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How many of us actually have paleo-friendly jobs?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM

I would consider Paleo friendly Jobs to be:

  • outdoor/nature centric or at least an outdoor component (gotta get that vitamin D)

  • something you love/enjoy doing??

  • allows ample time in your life for play-either during or after "work"

  • potentially have a 'tribal' element to it- are you part of a close knit team?

  • encourages natural movement (not significantly desk bound)

If you have a job that you think is paleo friendly that doesn't quite meet these criteria post it anyway along with an explanation of why you think it should qualify.??

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on October 25, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Sounds like the engineers I work with!!

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 24, 2011
at 06:51 PM

You're no fun, Olivia. Go away.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 24, 2011
at 04:17 PM

To clarify, I mean the whole dumpster-diving thing and not the "no office job" which is awesome and I wholeheartedly agree with that. But not saving any money isn't a smart decision.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 24, 2011
at 04:16 PM

This type of lifestyle seems like it would be awesome when you're in your twenties but would become progressively less appealing as you get older.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 24, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Freaking jealous.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on October 24, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Pretty much my experience, they aren't gonna trick me into being a slave :)

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 24, 2011
at 12:05 PM

What country are you in? Let me come join you! Do they like bicycles? I want to raise an army of bicycle-crazed Luddite thugs who will take over the world when when industrialism collapses, which should be any day now. Seriously, this is my fantasy. I like your picture. Can I be your 'daddy'? Let's eat bugs and scavenge for food and ride bicycles! Seriously!

215d3126214343a5760316f195a06b97

on July 01, 2011
at 09:50 PM

can I be you when I grow up?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 16, 2011
at 01:17 PM

yeah, sarah! hes been thinking about it for a while, but finally committed to it last week or so. it seems really natural for him- he is so physical and always been so active and sports-minded. i think it s a great fit, and something to do to make some money on the side while sort-of doing the consulting thing on his own and helping me with great marsh skincare....

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

(288)

on June 16, 2011
at 12:47 PM

didn't know about the personal trainer thing, good for him!!

C074eec3b3c0325ef3018a128111823a

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:09 AM

Now that is awesome, the kind of job I daydream about.. A bit like running away and joining the circus. Of course, my sister actually did join the circus..

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:21 AM

yes, on my feet all day. that's about it! i laugh all the time when i'm on my lunch break chomping down some steak and veggies at the irony.

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(19469)

on June 15, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Hell yea! That's awesome! My wife is SUPER picky and the bacon fat eggplant frites won her over so I knew that I had to post the recipe :) I'm glad you liked them too!

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on June 15, 2011
at 09:08 PM

@Geisha: I think its awesome too and love that you love it. I've built programs in the past that involved pub health/mental school based clinics for kids, so I've had alot of interface with teachers. Let's clone you! ;) +1 for your answer and for being an *inspiration!*

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Haha Kamal! I know right? Thanks tartare! I'm not sure yet, still brainstorming.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 15, 2011
at 01:20 PM

oh shush, girlfriend. i just got my mind on my money and my money on my mind. ;)

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(5136)

on June 15, 2011
at 12:28 PM

congrats btw !

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(5136)

on June 15, 2011
at 12:28 PM

you gonna make some neato herb cocktails? a sprig of rosemary in a cocktail shaker can make magic IMO.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on June 15, 2011
at 06:18 AM

after seeing the Tree of Life twice, I'd say working on a Terrence Malick filmset would mean an *obscene* amount of time outdoors and working scenes with only natural lighting... many hours getting sunlight shining through trees just right, that sort of thing. I'd be ecstatic working in that sort of crew ; )

D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:08 AM

You know what is interesting about this sanitary, boring walls that students are stuck in? I learned in my color theory class in art school that student's test scores suffer greatly from learning in classrooms with blank walls and little sunlight.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on June 15, 2011
at 03:54 AM

Oh, how I wish I had been smart enough and adventuress enough to do what you are doing! It's so very awesome!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 15, 2011
at 03:52 AM

You are an amazing woman, Ms. Akd.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 15, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I applaud the stay at home moms, most especially those that love it! I am so damn happy to go to work every day. I would go insane at home. Luckily (or not, depending on the day) my inlaws live with us and hubby works from home, so my daughter has all those people home with her.

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on June 15, 2011
at 01:49 AM

It kills me that anyone would "look down" on waitressing! I have SO much respect for people who can work in service jobs where you have to put on a happy face for grumpy, hungry people. When I see people being impatient and rude, I just want to tell them to go hunt their own damn food and STFU! Mad respect and many tips to you! ;)

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(5639)

on June 15, 2011
at 01:46 AM

your job sounds uh-may-zing!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 15, 2011
at 01:42 AM

"I'll get to make valuable connections in the farm/dairy world"...man, typical NYC bartender.

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(5639)

on June 15, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Yeah! The space is fantastic...and the cheesemaking is gonna be pretty impressive I think.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:00 AM

I create paleotarians from scratch.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 14, 2011
at 11:12 PM

youre on your feet all day? im grasping at straws here. ;)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:10 PM

ooooo that sounds so fun.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:47 PM

Hello, my besty friend. Glad to see you here. :-)

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:41 PM

Oy, I type badly on my iPhone. I really should proofread for flow and typos. Hahahahaha

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Yay for extended nursing and babywearing. We went to a "house of reptiles" with a friend of mine who home schools today and I nursed him in the ergo while looking at all the animals. I don't know how I'd function if I isn't have my ergo. He's such a snacker, I'd be stuck on the couch all the time if we didn't baby wear. I love five year olds. They crack me up. It must be fun.

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Definitely gonna come check it out. Looks awesome and in one of my favorite neighborhoods!

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:26 PM

I loved my Ergo carrier and I loved having the freedom to nurse on demand! My kids are 9 & 6 years old now, but working from home allowed me to breastfeed them without interruption for 2.5 & 3.5 years respectively. :)

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:13 PM

I like that you can get close just by living a 'regular life' :-)

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:09 PM

Nice, L. I'd like to learn more about this some time.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:03 PM

hey! its you! i didnt make the connection until now. last night i made the eggplant french fries in bacon fat from your website and they were AWESOME. thank you!!

8a4ce6a9e1ab27616920b828df08b259

(354)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:44 PM

Your answer made me smile..good to see there are others who love their jobs.

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:13 PM

When everything clicks, and it is the right time, the right client, and the right bit of information/activation, it is a beautiful thing. I think of myself as an "enzyme", I reduce the activation energy required to start a "reaction" (new behavior).

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(19469)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:11 PM

There are TONS of people who A) have zero interest in health B) are interested in health, but are still drinking the "good carb/low-fat/cardio" kool-aid and C) are interested in learning how they can actually get healthy/fit but haven't yet "tipped" from just gathering information to taking action D) are open, honest, and ready to engage in the process of transformation. I've found that you can "lead a horse to water", but the rest is up to the horse. I've been doing it for years and have learned that it is unhealthy to get overly attached to other people's results or lack thereof.

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(5639)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:08 PM

Right on! I'll be working on the cocktail list at Beecher's this week I think. Should be pretty cool!

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(5639)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:06 PM

Do you ever get frustrated when the people you see on a daily basis are so confused about what to eat and how to get healthy? Do they ever fight you on your advice?

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

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on June 14, 2011
at 08:59 PM

Let me know if you ever head down South; I'm in with the craft bartenders in a couple nice places.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:02 PM

I am most fortunate to be a private self-defense instructor. I was raised on an NDN reservation by my Uncle who was a "Wichasa Wakan" (Holy Man). I teach perfection in motion from Natures perspective, that we are animals with human intelligence. An ideal way to get speed and power from the human anatomy and an ideal way to take it apart as science dictates, not any particular style. I only work 2 hours every morning as I am rather expensive, and appeal mostly to those who are obvious targets for violence. This gives me the opportunity to raise my children full time. I teach in all manner of terrain, in all weather conditions, and in all times of day/night. Helping people to empower themselves has been the most rewarding experience, short of fatherhood.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:09 PM

Nice, L. I'd like to learn more about this some time.

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D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

on June 14, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I'm a baker. There is nothing paleo about what I do. :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 14, 2011
at 11:12 PM

youre on your feet all day? im grasping at straws here. ;)

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 16, 2011
at 03:21 AM

yes, on my feet all day. that's about it! i laugh all the time when i'm on my lunch break chomping down some steak and veggies at the irony.

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:38 PM

I'm an adventure guide. During the summer and part of fall and spring, I spend 5 days a week living in wilderness. I am outside all day, sleep in a tent at night. I get 4 to 6 hours a day of moderate exercise. I'm paddling or hiking or climbing. My daily schedule is bound to the natural cycles around me; sunrise and sunset, tides, wind etc. This summer, I'll sleep on an empty beach four nights a week. It's pretty hard to eat paleo on expeditions, but I've managed to make 2 of my 3 meals per day paleo and all of my snack are. The food part is definitely the hardest. I miss bacon and steak and fresh veggies.

When I'm not working as an adventure guide I make handmade leather goods for my parents' leather shop. Its really rewarding being able to design an item in my head and then make it. I feel incredibly lucky to have inherited a trade from my parents. This gives me the ability to create my on schedule, cook all my meals at home and work out whenever I want.

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(5639)

on June 15, 2011
at 01:46 AM

your job sounds uh-may-zing!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 15, 2011
at 03:54 AM

Oh, how I wish I had been smart enough and adventuress enough to do what you are doing! It's so very awesome!

C074eec3b3c0325ef3018a128111823a

(1012)

on June 16, 2011
at 10:09 AM

Now that is awesome, the kind of job I daydream about.. A bit like running away and joining the circus. Of course, my sister actually did join the circus..

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:09 PM

i recently started an all natural skincare line from my kitchen. im carried in two stores so far and selling stuff through my website. its something ive been doing for about 20 years, and for some reason only now thought i could possibly make money at it. things are going really well so far. i work my butt off, but i get to do it at home with my kiddos, and have the flexibility to enjoy being outside on nice days, go to the gym on not so nice days and hang with my family. my products are all unrefined, simple, gluten free, and organic when possible (if i have to choose between organic or unrefined, ill go with the unrefined stuff). i use paleo principles to guide me in product development, and dont use any artificial fragrances. everything smells like exactly what it is. i love paleo beauty and self care!

im a social worker and psychotherapist by education. i specialize in the advanced treatment of psychological trauma, and i LOVE what i do but i took a break when i had my kids. i cant wait to go back to itonce my business is a little more stable. i would like to take on a few clients every week for individual therapy and do some consulting and education. trauma work is very emotionally taxing, and ive found that when i do too much, it has a profoundly negative effect on my health and family, so ive learned to limit it. i still also volunteer with the medical reserve corps and remain ready to be deployed to a large scale disaster if needed, and participate in local disaster relief and post disaster debriefings.

my husband is home with us now too studying to be a personal trainer, wanting tp specialize in rugby training since he played for 14 years.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 15, 2011
at 03:52 AM

You are an amazing woman, Ms. Akd.

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

(288)

on June 16, 2011
at 12:47 PM

didn't know about the personal trainer thing, good for him!!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 16, 2011
at 01:17 PM

yeah, sarah! hes been thinking about it for a while, but finally committed to it last week or so. it seems really natural for him- he is so physical and always been so active and sports-minded. i think it s a great fit, and something to do to make some money on the side while sort-of doing the consulting thing on his own and helping me with great marsh skincare....

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 15, 2011
at 01:20 PM

oh shush, girlfriend. i just got my mind on my money and my money on my mind. ;)

215d3126214343a5760316f195a06b97

on July 01, 2011
at 09:50 PM

can I be you when I grow up?

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(19469)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Personal Trainer, Boxing Coach, Olympic lifting coach, Yoga/Tai Chi instructor, and health/wellness coach.

It's literally my job to teach people how to move and eat, so it's definitely a "paleo" profession!

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(5639)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:06 PM

Do you ever get frustrated when the people you see on a daily basis are so confused about what to eat and how to get healthy? Do they ever fight you on your advice?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:03 PM

hey! its you! i didnt make the connection until now. last night i made the eggplant french fries in bacon fat from your website and they were AWESOME. thank you!!

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:13 PM

When everything clicks, and it is the right time, the right client, and the right bit of information/activation, it is a beautiful thing. I think of myself as an "enzyme", I reduce the activation energy required to start a "reaction" (new behavior).

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:11 PM

There are TONS of people who A) have zero interest in health B) are interested in health, but are still drinking the "good carb/low-fat/cardio" kool-aid and C) are interested in learning how they can actually get healthy/fit but haven't yet "tipped" from just gathering information to taking action D) are open, honest, and ready to engage in the process of transformation. I've found that you can "lead a horse to water", but the rest is up to the horse. I've been doing it for years and have learned that it is unhealthy to get overly attached to other people's results or lack thereof.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 15, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Hell yea! That's awesome! My wife is SUPER picky and the bacon fat eggplant frites won her over so I knew that I had to post the recipe :) I'm glad you liked them too!

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 24, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Freaking jealous.

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on June 14, 2011
at 10:08 PM

I'm a stay at home mom too. We get to take long walks outside in the ergo, weather permitting, buy food from local farms, take naps when we want, breastfeed on demand, and I have plenty of time to make sure we always have good bone Broths and home made meals in the house and I even make my own liver pate. I love having the luxury to raise my family this way. I know we'd have more stuff an probably even better access to higher end food but the care I put in to our meals and the flexibility in raising my baby in a natural way would be lost.

My poor husband has a very Paleo-unfriendly job. He's a music composer/audio designer for a video game company so he works a lot of long hours and late nights in a windowless soundproof office. He walks to work and to lunch to help but this journey of ours has been far easier for me than him. Thank goodness for d supplements or I think he'd be sick all the time (and he was before.)

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Yay for extended nursing and babywearing. We went to a "house of reptiles" with a friend of mine who home schools today and I nursed him in the ergo while looking at all the animals. I don't know how I'd function if I isn't have my ergo. He's such a snacker, I'd be stuck on the couch all the time if we didn't baby wear. I love five year olds. They crack me up. It must be fun.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:41 PM

Oy, I type badly on my iPhone. I really should proofread for flow and typos. Hahahahaha

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:26 PM

I loved my Ergo carrier and I loved having the freedom to nurse on demand! My kids are 9 & 6 years old now, but working from home allowed me to breastfeed them without interruption for 2.5 & 3.5 years respectively. :)

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:14 PM

I'm a massage therapist and wouldn't trade it for the world. My schedule is as flexible as flexible gets. Also I love helping people get in touch with their own bodies and understand the complexities of who they are as human beings.

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on October 24, 2011
at 10:08 AM

At 24 I've decided to go into semi-retirement. Previously I was an office worker, and that messed up my posture and stressed me out.

I don't want to buy property or procreate so I have no need to save money, I can skip to retirement. I don't want to work full-time in an office. I'll work occasionally in jobs that interest me, so I have enough money to eat, somewhere to sleep and pocket money for travelling.

It may have something to do with how good I feel since going paleo. I'm calm all the time. Really, I don't want anything. I spend my days meditating, eating, swimming, walking, stretching and lifting weights.

It may also have something to do with meditation. I don't want things, you know, like clothes and cars.

It may also have something to do with being a punk, because I know that I can live virtually for free in my home country by squatting, dumpster diving, hunting and growing food.

Has anyone else experienced this?

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on October 24, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Pretty much my experience, they aren't gonna trick me into being a slave :)

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 24, 2011
at 04:16 PM

This type of lifestyle seems like it would be awesome when you're in your twenties but would become progressively less appealing as you get older.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 24, 2011
at 06:51 PM

You're no fun, Olivia. Go away.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 24, 2011
at 12:05 PM

What country are you in? Let me come join you! Do they like bicycles? I want to raise an army of bicycle-crazed Luddite thugs who will take over the world when when industrialism collapses, which should be any day now. Seriously, this is my fantasy. I like your picture. Can I be your 'daddy'? Let's eat bugs and scavenge for food and ride bicycles! Seriously!

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 24, 2011
at 04:17 PM

To clarify, I mean the whole dumpster-diving thing and not the "no office job" which is awesome and I wholeheartedly agree with that. But not saving any money isn't a smart decision.

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on June 15, 2011
at 08:16 PM

Ooh! Me! Me! Granted, I'm trapped inside all day, but I'm a teacher :) I love what I do, I love the students, and walking around the school on an average day gets me a few miles. I also direct the school play, so I do a lot of running around having fun with teens :) I'm literally on my feet every moment of rehearsal -- which can be up to 8 extra hours! (Then my job gets NON paleo as I wind up with 3-4 hours of sleep a night the week before a show!)

I leave my job as energized as I went in. I think that's awesome :)

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on June 15, 2011
at 09:08 PM

@Geisha: I think its awesome too and love that you love it. I've built programs in the past that involved pub health/mental school based clinics for kids, so I've had alot of interface with teachers. Let's clone you! ;) +1 for your answer and for being an *inspiration!*

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:12 PM

nope, I'm in engineering, I am at a desk 90% of my day. most days I walk around out in the manufacturing plant for a little while just to go for a walk. I always have a handful of papers and a pen and stop and chat with a person or 2 so i look official and busy.

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on October 25, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Sounds like the engineers I work with!!

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Another stay-at-home mom here and I can't get over how lucky I am to be able to stay home with my extremely happy and mellow toddler (who is happy and mellow, I firmly believe, because he's never had white sugar and hasn't had grains in months since we went paleo). I get to spend hours in the kitchen preparing healthy meals, interrupted every few moments by a kid who wants me to wrestle with him (excellent exercise!). I started a local group for like-minded moms, so I do have a close social circle. We get together and ferment veggies, go for hikes, take our kids to the playground...it's awesome. Pretty much couldn't ask for a more paleo-friendly life.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 15, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I applaud the stay at home moms, most especially those that love it! I am so damn happy to go to work every day. I would go insane at home. Luckily (or not, depending on the day) my inlaws live with us and hubby works from home, so my daughter has all those people home with her.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:47 PM

Hello, my besty friend. Glad to see you here. :-)

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on June 14, 2011
at 08:52 PM

I just got hired as a lead bartender at the new NYC location of Beecher's Handmade Cheese. I'll be downstairs in the Cellar Lounge. I'm excited about this because Beecher's motto is "Changing the way America eats." Their "pure food" philosophy is very much in line with my personal food philosophies.

Beecher's Handmade Cheese

I consider this job to very Paleo-friendly. I'll be working nights mostly, so I have lots of free time to make music, go run around outdoors, etc. I'll be on my feet the whole day at work, rarely sitting, and rarely standing still. Bartending and serving/making delicious natural, minimally processed food is something that I'm very passionate about. The staff is very small and very friendly, and we're committed to being a close-knit team. I'm especially excited about the behind the scenes stuff. I'll get to make valuable connections in the farm/dairy world. And the cheese! (I know, I know, not "strictly" Paleo...but come on...it's handmade, RIGHT THERE in the restaurant!)

I'm super excited to start. We open June 24th! Come see me downstairs at Beecher's!

(No...this is not a shameless plug or an advertisement. I really do feel this way, and I'm excited to be doing a job that I can stand behind!)

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Definitely gonna come check it out. Looks awesome and in one of my favorite neighborhoods!

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:44 PM

Your answer made me smile..good to see there are others who love their jobs.

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Yeah! The space is fantastic...and the cheesemaking is gonna be pretty impressive I think.

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on June 15, 2011
at 12:28 PM

congrats btw !

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on June 14, 2011
at 08:59 PM

Let me know if you ever head down South; I'm in with the craft bartenders in a couple nice places.

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(5639)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:08 PM

Right on! I'll be working on the cocktail list at Beecher's this week I think. Should be pretty cool!

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:42 AM

"I'll get to make valuable connections in the farm/dairy world"...man, typical NYC bartender.

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Haha Kamal! I know right? Thanks tartare! I'm not sure yet, still brainstorming.

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on June 15, 2011
at 12:28 PM

you gonna make some neato herb cocktails? a sprig of rosemary in a cocktail shaker can make magic IMO.

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on June 15, 2011
at 12:32 AM

Guess I should chime in and answer my own question.??

Over the years I've worked in various non-paleo fields as a graphic designer, corporate trainer, and high level tech support. Several years ago I got fed up with being desk bound and piled under paperwork and fired my bosses.??

I'm currently a wilderness instructor, a pretty successful (actually profitable!) nature/landscape artist and volunteer FS Ranger.??

After using some self experimentation techniques and discovering that I and my family are Celiac (backed up by tests) I'm currently working on a degree in clinical nutrition.??

I'll never give up the freedom of 'working' in the wilderness, but I'll be using the knowledge I learn to sift through the misinformation and help educate others as much as possible.??

Not to get too new-agey, but I think it's important to realize that often we are the source of the main obstacles preventing us from accomplishing our goals.??

If you know that living a more paleo lifestyle and shifting to a paleo friendly job will make you happier, you should probably take a good hard look at what's holding you back.??

I know that there are other legitimate obstacles, but It doesnt hurt to do a little self examination now and then. Just sayin'.??

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:14 PM

I work from my home office, which has allowed me to be the primary caregiver for my two children. It also affords me more time in the day to grow my garden, tend to my chickens, explore, experiment, and continue in my endless quest for knowledge and self betterment.

I wouldn't call what I do paleo -- I'm a graphic designer -- but I've applied certain principles and ethical boundaries to my work that I've been fortunate enough to be able to live within.

When I was going to design school 12 years ago I was intrigued by an article I read in Adbusters called The First Things First Manifesto http://www.emigre.com/Editorial.php?sect=1&id=14. Basically the idea is not to sell out to the man, but to apply ones design expertise and problem solving skills towards worthy causes and sustainability. I signed the manifesto and built a career for myself working for local, independent organizations and non-profits within my community.

I work full time for a company that builds Tiny Houses. In my "spare" time I do freelance work for other local and sustainably minded companies, such as the local indy bookstore chain, the Peace and Justice Center, performing arts centers, and a number of independent publishers in my area.

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(354)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:12 PM

Besides being a stay-at-home mom who gardens, I work as a waitress at my parents' Greek restaurant, a couple days a week. I get to interact with people, walk a good 8 miles total, and get to go outside in the sun, as we have patio seating. I'm obviously lifting and carrying plates of food. Also, I can bring my own grass-fed whatever and the chefs will cook it for me. People look down on the "waitress" thing but I LOVE IT. (I only do it two days a week, so I'm not at all jaded.) I love seeing people leave in a little bit of a better mood than when they came in - that's my goal. :)

(Hard not to chime in about what they're ordering, though. I just smile and tell them how very yum our pancakes are..)

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:49 AM

It kills me that anyone would "look down" on waitressing! I have SO much respect for people who can work in service jobs where you have to put on a happy face for grumpy, hungry people. When I see people being impatient and rude, I just want to tell them to go hunt their own damn food and STFU! Mad respect and many tips to you! ;)

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:13 PM

I like that you can get close just by living a 'regular life' :-)

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(423)

on June 14, 2011
at 08:37 PM

I am lucky to be able to work from home which affords me time to Crossfit in the middle of the day, get outside when the weather is nice and spend time coming up with paleo/primal recipes. I couldn't ask for much more!

Jamie

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(410)

on November 04, 2011
at 11:56 AM

I am a firefighter. Not paleo because we don't fight a whole lot of fire anymore due to construction advancement and education. Although when actually fighting a fire its "heavy lifts and sprints". My second job (most firefighters require this) is a Carpenter. This is definitely a "paleo" job with modern tools. Only thing is it doesn't allow for much play time. Still trying to figure out how to make a day longer than 24 hours. HA!

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on October 25, 2011
at 05:10 PM

As a landscaper I spend a lot of time walking at a moderate pace, shoveling, occasionally lifting heavy objects, and working with one of my best friends. It's 8 to 5 but the workload varies day to day and we have the luxury of frequent breaks and "fun" when time permits.

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on October 24, 2011
at 04:09 PM

I stay at home with my kids (ages 5 and 2), which leaves plenty of time for getting sunshine, playing, going to some of the local farms, connecting, etc. It's extremely rewarding, and I'm so fortunate to be able to be at home with them. The only thing I don't get to do is sleep. (I'm hoping that'll come when they get a bit older!) It took me a while to get over the mindset of feeling like I had to use my education in the corporate or govt world, but now that I've done that this is the best job ever.

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on October 24, 2011
at 03:42 PM

Spent the 4 years prior to this August sitting down, in a lab with no windows, running science experiments that stressed me out, for scientists that were constantly stressed out and had no idea what a 40 hour work week was. My only option for food if I didn't bring my own was Chic-fil-a, pizza and hospital food that no healthy person, let alone sick people should ever have to even look at.

Now I'm a first year grad student working towards a M.S. and RD certification because my old life literally would have killed me. Also pursuing certification as a personal trainer so I can make being healthy and helping others get healthy my career.

Sometimes you have to be backed into a corner to really look at your life and make the changes necessary to get where you want to be. My new career will be pretty damn paleo.

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on October 24, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I'm a full-time writer/novelist--a thoroughly paleo job because a) I worked my ass off to get to where I am today, b) I absolutely love it, c) I can set my own hours and take breaks whenever I feel the need, and d) storytelling is one of the original forms of entertainment. Before that I worked in a morgue, which is paleo in that I had the chance to see the stark reality of life and death, and before that I worked as a cop, which kept me active and also gave me several opportunities to be in true fight-for-your-life situations. In other words, I've had an awesome life in many ways. :-)

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:25 PM

I'm an actor which, I dare say, is one of the MOST paleo jobs! I absolutely love what I do. My training and daily warmups are based in the stripping down/understanding of the physical and emotional defenses created by society and culture (ie. Alexander technique, fitzmaurice tremoring, etc). Telling stories is one of the earliest forms of play- no coincidence that that's why the final product is called such! It is completely collaborative and requires a tribal bond. Physical vitality is essential. Combine that with an outdoor theatre and a post-show steak, and life is good.

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on June 15, 2011
at 03:05 AM

I'm a semi-retired, self-employed web designer. That lets me get up and move around when I want. All of the websites I'm currently working on are environmental, so that's Paleo. Not much tribe, although I like the people I work for.

Sure, it might be fun to have an outdoor job. But nothing like that would pay me as much as I am making. Paleo (Primal, actually) has improved my health, but I don't think I could do a strenuous job. Not everyone can work outside.

I enjoy my work. People probably think that being an environmental (including endangered species) webmaster is totally cool. Sometimes it is. Mostly, it is doing mundane things like fixing broken links.

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on June 15, 2011
at 12:43 AM

I work for a wellness education co based on paleo principles (bonfirehealth.com) as well as a whole food supplement company that makes some pretty legit stuff (innate response). Aside from having to drive quite a bit, I couldn't be happier!

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:38 PM

After 10 years as a "desk jockey" making millions for my bosses and billions for investors, I traded it in to become a college business instructor. I couldn't be happier! I can arrange my schedule around my life, versus the constant demands of a corporate gig. Plus I have to STAND and MOVE as part of my job.

{Yes, the pay is low, but the satisfaction is high.}

The only downsize is the corporate/concrete building where I work. I'm trying to figure out how to hold class on the "green" without disrupting the learning process. Students are sooo used to a sanitary and boring environment :(

AND, when the summer arrives, I only teach 2-3 days a week, which means even more flexibility and the ability to be outdoors. Yay!

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:08 AM

You know what is interesting about this sanitary, boring walls that students are stuck in? I learned in my color theory class in art school that student's test scores suffer greatly from learning in classrooms with blank walls and little sunlight.

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(1579)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:34 PM

This summer I have an internship at a nature preserve (I'm interested in a career in environmental science), so I help with kids' programs, take walks in the park, and learn as much as I can about stuff I'm passionate about! The staff at the preserve is 6 people- so we're pretty close. I get 8-9 hours of sleep a night and cook for myself for the first time which is awesome.

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(15239)

on June 14, 2011
at 11:10 PM

ooooo that sounds so fun.

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(37227)

on November 04, 2011
at 10:12 PM

I'm RETIRED and it can be a very primal/paleo lifestyle.

My day begins with a leisurely walk with my dogs, stopping to visit with neighborhood (in my case, an RV park where a bunch of us have stayed for years) friends.

There's a park within 10 miles that has a wonderful dog run, where we also play and visit.

There's time to read books/blogs/websites and think about them and life in general. There's time to interact with my grandson, who lives with me, and my son who lives about 70 miles away. I eat my major meal of the day whenever I darn well please.

The best part, though? My bed- and get-up- times shift gradually with the shortening and lengthening days so I feel in-tune with Mother Earth. I wake up naturally as it gets light and I'm not groggy for the first 2 hours as I used to be when I had to follow a schedule.

Eat PRIMAL/PALEO so you can enjoy your retirement in great health!

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on October 26, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I work at Lowe's and am a Decorative Painter. While both aren't working outdoors and do sometimes have me dealing with chemicals and power equipment I do get to climb up and down scaffolds, ladders, atop shelving, and I often get to lift heavy things. Oh, and I walk around a LOT during the day. :)

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on October 24, 2011
at 05:44 PM

I'm a college student, but during the summer months I am an ocean lifeguard for the beaches of the beautiful south shore of long island :) Baywatch ain't got nothin' on this!

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(8938)

on October 24, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I'm a student, and I consider that to be paleo. I move around a lot, use my brain often and I'm free to do whatever I wanna do. Good times.

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on October 24, 2011
at 03:31 PM

I'm a theatre student and practitioner. Moving and playing is a big part of a lot of my classes, as well as doing field-research. I do a fair amount of storytelling too. Performance is a lot of fun and releases plenty of endorphins. Living in New York, I also walk almost everywhere I go.

Once I graduate and start practicing and teaching more, my hope is to maintain the level of movement that I like. I may also get a standing desk.

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(12857)

on October 24, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I surf. its super paleo

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(1867)

on October 24, 2011
at 02:57 PM

I'm a nurse and take care of the old, frail tribe members. There's nothing paleo about my job. I ride my bicycle to work, sometimes I run to work too.

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(78467)

on October 24, 2011
at 01:26 PM

My boss is a caveman. I consider that an ultimate paleo friendly environment: lots of primal emotions, fight or flight responses, low number of rest & digest outcomes...

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(392)

on June 16, 2011
at 12:22 PM

I stopped enjoying teaching so I now answer phones until I can figure out what I want a new degree in and what I want to do with the rest of my life.

However, I no longer take work home- I leave it at work, which leaves me lots of time to do what I want to afterwards. I'd consider that bit Paleo.

I get to enjoy the outdoors and get my lifting and stuff in since I don't take work home. I'm now exploring random things I've been wanting to do like learn to make wine and learn to butcher (that's the newest thing I really want to do).

And it leaves me more time for the performance aspect of music that I couldn't allot time for when I was teaching.

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(487)

on June 15, 2011
at 04:05 AM

Currently studying in college, but the career I want, I would think is in the Paleo range.

Working on a film set:

  • Collaborate with people all the time
  • Always on your feet and doing something!
  • Lifting heavy equipment (sandbags, lights, etc)
  • Being on a film set would be a dream job, never feel like going to work, just constantly being in a creative environment
  • Film outdoors! I definitely have a farmer tan from long periods of time on student film sets outside. The bug bites suck though -_-

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(1614)

on June 15, 2011
at 06:18 AM

after seeing the Tree of Life twice, I'd say working on a Terrence Malick filmset would mean an *obscene* amount of time outdoors and working scenes with only natural lighting... many hours getting sunlight shining through trees just right, that sort of thing. I'd be ecstatic working in that sort of crew ; )

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(1392)

on June 14, 2011
at 10:40 PM

My summer job (I'm a college student) is working as a camp counselor for first and second graders-- it allows me to be outside all day, walk around a lot, play with kids, and bond with my co-counselors.

SO much more Paleo than my years working at Dunkin Donuts...

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I'm an IT security consultant, working in banks mostly, currently for government deploying wireless networks.

I don't think any of those words and concepts is paleo. Maybe "working" but not in this sense.

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