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Has anybody ever staged an intervention for you in the belief that you were killing yourself with paleo eating?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM

This morning I had a relative over at my house - she is a lifelong WeightWatchers devotee. I hadn't eaten breakfast yet as I had just come up from doing kettlebell stuff in the basement. I'm pretty sure she might have been horrified as I proceeded to cook up a 4 egg cheese omelette, and an entire pack of bacon (of which I ate 5 slices).

Suddenly it occurred to me that to her I might as well be snorting coke in terms of perceived levels of self destruction. I had a little chuckle in my head imagining her arranging an intervention for this poor "misguided" soul - I'd come home to discover TV cameras following my every move as I walked to the fridge...and...there were no eggs! No bacon! No beef roasts! No butter!

I'd whip around, terrified, to see my friends and relatives closing in on me, waving whole grain rice cakes and bowls of sugary instant oatmeal at me, saying, "We need to talk..."

BUT, in all seriousness, has anybody actually had something like this happen? Where one or many of your friends, relatives, loved ones sat you down and insisted that you stop with this unhealthy "fad paleo nonsense" this very moment, because they were worried about you?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

^ That is genius, It's going in my "awesome phrases" vault. :)

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(1680)

on December 24, 2011
at 04:18 PM

Karen P, "how's that moderation working for ya?" is going onto my list of great phrases. Thanks.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on December 24, 2011
at 08:29 AM

Can't you help her out too, Evzone? Wouldn't it be great if you two can work together? I think you would even achieve better results that way.

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on December 24, 2011
at 07:39 AM

I never understand people who act like paleo is totally bizarre and misguided when what they are doing is obviously not working. Like, how long can you eat frozen Jenny Craig meals before you realize it's just not working out?

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on December 24, 2011
at 06:09 AM

its 1am, and now, im craving BACON, time to eat

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on December 24, 2011
at 05:51 AM

Phew! I sure needed that rant. :)

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on April 08, 2011
at 08:17 PM

Wait a minute there, Dr. K. Let me get this straight. You take off your clothes and this entrains people to want to eat bacon with you? Where do you find these friends of yours?

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on March 13, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I am also, apparently, very annoying.

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on March 13, 2011
at 03:37 PM

This is what it looks like when I wield the Bacon of Power: http://twitpic.com/494zue

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on March 13, 2011
at 02:49 PM

everyone tells me to stop with the paleo stuff! haha.

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on March 13, 2011
at 12:25 AM

They were seduced by Cynarin, who was wielding the Bacon of Power.

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on March 12, 2011
at 10:16 PM

"Eat bacon with me" sounds like a delicious metaphor for the horizontal tango.

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on March 12, 2011
at 10:15 PM

My little brother just *got an MRI for the same disease that made me go paleo* and is still saying, "shut up with this paleo/CrossFit stuff."

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:02 PM

nope......I just take off my clothes and they stop eating oatmeal and want to eat bacon with me. The results speak loudly for paleo. Weight watcher folks and guys like Jared from Subway never show up topless of naked. Definitive proof is in the pudding so to speak.

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on March 12, 2011
at 08:47 PM

I have had similar reactions from my friends and relatives. I look better (needed to actually gain weight), am no longer depressed, and am generally much healthier overall. While my family won't adopt a Paleo lifestyle, I have convinced several friends and coworkers to give it a shot. Two coworkers thank me every time they see me.

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on March 12, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I have the same problem :)

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1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

on March 12, 2011
at 05:39 PM

No. They pretty much all agree that I look better, that I complain less about aches and pains, and that I generally seem to be doing well.

On the other hand, there may have been a few interventions about "please stop talking about this godforsaken paleo crap all the time, you are so annoying..."

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on March 13, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I am also, apparently, very annoying.

Fe9564da32d84d7213ef2a203f97de48

(279)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I have the same problem :)

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on March 13, 2011
at 02:49 PM

everyone tells me to stop with the paleo stuff! haha.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:47 PM

I have had similar reactions from my friends and relatives. I look better (needed to actually gain weight), am no longer depressed, and am generally much healthier overall. While my family won't adopt a Paleo lifestyle, I have convinced several friends and coworkers to give it a shot. Two coworkers thank me every time they see me.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on March 12, 2011
at 10:15 PM

My little brother just *got an MRI for the same disease that made me go paleo* and is still saying, "shut up with this paleo/CrossFit stuff."

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on March 12, 2011
at 06:13 PM

"she is a lifelong WeightWatchers devotee"

Lol, no doubt.

I just take them to my computer, open my references bookmarks and lecture them for 6 hours. :)

You wanna call my diet a "fad", "pseudo-science" "artery-clogging", etc, you will have to engage in the discussion of nutritional science. That's how it works. Finger-wagging is unacceptable if exempt from two-way dialogue.

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on March 14, 2011
at 03:33 PM

My doctor tried - until he saw my vastly improved lab work, my shrinking waist line, and the falling number on the scale.

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:00 PM

It's always been my experience that people who "stage interventions" love the drama that surrounds the intervention -- you know, the gossip, the hype, the getting-everybody-involved aspect -- more than the person that they're trying to intervene.

That said, nope. Nobody has tried to intervene. If anything, they're thrilled that I finally eat like a "normal" person now (they're not actually aware of the things NOT in my diet because I don't make a big deal about it; all they see are the yummy things I /do/ eat), versus my highly restrictive vegetarian days. :)

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on March 29, 2011
at 09:00 AM

Yes sort of, a friend with a cigarette in one hand and beer in the other suggested I should try to balance things more (i.e. eat bread, drink beer). It's bad when these things alienate you from friends and family, so I do try to keep a lid on it socially these days.

I was asked if I had been ill too, for having visibly lost weight (I was wearing clothes). People these days have a misconception of what is thin and what is lean, I would class myself as the latter.

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on March 12, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Yes! My mom always says I am losing too much weight. And recently I had extremely stressful events happening in my life and I got the flu. My girlfriend said to me that I need to go to the doctor and make sure I tell them I on the Paleo Diet!

On the other hand, seeing my high school chums always results in, "Wow you look great, your skin looks awesome...what are you doing?"

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on December 24, 2011
at 05:50 AM

My mother-in-law, normally reserved (bless her heart), admitted she worries about how we feed our daughter. That was all she said, but I find it ironic that I'm the one who had to limit them to ONE ice cream trip per visit with my daughter. This was after I busted them trying to hide an ice cream rendezvous from me by washing my daughter's chocolate-stained pants. I knew by the smell of their washer detergent. Grr...

The positive results are staring them in the face and they just can't be convinced that everything they've been told is wrong. My MIL says things all the time like, "There are many ways to be healthy," "Everything in moderation," and "I just want to enjoy myself". She thinks our WOE is crazy. And yet she's the one who's had a facial procedure to remove wrinkles, is on blood pressure meds, and is gaining weight despite her treadmill walks and Jenny Craig frozen meals. Yeah, how's that moderation working for ya?

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on December 24, 2011
at 07:39 AM

I never understand people who act like paleo is totally bizarre and misguided when what they are doing is obviously not working. Like, how long can you eat frozen Jenny Craig meals before you realize it's just not working out?

B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

(1680)

on December 24, 2011
at 04:18 PM

Karen P, "how's that moderation working for ya?" is going onto my list of great phrases. Thanks.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on December 24, 2011
at 05:51 AM

Phew! I sure needed that rant. :)

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on December 24, 2011
at 06:08 AM

Ive gotten, and most importantly to me my clients almost always get 'What are you taking?' 'No, really, what are you taking?' 'Is it that new HCG?' lol

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on December 24, 2011
at 05:35 AM

no, but my wife is pissed because she failed to eat paleo, she is fat and has every fat book ever printed like some how that was the answer, also she has hundreds of exercise DVDs thats not working either, Now she is just jealous because i will weigh in less than her soon and I'm 6 feet 4 inches tall. she has tried everything but lipo suction. her weight will kill her someday.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on December 24, 2011
at 08:29 AM

Can't you help her out too, Evzone? Wouldn't it be great if you two can work together? I think you would even achieve better results that way.

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