150 Quotations To Inspire Struggling Paleo Peeps

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Ever had a day when you just don’t want to do it anymore? Robb Wolf? Mark Sisson? Pah!

You spit.

It’s alright for them. They don’t have to deal with what you have to deal with. They’ve got this paleo/primal thing down. It’s easy for them.

Four o’clock hits, your boss is breathing down your neck, you’ve got three hours work to do in one, and your girlfriend’s just dumped you so you’ve no-one to curl up with when you get home.

Or perhaps you’re a mom staring at the fridge racking your brain, no idea what to cook for dinner while simultaneously helping your 8 year-old with his homework and keeping your toddler from practicing her party trick of spinning the plates she filched from the dishwasher earlier.

C’mon, hands up.

Thought so.

Now, you could reach for a beer or the chocolate to numb your brain cells, setting off both a dopamine cascade and the scale

paleo, paleo diet, paleo inspirational quotes An electrical charge firing across a synapse in the brain. Click to see a larger image.

needle that will register a higher number tomorrow morning. Trust me.

Or you could stop yourself in your tracks, remind yourself why you’re doing this paleo thing and bring a smile to your face with these zero calorie, totally paleo alternatives.

150 of them.

Something for everyone. Print them out. Stick them on your fridge. Find your favorite. One hundred and fifty paleo inspirational quotes…

150 Quotations to Inspire Struggling Paleo Peeps

1. The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil

2. “No” is a complete sentence. ~Lisa Nichols

3. Put duties aside at least an hour before bed and perform soothing, quiet activities that will help you relax. ~Colleen Wainwright

4. You will find sickness if you don’t discover the Healthy Foods aisle. ~Linda Esposito

5. The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence
in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen. ~John Redman Coxe

6. The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. ~Richard Dawkins

7. Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most. ~T. Harv Eker

8. If part of your immune response is always allocated to repairing gut irritation, you are essentially sick all the time.  ~Robb Wolf

9. There is more to life than increasing its speed. ~Gandhi

10. Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy. ~Unknown

11. Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them. ~Martin H. Fischer

12. Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. ~Denis Waitley

13. Give your stress wings and let it fly away.  ~Terri Guillemets

14. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn

15. Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year. ~Franklin P. Adams

16. There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. ~ Sylvia Plath

17. Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.  ~Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

18. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of character. ~Margaret Chase Smith

19. The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. ~Anthony Robbins

20. Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness. ~Edward Smith-Stanley

21. A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~Paul Dudley White

22. The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order. ~Henry Ward Beecher

23. Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering. ~Francois Rabelais

24. Moms are fantastic, even when they’re spelt upside down they’re still WOW! ~ Unknown

25. I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. ~Steven Wright

26. Worries go down better with soup.  ~Jewish Proverb

27. Focus on eating meat and veggies and let the magic happen. ~Matt McCarry, Paleo Parents

28. Hunger is the best sauce in the world. ~Cervantes

29. If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food. ~Sally Edwards

30. Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. ~M. F. K. Fisher

31. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer. ~Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

32. The USDA’s food pyramid doesn’t even meet its own specifications of health. ~Robb Wolf

33. Cheese–milk’s leap towards immortality. ~Clifton Fadiman

34. Visions and dreams are achieved through taking small steps, delaying gratification, and using strategic thinking. ~Unknown

35. A smiling face is half the meal. ~Latvian Proverb

36. I urge you to be as impudent as you dare. BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BE BOLD. ~ Susan Sontag

37. Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles. ~Catherine de Hueck Doherty

38. Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.  ~John F. Kennedy

39. Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well; and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man. ~James H. West

40. No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive. ~Dianne Hales

41. It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. ~Elizabeth Kenny

42. Never lose sight of this important truth, that no one can be truly great until he has gained a knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement. ~Jane Austen

43. That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. ~Aldous Huxley

44. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. ~Lin Yutang

45. Working in the garden…gives me a profound feeling of inner peace. ~Robert J. Sawyer

46. Grains are the seeds of a plant.  They’re its reproductive material, and plants don’t make their reproductive material to give away for free to other animals. ~Loren Cordain

47. Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. ~Chinese proverb

48. It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician. ~Meryl Streep

49. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

50. Live long and drop dead. ~Grok

51. If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle

52. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

53. Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun. ~Richard Dawkins

54. You can’t weigh, measure or proportion your way out of sh*tty food. ~Robb Wolf

55. The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. ~Satchel Paige

56. Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war? ~Georg C. Lichtenberg

57. A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time—pills or stairs. ~Joan Welsh

58. Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. ~Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse

59. Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving. ~Dennis Waitley

60. Happiness is neither virtue not pleasure not this thing not that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing. ~William Butler Yeats.

61. What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce. ~Mark Twain

62. Give up grains and fried restaurant foods. Doing that pretty much gets you most of the way there. ~Mark Sisson

63. A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools. ~Spanish Proverb

64. If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others? ~Dolores Huerta

65. Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. ~Leonardo DaVinci

66. The groundwork of all happiness is health. ~Leigh Hunt

67. Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded. ~Anita Roddick

68. He who has health, has hope. And he, who has hope, has everything. ~Arabian Proverb

69. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. ~Marianne Williamson

70. There is no such thing as a little garlic. ~Unknown

71. Think of Paleo as a template, not a rigid prescription. There’s no one size fits all approach. ~Chris Kresser

72. Feeling sorry for people hijacks their ability to figure it out. ~Linda Esposito

73. There are no shortcuts in evolution.  ~Louis D. Brandeis

74. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou

75. Be gentle first with yourself. ~Lama Yeshe

76. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. ~Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

77. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain

78. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. Cummings

79. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss  

80. Too much cortisol leaves you tired but wired. ~Robb Wolf

81. There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub. ~Dr. Joyce Brothers

82. Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~Howard Thurman

83. Never give in. Never give in. Never give in. ~Winston Churchill

84. Trust that still, small voice that says, “This might work and I’ll try it.” ~Diane Marie Child

85. Look good naked. ~Mark Sisson

86. It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. ~ Joyce Maynard

87. Experiment with ideas that seem right to YOU for your own unique situation. ~Todd, Primal Toad

88. When a warrior learns to stop the internal dialogue, everything becomes possible; the most far-fetched schemes become attainable ~ Carlos Castenada

89. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. ~ William H Murray (often mistakenly attributed to Goethe.)

90. When you’re going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill

91. Debt creates stress, stress creates behaviors that don’t lead to happiness. ~Seth Godin

92. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

93. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. ~Unknown

94. Harriet never minded admitting she didn’t know something. So what, she thought, I could always learn. ~Louise Fitzhugh, author – Harriet The Spy

95. Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. ~Will Rogers

96. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~Gandhi

97. Preparation and planning is key to success. ~Jen Sturm, Eat Play Live

98. You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to. ~James Lehman

99. Your stomach shouldn’t be a waste basket. ~Dori Friedberg

100. Every human being is the author of his or her own health or disease. ~Bhudda

101. Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies. ~Leo Tolstoy

102. Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. ~Henry Ford

103. All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger, but calculating risk and acting decisively. ~Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

104. ”Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. ~A.A.Milne

105. Actually I’m highly logical which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook. ~Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows movie

106. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky

107. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford

108. Health is a relationship between you and your body  ~Terri Guillemets

109. Sometimes in life you meet people that inspire you, sometimes in life you meet people you want to inspire. And sometimes you just want to $!@&ing stab yourself. ~Jamie Oliver

110. Arguing with a fool proves there are two. ~Doris M. Smith

111. The key to life is healthy boundaries. ~Linda Esposito

112. If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
~Elbert Hubbard

113. If you want to create health, wealth or have any other kind of success, you have to be a warrior. ~Unknown

114. Everything that is popular is wrong. ~Oscar Wilde

115. Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize. ~Elizabeth Harrison

116. There will be a time when loud-mouthed, incompetent people seem to be getting the best of you. When that happens, you only have to be patient and wait for them to self-destruct. It never fails. ~Richard Rybolt

117. Doubts? Fears? Thinking my work will get ignored? Totally. Stopping me? Never. ~Sparky Firepants (David Billings)

118. As an adventurer…I try to protect against the downside. I make sure I have covered as many eventualities as I can. In the end, you have to take calculated risks; otherwise you’re going to sit in mothballs all day and do nothing. ~Richard Branson

119. Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil say’s “Oh Crap she’s UP! ~Unknown

120. I am not a radical, not a renegade, nor a rebel. I’m not a follower, not a minion nor a thrall. I am neither for nor against. I am my own. My own thoughts, my own feelings, and my own work. I master the basics of what my teachers share with me, do my own research to confirm it, and honor them even when I create my own expression of it. I am my own odyssey, my own process, and my own journey. I am not here to affirm or deny yours, nor to promote or share my own. Do not try to go where I’ve gone. Scale your own walls. ~Scott Sonnon

121. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. ~ Marianne Williamson

122. You don’t have to explain yourself as much as you think you do. ~Linda Esposito

123. You don’t need more. You already have what you need. You just have to find it. ~Alison Golden

124. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb

125. Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. ~Gertrude Stein

126. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw

127. No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap. ~Carrie Snow

128. The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping their responsibilities, and pushing their luck! ~Unknown

129. If you are going to have a treat, enjoy every freakin’ bite. Look at it when you eat it. Eat slowly. Don’t unconsciously shovel it into your mouth. And don’t consider it “falling off the wagon.” ~Tara Grant

130. Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. ~Hyman Rickover

131. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. ~Thomas Jefferson

132. LATER BROTHER. STAY IN THE LIGHT. GROK RULES! ~ The Unconquerable Dave Parsons (to Mark Sisson)

133. The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid. ~Marcus Aurelius

134. Our genetic makeup is still that of a Paleolithic hunter-gatherer, a species whose nutritional requirements are optimally adapted to wild meats, fruits and vegetables, not to cereal grains. ~Loren Cordain

135. Fruit is for children. ~Jason Seib

136. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

137. They can because they think they can. ~Virgil

138. Surgery is a weight-loss tool – not a health-gaining tool. ~Orleatha Smith

139. My favorite animal is steak. ~Fran Lebowitz

140. My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there were three other people. ~Orson Welles

141. Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice. ~ George Jackson

142. Do the things that make you happier, smarter and healthier. ~Unknown

143. This is your choice and you can choose to make it happen if you really want it; it’s all up to you! ~Sarah Fragoso

144. People are under the illusion this is a journey of perfection. It is not. Paleo is about changing our relationship with failure. ~Dean Dwyer

145. We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. ~Alfred E. Newman

146. Most people work hard and spend their health trying to achieve wealth. Then they retire and spend their wealth trying to get back their health. -Kevin Gianni

147. Don’t bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid. ~Salvadore Dali

148. Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. ~Theodosius Dobzhansky

149. Perfection is impossible. However striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can under the conditions that exist. That is what counts. ~John Wooden

150. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. ~Charles Darwin

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Alison Golden writes on the topic of paleo over at Paleo/NonPaleo. She aims to share ideas, inspire and motivate readers by teaching them how to live paleo in a non-paleo world. She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Modern, No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo, a unique tool that gives the reader hundreds of strategies to navigate the learning process to successful paleo living.

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NJ Paleo September 4, 2012 at 9:12 am

Thanks for the inspiring quotes, Alison! I’m sure most of us have heard of or read many of these quotes before — but it’s great to see them all in one place.

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Alison Golden September 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

Thank you, NJP. I’m thinking I might produce a pdf with them on…
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Clark September 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

Great list. Here’s one I’ve got hanging in my office:
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ~Plato

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Alison Golden September 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Hi Clark: Plato sure did say some profound stuff. Another of his I like is: Life must be lived as play.
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Jane September 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Fabulous list of quotes Alison, thankyou!
Will definately use these in my “nutrition re-education” sessions!
119 is my personal favourite. I strive to be that woman!

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Sandie September 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I’m in love – with this list! It’s awesome and powerful. For me it’s a gift that I will use over and over and whose value is incalculable. Thank you for pulling it together and for creating suh a fabulous website for all of us to learn from. Warmest regards, Sandie

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Alison Golden September 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

You’re very welcome, Sandie. Thank you for letting me know. :-)
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Linda Esposito September 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

Great list Alison! I love #91:

Debt creates stress, stress creates behaviors that don’t lead to happiness. ~Seth Godin

Of course, shopping at Whole Foods can cause debt :P, but I’ve found that debt creates a spiral of stress and sadly, shucking motivation and eating a bunch of crappy junk food usually goes the course.

Lately my go-to phrase to get me out of a pickle is:

“Choose something.”
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Linda Esposito September 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

Oh, and thanks for the two mentions!
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Alison Golden September 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I had several more of yours planned but I didn’t want to appear as having favorites! ;-)
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Alison Golden September 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Yes, choose something, anything, don’t be paralyzed. I found that I spent less when I started shopping at Whole Foods because I was so careful about what I bought. Planned my meals and didn’t get distracted by deals (what deals – they only have a few) and my food bill was remarkably reasonable. Now we buy beef from the farmer, things have got even cheaper And of course, then there’s the old adage – you can pay for good food or you can pay with your health (or something along those lines.) :-)
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William September 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

all that good stuff, and the list goes on. so will we.
my favorite is the spark of the synapse. …or current flow; current flow, a difference of potential. or an abundance of electrons in close proximity to a deficiency of electrons and nature want to be in balance, soooo… it’s what causes our hearts to beat. the abundance of electrons are dumped directly into the left atrium of the heart via the thoracic duct; in the form of fats. (CnH(2n+1)CO2H many electrons) into the right atrium is the oxygen rich blood which is deficient of electrons (O8 few electrons) this difference in potential is picked up by the sa node and causes a big spark; causing contraction. i.e. fibrillation
we are more an electrical creature than we are chemical. and energy can not be destroyed, only changed.

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Alison Golden September 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm

“and the list goes on. so will we.” Indeed we will, William, indeed we will.
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Kristin J January 6, 2013 at 5:52 am

This is a fantastic resource! Thank you for compiling so many great quotes in one place.

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barry truex March 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Living well is the best revenge and if it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger are two I like. Very good list

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