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How many people have You converted to Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I started Paleo 6 months ago. I try not to actively push it on people that aren't interested, but a surprising amount of my family has jumped on board lately! My dad was first, about 4 months ago (well he's kinda half-ass paleo). But about two weeks ago my uncle was asking me about Paleo so I gave him my copy of The Paleo Solution. Since then, my uncle, aunt, mom, and grandma have all started eating Paleo! Wow! Hopefully they all stick with it.

Have you had as much luck converting friends or family? Do you even try to, and how?

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:36 PM

I definitely think it's a pertinent question that many of us are curious about. We all want the people we care about to be healthy, too!

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:34 PM

I think it's that word "converted" that causes some folks to tense up a bit. Change out "paleo" with whatever religion of your choice and "The Paleo Solution" with "The Bible" and re-read your paragraph. I'm not saying this is how I took it, but others might be reading it along these lines.

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on March 21, 2012
at 09:12 AM

Yeah, I have never pushed it on anyone, or preached it at all. Like most people, I have told people what I am doing, they have seen the results, and have asked me about it, read on their own, and decided to try it.

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on March 21, 2012
at 09:06 AM

I definitely don't treat it like a religion.

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:26 AM

I find it interesting how many people assume this means you're "preaching."

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Amen. Oops, forgot about minimum comment length .. there.

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:26 AM

I like your approach with actively encouraging clean eating. This is how I'm settling in to talking about my eating with friends and family. I don't talk about Paleo unless they seem really interested and keep asking questions.

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:23 AM

Love the quote at the end!

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:56 AM

I have experienced this as well. You really know when you are talking to a wall. It's getting easier to read people's reactions, but those first few months were tricky.

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0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:02 AM

My goal is to be a walking example instead of being evangelistic about it.

Me and my girlfriend started around the same time almost 5 months ago following Kurt Harris' Archevore Diet. I usually avoid the word "paleo" and when folks ask what I'm doing (I've lost almost 60 pounds, so a few have noticed) I tell them that I've simply cut out gluten grains and processed foods in exchange for whole foods, good meats and fats, safe starches, etc. I just try to be low-key about it and so far I've gotten quite a few questions from several people who seem interested.

Now about my one BIG "convert" so far:

The person I've had the most conversation with about all of it is my mom, who likes to talk about recipes and food stuff in general. She's been more curious than anyone else, and I just recently realized that she's apparently been in "contemplation" mode, because she just called me this past Thursday to tell me that SHE GAVE UP WHEAT! Then, she called me back yesterday to tell me that she has lost 5 pounds in 4 days and can't believe how awesome she feels. She says her head feels clearer, she has more energy, pretty much all the good stuff we're all familiar with.

In the same conversation she also said something like "if you get X food at Y restaurant you have no way of knowing how it was cooked". This tells me that some of our casual conversations have led to her looking things up on her own. Yay mom :)

Needless to say I'm excited for her, but I'm even more excited because she stays in closer contact or gets along with a lot of our family better than I do. She'll be much better at spreading the word to them than I would, and I'm really glad she's taking action for herself. I told my girlfriend a couple months ago that if I could just get my mom onboard...

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:17 AM

11 - all Ninja style. People saw the change, asked what was up, I said in the simplest terms without using "PaleoPrimalCavemanblahblah" what I was up to, in addition to the lifting and CrossFit. They tried using me as a sounding board if they were confused or had questions. The results: felt better, looked better, done.

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on March 20, 2012
at 11:28 PM

None. I'm not comfortable around people who proselytize so I don't do it myself (though being passionate on a subject is admirable, interesting and yeah there's a fine line there). I also don't believe every diet is right for everyone, but I will tell people about what I do if they ask.

Interesting timing on this question -- two separate people on two separate days this week on my dog walk were shocked to hear that I am not in fact a vegetarian, just because I'm lean.

My gentle reply both times, "Well, whenever I'm not eating animals, I do eat a lot of plants."

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:23 AM

Love the quote at the end!

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on March 20, 2012
at 11:06 PM

About 5, that I know of. Possibly even more that happen to read my blog but don't report back.

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on March 20, 2012
at 11:04 PM

At least 5, all with varying amounts of success. In the beginning, I was preaching Paleo like a cult preaches their religion. After realizing people don't take to kindly to that, I essentially just sat back and when people came to me with questions, I would supply them with info. Timing is paramount. They need to mentally be ready for a change and have an open mind.

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:56 AM

I have experienced this as well. You really know when you are talking to a wall. It's getting easier to read people's reactions, but those first few months were tricky.

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:48 PM

I haven't tried. I've lost 150lbs and so have had a lot of "WOW, what are you doing!" and I tell them. Then they do nothing. It's too foreign for most of them. Life without bread is just not in it for most of them. Sad really.

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:58 AM

None, I do not preach. When people ask how I lost 90 lbs and then put on 20 lbs of muscle, they get pissed at me and mutter that Ill have an heart attack. I mumble that you are LAZY.

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:40 AM

My immediate family is now 99% off of the devil grain. We'll do a bit of rice once in a while with sushi (I don't). I've backed off the "preaching" as I'm coming up on 12 months Paleo. I've been eating "clean" for a few years now with the farmers market, grass fed meats, and WHOLE GRAINS. So, really it was just ditching the grains and bumping up the fat. I'll do sugar here and there (that's my crutch still)....working on it.

As the community grows, gets more educated, and sees the results, I think more will accept it as how things "should be"....it's a challenge from a sustainability perspective, blah, blah, but we're FUCKED as a species anyway! lol

I'm just totally stoked I sleep better, don't fart much, i'm alert, more pensive at times, easier going with my wife and kids, AND, AND, AND, look better at 44 than I did at 34 and possibly 24! Just told my wife I need a 31 in my GAP straight jeans!! I even pull off the skinnies!

Good luck all - keep pushing for good food!

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Great question. I get asked ALL THE TIME by people who see me noticeably slimmer (35 lbs in 6 or 7 months), so I've had alot of opportunities to "preach" paleo.

My wife and kids are paleo due to my efforts for sure.

I have a feeling that alot of my extended family were very skeptical when we first started, but are having changes of thought now that they see us really committing to this way of life and witnessing our dramatic change in appearance and health.

Really, more than preaching "paleo", I'm actively encouraging clean eating. This includes going to farmers markets, buying grassfed beef and organic food, and consuming only good fats.

Its alot easier and more productive IMOH to encourage clean, natural and whole food as oppose to a "paleo diet" that people can dismiss as just another fad.

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:26 AM

I like your approach with actively encouraging clean eating. This is how I'm settling in to talking about my eating with friends and family. I don't talk about Paleo unless they seem really interested and keep asking questions.

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:20 AM

I tried with my mother, her diabetes saw improvement and she stopped statins. But since she takes care of kids, keeping strict to the diet is proving nearly impossible for her.

One of my uncles has taken to it, lost significant weight, diabetes normalized, no more statins. He's sticking to it.

My wife is coming along better and better, but progress is still needed.

The rest of my family is stunned with my progress and ask about it everytime we meet. I think most of them are waiting to see me backslide and give up on the fad.

Two to three times a week I get to talk to my customers who have seen my improvements and wonder what I did. I only tell them when I ask, I'm still practicing my "elevator speech".

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:07 AM

More and more people seem to be coming over to a Paleo way of eating! I'm careful not to impose my views on people, but obviously I'm passionate about it - so I do talk about it!

I think everyone knows refined/ processed food is bad, so initally I notice friends and family making more of a concious effort to eat less of those "foods". Then I think combined with them feeling better/ seeing how well I was doing and asking me questions, people seem to gradually evolve to a paleo approach.

It's so pleasing to see - especially when they start to look and feel so much better!

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Let's see...in my 15 months of Primal eating, I have "influenced" my husband, 3 clients, and at least 2 friends. No luck with my family of origin, however!

I post a lot on FaceBook and have talked about my diet with some of my family.

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I was already thin, so I didn't have the benefit of people taking notice to amazing results. And actually I had mono when I switched, so I lost about 10-15 lbs that I didn't need to. I think most of my unhealthy friends kind of got a, she's killing herself with this new crazy diet 'tude about it after that.

But I'm very happy to say I got my mom and my step-brother on board. I'm still working on my dad...

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on March 21, 2012
at 09:55 AM

My sister, my Roommate and my Mother. Yeah! They are like 80/20, my sister already lost weight, and my mothers joint paints are getting better :)

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:23 AM

I've yet to start the conversation or "preach" anything - but people just can't stop asking questions once they start. So far, four people have made the switch after noticing the changes in me and inquiring.

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:26 AM

A dozen have tried, but so far only 1-2 people sticking with it for more than a trial.

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:09 AM

None, it's not a religion, don't treat it like one.

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Amen. Oops, forgot about minimum comment length .. there.

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on March 21, 2012
at 09:06 AM

I definitely don't treat it like a religion.

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