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What is the most primal/paleo city in the world?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 05, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Use your imagination. Walking or riding a bike is more primal than driving your car. The fact that a lot of primal folks live in a certain area makes that more primal in my mind. Are there a lot of farmers markets? Whole foods perhaps? Is the city polluted or not so much?

How much sunlight does the city get? Sunshine is vital for awesome health!

Tell me what you think.

0607529af9b78bb5b178f7ffabdc4693

(701)

on February 20, 2012
at 05:35 AM

I really don't know how many other paleos are here, and there may be lots of vegans (for sure). But I think it's less about the paleo body count and more about the factors that make it a good place for us to be: There's plenty of access to pastured beef, the sun is um, ample, but most of all it's probably the most truly libertarian place I've ever lived. Eat what you want, live how you want.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:40 PM

I live in Spain, however I have just read an article about how the people in the countryside live there. Based on animal husbandry.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:40 PM

I live in Spain, however I have just red an article about how the people in the countryside live there. Based on animal husbandry.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Yes Dragonfly, it is pretty awesome. We live simply at both ends of the runway but are stress free.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Yes, please tell us why you feel this way!

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I live in Austin and it doesn't seem very primal compared to the Santa Fe description above. Lotsa Bubbas, lotsa vegetarians/vegans. It's a car-centric city. Last summer was beastly hot and dry. It's not that easy to find primal restaurants, even the barbecue joints. (That said, if you want the best barbecue ever, I recommend a road trip out to Cooper's in Llano.)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:29 PM

I loved the Pacific Northwest while I lived there--except for the lack of sun! Sounds like you have the perfect nomadic Paleo lifestyle!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Nance~ :-) A Southwest meet-up needs to happen someday...Too bad the distances are so vast!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:23 PM

AnnaA~ Send me a message (my website in in my profile), if you want to meet up on your way through!

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on February 05, 2012
at 09:52 AM

Are you there? If so give reasons and some description. Otherwise your answer means nothing.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Yeah, we had the most dismal summer ever last year, Rain, wind,wind,rain, both. No Vitamin D whatsoever- no wonder everyone is cranky!

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Haha, I was also like "my local BC community!!", but then I read the part about sunlight...

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:22 AM

Ah, yes, PaleoFX... I hear there are lots of paleo folks that live in Austin, TX. I need to go there asap!

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Villages, communities, countries, states, etc. are all fine!

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:58 AM

@Nance- how far away are you from Gerlach?

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Nance: I lived in northern AZ for a couple years, prior to moving here - it certainly is lovely out there. Even while eating SAD, I looked pretty good due to perpetual hiking. The sunsets were beyond words.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:34 AM

I yield and award my vote to the delegate from Santa Fe. :-))

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:29 AM

Nice, Dragonfly- we will have to duck through there on our way home some spring.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Are we operating under the stricter definitions of "city", or can we include villages? Because off the top of my head I can think of a few forests home to hunter-gatherers in Africa, but I have the sneaking suspicion you meant something more, eh, hospitable to citizens of the modern-day Western world. ;)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:57 AM

I'm biased, of course, but I don't think the answer needs to be a city. I live in the extreme southern tip of Nevada and you can count the gray days on your fingers. Tons of open spaces for walking/biking, etc., and even in summer when it's hot I'm out at first light and after the sun goes down. I guess we need to debate criteria before we try to select a winner.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Denver certainly isn't bad, but there seems to be a concentration in California. Good question.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:25 AM

Santa Fe gets my vote!

Year-round Farmer's Market (twice a week in season)

Food Co-op with a great meat counter

Two Whole Foods

360 days of sunshine

Very walkable city center--feels more like a Spanish town, than an American city

Hiking trails in town

National Forest trails only 7 miles from town

Super-clean air

Several city-wide bike paths

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:29 AM

Nice, Dragonfly- we will have to duck through there on our way home some spring.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:34 AM

I yield and award my vote to the delegate from Santa Fe. :-))

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:23 PM

AnnaA~ Send me a message (my website in in my profile), if you want to meet up on your way through!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Nance~ :-) A Southwest meet-up needs to happen someday...Too bad the distances are so vast!

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4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

(2546)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:05 AM

my grandparents live in a small village outside of lucerne, switzerland, and that place is pretty dang primal. the surrounding area is filled with dairy farms...you know the kind where the cows are on pasture and get hay during the cold winter months. they spend the summers higher up on the mountains and then are brought to the valleys in the colder months. everyone bikes and walks most places, including kids on the way to school (unless they commute to the cities to work), and many people have physical jobs. sure, most people buy their food at supermarkets, but inthe food that is eaten is fresh and high quality. a lot of it is local. people aren't afraid of fat -- and butter, cheese, high-quality meats are top choices. people have gardens and orchards. on the weekends, you'll see everyone flocking to the train stations to head higher into the mountains...in the summer for hiking and in the winter for skiing. people stop by each others' houses to just say 'hi,' or in the case of my 85+ years grand parents, to make sure they're ok and have everything they need.

oh man...i really should move there.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:28 AM

For the USA I'll go with California. I love going there in the fall and spring and being able to pick fresh fruit off the trees and mainly use just a light jacket, if any.

I also, for a period of the year, I like our northern BC cabin with room to grow a garden with fresh veggies and berries, and a lake to swim in and boat on. It is out of town and we get lots of wildlife inluding squirrels, rabbits and bears. Even the odd moose, but not too often.

For the winter, I have to say Jalisco, Mexico where it is in the low 80'sF all winter long, and mostly sunny. There are wonderful fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price, walking or biking is the local mode of transportation, and I have plenty of activity doing my laundry, gardening, and being a chicken farmer with the neighbours flock (they don't feed them much, but I do).

I prefer country areas over the city because I am an old organic farmer type gal.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Yeah, we had the most dismal summer ever last year, Rain, wind,wind,rain, both. No Vitamin D whatsoever- no wonder everyone is cranky!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:29 PM

I loved the Pacific Northwest while I lived there--except for the lack of sun! Sounds like you have the perfect nomadic Paleo lifestyle!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Yes Dragonfly, it is pretty awesome. We live simply at both ends of the runway but are stress free.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Haha, I was also like "my local BC community!!", but then I read the part about sunlight...

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on February 05, 2012
at 06:51 AM

I like the paleo lifestyle in Mongolia.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Yes, please tell us why you feel this way!

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:40 PM

I live in Spain, however I have just read an article about how the people in the countryside live there. Based on animal husbandry.

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:40 PM

I live in Spain, however I have just red an article about how the people in the countryside live there. Based on animal husbandry.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on February 05, 2012
at 09:52 AM

Are you there? If so give reasons and some description. Otherwise your answer means nothing.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I was all "my nearest city has the highest bike commute rate in NA according to our local newspaper (trustworthy source?), I grew up on a farm surrounded by farms, I can walk ten minutes and hit a dock filled with crab/prawns/fish, you have never seen so many people climbing rocks and/or mountains in your life, we ice-hike and eat 1 lb butter in one day and that's considered cool, hunting secrets are passed on through generations, I've been toading more than once, it's weird if you have friends who's parents don't hunt, my grandma on my mom's side was a squatter who stole eggs from pheasants and shot rabbits/deer for food, my mom used to gut dead salmon during the spawning to scoop their eggs out and bring them home for dinner, we are not the only family who has an annual lamb roast, there are five farmers market in a low-population area, all dairy is local, there are 4 small-scale butchers close to my house...oh there has to be sunlight? Like, lot's of sunlight?? Skrew that, we are out of the running."

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5a8b4b0567fe7c510d220cb83843b4a9

on February 05, 2012
at 03:06 AM

By the buzz on Twitter I guess Austin, Texas. But thats just a guess. March will be my first time visiting - for the Paleo Symposium no less!

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:22 AM

Ah, yes, PaleoFX... I hear there are lots of paleo folks that live in Austin, TX. I need to go there asap!

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I live in Austin and it doesn't seem very primal compared to the Santa Fe description above. Lotsa Bubbas, lotsa vegetarians/vegans. It's a car-centric city. Last summer was beastly hot and dry. It's not that easy to find primal restaurants, even the barbecue joints. (That said, if you want the best barbecue ever, I recommend a road trip out to Cooper's in Llano.)

0607529af9b78bb5b178f7ffabdc4693

(701)

on February 20, 2012
at 05:35 AM

I really don't know how many other paleos are here, and there may be lots of vegans (for sure). But I think it's less about the paleo body count and more about the factors that make it a good place for us to be: There's plenty of access to pastured beef, the sun is um, ample, but most of all it's probably the most truly libertarian place I've ever lived. Eat what you want, live how you want.

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9bd33dab06ad6696b1b6a06aed818f05

on February 20, 2012
at 04:17 AM

Christchurch, NZ

for all of the above reasons. amazing place.

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