehehehe :)

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on January 18, 2012
at 09:45 PM

I was lamenting over not having room in my freezer for an order from the co-op of pastured beef and pork.

My (not paleo) best friend is absolutely appalled that I wouldn't make room in my freezer by throwing out the combined 18lbs of lamb liver, spleen, and heart that I had stored in butchers boxes in there. He made a quip every time we went out to eat or were just talking about food for the next month: "Josh will be happy to eat your pig-anus casserole, do you have any lambs hooves that Josh can eat, or a pancreas? Please tell me you have a pancreas!"

There is a happy ending though... I thawed out some of all three and ate well that week (liverwurst in sausage casings), then was able to make room for my 230lbs order.

The best part? I gave him one of the cased liverwursts and he greatly enjoyed it on sandwiches. I never told him that most of the "liver" was spleen (much milder than liver).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 19, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Where do you get your spleen? Offal is much easier to get in New England, but even there I can only get liver, kidney, heart and tongue.Processor won't give the farmer anything else back. My e-mail is [email protected] . Thanks.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 19, 2012
at 12:55 AM

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

believe it or not, I special ordered it through a grocery store. Which means, unfortunately, that it was probably grain finished... but even American lamb is not fed grain through it's life, just at finishing. I couldn't turn down a deal where I got almost 20lbs of organs for about $15 bucks.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 10, 2012
at 01:24 PM

I got some pretty funny reactions to paleo over the holidays. They'd get the paleo in a nutshell lesson (not that I brought it up, my immediate family things paleo is odd) and then look at my plate and comment about how much wheat/sugar I was eating. Further explanations ensued.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 10, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Oh, gosh, you can't win either way can you?

Dc5144de5078c44a2b106ff25778fd3d

(308)

on January 10, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Here's a common reaction I get: "You're not still eating that diet are you? By the way, you look great--but you're still not eating that diet are you?"

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B9f0b439d1abbc7d6cd1ac0afd2334d4

(125)

on January 10, 2012
at 04:58 AM

I stick with saying that I'm gluten-sensitive and give up trying to explain except to a few more enlightened and objective ones. Gluten-sensitivity is usually enough to have my co-workers leave me enjoy my own (yummy) meals.

Of course, frequent reactions I get include - "you mean that (salad bowl) is edible?" and "but isn't everything made of wheat then?"

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(8938)

on January 10, 2012
at 11:39 AM

There is a better one, actually : histamine intolerance :). I use it to explain why I eat auto-immune paleo. Unfortunately it's probably not a lie for me ^^.

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7e36094a0f7a2fbad24290225405220b

(2064)

on January 20, 2012
at 09:03 AM

When the sandwiches are passed round and I eat only the meat I now get, "Oh, Jean doesn't eat bread" which is nice as they now accept my funny diet but I am the only one there who isn't diabetic, arthtitic or overweight and no-one ever thinks I might have got it right!

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