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Has anyone sold their automobile in order to live a more paleo lifestyle?

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Created February 08, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Has anyone sold their automobile and started walking to work in their bare feet in order to be more paleo?

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on February 09, 2012
at 11:15 PM

yes, we didn't have a car until I was 6 months pregnant. by then, it was just a necessity. you just have to have a car with kiddos.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 09, 2012
at 08:52 PM

yeah, those too. And I live in a walk-up.

67f3387f0308b570c61944addedd183e

(112)

on February 09, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Lots of stairs too I bet...

67f3387f0308b570c61944addedd183e

(112)

on February 09, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Do you like Carbon over the older steel framed road bikes? I'm in the same boat. I walk and ride everywhere. No car, never have, never will...

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 09, 2012
at 05:13 PM

I'm in the same situation DNO812. Public transport is very poor in my metropolis.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on February 09, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Can't live where I live and not own a car... no public transportation and my job is 30 miles from my home!

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on February 09, 2012
at 10:46 AM

I actually am doing the opposite : I'm learning to drive so I can fetch my grass-fed beef and quality veggies myself, instead of asking my parents all the time :)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 09, 2012
at 05:32 AM

@Medis, I've never been kicked out for my bare feet, even in restaurants. My parents make a bigger deal of it in public. @ Sue, my feet are actually a lot better than they used to be. Granted, they are calloused, but the skin is still supple, and not dry and cracked like it used to be. In that vein I think diet changes, plus letting my skin breathe by *being* barefoot, actually made my situation better.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 09, 2012
at 02:29 AM

Well maybe if you did spend so much money on those ... never mind. Just kidding.

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on February 09, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Yeah, I'm not a fan of that plasticky "new car smell" either, much less the exhaust. I can't stand living in the city.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 09, 2012
at 01:31 AM

Nope, I work 30 miles from my office and I drive my car. I can't walk there and back and still have time to cook paleo meals.

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

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on February 09, 2012
at 12:49 AM

Have you? _

C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

(670)

on February 09, 2012
at 12:24 AM

I'd love to do this, but worry about nasties on the floor... and being turned out of lectures XD

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 09, 2012
at 12:11 AM

That's an old term from way back when- they used to use it to describe the walk to school through the neck deep snow.

C00e493393828df34be65ddc25456c7c

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on February 08, 2012
at 11:51 PM

I don't like the idea of barefoot. I can do vibrams but barefoot just ruins your feet - the skin etc would be dry and gross. What is the state of your feet?

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Uphill both ways sounds like mystery hill. You should start a tourist attraction.

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I'm so jealous! THIS is the one thing I lament about my carless lifestyle.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Hahahahaha. NO. :)

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on February 08, 2012
at 11:56 PM

I didn't stop driving completely, I just traded in for a hybrid...

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Kidding!

When I'm home on the weekends I prefer to run errands on my bike, but during the week, I have a 20 mile commute along a highway that would be suicide for any pedestrian or bicyclist who illegally chose to traverse it.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 09, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Since I don't have a driver's license, I don't have to trade anything in. It limits me in other ways, like I pretty much have to live in a city. But I guess the good thing about walking is that even if you don't have an exercise program, you stay in pretty good shape. I have a pedometer that says I walk anywhere from 4000-10000 steps on an average day. I also have to carry heavy groceries and sprint to catch trains/buses.

67f3387f0308b570c61944addedd183e

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Lots of stairs too I bet...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 09, 2012
at 08:52 PM

yeah, those too. And I live in a walk-up.

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:19 PM

i bought my first car this fall; i'm 49. i walked/biked/bussed for decades because i was poor. my little putt-putt gets me to all kinds of farmer's markets and an farm that butchers their own cattle.

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(4878)

on February 08, 2012
at 09:28 PM

I'm so jealous! THIS is the one thing I lament about my carless lifestyle.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:40 PM

I dont actually have a drivers license at all, i use my bicycle, which i have for many different kinds, a good carbon fiber road bike, couple of single speeds and one standard 7 speed that nobody doesnt want to steal.

67f3387f0308b570c61944addedd183e

(112)

on February 09, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Do you like Carbon over the older steel framed road bikes? I'm in the same boat. I walk and ride everywhere. No car, never have, never will...

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 08, 2012
at 08:52 PM

I don't own a car. I told my parents that I didn't want one when I went to college, or when I graduated college. I walk or use transit. After I finish grad school, I don't see myslef using a car often.

I live close to my classes, and walk to them every time. I wear Vibrams when it is colder, though I often barefoot. The smiles of people at me barefooting in November were great. I hope up to keep up with stuff like that. It makes me feel closer to the earth, even in a massive urban environment.

C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

(670)

on February 09, 2012
at 12:24 AM

I'd love to do this, but worry about nasties on the floor... and being turned out of lectures XD

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 09, 2012
at 05:32 AM

@Medis, I've never been kicked out for my bare feet, even in restaurants. My parents make a bigger deal of it in public. @ Sue, my feet are actually a lot better than they used to be. Granted, they are calloused, but the skin is still supple, and not dry and cracked like it used to be. In that vein I think diet changes, plus letting my skin breathe by *being* barefoot, actually made my situation better.

C00e493393828df34be65ddc25456c7c

(610)

on February 08, 2012
at 11:51 PM

I don't like the idea of barefoot. I can do vibrams but barefoot just ruins your feet - the skin etc would be dry and gross. What is the state of your feet?

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E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Yeah, when I moved to the small town where the university is, that was also the perfect opportunity to abandon my car. But instead of walking, the prehistoric part of me decided to buy a single-speed-bike and that's all I need. No jam, no expensive fuel and no front window between me and mother nature ;)

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Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:59 PM

We have not sold our car, but we are a family that is intentionally living with only one car. We make lots of lifestyle choices to make this work - I stay at home, we live close enough that my husband can take transit or even walk to his office, and we have to plan our week more carefully. We also intentionally live close enough to the library that I can walk there with the stroller on nice days.

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Fcf0c8124f5beb3b4fcfa25ed30c7b71

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on February 09, 2012
at 01:24 PM

4 years ago I gave my 7 passenger luxury SUV statusmobile to my mum. She lived in the wintery burbs and needed reliable wheels. Ok maybe not so the benevolent son, as she did take over the lease...

The past 4 years have been wonderful. I walk, train, bus and I get along just fine. The store where I do most shopping is about a 10 minute walk. My friends who drive the same distance cannot fathom that I do this regularly. Meanwhile, by the time they circle the lot to find the best space in front, shop, then load their take into their car I am nearly halfway home.

Of course I do use a car share when I need a car, but life has been better for it. As a mammal I know that we should be walking X distance per day, and since I do my hunting and gathering from a computer monitor it is essential that walk. Often. Did I mention my canine companion? She keeps me walking an additional 3 hours per day. Rain or sleet or snow or shine.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:34 PM

I'm back in the car now living out in a burb with a kiddo. But when I lived in the city I sold my car, not to be paleo per se, but because I thought it was making me lazy, and finding a parking spot was more of a pain in the butt than it was worth.

I bought a bicycle, and turned my mostly downhill 2 mile commute into an adrenalin pumping thrill ride (honestly, it is amazing I didn't get squished by a bus or hit by a car). Getting home in the evening was hard work getting back up the hill, steep enough to have to stand up on the pedals even in the granny gear, but ending the work day with an exhausted giddy endorphin high was worth it.

If you live close enough to get what you need without a car, I can think of no better way to travel than on foot or bicycle, it just fits the human scale of experience much better than a car, and doesn't leave me with that feeling of the world passing me by like I get when I spend too much time driving.

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on February 09, 2012
at 04:01 AM

My family has lived without a car at various points in our life for both financial and health reasons, but it hasn't been possible since going paleo, as we currently live too far from town for relying totally on foot/bike transport to be practical. I do recommend it if you think your life might allow for it - at the very least, it's a good exercise in making do and problem solving.

The closest I've come to walking to work barefoot was rollerblading to work and forgetting to bring a pair of shoes along to change into.

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C513f1dba19e01bbd7e0f4f12b243a97

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on February 09, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Where I live it is much cheaper to use the transport, so that's great. I catch a single bus to university and then I'm set! I also use my bike to go from here to there, but I would like to get a cheaper one that no one is likely to steal.

I admit there's a bit of pride associated with all of this. Folks often tell me I'm weird for eschewing the most convenient form of transportation. But I love how I get to walk everywhere, or bike, or sit and be with other strangers and talk with them. I was always a bit afraid of cars, and I think the smell and sight of them is depressing.

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Yeah, I'm not a fan of that plasticky "new car smell" either, much less the exhaust. I can't stand living in the city.

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0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on February 09, 2012
at 12:18 AM

I would if I could, but I gotta have something to transport my kids when I have them. Otherwise, my little 4-door sits in the driveway most of the time since I work from home.

I am actually about to get a bike I can use to take rides up to the local grocery and such. Minimalism is something I had been delving into for a little while since before I started Paleo and over the last two years I have slowly been getting rid of everything I don't absolutely need.

I have come to realize I don't NEED a car except for the kids, and I wish I could let it go. If you can get by without one, I say go for it!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 09, 2012
at 11:15 PM

yes, we didn't have a car until I was 6 months pregnant. by then, it was just a necessity. you just have to have a car with kiddos.

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26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on February 08, 2012
at 11:25 PM

We sold our minivan to my husband's brother, so that he could have a vehicle to accommodate their toddler twins. My husband can walk to work. I just wish our remaining car wouldn't have decided to quit working properly.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 09, 2012
at 02:29 AM

Well maybe if you did spend so much money on those ... never mind. Just kidding.

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:35 PM

I traded in my car for a small pickup last year. I walk for most everything, but work is too far and the weather's too awful to ride a bike. I also putter around with a farm an hour's drive away from here.

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on May 10, 2013
at 12:52 PM

Yes there was a time when I decided to go paleo and got rid of the old chevy monza I had since high school. It was around a month without my old jalopy and things were getting too blistered in the foot! It was then I started hitch hiking, riding the green line (bus service) and even asking work car pools for transportation.

Eventually the saga came to an end when I found out that I had enough to get a Firebird (used) from a good bargain site - http://www.automotix.net/bargain_cars/for_sale.html From that time I have not been into much walking since I love this car and have given up the ghost on going paleo!

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on February 09, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I left my car at home (moved across the country) with my little brother, but does not renewing my metro/bus pass count? Currently walk everywhere (ice+bike=scary), but I am a university students, so "everywhere" just means grocery, school, library, coffee shop, gym, and occasional recreation! Love getting outside, let's me log some podcast time as well!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:22 PM

There's a time and place for being carless, such as when you live in town or near shopping and hiking trails.

We live in the country in northern BC about a 20 minute drive to the nearest store, uphill both ways. Then we drive all the way down to central Mexico every fall and back every spring.

I will never sell our vehicle no matter how Paleo I get!

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Uphill both ways sounds like mystery hill. You should start a tourist attraction.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 09, 2012
at 12:11 AM

That's an old term from way back when- they used to use it to describe the walk to school through the neck deep snow.

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