I just found out my dad has insulin resistance/pre diabetes, something I suspected for a long time. He has been a yo-yo dieter for as long as I can remember, but only once or twice has he lost a significant amount of weight (at least to the point where he would be at a healthy weight). He is probably 100lbs overweight at this point. I have been trying to discuss paleo with him when I started over a year ago. He brushed off any info by saying that it is just a re-packaged Atkins diet.
I'd like to email him some information in the hopes that he will at least read some of it and be encouraged to change his lifestyle and poor eating habits. My dad is very smart and isn't easily convinced of things. He also isn't respectful of my opinions (whole other issue), so I need some articles/blog posts/studies that are high science. Also, any thoughtful rebuttals of the paleo diet are welcome because I'd like to give fair balance. Blog articles that break down studies would be especially good because I think he would be most likely to read those.
I usually don't encourage people to convince others of this lifestyle, but this is my dad and I feel like I at the very least need to give him some convincing info. Thanks.
Edit: Well, hell has frozen over. Talked to my mom today and she said my dad is reading The Primal Blueprint and is very interested. "See, your Dad isn't always bull-headed." Thanks for all the responses!
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on April 03, 2013
at 01:00 PM
I would give him a copy of "The Perfect Health Diet" by Jaminet / Jaminet for some hardbound, sciencey stuff from the paleo-sphere, and send him to http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ for moral support, cooking ideas, etc.
The PHD isn't really paleo, but it's close enough and chock full of references.
on April 03, 2013
at 03:18 PM
I've learned from experience that trying to convince a family member like your dad is an exercise in futility. Bash head against brick wall, rinse, and repeat.
Especially because you are his kid and your advice contradicts what his doctor and the popular media have told him for decades ( not that he listened to that, either)he's not likely to take advice from you.
Convincing him is not going to happen. He's got to figure it out for himself. Sometimes a sideways approach will work--send your mom a good, simple book or article for HER. If she makes a change and your dad sees results for her, it may pique his interest.
For simplicity itself, I like Dr. Andreas Enefeldt's (dietdoctor.com) simple online guide to LCHF (you can print it out). It includes dairy, so it's not strictly paleo, and it doesn't include starchy veggies or much fruit, but it's not really that different. He emphasizes real, whole foods with plenty of meat and veg. Very little hype. No carb counting or anything like that, just avoidance of starchy veg and high glycemic fruits (your dad surely needs to reduce carbs to get anywhere at this stage). And the fact that Andreas is an MD with a successful track record of treating people with your dad's issues helps.
Don't send it to your dad though, try going through your mom.
on April 03, 2013
at 02:27 PM
Have him take a look at this food list section of the PaleoDietLifeStyle WebSite
...or show the currently available image link in this very site The Paleolithic Diet Explained
Balanced bites charts may also help:
These are so nicely designed and well put that it's difficult to argue with them. Just plain lot of natural food and greens for a perfect health :)
on April 03, 2013
at 02:07 PM
One of the ways I convinced my dad eating cholesterol wasn't the enemy:
He had heard on Doctor Radio (radio show with various doctors about health issues) that there is no level of cholesterol too low. Really Dad? if that's so why do newborn babies, breastfed, have cholesterol levels of 200 mg/dL? should babies be taking statins? and that made him pause and say, "huh, that's interesting!"
their site appeals to intellectual curiosity more than paleo or marksdailyapple to me.
and to be honest, I think that is the best point to start conventioning conventional wisdom of medicine - if they prescribe statins, and death outcomes are worse from statins, because our bodies need cholesterol to fight infections, isn't that questionable? how much can you trust the drugs they prescribe for conditions?
I recommend going through their (PHD) archives, from 2010 till now, and I think you will find everything you need (ALMOST) on their site, from what was the cholesterol of hunter-gatherers, and were hunter-gatherers well nourished to what was the variety of their diets? What does it mean for a food to be toxic?
As well, their reader stories, like when they helped Jack Kronk with his cholesterol issue, or Thomas with his brain infection, or Jay who was obese and lost weight, are pretty amazing. I think people respond to that kind of thing because it shows a real understanding of how the human body works.
So I bought my dad their book but he hasn't made the time to go through it, and that's the other thing that I think is crucial - committing to understand. I'm still working on him and I wish you luck.
I love their book but I had to supplement it with thorough reading from their website and continue to do so.
Beth at weight maven has some pretty good series on obesity and I think it's important to understand that it won't be easy for your dad to solve his problem and to search the PHD site with the google function for diabetes - they mention this several times in their site.