My friend and colleague asked me that question today when I showed her my meals for today. I prepped my breakfast of 1 egg + 1 egg white, which I made into a fritata with kale and leftover meatloaf that I made with parsnips, carrots, onions, garlic, and kale, and a banana. Lunch was a salad with left over pork chop and french dressing (it was authentic--from a bottle), and grapes. She marveled at the amount of salad dressing and asked how much I had in a small glass container; probably not more than 2 tablespoons--because that is fattening, she exclaimed. I also had fruit for snack.
My friend has enrolled herself in a weight loss program at one of the local hospitals. She has been struggling with her weight for many years. She credits me with inspiring her to workout and eat better. However, she is doing "conventional dieting" through this nutrition program. She asked the physician at her meeting last night what he thought about going grain free. As a cardiologist, he didn't recommend it. He said it wasn't sustainable if there weren't any medical reason to be off of grains, then one shouldn't. Maybe gluten can be eliminated, but other grains were impossible to remove totally because we need them in our diet. He stated that we needed grains in our diet. My friend noted that he didn't promote a high carbohydrate diet either.
I've been reading about Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist and author of Wheat Belly. I've read several articles in which he was interviewed about his theory on gluten. Everything I've read in his interviews, without reading his book, resonated with me. Essentially, grains (most specifically gluten) are genetically modified and do not add any real nutritive value and can actually harm us. Dr. Davis' patients, upon removing gluten from their diet, recovered from many of their illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis. Those recoveries also supported their heart health. Patients who did not stick to the diet had reoccurring heart attacks. Patients who followed the "no gluten diet", did significantly better.
When I first got into Paleo, I wanted to lose weight. It was my way of losing this fat and getting out of a rut that I physically and psychological couldn't get out of. But when I realized the added benefit of not adding a steroid into my lungs twice a day everyday, which I'd done for the last 9 years, I was pleased that I could save my lungs and save so much money.
I gave up dairy 2 years ago because it did more harm to my body than good. Once I got medical confirmation that I am actually allergic to dairy, I also confirmed within myself that I made the right call. I listened to myself and went with my "gut" instinct. I am doing the same with grains because it has caused more harm to my body than good. I am planning on doing some food allergy testing and get confirmation that I am gluten intolerant. Once I do, I will share on the blog. However, I do feel so good mentally and physically, that I may keep this up indefinitely even if the results prove negative.
How do you deal with people who doubt your weight loss method?