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Does being paleo/primal make you a meat-eating hippy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 03, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I'm 3 months into being paleo and I can tell my body is detoxed. Feeling better, I didn't want to pollute my body again. I've now started using fewer chemicals around the house to clean, opting for more natural alternatives. Now I find pollutants around the neighborhood and beyond bugging me.

Has anyone else started to head down a hippy/environmentalist path after becoming paleo?

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on September 30, 2011
at 09:27 PM

agreed. It strikes me as odd that someone who is paleo must then be a rough carnivore type. Being a caveman seems to answer the bohemian call to go "back to the earth" quite nicely.

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Nicely put.....simplifying and being concerned of other things that go into your body besides food is a natural evolution of a paleo/paleo 2.0 lifestyle.

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:20 AM

You are using the term "hippy" like it has a negative connotation. You have improved your diet, try improving your preconceptions.

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on July 08, 2010
at 07:54 AM

I agree with this. Many things that were opaque to me are now clear when looking through a Paleo lens.

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on July 07, 2010
at 07:48 PM

Amen sistah... well said.

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on May 06, 2010
at 02:28 PM

I love my reel mower. I only have 1 bad thing to say about it: it doesn't cut thick weeds very well.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 06, 2010
at 05:18 AM

I use my son's- a good clean cut coupled with a better workout.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 04, 2010
at 05:18 PM

*golf clap* Bravo, good sir

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 04, 2010
at 05:16 PM

There's nothing wrong with your gut feeling, and unscientific responses. It's about context. When you use your gut to react to OTHERS, that's bad. Use it for yourself, your own N=1 changes; that's completely fine and normal.

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on May 04, 2010
at 03:02 PM

It might be making me more of a hippie, but I truly hope it makes me a little less hippy. ;-)

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

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on May 04, 2010
at 02:01 PM

How do you like the reel mower? Been thinking about getting one...

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

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on May 04, 2010
at 10:48 AM

Going from what I find on dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hippie): hip·pie also hip·py (hĭp'ē) n. pl. hip·pies A person who opposes and rejects many of the conventional standards and customs of society, especially one who advocates extreme liberalism in sociopolitical attitudes and lifestyles. Based on that? Yeah, I guess I am!

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on May 04, 2010
at 04:04 AM

Yes, but are you a hippy?

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on May 03, 2010
at 10:24 PM

Bravo. Could not have said it better.

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on May 03, 2010
at 09:57 PM

I agree with this.

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on May 03, 2010
at 09:46 PM

During my paleo enlightening phase, I became very aware of my impact on the world through the industrial food system. The more I've learned, the more I've withdrawn myself from that system. A lot of it is the fact that environmental benefits seem to dovetail well with health benefits in the whole paleo scheme. I now buy my produce local and organic, ideally from farmers markets. All of my meat and lard comes from grass fed beef and nicely raised pigs from a local farm. I buy raw milk through a CSA. I'm basically off the grid when it comes to purchasing food and the energy used to grow and transport all the food I buy is very minimal.

This has permeated the rest of my life and made me less of a consumer in general. Getting back to roots and traditions with food and nutrition has nicely had the same effect in the rest of my life, making me realize that I simply don't need all of the things I once thought I did. And it certainly does open your eyes to the excess, the toxicity, and the environmental harm that is going on in the world. That's a perspective I prefer having, and I would never trade the knowledge I have now for the ignorant bliss I had before.

C56bdadbc180bfd11b15eea1964825f7

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on May 03, 2010
at 10:24 PM

Bravo. Could not have said it better.

Fa361df4b3f2d5aa13aa6a73dbf8d88b

(152)

on April 05, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Nicely put.....simplifying and being concerned of other things that go into your body besides food is a natural evolution of a paleo/paleo 2.0 lifestyle.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on September 30, 2011
at 09:27 PM

agreed. It strikes me as odd that someone who is paleo must then be a rough carnivore type. Being a caveman seems to answer the bohemian call to go "back to the earth" quite nicely.

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on May 03, 2010
at 09:29 PM

Maybe because I work at a non-profit it's made me into a reactionary after going paleo. With having to attend conferences that say "go vegan to save the Earth," I'm not on good terms with the environmental movement. In the end I realized what separates me from them. I care about the environment because I want a healthy & good world for humans. They care about the environment because they think it's magic and special and bad evil humans are ruining it.

So there are some hippy things I support. I like Environmental Working Group's approach on informing consumers about chemicals in cosmetics and pesticides on vegetables. I am involved with a group that cleans up soil for gardening. All these movements make the environment better for humans instead of treating it as a good in itself.

64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on May 03, 2010
at 09:57 PM

I agree with this.

C1fb8666b1ae085507a76a4c494e4f0a

on July 07, 2010
at 07:48 PM

Amen sistah... well said.

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6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

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on May 04, 2010
at 02:29 PM

The paleo diet has opened up a whole new world for me. If the DIET is consistent with our genetic heritage, might other aspects of our modern lifestyle be out of sync with our genetic heritage? This has led me to numerous books about evolution, the ice age, etc. If you're interested, I would recommend Paul Shepard's "Coming Home to the Pleistocene." He thoughtfully suggests a lifestyle makeover (society wide) that he feels would put us in tune with our genetic roots.

I would also recommend James A. Swan's "In Defense of Hunting." The author, a Ph.D environmental psychologist, explains why we hunt and what value that has in our modern society. A great read.

I could go on, but basically the discovery of the paleo diet in 2002 has altered my world view quite a bit, and colors my judgement in all aspects of my life, from child-rearing to politics. Genetically, we ARE our paleolithic ancestors.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 04, 2010
at 05:18 PM

*golf clap* Bravo, good sir

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on July 08, 2010
at 07:54 AM

I agree with this. Many things that were opaque to me are now clear when looking through a Paleo lens.

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C1fb8666b1ae085507a76a4c494e4f0a

on July 07, 2010
at 07:57 PM

BP (before paleo) I was pretty hippy-enviro. AP (after paleo), I find I take more time to actually research issues, and think things through before I just go along with the latest/greatest cause du jour. Discovering that everything I knew about food was, for me, wrong made me into more of a critical thinker, and I stopped reacting emotionally to everything and making grand generalizations (ie: corporations are bad! consuming is stupid! and so on)

So while I'm still eco-conscious, I'm much more... grounded and practical, I guess, about it.

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8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

on May 04, 2010
at 01:45 AM

I've found that going Paleo has caused me to scrutinize

  • the way food is marketed
  • the way children are become obese and diabetic at young ages, and
  • the information given to me in various forms throughout the day on "what is healthy for me."

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on May 04, 2010
at 10:48 AM

Going from what I find on dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hippie): hip·pie also hip·py (hĭp'ē) n. pl. hip·pies A person who opposes and rejects many of the conventional standards and customs of society, especially one who advocates extreme liberalism in sociopolitical attitudes and lifestyles. Based on that? Yeah, I guess I am!

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on May 04, 2010
at 04:04 AM

Yes, but are you a hippy?

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on May 03, 2010
at 10:50 PM

I shudder a bit at the term "hippy" because to me the phrase implies woo and new age thinking - spot the skeptic! I like making decisions based on science and reason, not gut-feel and emotive language (which radical groups in society abuse).

To me, paleo is a rational lifestyle choice, and that way of thinking leads to making rational choices in other things like local community, animal welfare and the environment.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 04, 2010
at 05:16 PM

There's nothing wrong with your gut feeling, and unscientific responses. It's about context. When you use your gut to react to OTHERS, that's bad. Use it for yourself, your own N=1 changes; that's completely fine and normal.

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on May 03, 2010
at 10:01 PM

Going Paleo does make you realize the hippy environmentalists have a few valid points, doesn't it?

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on May 01, 2011
at 09:04 PM

I was already pretty crunchy.

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on May 04, 2010
at 01:08 AM

Actually, I started down the paleo path after being what you might consider a hippie environmentalist.

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on May 03, 2010
at 10:12 PM

Short answer: yes I have. I always approach the environment in an organic way first. I'm excited with my new purchase, a manual reel lawn mower!

Oh I also don't agree with the vegan movement.

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

(1676)

on May 04, 2010
at 02:01 PM

How do you like the reel mower? Been thinking about getting one...

326ddac1e74e7e2d4dc7d0f4d0aacad0

(80)

on May 06, 2010
at 02:28 PM

I love my reel mower. I only have 1 bad thing to say about it: it doesn't cut thick weeds very well.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 06, 2010
at 05:18 AM

I use my son's- a good clean cut coupled with a better workout.

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