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What do you say to the carb-atarian on the soap box?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 12, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I was at the gym this morning and while getting ready I over heard a woman explaining to 3 other women that she has lost 15-20 pounds going vegetarian. The 3 other women were listening intently amazed at her weight loss while she explained how she eliminated mostly meat and chicken and now eats "lean grains" (what is that?), dairy products, and soy. I always keep to myself and believe in to each their own, and I would go so far to say that whatever works for you and makes you happy run with it, but this woman who looked unhealthy to me and appeared to have no energy while working out was clearly giving bad advice. She didn't even mention fruits or veggies (...........?) or the importance of eliminating sugar from the diet. She sounded more like a carb-atarian with dairy and soy mixed in to me. I didn't say a word but felt bad that the three other women where given not only pour advice but the complete opposite of sound nutritional advice. Here they were making it to the gym and they do work out pretty hard from what I've seen, butI guarantee their diets are their biggest hurdle to health and weight loss. This woman was leading them further in the wrong direction which honestly bothered me but I wasn't sure what to do or say if anything so I kept to myself. I feel like I should carry around one of great Paleo type diet books (Paleo Solution, ISWF, Primal BP, etc.) and just quietly hand them to people as I walk by. Obviously kidding there but not really sure what else to say or do to help these types of folks.....

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on February 12, 2013
at 03:22 PM

Whenever you feel the urge... the question to gently ponder is...

Have you ever witnessed anyone welcoming unsolicited advice on any subject matter whatsoever?

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on February 12, 2013
at 06:20 PM

I'm in the same boat. I heard my teacher lauding the health benefits of tv dinners that included veggies, and organic burritos. I spoke up but her expression told me I had come off as rude. Its not the first time I found myself in such a situation and I am trying to accept the fact that most people absolutely do not want to change their eating habits. What they do want is assurance that their favorite foods are 'not that bad'.

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:25 PM

Eventually I will be able to chip in on such a conversation with "I lost __ pounds on my Paleo lifestyle, and I feel great." But Mash's answer is good. (Right now I can only brag about the first five pounds.)

I have sat through several staff room lunches recently listening to people compare weight watcher points, and just kept my mouth shut.

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on February 22, 2013
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People will do what works for them at that moment in time and then move on to something different when it stops working. I switched to paleo - but not totally 100% - because it seems to be the only way weight will come off w/o counting calories & always being hungry. I think it's also age & hormone-related in my case, but I'm glad I found a solution to my weight issues.

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