I feel your pain. I've been on this journey for a little over seven weeks now, with many positive benefits. These include 22lbs lost, no more chest pain, reduced blood pressure, and disappearing asthma. Did I mention my incredible energy level?
I have heard some of the strangest comments...
My accupuncturest told me, "You need some oil." (I'll be sure to add some if my oil light comes on
My mom told me that all the pesticides on vegetables are dangerous. She also told me about someone who had lost a lot of weight, and looks sickly now. "Do I look sick?" I asked. "Not yet," she answered.
My sister maintains that she can't try the McDougall Diet because she has Type 2 Diabetes...but the big, juicy steaks at Longhorn are still on the menu.
I'm trying to take the John Robbins approach, although my inclination is to grab them by the lapels for a "McDougall Moment."
I'm seeing my primary care physician tomorrow for the first time since becoming a McDougaller. It is time for my yearly physical with cholesterol checks etc. etc. Perhaps I should have kept her "in the loop," but I didn't want to hear any more discouraging words. I'm not sure how she will react, although she may be rightfully offended that I cut my blood pressure meds without consulting her. (I did so very gradually, and checking my BP multiple times daily). I'm still on about 1/4 of my prescription...
I'm prepared for a lecture about my failure to consult with her, and I deserve it. However, I will rebuff any concerns she has about my diet with facts. I may even zap her with my salad shooter.
Actually, she is a very nice lady...so I am cautiously optimisic that she will be encouraging.
Hopefully my cholesterol will be improved...I've been "borderline" for a few years. Regardless, it's hard to argue with 22lbs weight loss and no more chest pain. And I love the food. Last night, I had a good-sized supper, and felt full of energy afterward! What a concept--food for energy.
So I will take the silly, misinformed comments in stride. This diet has given me a new life.