Ok, so I assume the majority of people on Paleo hacks have embraced the paleo approach to eating in some way...but how far do you take when it comes to Paleolithic mans lifestyle??.... Picking some random examples, for instance do you sleep on the floor and avoid beds?...Do you go everywhere barefoot?...Do you shun mechanical transport of any kind and go everywhere by foot?...Do you 'train' in the woods by climbing trees and scrambling up rocks.
I think you get my point...Im just interested to see how far people go in the search for true a Paleo life, and where you draw the line?
I draw the line when:
I starting laughing at myself.
It's argued that everything modern is bad and everything "paleo" is good.
When I start to make assumptions about how people may have lived in 45,000 BC.
We have no idea, really. We can only guess. I like having a refrigerator, microwave, washing machine, blender, food processor, etc. There were no halcyon days in the past. Re-enactment is just plain silly.
There is no one true paleo lifestyle. Trying to capture it under one umbrella is a silly media construction. The word lifestyle needs to be retired for a while. The principles are what you make of them.
I'm more about nutrition, exercise, getting enough sleep, and slowing down my life to live at a more realistic pace, in juxtaposition to the pointless hurriedness all around us.
I don't really embrace any of the "lifestyle". I see the nutrition as a "logical framework applied to modern humans, not a historical reenactment.” - Andrew Badenoch
i eat and exercise 90% paleo/primal so as to feel and look healthy. however, I drink beer,smoke cigarettes, and I drive and build V8 gas guzzling hotrods.
what is that, redneck-paleo?
I go natural when I'm in a natural setting, and I don't when I'm not. It's pretty damn simple. Really.
For example, I usually wear Vibrams when I go out to a trail, but that's only because most of the places I go seem to have a lot of broken glass and trash and other shit. Not littering the floor, but enough to make it impractical to go barefoot without staring at the ground the whole damn time.
Another example: I use the AC in my car when it's hot out. OMG, but AC's aren't paleo! Yeah, and sitting in a glass bubble that traps heat like crazy isn't either. I compensate for one unnatural thing (sitting in a car) with another unnatural thing (turning on the AC). This is the story of my life.
Seriously, it takes everybody so damn long to come to this obvious-as-shit conclusion. I know it took me a long time, and tons of people here seem oblivious to it: If you don't live with a tribe of like-minded people in the middle of nowhere hunting and gathering all you're own food (which I'm sure would be a great life for some people!), sometimes you have to compensate for random modern world shit. Maybe there are artificial lights everywhere and they're making it hard to sleep. Maybe try wearing sunglasses for the last hour before bed? BUT SUNGLASSES AREN'T PALEO! Yeah, and neither are artificial lights.
The bottom line is that how far you should go is simply how far you're prepared to go. If you love living in a big city, you're simply gonna have to compensate in a lot of different ways. The point is to do what's most consistent with your goals. If all you want out of life is to be the greatest chess player ever, you're gonna have to make compromises on the paleo front. Paleo is the best foundation for everything, so long as a part of it doesn't directly contradict what you're trying to do.
In case the point got lost in the length, this is it: If you're thinking about getting rid of something because it's not "paleo", first ask whether it's there to mitigate the damage from something else that's not "paleo". And if you're thinking about including something that's not "paleo", ask whether it's (1) something you're prepared to sacrifice some of your health for, or (2) something that could mitigate some of the damage from something ELSE that you do that's not paleo.
AC in the car (not paleo) is good, but only because it compensates for sitting in a glass box (not paleo either). Getting rid of one would make getting rid of the other easy (or necessary), but perhaps you're attached to it. If getting rid of your car means not being able to make it to your chess tournaments, perhaps you need to make this compromise on the paleo front. I for one don't ever plan to get rid of using a computer, though I'll of course try to mitigate the damage by limiting its use and perhaps not using it at night (which is when it's the most destructive).
I think the difference is choice.
For example it might be fun camping on the lakeshore, catching fish, and digging a dunny in a little glade of trees on holiday, but one has the choice to go back to civilization and have a shower whenever one wants. Those with vibram 5 fingers have the resources to buy them, can choose to wear them or their shoes, people who choose to carry water and go without washing their hair can turn the tap and have a shower if they wish. And all these people know that.
When these resources are stripped from you then life takes a whole new meaning. I have discovered 'paleo food' is not as important as 'food', I appreciate water in a way I never had before, clean water from a tap in your kitchen! What kind of a miracle is that?!!! And sewers! Oh heavens, I never never truly appreciated sewers.... And its not just the sewers of course, with out sewers heath issues take on a whole new meaning. And doctors, yes I know many of us have doubts about modern medicine, but my neighbour lay 6 and a half hours with a broken femur waiting for for an available ambulance on the day of the quake. I choose to have doctors and medicine.
I choose water and sewers and roads without holes and doctors with x-ray machines and electricity, and yes, I choose, because I have the luxury of choosing, paleo food to eat because it is good for my health. But if paleo is not available, because of disaster or whatever, I choose to eat.
I try to move around a lot and get a lot of sleep. There are some "caveman" things that feel great regardless of whether paleolithic people did them or not!
...and for the record, climbing trees and scrambling up rocks is incredibly fun and a good workout! :D
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