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** The Ultimate Paleo Lifestyle/Activities Thread **

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM

There's a lot to paleo besides food, it seems -- like barefooting, various exercise routines, sleep, and for some, things like being off-grid a I even remember someone saying they aspired to live in a yurt (rock on).

So the storyteller in me wants to know: what do YOU do? Do you barefoot? Do you hunt/fish? etc. Broadly, aside from diet, what activities or practices do you consider part of your own paleo? What defines your lifestyle?

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on April 17, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Dr. Phil Maffetone says that ending your (warm) shower with a couple of minutes of cold water on your shoulders help with burning fat (I'm paraphrasing big time; this is what I remember from reading his book a while back). http://philmaffetone.com/

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:03 AM

thanks. I have dandruff, so cold showers might be part of the solution. =)

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:02 AM

best of luck with all you do, Cait! I live in a city too, and that does add some interesting challenges. Personally, I can't wait to live in a less urban area again.

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on January 28, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Less dandruff (so less need for shampoo), better skin. Or so they say. I haven't been consistent enough to tell.

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I keep hearing about this. What is the logic / benefit?

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on January 29, 2012
at 02:43 AM

I wholeheartedly agree on the modern-day cave/hobbit house sometime in the future! That's been high on my list of dreams for several years now. I'm also trying to become more minimalistic and connected to the world around me. These are a few other things I consider part of the package:

I started a vermicomposting unit in my apartment to reduce the amount of garbage I send to the landfill and to get casings for the balcony garden I'm starting in the spring. It's cool to watch the weekly changes my little wormies do to my leftover produce! Since I live in the middle of a fairly large city, I don't have a lot of space but I'm south-facing, so hope to start experimenting with growing my own herbs and other produce that can survive in bins and containers on my balcony and in my living room. Until then I've switched to CSA produce (it's like christmas every week!) and ethically raised local meat providers (can't really raise a cow in the city, much as I may want one!).

I also try to walk as often as possible and use my body in natural ways, rather than punishing it at the gym like I used to once upon a time.

Finally, I enrolled in an intensive holistic nutrition program so I can learn the scientific basis for all the great health benefits I've encountered since going paleo and so I can eventually start my own small health and wellness practice. I hope to focus on teaching people where their food comes from and becoming active agents in the maintenance and achievement of their health as opposed to passive consumers of frankenfoods and CW.

I could go on and on as the research and exploration of paleo principles has been a catalyst for many positive life changes, but suffice it to say that it's got it's fingers in most aspects of my life these days.

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:02 AM

best of luck with all you do, Cait! I live in a city too, and that does add some interesting challenges. Personally, I can't wait to live in a less urban area again.

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on January 28, 2012
at 06:38 AM

Cold showers.

(When I'm brave. And then I scream like a caveman.)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 29, 2012
at 03:03 AM

thanks. I have dandruff, so cold showers might be part of the solution. =)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 28, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I keep hearing about this. What is the logic / benefit?

A03f0d03067a43c61786481d91e5d3a0

(1078)

on January 28, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Less dandruff (so less need for shampoo), better skin. Or so they say. I haven't been consistent enough to tell.

994a3ac5ea55c8561c0eeb5b6e73c8dc

(10)

on April 17, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Dr. Phil Maffetone says that ending your (warm) shower with a couple of minutes of cold water on your shoulders help with burning fat (I'm paraphrasing big time; this is what I remember from reading his book a while back). http://philmaffetone.com/

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on January 27, 2012
at 09:08 PM

For starters, I guess I'll answer my own question. Paleo for me is about living close to the earth, and to feel a connection to it, physically, mentally, spiritually. So in addition to my diet, I also barefoot almost everywhere, sleep in as dark a room as possible (hopefully waking to sunlight), and in the past I have fished and grown my own food (my family lives on a farm).

I also don't wear many, if any, synthetic fibers, preferring cotton and wool. Being in theatre, my clothes are loose enough to move in easily, even my jeans. I'm curious how my clothing choices may change, as I am moving to the desert in a few months.

I also am working more and more toward being a minimalist. In my mind, humans are not meant to be material creatures, but to focus instead on our lives or the lives of those in our community. A bit philosophical, I know, but I hope people see the connection.

My exercise sometimes involves a gym, but more often than not is based upon the exercises I do to improve my strength and stamina for performances, and for extended period of standing and walking. So my exercise for me is about understanding and embracing my own physicality, and challenging it. The ability to challenge ourselves, in my mind, is fundamental to being human.

In the future I want to resume growing my own food and herbs, and live in a house partially underground, like a modern "cave". In my mind the bedroom would have windows or a skylight in such a way that it is dark at night, well lit during the day.

I could go on, but like I said in the question, I'm curious other people's stories of what paleo as a lifestyle means, and how it manifests.

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