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Do you "advertise" that you are Paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Back when I was a vegetarian and a vegan, I was never interested in wearing those shirts that said things like "Meat is murder" or "I love tofu" or using bumper stickers, key chains, bracelets, or any of that type of junk that advertised my diet...just not for me. I never was into pushing anything on anyone else, and I still feel the same way.

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However, I do see some cool Paleo t-shirts and things of that nature, which seem to be WAY less biting than the vegan agenda ones that just make other people feel bad and guilty for eating meat. (Now hear me out, I don't think ALL vegan philosophies are overly extreme, for example, I too would want to avoid the going to the circus and avoid buying meat from factory farms which can be places of animal cruelty).

So my question -- do you advertise that you are Paleo? Do you start the conversation with family/friends, or keep it more toned down until you're asked about your diet and lifestyle? Do you keep it to yourself mostly? Or are you are you more interested in wearing the t-shirts, starting a conversation, and talking to people about what you do because it expresses a part of who you are?

I'd love to hear your stories and responses. Thanks!

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Hey Sarah, I don't think it's lame! I think it's awesome that you have a story to share on how you found a lifestyle that actually WORKS. That's cool how you can spread the word. :)

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on September 22, 2011
at 04:22 PM

"Eat Local" bumper sticker.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:58 PM

mmmm, I like cow's heart in the slowcooker.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:13 PM

I thought the Food Lovers had one that said "I don't just eat wild-caught for the halibut" but I can't find it :(

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Here are the Whole9 shirts- http://whole9.spreadshirt.com/ Nomnom Paleo has come out with a MyPlate shirt- that may be my next purchase-http://nomnompaleo.spreadshirt.com/it-s-not-that-hard-women-s-slim-cut-A7621928/customize/color/4 And Chowstalker- http://www.cafepress.com/+chowstalker_jr_jersey_tshirt,534896272

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:13 PM

Me too, lol! Have almost bought it....

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:40 AM

Haha, love the second one

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:34 AM

I'm not usually one to intentionally annoy people but then again, I have those days where I want to piss people off just for the heck of it. I got stuck in an elevator once with some businessman who didn't like my "Autistic Kids Rock!" shirt, so he glared at me the entire time, LOL http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w289/mr5minutes/AutisticKidsRock.jpg

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on September 22, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Thanks, Carlie! I am really up-front about who I am and folks seem to respond positively for the most part.

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:59 AM

@Dragonfly -- I love your answer! I think the key is gentle, compassionate encouragement. Thanks!

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:32 AM

Joe, I love your honesty! I see why you wouldn't want to show off your diet to the world. However, at least from what I can tell from your avatar, you're doing pretty darn well IMO.... :)

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:45 AM

I'm in this camp. I don't engage unless engaged. When I rarely eat out I tell them I'm avoiding foods due to allergies. People are generally too tied emotionally to food. I don't want people to feel like I'm judging them or think they are bad/wrong for eating differently from me.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Yeah, I totally want a Nom Nom Paleo one...

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:32 AM

Yep... Just like I wouldnt wear a shirt advertising my religion or my politics (okay.. I did wear an Obama 2008 t-shirt a lot that summer), I have little interest in instigating a conversation that inevitably ends up making people feel threatened/inadequate/confused/turned off in general.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:25 AM

Hey Jules! Can you post links to your shirts? I'm interested :D

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Thanks! We're awfully proud of that one.

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:19 AM

@Sunshine -- thank you! And thanks for your answer as well. :)

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:43 AM

We don't need to break others down in order to build ourselves up :)

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:40 AM

Yeah, that's exactly what I'm talking about with the Paleo community being so much more friendly, inviting, and accepting! This type of "advertising" (if you'd even call it that) is clearly not making anyone feel ashamed or anything, it's just showing off who you are and what your lifestyle is about! Keep on using the Paleo gear :) Thanks for your response!

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:29 AM

Lol! I'm glad I'm not the only one :) Everthing I've created is on this page... http://www.zazzle.com/livecaveman

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:24 AM

That's awesome :)

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I'll take one of each! And 2 Bacon hats!

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on September 21, 2011
at 11:26 PM

Oh I didn't realize vegans hated the circus, that makes me more interested in going.

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on September 21, 2011
at 11:05 PM

Seconded...much easier with family and close friends who are like minded.

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on September 21, 2011
at 10:53 PM

I like this question a lot :-)

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De65560c40ddb3f27764307ffa504240

on September 22, 2011
at 01:15 AM

I never advertise anything about my eating habits. One of my central IRL tenets is "avoid unnecessary and exhausting conversations."

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:32 AM

Yep... Just like I wouldnt wear a shirt advertising my religion or my politics (okay.. I did wear an Obama 2008 t-shirt a lot that summer), I have little interest in instigating a conversation that inevitably ends up making people feel threatened/inadequate/confused/turned off in general.

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on September 21, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I don't advertise just because it's somewhat like showing off. At least that's how I perceive it. Then again, there are different ways to advertise I suppose. There are shirts that say vegans/ vegetarians are stupid or meat eaters are equated with the devil, you know, somewhere along that line (whatever), and I am not for that at all. It's great that some people avoid animal products or endorse the consumption of animal products, but I do not appreciate the fact that they advertise in some way that makes other people feel bad or guilty.

As for bringing the topic up with friends and family - It all depends on how "open-minded" or receptive they are. Food is somewhat like religion/ politics to me and I think to others as well. It's a very touchy subject and people do not like being preached to.

In my experience, conversations concerning the "paleo" lifestyle tends to be more positive when the other person asks out of curiosity.

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on September 21, 2011
at 11:05 PM

Seconded...much easier with family and close friends who are like minded.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:34 AM

I'm not usually one to intentionally annoy people but then again, I have those days where I want to piss people off just for the heck of it. I got stuck in an elevator once with some businessman who didn't like my "Autistic Kids Rock!" shirt, so he glared at me the entire time, LOL http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w289/mr5minutes/AutisticKidsRock.jpg

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:45 AM

I'm in this camp. I don't engage unless engaged. When I rarely eat out I tell them I'm avoiding foods due to allergies. People are generally too tied emotionally to food. I don't want people to feel like I'm judging them or think they are bad/wrong for eating differently from me.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:27 AM

We honestly wear paleo shirts all the time, particularly the ones advertising sites we like. I was wearing a Nom Nom Paleo shirt at the apple farm a month or so ago and it inspired an interesting conversation with a historian. Couple weeks before, a Balanced Bites shirt gave me the opportunity to talk to three interested moms at once. I, personally, feel evangelical about Paleo because it has done so much for me and my family.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Yeah, I totally want a Nom Nom Paleo one...

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:20 AM

Does wearing a t-shirt (made on the ever-so-handy print on demand site Zazzle.com) emblazoned with this graphic count as advertising?

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Or what about a sticker on my car like this?

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Or a hat that says this!

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I'll take one of each! And 2 Bacon hats!

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:43 AM

We don't need to break others down in order to build ourselves up :)

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(19469)

on September 22, 2011
at 12:29 AM

Lol! I'm glad I'm not the only one :) Everthing I've created is on this page... http://www.zazzle.com/livecaveman

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:24 AM

That's awesome :)

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:40 AM

Yeah, that's exactly what I'm talking about with the Paleo community being so much more friendly, inviting, and accepting! This type of "advertising" (if you'd even call it that) is clearly not making anyone feel ashamed or anything, it's just showing off who you are and what your lifestyle is about! Keep on using the Paleo gear :) Thanks for your response!

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:09 AM

This one always bugged me.

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No, he doesn't love you, and he'd eat you in a heartbeat if the situation were reversed.

I have a shirt with a tyrannosaurus eating a carrot and the word "Omnivores" on it, if that counts. I've owned it since before I even heard of the paleo diet.

I love the PaleoParents "Eat Like A Dinosaur" shirt, though I'd get it for my kids, not myself.

In general, I talk about my diet to the least extent possible in real life.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Thanks! We're awfully proud of that one.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:31 AM

Then you haven't seen shirts by Maddox, lol.

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The Best Page In The Universe--store

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:13 PM

Me too, lol! Have almost bought it....

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:40 AM

Haha, love the second one

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:55 AM

Like everything else that is integral to my life, while I may not advertise, I don't make any attempt to hide, either. And people notice when a person does things that are out of the ordinary,or when what the person does starts showing results. For me, people started noticing when I got out of my wheelchair and started walking around, and when I lost over 150 lbs... would I wear a t-shirt... sure, some of them are just cool... but while I'm not comfortable pushing it, I certainly don't hesitate to talk it up under the right circumstances.

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:42 AM

I'm always posting Paleo/Primal/gluten-free links to my FaceBook page. I've turned a lot of folks on to Primal eating this way.

I do nutrition coaching with pregnant and tryng-to-conceive moms, so I'm very up-front about my eating habits. Most of the parents I work with are WAP-inspired or Primal (or want to be) in their diets, anyway, so I'm generally just helping them fine-tune.

No t-shirts yet, but I'm not adverse to them--or bumper stickers, either!

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:59 AM

@Dragonfly -- I love your answer! I think the key is gentle, compassionate encouragement. Thanks!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 22, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Thanks, Carlie! I am really up-front about who I am and folks seem to respond positively for the most part.

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:16 AM

I would probably wear a shirt that says "wheat is murder" or the re-evolve one because I think they're funny. Not because I'm trying to advertise Paleo or whatever, but because I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl and I have a collection of tshirts that crack me up.

I also don't go out of my way to tell people that I'm Paleo/Primal/Grain Free/whatever the hell you want to call it, but I'm sure not going to hide it either.

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:12 AM

With my 12+ pound weight loss (and my husband's 15+ pound weight loss) in just a little over a month, I can't help but advertise! I'm looking around for the "perfect" Paleo shirt for me, but I haven't seen one I must simply have yet. I do tell everyone however (online and in real life), and I even started a blog about it and how it is working for me.

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:00 AM

So it makes me totally lame, then, that I like advertising it, huh? Sucky.

I don't know. I guess after spending most of my life as a 300 lb fat chick, finding something that works makes you want to shout about it, even to people who aren't listening and don't care. Especially if it means there's some other 300 lb fat chick thinking, "Hey, how she'd do that...and what's PALEO?"

Different Strokes I guess.

I am a huge fan of "The road to hell is paved with gluten"

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Hey Sarah, I don't think it's lame! I think it's awesome that you have a story to share on how you found a lifestyle that actually WORKS. That's cool how you can spread the word. :)

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:13 PM

If you tell people you're on a diet, they often think you're trying to say "I'm special, look at me". That's why I never ever talk about my diet unless they ask me. It's sad that we live in a society that immediately hates you if you're different, but that's just the way it is.

I'm doing this for my health though, not to show others I'm healthier than them. I'm doing this for me. There is no real reason to advertise it.

Besides, the less persons that know about paleo, the more meat for me!

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:47 AM

I take more of a Kurt Harris approach and try not to be in so in your face like vegans tend to be. It's not worth the stress or effort to try to change someone's mind unless they show potential interest in the topic. Definitely started off as one of the "Bacon is rad, gluten is bad" people but found it annoying having to explain myself to everyone. I'm all for people advertising the hell out of paleo but I'm less confrontational these days.

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:15 AM

Just can't do it. Someone gave me a "Body by Paleo" T shirt for my birthday but it sits in my drawer still unused. Even if I was into advertising, me wearing that particular slogan would probably be a knock on paleo, since my body composition is only okay compared to plenty of others who don't do anything close to paleo.

E7b56f00c834263c45904f928745f247

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on September 22, 2011
at 02:32 AM

Joe, I love your honesty! I see why you wouldn't want to show off your diet to the world. However, at least from what I can tell from your avatar, you're doing pretty darn well IMO.... :)

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on September 21, 2011
at 11:52 PM

The only time I really truly openly talk, and ask questions, Paleo is at CrossFit and to the person who turned me on to Paleo.

My friends of course know. All it took was turning a drink down during my 60 day - yes 60 :) - challenge and I was quizzed immediately. It was quickly dropped and every now and then they'll ask me questions and those who I'm closest to always make sure to have plenty of things that I can eat. Oh yeah.. at parties I might get a little hassled, handled easily, but that's pretty much it.

My preference is to keep my lifestyle to myself and if someone is curious and asks me questions? I will answer happily and give 200%. I don't need to advertise :)

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on September 21, 2011
at 11:41 PM

I don't currently advertise it as I've only been living this way for about four weeks. It's been great so far, and if I continue to feel better and improve my health and appearance, I do plan to wear a shirt that advertises it (in a nice way) in work out settings or other places where I could attract the attention of like minded individuals.

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on September 27, 2011
at 10:31 AM

I own this shirt, which is more subtly paleo =P But I actually bought it because I thought it was both clever and cute! ...and kinda goes against vegetarians =) which I love. HAHA.

http://shirt.woot.com/friends.aspx?k=15297

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:05 PM

I do not and have never worn shirts or owned things with slogans, phrases, or pictures on them. I even avoid brand logos whenever I can. Not judging people who do, it's just not my thing. I have minimalist style. Most of my clothes are neutral, solid colors.

I do share about this diet quite a bit, especially to anyone who is having the health issues I did pre-paleo.

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:43 AM

The way I look at it - If people are interested, they will ask. In the same way that Francis of Assisi said 'Preach the Gospel at all times- if necessary use words', I think that the way we eat and the way we look (or, the way our bodies have changed) should be evidence enough for someone to say "Hey what are you doing differently?" Granted, I don't think diet and religion can be lumped in the same category, but our quiet diligence in eating the way we do should show others our willpower and results, and make them wonder how they can look and feel the way we do!

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:41 AM

I don't advertise, although I'm proud to be paleo. Still, lots of people ask me about my diet and exercises and health. Must be the way I am, look, act, move, ...

The best paleo advertising is just being healthy. That draws a lot of attention.

(Can you imagine how far we have come?

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on September 22, 2011
at 03:37 AM

In all frankness if I have to explain how I lost weight again to somebody I work with--whom I hardly know, I may scream. Sometime I'm going to get crazy and give the Robb Wolf answer and just say... "hookers and cocaine." So if I did want a t-shirt that is what I would want it to say.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:00 AM

No, but the way I eat usually draws some questions.

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on September 22, 2011
at 12:21 AM

I have a couple paleo t-shirts; I thought the Whole9 food pyramid one was really clever, and I have a Chowstalker shirt because I love the site and want to promote it. There are a lot of fun paleo shirts out there! :) I mostly wear them to the gym.

As for talking about it, I enthusiastically answer questions but I don't make a point of telling everyone what I do & don't eat (I probably did that a bit when I was an excited newbie last year).

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:25 AM

Hey Jules! Can you post links to your shirts? I'm interested :D

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Here are the Whole9 shirts- http://whole9.spreadshirt.com/ Nomnom Paleo has come out with a MyPlate shirt- that may be my next purchase-http://nomnompaleo.spreadshirt.com/it-s-not-that-hard-women-s-slim-cut-A7621928/customize/color/4 And Chowstalker- http://www.cafepress.com/+chowstalker_jr_jersey_tshirt,534896272

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:13 PM

I thought the Food Lovers had one that said "I don't just eat wild-caught for the halibut" but I can't find it :(

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