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Old 01-20-2016, 17:11   #1
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I was wondering if other people on the forum have any difficulty explaining the LCHF way of eating to non-diabetic friends and family members? When I try to explain that I choose not to eat certain foods, all I get is a blank stare or a 'objection' that the foods I avoid are good for me - such as whole grains, potatoes, pasta etc.
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My wife read Blood Sugar 101 and did her own research so she would understand what I was doing and why. She then decided to go LCHF with me although she is targeting 100 carbs a day. She has lost weight, her Cholesterol has improved and she has stopped craving sweets and carbs.....

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I don't even discuss it with 'em . . . if all they wanna do is criticize the way I eat, I don't have time for them. If on the outside chance they truly wanna learn, I would direct them to the LCHF websites.



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If anybody questions me, I tell them my doctor has advised me to drastically reduce all carbs in order to control my blood sugars better. I don't try to educate others any more, it never went over very well anyway.

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I never focus on what I don't eat but talk about what I do eat. This question usually comes in the context of why I look so good, where the other half of me went or how I have normal blood sugar without medications even though I'm diabetic.

I just love the look on their faces when I answer: I EAT MOSTLY FAT (with emphasis on saturated).

I have a large immediate family and nearly all have done LC/HF, even ketogenic and many continue to do so. Most of them just do it for weight and so tend to come on and off. None of them are diabetics, so the incentive is not quite so strong.

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I was wondering if other people on the forum have any difficulty explaining the LCHF way of eating to non-diabetic friends and family members?
Getting them to follow might be the difficult part but explaining it is not so hard. My approach is to demonstrate that the 2 hypothesises (Energy Balance & Lipid) that have guided dietary choices over the past 3-4 decades have failed miserably. And the health / disease statistics support that. They do listen intently about our alternative fuel. Believe or not, is their choice.

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I have a problem with my family and friends too and all I've told them is I'm doing LC. I can't even imagine how they would respond to the HF part of it. None of them think that LC is healthy or sustainable for the rest of my life. I shouldn't cut out any particular food group, that in itself is not healthy. My best friend has told me she knows several diabetics who don't do LC, that they follow the standard diabetic diet and they all have great numbers in doing that. That's her proof since they've been diabetic a lot longer than me that they're all right and I'm wrong. I have absolutely no support IRL whatsoever.

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I have a problem with my family and friends too and all I've told them is I'm doing LC. I can't even imagine how they would respond to the HF part of it. None of them think that LC is healthy or sustainable for the rest of my life. I shouldn't cut out any particular food group, that in itself is not healthy. My best friend has told me she knows several diabetics who don't do LC, that they follow the standard diabetic diet and they all have great numbers in doing that. That's her proof since they've been diabetic a lot longer than me that they're all right and I'm wrong. I have absolutely no support IRL whatsoever.
I can understand how you feel because I have little or no support either. If not for online friends who do understand, I would have no resources to depend upon.

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Strawberry, I guess we're in the same boat.

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Strawberry, I guess we're in the same boat.
What gets me annoyed is that sometimes my family or friends will say "You can eat them and just give yourself more insulin."

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