If you take off your shoes at the end of the day and get a huge feeling of relief, you may be ready for primal living. Primal living isn’t going back to scavenging the countryside for berries and small creatures to eat. However, it is taking a step back and noticing that not all the changes in the modern world are good for our health. One simple part of primal living is going barefoot. Your feet were meant to be exposed to the ground with toes wiggling in the grass. One big movement called grounding, endorses walking barefoot outside, saying it brings serenity and peace by neutralizing the energy with the earths electrons.
Much of our manufactured food is good—if you’re a machine.
There’s so many additives in today’s foods, some of which are petroleum based—which is great if you’re the tin woodsman and need a little oil. However, it’s a proven fact that the American diet is killing us with diabetes and obesity running rampant. High fructose corn syrup is one example of food messing with your body. It’s cheap to use, so it’s the sweetener of choice and is in almost all processed foods. It stops the hormones that tell you that you’re feeling full, so you keep on eating and eating until before you know it, you’re huge! Primal living gets back to eating whole foods, foods that are in their natural state. It also promotes eating organic, since pesticides aren’t good for any living creature.
Do you think your hour of exercise every other day will keep you fit?
Guess what, you need more than that. Studies show that if you have a sedentary job where you sit more than an hour at a time, you might be shortening your life, even if you exercise. While exercise helps in order to live your healthiest, you need to get up and move every 50 minutes for a few minutes to offset that sedentary lifestyle. Hunter-gatherers moved continuously at a slow pace across the land. They definitely weren’t split second fast as they searched for food while they traveled. Even though they were slower, the continuous movement kept them healthier and at their best.
Primal living doesn’t baby anyone.
It doesn’t matter whether you were a man or woman, you carried your share of the load. Women carried babies all day and often firewood and food. Everyone helped move heavy items, like large prey and wood for shelters. Lifting is what kept them strong. Today, we no longer do the type of physical labor that was necessary for survival, so core muscles are weaker and there’s more back pain. There’s a reason strength training is so important. Not only does it signal the creation of growth hormones, it keeps the muscles and bones strong.
- When cavemen existed, there were dangers everywhere. Whether it was from another tribe or a wild animal, running was also part of their life. Add occasional running to your list of primal living.
- Who sleeps anymore? Nobody it seems. We’re getting less and less sleep, either because of work or all the modern inventions that keep us up at night. Primal living means you turn off the lights and get adequate sleep.
- If you want to start easy on primal living, take a walk in the grass barefoot on a sunny day—without sun blocks. Use good sense, with a short exposure to the sun if your skin is pale and extending it as you tan. Your body needs the sunlight to make vitamin D.
- Being aware of your environment and on the alert for danger kept primitive man safe. It’s something that modern man (and woman) could better do better. Put down your cellphone and walk with it IN your pocket.