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Does the rest of your family or friends consider you a food snob now? *edited

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 25, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Before Paleo (january 2011) I was already on my own path to moving away from SAD foods I just didnt have a particular name for it. I think over the past 10 years or so I have become perceived as food snob of sorts. if you have a full family on all sides that eat SAD and althought they all came from "grandma's" ways of cooking and eating fresh and in season have all resorted to packaged this and that. They dont seem to rememeber what plain foods (not bland but not frankenfood) taste like. The family knows that I cant eat red meat due to and IBS issue that has been ongoing for 8+ years and that I prefer fresh (or perceived fresher) foods than MCNASTY, Booger King and Taco Smell, (our lovely names for such places).

If you go out to dinner do you ever feel guilty that because if you a more expensive place has been chosen? (i do realize the expense is relative...better food better health but if they arent eating paleo then they dont realize that concept)

I just keep trying to feed my family as close to Paleo as they will allow and keep trudging forward with myself trying to improve my food sources.

*edited to state that most of this was before paleo so even though i was stating that i wanted better food, i just wasnt losing weight....now that i am losing a little weight here and there it may be sinking in... Theresa

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 29, 2011
at 08:19 PM

One of the reasons other than my mom clinging onto her fake healthy low fat, breaded frozen fish and statins diet is that my sister was in rehab for anorexia last year. It makes me sick to see her follow her dietitians dogma that she can eat anything she wants because "food is not evil" as long as she gets in x servings of protein, starch, and fat per day. So she eats a ton of horrible processed crap. Her dietitian advocates diet soda. I made a quick comment once that I wouldnt trust any nutritional "expert" that was okay with putting the chemicals of diet soda into my body.

69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

(1020)

on July 29, 2011
at 12:56 PM

Just don't sweat the people who think you're crazy...and it will!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 29, 2011
at 10:26 AM

I hope this is gonna happen to me too :)

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 29, 2011
at 01:30 AM

That sux Danielle.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 28, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I wish that was my case. I am threatened to get kicked out of my moms place of I bring up food whatsoever, even in a non-evangelist way.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on July 26, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Awesome! <3 .

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:40 PM

officially and happily!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on July 26, 2011
at 12:46 PM

Are you officially married now, Adam? Congrats! I remember you posting about honeymoon options. <3

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on July 26, 2011
at 12:28 AM

I dont make a big deal, they just know I wont even try at most fast food...i do make an exception for the wendys avacado bacon chicken salad...i know there is soy and other pufas but some times you have to compromise and do better the next meal. NOw if it was Chipotle...i am all over it!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 25, 2011
at 09:57 PM

You're not alone. Any issues with my family I'm the one they call :)

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on July 25, 2011
at 10:03 PM

No. I think some of them just think I'm a hypochondriac. Oh well.

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226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 25, 2011
at 09:46 PM

Food snob?

I'm majoring in Dietetics so I have an excuse! lol.

Honestly my family is beginning to put together some of the basic tenets of Paleo based on our chats.

I'm becoming more family doctor than food snob...and that's where I think we should try to be with our families. Help them learn to heal.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 25, 2011
at 09:57 PM

You're not alone. Any issues with my family I'm the one they call :)

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 28, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I wish that was my case. I am threatened to get kicked out of my moms place of I bring up food whatsoever, even in a non-evangelist way.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 29, 2011
at 01:30 AM

That sux Danielle.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on July 29, 2011
at 08:19 PM

One of the reasons other than my mom clinging onto her fake healthy low fat, breaded frozen fish and statins diet is that my sister was in rehab for anorexia last year. It makes me sick to see her follow her dietitians dogma that she can eat anything she wants because "food is not evil" as long as she gets in x servings of protein, starch, and fat per day. So she eats a ton of horrible processed crap. Her dietitian advocates diet soda. I made a quick comment once that I wouldnt trust any nutritional "expert" that was okay with putting the chemicals of diet soda into my body.

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D2e6eb2ab91f5e11589cf34b44b8e4cd

on July 25, 2011
at 10:12 PM

Thankfully my husband and I are on the same page with food. And yes, we eat differently than pretty much everyone (we have friends at CrossFit that eat like us and it's SO nice to talk about food with them). Everyone else just thinks your nuts to spend so much money on food, yet they compliment us on how great we look! Yet they aren't willing to give up their fast food and crap.

Ultimately our physical appearance speaks for itself.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 25, 2011
at 09:41 PM

I can always find food to eat wherever I go with friends, but definitely the ones that have actually realized that Paleo is not something I'm doing lightly will go out of their way to find something with many more options for me with a bonus if the food is locally sourced. They seem to like the challenge in addition to trying things on a new menu. I do live in NY so variety, at any price level, is very available. We're all pretty honest as well, so if cash is low then it's "nooooooo" and something else is found.

It's awesome that you're really working at keeping your family healthy and it sounds like you're a strong lady. Keep that chin up! :)

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on July 26, 2011
at 11:57 AM

I realized the other day that I am a food snob, lol. There are certain places I refuse to eat. Sure, I could find something to eat there, but quality has become #1 for me and I know these particular places are the lowest quality they can be while keeping their doors open.

If I am going out to eat, I am willing to pay a little more for better quality food.

Family and friends just think I'm a little strange. Oddly enough, friends are more accepting of my choices than family. I've even gotten a few friends to change some of their eating habits.

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69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

(1020)

on July 25, 2011
at 11:53 PM

My friends regarded me as a food snob before I went paleo, because I was a big time foodie. My family just thought I was crazy.

However, NOW all of that has subsided because EVERYONE has seen the results. And now, they're coming to me for advice and direction. This has prompted me to take my career in a new direction.

69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

(1020)

on July 29, 2011
at 12:56 PM

Just don't sweat the people who think you're crazy...and it will!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 29, 2011
at 10:26 AM

I hope this is gonna happen to me too :)

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on July 25, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Yes they do, but they also mention within a few breaths that whatever I'm doing must be working for me!

So overall, they are very supportive.


My wife is even more supportive, she came along for the evolutionary-eating ride with me!

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:40 PM

officially and happily!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on July 26, 2011
at 12:46 PM

Are you officially married now, Adam? Congrats! I remember you posting about honeymoon options. <3

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on July 26, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Awesome! <3 .

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:07 PM

My cooking is not cheap. I cook everything, I cook 3 times a day, and I buy quality beef and vegetables. My mother knows it's important to me as she notices I get really healthier and healthier. My father, sister and brothers all have that "I don't care about health" attitude and consider themselves healthy. Frequent farting, acne, obesity, ... show that is not the case.

Whatever I do to convince them my diet is very healthy, that I get rewarded for all the work I do (I'm 20, have to work hard to be able to pay all this, do all the shopping myself every day, all the cooking on my own after everybody else has eaten, I have exams, ...), they would probably be glad if I throw all the good, healthy things away.

Last time my father got pissed because I was cooking everything. He always tries to make me eat bread, fruit or nuts because he thinks it doesn't matter for immunity.

I don't think they see me as a food snob, but I do feel like it. I go to expensive places all the time to get what I need (organic stores, for example, are very expensive here, take for example extra virgin coconut oil).

That's why I work hard to get enough money. It's not easy being paleo, but it's a nice challenge and it has tons of advantages (no more farting, allergies reduced tremendously in one month, no acne, no smelling, sleeping great, ...).

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on July 25, 2011
at 09:54 PM

I get food snob all the time from my family. When we rarely go out to eat, I try to go to locally owned places so that I can have better access to the chef or owner. Sadly, These places are often expensive. I felt so bad about this extra expense last weekend, that I didn't dare make a peep about the worm in my fish. (it was dead). My husband refuses to believe that organic food and grassfed meat is better, instead of reading all the articles/research I send him, he will just call me a snob and moan and complain everytime we go to the grocery store.

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366226524fab8d55b5c2ec500dd4c090

on August 03, 2011
at 04:17 AM

I am fairly new to paleo, but have been gluten free for close to 2 years. A month after going gf with impressive results, I mindlessly ate a piece of bread at a restaurant and didn't realize it until an hour and a half later feeling like I had been run over by a Mack truck and a few other reactions, therefore my self diagnosis. Since then, I occasionally have had friends and family infer that being gluten free was just a diet and that I could eat food containing it if I wanted to. After explaining to them my body's reaction to it the times I have accidentally consumed it, like the restaurant incident or if I've neglected reading labels, they generally understand.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on July 28, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Some outside of my close circle of family and friends may not quite understand my attitude towards certain foods, but I don't worry myself with them. My close family and friends understand that I feel better when I eat a more Paleo-friendly diet. I, like yourself, have suffered some past IBS issues. These have been almost completely resolved after I started eating Paleo. My friends and family realize this and try to accomodate it and accept it.

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22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

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on July 28, 2011
at 08:13 PM

I consider myself a food snob, so i would say definitely and I don't mind. Food is a big part of my life and our health and you better be damn sure I am going to be a snob about what goes into my pie hole!!!

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:11 AM

I'm lucky that a lot of my family are food snobs, at least in the sense of wanting high quality fresh, preferably organic and local food. It does make things much easier, even despite some of us being veg*n, reformed veg*n, pescatarian, and paleo. My SIL is a nurse heavily involved in training med professionals about toxin and endocrine disruptor exposure in hospitals (including the food), and has a huge interest in quality of food, processing, preparation, storage and other issues. So even though we differ in diets, we can all find plenty to keep us happy at family picnics.

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on July 25, 2011
at 11:47 PM

I think people thought that way of me before I found Paleo, but for me its more an issue of food allergies, and cleanliness of food.

I don't make a big deal, I just don't eat if there is nothing there for me at the place they choose (rarely happens-except food courts).

I think people make a bigger deal out of it because it makes them uncomfortable. People just don't get it....the last time out, my sister in law served me a soup that was made for everyone and took the beef out of it since I'm allergic....mind you, it was a beef broth based soup.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on July 26, 2011
at 12:28 AM

I dont make a big deal, they just know I wont even try at most fast food...i do make an exception for the wendys avacado bacon chicken salad...i know there is soy and other pufas but some times you have to compromise and do better the next meal. NOw if it was Chipotle...i am all over it!

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