If you’ve been shaping up on a Paleo diet that has you eating like a caveman, you might want to consider taking things a step further. Living more like a caveman across the board could help you to cut down on complications and stress.
The next time you’re facing a dilemma in your personal or professional life, ask yourself “What would a Neanderthal do?”
Caveman Lessons on Living Healthy
- Stay active. Studies show that an hour at the gym may not be enough to offset the effects of prolonged sitting. Incorporate more physical activity into your routine. Taking the stairs and jumping rope can be just as effective as running after mastodons.
- Eat whole foods. Many of the benefits of a Paleo diet come from focusing on natural, whole foods rather than unhealthy snack foods, such as bags of chips or candy. Fill most of your plate with vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
- Cut out white sugar and flour. Avoiding processed foods can be difficult at first, but trust me, it’s worthwhile! Lose weight and lower your risk for diabetes by switching to grain alternatives, such as almond or coconut flour, and satisfying your sweet tooth with fruit, preferably berries as they are lower in sugar.
- Limit toxins. Our ancestors also had less exposure to environmental pollutants and pesticides. Wash your produce well or buy organic. Support clean air and water initiatives. Americans on average spend approximately $100 per person each year on water bottles. For an average family of four that is $400 a year you could save with a home water filtration system. (1) Not to mention, you will also be helping to reduce plastic waste in our oceans and city dumps.
- Sleep well. Early humans didn’t stay up all night binge watching Netflix or updating their Facebook status. Go to bed and wake up on a regular schedule. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Darken your bedroom, invest in a good sleep mask and wear earplugs if streetlights and traffic are keeping you up. Lavender essential oil offers calming and soothing properties that can help reduce stress, and not only aid in helping you fall asleep faster, but also improve the overall quality of sleep during the night. Click here for my preferred lavender oil that I diffuse nightly.
Caveman Lessons on Strengthening Relationships
- Be direct. If you believe the funny pages, Stone Age courtship consisted of clubbing your partner over the head and dragging them home. Granted, that’s extreme, but straightforward communication usually promote more understanding and trust.
- Connect with your kids. Some anthropologists praise the involved parenting style of ancient hunter-gatherers. Spend time with your children and encourage unstructured play. Instead of having them build a digital park on the latest iPad game, why not take them to a real one instead?
- Communicate face to face. Gathering around the dinner table draws us closer to family and friends. Log off Facebook for a while and spend an evening in the same room with your loved ones.
- Cultivate alliances. Neanderthals couldn’t order their groceries online when they were working overtime or place an order on Uber Eats through their smartphone. Extend a helping hand to your neighbours, friends, and relatives so you can support each other on busy days. Throw potluck dinners and trade babysitting services.
Other Caveman Lessons
- Create a comfortable home. If home improvement projects are spiraling out of control, reclaim your free time. Cover the basics by arranging a space that keeps you warm and safe. For decor, you can hang your own art on the wall.
- Re-purpose and recycle. Our ancestors fashioned rocks and sticks into tools for farming and defense. You’re carrying on the tradition when you fertilize your rose bushes with coffee grounds, or turning your leftover food waste into compost. If you’re preparing meals for the week, consider using glass containers instead of the cheap plastic one’s that crack and don’t last for more than a few uses.
- Appreciate nature. Studies show that time outdoors makes us feel happier and more energetic. Take a walk during your lunch hour or enjoy your morning tea outdoors.
- Kick your shoes off. Do your feet swell and ache because they’ve spent most of the day squeezed into fashionable footwear? Find relief by removing your shoes when you arrive home and practicing yoga or pilates exercises that strengthen your feet. As a bonus, you’ll have cleaner floors and enhanced balance!
- Consume less. Most importantly, cavemen weren’t big spenders. Liberate yourself by figuring out your basic needs. Trimming your monthly expenses helps you to pay for other priorities like travel or education. If you’re currently spending a small fortune on fast food, consider buying your own groceries and meal prepping for the week. Not only will you be eating healthier, you’ll be surprised at how much you can actually save! It’s also much easier to follow the Paleo diet when you are in control of the ingredients going into your food. If you don’t like to cook or have time to prepare meals for the week, consider a done for you meal service. There are many options out there that will prepare your meals, and are a healthier, more cost effective alternative to take out.
Even if your knowledge of the Stone Age is limited to watching reruns of the Flintstones, you can master living more like a troglodyte. Going prehistoric will make your life simpler, healthier, and more peaceful.