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    thegoldengrahamgirl got a reaction from praxisproject in The crazy things people say   
     
    I had to dig this post up from 2.5 years ago - there's eerily some truth to it.
     
    Re: eggs =/= dairy - I don't think that you can be too harsh on people.  The food pyramid (great bastion of the SAD diet and taught in most, if not all, North American public schools) has eggs in the dairy quadrant (or band of the "rainbow" in the new scheme), along with milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, etc.  Not sure why.  Would make more sense in the "meats & alternatives" where they have the fish, tofu, beans and legumes.
     
    Fascinating reading on the "marketing" of the food pyramid (and myriad other subjects) is in Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto."  He certainly points out how little "real food" there is in grocery and supermarkets these days.
     
    Cheers,
     
    -Lauren (GGG)
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    thegoldengrahamgirl got a reaction from praxisproject in The crazy things people say   
     
    I had to dig this post up from 2.5 years ago - there's eerily some truth to it.
     
    Re: eggs =/= dairy - I don't think that you can be too harsh on people.  The food pyramid (great bastion of the SAD diet and taught in most, if not all, North American public schools) has eggs in the dairy quadrant (or band of the "rainbow" in the new scheme), along with milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, etc.  Not sure why.  Would make more sense in the "meats & alternatives" where they have the fish, tofu, beans and legumes.
     
    Fascinating reading on the "marketing" of the food pyramid (and myriad other subjects) is in Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto."  He certainly points out how little "real food" there is in grocery and supermarkets these days.
     
    Cheers,
     
    -Lauren (GGG)
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to GlennR in The crazy things people say   
     
    Ooh, and for extra crazy points, add: "I have pictures here, want to see?" -- and reach for your phone. Betcha they sidle away and never bother you again.
     
    (Yeah, I'm a five year old.)
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to b.c. in The crazy things people say   
    DH and I are 30, but we lead a college aged group at church.
    When we started the year, DH had about 50 lbs to lose (per his doctor's request... and I know, I know, it's just a number) and I had about 70 to lose.  We are both doing really well with our whole food/real food lifestyle changes and have each lost more than 30 lbs.  However, we don't really talk about this - it's just been our private thing.
     
    Last week, a lot of people seemed to be taking notice of our weight loss.  We thanked them for the compliments and went on with our discussion, but the kids proceeded to try and make recommendations for us - we should try biking, have we thought about joining a gym, why have we cut this out, etc. etc.
    We just let them talk.
     
    When we were in college, we were skinny minis, too.  We ate take out and pizza and all kinds of junk food, sodas all day every day...  and we thought we were healthy because we weren't overweight, too.  What we have learned is that the S.A.D. catches up with you eventually, and that just because you are thin doesn't mean you are healthy...
     
    We are healthier now, still being overweight, than we have been in years.  DH and I just smile and, after the kids have left, we say to each other that you can't argue with our results... and we are doing just fine.
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to DanielleM in The crazy things people say   
    So my boyfriend and I are pretty much paleo at home- I am far more strict about it than he is (cheese and creamer in his coffee are the big things he can't let go...and beer. he likes his beer.) Anyway, he brings his lunch to work, which is usually leftovers from whatever paleo meal we had the night before. 
     
    I made a paleo Shepard's pie with mashed cauliflower on top. Apparently it was pretty fragrant when reheated- and people in his office complained. They sniffed around until they found his cubicle. "Oh, of course, it's Erik the foodie. What are you eating, broccoli? Ewww." (it wasn't broccoli at all, btw. I think they just don't know what real food smells like!)
     
    He then proceeded to come home and look through all of our paleo cookbooks to find the most fragrantly annoying foods he could.  
     
    In December, his work was doing a Secret Santa thing. He knew the girl who was his Secret Santa liked to eat- so he put a note on her desk saying she wasn't to bring lunch all week leading up to the "gift exchange day" and that she should leave a note with anything she couldn't have or didn't like. 
     
    He then brought her a Paleo lunch every day that week. She was so excited at how delicious everything was, and told everyone that she had the BEST Secret Santa ever. And, of course, everyone was jealous and tried to find out who it was. (We even had to buy a different color set of tupperware so she wouldn't see Erik's lunch and figure it out... AND he made sure he didn't bring the same thing he brought for her each day...)
     
    Well, when they finally revealed themselves, everyone knew it was my boyfriend "The foodie." He gave her all the recipes he made so she would have them for later. 
     
    And half of the people in his department asked if they could borrow our cookbooks to try. At least one is now a convert. And a few of them have bought paleo cookbooks of their own.
     
    My not-so-paleo boyfriend, converting people to paleo so subtly they don't even realize it. 
     
    And his same co-workers call me "the girlfriend with the crazy diet...."   
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to greenwaypress in The crazy things people say   
    "You're so good at losing weight, you're always fluctuating."
    Said by my BFF who I don't think quite understands the incredible emotional pain that comes from food issues.
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to Terresa in The crazy things people say   
    A friend's father:"So, eat white bread. There's no wheat in that!"
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to Renee Lee in The crazy things people say   
    That forbid deadlifting? Absolutely. Every Planet Fitness. Deadlifting will set off the lunk alarm every time.
    Some managers may be better than others, but as a company policy...no deadlifts
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to notacommittee in The crazy things people say   
    True story: I visited my parents last week and went to my mom's gym to work out.
    Me, to the trainer: Do you have rules about deadlifting here?
    Him? What?
    Me: Deadlifting. Is it allowed?
    Him: Deadlifting?
    Me: Deadlifting!
    Him: Deadlifting?
    Me: *mimes a deadlift* deadlifting!
    Him: Oh...uh...I guess not *wanders off to clean the cardio machines*
    ...sigh. At least if they don't know what it is they can't forbid it?
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to you_surname in The crazy things people say   
    THIS question is hilariously hilarious.
    A friend asked me the same thing the other day. I said, "Wow, good question. Let's do an experiment. Let's each eat 4 cups of kale, 3 cups of spinach and 2 cups of broccoli every day for a week, and keep the rest of our eating habits the same. If neither of us poops more or poops better than usual by the end of the week, then I'll look into reintroducing grains to my diet."
    She said she appreciates my dedication to science, but she didn't want to enroll as a subject in the poop study. Oh, well.
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to GLC1968 in The crazy things people say   
    I have to post this. It's not really something stupid that was said - rather the opposite. Nothing said and nothing stupid...for once.
    I've been paleo since Aug of 2011. I've been to see my parents (they live in FL, I live in Oregon) about 5 or 6 times since my switch because I travel to their area for work twice a year. I've been to see them three times now while on a Whole30 (I even put copies of ISWF in some stockings at the holidays this year!). Every time, it's a food battle with my mom and mostly because she likes to question me and my motives (not because she disagrees that my food is healthy). Every visit, I try to be as non-confrontational as I can and I often buy and prepare my own meals or dishes on the side.
    This past visit, I arrived and she immediately pulled out all the stuff she'd bought for me: a big container of baby greens, organic apples and blueberries, compliant chicken apple sausages, a new bottle of olive oil and avocados!! My parents don't eat ANY of these things (except olive oil). I didn't ask her to prep anything either. She just got it all right, without having to ask. All these visits and what do you know...she was paying attention!
    For dinner that night we had grass fed lamb chops, roasted veggies (in olive oil) and a greens loaded salad (my dad skipped the greens - he can't eat them for medical reasons...don't ask). No sugar. No bad oils. No grains/legumes/starches. I didn't even have to ask.
    AWESOME. Truly. (plus, they loved the dinner and are eating more like that even when I'm not around!)
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    thegoldengrahamgirl reacted to Derval in The crazy things people say   
    Have you ever seen a nipple on a coconut?