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Newbie at odds with well meaning colleagues

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Hello,

I discovered Paleo 4 weeks ago and tomorrow I start my 5th week of 100% Paleo eating. I jumped in feet first and haven't looked back. I've lost 15 lbs in this time, and although I have a long way to go in that department, I am doing it more for the other health benefits (but I won't turn down that elusive weight loss!)

Prior to Paleo I suffered lots of stomach aches with some being severe enough to give me cold sweats and make me almost delirious. Although the majority were of the uh-oh, run to the bathroom-take some-pepto-feel-better variety.

After NO stomach aches these 4 weeks, I suffered a bad one today. My colleagues at work got involved as they realized I was not well. I was slightly loopy and had cold sweats. Of course, they all blamed it on the way I am eating.

Actually, I remember that the night before last I ate some paleo pizza (100% paleo) and topped it off with lots of sun-dried tomatoes (something I had never indulged in before). The crust was almond flour and truthfully, very dry and unappetizing. So I made up with the toppings to compensate.

Not to be gross or anything, but I am familiar with how long things usually take to make it through our system and I am blaming my ailment on that meal. Awful pains and bowel movements twice. Took pepto and am feeling much better now.

How do you deal with well meaning folk who swear there are good carbs I should not be forsaking? They brought me some coke as they thought my blood sugar was low and I took two tiny sips and refused any more. I've been so good about cutting all of that out that I did not want any more.

I haven't suffered any cravings and have dropped my asthma medicine to half the previous dosage. I no longer fall asleep in the middle of the day. I am having nothing but benefits from paleo and don't plan on stopping.

Afc0b8e755ac7cdde6b517fdadb50026

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on July 16, 2012
at 04:34 PM

just say ur gluten intolerant.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:13 AM

Scuba, it sounds like you have a great support group in your office. There's a girl in my office who supported me from day one. She said she has a friend who lost a lot of weight this way and continues eating paleo to this day. She also has a tin of nuts on her desk instead of powdered donuts. So I think she's more enlightened than the rest. It certainly helps to have a few of those around.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:08 AM

TJ, I am not even thinking of it as a diet. I am thinking of it as a new way of life for me. I will be 50 years old in 2 months and had all the cards stacked against me. And it happened exactly as RaiseFitness said... they noticed me skipping the bagels, donuts, cupcakes, pizza and pastelitos that are presented at all the office meetings. They asked and I was honest about my new way of eating. In a year when I'm down to the weight I should be at and they're still trying the diet-of-the-week they may ask me again about this "crazy" thing I'm doing.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:02 AM

I love that. LOL I mentioned that I was getting plenty of carbs in my fruits and occasional sweet potato. They kept insisting I wasn't. I think they meant enriched white Wonder bread. =)

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:02 AM

Ouch. I hope that turned out well for you.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 09:05 PM

thats kind of funny!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 09:04 PM

can I ask why you think this way? I am not for shouting it from the streets, but if people ask because they notice I eat differently, nothing wrong with talking about it.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 09:02 PM

depending on what they mean by "good carbs" they could be right

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:44 PM

I was about to suggest fruit - seems like the body would utilize it more effectively than artificial sugars. Either way, that's scary. I feel for ya. Stomachaches can be something truly serious that I wouldn't fool around with. Last time I had one I found out it was a huge ovarian cyst. :/

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on July 13, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I used to have tomatoes almost daily and never really could pinpoint some of my health issues to any particular food besides wheat. When I removed wheat, I still had some residual health issues that didn't go away until I avoided tomatoes. Tomatoes also give me cystic acne.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Sleepyhouse, yes. =) To their credit, one girl is a registered nurse and she thought my blood sugar had dropped. I asked for a piece of fruit instead but didn't get it. I drove my loopy self to Walgreens and got the pepto I knew I needed. I'm feeling almost myself again.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

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on July 13, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Blossom I agree. That does sound like a delicious dinner menu! Cheryl, do you have a specific recipe? I'm thinking the slow cooker? Mine's not been used in a while. I should put it to use.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

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on July 13, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Wow. Thanks for the feedback guys. I'll have to pay close attention to the nightshades then. Also the nut flours. The only thing I've used them for so far that I actually would miss if I gave it up is the paleo bread. I baked a loaf, sliced it up and stuck it in the freezer. I eat it very rarely but I love being able to have a sandwich again.

0a31b8309ef49bd18cd21d87d3b0b38d

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:56 PM

This answer is definitely worth looking into. Nightshades in large amounts can do a number on me, too, which is terrible, because I love tomatoes and peppers. I also have problems with certain fats due to having had my gallbladder removed at 17 years old. I do find that taking Super Enzymes has helped a lot with those digestion problems, both with fats and nightshades. YMMV.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Cheryl...awesome! Great idea for dinner, too. :-)

321631b2e3931f601d2e9b1918b18ab4

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Not just nightshades...Nut flours can become rancid when heated like the seed oils...

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Hey, fake it until you make it...and regardless, you already know way more than your colleagues!

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:47 PM

I have survived an office full of ridiculously sick people this year and only felt "slightly off" a couple of days. Never caught it full on. I firmly believe that grains left me susceptible to infections before Paleo and I was sick much of the time. I am so grateful and I want to insert my own smug head shake when they say "But I eat so healthy" as they munch on their whole grain bagel and low-fat creme cheese. Sure... now watch me eat my pulled pork with veggies roasted in coconut oil. :)

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Exactly what I was thinking - nightshade issues. I have them. They're no joke. Mine didn't surface until I was in my late 30's, either.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Carl, yep. I remember a similar incident decades ago, involving sardines. It took years before I would touch one again. So I am looking at those tomatoes with suspect eyes now. lol

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Blossom, I'm looking forward to learning more so I can exude the same quiet confidence in what I am doing. Thanks. =)

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Coach, thanks. Your comment reminds me that I have to go back and actually read The Paleo Solution. I bought it and went straight to the Do's & Don'ts. I guess I should go back and arm myself with some solid reasoning as to why it works so well.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:34 PM

This never occurred to me. I do love all three and never noticed an issue previously. I'll have to keep an eye on that. Thanks.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Kelly, I'm good at being polite. =) And considering how great I've been feeling otherwise, they'll have a hard time getting dairy, carbs, sugars back on my plate.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:30 PM

Talldog, they were quite frequent. I would get them 3-4 times a week. I even left special events halfway due to them. I'm not missing them at all. You're right. Although I didn't have all my wits about me when responding, I made sure they knew the frequent stomach aches were gone and this speaks volumes in my book.

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:20 PM

So, this was the first stomach ache in a month. Prior to paleo, how often did you get them? That would seem to be the response: "prior to paleo I got at least one stomach ache a week; this is the first one I've had in a month."

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3351f6c8ec1ea64435e419f380ca6468

(1255)

on July 13, 2012
at 05:56 PM

How do you deal with well meaning folk who swear there are good carbs I should not be forsaking?

I say "No, thank you" and keep repeating it until they get bored and go away. They do mean well, but they live in a different universe and don't speak your language. All you can do is be polite and stick to your guns.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Kelly, I'm good at being polite. =) And considering how great I've been feeling otherwise, they'll have a hard time getting dairy, carbs, sugars back on my plate.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 09:02 PM

depending on what they mean by "good carbs" they could be right

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 13, 2012
at 05:44 PM

Any possible chance you just have an intolerance/allergy to nightshades? (Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc)

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:34 PM

This never occurred to me. I do love all three and never noticed an issue previously. I'll have to keep an eye on that. Thanks.

0a31b8309ef49bd18cd21d87d3b0b38d

(426)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:56 PM

This answer is definitely worth looking into. Nightshades in large amounts can do a number on me, too, which is terrible, because I love tomatoes and peppers. I also have problems with certain fats due to having had my gallbladder removed at 17 years old. I do find that taking Super Enzymes has helped a lot with those digestion problems, both with fats and nightshades. YMMV.

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Exactly what I was thinking - nightshade issues. I have them. They're no joke. Mine didn't surface until I was in my late 30's, either.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I used to have tomatoes almost daily and never really could pinpoint some of my health issues to any particular food besides wheat. When I removed wheat, I still had some residual health issues that didn't go away until I avoided tomatoes. Tomatoes also give me cystic acne.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Wow. Thanks for the feedback guys. I'll have to pay close attention to the nightshades then. Also the nut flours. The only thing I've used them for so far that I actually would miss if I gave it up is the paleo bread. I baked a loaf, sliced it up and stuck it in the freezer. I eat it very rarely but I love being able to have a sandwich again.

321631b2e3931f601d2e9b1918b18ab4

(130)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Not just nightshades...Nut flours can become rancid when heated like the seed oils...

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Caee71dd7f009641091f5457e39da556

on July 13, 2012
at 07:25 PM

What do you say to your coworkers who tell you there are good carbs?

"You bet- and they grow on trees, bushes, in the ground... I know where to find fruit and veg, thanks for your concern"

:)

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 09:05 PM

thats kind of funny!

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:02 AM

I love that. LOL I mentioned that I was getting plenty of carbs in my fruits and occasional sweet potato. They kept insisting I wasn't. I think they meant enriched white Wonder bread. =)

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1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I usually just smile, thank people, nod, give a short answer at most, and keep doing what I've been doing.

I posted this anecdote in the "Sh*t Nutritionists Say" thread:

I am finishing up a nutrition degree, and there was one week earlier this year I was feeling a little off - it's important to note that everyone around me (at the hospital I was rotating at, at school, at work) was coming down with a particularly nasty strain of influenza. One of my peers (who came down with it hard a couple days later):

"You know, you're probably feeling off because of that diet of yours. You should add whole grains back into it. I'm just saying...it's not healthy to avoid them!" [insert smug head shake here]

Needless to say, I did not start consuming "whole grains," nor did I come down with the flu.

I could have argued, and probably won (whatever that means when a friend is involved). I have a strong background in debate, and I know my "stuff" much better than this other student. But I just shrugged and said that I was tracking my nutrition and knew that I meeting all of my dietary needs. And then I changed the subject.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Blossom, I'm looking forward to learning more so I can exude the same quiet confidence in what I am doing. Thanks. =)

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Hey, fake it until you make it...and regardless, you already know way more than your colleagues!

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Blossom I agree. That does sound like a delicious dinner menu! Cheryl, do you have a specific recipe? I'm thinking the slow cooker? Mine's not been used in a while. I should put it to use.

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:47 PM

I have survived an office full of ridiculously sick people this year and only felt "slightly off" a couple of days. Never caught it full on. I firmly believe that grains left me susceptible to infections before Paleo and I was sick much of the time. I am so grateful and I want to insert my own smug head shake when they say "But I eat so healthy" as they munch on their whole grain bagel and low-fat creme cheese. Sure... now watch me eat my pulled pork with veggies roasted in coconut oil. :)

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Cheryl...awesome! Great idea for dinner, too. :-)

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F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

on July 13, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Oh my god... their prescription for you was Coca-Cola?? lol!

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Sleepyhouse, yes. =) To their credit, one girl is a registered nurse and she thought my blood sugar had dropped. I asked for a piece of fruit instead but didn't get it. I drove my loopy self to Walgreens and got the pepto I knew I needed. I'm feeling almost myself again.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on July 13, 2012
at 07:44 PM

I was about to suggest fruit - seems like the body would utilize it more effectively than artificial sugars. Either way, that's scary. I feel for ya. Stomachaches can be something truly serious that I wouldn't fool around with. Last time I had one I found out it was a huge ovarian cyst. :/

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:02 AM

Ouch. I hope that turned out well for you.

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on July 13, 2012
at 08:56 PM

In my office I am like the fourth person who has gone Paleo. It is really funny. We are converting people! Thankfully no one is bone headed in my office to try and argue with us. They are usually more curious and supportive. I have had more problems with my family who insists I am killing myself by denying myself the traditional four pieces of garlic toast with spaghetti at dinner time. This is the same group of people who have spent more time with cardiologists than I can even remember. LOL!

I just shrug my shoulders and ignore the well meaning, but completely wrong, people who are against being Paleo. I even had a family friend try and tell me that my diet was unhealthy as she was complaining about her inability to loose weight, her stomach problmes, joint problems, and being sick all the time. I wanted to point those things out to her, but she is my aunts neighbor and I did not want to hurt any feelings.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

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on July 15, 2012
at 03:13 AM

Scuba, it sounds like you have a great support group in your office. There's a girl in my office who supported me from day one. She said she has a friend who lost a lot of weight this way and continues eating paleo to this day. She also has a tin of nuts on her desk instead of powdered donuts. So I think she's more enlightened than the rest. It certainly helps to have a few of those around.

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Afc0b8e755ac7cdde6b517fdadb50026

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on July 13, 2012
at 07:16 PM

u shouldnt have told them about your diet

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 09:04 PM

can I ask why you think this way? I am not for shouting it from the streets, but if people ask because they notice I eat differently, nothing wrong with talking about it.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 15, 2012
at 03:08 AM

TJ, I am not even thinking of it as a diet. I am thinking of it as a new way of life for me. I will be 50 years old in 2 months and had all the cards stacked against me. And it happened exactly as RaiseFitness said... they noticed me skipping the bagels, donuts, cupcakes, pizza and pastelitos that are presented at all the office meetings. They asked and I was honest about my new way of eating. In a year when I'm down to the weight I should be at and they're still trying the diet-of-the-week they may ask me again about this "crazy" thing I'm doing.

Afc0b8e755ac7cdde6b517fdadb50026

(778)

on July 16, 2012
at 04:34 PM

just say ur gluten intolerant.

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:13 PM

deleted as not correct response

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:01 PM

After your experience, you can honestly say that food doesn't agree with you, which anyone should respect.

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Carl, yep. I remember a similar incident decades ago, involving sardines. It took years before I would touch one again. So I am looking at those tomatoes with suspect eyes now. lol

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A1a7413b99e03bc77f02d95c4170ea43

on July 13, 2012
at 06:00 PM

There will always be haters. Just explain to them how much good has come of it so far. I've been eating this way for years, and I still get people who tell me that I'm going to be deficient in something or other. So I ask them what exactly I can find in grains that I can't find elsewhere? Ask them to get into specifics about what you're "missing" if you really want to go down that road. What magical properties do grains have?

F1eff476f1e53966a01aeebffda566b0

(10)

on July 13, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Coach, thanks. Your comment reminds me that I have to go back and actually read The Paleo Solution. I bought it and went straight to the Do's & Don'ts. I guess I should go back and arm myself with some solid reasoning as to why it works so well.

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