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How vocal are you about nutrition??

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 31, 2013 at 4:07 AM

I'm thinking in extreme cases. Like when one of my diabetic friends entered a pie eating contest. Or when a pregnant girl is constantly posting on facebook about the fast food she eats every day. Just wondering what other people do. I have spoken up in the past, but they say "oh it should be okay" (hmm??)

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on April 02, 2013
at 03:45 PM

Heh. Let's ask a *related* question: are you an asshole about what **other people** eat?

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on April 02, 2013
at 02:05 PM

+1 for secretly throwing away the crappy food. Im at my parents' house for a few days to try and get my mother and one of my little overweight brothers to improve from their SAD. It's really tough, especially when my father and little skinny "wheat belly" brother are fine...NOT Theres soo much garbage in the house and I just want to throw it all out! However that will not result well.

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on March 31, 2013
at 03:39 PM

+1 for the passionate feelings. I feel the same but I don't usually say anything unless asked.

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on March 31, 2013
at 03:38 PM

+1 for the passionate feelings. I feel the same.

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on March 31, 2013
at 04:18 AM

Well, I'm vocal enough that my family and friends know exactly what I'm eating and why. They know I've discovered (and confirmed with relapses) that wheat is both toxic and addictive for me so I'm eating fruit, vegetables and meat and not much of anything else (an occasional spoonful of hazelnuts or olives, etc.)

Last week I had such a great dental checkup that the subject of my eating habits came up and the hygienist indicated she's going to try avoiding wheat for 2 weeks to see what happens. She told the lady at the desk how well I was doing so she also asked what I was eating and I told her too.

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on March 31, 2013
at 08:29 AM

Yesterday I was exactly thinking about this. I may have to admit that I'm pretty vocal about it (not just with Paleo but about overall nutrition and exercise). Most of my friends who know me are pretty aware of how seriously I care about all this, so even if I try not critic what they eat and do, when they're the ones speaking of what they eat with a great and joyful smile then that's when I have difficult times holding myself back.

I've found that most people are enjoying so much the pleasures of the neolithic era's food that they don't want to know anything about how that food could be harming them. Most just prefer to play it blind and keep going without questioning too much.

With most of my friends I respect that and try not to be very intrusive with their life and prefer always to give example to them and show how joyful a proper nutrition can be and that there's no so much need to eat junk to live happily. But then there's when we enter my family and girlfriend realm and things are pretty hard in this respect. My dad trusts me and sees how there's so good insight in my advice but my mother is stick with that fat cannot be good for her because she has high cholesterol so she says this when eats a load of bread in the sofa because she's partially hooked to carbs and I see her keep gaining weight over the time. Then there's my girlfriend who is pretty skinny and eats almost nothing but junk, mostly sugary things, and always struggling with low energy levels and crashes. Heck, they're my most loved ones, I'd like them to be optimal and It wreaks me not to be able to awaken them. I can understand because I have gone through this but I realize sadly that most people is not strong enough to do what they should do and make the change.

Well, I guess we are all free to choose how we want to live, it's just that sometimes it makes me sad. Then I wonder if I'm too strict about all this and its worth it. I guess some of you will have felt like this at some times?

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on March 31, 2013
at 05:22 AM

Too vocal. I often have to check myself and remind myself that it's none of my business. I'm not perfect, there are definitely areas of my life that could be criticized.

For example... judging other people's nutrition and concerning myself with their choices ultimately infringes upon my own happiness.

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on March 31, 2013
at 04:20 AM

Eating into a diabetic coma is one thing, but a single step off the path won't destroy someone like a pregnant mom going on a fast food binge one night from a craving. A pregnant smoker with a bottle of beer is something else.

Strange thing about people today, they hate being judged more than almost anything else. You gotta find a way to make it so it looks like you aren't deriding the person, just the behavior. You could damage your relationships otherwise.

And frankly, if people don't want to improve themselves and think modern pharma has a pill for everything and insurance/national healthcare will pay for it all anyway, I just walk away.

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on April 02, 2013
at 01:48 PM

The only time I'm vocal is when someone asks me what I've done to look different than I did. All too often, when someone quits something or finds a new way, they all of a sudden try to push it onto others which can be annoying to those around you. While I understand the drive behind wanting people you care about to feel better, I think the best teacher is example. Once the example is set, others will come to you.

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on March 31, 2013
at 03:32 PM

Extremely vocal... I'm always going on these general rants about the food industry and the lies promoted as nutritional advice. I should probably take it down a notch. But I don't recall every feeling so passionate about something in my life.

It helps to have a sense of humour about it though, like, making wide eyes and choking noises and falling down to the floor when someone brings out a bag of chips. "Aaacchhhh canolaaaa deaaaath!!!"

It's been the perfect circumstances for me to get my rant on lately-- I've moved in with my adult siblings and parents and brought my teenaged daughter along. My mom has terminal cancer. In her mid-fifties and was on a 'healthy' low fat whole grain diet for many years, including oodles of Splenda sweetened yogurt and aspartame sodas and the like. She had even banned bacon for awhile. She was the voice of healthful nutrition in this house and... well, everyone is looking for a way to understand what happened. That's another story.

So, I'm here to do the bulk of the cooking now, I'm a good cook, and make mostly paleo/primal most of the time, including amazing local grassfed beef, free range eggs and chicken, organic produce when possible. Spend more on quality and and save on cutting convenience/boxed foods.

I feed my family what I believe is optimal food, I rant and rave sometimes, everyone knows how I feel about it, I try to limit my disapproval to exaggerated weird faces when someone has granola bars coated with partially-hydrogenated sugary 'yogurt' for breakfast (whooole graaain). I secretly throw un-foods in the garbage when no one is around, slowly enough so it is less noticed...or at least hide things. More effective than preaching that it's bad, right? ;)

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on March 31, 2013
at 03:39 PM

+1 for the passionate feelings. I feel the same but I don't usually say anything unless asked.

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on March 31, 2013
at 03:38 PM

+1 for the passionate feelings. I feel the same.

76e82f76e7e3ed9747c980b50fc51b25

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on April 02, 2013
at 02:05 PM

+1 for secretly throwing away the crappy food. Im at my parents' house for a few days to try and get my mother and one of my little overweight brothers to improve from their SAD. It's really tough, especially when my father and little skinny "wheat belly" brother are fine...NOT Theres soo much garbage in the house and I just want to throw it all out! However that will not result well.

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on March 31, 2013
at 02:57 PM

I'm not vocal unless someone asks. Generally, the "Standard American Diet" conflicts somewhat sharply with my own food choices and bringing attention to this can come across as being critical of other people's habits. I try to avoid this as much as possible. If people want to know, I'll tell them. I doubt anyone ever changed their eating habits because someone else lectured them about it.

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on March 31, 2013
at 07:35 AM

I am vocal to some extent. It all depends on the situation, I try to keep the way I eat to myself, unless someone is actually interested and wants to learn more then I'll have the patience to educate them about the paleo lifestyle.

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on March 31, 2013
at 04:45 AM

I find it's better to be vocal about what I do, rather than critical of other people. Part of that is that unasked for advice is my pet peeve. The other part is that I don't know exactly why other people make the choices they make. And I'd rather inspire than insult. So, talk glowingly of your own changes and success, but don't make others feel bad.

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on April 02, 2013
at 03:23 PM

It's SO hard not to be vocal! My boyfriend's mom has diabetes and still bakes homemade desserts multiple times a week! He once tried to bring up the Paleo diet to her and she replied with "well I don't like vegetables, so..." and that was it. It makes me so sad!

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on April 02, 2013
at 01:58 PM

Food is a touchy subject; almost as much as religion and politics! I've learned to not critique other people's dietary habits and simply focus on making the best ME I can make. Through doing this, people see how successful you are and will begin to ask questions, leading to them adapting our paleo dietary habits! Or at least considering them!

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