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Anyone else feel like a black sheep?

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Created May 07, 2012 at 2:02 AM

This website is so amazing for me and helps me to feel less alone! I live in a rural, redneck area where nobody thinks twice about heading over to WalMart for some Doritos and Oreos. My friends, sadly, belong to this population. I get frustrated listening to people complain relentlessly about their physical issues (mainly their chronic lethargy) and depression. Then I get even more frustrated when their eyes glaze over while I emphatically describe the benefits of Paleo. Does anyone else feel like they're flying solo on this Paleo journey? How do you deal with it?

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on May 14, 2012
at 07:42 AM

And what about lactose-intolerant people? I guess they're screwed, if milk is the main way for a human being to get calcium.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on May 14, 2012
at 07:40 AM

Most calciums come from something other than milk anyway. We actually survived thousands of years without milk. A lot of cultures don't even have milk. Fish bones and broccoli are good sources. Too bad not many (western) people like fish bones.

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on May 14, 2012
at 03:58 AM

And I thought my comment was witty.. just realized someone else made the reference a month ago.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 13, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Cool, story bro.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 13, 2012
at 04:45 PM

I don't find sheep, very sexy. lol

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 13, 2012
at 04:43 PM

I'm guessing dairy.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 13, 2012
at 12:34 PM

thanks @peter !

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 13, 2012
at 08:17 AM

Sol, I am doing exactly the same thing as you. I never mention the word "paleo" but my friend's wife said it to me the other day because a physio had recommended it to her husband. I told her "That's the same kind of thing that I'm on".

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on May 13, 2012
at 06:18 AM

I voted you up Mike, we can have cave men with with only 1500 xp

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on May 09, 2012
at 03:05 AM

Why, what do you avoid that makes people ask that?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 08, 2012
at 03:42 AM

A closeted atheist! You have just coined a new phrase! You should be proud to be different!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 10:43 PM

VB, my family would rather I be gay. I am a closeted atheist! I feel your pain.

Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

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on May 07, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I would answer your question, but I'm so tired... just kidding.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on May 07, 2012
at 06:08 PM

You're thinking of the American (show) GSD...the German working bloodlines do not have the same issues. I do love border collies, though - brilliant creatures!

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:41 PM

consider voting me up! (I know it's arbitrary, but I want to see a "K" after my rating :-)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Sarah, I would never admit that to anybody in real life. I am glad I can hide behind a computer screen and tell the people the truth...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Thanks, lagergator!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Haha another great analogy!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:16 PM

The excuses are definitely frustrating! My friends automatically think that it's extremely expensive to eat this way, their most popular excuse. I say that you can't put a price on feeling well. I'm moving to the south soon!

2b3edde3c7b9393fe36a2dd9c8acf473

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:11 PM

Maybe pick a breed that doesn't have terrible degenerative hip problems. Border collie would make more sense; it's smarter, gets more actual use as a herding dog, and is more black.

Dbd1e8fad5d4b47409d84bd6610020d5

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:57 PM

Another paleo atheist multilinguist here! (I also have a love of physics and cultures. Learning is so much fun.)

0d50f54d2c57d74806be35d916f8dc74

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:03 PM

You're so right. It's like spirituality/religion, people have to find their own path when they're ready.

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:26 PM

I'm moving 12 hours away in 3 months. Hopefully this will no longer be as much of an issue!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:24 PM

The german shepherd image immediately makes me feel better! Thank you!!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:22 PM

The number one question I get is "How do you get your calcium??"

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:20 PM

You had me at the Fight Club reference. Thanks!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I always think about Darwin and how this is modern-day natural selection!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:19 PM

Paleo atheists unite!

Ce762ef3660ab44dbc72fdd7ff8fb168

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on May 07, 2012
at 10:48 AM

This. Plus one.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on May 07, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Long ago I could eat a loaf of bread in one sitting. Fortunately, I eat little enough bread these days (like almost never) that I don't have this problem. Having no grain addiction is such a huge win for me!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:18 AM

Yup, I agree with this comment! No need for a holier than thou attitude. That sends people tuning out before you can even finish a sentence

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:17 AM

A sexy black sheep.

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Sitting down to a lb of roast beef and a large container of strawberries, for lunch, 3 days in a row was not enough to elicit questions from work associates. Eating a whole chicken-on-a-stick-over-fire (or for you sivilized folks 'rotisserie') led to 'dude, your gonna get fat!'. Muahahahahahahahah

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:35 AM

I dunno, here in the Bay Area I think every nearly every vegan who can is converting to Paleo, while the farmers market at the Ferry Building is like a weekly Paleo convention around Prather Meats. I think every start-up I've visited in the last 6 months was filled with folks wearing 5 fingers. Maybe you should move?

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Hmm, maybe. Generally it's when I get to the "no gluten" that they lose interest. Maybe I should emphasize meats and vegetables.

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Maybe the issue is how you are describing paleo.

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0d892cb232c3c7d59699fd10c995595a

on May 07, 2012
at 03:59 AM

Black sheep?!? I feel more like the german shepard running around a herd of sheep. You have knowledge of something priceless. Use it to your avail, if others inquire, enlighten them. I'm about to give up going out of my way to spread the word myself. Those who seek the truth will find it.

0d50f54d2c57d74806be35d916f8dc74

(634)

on May 07, 2012
at 03:03 PM

You're so right. It's like spirituality/religion, people have to find their own path when they're ready.

2b3edde3c7b9393fe36a2dd9c8acf473

(284)

on May 07, 2012
at 05:11 PM

Maybe pick a breed that doesn't have terrible degenerative hip problems. Border collie would make more sense; it's smarter, gets more actual use as a herding dog, and is more black.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on May 07, 2012
at 06:08 PM

You're thinking of the American (show) GSD...the German working bloodlines do not have the same issues. I do love border collies, though - brilliant creatures!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

(346)

on May 07, 2012
at 12:24 PM

The german shepherd image immediately makes me feel better! Thank you!!

Ce762ef3660ab44dbc72fdd7ff8fb168

(290)

on May 07, 2012
at 10:48 AM

This. Plus one.

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:47 AM

I personally don't get into discussions about why Paleo is so great. I tell people (if they ask about my diet) that, once I got off grains, I no longer have gas, bloating or blood sugar swings, and my cravings for grains and junk food are gone. I don't see the point of proselytizing. If people are curious to know more they can ask. And, my approach leaves out the judgment that somehow I'm better than they are.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on May 07, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Long ago I could eat a loaf of bread in one sitting. Fortunately, I eat little enough bread these days (like almost never) that I don't have this problem. Having no grain addiction is such a huge win for me!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 07, 2012
at 03:18 AM

Yup, I agree with this comment! No need for a holier than thou attitude. That sends people tuning out before you can even finish a sentence

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 13, 2012
at 08:17 AM

Sol, I am doing exactly the same thing as you. I never mention the word "paleo" but my friend's wife said it to me the other day because a physio had recommended it to her husband. I told her "That's the same kind of thing that I'm on".

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on May 07, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Black Sheep?

I feel more like the "canary in a coal mine"

I look forward to 15 years from now when my friends can look back and say:

"I knew this guy Mike: he was soo far ahead of his time. I wish I listened to him then. He looks the same today as 15 years ago"

Mike

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:41 PM

consider voting me up! (I know it's arbitrary, but I want to see a "K" after my rating :-)

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

(346)

on May 07, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Haha another great analogy!

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on May 13, 2012
at 06:18 AM

I voted you up Mike, we can have cave men with with only 1500 xp

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 13, 2012
at 12:34 PM

thanks @peter !

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 07, 2012
at 09:57 AM

I don't :) I have been a black sheep all my life. You know the Japanese proverb - the nail that sticks out gets hammered? I am proud to be that nail! I have not been hammered enough yet.

Not only I am Paleo, I am also an atheist, bi-cultural, bilingual, with strong interest in anthropology, quantum physics and Korean culture. It does not go any "blacker" than this.

I live in a country where people do not know what gluten is, what Paleo is, although they have been semi-Paleo for most of the history and gluten is consumed with every meal.

So, I will teach you a trick that have always helped me. Mimicry and camouflage. Eventually people will figure out who you are, but by that time they will be so in love with you and even if you tell them you are an ax murderer and a cannibal, they will tell you, "So what, we don't care!"

The trick is to be likable. If you improve your likability factor, all of them will go Paleo.

I used to be a teacher (still trying to recover) and all my assistants (ALL OF THEM) and some other friends and acquaintances have decided to become teachers because of me.

So if you are a happy black sheep, and likable, sooner or later they will all dye their wool black.

Dbd1e8fad5d4b47409d84bd6610020d5

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:57 PM

Another paleo atheist multilinguist here! (I also have a love of physics and cultures. Learning is so much fun.)

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

(346)

on May 07, 2012
at 12:19 PM

Paleo atheists unite!

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

(346)

on May 07, 2012
at 10:43 PM

VB, my family would rather I be gay. I am a closeted atheist! I feel your pain.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Sarah, I would never admit that to anybody in real life. I am glad I can hide behind a computer screen and tell the people the truth...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Thanks, lagergator!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 08, 2012
at 03:42 AM

A closeted atheist! You have just coined a new phrase! You should be proud to be different!

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on May 07, 2012
at 06:21 AM

Don't advertise the diet by telling your friends, advertise it by becoming a great example. That's one of my motivations.

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:12 AM

Yup, latergater, I know just what you mean. I've always been considered a little odd in my family for always experimenting with ways to improve my health. But now I live in a tiny rural town where just about everyone I know starts their day with a 44 oz soda from the convenience store. And I work at the health department, where, ironically, almost everybody is obese and diabetic. I open the fridge to stash my yummy paleo foods, and have to shove the sodas, Monsters, and pudding cups out of the way. They all complain about their medical conditions, but I have yet to see anybody take even one step to fix them. I'm the oddity, and while they're sweetly accepting of me, their eyes glaze over if I talk about my diet. I've learned to keep it to myself, unless asked...

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:05 PM

I have a similar problem, just coming from a different direction. Many of the people around me are vegetarians or vegans. Some are obese, and nearly all of them are sickly in one way or another--allergies, susceptibility to every cold/flu bug, skin problems, various female complaints, GI issues, asthma, and chronic periodontal disease are the ones I can think of right off the top of my head.

And yes, they complain about their fatness and other ailments. And yes, I have to hold my tongue. Because they already know that I'm eating (mostly) Paleo, and that my allergies no longer bother me, and I'm losing weight, and my skin has cleared up, and my knees don't hurt, and I don't have endless dental problems anymore, and my blood pressure is now normal.

I've already told them. They know. I've said my piece.

No, they didn't want to hear it. They still don't. So rather than keep bringing it up only to watch their eyes glaze over faster than you can say "Krispy Kreme," I just keep doing what I'm doing. And I accept that they are going to keep doing what they're doing. And they'll either keep on doing that, or one day they'll finally look at me and decide that hey, maybe what I'm doing might just be worth trying. Or maybe they'll hear it from someone else they trust more, at a moment when they're receptive to it, and then decide to give it a try.

It's not my job to convert them. I can plant the seed, but after that I've got to back off because seriously--nobody likes a missionary preaching at them, trying to convert them. It only creates more resistance to the idea. But yeah, it's all I can do to keep quiet sometimes.

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:32 AM

I live in a small town in Alabama, so I understand where you are coming from. If someone expresses an interest, I explain, otherwise it's not discussed. No one has criticized me regarding my lifestyle, and I return the favor. That is not to say that I don't internally shake my head at my friend who lives off beer and chips and works out 6+ hours a week, lol. He certainly doesn't want to hear how little I work out to have my lean muscles!

Like Stefanie above, I usually just tell people I've given up processed foods for the most part and now eat the heck out of meat.

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Cbc1f37f2b79b079b0de479d5365a231

on May 07, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Been there, done that. Totally still feel like a black sheep but it's easier once you decide to just not care. People will come around to it when or if they're ready.

These days if it comes up in conversation, the first things I mention are my own personal results, and I only say "I stopped eating bread and pasta" - I don't say "all grains, legumes, dairy" cos that's just overwhelming I think. Once I started doing this I noticed a marked increase in people's interest and willingness to continue the conversation and ask questions. I think if you mention your own positive experiences with your diet and why you're keeping it up, it connects with people in a much gentler (yet somehow more powerful) way. I avoid using the word 'paleo' or even mentioning evolutionary biology or gluten or lectins etc. (see the recent thread "The first rule of Paleo is you DO NOT talk about paleo") I just really emphasise that the way I eat makes me feel great. Sometimes I'll throw in a story about other people I know who are paleo and the good results they've experienced, just to show it's not just me that's eating this way.

The most common responses I get are: What do you eat for breakfast? (A: breakfast becomes like any other meal of the day. Meat, eggs, veggies, fruit, broth, usually leftovers from dinner. It feels a bit weird at first, but not for long.)

I don't think I could give up bread and pasta. (A: It's not that hard. Once you start eating more fat and protein, you won't even notice an absence. I didn't get any cravings at all.)

So yeah, focus on YOUR solutions, your experiences, cos the science and the paleo talk just go over most people's heads (unless they are already inquisitive and curious people.... like us!).

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:28 AM

i've found that as long as i tell people about paleo in a way that doesn't at all imply that they should too be eating paleo then 9.9 out of 10 people are very interested in hearing about it because it is very interesting and makes for interesting people (us)... most paleo followers problem is they start preaching to everyone about how they're killing themselves with the food their eating and how they need to change or there gonna die. the fact of the matter is some (a lot) of people just don't care all that much about what they eat and probably never will and honestly it probably won't make all that big of a difference in their life.. save your energy, explain to them why you do it, explain how you do it and do all of this with excitement but do not try to tell someone else what they should be eating... your far more likely to get someone to try something by being well informed and excited about it then you are if you are "right"

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I don't like to proselytize much, so I avoid telling other people about my diet unless they ask about it or I'm eating out with them. It is the same method I employed when I was vegan. I've found that people don't like to be told how to eat and they don't like being told that they're unhealthy (even if it's quite obvious that they are). I find the people who are interested come right out and ask! I have two other friend interested in starting Paleo after finals. :3

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:41 PM

In social settings, people appear to care about your diet, but this is generally more about them than you. If you are a guest, they often want to be sure they have provided you with options, while probably worrying they have offended you or made you feel alienated if they have not. At work, if people comment, they are probably genuinely interested in what you are eating, or they worry that THEY are being judged because you are eating whole foods and they are downing their theirs soda with a candy bar for lunch.

I've been gluten free for almost 10 years, when there were very limited pre packaged Gf foods, and I can't do dairy. People get used to how you eat, and although they don't get it, they will either stop asking or look into it themselves.

Recently (2 hrs ago) I moved and joined a different company. Now I work with extremely health conscious individuals- it's at a company that is a major proponent to health and well being. Many, many vegans, vegetarians and raw foodists abound. They often mistake me as 'one of them' and though vie explained the premise, they are shocked when I eat meat in front of them. I've gotten the 'oh my god I thought you were vegan' so many tomes now, I stopped counting. People love labels... When this happens, I laugh and say "no, whole foods, no dairy, no grains, no sugar and plenty of good fat. Basically, I make everything from scratch."

One of the kindest, most intelligent people I work with has tried to label paleo many ways. My favorite was hem I was deemed an "ova-pescatarian vegan minus grains plus meat" LOL. I laughed, and said sorta... Re-explained the premise and I know this conversation will come up again.

For my birthday, my boss kindly skipped the cake celebration and gave me a generous whole foods gift card.... I was touched by the thoughtfulness. My coworkers seem to have no issue with my desk collection (all neatly lined up in a row) of coconut oil, sea salt, cinnamon, roiboois tea, apple cider vinegar, super high quality olive oil I use on occasion, sea salt and pepper grinder. I've claimed a small shelf in the fridge for kombucha, a massive jar of unprocessed pickled, coconut milk and a glass container of jerky. They know I share...

I admit, lunch meetings and invitations out are awkward, so I plan ahead (suggest sushi when going out and have sashimi with lemon) and always bring a packed back-up lunch of jerky and nuts. If you invite me over for dinner and I accept, chances are you understand how I eat, and you know i will be bringing a large fresh salad or paleo side dish to accompany the meal.

If I wanted to, I could make my lifestyle into a big deal, and be on the defensive when asked, but over th years I've learned it's easiest to tell people about what you can eat, share your fav recipes and snacks and offer limited information when asked. When faced with confrontation about my diet, I laugh it off. Have a sense of humor about it, and you can diffuse most situations :)

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on May 07, 2012
at 09:05 AM

It's called Darwinian selection. At the rate the SADies are going there'll only be Paleo people left on the planet!

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I always think about Darwin and how this is modern-day natural selection!

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:16 AM

I feel like a black sheep on this site.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:17 AM

A sexy black sheep.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 13, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Cool, story bro.

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on May 13, 2012
at 04:45 PM

I don't find sheep, very sexy. lol

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on May 13, 2012
at 06:31 AM

First rule of Paleo, is don't talk about Paleo. Second rule of Paleo is don't talk about Paleo.

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on May 14, 2012
at 03:58 AM

And I thought my comment was witty.. just realized someone else made the reference a month ago.

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on May 07, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:20 PM

You had me at the Fight Club reference. Thanks!

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:48 AM

Lead by silent example. Show not tell. If you have a great body and a lot of energy, people will begin coming to you. And then you can tell them. My friends are surprised that I am not fat or dead yet from eating a lot of butter.

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:22 PM

The number one question I get is "How do you get your calcium??"

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on May 09, 2012
at 03:05 AM

Why, what do you avoid that makes people ask that?

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on May 14, 2012
at 07:42 AM

And what about lactose-intolerant people? I guess they're screwed, if milk is the main way for a human being to get calcium.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 13, 2012
at 04:43 PM

I'm guessing dairy.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on May 14, 2012
at 07:40 AM

Most calciums come from something other than milk anyway. We actually survived thousands of years without milk. A lot of cultures don't even have milk. Fish bones and broccoli are good sources. Too bad not many (western) people like fish bones.

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on May 07, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I think most of us here have been where you are at. My advice is not to worry about others. Do your own thing, lead by silent example. You'll have an easier time if you don't discuss diet and health with others unless they ask you about it.

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on May 13, 2012
at 06:17 AM

Damn it, I though this was a question about lamb. :(

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:50 PM

I've been on a nutrition odyssey most of my adult life: vegetarian to vegan to raw foodie and back to eating meat when I started raising my own livestock. I've almost never eaten processed food in many many years (except going out to dinner once a week with friends--trying to make good choices). I live in the Southern US where bad food choices abound. I too, get tired of people complaining about how tired they are, how sick they are, etc. HOwever, I have found that when trying to extoll the virtues of eating good whole food (because the idea of paleo is a little overwhelming for most average people), more fruits and vegetables and unprocessed meats, people "glaze over" and actually become a bit alienated. Then they come up with all sorts of excuses about how busy they are and how they don't have much time to "cook" or whatever. It's quite frustrating, but I have learned in general to keep my mouth shut because in reality, most people don't want to hear what you have to say. It does make me sad though, for the general population. I know that their misery could be alleviated by eating better and exercising.

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on May 07, 2012
at 05:16 PM

The excuses are definitely frustrating! My friends automatically think that it's extremely expensive to eat this way, their most popular excuse. I say that you can't put a price on feeling well. I'm moving to the south soon!

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on May 07, 2012
at 10:00 AM

At the start, yes :), but right now I feel like I'm finally normal again. I never talk about food unless with people that do the same thing as I do, I never talk about the benefits but rather tell someone what they could do to solve one of their problems.

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on May 13, 2012
at 09:15 PM

I occasionally plant the seed (without overwhelming folks, baby steps, lol). But, in general "I" find most who are inquisitive about my diet usually A) Don't get it B) Question it too much and/or C) Try it and end up being a bunch of f'ing whiners/complainers/quitters. So, I say F em! Let the next guy/gal with more patience/time to explain give them more info.

Oh, and I'm more like a black Hippo, lol. And remember, don't mess with/disturb the Hippos as we are deceivingly strong and will lash out when antogonished, lol!! ; )

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