What keeps you going?

Answered on October 13, 2013
Created October 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM

I want to know what keeps you pushing forward with your lifestyle. Is it that you used to be overweight and never want to go back? You used to be sad and this makes you happy? Why do you keep on rubbing against the grain (no pun intended) with the paleo lifestyle? What is your motivator?

For me, I wanted to be happier, then I wanted to be healthier, then I realized the two are hardly mutually exclusive.

This is a strange, strange way we live (according to the SAD majority) and I want to know why you live it, and keep living it.

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on October 13, 2013
at 01:00 PM

I'm not pushing forward, just doing it, taking shit as it comes day by day, trying to be well. Won't always do the best, will make mistakes etc, but remember that it is opportunity to learn... 'Such is life.'

Eating whole foods, moving might be strange to some, but I don't think we should say the majority think that. Sure not eating heaps of grains or dairy products might be exceptional, but meat, fruit, veg and nuts are pretty widely seen as being 'healthy', even while aspects of these foodstuffs are sometimes unduly maligned. Moving is pretty unstrage too. People have done it for a pretty long time. I'm not rubbing against the grain, I'm continuting with it - standing on the shoulders of ancestors and some of the things that have been learnt (and a lot of the things that have been done by humans for centuries...)


on October 13, 2013
at 05:53 AM

Not falling victim to the Four Horsemen of the American Diet/horde of assassins that do not live by a creed to never harm an innocent (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke), or if I'm feeling deprived, I put in my "hourglass eyes" (Raistlin Majere of the Dragonlance series had hourglass shaped pupils, through which he saw the world as it would appear dead) and when I see future visions of those around me on the SAD being sick, it makes me sad (as in depressed sad, not Standard American Diet sad) and it keeps me on the straight and narrow path. Being healthier and fitter will bring me closer to achieving goals, (ran two 5ks in one year, the second one I was paleo) and helps me stay on course, so I can run more races (either better 5K times or longer distances), be healthy so I can take care of my aging grandpa and diabetic stroke patient dad, and watch out for my mom so she doesn't over work herself, and so that I'll be able to educate others so they can stay healthy. Additionally, the willpower and discipline to stick to paleo crosses over to other areas of life, which is something I lack but I've been working on improving. A fitter body, family members that are well taken care of, preventing others from falling victim to SAD diseases, a better 5k time, longer distance races, the perserverance to do it all...I shall take what is mine with liver and kombucha!

(P.S. Sorry if i started speaking in nerd creole)



on October 13, 2013
at 03:05 AM

To answer question specifically, I want to be stronger, healthier, sexier, and confident in my body.

To give background: I was a happy, healthy kid through high school and college, despite a SAD diet. I played many sports, was active, and social. Meanwhile, I enjoyed ALL foods, alcohol, smoking, and recreational drugs (in moderation, if that is possible).

Once I got a normal job, started commuting, and working 6 days a week, I noticed my body was slowly becoming out of shape. My abs were no longer visible, my stamina was diminished, and I didn't feel as strong. I lost confidence that my body looked good naked.

Paleo, intermittent fasting, and dynamic workouts came as a package. Go big or go home. They all fit together for me, and build on each other.


on October 12, 2013
at 11:13 PM

"Always ate healthy" is a funny phrase. Looking at the CW food pyramid, eating "healthy" is not the same as eating healthy from a paleo or keto stand point.

I always thought I ate healthy - I did not have your sugar addiction. I did not look fat dressed but it was there. Australia is a little different, the grains thing is pushed, but maybe not quite to the same degree it is in the US.

I feel so much better after going low carb paelo with IF. I am in the creative field and waking up on IF with 1-2 black coffees before lunch at 1pm makes me so productive, like my brain has been overclocked.

Its awesome and I would not go back. Also fat loss, etc.

Other benefits? It ends up being cheaper* not buying any processed food, bread, etc. I only prepare two meals a day and since I like cooking I can spend a little more time on dinner and still spend less time each day getting food ready.

*I was not a huge 6 pasta meals a week person so I was already buying meat+veges the majority of the time.

All of this without any of my family/friends/etc knowing about it and it not really affecting my social life at all? There is no reason not to do it.

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on October 11, 2013
at 09:44 PM

Started because of hormonal imbalance and don't want to get addicted to all chemical hormones the doctors want me to take to push back the symptoms. Kind of want to try to fix the source of the hormonal imbalance instead. Was happy, energetic before. Been on for 10 days, had a bad bad like a turn off until today. Today I feel better, sticking to the diet haven't been at all as hard as I thought even though it's at total change. Always ate mostly healthy BUT consumed like 1-2 kg candy a week, suger addict from hell. Still quite hungry on paleo food but it's getting better and better. Don't have that urge for bread and candy constantly even though it strikes me once in a while. Used to eat lunch out every day and dinner several times a week, since I really need to eat all meat organic now I've not been eating out at all. Thats a big shift, the only one I miss so far. There's just nog any restaurants with all organic food even if I live in Stockholm which is the capital :(

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on October 11, 2013
at 08:27 PM

At first I thought it was just about losing a few pounds, but now, just a few months later, sticking with Paleo just seems like the healthier way to live. Paleo gives me a lot of energy and a clearer head too.

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on October 11, 2013
at 06:01 PM

28 years of going with the grain (and other SAD foods) left me feeling icky most of the time. A few months of striving for a PHD-style paleo diet leaves me feeling awesome most of the time. Maybe if I keep going, I'll feel icky almost NEVER. That would be nice.

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on October 11, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Simple, natural, healthy way of eating. Not strange at all.

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