Not sure community is the right term, hence the quotations, but I find that my interest in blogs, podcasts, paleohacks, etc. is very erratic. I go through periods where I can't get enough information on this topic, posting and responding a lot on paleohacks, religiously purchasing only wild/free range/organic meats, fish, fruit and veges, using paleo cookbooks and recipes, and experimenting with traditional cooking techniques. But then it's as if I get burned out and could care less about visiting the plethora of paleo bookmarks on my computer and uninterested in the most recent argument on paleohacks on the term "safe starches". I also get complacent with my food purchases by choosing the convenience of chain supermarkets instead of driving the extra 20 minutes to go to whole foods or the farmers market (after all I have to get cash out for the farmers market...ugh!..lol). I also tend to eat out more and allow more dairy, wine and dark chocolate. However, I still stay clear of the main culprits and eat paleo foods, so I'm not technically off the Paleo wagon.
I implemented the paleo lifestyle over 2 years ago and after the initial bindge of paleo information when I started and after getting past the orthodox phase, I've noticed this almost manic like interest in Paleo "community" (for a lack of a better term). Do any of you experience this ebb and flow and how have you balanced things out?
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on March 26, 2012
at 03:07 PM
I'm trying to work on balance right now. I found myself spending too much time every day reading about deep nutrition and a more ancestral lifestyle. I found positive moods turning anxious as I read and read and read about disagreements on fine points.
I'm in a month-plus exercise in which I'm trying to eat and live as if this is my normal, permanent lifestyle. For me, that means less scrutiny of everything I eat and do. I'm still buying and fixing the same foods but I'm not "checking" the portions or macronutrient mixes--I'm simply eating when hungry and choosing what seems most appealing to me at the moment. I still do a sensory evaluation at waking each day to judge my reaction to yesterday's foods, etc.
I'm limiting the time spent here on PH, but on the other hand I choose to chime in on a few PH questions to pay-forward the help and support I received here when I was new and confused. I'm spending less time reading book-marked sites but I still visit a few per day.
You should definitely feel free to engage and withdraw from conversations and consider the ebb and flow normal variation in your interests and needs. I do.
on March 26, 2012
at 04:06 PM
Because I do a lot of nutrition coaching in my work, I spend several hours a day on Paleo/Primal forums & blogs because that's how I find out some of the most up-to-date & interesting info/opinions. My understanding keeps evolving and that's cool!
And since this is my lifestyle and not just a "diet", I like to hang out with like-minded folks. Meeting a fellow PaleoHacker this week, in fact.
on March 26, 2012
at 03:52 PM
Depends on how dependent you are for paleo to function and fell well. If you're IBSing and arthritic, maybe you can't be too lenient and complacent when it comes to paleo. If you're an average Joe/Jane with very minor issues, you can take or leave paleo when it's convenient. Generally we all get/start strict and then loosen up as we figure out what works. That seems to be the natural progression of paleo.
Right now I'm obsessing less about paleo, digging sustainability and local food production more.