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Funny shopping experience at Whole Foods the other day. Whole Foods has been out of Avalon Organic Whipping Cream for ages. So I inquired. Guy said Avalon’s having problems sourcing it. Then he suggested the frozen whipping cream. Huh? He led me to the frozen food aisle and proceeded to hand me a tub of Cool Whip (or whatever the Whole Foods equivalent is). Uhm, no thanks. Meanwhile, a lady unable to find low-fat milk had followed us over. As if the Cool Whip suggestion wasn’t offensive enough, the guy then suggested I buy soy milk. “Never.” What about almond or rice milk? “No Way”. Why would you suggest milk substitutes to someone looking for heavy cream? Perhaps he was vegan and that was what made sense to him.
Anyway, low-fat milk lady must’ve been even more puzzled by my insistence on full-fat dairy, because she asked me why I didn’t want low-fat like hers. Oh boy. I don’t usually preach about the paleo diet, but if people ask, they’ll get answers. So I told her that fat is healthy. I got a look of disbelief. It turned into a nice intro to paleo conversation, with a boatload of question (e.g. Is that how you stay so skinny? What do you eat for breakfast? Lunch? Snacks? But I thought brown rice was a health food?). She seemed more interested in losing weight than the health aspects – which isn’t unusual I guess.
I suppose that since other than on this blog I generally just keep the paleo diet to myself unless asked, I was somewhat amused by the experience. And being the owner of a primal/paleo blog, I felt the need to drop what I was doing to be a good ambassador of the paleo diet. I hope she found the info helpful. Worried about causing harm though, or giving paleo a bad rep if she ends up gaining weight, I concluded with warning to not continue eating high carb along with high fat – not a good combination. She had heard of the paleo diet before, so perhaps our conversation will prompt her to look into it more. Who knows. But just like I never run into paleo people out in the real world, I usually also don’t come across people who are genuinely interested in the lifestyle. I guess that’s what the paleosphere is for :)
How about you? Do you run into paleo people or those interested in the lifestyle when you’re out and about?