I always agree to interviews, in podcast or written when asked, so long as the site has some audience or is otherwise relevant or a Paleo/Primal podcaster or writer is trying to do some good and build some content. I always love doing the podcasts, but sometimes the written interviews are a chore and a bit tedious.
In this case, Henley Wing struck exactly the right chord with his questions and I pounded out my answers with relative pleasure and joy. It's not very long, but here it is: Primal Living Advice from Richard Nikoley.
Here's the questions he asked:
- Briefly tell us how you discovered Paleo, and how your book 'Free the Animal' is unique from other Paleo books.
- For beginners, would you recommend people dive into Paleo with a strict, disciplined approach, or ease into it (giving up non Paleo foods gradually)?
- Are the rules different for someone who needs to lose weight? Do they still need to count calories, or limit their fruit intake?
- While eating Paleo might be beneficial individually, do you think it would sustainable if the entire world ate Paleo? A side benefit of having an agricultural economy is that it can feed lots more people.
- Do you apply "Primal living" to other areas of your lives, besides eating Paleo and exercise? For instance, socially and work-wise, working with a small group vs a huge corporation, living in a small community, etc.
- Do you view social networks like Facebook as a net benefit to humanity? On one hand, it's great for keeping in touch. On the other, a lot of people spend way too much time on it, which can be used doing physical activity, or face to face socializing.
- Any big plans in store for the future, such as a new book or project?
To see my short answers, click here. Here's a brief excerpt from question #5.
I go barefoot a lot in public, like walking the dogs & stuff. I never use substances on my skin like soap, shampoo, lotions and such—water only. My skin is soft and my hair flawless.
Socially, I'm an anarchist who doesn't vote, and I admonish people to not waste their time either. Why spend so much life capital agitating over a 1/300,000,000th say in your own affairs? We evolved to account for the values and actions of perhaps about 50 other people and in that social context, every individual had real potential to influence the entire society. People today behave in political activism as though they have that power now, when in reality it's totally masturbatory.
Really, what it all comes down to is that I got to use the word "masturbatory" in an interview.