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Is extreme change an intergal aspect of Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 01, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Humans, by their very nature, are great at changing and adaption to almost anything, but is the ability to do a sudden, perhaps extreme, 180 degree change an aspect of being a paleo adapted human?

For example two things I have done are training myself to be ambidextrous (I am naturally right handed) and after 40+ years of sleeping on my side I trained myself to sleep on my back. Since I work on a computer 8 hours a day I did not want to over stress my right hand/arm so I trained myself to be ambidextrous to help reduce the chances of carpal tunnel syndrome. As for changing to sleeping on my back that was more out of curiosity to see if it made any difference in my sleep, the result is I do sleep better now. What I found most interesting is that I was able to change these 2 life-long patterns (40+ years) with just a little effort and self determination.

Maybe this ability is related to why humans left Africa and adapted to other extreme environments. Anyone have similar experiences or thoughts?

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Dam good point. People are always look external for the quick fix to almost anything, when the answer is always internal.

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at 07:19 PM

Well, Josh, this may be tangential to what you are saying but it just points to the freedom that humans could have. But people often are afraid of freedom, so they hope someone will give them a list of foods that they should eat. Surely, it is important to recognize some limits (we shouldn't eat plastic, etc.), however, having taken such things into consideration, we should STRETCH ourselves as far as we can go. That's what it means to be human.

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at 08:27 PM

Dam good point. People are always look external for the quick fix to almost anything, when the answer is always internal.

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at 05:09 AM

In my mid-60s I am finding primal an extreme change. So many years of eating wheat, drinking soda, even eating legumes. I'm totally sold on the wisdom of avoiding all those but that's my upper brain talking. My primitive brain says bring on the junk food!

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at 04:44 AM

Sure but I have found the extreme change of Paleo extremely easy. My body adapted quickly. I've actually found the old way of eating-- high carb and now all day eating as opposed to intermittent fasting-- hard on my body. Which just means everything we're taught in this culture about food is all wrong. At least for 50-70% of people more.

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