Have you learned all you possibly can about paleo, but cannot help yourself from checking every blog on a daily basis? Do you get annoyed or anxious when your favorite blog hasn’t been updated for a while? Does it bother you when you hear or read the same concepts being repeated over and over again.
Paleo is supposed to be quite a simple concept to grasp. Eat whole foods; avoid grains…blah blah blah. We all know these things now. (newbies excluded). There are certain things within paleo/primal/ancestral that can be fine-tuned for the individual, but the general concepts are the same.
Of course there are new concepts and new research that comes along once in a while, but these typically confirms or conforms to our already held beliefs. Is it just the satisfaction of these new studies confirming what we already know the “juice” that keeps us coming back for more? I don’t propose that I know everything and neither does anyone else for that matter, (though some seem to think they have all the answers), I just wonder how much more I can possibly glean from the paleosphere to live optimally.
I might even say that all this “studying” has in fact hindered my ability to live optimally since I spend too much time on it and not enough time practicing what is “preached”. Or, am I the only one?
PS: I will continue to look daily, I’m addicted after all!
While I've read quite the standard Paleo lineup of books (Primal Blueprint, Primal Body Primal Mind, Good Calories Bad Calories, The Paleo Diet & The Paleo Diet for Athletes, The Paleo Solution, etc.) I tend to avoid paleo websites, blogs, etc. (I do get MDA updates in my email, so I like to peruse the daily topic.) and a lot of people I met at last months Paleo FX were surprised that I don't listen to "the podcasts" and follow the comings and goings of the "paleo elite".
I do like to check in on Paleohacks to see what questions are being raised, and regardless of the criticism levied at this site by many in the paleosphere, I think it is one of the only places where honest expression of ideas, concerns, questions, etc. can be had. Yes, some of those ideas, concerns, etc. are ridiculous, but many are deeply insightful, and, for the most part, having anonymous profiles allow people to say what they really think without fear of reprisal or backlash.
Nassim Taleb discussed the dangers of "tunneling" in his book "The Black Swan - The Impact of the Highly Improbable". Essentially, "tunneling" is what occurs when one narrows their focus to a particular field of study (or a particular aspect of a particular field) and therefore sees an increasingly detailed but increasingly isolated slice of knowledge.
With this in mind, the primary focus of my study is to not have a singular focus. I enjoy reading Jarred Diamond's books (Collapse, Guns Germs & Steel), Evolutionary Biology courses (available at my local library), and economics and business books (Malcolm Gladwell, Nassim Taleb, Brian Anderson, etc.)
I will admit, it is a part of my daily routine to check every primal/paleo blog that I like and find most informative each day. I guess it's mostly as a reminder to keep doing what I'm doing since I feel great, and look better, etc.
I like it. It's not the only things I read up on, and we are in modern society, but don't let it take up your time out in the real world doing things like... well, like playing.
I personally don't think one can know everything. I go through waves of checking my favorite blogs; sometimes I check them often, other times I check out for a while. I think the main thing I have taken from this whole experience is self-awareness with respect to my nutrition. I certainly fall under/align with the overarching paleo framework, but after much trial and error, figured out that there is really no uniform diet that works for everyone. I eat based on what I have decided works best for me and my goals, but am also constantly checking it against new information and ideas.
It's definitely a hobby, but my obsession level varies from not to definitely based on the "hot" questions and what's going on in my life.
At first, this was a learning process but now it's more of a place for social interaction and mutual support. It's actually a little less interesting but more rewarding.
There have been times I chose to come here, or visit some blogs, as a way to distract myself from junk food cravings. I don't get those any more, but if I am stressed I tend to come here and that may be why I recently complained about a negative tone on some conversations--I came here "needy" and wound up worse. I learned from that because I found my way to serenity despite the fact that I didn't find it here. I found it watching sports and bird-watching and gabbing with friends.
After 12 months now of being MOSTLY Paleo (wheat free for sure)....I find I go in spurts with "tooling up." There isn't a day that goes by however that someone brings up the topic of food and it ultimately comes back to GF or Paleo. Once we realize we've all been "fed" a load of crap all these years and we break the addictions to wheat/flour, it all makes sense (more sense). I've been accused of preaching Paleo (or simply just GF for starters) is a "cure-all"...my answer, "HELL YES IT IS!!" Seek the evolution and science at all times folks! AND know who's backing the studies, who's benefiting, and why. ...sorry for the rant/tangent.
When I first started out I was definitely a Paleo junkie. My world was flipped upside down and I felt like I was behind the curve so I began reading every article/blog/book I could get my hands on. I would check my favorite blogs daily and I became the king of hitting "refresh" on Paleo Hacks.
Nowadays, my overall approach is much more relaxed. Though I still hit "refresh" on PH quite often, I might go a week or two between checking out my favorite blogs. With that said, just when I really start to kick my feet up someone like Kurt Harris will pop back into the picture with a captivating post and suck me right back in...
I'm a newbie (what are those blogs you're talking about) and PH keeps me connected/informed/amused, connected/informed/amused. Which is VERY helpful after 2 weeks of feeling sick and now better. Should I start a Paleo meetup in Atlanta?