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Anyone else turn others off to Paleo by being over zealous?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 02, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I have been raving about the tremendous benefits of paleo for almost 3 months now. My wife & a co-worker have now adopted this lifestyle and are very grateful that I was persistent with them.

However, my brother, a type 2 insulin diabetic, is the one person I know who could benefit the most. I had to stop talking about it with him because I could sense his discomfort. Eventually, I learned that he thought he couldn't afford it because I had been talking about how much I loved the grass fed beef. I have since corrected this & let him know that he could gain >90% of the benefits without causing any financial problems. I wish I had known months ago that, in my zeal, I had unintentionally implied this misconception & turned him off to Paleo.

I now try & keep that extra 10% "tweaking" to myself. I am still trying to determine what to include/exclude when I talk to someone I care about re: paleo. I guess I just need to stick to the basics & hopefully they will see the changes in my fitness level as well?

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on September 06, 2012
at 07:33 PM

YEP: "I think some know that it would help them, but refuse to admit that you might be on to something, even though they may see your positive results."

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on September 03, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Yep, I've been amazed at my changes, too. I'm 54 and who knew a muscle could show again on me?? I've added strength training to Paleo and I can say I'm as healthy as I've ever been. People see me and comment and still when I tell them they balk at no grains/sugars/legumes. I'm glad your mom is coming around!

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on September 02, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I told my mom about my changes. Her response was, "I could never do that." I told her she could, but chooses not to. She told me not to sass her (I'm 40) and didn't speak to me for a week. It was pure bliss. Then, 2 months later, she called asking about our way of eating because her labs came back bad. I sent her a bunch of information and then immediately called my sister to giggle. Priceless moments.

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on September 02, 2012
at 08:59 PM

lame dude, don't quit the day job, stand up comedy ain't easy.

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on September 02, 2012
at 05:34 PM

Yeah, I think you get all the health benefits of omega-3 vs. 6 by eating a can or two of wild salmon every week and not worrying so much that there's more of the good stuff in grass-fed meat. I should note that there are good reasons for eating grass-fed meat, like humane treatment of animals, but you do what your values and pocketbook dictate.

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on September 02, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I actually covet the information...lots of people have asked me how I've lost weight and become younger and I tell them

"I'd tell you, but you'd find it to hard and would never stick with it, no offence"

(So long as you say "no offence at the end of any sentence, by law, people can't get mad at you or call you an A-hole)

After you tell them no offence, usually they say something about being "really interested" and "I've tried everything and I just need to make a change in my life" and I say...

"but you'd have to read...probably books too, and fact find because I don't want you to take anything I say as complete Truth...information you find might not apply to you and I in the same way...there's some foot work involved here and you have to cut out all your own personal bull shit...I would blame myself if I ever made you uncomfortable"

By this time they're really salivating...I've created mystery...intrigue...I've called them out on their own bull shit and told them in my own Yoda way 'this is why you fail"....I will then with great personal angst and acting skills that should be awarded an Oscar, give them This website (PaleoHacks) and tell them to use the Search feature to find their answers...

Insert Dr. Horrible Laugh here

Truth.

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on September 02, 2012
at 04:51 PM

I think that we sometimes become enamored with something or other and then want everyone else to see what we see. It can be tough to sit back and watch as others fail to get what we just know will help them out.

But that's what the situation calls for many times.

We often have to approach these situations the best we can. Sometimes it's okay to pour it on. Sometimes we need to sit back and simply be the best example we can be. Sometimes people take our advice and thank us for it later. Other times, it doesn't work out as well for them as it did for us.

Each situation is different. We just have to do what we think is best.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 02, 2012
at 05:37 PM

I think some know that it would help them, but refuse to admit that you might be on to something, even though they may see your positive results. I have a friend, very obese and T2 diabetic, that is opening a pizza restaurant and is upset that we won't eat the pizza he'll be serving for the grand opening. He's passing all of his horrible eating habits to his children and one of them already looks just like him and eats as much as he does.

It's frustrating, but all I can do is set a good example, put my foot down when it comes to the food my children consume while with him, and smile.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 06, 2012
at 07:33 PM

YEP: "I think some know that it would help them, but refuse to admit that you might be on to something, even though they may see your positive results."

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B2027498e3cbbf37708f1c120a0c8142

(105)

on September 02, 2012
at 05:09 PM

Same here. I love it and I've told everyone I know about it. The people I know who would benefit the most seem the most turned off by "no pasta or bread" and won't even try to incorporate any part of it. I try not to yell.

B2027498e3cbbf37708f1c120a0c8142

(105)

on September 03, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Yep, I've been amazed at my changes, too. I'm 54 and who knew a muscle could show again on me?? I've added strength training to Paleo and I can say I'm as healthy as I've ever been. People see me and comment and still when I tell them they balk at no grains/sugars/legumes. I'm glad your mom is coming around!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 02, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I told my mom about my changes. Her response was, "I could never do that." I told her she could, but chooses not to. She told me not to sass her (I'm 40) and didn't speak to me for a week. It was pure bliss. Then, 2 months later, she called asking about our way of eating because her labs came back bad. I sent her a bunch of information and then immediately called my sister to giggle. Priceless moments.

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on September 02, 2012
at 10:07 PM

It's all about gauging the interest of your listener. Like TruthinessInc said, sometimes you have to pull people in after they see your results.

Sometimes, it's also about engaging the person over one aspect of paleo. For instance, I get a lot of comments on my Vibrams. That's often a good litmus test for then going deeper into primal-style fitness, and eventually diet.

But for what it's worth, the kinds of people who do listen to at least part of what you have to say do respond to enthusiasm - especially when backed by a sincere desire to be healthy in one's own life. People respond to results and passion.

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on September 02, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Came pretty close after I BBQd next door's dog.

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on September 02, 2012
at 08:59 PM

lame dude, don't quit the day job, stand up comedy ain't easy.

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