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Do you tell people that you live paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 03, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Ive been living paleo for three months now. I think its hard to tell people how I eat. Im afraid they will judge me and think that I have some kind of eatingdisorder or something, and not understand. On the other hand I think its hard to keep it for myself as well, because I want to be truly honest with people on who I am. I think that its first when I have the courage to tell people about my lifestyle I fully respect myself.

So, I just wonder : do you tell people? In that case, do you tell everybody about your lifestyle? And when do you tell new people? what do you say to make them understand?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 09, 2012
at 11:26 AM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/115102/the-first-rule-of-paleo-is-you-do-not-talk-about-paleo

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 10, 2011
at 08:21 PM

I've always had an issue with the idea of fat doctor, too. I know one does not HAVE to practice what they preach in order to be right about something, but I do question someone's accuracy about what constitutes health if they are fat.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on June 10, 2011
at 08:16 PM

You're funny. :)

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

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on June 10, 2011
at 07:56 PM

I told my old roommate when I went paleo. I explained what that ment to him when he asked. A couple days later we went out and ate Thai. At the end of the meal I grabbed a fortune cookie to give to him. Before I could offer it to him he dramatically slapped it out of my hand and declared, "Not Paleo!" Gotta love a support group

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Are you Jimmy Moore?

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 04, 2011
at 01:41 PM

I liked the sentence: "Lions do not care what lambs think" ! :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 04, 2011
at 12:27 AM

I respect all of you who have the courage to live this lifestyle openly. I am not so lucky as you comrades and am forced to live a double life.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on June 03, 2011
at 11:21 PM

Love your first line there!

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:05 PM

upvote for the perfect answer!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:03 PM

yep......got to be congruent. I want to set an example for my patients. If they see a fat ass in front of them how likely are they going to believe that what I believe can change their life in tremendous ways?

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 03, 2011
at 10:52 PM

Yes, this is sort of what I`ve been thinking as well. Maybe best to not make a "big deal" out of it. I don`t require an explanation from people who only eat the worst SAD food, on why they are eating that bad food, so why should I give them an explanation of my diet..

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8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on June 04, 2011
at 07:35 AM

I am proud of my lifestyle! I have helped some friends deal with health issues and weight problems by posting advice on my facebook or talking with them one on one. People see the results of my dramatic weight-loss, how healthy and active I have become and are quick to ask how I got here and I am open to share. I am not ashamed, it's my life and my free will and if someone dose not like my lifestyle I am not at all affected by it. After all Lions do not care what lambs think.

I don't just bring it up out of the blue at inappropriate times. But I am however openly a strong vibrant cavewoman!

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 04, 2011
at 01:41 PM

I liked the sentence: "Lions do not care what lambs think" ! :)

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on June 03, 2011
at 10:20 PM

You are who you are. Be proud of it :)

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:05 PM

upvote for the perfect answer!

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:25 PM

I've been living paleo for a little over 3 months myself. I tell EVERYONE, especially after getting my 90-day follow-up results!!!!

Measurement > February 22 > June 1

Cholesterol > 231 > 170

Triglycerides > 249 > 76

A1C > 6.3 > 5.5

Weight > 189 > 168

June 1 blood pressure > 102/70

Tada!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 03, 2011
at 10:33 PM

No i never tell anyone who hasn't asked.

If they do, or if you go out to dinner with new people, I just say, "oh i dont eat grains or legumes."

They say why? I say, "they don't make me feel well." Done. Easy.

No use of the word "diet." Don't make it more than it is. You choose your food, I'll choose mine.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on June 03, 2011
at 10:52 PM

Yes, this is sort of what I`ve been thinking as well. Maybe best to not make a "big deal" out of it. I don`t require an explanation from people who only eat the worst SAD food, on why they are eating that bad food, so why should I give them an explanation of my diet..

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on June 03, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Just frame it positively: "I eat whole, non-processed foods that have high nutritional value, that includes meat, vegetables, and saturated fat"

Unless they're really interested, don't go into the restrictions. People get all weird if you cut entire things out of your diet, even if they are poisonous (grains, soy, e.g.).

I generally try to avoid the details unless someone asks, but when they do ask, I give them just enough to make them understand I'm not crazy. No one really wants a 1000 page GCBC explanation. If they did, they'd have read it and not be questioning me :)

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on June 03, 2011
at 11:21 PM

Love your first line there!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 04, 2011
at 12:23 AM

No, I tell people I am a vegan. I go to a town a couple of hours from here to buy meat and butter. I return to my house in the middle of the night and pray that nobody will see me as I tranport my cache into the house. A wheatgrass machine is on full display in my kitchen, along with books by Ann Wigmore and Viktoras Kulvinskas, as decoys. An acquaintance opened the door to my refrigerator and gave me a funny look. I had mistakenly left some liverwurst there. It may be necessary to take drastic action to prevent him from spreading rumors.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 04, 2011
at 12:27 AM

I respect all of you who have the courage to live this lifestyle openly. I am not so lucky as you comrades and am forced to live a double life.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on June 10, 2011
at 08:16 PM

You're funny. :)

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:14 PM

I make cavemen noises, beat their women folk over the head with a club, and drag them back to my cave. I find the club stops any annoying questions about my dietary behavior.

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on June 04, 2011
at 12:49 AM

Tell people? I convert them!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Are you Jimmy Moore?

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I tell pretty much anyone I'm going to spend time with repeatedly, and anywhere else that it might come up. I definitely try and wait til it's a relevant moment rather than just blurting it out of nowhere. It's amazing how much people talk about food/lifestyle in a non-paleo way once your eyes are opened. I try to stay on the good side of the "it's a cult" line and not be too annoying about it :)

People have varying levels of interest but I've never had any issues with it. More like they don't get it, or cling onto conventional wisdom because they haven't done the research and it's hard to ignore that "everybody knows" stuff like eating 5 meals a day or "carbs are what give you energy".

The more people who look into it, the better. Maybe your mention of it doesn't get them to take it seriously, but when the 3rd or 10th or 50th mention or piece of evidence comes up, it starts to click....

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:24 PM

I was so excited when I discovered Paleo that I immediately had to run and tell my sister, who was suffering from many of the same conditions that I was. She's adopted most of the Paleo principles now, too, based on my testament. I've even gotten my mum to go gluten-free after sharing with her what I've learned. They're both thrilled with the results.

Other than telling that small handful of people, however, no. I've kept it to myself unless asked why I wasn't eating something. If asked, I explain that I get sick if I eat certain things. Most people who know me also know that I've suffered from chronic stomach pain and they're very understanding and are happy for me now that I've ameliorated most of my tummy issues. I'm very shy, though, and with my history of wonky eating, Paleo has given me the semblance of normalcy that I've craved for so long. :)

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on June 10, 2011
at 07:42 PM

It's been about 3 weeks, and I'm still in the closet. In February, one of my roommates loudly declared that she was going to try eating vegan for the month, and we all rolled our eyes and laughed when she decided to back out at the last minute. When I decided to change my diet, I didn't want to risk letting anyone else's attitudes or expectations color my experience. I figure I'll come out when someone asks if I've lost weight!

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

(1081)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:56 PM

I told my old roommate when I went paleo. I explained what that ment to him when he asked. A couple days later we went out and ate Thai. At the end of the meal I grabbed a fortune cookie to give to him. Before I could offer it to him he dramatically slapped it out of my hand and declared, "Not Paleo!" Gotta love a support group

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on June 04, 2011
at 04:20 AM

I usually say that I do my own research and form my own opinions, which I do, but it tends to look a lot like a paleo diet, so that's why I hang around paleo sites so much, they're full of like-minded people doing relatively similar things as I am.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on June 04, 2011
at 12:57 AM

my family knows because i only cook what i am going to eat. if they want something else they are on their own.

when i first started i told the instructor of my night school nutrition class; it was too funny.

i told a few co workers who already believe i have an eating disorder. at 120lbs i complained that i felt fat. it was the soy and/or the gluten. today i feel absolutely svelt at 126lbs.

now that i am more settled into eating this way, if the subject comes up, i only talk about what i am eating; never what i won't.

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on June 04, 2011
at 10:39 AM

If I am eating with people then I tell them - otherwise they might expect me to eat grains or something.

And when people comment how well I look, what have I been doing?? (it happens a LOT!!!) then I tell them.

As yet - no converts - but a lot of interest.

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on June 04, 2011
at 03:31 AM

my husband was discussing my diet with a co worker in canada and he hadnt heard of paleo but said that i eat like "cavemen" and the guy responded...uh, so she eats raw meat?

ughh!

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332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

on June 10, 2011
at 07:55 PM

My friend sassed me HARD when I told her I was going paleo. Turns out she had no idea what paleo actually was. To her, it ment eating only locally sourced meats -- like atkins, but you could only eat food that you could WALK to. I have no idea where she got her information from.

After I explained what Paleo actually was, she invited my wife and I over for a meal, and she suprised us with some nice thick GF steaks, beet salads, and a couple of other food items that she THOUGHT were paleo (chick peas, and a gluten free but not grain free bread.) She said she enjoyed the challenge of cooking a paleo meal for me. She's not planning to convert any time soon, but at least she doesn't sass me anymore.

My brother told me it was too expensive. I told him I can make a complete meal for two for under $4.00. Now he has no arguements besides its too hard to pack 3 meals a day (He and I both leave home early, and dont get home until late.)

I'm waiting to get some bloodwork results back to see if my numbers have changed.

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on June 06, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I have been so excited to find paleo. I was eating this way anyway due to food allergies. But before when people asked why I was eating differently from them (at work, eating out, parties, etc..) I felt like such nerd saying, "Well I have these food allergies..so..." Now I just say "I eat paleo" and explain if they ask. Now I feel like part of a special club (I know I know this is putting way too much snob into it) versus being such a special medical needs nerd. Its been great for my self image to associate my dietary needs with a positive movement rather than a negative medical issue.

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on June 06, 2011
at 02:44 PM

My "diet" (I prefer to call it "my way of eating," b/c I intend to do it for the rest of my life) if often a subject of conversation b/c I've gone from 255 to 210 in the past six months.

To be candid, I often describe what I eat rather than call it Paleo. I am afraid they will search the internet and find stories about people dressed in furs, or asking questions about what our favorite fight song is. Or I'll suggest a specific web site like Kurt Harris.

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