Happy Second Birthday, Modern Paleo!

 Posted by on 15 March 2012 at 7:00 am  Modern Paleo
Mar 152012
 

Happy Second Birthday, Modern Paleo! You launched on March 15, 2010… we’ve learned tons since then… and you’ve grown into something pretty awesome!

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My particular thanks to Christian Wernstedt of Vital Objectives for editing the Modern Paleo Blog, as well as to the blog writers for their fabulous slew of posts.

Also, Modern Paleo runs six e-mail lists. They’ve tended to be a bit quiet, but I’ve found them to be an excellent resource when I’ve got a question. So my many thanks to the list managers for making the lists run smoothly. The lists are:

  • PaleoBloggers: PaleoBloggers is an informal private mailing list for bloggers who adhere to and advocate a broadly paleo approach to nutrition, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. Its basic purpose is to facilitate communication about matters of mutual interest — such as blogworthy links, the paleo carnival, upcoming events, posts of interest, and best blogging practices. Its broader purpose is to help paleo bloggers more effectively advocate and promote the paleo approach.

  • PaleoCooks: PaleoCooks is an informal private mailing list for people who eat a broadly paleo diet to discuss paleo-friendly cookery. Its basic purpose is to facilitate communication about cooking and eating paleo — such as favorite recipes, better and worse ingredients, good suppliers, useful techniques, and more. Its broader purpose is to help paleo-eaters eat more a healthy, varied, and delicious diet.
  • PaleoFitness: PaleoFitness is an informal private mailing list for people who eat a broadly a broadly paleo diet to discuss paleo-friendly fitness. Its basic purpose is to facilitate communication about fitness from a paleo perspective — such workout methods, lifting techniques, pre and post workout nutrition, preventing and healing from injuries, enjoyable sports, and more. Its broader purpose is to help paleo-eaters enjoy productive and enjoyable workouts.
  • PaleoParents: PaleoParents is an informal private mailing list for parents and others interested applying a a broadly paleo approach to nutrition, fitness, medicine, and supplementation to kids. Its basic purpose is to facilitate communication about paleo as applied to kids and families — such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, kid-friendly recipes, dining out, supplementation, kids sports, and more. Its broader purpose is to help paleo parents raise healthy and happy kids.
  • PaleoThyroid: PaleoThyroid is an informal private mailing list for adherents of a broadly paleo diet with diagnosed or suspected thyroid disease. Its basic purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information, resources, and experiences about thyroid problems amongst independent-minded people already eating paleo.
  • SousVide: SousVide is an informal private mailing list for people who cook sous vide, particularly home cooks. Its basic purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information, resources, recipes, and tips related to cooking sous vide. (This list is not limited to paleo-eaters.)

If you’ve not yet done so, subscribe! Ask a question! Post a thought!

Modern Paleo: The First Week

 Posted by on 20 March 2010 at 6:00 pm  Modern Paleo
Mar 202010
 

Wow, I have to say that I’m absolutely delighted with the launch of Modern Paleo. How so?

  • I’ve gotten tons of friendly feedback and encouragement from other folks in the paleosphere (H/T), including a great write-up from my friend Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal. (In the comments, my quick explanation of the subscription requirements for the OList e-mail lists inspired Dr. Kurt Harris to adopt a more “selfish” approach to his blog comments.)

  • The web site has received between 400 and 1600 hits every day since the launch on Monday. For what I’ve done, those are good numbers. I expect that traffic to settle down a bit, then grow steadily.
  • Christian has done a fantastic job with the launch of the blog. It has published eight posts by four different authors over the past seven days. And I know he’s got some great material lined up for next week.
  • The e-mail lists are growing steadily. PaleoBloggers has 25 members; PaleoThyroid has 36 members; and SousVide has 37 members. I expect those lists to grow to over a hundred subscribers each. (Wow, did you know that OEvolve has 199 members?!? Awesome!)
  • With Christian’s permission, I’m managing the weekend blogging on Modern Paleo. My plan, outlined in this post, is to blog on basic topics in Objectivism on Saturdays, then on paleo-relevant free market politics on Sunday. (It’s almost the mirror image of NoodleFood!) I’m really excited to do that, as it’s a great opportunity for friendly activism.

I’ve got tons more work to do improving and promoting Modern Paleo. However, I’m darn happy with its first week.

Update: I just posted A Brief Introduction to Objectivism on the Modern Paleo Blog. Go check it out… and post a comment!

My New Project: Modern Paleo

 Posted by on 16 March 2010 at 7:00 am  Activism, Food, Health, Modern Paleo, Objectivism
Mar 162010
 

I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new project: Modern Paleo. The following description is taken from the the introductory post on its blog.

What will you find on Modern Paleo?

Modern Paleo offers writings and other resources by Objectivists on the principles and practices of nutrition, fitness, and health most conducive to human flourishing.

Here are the highlights:

  • This Modern Paleo Blog contains writings on those topics by people who seek the best that modern life has to offer, informed by a broadly paleo approach. It is managed by Christian W., and its contributors are paleo-eating Objectivists. (Christian will introduce himself in the next few days.)
  • Modern Paleo hosts three e-mail lists: PaleoBloggers, SousVide, and PaleoThyroid. The first two lists have associated blog carnivals, to help paleo and sous vide bloggers promote their work.
  • I’ve written a fairly detailed list of core paleo principles, each with a slew of links for additional reading.

We’ll be adding more resources to Modern Paleo with time.

What does Modern Paleo advocate?

We — the contributors to Modern Paleo — advocate a “paleo” perspective on nutrition, fitness, and health. We use the evolutionary history of mankind, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework to guide our daily choices about diet, exercise, supplementation, and medicine. The core of the paleo approach to health is the diet: we eschew grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.

In addition, we advocate and practice “a philosophy for living on earth”: Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. In the postscript to her epic novel Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand wrote:

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.

We live by that philosophy. We do not seek to return to the past: we want to fully enjoy the amazing benefits of modern life. We do not cling to dogmas or submit to authority: we think and act for ourselves, based on our best grasp of the relevant facts. We do not sacrifice our judgment or our values to others, nor ask others to sacrifice to us. We seek the best for ourselves by producing and trading voluntarily with other rational, productive people. We reject government controls and welfare on principle: every person should be free to live as he pleases, so long as he respects the rights of others.

As a philosophy, Objectivism is silent on scientific questions about nutrition, fitness, and health. Yet we regard Objectivism as compatible with a paleo approach.

For more details, go check out Modern Paleo!

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