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Help unconvinced parents

Commented on December 14, 2013
Created December 12, 2013 at 4:12 AM

I need some help convincing my parents about letting me eat paleo. I am really into nutrition and making sure about eating well but they are concerned about me cutting out an entire food group. I have done a lot of research as to the benefits of eating paleo and really want to improve my overall health. How do I pursuade them?

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on December 14, 2013
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Because the clues (female, underage, "really into nutrition", etc) suggest disordered eating. It's an all too familiar pattern seen around here.

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on December 14, 2013
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Why are you proposing to eat paleo? (Assuming you're a minor as well since your parents are still feeding you.)

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on December 13, 2013
at 11:48 PM

This is a fine answer. Labels do make a difference.

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on December 13, 2013
at 08:37 PM

I like my dog too much to feed him crap. He should be eating meat. OP should learn how to intelligently deal with parents who don't know everything about everything. Learning within a family is a two way street, my kids keep me thinking and learning all the time.

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on December 14, 2013
at 11:30 AM

Hi, I'm not sure how old you are? but if you want to meet you parents half way, a good solution would be to make a start by cutting out all refined sugar, then the processed stuff. Those two measures alone will see you on your way + will not upset your parents (as a mum myself I can say that we do tend to worry).

Once they see how much healthier your diet is, you might find that you end up with two new converts to Paleo. Good luck. Keep us posted. Cheers Jane.

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on December 13, 2013
at 09:28 PM

I find the term paleo makes a lot of people I've spoken to view it as some sort of cheesy branding for a fad diet. Just say you want to eat a more healthy diet based on whole foods, and less processed junk.

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on December 13, 2013
at 11:48 PM

This is a fine answer. Labels do make a difference.

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on December 13, 2013
at 08:19 PM

No, the dog has every right to be paleo too. Tell them you will switch to carrots, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, and all manners of fruits. That should reassure them.

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on December 13, 2013
at 07:01 PM

Secretly feed your pasta to the dog.

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on December 13, 2013
at 08:37 PM

I like my dog too much to feed him crap. He should be eating meat. OP should learn how to intelligently deal with parents who don't know everything about everything. Learning within a family is a two way street, my kids keep me thinking and learning all the time.

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on December 12, 2013
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Write a detailed paper that you would turn into a science teacher outlining the reasons why Paleo works. Not sure how old you are but if my kids did that I'd surely pay attention.

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on December 12, 2013
at 05:05 AM

Tell them you'd be more than happy to eat grains and legumes but only if they're properly prepared.

And then tell them it takes at least 24 hours to do so.

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