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Has going paleo changed your view of life?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Ive been paleo since april. Lately I feel like the paleo way of thinking on food and health has started to affect my view on life. I want to be outside, going on hikes, beeing in the sun, surfing in the ocean. Feel and be in harmony with the nature.( In danger of sounding like a hippie;P). I want to be physical active and not just sitting in school/job, inside reading and sitting by the computer. I feel so less motivated to fit in the societies square life. Im actually planning a year of the university just to go around the world surfing and hiking.

I think Ive always have had these thoughts even if I??ve all my life have been very dutiful when it comes to school. But its like the paleo way of thinking has released these inner thoughts.

Have anyone else experienced the same feeling after going paleo? Have you planned to do something about it? To live you`re dream?

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on January 02, 2012
at 11:59 PM

@ben: it looks like the font is from using the backtick (`)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 06, 2011
at 03:17 PM

It's amazing, isn't it?!? I mean, taking an hour to just softly run your hands over someone.. to feel the textures and warmth with no rushing, why the rush? It's insane how much more I appreciate just *everything.* So wild..

584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:07 AM

I know what you mean. Today I opened up my house's windows and doors and cooked to the sound of pouring rain, instead of putting on the usual tunes. I slow down and appreciate moments like that more and more.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on July 21, 2011
at 08:29 AM

That sounds like a really nice trip! There is a chance that we bump into each other in the mountains some day, too bad I don`t know who you are then, and vica versa. PM me on [email protected] if you want to exchange more paleo diet and paleo living experiences in Bergen/Norway :)

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on July 20, 2011
at 10:05 PM

Five days trip that is, I'm not bringing all that food for just one day!

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on July 20, 2011
at 10:04 PM

I usually walk in the weekends nowadays, because I walk all day at my job monday to friday. When I walk, it is usually in Åsane (I live there). Sometimes I make breakfast on my primus at 16.00 after a 2-3 hour hike, and I love it! I am going for a longer hike tomorrow, bringing some 20 000 kcal in dried deer meat, veggies, sweet potatoes, coconut oil and Tine Smør in addition to all the fish I am planning to catch. Looking forward to it! Perhaps I'll bump into you on the mountains sometimes?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 20, 2011
at 08:38 PM

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on July 20, 2011
at 08:10 PM

that sounds really tempting!

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on July 20, 2011
at 08:09 PM

I study law. So it`s more than enough to read. I`m really enjoying the summer holiday now :) Do you hike a lot around the Bergen area?

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Love this answer!

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:01 PM

I can't wait to go camping either, used to hate idea now want to get out and about!

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

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on July 20, 2011
at 06:53 AM

Yes. I now spend much more time hiking in the mountains. What do you study btw?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:10 AM

Awesome question. Plus one for making me type this at sunset.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:06 AM

I do things now I would have never ever even considered five years ago. This I need to share with my kids...........it's that important

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:04 AM

How the hell do you get the font to appear like that?

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:04 AM

It has changed everything about me personally and socially and professionally. Everyone who has met me and remet me has commented upon it. The single treasured effect is upon how i think about everything now. It has deepened my relationships with my family and my kids. My wife is madly in love with me again because I live each moment like it's my last. She motivated me to be my best when I was my worse. I take nothing for granted. I seek knowledge and answer when none seem available. I make myself available when I should not Every day I post my best thought on my status on FB from my hot tub. I have not missed one sunrise or sunset in the last five yrs. It has become my mission to help people with change and chaos. I want no mysteries between us.

I have improved my former self. I no longer settle in any aspect of life. People want to talk and hear what think constantly. In fear I find hope. In sadness I find glee. In hate I make love. I seek to be better than I ever thought I could be.

I am becoming who I should have been long ago.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on July 20, 2011
at 01:06 AM

I do things now I would have never ever even considered five years ago. This I need to share with my kids...........it's that important

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Love this answer!

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on July 21, 2011
at 02:45 AM

I think Paleo brings a harmony to our bodies and frees up energy that had been shackled by SAD-related complications. This energy generally helps us become more in tune with our whole being. When I went Paleo, my focus really sharpened on health so I decided to go back to school to study Dietetics. The new energy released by Paleo overwhelmed me and helped me put my life on the right path. For me that's school. For you, that's more outdoor adventure. I was always the fringe student who never got enough credit for my intellectual potential. Having renewed clarity in my thoughts and calm in my mind has allowed me to become an extraordinary student compared to the one who fell short of his standards my first tour in college.

Generally, I just think Paleo gives us energy to discover the power and potential within. It brings us closer to our true paths. I think for me the impact and change in my life almost felt like a spiritual journey.

Paleo bridges the connection between Earth energy and human existence.

It's changing my spirituality.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 21, 2011
at 02:24 AM

Here's my deal. Several years ago I was very sick and the diagnosis was "you're dying!" which obviously didn't happen then "you're going to be blind!" which didn't happen, either. After a long recovery I fell head first into a path of I want to do everything and I want to do it now, no excuses, go go go. I've always been enthusiastic about everything but this was different. I was given a second chance and no way was I going to waste a minute of it.

What Paleo has done is slow me down. Has brought a level of appreciation and calm, of just seeing and taking it all in instead of rushing. I still want to do it all but at a much different pace. Turtle instead of hare.

When I go to the beach no iPhone - just me, the ocean, the sounds, the heat of the day. Same in the park but looking up into leaves and watching the light play. Lazy walking and wandering, skipping in the grass, hanging from a tree limb and kicking legs about. Wearing less clothing so more sun is on me and I can feel the wind. Every sense seems to be heightened 300%.

I definitely bang it out in CF and cycling but really "feel" everything working and settling - all the muscles moving about and heating up. Truly relishing the sweat pouring off me and loving that I finish with smiles.

Joie de vivre every day!

584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

(369)

on September 06, 2011
at 04:07 AM

I know what you mean. Today I opened up my house's windows and doors and cooked to the sound of pouring rain, instead of putting on the usual tunes. I slow down and appreciate moments like that more and more.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 06, 2011
at 03:17 PM

It's amazing, isn't it?!? I mean, taking an hour to just softly run your hands over someone.. to feel the textures and warmth with no rushing, why the rush? It's insane how much more I appreciate just *everything.* So wild..

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on July 21, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I have been kind of blown away by the extent of the health changes I have experienced in just a few months of being strict Paleo and changing my exercise regime, and I thought I was pretty healthy to begin with.

I did not eat much grain before hand, but quitting it completely had a huge impact.

I recently switched from running to high intensity strength exercises, and was again really surprised by the huge impact. I have now lost about 2.5 pants sizes and feel great and have lost a whole host of minor health issues that I had just figured were part of getting older.

I am coming around to the view that the food you eat and the type of exercise you get sends signals to your body in ways that have nothing to do with calories. How else can you explain exercising 30 minutes every other day, and changing from one kind of exercise to another, and losing 5-10 pounds within a few weeks, even while eating more calories?

I think it is really interesting and I'm glad I have found the resources that I have (including this site), and I am now utterly convinced that the diet and exercise advice promoted by the gummint and health "officials" is completely dead wrong.

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:31 AM

100% yes. Which is why I'm so passionate about the paleo lifestyle. Never in my life have I been so happy, fit, motivated, optimistic and healthy. I've always loved the outdoors but now I never want to go back inside. My dog gets exhausted before I do, I've been working on a pretty awesome tan and I'm going back to school for a PhD (in nutrition, which I never, ever, EVER thought would happen.) Paleo has improved the quality of so many lives including my own that it's really hard to put in to words how important it is just to give the damn lifestyle a try.

And +1. I love the Q's that get me daydreaming about my hike or soccer game tomorrow right before it's time for Zzzzzz's.

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on July 20, 2011
at 02:21 AM

I have never liked how many boxed foods there were available but certainly succummed to them more often than i liked. It makes me sad in one respect because I see what needs to change in my family and feel like i dont know enough yet to make them understand HOW WRONG everyone else was for years....even their DRS, yet when you reveal sources you say....UM THE INTERNET>>>> and of Course Rob's book and Sissons book....which although good, is not as higly thought of as a DR...

YET, i love how much better i feel and much of this really fits into the way i was brought up and some of the way we ate before paleo...always striving for more whole foods less processed...NO I strive for zero processed... still failing on cream...

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on July 20, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Its not really that paleo changed my outlook- more like I've finally found a way of eating and a community that align with my view of life/mindset. I have always felt and thought this way- wanting to live off the land, eat clean real food, embrace the intensities of life, live in the now, be outdoors in nature, run fast, lift heavy things, play in mud, climb trees etc. but I hadn't found a community yet, or at least people who joined in instead of looking at me like I was crazy. I really feel like I've found other people (even though most of them are online) who share a similar mindset and I wish I could hang out with more of them in real life. Speaking of which, anybody live in North Carolina or visiting soon?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Hey norwegian girl! You could join me in my paleo friendly farming venture and live the natural life.....universities are nearby and all...

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on July 20, 2011
at 08:10 PM

that sounds really tempting!

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on July 20, 2011
at 08:38 PM

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on July 20, 2011
at 06:40 AM

That is a great question, Norwegian Girl.!

Indeed it has changed the way I think. There has been a rebellion with the established, which has given me a new found freedom, an inner strength and immense joy which manifests itself in every aspect of my life. I wish you luck in all your endeavors.

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:10 AM

Yah I generally feel similar: getting sun, being outside generally, barefoot more, less clothing generally, toothpaste changes, etc.

Every time I can, when I pass one, I'll climb a tree now, too. I used to never do that.

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on July 19, 2011
at 10:44 PM

Great question! I cant wait to see the answers!

This has definitely changed my life in many. Of course, it doesnt all stem from the change in diet, but for me thsi was a part of a much larger plan of changing my life. This time last year I would have been perfectly content to spend a sunny day watching tv and surfing the internet, not venturing outside until it was dark and time to hit the bar. I was, fat, lazy, irritable, didnt sleep, and generally felt like crap all the time.

Now you cant keep me inside, even in questionable weather. During the week I eat lunch at my desk while working so that I can spend the entire hour outside just walking and being in the sun. As soon as I get home I'm out for a run or on the bike. While i have not planned any large trips, I am definitely more outgoing and open to exploring new places and experiences. I used to talk about how I didnt camp or go into the woods because I was a city boy. I was just lazy. Now I cant wait to get out among the trees.

Of course, this has also permeated my everday life as well. I am happier, more confident, more motivated to get things done. I'm kind of in the process of figuring out what the next chapter of my life is going to be all about, and these changes have given me the power, the drive, and the belief that I can set and attain goals that I will need to get there.

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:01 PM

I can't wait to go camping either, used to hate idea now want to get out and about!

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