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Are New Year's resolutions anti-Paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM

At this time of the year, we all start thinking about New Year's resolutions, turning over new leaves, recommitting to old principles, making a new start....whatever you want to call it, it's quite endemic in our culture these days.

So, is it Paleo? I personally can't imagine Grok making a list of things he wants to achieve in the New Year that are any different from the old year...ie 1. Survive, 2. Survive, 3. Survive.

I have personally always hated New Year's resolutions, think they never work, and don't plan on making any this year again. And I reckon a Paleo lifestyle backs me up in that.

What do you think?

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on December 29, 2011
at 02:56 PM

Unrelated to.resolutions, I'm also interested in culture as it relates to persuading others to change their ways of eating. I think doctors, nutritionists and dieticians

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on December 27, 2011
at 07:31 PM

Me gonna get a mammoth this spring.

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on December 27, 2011
at 05:24 PM

+1. I'm always harping on folks about how important culture is to human evolution. It can't just be thrown out and disregarded.

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on December 27, 2011
at 01:59 PM

What? Dude obviously paleolithic man did not keep a Gregorian calendar and plan out a series of goals for the next 365 days. Not everything you do in life has to be something that has been done by man for tens of thousands of years. Or, you have to shut your computer and move far, far away.

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on December 27, 2011
at 03:49 PM

Nothing anti-paleo about a New Year resolution to go paleo!

Now, putting off healthy lifestyle choices until the New Year, that's anti-paleo. Stressing over New Year resolutions, also anti-paleo...

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on December 27, 2011
at 06:02 PM

If our ancestors did X, does that make X worthy of intimation today? Depends on what X is.

There are many practices we do today that our ancestors did not do ??? could not have done, given their circumstances and mindset.

Resolutions, at their essence, take this form: "I commit myself to achieving __ in the year to come." Focus: future. What I will do or refrain from doing.

A gorilla in the wild sees a bunch of bananas, beyond reach. Gorilla looks around, sees a stick, uses it to get the bananas to the ground.

A hunter-gatherer happens to see the stick before he sees the bananas around the bend. He remembers the last time he used a stick to get bananas, so he pick up the stick and carries it with him until, lo and behold, there are appear bananas. He uses the stick to secure a sweet lunch.

That's a future oriented action, highly pragmatic. More realistic than most new year resolutions, but comparable it seems to me.

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on December 27, 2011
at 02:34 PM

A new years resolution is just a type of ritual. Rituals are culturally specific performances, and it seems likely to me that, however primitive, Paleolithic people had cultures and rituals as well. Probably not new years resolutions of course, but they must have been aware of things like the passage of time and changing of seasons--things upon which we base many of our rituals. I often hear paleo lifestyle folks say our biology hasn't evolved much since paleo times. But our cultures have obviously evolved dramatically, and surely the genesis of cultural evolution was present in our ancestors. I find it an interesting question--not necessarily as a useful criteria for all current behavior or cultural performance, but just for discussion.

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on December 27, 2011
at 05:24 PM

+1. I'm always harping on folks about how important culture is to human evolution. It can't just be thrown out and disregarded.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on December 29, 2011
at 02:56 PM

Unrelated to.resolutions, I'm also interested in culture as it relates to persuading others to change their ways of eating. I think doctors, nutritionists and dieticians

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on December 27, 2011
at 04:02 PM

I agree that Grok's version of New Years resolutions was more like remembering what went wrong on the last hunt and figuring out a better strategy. Head Grok had to communicate the plan to the other hunters, particularly the one/ones that didn't do things right.

I think it's fully human to think about your life and imagine a better future.

I admit that when I see a "Is _ paleo" question I usually groan because we don't know and in the long run we don't really care. What we want and do care about is "How can I live the most healthy and powerful life possible in this modern era?" And we'll never, ever find one clear version of that since--thankfully--we are all unique individuals.

I wrote resolutions this year. I deliberately started out silly/dramatic but by the time I wrote a few I found myself thinking sincerely about what I want my life to look like in the next 6 months and that can't be a bad thing.

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on December 27, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Eating food that isn't toxic does not preclude self-improvement.

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