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What Lifestyle changes have you made because of Paleo?

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Created September 11, 2010 at 3:56 AM

Obviously, we all probably eat different foods and use less or no sunscreen, but other than that, what life style changes have people made because of their belief in the benefits of paleo? Myself I have found only a few things that I really do differently. I still eat food, but it is different food. I still hike but maybe a bit more now. I still go to the gym about the same as before. One small but totally different thing I do now is sit out in the sun on the grass during lunchtime at work. It's very pleasant and I get some vit D time, whereas before, I would sit in the backroom or in my car to eat lunch. Another thing I am working on is growing more of my own food like veggies. And I eat out a bit less. Other than that, I have not had to change my habits much. Makes me wonder how other people do paleo.

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on October 20, 2012
at 08:04 PM

"zoo humans" +1

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on December 06, 2011
at 01:11 PM

I realize Tsamko is trying to be funny and/or make a point, but I down-voted because I think the point that "just because hunter-gatherers did something doesn't make it good" could be made with less snark and more clarity.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on December 06, 2011
at 12:59 PM

"Let's get retarded in here." Cooking from scratch definitely does slow things down...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 20, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Sometimes hearing myself say "paleo" makes me feel like I'm an Amway salesperson. Yeah, I need to cut back on the excessive evangelism too.

6363b2e38185aa189730fe3f3d9e5d57

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on September 14, 2010
at 05:54 AM

Vmary, which part? Everything I listed is done by hunter-gatherers.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 14, 2010
at 01:09 AM

i think tsamko is trying to be funny. in any event, i down-voted anyway just cuz it is a yuck post.

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on September 13, 2010
at 06:49 PM

Eva, it took me about three to four months of intensive oily hair for things to settle, so you have a chance :)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on September 13, 2010
at 01:25 AM

Well jeez, doesn't sound like much! ;-P

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on September 13, 2010
at 01:24 AM

As often happens, difficult to pick just one answer. Thank you all for contributing.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on September 12, 2010
at 10:08 PM

I don't rate you chances with finding two sisters willing to marry you highly :)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on September 12, 2010
at 01:34 AM

Yeah I Play with the kids too!! they're more fun than the zoo adults

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on September 12, 2010
at 01:32 AM

So your racist now? A little too re-enactment... I think you just got upvotes for saying polygamy

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on September 11, 2010
at 11:33 PM

I tried the no poo thing, but my hair was just too oily. I've heard some say it's harder to do no poo if the shower water is hard, like it is where I live. ANyway, I found switching to using all natural saponified oil soap was a good solution. Cleans the hair but still leaves just the right amount of natural oils left. Washes out very easily too, unlike normal shampoo, and of course, no weird chemicals.

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on September 11, 2010
at 09:41 PM

I hear you on the evils of the inner grocery store aisles. For many years, I looked down on the retards overspending on the outer aisles, and wasting time cooking by scratch. Now I am that retard. Lets get retarded in here.

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02736efa3fda31740e8890eed0cb663d

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on September 11, 2010
at 05:23 AM

I wear Vibrams all the time, and am looking for other minimalist shoes. I go for extended barefoot walks (sans Vibrams) with a bit of sprinting mixed in, and am gradually increasing the running I do each time. I occcasionally will randomly burst into a sprint while walking somewhere. I stand up whenever I can. I sit down as little as possible. If I'm relaxing at home I lie down. I've been spending more time in nature. My favorite activity now is climbing/jumping on large rocks on a mountain stream. Speaking more broadly, immersing myself in a paleo lifestyle, I've become more deeply skeptical of all kinds of social conventions. This isn't to say that I don't follow them, but I just feel a certain distance toward the niceties of "civilization". I don't want to live exacly like a caveman, but neither do I feel compelled to obey all the rules of modern society. I've always been this way to some extent, but Paleo has given me a fresh lense on things. It's been envigorating- liberating, really.

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on September 11, 2010
at 06:08 AM

More of my computer time is spent reading paleo websites.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on September 11, 2010
at 11:50 AM

I sit outside at lunch.

I workout, because I have energy to.

I play Volleyball, Tennis and Ultimate Frisbee. Because I feel odd when I don't. Previously I just sat around

I learned to cook... That's alot bigger than it sounds.

I blacked out my bedroom

I squat to poop

I don't use shampoo/deodorant

I buy my meat by the quarter/half of the animal now

I don't visit the inner aisles of the grocery store

I research everything I hear, even or especially if I've heard it my whole life

I smile, laugh and love life alot more

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on September 11, 2010
at 09:41 PM

I hear you on the evils of the inner grocery store aisles. For many years, I looked down on the retards overspending on the outer aisles, and wasting time cooking by scratch. Now I am that retard. Lets get retarded in here.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on December 06, 2011
at 12:59 PM

"Let's get retarded in here." Cooking from scratch definitely does slow things down...

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 14, 2010
at 01:12 AM

embraced laziness instead of feeling bad about it. take off glasses to get some natural light, even though everything is blurry. lots of stuff that was already mentioned.

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on September 11, 2010
at 02:07 PM

I think the biggest change for me would be the attitude change regarding effort/work/efficiency. All my life it has seemed like the thing to do to has been find the easy way to do things. "Work smart not hard" and all that. Screw that.

I now habitually looking for the "hard way" to do physical things - stairs instead of elevators, hand tools instead of power tools for yard work, run/walk to the store when I need something, etc - just to add more movement and exercise to daily life - and ENJOYING the extra effort.

Other changes:

Shopping at farmers markets. Establishing relationships with local farmers and buying direct (my egg farmer is on my blackberry voice-dialing list).

Becoming a better cook.

Oddly - more social confidence even though I've moved further from social "norms". Part of me enjoys setting an example for the zoo humans all around me - even if the subject of why I'm different never comes up in conversation.

Playing more - often the only adult left playing physical games with the younger crowd at family BBQs and such. I raced my friends teenage son down the road in sprint at a Labor Day BBQ just because I could.

Intermittent fasting.

I haven't eaten a meal in my car in more than six months.

Built a stand-up desk at work.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on September 12, 2010
at 01:34 AM

Yeah I Play with the kids too!! they're more fun than the zoo adults

F7cf9588bc47db8b3b7ddeb5172a9311

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on October 20, 2012
at 08:04 PM

"zoo humans" +1

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0e3fa190045ce82ee71c2e9a72ffe26e

on September 12, 2010
at 09:28 PM

Finally and fully abandoned my religious upbringing. Re-oriented my entire belief system. And eat a lot better. Otherwise not much.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on September 13, 2010
at 01:25 AM

Well jeez, doesn't sound like much! ;-P

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on September 11, 2010
at 02:15 PM

other than the obvious food choices:

  1. get as much sun on bare skin as possible
  2. where runamocs (another barefoot "shoe")
  3. dont drink as much alcohol
  4. intermittent fast daily
  5. sleep as close to 9 hours per day as possible
  6. stopped running as an exercise/started sprinting/lifting heavy things
  7. have kind of started to love doing pull-ups (weird i know, great basic workout though)

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on September 11, 2010
at 01:43 PM

for worse:

more computer time (luckily still not too much) and

more being an irritant evangelical paleo-priest (it even bothers me! let's not ask the people who know me)

for better:

even more sun and sleep and naps.

no soap (I don't use shampoo for more than 10 years, I'm rather bold and the rest of my hair is like 1 millimeter).

different kind of exercise.

barefooting (the real deal) when exercising and walking in the woods, only minimalist footwear in 98% of daily activities.

became a better cook!

different attitude towards parenting.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 20, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Sometimes hearing myself say "paleo" makes me feel like I'm an Amway salesperson. Yeah, I need to cut back on the excessive evangelism too.

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6363b2e38185aa189730fe3f3d9e5d57

on September 11, 2010
at 09:17 PM

  1. Embraced polygamy. But recognize that in most hunter-gatherer tribes only the man gets multiple wives, the women rarely has multiple husbands. Looking to marry two sisters as is sometimes done with the !Kung
  2. Make sure to take on a younger women once my future wife gets older. As the !Kung do I'll make sure to pay most of my attention to the younger wife and give all my gifts to her.
  3. I used to have friends from many different ethnic backgrounds who look much different than me. No more. Following hunter-gatherer practices I am now very wary of those who look different from me.
  4. Following the Hadza became atheist.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 14, 2010
at 01:09 AM

i think tsamko is trying to be funny. in any event, i down-voted anyway just cuz it is a yuck post.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on September 12, 2010
at 10:08 PM

I don't rate you chances with finding two sisters willing to marry you highly :)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on September 12, 2010
at 01:32 AM

So your racist now? A little too re-enactment... I think you just got upvotes for saying polygamy

6363b2e38185aa189730fe3f3d9e5d57

(34)

on September 14, 2010
at 05:54 AM

Vmary, which part? Everything I listed is done by hunter-gatherers.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on December 06, 2011
at 01:11 PM

I realize Tsamko is trying to be funny and/or make a point, but I down-voted because I think the point that "just because hunter-gatherers did something doesn't make it good" could be made with less snark and more clarity.

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52cae90a114ca8f0404948e2b7ccb7ef

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on September 11, 2010
at 11:34 AM

Instead of canvas, I now paint on cave walls imported from France.

Oh, and I don't use shampoo.

P.s. I don't paint.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on September 11, 2010
at 11:33 PM

I tried the no poo thing, but my hair was just too oily. I've heard some say it's harder to do no poo if the shower water is hard, like it is where I live. ANyway, I found switching to using all natural saponified oil soap was a good solution. Cleans the hair but still leaves just the right amount of natural oils left. Washes out very easily too, unlike normal shampoo, and of course, no weird chemicals.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on September 13, 2010
at 06:49 PM

Eva, it took me about three to four months of intensive oily hair for things to settle, so you have a chance :)

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on September 11, 2010
at 04:44 AM

I go to bed earlier and get more sleep.

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on September 11, 2010
at 04:06 AM

"What lifestyle changes have you made because of Paleo?"

Paleo lifestyle changes! :p

Kidding. The food, obviously. I'm pretty strict and pay close attention. I started doing interval training, and while it is debateable whether this is truly more paleo than cardio, I was introduced to it by paleo people. I never used to do extreme hill-sprints until I fell over. I always liked being outside so that's not much of a change. I stopped doing all drugs except for the occasional hallucinogens, and I think that paleo really helped me get over that. I feel good naturally so what do I need to abuse substances for?

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