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How to eat paleo when your family is not

Answered on March 18, 2014
Created March 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

I am good at getting a nutritious and filling paleo lunch and breakfast because I make/buy it on my own. When it comes to dinner my mom doesn't want to hear anything about paleo restrictions or foods. She told me I could make my own dinners but its been so hard since she won't let me get critical paleo ingredients and she glares at me for eating a different meal than the one she slaved over. Plus I am a terrible cook and cannot usually eat what I make and end up binging on regular food due to shear hunger. Please help me stay 100% paleo in this situation because I generally crack at 4:00 and binge junk food like crazy. Any help or advice is greatly apprecitated

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on March 17, 2014
at 10:24 PM

Can I guess: You're underage and have a normal BMI?

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on March 17, 2014
at 10:01 PM

i have a very sensitive stomach that often hurts after eating especially after grains and dairy also i'm trying to get healthier for my skin and lose about 5 pounds

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on March 18, 2014
at 01:32 AM

ah. another paleo like myself. I as well am the only paleo person in my household. It is very tough and near impossible to be 100% because you are surrounded by so much non paleo food (and it smells incredible of course). My best advise it to find some basic paleo reciepes and make a weeks worth of meals. You will be "having left overs" for the rest of the week, but eating paleo is much greater than eating a "hot/fresh" meal every night. The other poster was right about learning how to cook. Its very important to be able to whip up a go to dish because we live in a very non paleo world. Browse for some recipes and try something you think you might like. thats how i got started. I usually cook around 8pm on a sunday night, when i know the only people coming into the kitchen are my siblings looking for ice cream. Take your time and try one and see how it works out.

To add to your mention of people refusing to accept your diet choices....just wait until you start showing signs of significant weight loss and consistent energy. The paleo jokes/remarks will stop. When i lost 28 lbs in the first three months, they stopped and realized what i was doing was working. Its even better when those who are non paleo complain about gaining weight! a little cynical but every dog has his day.

Keep up the work, maybe buy a cook book, and find a time to cook! Now its just a matter of your will power to continue to forward despite these challenges which would make other quit.

Good luck!

(Forgot to add that my diet is 90% paleo, i eat rice as my go to carb when i need the boost, and i drink beer on the weekend!)

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on March 17, 2014
at 10:33 PM

Research, read and write. Create some useful information for the family, sit down and discuss it like your life was on the line. Come to a mutually agreeable diet that leans more towards Paleo (don't use that term with your family) and make a happy family. Many common meals that people eat are just a few ingredients away from being better for you.

Or you could just fight, argue, lose and move out when you are old enough. Your choice. As a parent if my son/daughter came home and said we need to all eat Ethiopian food everyday for our health, I'd ask for some supporting data to show why I would take that extreme step. If they could give some good evidence I'd be interested in experimenting. Sometimes being close minded is based upon a lack of credible info.

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on March 17, 2014
at 10:13 PM

Learning to cook is a skill that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. It would seem that now would be a good time to learn. You could ask your Mother if you could help her in the kitchen, or if she would teach you to cook. You could also start by following recipes and cookery videos.

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on March 17, 2014
at 09:33 PM

Why are you eating paleo?

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on March 17, 2014
at 10:01 PM

i have a very sensitive stomach that often hurts after eating especially after grains and dairy also i'm trying to get healthier for my skin and lose about 5 pounds

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