We have moved to a new city and new neighborhood and have essentially bought our dream house that we plan to stay in for a long time. Along with that is a great group of neighbors up and down the block. However, none of them are even remotely paleo. So far I have just told everyone I have a guten allergy which seems to work pretty well regarding the food. I don't plan to try to convert anyone to plaeo unless they ask, so it's not that kind of hack. Many of them hang out after their kids are asleep and drink until late in the evening. Now don't get me wrong I love a few glasses of wine, so that's not a problem, the problem comes is that I am usually in bed by 930pm and get 8-9 hours of sleep per night.
Without alienating myself from possibly some long term friends, how do I manage getting enough sleep and still engaging with friends during "social"time?
A couple of things.....I have two kids that are early risers(600-630) and the neighbors seems to do this several nights a week as I am one week in and have attended 3 invites!
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on July 01, 2011
at 03:32 PM
Going paleo lead me back to the classic Benjamin Franklin quote:
???Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.???
Just showing up for the first half of the party still counts for having put in the face time that is so necessary for social interactions!
on July 01, 2011
at 03:22 PM
I have "introduced" to all my friends that I am trying to "stay on my kids schedule." I am always the first to bed. I stay up late every so often, but really, I sort of make a joke of "how much sleep I need.," If I were new to a neighborhood I would probably be able to handle 2 late nights per week. Good luck!
on July 02, 2011
at 03:27 AM
I would be surprised if truly good people put you down for your choice to lead a healthy lifestyle. But of course there are some who lead unhealthy lives and want the company in their misery. I think a great way to let them get to know you is have a bbq and serve up some good paleo food. Don't tell them what you're doing but it could be a way to introduce them to something new if they ask and its a way to show them who you are without being preachy. Perhaps invite a few neighbors to do some movnat as a fun way to exercise with them. I bet they would love you after that ! Of course you can always say you become psychotic without sleep but I suspect your kids would be hard pressed to find postdates after that :)
on July 01, 2011
at 10:58 PM
I can't see how lying about an allergy will help develop friendships in a new neighborhood. It also cheapens an actual medical issue that many people have.
When they find out you lied, and they will, they will view everyone that claims to have an allergy or illness with suspicion. Maybe not to the point of calling the person a flat out liar, but in the back of their minds, your lie will be present.
As for a way to not alienate your new friends and still live the paleo dream, I would tell them the truth. You like to go to bed early and you eat and exercise the way you do because it makes you feel better. You might be surprised to find out that your neighbors aren't looking for another fake for a friend, but actually want to get to know you - the real you.