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Paleo Reenactment?

Asked on February 28, 2016
Created March 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I ask this question as a relative Paleo newbie, and I know it has potential to anger some Paleos. I'd just ask you to understand that is NOT my intent. I'm being entirely sincere and have no desire to be antagonistic.

I've been eating and exercising Paleo since January 1 and am in the best shape of my life after less than 90 days. My doctor - who is a decidely mainstream, USDA food pyramid kind of guy - can't believe the drop in my a1c, tris, and other other labs. He calls it a "transformation." I am an avid evangelist, and at least one friend is giving Paleo a try based on the obvious improvement it has had on my health.

I'm confused, though, by some of what I call Paleo re-enacting in our community. Now, from what I've read almost no one says they are re-enacting, so perhaps no one will say what they're doing falls into that category. But questions about how to have Paleo sex, whether to shave armpits, forsaking use of silverware, etc., seem to me to fall squarely into re-enacting in my humble opinion.

My main thought about doing those things is "to each his own." If someone wants to do any of those things in their life, more power to them; I don't give a rat's tail what people do in their lives. What I question, though, is why people put those things under the rubric of Paleo instead of just saying, "I enjoy eating with my hands," or "I don't want to shave my armpits." I haven't met anyone who, for example, is eating termites and grubs and doing other things Grok might have done.

Here's my question: do you do anything that you consider Paleo re-enacting? Where along the spectrum of what people call Paleo do you think re-enacting begins?

Again, I am not criticizing anything people do. I merely want to know where others think re-enacting begins, and whether you do anything that you think falls into that category.

Thank you.

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on April 01, 2011
at 03:59 AM

Thank you, Shari. You have restored my faith that rationality yet remains.

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:50 PM

LOL! Thank you for the validation Melissa. Sometimes I feel like a like a bit of a freak on this board, lol. I should say that I do try to minimize my toxic load and live a somewhat "green" life but that behavior is unrelated to my paleo life.

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:20 PM

Me too, Shari. I like all neolithic STUFF, just not the food. :D

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on March 31, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Just chose those two as random examples. The funny thing is I actually knew someone in college who was allergic to stainless steel and ate all her meals with chopsticks.

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Well, shampoo and silverware are very different in my opinion. Chemicals can effect your skin/scalp, silver doesn't as much (werewolfs aside).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Yeah, psychedelic mushrooms are in, using my hand to wipe myself is OUT!

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Social constructs vs. health benefits. Different worlds.

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:01 PM

I agree with you re: minimalist shoes.

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on March 31, 2011
at 04:20 PM

I'm with you on the forsaking silverware.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on March 31, 2011
at 09:48 PM

I do none of it. I sleep in a bed, shampoo my hair, use soap, wear lipstick, wear a bra and shave my pits (and other unnamed parts.) If any of that makes me less paleo in anyone's eyes then so be it. I am in this for optimal nutrition as I understand it. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:50 PM

LOL! Thank you for the validation Melissa. Sometimes I feel like a like a bit of a freak on this board, lol. I should say that I do try to minimize my toxic load and live a somewhat "green" life but that behavior is unrelated to my paleo life.

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

(1505)

on April 01, 2011
at 03:59 AM

Thank you, Shari. You have restored my faith that rationality yet remains.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 31, 2011
at 10:20 PM

Me too, Shari. I like all neolithic STUFF, just not the food. :D

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:11 PM

We are interested in what are ancestors did and whether or not it has relevance for improving life today. A lot of those questions come to logical conclusions, such as the one about shaving armpits. There is some evidence armpit hair has some physiological function in regulating temperature, but knowing that most of us make the cost-benefit analysis that suits us individually. Personally, I would rather be able to wear a sexy tank top than have perfect underarm temp regulation, but others might come to a different conclusion. Reenactment is doing something out ancestors did just because they did it and not because of any evidence that it has personal benefits.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Social constructs vs. health benefits. Different worlds.

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2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 31, 2011
at 04:34 PM

I don't think there's a specific "time" when the re-enacting begins. It depends on if you're a dip-your-toe-in person or a dive-in-head-first type. My assumption would be that you start with the basics (cut out grains, sugars, processed foods, etc.) and when you see those benefits, you start to wonder what other benefits there may be to doing things the way our ancestors did. So you do your research, and choose the Primal solutions that fit best with your lifestyle. I am still in the beginning stages, but I have embraced minimalist shoes. I wouldn't say that's re-enacting however, since there is quite a bit of technology involved. I don't see myself giving up silverware or shampoo anytime soon, but respect others' choices to do so.

2cdd1c775683f760390d80cdb984fc13

on March 31, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Just chose those two as random examples. The funny thing is I actually knew someone in college who was allergic to stainless steel and ate all her meals with chopsticks.

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

(1505)

on March 31, 2011
at 05:01 PM

I agree with you re: minimalist shoes.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on March 31, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Well, shampoo and silverware are very different in my opinion. Chemicals can effect your skin/scalp, silver doesn't as much (werewolfs aside).

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:15 PM

of all re-enactment i'm practicing only a shampoo-free living: not so much on ideological grounds, but rather because i tried it and liked it - feels weird at the beginning, but then you realize that it is completely unnecessary, and serves only to amplify your chemical / toxin load

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Reenactment is silly but doesn't really bother me; it's the paleo revisionism that's really strange. If anatomically modern humans go back something like 45K years and agriculture started for us from 2-10K years ago, I want to see some evidence that most of our ancestors were only eating meat for those 35K+ years.

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:18 PM

Psychedelic mushroom ceremonies in conjunction with the lunar phases. Other than that, no.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Yeah, psychedelic mushrooms are in, using my hand to wipe myself is OUT!

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