The Paleo Diet can be challenging. From sticking with it, to understanding it, to navigating the gauntlet of the purists and the haters. Defining it can be difficult as well. There are articles attempting to discredit the diet and TED talks hoping to debunk it. Today, I’m going to share my take on Paleo and why I think the lifestyle extends beyond what we eat.
The Paleo Diet
Eating Paleo means eating clean, whole foods. Not clean in the sense that you’ve washed them, but clean in that they are void of additives, preservatives, chemicals, etc… You can go as far as strictly organic, or stick with conventional-but-clean. The concept of the diet is to take a look at what our Paleo ancestors might have eaten and eat that way.
My take on sourcing your groceries and prepping your meals is to put a modern twist on what may have been available to hunter gatherers. An apple, for instance, is a good example. You could walk through the woods, pick one off a tree and eat it. Now, are our modern day apples modified for sweetness, limited blemishes, coated with wax, etc…? Perhaps they are. It would be best for us all to grow our own apples, but that’s not practical. Do I recommend organic apples? Definitely. But, again, that might not be approachable to some.
Eat apples! Eat lean meat. Wild game that you hunt is ideal, but not necessary on the Paleo Diet that I promote. Eat healthy fat. Avocados are a good example. Solvent extracted corn oil is not a bad example.
I could write 10,000 words on the diet alone, but I have some other things I want to cover.
The Paleo Essentialist
I believe that the Paleo approach to life is a simple one. I am currently reading the book Essentialism by …. and many of the concepts discussed are in line with the Paleo lifestyle. If you think of your footprint as a human being, it’s not hard to imagine a caveman. How much of a footprint did they have versus the environmental impact that we have today.
“Keep It Paleo!” Don’t overcommit. Don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t worry about what others think. Choose things that are essential and nothing more. Clean out your closet. Get rid of the clutter in your life. I’m pretty sure cave men weren’t hoarders…
The Paleo Optimist
Having a positive outlook on life is part of the Paleo lifestyle. Waking up each day, seeing the good, and putting your best foot forward are Paleo concepts.
“Folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
Now, I’m not sure if old Honest Abe was a Paleo proponent, but he definitely had a positive mental attitude. Being positive is Paleo.
The Paleo Adventurer
We live for adventure. Whether it’s hunting, hiking, traveling, or riding a wave, these are the things that make us feel alive. Sitting, watching TV, and staring at our phones are the antithesis of these things, but they’ve taken precedent in modern society.
Today, I encourage you to take this into consideration and plan your next adventure stat!
“Keep It Paleo!” my friends.
(Tights are Paleo, too!)