Almost everyone who's on a Paleo diet now and has dealt with obesity and related issues will probably remember their attempts at weight loss before they found out about Paleo.
It was always- "eat less, exercise more". If it didn't work, it was the individual's fault.
People who couldn't lose weight were labelled gluttons/lazy/weak willed.
I've been guilty of the same. I've judged people around me and even myself on occasion when weight loss didn't happen.
Then, the people who discover and use the Paleo lifestyle effectively, realise that they have been lied to all along by mainstream media, the doctors and fitness gurus, they trusted. They implement the Paleo diet and their weight melts off, they get healthier. It seems so effortless, that they become evangelists! Really annoying ones!
I'm a case in point. I talk nothing but Paleo to people around me. I'm sure I'm driving people insane with my smug comments.Paleo is my answer to everything.
Weight loss?- Paleo!, Diabetes?- Paleo!, Hypertension?- Paleo! Dyslipidaemia?- Paleo!
Migraine. IBS, memory loss, fatigue, aches and pains, allergies, skin conditions, hair loss, thyroid disease, infertility, depression- My answer is always the same- Paleo!
My friends, family and colleagues are sick of me and my Paleo diet.
I do however have the opportunity to educate my patients on a Paleo type diet and have had insane success with people who buy into it. Younger individuals improve drastically, and come off meds and even insulin. They attain significant weight loss.
Then I make their follow up visits a little less frequent, and they slide back. I can see the guilt in their faces when they come back to me with deranged blood sugars.
Most of the time, I remember how I had judged my patients while giving them advice that was doomed to make them fail (healthy whole grains, low fat, vegetarian and all that jive) I sit them down and talk to them about where they made mistakes and how to avoid them in the future. However, when the same people return again and again after falling off the wagon, it becomes difficult to stay calm and non judgemental. Especially when the exact same people have had spectacular success earlier
My point is...
This diet/lifestyle, is not a cult. It is not a religion. It is not set in stone.
The freedom from counting calories and the leeway to interpret the diet according to our personal situations is what attracted me to this diet.
Our job, as people who have succeeded with this diet and way of living is to get the information across to the rest of the world. If they follow it and succeed, good for them. If they need help, we should be there for them.But browbeating them, and judging them for not succeeding where we have is stupid, and wrong, and makes us no different from the trainers and doctors who advocate a high carb diet and then blame their clients for not losing weight and getting healthier.
I guess, this post is mainly a reminder to myself about what my goals are.
Get the information out there.
Help those who want to be helped.
Be non judgemental about the people who don't agree with the "cult" and its ideology.
Thanks for reading.