Local Caveman Goes Back to Basics for Healthy Lifestyle
Kittredge Kymla of Farmington Hills created a blog to help promote and educate readers on the Paleolithic diet.
Retired car salesman turned self-proclaimed caveman Kittredge Kymla of Farmington Hills has stepped back in time to a prehistoric way of eating, and lives to blog about it.
After trying the Paleolithic diet (or Paleo diet), Kymla is convinced it’s a lifestyle that should be embraced. He created his blog, cavemanhomecompanion.com to help promote and educate others on the exciting benefits he’s experienced.
“I started the home companion blog the first of this year,” Kymla said. “It’s something I enjoy doing. Now that I’m retired, it keeps my mind active and it’s something to do every day.”
You might be asking yourself, what is the Paleo diet? According to Wikipedia.com, the Paleolithic diet is “a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era – a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture.”
“A lot of the foods we eat today, like grains, for example, our genetics aren’t really equipped at handling a lot of these foods that weren’t natural foods for us,” Kymla said. “We’ve had 250 million years of evolution and ten thousand years of technology for agriculture and our bodies haven’t evolved to handle a lot of foods.”
So if a caveman were around today, naturally, he’d blog about the dietary difference between Paleo and modern day foods. That’s where Kymla comes in. He has embraced the lifestyle and hopes to share his stories, ideas and recipes through his blog. With information and humor, Kymla takes a low-key approach so the reader isn’t overwhelmed.
“It might be about exercise. It might be about an interesting recipe for a Paleo dish. I guess the topic of the day is about whatever I want to write about,” Kymla said. “I try to find something I think will be interesting to the readers. Most of my articles, I try to keep it short; a seed of information or a chuckle or laugh, or maybe both.”
In one of his recent posts, Paleo Double Gargantuan Sub Sandwich?, he provides a humorous story about cheating on his diet, but with a solid message that nobody is perfect. Sometimes even a caveman needs a little variety.
His blog has steadily gained readership over the last seven months and continues to grow.
“When I first started out, I would get probably 10-20 people a day that would read it,” said the Caveman. “Yesterday, there were 947, the day before that, there were 1,500. Some days it’s 600-700, but the popularity of it is growing, and I’m having a lot of fun with it.”
As his blog becomes more well-known, the subjects he sees a need to continually educate people, but entertain them as well. That challenge keeps the Caveman searching for more inventive ways to help others understand the Paleo lifestyle.
“If someone has a health problem, whether it be weight, blood pressure, diabetes; if they read my blog and make some changes in their diet and receive health benefits form that, that’s really rewarding to me,” Kymla said. “It’s a vote of confidence when they read it and I get comments on the blog from people that thank me for it and let me know they enjoyed it. I get satisfaction from that.”
In our fast-paced modern world, Kymla’s philosophy is to keep it simple.
“The more we kind of get back to the basics, in a sense, as far as exercise goes, as far as nutrition goes and as far as family core values go, we seem to be happier,” he said.
You can read more about the Paleo Lifestyle on Kymla’s blog cavemanhomecompanion.com.