Paleo has been the catalyst in my life. For example by simplifying what I eat, the way I shop and cook is much easier. I know I could cook lots of nice paleo meals but I tend to eat similar meals.
But other areas of my life are changing too. I am giving away or selling clothes, books and stuff. I even finally cleaned out that cupboard where I have been hoarding stuff and where things always fall out off. I can't tell you how satisfying this is.
I am also starting to meditate! (I am Scottish and as a nation we don't like to do these kind of things) but I am finding it really good.
I am just enjoying been out in nature etc I don't need to shop or but more stuff. Although if I buy something I do tend to go for quality. E.g a good waterproof jacket
So hackers help me simplify more.... Finances, work, relationships, friendships.
many things changed, but it was all part of 'the process' I could not say if paleo was the first or last stage or something that happened in the middle of it all and I thinkthe downshifting, downsizing, off-grid, under the radar, primal, traditional life is the general direction I was/am still seeking....
moved to the mountains
started to homeschool my children
started making my own clothes, shoes, presents etc.
cut the weekly shop down to basic local produce
started to grow vegetables
started to forage in the fields and woods for food
took up fishing, crabbing etc.
went on a bushcraft course to learn to live in the wild and trap and prepare animals
rented our houses and every time we moved cut our possessions by half
cut down on packaging and other things around the house i.e. using soap shampoos or none at all
use candles at night where we can
use sustainable fuel woodburniong stove
use the mountain waterfall supply as much as possible.
I have nothing though compared to this amazing women who also lives in France: http://www.flickr.com/people/81951381@N00/ who has so far lived two slow years by not purchasing anything and living out of dumpsters and from bartering with neghbours and growing her own food, check it out.
A fellow Scot here! Yes, my family believes a drunken stupor is a form of meditation :)
Great question and my answer is that I was minimalist before I became paleo. For me, paleo was the almost final step. The final step will be when I have no packaging coming in or out of the house like this one in Marin. The philosophy in my home is "one thing in/one thing out" so the kids can't bring in a new piece of clothing or doohickey unless they give away something they currently own. I found that this helps them choose wisely and take better care for what they already possess.
The other philosophy is a 15 box rule. We only take 15 boxes of stuff when we move and the big items like furniture are bought on Craig's. But the true test for us, in the spirit of my Scottish roots, is to figure out how to turn something into something else rather than throw it out. I prefer to call it frugal but my kids call it "cheap". The same goes for our food. If we have bones, we make broth. If we have bacon fat, we have cooking oil for the next meal.
With Paleo, my goal as a zero waste home is closer to reality since I'm not throwing out Triscuit boxes or Goldfish bags :) It really is all in preparation for the Zombie-pocalypse.
I just about gave up on materialism all together. I realized that I had been chasing the "great American dream" and that I simply didn't see the need to work harder at a job that I dislike to buy stuff I don't need. I took up powerlifting, which really is an inexpensive hobby, and that the only thing that I find myself working for is another 5lbs at a time.
You're not alone at all. Living primal can also be living simple. Perhaps that's part of the secret of good health.
I like to think that Nature itself is an elegant thing, in that many of the answers to our problems should be simplistic in nature. Want to be healthy? Eat the way humans should eat - whole foods - dicking around with micro nutrients adds more work, and (probably) little benefit.
For me, I'd say that paleo just makes a hell of a lot of sense for my world view. And I came from the "up to your eyebrows in nutritionism" side. Hell, I almost went vegetarian (yikes).
Essentially, simplicity is good, and I'm actually rather glad that paleo embodies this, and that many other people are realizing how simplicity is good.
I was never really into body products, but even more so now. I clean my face and teeth with oil, have a bar of soap for my hands and baking soda for my hair when I need it (about once every two weeks). I might play with some essential oils in the future (thanks for the inspiration akd) but the thought of purchasing bottles of chemicals to put on my body kind of grosses me out.
I enjoy the simplicity that has settled in around food choices. This process remains exciting, simple and my body is finding greater states of calm and healing.
So good and so simple...a process of clarification and distinction that continues to refine itself just by shifting my relationship to food. The body knows how to do this..amazing stuff Minnie! I totally relate to your changes.
Yes, the only hair products I use are an organic leave in conditioner and mashed up avocado once a month to deep condition. No more shampoo and styling products. I also wear my hair curly now instead of trying to straighten it all the time.
I also make sure I get down time on the very few free days I have. I try to walk and read and not stay out till 3am with friends. Not that that isn't fun, I just am aware of the consequences now.
Mealtimes are also a lot simpler. I cook all of my meals, and I have a good system worked out where I get in and out of the kitchen quickly while still getting tasty and healthy food. Not stopping at restaurants saves me a lot of time.
I got rid of my tv. I was able to stop with several medications that I have been reliant on for many years. Like @baconbitch I use the "one in and one out" rule which I've been doing for a few years now, but currently have added another level so each day I go through and see what items I can get rid of. Am down to one bike instead of three. But my food.. my Paleo food can be simple or it can be complicated. I'm loving how alive my mouth is and will spend whatever amount of time is needed in the kitchen to see what I can do :)
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