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What is more important to you than Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

This is a completely subjective question and I guess my reason for asking is because having just graduated college, I'm in this phase where I'm thinking about what I should be doing with my life and pondering about other random philosophical shit. I am in no way thinking of giving up eating Paleo but more of wanting to find that perfect balance between being young/enjoying life and being healthy/being content with life.

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on May 13, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Thanks for sharing your thought, MGP, We are on the same wavelength.

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on May 13, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I lived quite on the edge when I was young. My first airplane trip was from Washington D.C. to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Ceylon as it was known then). Life was exciting and perilous. I survived to tell the tale. I will be 70 next week and just now I decided not to have a second cup of delicious coffee and feel good about my choice. The coffee brings me joy and the not coffee brings me joy. Life is good! Best of all since giving up alocohol (16 yrs), grains (2+ yrs) cut back on sugar fruit and discovering the Joys of fat!

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on May 13, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Also what I was thinking! All of these things, including paleo, tie into the quality of life and wellbeing. They're all important. It's circular. :)

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on May 13, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Uploading pictures of my food to Facebook.

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on May 12, 2012
at 11:23 PM

Depression is far more complicated than "foods you eat." Also, sadness without clinical depression is possible. If you lost a family member, a pet, or you lived in a retirement facility where none of your children ever visited you, can you be pretty darn sad without depression. And you can eat all the offal you want and it won't cure the heartache.

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on May 12, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Absolutely. Nicely put.

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on May 12, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Nicely said @Sol and @SunnyBeaches - my thoughts exactly.

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on May 12, 2012
at 09:34 PM

It's not one or the other. you can be young and healthy and be content and enjoy your life. However, I think being content is silly- to me some amount of persistent un-ease is healthy. You don't want to settle.

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on May 12, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Well said, Sunny Beaches.

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on May 12, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I agree with your answer. What's the point of living a long life in a healthy body when your life is empty of love and self-worth?

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on May 12, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Love, community, family, friendships, relationships, passion, purpose, integrity, making a difference, being content.

Diet is important but it's a distant second to these other things for me.

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on May 12, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I agree with your answer. What's the point of living a long life in a healthy body when your life is empty of love and self-worth?

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on May 12, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Well said, Sunny Beaches.

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on May 12, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Absolutely. Nicely put.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on May 12, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Nicely said @Sol and @SunnyBeaches - my thoughts exactly.

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

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on May 13, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Also what I was thinking! All of these things, including paleo, tie into the quality of life and wellbeing. They're all important. It's circular. :)

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on May 12, 2012
at 08:05 PM

Paleo is a means to an end, that end is the well lived life.

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on May 13, 2012
at 12:01 AM

Enjoying my relationships without serious impediment - which for me means going out to sushi, splitting a piece of cheesecake, touring a brewery, etc. All are fairly infrequent occurrences (and I can say that most weeks I eat 100% paleo from Monday through Friday), but when I realize that I have the choice between really enjoying a shared experience, and being strict with my diet - the former wins most of the time.

Enjoying my youth without unnecessary reservation - which right now means going out dancing fairly often, in sacrifice of some sleep; going to parties every now and then where I'll drink a bit more than I should (though I try to stick to vodka + soda or straight bourbon); jumping in the occasional mosh-pit and being sore/achey/injured for the following week or two; or staying up until 4am having sex when I have to work at 6.

The desire for flexibility in a general sense has also stood in the way of "strict paleo" lately; after spending SO many years unable to eat any trace of dairy at all - I'm really thankful to be able to cheat a little bit without much detriment to my system. As such, I've been exploring implementing the same ideology with all things - meaning I've had a little gluten lately, I've had a little beer, I've had a little sugar. I notice the effects of each, but as long as I keep to to an isolated small dose, it isn't something that can't be a part of my life - as most of these things were when I was suffering from leaky gut and general systemic weakness. I've never felt nearly this in touch with my body; these days I am almost always able to trace the source of a negative symptom I'm experiencing.

I feel like being 100% strict is more of a tool for healing than it is a sustainable lifestyle. There HAS to be a point at which one relaxes into things and learns which compromises are acceptable, and which aren't. I think that is the only way to make a sustainable lifestyle out of this.

In short? I do what makes me happy, which is admittedly a compromise for my physical health at times - but a compromise that is fully worthwhile and beneficial to my overall state of being. A majority of the time I look and feel better than I ever have before in my life - and largely, better than I thought was even possible.

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on May 12, 2012
at 10:36 PM

Love, family, purpose. Without those three, life, even with Paleo, isn't really worth living...

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on May 12, 2012
at 11:37 PM

"Enjoying"...the root here...Joy...true Joy...so many have no idea what that is unless a type of media is telling you...happiness is fleeting, but joy can never be undone.

"Life"...take risks...live like there's no tomorrow...incert cliche here...life to me is discovery, if you've stopped discovering and feeding the mind as well as the body...then you've started to truely die...

There is nothing more important to me, then enjoying life...it's the only one I have and you owe it to yourself to get out there and explore. Truth.

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on May 13, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I lived quite on the edge when I was young. My first airplane trip was from Washington D.C. to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Ceylon as it was known then). Life was exciting and perilous. I survived to tell the tale. I will be 70 next week and just now I decided not to have a second cup of delicious coffee and feel good about my choice. The coffee brings me joy and the not coffee brings me joy. Life is good! Best of all since giving up alocohol (16 yrs), grains (2+ yrs) cut back on sugar fruit and discovering the Joys of fat!

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on May 12, 2012
at 11:33 PM

friends, family, continually opening my mind up to new and different views. That is how I found Paleo and many of the other great things in my life.

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on May 12, 2012
at 10:11 PM

Paleo has helped me be the healthiest I've ever been. Just means I can enjoy all the wonderful other things about life even more and to their fullest.

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on May 13, 2012
at 02:10 PM

Thanks for sharing your thought, MGP, We are on the same wavelength.

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on May 12, 2012
at 10:50 PM

^All these things people have listed can't be felt if you have severe depression, which is caused by foods you eat. So really, isn't the food we eat what gives us all these things we value?

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on May 12, 2012
at 11:23 PM

Depression is far more complicated than "foods you eat." Also, sadness without clinical depression is possible. If you lost a family member, a pet, or you lived in a retirement facility where none of your children ever visited you, can you be pretty darn sad without depression. And you can eat all the offal you want and it won't cure the heartache.

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