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Paleo... the spice of life??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 30, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Before I made the switch to Paleo, I was getting kind of bored with my hobbies. You can only play so many video games (hundreds) before you've played 'em all, you know? Since starting Paleo, I feel like I've picked up so many things.

I was never a cook. In fact, before Paleo, I had a tiny array of foods I would eat, maybe just a dozen different things. Now, I'm a veritable foodie, always cooking every meal from scratch, looking up recipes, making my own recipes, and trying to outdo myself every meal. I can count on just one hand how many foods I don't really care for after reawakening my sense of taste.

Weightlifting is a mainstay -- nothing like grunting out beastly deadlifts in the VFFs. All my problems be damned... If I can crank out twice my body weight in a deadlift, I can conquer anything. And for you monsters who deadlift more than that... please let me keep my ego intact :D

The outdoors... where were they the past 22 years of my life? One of my favorite things now is going to a hiking trail with some friends and completing abandoning it ASAP. There's some beautiful things to see in the middle of the woods.

Reading is something I never did much of 9 months ago. All this Paleo book, blog, and PubMed reading has gotten me more interested in reading in general. Now, I'm a huge fantasy book nerd, just like the cavemen.

Music has always been a huge part of my life, but I've neglected it the past couple of years. Reading about stress prompted me to sit my ass back down with my guitar and piano and improv til my fingers bleed. Nothing decompresses me more than getting completely lost in whatever comes out of me when I play. This is probably my favorite Paleo-inspired hobby. It's like an out of body experience.

Move aside, variety. Paleo is the new spice of life.

Has anyone else found their spare-time totally reinvented by Paleo? What have you picked up? What have you given up?

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on May 18, 2011
at 11:48 AM

I picked up a dehydrator, dropped about 400 on a good home one. You can make them yourself, but I find the consistency is that hardest part, so sometimes you get great jerky other times you get ok jerky.

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on May 18, 2011
at 04:25 AM

hell yeah. I've been dying to try my hand at some jerky. did you start off using the standard cardboard box/lightbulb dryer?

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on May 18, 2011
at 04:22 AM

Lucky you starting early man. Wish I'd started at 22, 18, or 16 like some. I didn't go for it til this year (why the hell did I stall on it when I first thought about it 14 months ago??), and I'm almost 30! But I'm gonna make 30 be my 20. And go for it on the DLs man! I'm workin up to twice my bodyweight now too.

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on April 30, 2011
at 11:56 AM

That's awesome. Let me know when you start the jerky business, I gotta buy some.

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Revitalized is a good word for how I feel. Paleo put my humanity in the proper context, and I'm much more at peace with who I am, what I'm capable of, and how I should approach life.

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on April 30, 2011
at 02:25 AM

I'm better able to focus and concentrate for long spells, so reading (which has always been a passion of mine, but fell to the wayside when my anxiety got to be too much) has been renewed for me.

I love cooking. When I was vegetarian, I grew weary of preparing the same boring meals over and over. My chronic stomach pain rendered me depressed and uninspired. Now I stroll into the market with a bounce in my step and a new excitement for cooking and eating.

I like to go outside now. I still suffer from allergies, but it doesn't seem as bad these days. I'm actually able to make a point of finding a sunny spot (very rare here, but when it happens, seize it!) and utilizing it.

I'm happier in general, since Paleo has helped assuage many of my mental illnesses. Instead of being stuck in a vicious cycle of depression or anxiety, I now have a desire to be creative, learn, explore, and play. It's amazing; Paleo has revitalized me. :)

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on April 30, 2011
at 04:35 AM

Revitalized is a good word for how I feel. Paleo put my humanity in the proper context, and I'm much more at peace with who I am, what I'm capable of, and how I should approach life.

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on April 30, 2011
at 12:29 AM

Absolutely! I cook all the time and my girlfriend and I watch far less TV than we used to. I even have started reading which is something I never enjoyed. Paleo is the best thing to happen to us!

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on April 30, 2011
at 01:15 AM

Absolutely,

I have a huge love for food, it just rocks when you cook the perfect steak.

Just last week I made some mashed sweet potato had my girlfriend brother try it and told his mother that shes been doing it wrong for all these years... kind of made me feel good since I just "tossed it together"

Also making jerky is a passion of mine now, which hopefully soon will be a business, trying to make that step to being self employed. Just trying to get the legal stuff dealt with.

I go for walks, set new goals, just enjoy life.

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on April 30, 2011
at 11:56 AM

That's awesome. Let me know when you start the jerky business, I gotta buy some.

C1c86f42410cd4788bd9c5cf801dcd8f

(2246)

on May 18, 2011
at 11:48 AM

I picked up a dehydrator, dropped about 400 on a good home one. You can make them yourself, but I find the consistency is that hardest part, so sometimes you get great jerky other times you get ok jerky.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on May 18, 2011
at 04:25 AM

hell yeah. I've been dying to try my hand at some jerky. did you start off using the standard cardboard box/lightbulb dryer?

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on April 30, 2011
at 01:14 AM

To borrow the old cliche...you are what you eat. It only makes sense that by making the shift to a diet that actually promotes health, one's overall behavior and preferences beyond just diet will also change. I suspect that most paleo eaters have experienced dramatic changes in their lives 6-12 months after starting to eat this way. And I mean changes that you would not typically associate with diet (i.e. career, relationships, how you spend your leisure, etc.).

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on April 30, 2011
at 12:41 AM

Everything you've mentioned has always been a hobby of mine, some of which were much less prominent during my college years and few years thereafter, and now, they're all back in full force.

Paleo just fits into what my friends call my "eccentric lifestyle." I think they're just jealous that I do randomly cool things like cook awesome meals all the time, play outside, read too much, rock some awesome shoes, and pick up random new instruments like the accordion. It's a great shoulder workout!

The one thing I do now that I didn't really do before is read blogs. I was never really a blog reader, but now I find myself occupied. And I hated YouTube videos until I found a paleo dude that can do a 55" box jump. That consumed a good hour of my spare time by hitting play over and over and over.

And the one thing I really quit doing in college that's back to stay....SLEEP! Shoot, I get made fun of when I show up at movie night and pass out on the couch halfway through the movie. I don't mind though...I feel great!

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on April 30, 2011
at 02:09 AM

Cooking used to be pretty lame. Now it's one of my main interests. That's probably a pretty standard outcome.

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