Since Paleo went dormant, we need to revive it.
Learning eat like a caveman was a decent start but it didn’t go far enough. It’s time to think like an early human (within reason).
We’ve never been more divorced from our natural state than we are today.
Indoors, which is our first mistake, we sync with apps instead of nature. We consume, we "like," we "follow," we swipe. In short, we stay shallow.
Here are simple ways to reverse those tendencies:
- Walk for crying out loud. And with purpose. Not the lazy, dazed, tourist walk complete with abrupt stops mid-sidewalk. Like you mean it. Move as though you’re off to slaughter Woolly Mammoth. “Human beings were made to walk!” I yell when people complain about my distant parking spot. It won’t kill you. Instead, not walking might.
- Go outside. Get the hell out of your office, house, car, apartment, lean-to. It’s so good.
- Watch nature instead of TV. Or, watch nature with the same abandon you employ for Stranger Things.
- Use your senses: sound, sight, smell, taste, touch. Which do you use least often? Focus on that one the next time you're outside. Listen to leaves crumple, smell soil, touch flower petals or tree bark, watch squirrels fight among the tree branches.
- Do (only) one thing at a time.
- Ask yourself, could this be simpler? I don’t mean easier. Or over sooner. You aren’t cutting corners. Just allowing fewer bells, fewer whistles.
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