I would consider Paleo friendly Jobs to be:
outdoor/nature centric or at least an outdoor component (gotta get that vitamin D)
something you love/enjoy doing
allows ample time in your life for play-either during or after "work"
potentially have a 'tribal' element to it- are you part of a close knit team?
encourages natural movement (not significantly desk bound)
If you have a job that you think is paleo friendly that doesn't quite meet these criteria post it anyway along with an explanation of why you think it should qualify.
I am most fortunate to be a private self-defense instructor. I was raised on an NDN reservation by my Uncle who was a "Wichasa Wakan" (Holy Man). I teach perfection in motion from Natures perspective, that we are animals with human intelligence. An ideal way to get speed and power from the human anatomy and an ideal way to take it apart as science dictates, not any particular style. I only work 2 hours every morning as I am rather expensive, and appeal mostly to those who are obvious targets for violence. This gives me the opportunity to raise my children full time. I teach in all manner of terrain, in all weather conditions, and in all times of day/night. Helping people to empower themselves has been the most rewarding experience, short of fatherhood.
Personal Trainer, Boxing Coach, Olympic lifting coach, Yoga/Tai Chi instructor, and health/wellness coach.
It's literally my job to teach people how to move and eat, so it's definitely a "paleo" profession!
i recently started an all natural skincare line from my kitchen. im carried in two stores so far and selling stuff through my website. its something ive been doing for about 20 years, and for some reason only now thought i could possibly make money at it. things are going really well so far. i work my butt off, but i get to do it at home with my kiddos, and have the flexibility to enjoy being outside on nice days, go to the gym on not so nice days and hang with my family. my products are all unrefined, simple, gluten free, and organic when possible (if i have to choose between organic or unrefined, ill go with the unrefined stuff). i use paleo principles to guide me in product development, and dont use any artificial fragrances. everything smells like exactly what it is. i love paleo beauty and self care!
im a social worker and psychotherapist by education. i specialize in the advanced treatment of psychological trauma, and i LOVE what i do but i took a break when i had my kids. i cant wait to go back to itonce my business is a little more stable. i would like to take on a few clients every week for individual therapy and do some consulting and education. trauma work is very emotionally taxing, and ive found that when i do too much, it has a profoundly negative effect on my health and family, so ive learned to limit it. i still also volunteer with the medical reserve corps and remain ready to be deployed to a large scale disaster if needed, and participate in local disaster relief and post disaster debriefings.
my husband is home with us now too studying to be a personal trainer, wanting tp specialize in rugby training since he played for 14 years.
I'm an adventure guide. During the summer and part of fall and spring, I spend 5 days a week living in wilderness. I am outside all day, sleep in a tent at night. I get 4 to 6 hours a day of moderate exercise. I'm paddling or hiking or climbing. My daily schedule is bound to the natural cycles around me; sunrise and sunset, tides, wind etc. This summer, I'll sleep on an empty beach four nights a week. It's pretty hard to eat paleo on expeditions, but I've managed to make 2 of my 3 meals per day paleo and all of my snack are. The food part is definitely the hardest. I miss bacon and steak and fresh veggies.
When I'm not working as an adventure guide I make handmade leather goods for my parents' leather shop. Its really rewarding being able to design an item in my head and then make it. I feel incredibly lucky to have inherited a trade from my parents. This gives me the ability to create my on schedule, cook all my meals at home and work out whenever I want.
I'm a massage therapist and wouldn't trade it for the world. My schedule is as flexible as flexible gets. Also I love helping people get in touch with their own bodies and understand the complexities of who they are as human beings.
I'm a stay at home mom too. We get to take long walks outside in the ergo, weather permitting, buy food from local farms, take naps when we want, breastfeed on demand, and I have plenty of time to make sure we always have good bone Broths and home made meals in the house and I even make my own liver pate. I love having the luxury to raise my family this way. I know we'd have more stuff an probably even better access to higher end food but the care I put in to our meals and the flexibility in raising my baby in a natural way would be lost.
My poor husband has a very Paleo-unfriendly job. He's a music composer/audio designer for a video game company so he works a lot of long hours and late nights in a windowless soundproof office. He walks to work and to lunch to help but this journey of ours has been far easier for me than him. Thank goodness for d supplements or I think he'd be sick all the time (and he was before.)
I just got hired as a lead bartender at the new NYC location of Beecher's Handmade Cheese. I'll be downstairs in the Cellar Lounge. I'm excited about this because Beecher's motto is "Changing the way America eats." Their "pure food" philosophy is very much in line with my personal food philosophies.
I consider this job to very Paleo-friendly. I'll be working nights mostly, so I have lots of free time to make music, go run around outdoors, etc. I'll be on my feet the whole day at work, rarely sitting, and rarely standing still. Bartending and serving/making delicious natural, minimally processed food is something that I'm very passionate about. The staff is very small and very friendly, and we're committed to being a close-knit team. I'm especially excited about the behind the scenes stuff. I'll get to make valuable connections in the farm/dairy world. And the cheese! (I know, I know, not "strictly" Paleo...but come on...it's handmade, RIGHT THERE in the restaurant!)
I'm super excited to start. We open June 24th! Come see me downstairs at Beecher's!
(No...this is not a shameless plug or an advertisement. I really do feel this way, and I'm excited to be doing a job that I can stand behind!)
Another stay-at-home mom here and I can't get over how lucky I am to be able to stay home with my extremely happy and mellow toddler (who is happy and mellow, I firmly believe, because he's never had white sugar and hasn't had grains in months since we went paleo). I get to spend hours in the kitchen preparing healthy meals, interrupted every few moments by a kid who wants me to wrestle with him (excellent exercise!). I started a local group for like-minded moms, so I do have a close social circle. We get together and ferment veggies, go for hikes, take our kids to the playground...it's awesome. Pretty much couldn't ask for a more paleo-friendly life.
nope, I'm in engineering, I am at a desk 90% of my day. most days I walk around out in the manufacturing plant for a little while just to go for a walk. I always have a handful of papers and a pen and stop and chat with a person or 2 so i look official and busy.
Ooh! Me! Me! Granted, I'm trapped inside all day, but I'm a teacher :) I love what I do, I love the students, and walking around the school on an average day gets me a few miles. I also direct the school play, so I do a lot of running around having fun with teens :) I'm literally on my feet every moment of rehearsal -- which can be up to 8 extra hours! (Then my job gets NON paleo as I wind up with 3-4 hours of sleep a night the week before a show!)
I leave my job as energized as I went in. I think that's awesome :)
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