Going paleo, for most people, is a lot more than just a diet fad or a way to lose weight, it’s a way of life. There are a lot of things to be said for reaching back through your ancestors and treating your body the way it evolved to be treated. We didn’t spend thousands of years hunting and gathering, eating nuts, berries, and nearly raw meat in order to kick back noshing nothing but bleached white flour and partially hydrogenated corn syrup. In fact, we didn’t even evolve to eat specific meals, as the vast majority of the people we would think of as ‘cavemen’ ate whatever they could as they found it and occasionally pooled resources for a more varied diet.
So how do you not just eat but live paleo? It’s time to get in touch with your inner caveman, do what your body wants to do and eat what your body knows how to digest. If you’re ready to kick your paleo lifestyle in gear, try at least a few of these seven paleo style ideas.
1) Eat the Whole Egg
There has been a massive amount of debate as to which part of the egg is healthier, but can you really imagine a caveman debating whether to eat the white or the yolk? No. If you’re looking at paleo from the actual perspective of your very distant ancestors, just eat the whole egg and stop worrying about it.
2) You Should be Walking All Day Long
Ancient humans didn’t have cars, trains, bicycles, or even scooters. If they wanted to get somewhere, they walked there which means they walked A LOT. Where they didn’t walk, they had to climb up or slide down. In other words, the paleo lifestyle involves a lot of exercise, but you don’t need to hit the gym. Instead, take an hour or two every day to perambulate.
3) Eat Meat Like You Have to Kill it By Hand
Many people who speak highly of the Paleo Diet focus on the meat. Cavemen like meat, this is something that everyone knows, but what many people don’t mention is that they didn’t get much without killing it. Consider focusing less on huge meals that consist mostly of meat.
4) Eat Vegetables Like they Grow On Trees
Vegetables, on the other hand, can be found on the ground and nibbled all day long. Load up on veggies at the store, fill your fridge, and snack on them whenever possible. This will both help your digestion and get you into the right mindset.
5) Consider Gardening
That said, while most people think that ‘cavemen’ never gardened, your simple-eating ancestors had stone-age village gardens for centuries, and you can too. Growing your own food is a great way to get perspective on what it’s really like to eat plants straight out of the ground or off the tree or bush.
6) Form a Caveman Community
Speaking of stone-age villages, cavemen did not go it alone. The small communities of paleo humans are the reason we know anything about these people other than what their bones left behind. Teaming up with other paleo-lifestyle individuals and families will make it easier to share resources, recipes, and solidarity in the face of our society of processed food.
7) Spend a Few Hours Hungry
Finally, exactly how often do you think cavemen ate? It wasn’t three square meals a day and, often, there wasn’t even something you’d call a meal every day. Luckily, your body was built for this type of lifestyle. Let yourself get really hungry on a regular basis and get the survival energy boost that comes from this. If you need to stave off crankiness, munch a few nuts and bits of vegetables, much like your ancestors.
Living the paleo lifestyle is all about understanding life as it used to be lived before any kind of industrial processing. Reach back through the centuries, connect with your body, and get in touch with your inner caveman. “Dieting” has never been so fun.