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60 Stupid Reactions To Your Paleo Diet-min

60 Stupid Reactions To Your Paleo Diet

Luckily, most people in my life either eat a broadly Paleo diet now – or at least understand it. But over the years I’ve been eating this way, I’ve had so many negative  (or just plain confused) reactions from people, questioning why I’ve been eating this way.

Which of these reactions have you had? And what other reactions have you had? Share yours in the comments below.

60 Stupid Reactions To Your Paleo Diet-min

  • Aren’t you supposed to hunt all of your meat?
  • You need to eat a proper balanced diet, with all of the food groups
  • It’s so boring eating like that! I couldn’t do it.
  • I could never give up bread
  • What you eat is disgusting
  • Your body is going to go into starvation mode if you don’t have snacks
  • Where do you get your B vitamins?
  • Oh, you mean Atkins
  • You won’t be able to keep that up
  • I don’t think it’s right to deprive yourself of anything
  • It’s dangerous to leave out an entire food group
  • Oh, another one of those fad diets
  • You’re going to have a heart attack!
  • But what about rice?
  • But you don’t need to go on a diet!
  • Your body can’t digest all that meat
  • All that fat is going to clog up your arteries
  • I’ve been eating grains all my life and I’m ok
  • What about nuts?
  • Those gluten free foods are so expensive in the supermarket
  • Just because your skin, energy, hair, digestion, mood and body composition got better, doesn’t mean you’re healthy
  • Well I’ve read the China Study
  • Cavemen didn’t live in houses and drive cars
  • What do you have for breakfast?
  • My great grandma lived to 104 and she ate bread everyday
  • I’ve studied nutrition and it’s not healthy to eat like that. I know.
  • Why are you wearing gloves on your feet?
  • Don’t you get constipated?
  • Cavemen didn’t eat bacon. You had bacon for breakfast. I saw.
  • But what about oatmeal?
  • But it’s my birthday, you’ve got to have a piece of cake!
  • What do you mean you don’t eat Soy? Soy is healthy!
  • Eeeeeew you only eat raw meat! That’s disgusting!
  • What can you have for lunch?
  • But my personal trainer says…
  • But where do you get all your energy?
  • That’s so restrictive!
  • What about brown bread?
  • You must get so hungry!
  • But what about quinoa?
  • Are you still on your diet?
  • Isn’t all that fat going to make you fat?
  • It’s ok, I’ve cooked you a lentil bake instead
  • WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHOLESTEROL?
  • Are you going to go and live in a cave too?
  • Bread with spelt is ok though, right?
  • How do you get your vitamins and minerals without eating grains?
  • But the food pyramid…
  • You need wholegrains for fibre
  • You have to have grains because your brain runs on carbs, not fat
  • We’ve switched to brown rice now
  • Everything in moderation is what I say
  • But cavemen died at 20
  • My doctor said saturated fat will give you a heart attack
  • You poor thing, I could never give up pasta
  • I don’t need to change my diet, I’m not overweight.
  • But what about wholemeal pasta?
  • That’s a really stupid way of eating
  • You’re just going through a phase
  • What do you mean you don’t count calories?

Over to you! What’s been the best reaction you’ve had?

How people react when I tell them I eat paleo 6 reactions diet healthy eating-min

The Six Most Common Reactions I Get When I Tell People I Eat Paleo

In a world where different cultures, races, religions and sexualities gain more acceptance than ever before, it never fails to surprise me how much shock and confusion people express when I explain to them about my Paleo lifestyle. It’s amazing how even though the knowledge is out there for everyone to access, so many people choose to ignore it and follow conventional wisdom. When explaining how I choose to live and eat, I’m usually hit with a barrage of questions. These are the most common reactions:

How people react when I tell them I eat paleo 6 reactions diet healthy eating-min

1.     So what do you actually eat?

By far the most common, and perhaps the most stupid question people ask me is ‘what do you actually eat!?’ When I tell them that I don’t eat grains, sugar, dairy, or processed food, people seriously struggle to contemplate what would be on my plate at meal times. ‘So no pizza? No bread? How do you survive?’ I don’t just survive; I thrive, and feel healthier every day. Instead of explaining to people what I don’t eat, I now tell them all the wonderful things I do eat instead. Meat, fish, loads of veggies, nuts, coconut, fruit, even the odd bit of dark chocolate. I find this generates a much more welcome response.

2.     But doesn’t eating meat give you colon cancer?

No. No it doesn’t. Do your research – meat is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and if you don’t eat it, you’d feel much healthier and stronger if you did.

 3.     How can you be healthy without whole grains?

The amount of people that are still tricked into believing that whole grains are healthy is startling. If I have the energy, I’ll explain to them about anti nutrients, lectins, gluten, phytic acid and intestinal permeability. If I don’t, I’ll simply tell them that vegetables are much more nutrient dense and therefore healthier.

4.     But how do you get your calcium?

‘Calcium makes your bones grow stronger’ said the famous Petit Filous advert. Many people ask me how I get my calcium without dairy – when I just tell them how kale, broccoli, sesame and almonds are my friends – and how it’s also important to balance your calcium levels with adequate magnesium and other trace elements, if you really want strong bones.

5.     So do you run around chasing wild animals with a spear (sarcastic laugh)

The more facetious opposition will often snigger and make a very silly comment implying that a ‘caveman’ lifestyle has no relevance in the modern day world. I’ll often explain to them how my workouts replicate real life situations that our ancestors would have found themselves in – including weightlifting, sprint training, and CrossFit. I’ll then go on to tell them what a difference this has made to my body composition and general fitness. Sometimes though, I’ll just laugh and say ‘Yes. Yes I do. Don’t you?’

6.     And what’s with the shoes? Aren’t they bad for your joints?

Once again, the way modern day marketing has invaded the vulnerable brains of our fellow humans amazes me. When people see me running in my Vibrams, they genuinely believe that I’m going to cause serious damage to my knees, ankles and spine because there isn’t enough ‘cushioning.’ Quite honestly, this one doesn’t even warrant a response!

These are just a few of the questions I am faced with whenever I tell people about how I live. Have I missed any? What are the funniest reactions you’ve ever received when you tell people you are Paleo?