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Why Health is “Not Just Paleo”

by Evan Brand
Home/Blog/Protect Your Mental Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When it comes to the Paleo world, many people may treat it as a template or some sort of universal list of foods that will cure all health woes. While it’s a great starting point, life presents many more variables and struggles that influence health.


We all love to talk about sleep. In fact, some of my most popular articles and podcasts are on the topic of sleep and factors that influence it.

After speaking with Dr. Richard Hansler, my life was changed forever. To understand that even one LED light can negatively impact sleep quality (depending on the person), I set out on a path to help others achieve truly restful sleep.

If you haven’t already, listen to my interview with Dr. Hansler to learn about how blue light impacts the brain, body and even a woman’s unborn child.

Please prioritize sleep. Many of us want to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of the day in an attempt to help others. Many times, we may sacrifice our own wellbeing to help others. You can actually accomplish more by taking more time out to pamper, rest and restore yourself. What a concept!

If your body is begging for sleep, maybe drinking a butter coffee and pushing forward isn’t the best thing to do. It’s much easier to overschedule ourselves and keep fueling the fire with coffee, dark chocolate and other stimulants, but a short nap or meditation may be more beneficial.


Stress is a word thrown around a lot. All stress isn’t bad. Stress is crucial to our survival, but many of us have too much and don’t know how to manage it.

My friend Nora Gedgaudas has always said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it”.

I haven’t found many better statements to convey the amount of power and control that we have over our lives. This is an important distinction to keep in mind. For example, if I didn’t take control over my life in a time I felt powerless, I wouldn’t be writing this article to you. I’d still be working at 3am in a cold warehouse, debating how to change the world.

Take 5 minutes and grab a pen and paper. Draw, doodle, jot ideas down, give yourself some motivational words and write about your future success. Sometimes, asking ourselves if our problems are really THAT bad can be helpful. Life is about perspective. If you have the opportunity to read this, you are already on the right track to achieving a happy and healthy life.

Next time stress overwhelms you, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Where is the tension? Massage it, stretch it and breathe out the pain. Let go of the stress mentally and physically.


Oh, Evan’s gone off the deep end now. In the realm of science and research articles that people love to tout about as if they wrote them, a very important aspect of the human spirit is forgotten.

We are spiritual creatures by nature. We all have special beliefs, trinkets, flowers, smells, sounds, places, sights and people that give us a powerful feeling of love and passion. How miserable would life be without these? These things are what enable us to empower ourselves toward achievement.

Even if your diet is perfect and you have good quality sleep, if you’re going into a job that drains your energy each day, how healthy are you?

I’m not suggesting everyone quits their job to live in the woods and hunt and gather again, as temporarily fun as that may sound.

I just want people to remember that love is all you need. Wait a second, I didn’t come up that one. Thanks John Lennon.

But really, what’s a life without love? Work, eat, sleep? There is more to life than this cycle. Even if you only engage with things you love on the weekends, the important thing is that you are doing something. It’s the times that we get stagnant that we come unhappy.

Find someone or something to love. If it enriches your life, great! If it enriches the lives of others, even better! Just do something!

What’s next?

These are just three of the many aspects of life that are important for being a truly happy and healthy human. Blending our emotions with science may be the secret to achieving this.

I’ve written several articles to help people get out of a rut including 3 steps to conquer fear and 10 Primal instructions for life.

I hope you check out my podcast and many of the guests that you are familiar with. I can’t wait to see you all at Paleo f(x)!


The Paleo movement incorporates several different optimizing perspectives for helping you improve your health, all based on the latest science. Everyone is different. We want to support you in understanding your unique genetic makeup, symptoms and health goals so you can choose the path that is right for you.

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Evan Brand

Evan Brand

Evan Brand is the writer and podcast host behind Not Just Paleo. He began using personal experience and accumulated research to his advantage and began to collaborate with experts in Holistic Medicine, Neurofeedback, and Alternative Health to conquer one main goal… To help you discover what, why and how to simplify and improve your life […]