Natalie A Posted January 13, 2014 Share Posted January 13, 2014 I was wondering if anyone has any tips on succinctly and successfully shutting down others when they criticize your choice to do a Whole 30? I went to a get together with friends the other evening and was very proud of myself for passing on a lot of temptations. I drank water instead of wine, ate before I went so I could pass on unhealthy choices, and snacked on apples. However, I was a lot less pleased with my friends' reactions to my decision to eat better. I got the usual, "How can you give up bread?" "What do you mean you can't have x, y, or z?" and the like, to which I explained that I am trying to give up some unhealthy food groups to see if they're contributing to some health problems I've been having at the recommendation of my doctor. I thought that was pretty straight and to the point and should have shut them down, but they continued to drill me on whether I was making a good choice or not, which then led to a discussion about whether I had an eating disorder or not, that I ended up having to remove myself from out of sheer frustration. They also piled chocolate and bread in front of me "just in case I change my mind and want to have some real food." Now I know that in the short term the answer to this is to not go out with these friends again, especially in the first few weeks while I'm adjusting. But this is actually just a more frustrating example of something that's pretty common for me. Most people out there who still accept conventional dietary wisdom don't seem to be very supportive of the decision to go paleo, and I find myself constantly explaining myself, with varying degrees of success. I have no problem telling people firmly that I am not going to eat something and then not eating it. But I would like to be able explain my point of view to others in a way that doesn't have to turn combative and that is acceptable. If you have any tried and true explanations, or even would like to commiserate I would love to hear about your experiences! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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