Palaeo lifestyle - nutrition is the easy bit
As well as the ready availability of food as a temptation to our deep lizard brain, another distraction from the palaeo way is our elevation of sustenance into a consumerist art form. Further, look at the way kitchen refurbishment, kitchen equipment and “entertaining” have all become part of an expensive consumerist hobby which we see as having pay-offs in terms of status – a source of status which we just didn’t have when I was brought up in the 1940s and 50s. I realized early on my palaeo journey (late 1990s), that Ray Audette’s maxim that “we should eat only what our Palaeolithic ancestors could get with a sharp stick on the African savanna” was about all we need to know about diet. Ray himself was right at the bottom of the income scale and so simplicity was a high priority and gastronomic display and performance and novelty/variety were low priorities.
Paleolithic lifestyle – filling out the full picture
With diet/nutrition thus pretty much disposed of, I see lifestyle (including physical activity) as needing far more of our attention: exercise and activity out of doors, sleep, conviviality, creativity – all these are important and need far of our attention than recipes if we are to come close to a palaeo way and the benefits flowing from it.
A lot of people arrive at palaeolithic diet, progress to palaeolithic exercise and move on further into the palaeolithic lifestyle. From the earliest, the palaeo way is as much about what is given away and avoided as it is what is adopted and acquired. As you progress, your thoughts become less dominated by nutrition – which frees up thought time to consider ways to attune your organism to the palaeolithic environmental imperatives: air quality, pollution, living through doing, not buying (e.g, depending on your food for what you can grow, exchange and hunt rather than what you can buy, depending for winter heating on the wood you gather and split), exercise.
Sorry if this sounds like a lecture – it’s not meant to be – it’s more a suggestion that we not rely solely or even predominantly on our food intake for our sense of well-being. There’s no one-to-one relationship to be found there. Our hormones drive our sense of well-being and the influences on our hormones are many and varied.
Paleolithic lifestyle – implications for our political involvement
Pentti Linkola draws clear implications for politics from the state of the world's deteriorating environmental quality. We do likewise: drawing clear implications for our politics from our civilization's damage to our individual wellbeing (health, illness, longevity etc.) and to the power structures within society which frustrate the achievement of our wellbeing potential.
To be continued
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