What Do You Say?

April 4, 2011

You’re at a social gathering, and someone starts spewing conventional nutritional wisdom. Do you

A) comment
B) stay quiet
C) bang your head against the nearest wall

I’m happiest when diet isn’t brought up. Throw it in there with politics, religion, and money. Because if it is, I apparently can’t help myself – I simply must say something. I feel like if I don’t, then it’s as though I’m agreeing with whatever ridiculous statement has just been proclaimed.

Should I refrain? Is it just a waste of time? Perhaps. But I think I’d have to plug my ears and yell lalala to keep my sanity while the people around me regurgitate the latest mainstream garbage (“Did you hear?? seafood contains shocking amounts of cholesterol.. it’s almost as bad as… eggs”). I don’t think silence is an option for me. As others nod in agreement, the involuntary eye rolling and headshaking is too much of a giveaway. Plus, didn’t Sarno say it’s bad to repress emotions, especially rage?? :P

In all seriousness though, what’s the best approach? Obviously no one likes to be preached at, and I’m not purposely trying to be obnoxious. And although a maverick comment about complete disagreement and a quick statement of facts shuts people up pretty quick, it doesn’t exactly facilitate an exchange of information. Or get you invited to more dinner parties. Perhaps a more gentle approach would be more beneficial? “Actually, I heard about some recent studies that…” (in a non-condescending way).

What’s the point? Most people won’t listen anyway? Agreed. But in these situations, I’m not trying to “convert” people to the paleo / primal lifestyle. It’s just doing my part to at least show people that there alternative viewpoints out there. Not every one of us is blindly worshipping at the base of the food pyramid. It’s to get people thinking. And at the very least, I don’t want to appear to be agreeing with or supporting complete misinformation.

And what do I get for my efforts? Well, if nothing else, people’s expressions are pretty priceless when I tell them I snack on butter…

What, if anything, do YOU say?

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