3

votes

What would be your Paleo philosophy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 08, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I've been trying to figure out whether there's a philosophy or worldview that informs paleo dieting and the paleo culture growing around this dietary regimen. If you had to write out your paleo philosophy, what would it be? Are there principles that you consider inseparable from paleo?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 09, 2012
at 10:49 PM

With "some" modern trappings. I highly respect modern emergency medicine, clean water, civil peace, easy transportation, incredible information access. I've given up eating at restaurants, going to movies, shopping at malls, attending schools etc.

Ba6d1897de1cddf0bab312da3696bd39

on January 09, 2012
at 05:54 PM

So you're a paleo libertarian then?

Ba6d1897de1cddf0bab312da3696bd39

on January 09, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I like this, "strangers in a strange land, out of shape and sick." So we maintain a paleo style of life, but with all the modern trappings?

Ba6d1897de1cddf0bab312da3696bd39

on January 09, 2012
at 05:50 PM

So then because the diet works, you start looking at other aspects of a paleolithic lifestyle that might also work for you? If the idea informing the Paleo diet is to eat what we were designed to eat, then is a paleo philosophy something along the lines of "Do what you were designed to do?" And if so, where do we draw the line?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 09, 2012
at 12:42 PM

I guess that speaks my left-libertarian worldview. Rabid individualism, doing what's best for you while not harming others around you. Hence you have an individually optimized diet, based upon ethically and sustainably grown food.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on January 09, 2012
at 10:51 AM

As a philosophy though that really shouldn't be the defining characteristic. Despite appearance otherwise, that's not what Paleo is.

980acf31034fb9511e4a6027211866ee

(416)

on January 09, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Well said, Matt. The individual flexibility within the community is what I love so much about it.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 08, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Wait, that wasn't very individualistic, was it? Oh, well. :-))

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 08, 2012
at 10:29 PM

No need for me to type an answer; you covered it.

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

3 Answers

4
32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 08, 2012
at 09:53 PM

Despite appearances otherwise, I see paleo as being incredibly individualistic. It's not one-size-fits-all, it's something that must be fit to one's individual needs/goals.

980acf31034fb9511e4a6027211866ee

(416)

on January 09, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Well said, Matt. The individual flexibility within the community is what I love so much about it.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 08, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Wait, that wasn't very individualistic, was it? Oh, well. :-))

Ba6d1897de1cddf0bab312da3696bd39

on January 09, 2012
at 05:54 PM

So you're a paleo libertarian then?

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on January 09, 2012
at 10:51 AM

As a philosophy though that really shouldn't be the defining characteristic. Despite appearance otherwise, that's not what Paleo is.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 08, 2012
at 10:29 PM

No need for me to type an answer; you covered it.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 09, 2012
at 12:42 PM

I guess that speaks my left-libertarian worldview. Rabid individualism, doing what's best for you while not harming others around you. Hence you have an individually optimized diet, based upon ethically and sustainably grown food.

2
39ccdc07ecb843b6399e0df9c1a6aa1a

on January 09, 2012
at 03:04 AM

I got into Paleo for the nutrition and it has opened up a new world for me. It has led me to look at the world with the understanding that we were designed to thrive in small egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies. I like that this worldview can shed light on many of modern societies' problems including physical health, mental health, divorce (Sex At Dawn is a great book!!), wars, materialism, overpopulation...etc.

I have also recently gotten more interested in Tao and Zen philosophies. I am learning the importance of a simple life and the insignificance of wealth, status, and power. Paleo has been great from the nutrition aspect but the new way of thinking Paleo has led me to has been incredible.

Ba6d1897de1cddf0bab312da3696bd39

on January 09, 2012
at 05:50 PM

So then because the diet works, you start looking at other aspects of a paleolithic lifestyle that might also work for you? If the idea informing the Paleo diet is to eat what we were designed to eat, then is a paleo philosophy something along the lines of "Do what you were designed to do?" And if so, where do we draw the line?

2
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 09, 2012
at 02:50 AM

We shouldn't stray to far from the style of living we were designed for. When we find ourselves as adults, strangers in a strange land, out of shape and sick, we need to go back to first principles of eating whole, nourishing, non-manufactured food, sleeping, working, resting, socializing until we feel better and a ton testing and supplements if we can't get there from here!

Ba6d1897de1cddf0bab312da3696bd39

on January 09, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I like this, "strangers in a strange land, out of shape and sick." So we maintain a paleo style of life, but with all the modern trappings?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 09, 2012
at 10:49 PM

With "some" modern trappings. I highly respect modern emergency medicine, clean water, civil peace, easy transportation, incredible information access. I've given up eating at restaurants, going to movies, shopping at malls, attending schools etc.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!