Paleo diet, Caveman (or Cavewoman) diet…whatever you want to call it, it’s more than a diet, it’s a decision to change your life for the better. It’s about obtaining and maintaining ultimate health…more and great sleep…forming a community…little stress…making time to play…make time for yourself…positive attitude…loving yourself…more fun…lifting heavy things and enjoying it…happiness. It’s getting back to the basics. Adapt to nature. It’s about spending time with family and friends, laughing together, eating together, playing together…sharing life.
When I took on the diet part I didn’t know about anything more than taking control of my health, which really, when you take care of this main part the rest of it falls into place. With all the research I did, I realized in order to have the best health possible I would have to put the whole picture into perspective.
Surprisingly most of the changes came naturally with the diet; hard to explain. Even though I’ve adapted to the diet 100%, I am still working on the lifestyle…this requires more discoveries, more time and more changes I am more than willing to make. I like this life.
- Exercise becomes more natural. Lift heavy things. Take long walks (walk dogs). Feel stronger.
- Enjoy nature. Listen to the night sounds. Savor the sound of waves on a beach. Watch sunsets and sunrises. Encounter nature alone or with others. You will just be more aware of your surroundings.
- Discover all the parks around you. I know of several parks in Southeast Louisiana that I would love to visit again. It’s peaceful.
- Enjoy the sun and feel the benefits of natural vitamin D without coating our skin with chemicals.
- Sleep for 8-9 hours a night because it makes us feel good, productive and necessary for good health.
- Learn to appreciate real food and how it is made. Discover real farmers who raise animals, vegetables, eggs and fruits in a natural way. You will just be more thoughtful about your food and make better decisions about what you put in your body when you commit to only eating whole real food.
- Discover new local places to get your meats like a local butcher or a farmer’s market. Plant some vegetables or herbs.
- Researching to know what foods make you healthy and why. What nutrients and vitamins are contained in food you eat. It not only gives you more knowledge for yourself, but you will be able to help others.
- Spending time with family and the people you love. My last trip home was more significant to me than I ever thought it would be and that is saying a lot. Laughing, playing, cooking together. From sunsets and boating to a concert to happy hours to BBQ family gatherings to cooking together and laughing together. Really enjoy good times.
- Finding people with like interests with the Paleo lifestyle and forming a little community of friends to bond with. Maybe it’s in the city or an online group.
- Simple living. Cut things out that have no meaning. Throw things away that aren’t necessary. Maybe it’s time to just live a little more basic because it is really all you need. You will find you will appreciate what you own more than before. It might be papers, books, Mardi Gras beads, clothes that don’t fit. Maybe it’s people in your life that clutter your head.
- Enjoy slow living. Have a campfire or make a fire pit. Walk in the rain…I do have my shrimp boots :). Have a picnic. Go camping. Go canoeing or kayaking. Go fishing. Go boating to enjoy that sunset. Plant a garden. Stare up at the sky and star-gaze. Play games. Be silly. Throw water balloons. Build a fort inside or outside.
- Be creative. Creative art, writing (hey who would have thought I would have started a blog!), photography, building things, collecting, sewing. Make it fun. Creating makes you happy…believe me.
You get the idea. I still like the Paleo or Caveman lifestyle to describe it…maybe that forgotten world is really what it’s supposed to be like for us humans. We know all animals should eat, live and play in their own natural way, but that’s changed for us, but why? Sure progress is wonderful, but not if we are too sick, too busy or sad to enjoy it. It’s a nice feeling to eventually have a stress-free, peaceful, happy life…one in which I am fulfilled on the outside and the inside. Euphoria. That’s what I’m striving for. I feel I make discoveries about myself, my life and my surroundings daily. Ever-changing. Becoming fearless.
Love this song…it’s a little primal in sound and the only words “Don’t think about all those things you fear, just be glad to be here”.