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How many people followed your advise and became paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 08, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I became paleo more than 3 years ago after a short conversation with a guy at the pool. His 6-pack was the best I've ever seen in real life (not on TV) so I asked him what his secret was. It was paleo. My wife and I became paleo "addicts" -- read a lot, watched a lot, praised Cordain, Sisson and all others and couldn't understand how this simple idea didn't strike us long time ago! So we decided to spread our new knowledge to as many people as we could. And it was one of the biggest disappointments! In all this time we were able to convince no more than 5 (and 4 of those are relatives).

What's your experience? Any success stories?

66a7ef84ed129bba4ea2dc3aea26f67f

on November 09, 2012
at 08:05 PM

Considering the granola has something like 27g of sugar per 100g...

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on November 08, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Actually meat, and dairy, spike insulin more than fruit, and grains.. so it's probably you who are starting your day with a bigger insulin spike.

66a7ef84ed129bba4ea2dc3aea26f67f

on November 08, 2012
at 09:15 PM

My dad starts his day with a lovely insulin spike: a ton of fruit, low-fat yoghurt and granola with sugar sprinkled on. :/

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Ede5030721ed7241414b31b9f2c963a1

on November 08, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I keep trying to get my mom to stop eating bread. She's addicted to baguettes. As much as complains about ailments and her weight, and as much as she knows she should give up wheat, she just doesn't do it. :(

As for others, I feel that once I reach my goals, the results will speak for themselves just like that guy you met at the pool.

153c4e4a22734ded15bf4eb35b448e85

(762)

on November 08, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Actually meat, and dairy, spike insulin more than fruit, and grains.. so it's probably you who are starting your day with a bigger insulin spike.

66a7ef84ed129bba4ea2dc3aea26f67f

on November 08, 2012
at 09:15 PM

My dad starts his day with a lovely insulin spike: a ton of fruit, low-fat yoghurt and granola with sugar sprinkled on. :/

66a7ef84ed129bba4ea2dc3aea26f67f

on November 09, 2012
at 08:05 PM

Considering the granola has something like 27g of sugar per 100g...

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 09, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I too have felt so many benefits from doing Paleo that I've wanted to spread the word...I feel like I've found cure-all and it is like a miracle. I tell my friends and family and most just can't get past the no grains. I got my sister and mom to try it. My sister gave up within the week and my mother is kind of trying it but I can tell she isn't into it that much and she cheats all the time and justifies it with various excuses. I keep telling people they have to do a strict full 30 days to see any benefits but the payoff will be extremely awesome, will change your life, etc. My obese father is visiting me and he let me know he had a heart scan, has plaque build-up and has a very good chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. I told him about Paleo and he wouldn't even really listen, even though I just got my bloodwork done (6 months paleo) and it showed my cholesterol as 95 when it was 154 the last time it was tested. And I eat bacon EVERY DAY! It is extremely sad to watch your family suffer all of these ailments, know the possible cure, and have them scoff at it. By the way, I just learned that staying hydrated cures most allergy symptoms - look up "Allergies Dehydration" on the net.

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on November 09, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Once everyone sees me eating bacon all the time while being in better shape then all of them, I won't need to do any convincing.

...well not really, but all that matters is that we are happy doing it. The biggest thing is that people have to WANT to do it on their own. If you have to "convince" people, it's not likely they will stick to it (had this same problem with people about just eating healthy and exercising before I got into Paleo)

To answer your question though, I have not tried to convince anyone but will blab on for days to anyone who might consider trying it

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235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

on November 08, 2012
at 08:59 PM

Zero. Totally fine with it, though; more meat for me.

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66a7ef84ed129bba4ea2dc3aea26f67f

on November 08, 2012
at 08:58 PM

My friend is kinda doing paleo. But kinda is better than none! My parents still won't listen to me. Hopefully when I start feeling better/more energetic and hopefully lose weight they'll follow :P

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on November 08, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Only my wife, and she is not even a full convert (yet). Five is a very impressive number. Conversations about paleo always go poorly for me, and I have learned to avoid the topic with most people.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I've actually convinced a few friends to adopt a more Paleo lifestyle, and they've felt the benefits, but no total converts. And it's really just a handful. I'm pretty sure that until food packaging says "100% Paleo!" on it (I'm being ironic, FYI), it won't really catch on virally.

I get a lot more of people asking me about Paleo, and then saying "Oh, I totally already do that". And then watch them order a pizza and ice cream or something. Either I'm horrible at explaining it, or people just don't really get it.

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on November 30, 2012
at 10:47 PM

I answered before (none) but I have a brand new answer...3 of my close friends have told me they want to try Paleo!

My previous answer was "not to convince people because they will not stay with it". I have just been eating healthy, feeling awesome and now my friends came to ME saying they want to do Paleo. A good day indeed!

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on November 09, 2012
at 07:06 PM

My mother-in-law (age 72) did it once I started, and she says she feels great, and thinks it helped her to recover faster from a broken knee cap (I guess we'll never know for sure).

A guy I work with tried it for a few weeks, said he lost 12 pounds and felt great, but then fell off the wagon. Never quite figured that one out.

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028e70a250f38bd61fa81b0e0789bb6e

on November 09, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I am from a family in China. Our diet can be called 'paleo' if rice is considered a safe starch. In recent years my parents started eating bread and milk for breakfast.

I tried to convince them to give them up, in vain. So yeah, I'm pretty bad at it.

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E773ca32b29508bae2055579a26afa98

on November 09, 2012
at 06:32 PM

People have a tipping point. Your recommendation may not be the one that tips them over into Paleo, but rest assured that you have gotten them a little closer regardless of their reaction.

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on November 09, 2012
at 07:51 AM

Just about everyone around me has changed their diet in some way for the better. Plus paleo makes sense for almost every person I discuss it with.

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on November 09, 2012
at 07:44 AM

Nobody! My friends ask how I lost the weight and I tell them. I also mention that my arthritis has gone (I am 64) and they all think I am ill - ie gluten sensitive. Even when I've suggested it no-one has even tried to avoid grains to see if it helps. I've given up!

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4d8fd4160293afaeab0b8b2b11315269

on November 09, 2012
at 07:12 AM

Thank you for sharing your experience! Personally I converted my husband to start Paleo, but the biggest impression I had on a friend who used to go to the gym for 8 years. He used to ask me at least once a week if he got more ripped or no..well, he didn't. 4 months ago I sent him some links about Paleo. He started to adapt his eating habits and now 'annoys' me frequently with "hey, check out my 6-pack!"

Eloise

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Aa5154ef908fc4a5c255c552f32e334e

on November 09, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Over the past 2 years I have converted ????? Not sure. I am a massage therapist/personal trainer and have recommended this diet to many several. However, a few standouts stick in my mind: I have an older couple that are(were) type 2 diabetics who have completely gone off all their meds, lost weight, and regained their health by going paleo. Then, there is the mountain biker who wanted to lose weight//lean out who shaved time off his rides and no longer bonks after switching to paleo. Then, there is my minister/mental health counselor that has lost weight and seriously seen mad improvements in his ability to train//lift heavy/run long after switching to paleo. Admittedly, I am in a unique environment to affect a change on others, but I think it is all relative. If you seriously live it and strongly recommend it, people will see it in you and follow.

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on November 09, 2012
at 12:12 AM

That depends. 5 people partially followed it. 2 people become fanatics with me. Telling them about all the dangers of their shitty diet combined with the awesome results from trying paleo for 1 week helped most.

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on November 08, 2012
at 10:26 PM

i just started it two months ago and am still pretty sick so i don't look like a sparkling example right now. i do feel better on it though but it would be easier to broadcast about paleo if i looked/felt the best i ever have in my life.

i've told everyone i know about paleo but nobody has changed their diet because of me.

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