I've been trying to figure out whether there's a philosophy or worldview that informs paleo dieting and the paleo culture growing around this dietary regimen. If you had to write out your paleo philosophy, what would it be? Are there principles that you consider inseparable from paleo?
Despite appearances otherwise, I see paleo as being incredibly individualistic. It's not one-size-fits-all, it's something that must be fit to one's individual needs/goals.
I got into Paleo for the nutrition and it has opened up a new world for me. It has led me to look at the world with the understanding that we were designed to thrive in small egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies. I like that this worldview can shed light on many of modern societies' problems including physical health, mental health, divorce (Sex At Dawn is a great book!!), wars, materialism, overpopulation...etc.
I have also recently gotten more interested in Tao and Zen philosophies. I am learning the importance of a simple life and the insignificance of wealth, status, and power. Paleo has been great from the nutrition aspect but the new way of thinking Paleo has led me to has been incredible.
We shouldn't stray to far from the style of living we were designed for. When we find ourselves as adults, strangers in a strange land, out of shape and sick, we need to go back to first principles of eating whole, nourishing, non-manufactured food, sleeping, working, resting, socializing until we feel better and a ton testing and supplements if we can't get there from here!
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