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How to introduce a friend to paleo?

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Created April 06, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I have a friend who's been trying to lose weight for a while and I mentioned paleo to her last night and she said she wants to try it. Usually I direct people to MDA's Primal Blueprint 101. Are there any other concise intros or summaries of paleo? Nothing too sciencey, I come from more of a common sense approach. Thanks!

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on April 07, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I just finally bought natural calm and I am recommending it to anyone who will listen to me. I have had 2 nights in a row of uninterrupted sleep which hasn't happened since before I was pregnant (son is 21 months). It is an absolute MUST in my opinion! +1 Stabby - wish I could vote on this answer more!

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on April 07, 2011
at 08:56 PM

ikco, he does not talk about gluten and starch. he makes no specific guidelines or recommendations. its just about fat and carbohydrate metabolism and role of insulin in fat storage.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 07, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Agree. I'm trying to get my Mom to read "Why We Get Fat".

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 07, 2011
at 04:18 PM

I couldn't agree more with the need for magnesium. I also take it in citrate form and it helps so much.

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on April 07, 2011
at 09:02 AM

These type of threads usually contain the same four answers (lead by example, Panu, MDA, Wolf) over and over again so I'm pleasently surprised with your response. And I sleep like God after 600mg of magnesium citrate.

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on April 07, 2011
at 08:55 AM

"But protein and fat don't make us fat - only the carbohydrates do - so there is no reason to curtail them in any way." just doesn't sound right (for me) you know ?

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on April 07, 2011
at 08:53 AM

I haven't read the book but how healthy are Taubes guidelines ? Gluten, starch ?

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on April 07, 2011
at 08:47 AM

Well it seems Archevore will focus more on short "comments on comments" type of posts instead of in-depth essays ;)

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Yeah. What's up with that?

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on April 06, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Taubes is blowing my mind! I am almost done with "Why We Get Fat" and have already bought it for 2 other people. I don't agree with everything, though. I feel like he's missing the point of WHY some people eat the carbs. I understand they are what makes us fat, but there are emotional reasons for some of the choices we make, which then snowball into more carb eating, more emotional issues, blah...blah... blah.

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on April 06, 2011
at 08:05 PM

My wife came onboard. I didn't prod too much and just stayed out of the way while she read the book and then did the 30 day challenge part. The rest is history.

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on April 06, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I know. :-) That's great news! I'm currently trying to convert my mom. I think family members can be the hardest to convince. I'm starting to work on my doctor too.

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But I'm batting a thousand! ;)

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on April 06, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Here's Dr. Harris' Get Started guide- http://www.archevore.com/get-started/ (Site name appears to have changed from Pa-Nu to Archevore)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Yeah. What's up with that?

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on April 07, 2011
at 08:47 AM

Well it seems Archevore will focus more on short "comments on comments" type of posts instead of in-depth essays ;)

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on April 06, 2011
at 08:08 PM

Easy! Magnesium citrate. Say that in paleo times man got about 600mg of magnesium daily and we evolved to be able to utilize as much for optimal health. Today we get far less and so by speculating that we are best adapted to a paleolithic environment we can arrive at a hypothesis that other components of the paleo lifestyle are also lacking in our modern dietary abominations.

They take the magnesium, feel much better and know that this shit works. The connection between nutrition and vitality is made and the reasoning seems sound. Then you can see if they'll just agree to give up the grains and legumes for a little while.

Then they can read up on the whole deal. Or maybe read up before they eliminate the grains, legumes, junk food and whatnot. "hey here's one of millions of diet books" isn't always effective. +1 on the Paleo Solution and Primal Blueprint, though.

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(12379)

on April 07, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I just finally bought natural calm and I am recommending it to anyone who will listen to me. I have had 2 nights in a row of uninterrupted sleep which hasn't happened since before I was pregnant (son is 21 months). It is an absolute MUST in my opinion! +1 Stabby - wish I could vote on this answer more!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 07, 2011
at 04:18 PM

I couldn't agree more with the need for magnesium. I also take it in citrate form and it helps so much.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on April 07, 2011
at 09:02 AM

These type of threads usually contain the same four answers (lead by example, Panu, MDA, Wolf) over and over again so I'm pleasently surprised with your response. And I sleep like God after 600mg of magnesium citrate.

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B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on April 06, 2011
at 08:47 PM

I think anyone that is overweight should read 'Why We Get Fat" by Taubes. Will piss them off but will take all of the behavioral guilt out of it and provide a foundation for accepting new ideas. The more I read it, the angrier I was, but in a good way. Angry that I've been taunted and demoralized for being a glutton and a sloth and made to think that I have a character flaw.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 07, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Agree. I'm trying to get my Mom to read "Why We Get Fat".

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 06, 2011
at 07:56 PM

In my opinion, Mark Sisson's "The Primal Blueprint" has the broadest appeal, with Robb Wolf's running a close second. Sisson got me on track and I find that his book is more well organized. Robb needs to put an index in his book. I've read them all though, to gain perspective.

5edbf85deaf83e13b176df023abb154d

(1293)

on April 06, 2011
at 08:05 PM

My wife came onboard. I didn't prod too much and just stayed out of the way while she read the book and then did the 30 day challenge part. The rest is history.

5edbf85deaf83e13b176df023abb154d

(1293)

on April 06, 2011
at 07:57 PM

But I'm batting a thousand! ;)

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 06, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I know. :-) That's great news! I'm currently trying to convert my mom. I think family members can be the hardest to convince. I'm starting to work on my doctor too.

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on April 07, 2011
at 03:15 AM

Primal Blueprint, mark sisson was my intro!

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on April 06, 2011
at 09:20 PM

i love MDA and the PB book, but i think like another poster mentioned, taubes "why we get fat" was truly life changing. after i put it down i had this feeling that my whole life was a lie. that book really helped open a whole new perspective for me.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 06, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Taubes is blowing my mind! I am almost done with "Why We Get Fat" and have already bought it for 2 other people. I don't agree with everything, though. I feel like he's missing the point of WHY some people eat the carbs. I understand they are what makes us fat, but there are emotional reasons for some of the choices we make, which then snowball into more carb eating, more emotional issues, blah...blah... blah.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on April 07, 2011
at 08:55 AM

"But protein and fat don't make us fat - only the carbohydrates do - so there is no reason to curtail them in any way." just doesn't sound right (for me) you know ?

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on April 07, 2011
at 08:53 AM

I haven't read the book but how healthy are Taubes guidelines ? Gluten, starch ?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 07, 2011
at 08:56 PM

ikco, he does not talk about gluten and starch. he makes no specific guidelines or recommendations. its just about fat and carbohydrate metabolism and role of insulin in fat storage.

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on April 06, 2011
at 08:29 PM

I vote for Mark Sisson's approach too, reading his stuff is what got my wife and I on board, very simple and he makes a lot of sense.

how to succeed with the primal blueprint

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5edbf85deaf83e13b176df023abb154d

on April 06, 2011
at 07:52 PM

Tell her to get Robb Wolf's book. I've done this four times now and I'm four for four in them making the full conversion.

I could go further with an answer, but I'm freaking 4 for 4! I'm batting a thousand.

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:21 PM

My parents are still confused. I showed them all sorts of online resources, PaNu (now Archevore), Mark Sisson, and the original Paleo Diet site. They're just totally confused.

Plus everyone else I've been talking to about it is "Well I just can't live without my <insert grain food here>"

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