To me, it's all about balance. I sometimes get really frustrated when people say, "Oh she follows that paleo diet... she doesn't believe in eating such and such." That isn't true at all. I have certain beliefs, but we all do, don't we? Why do some of us have such a problem with how others decide to lead their lives, especially if it is consciously? I may not agree with eating dairy or grains, but that doesn't mean one can never have dairy, nor does it mean that we cannot find more wholesome options, such as grass-fed, or gluten-free grains. And some people may actually perform well on foods that don't suit my body well! Which is why I am such a proponent of seeing what works for the individual. It is important to be conscious of our lifestyle choices so we can determine if something doesn't make us feel optimal. By paying attention, we are able to make important tweaks that can make such a difference in our lives, but maybe wouldn't have an effect on others'.
So what works for most paleo followers? We stress a wholesome diet, that moves away from unprocessed foods such as GMO, grains, refined (vegetable) oils, and dairy. We stress eating a variety of vegetables, healthy fats from coconut, olive oil, and avocado, and well-sourced meats. This can vary depending on the person though, which is why I like this lifestyle. If you are a vegetable-based person for ethical or health reasons, you can still strive to be paleo by trying to eat less processed foods and getting outside more. Others who have fitness goals such as becoming more muscular, can also follow this diet and through well-sourced meats, be fueling their body with optimum protein to become more fit. Then there are those who follow it for longevity and just by adding in healthy fats, proteins, and nutrients see a great strive in their overall mental clarity, cholesterol, and energy.
But once again, I don't want to make paleo reductionist. Because along with eating, it also encompasses making healthy social relationships, laughing a lot, and once again balancing work and fun. There is a small margin between risk and reward and one's ability to manage their lifestyle for reward is truly fulfilling.
Overall, I just think if we all tried to be more conscious and present about our being and the way we feel after doing various activities such as eating certain foods, social settings, and different workouts and taking note about what makes us feel better, we really would see great improvements in our well-being. It is these small steps that will bring about an awareness nationwide and hopefully one day, we all will be more conscious about how we sustain our bodies so that we can have a fuller sense of self.