Obviously, we all probably eat different foods and use less or no sunscreen, but other than that, what life style changes have people made because of their belief in the benefits of paleo? Myself I have found only a few things that I really do differently. I still eat food, but it is different food. I still hike but maybe a bit more now. I still go to the gym about the same as before. One small but totally different thing I do now is sit out in the sun on the grass during lunchtime at work. It's very pleasant and I get some vit D time, whereas before, I would sit in the backroom or in my car to eat lunch. Another thing I am working on is growing more of my own food like veggies. And I eat out a bit less. Other than that, I have not had to change my habits much. Makes me wonder how other people do paleo.
I wear Vibrams all the time, and am looking for other minimalist shoes. I go for extended barefoot walks (sans Vibrams) with a bit of sprinting mixed in, and am gradually increasing the running I do each time. I occcasionally will randomly burst into a sprint while walking somewhere. I stand up whenever I can. I sit down as little as possible. If I'm relaxing at home I lie down. I've been spending more time in nature. My favorite activity now is climbing/jumping on large rocks on a mountain stream. Speaking more broadly, immersing myself in a paleo lifestyle, I've become more deeply skeptical of all kinds of social conventions. This isn't to say that I don't follow them, but I just feel a certain distance toward the niceties of "civilization". I don't want to live exacly like a caveman, but neither do I feel compelled to obey all the rules of modern society. I've always been this way to some extent, but Paleo has given me a fresh lense on things. It's been envigorating- liberating, really.
I sit outside at lunch.
I workout, because I have energy to.
I play Volleyball, Tennis and Ultimate Frisbee. Because I feel odd when I don't. Previously I just sat around
I learned to cook... That's alot bigger than it sounds.
I blacked out my bedroom
I squat to poop
I don't use shampoo/deodorant
I buy my meat by the quarter/half of the animal now
I don't visit the inner aisles of the grocery store
I research everything I hear, even or especially if I've heard it my whole life
I smile, laugh and love life alot more
I think the biggest change for me would be the attitude change regarding effort/work/efficiency. All my life it has seemed like the thing to do to has been find the easy way to do things. "Work smart not hard" and all that. Screw that.
I now habitually looking for the "hard way" to do physical things - stairs instead of elevators, hand tools instead of power tools for yard work, run/walk to the store when I need something, etc - just to add more movement and exercise to daily life - and ENJOYING the extra effort.
Shopping at farmers markets. Establishing relationships with local farmers and buying direct (my egg farmer is on my blackberry voice-dialing list).
Becoming a better cook.
Oddly - more social confidence even though I've moved further from social "norms". Part of me enjoys setting an example for the zoo humans all around me - even if the subject of why I'm different never comes up in conversation.
Playing more - often the only adult left playing physical games with the younger crowd at family BBQs and such. I raced my friends teenage son down the road in sprint at a Labor Day BBQ just because I could.
I haven't eaten a meal in my car in more than six months.
Built a stand-up desk at work.
more computer time (luckily still not too much) and
more being an irritant evangelical paleo-priest (it even bothers me! let's not ask the people who know me)
even more sun and sleep and naps.
no soap (I don't use shampoo for more than 10 years, I'm rather bold and the rest of my hair is like 1 millimeter).
different kind of exercise.
barefooting (the real deal) when exercising and walking in the woods, only minimalist footwear in 98% of daily activities.
became a better cook!
different attitude towards parenting.
other than the obvious food choices:
"What lifestyle changes have you made because of Paleo?"
Paleo lifestyle changes! :p
Kidding. The food, obviously. I'm pretty strict and pay close attention. I started doing interval training, and while it is debateable whether this is truly more paleo than cardio, I was introduced to it by paleo people. I never used to do extreme hill-sprints until I fell over. I always liked being outside so that's not much of a change. I stopped doing all drugs except for the occasional hallucinogens, and I think that paleo really helped me get over that. I feel good naturally so what do I need to abuse substances for?
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