Brent Pottenger has a looooonnnnggg (but worthwhile) post up about Paleo meta-rules (rules about rules) and he asked me to engage the Paleo community in helping to further develop his existing set of Paleo Meta-Rules:
~Don't let a week pass without breaking a sweat at least once. - Brent Pottenger
~Don't think naively that plants are your friendly food friends; they've evolved as immobile creatures with toxin-laden tissues for protection against herbivory. - Brent Pottenger
~Don't disrespect the spirit of The Ten Commandments. - Brent Pottenger
~You can change the location of your body (genes) all over the planet (i.e. by traveling), but you cannot change the diet that your genes evolved on ancestrally. - Marc Simonson
~Don't forget that some stressors happen once per hour, others once per day, some once per month, with a few occurring just once per year (or less). - Brent Pottenger (adapted from @NNTaleb)
~Don't neglect to help your friendly intestinal bacteria / micro-organisms thrive ... they are your closest allies in health. - Marc Simonson
~Don't disrespect your ancestry. - Brent Pottenger
-- so have at it! What I'd like from you is:
A) Your favorite meta-rule from the existing list at Brent's blog
B) Your new contribution
PS If Brent likes what you got for him, he'll list you and credit you for it. I suggest reading his post before blindly firing out stuff. :)
"Once you get the idea of ancestral living, don't spend too much time on the internet reading about it."
Personally, I think this is one of the toughest!
Don't consume anything that causes a negative physiological reaction.- Brett Potenger
It's a simple rule, but a very powerful one, and one that I think everyone needs to be reminded of from time to time :)
Mine is: "Never become dogmatic, we are all still learning."
I like this
Don't expend energy in ways that make your lower back ache (injury avoidance). - Brent Pottenger
I know way too many people that do harmful sports and are proud of how bad they feel...
Here is mine: "You can't eat a bunch of peanut butter and then take a bunch of fish oil to cancel it out."
and another "A "paleo" cupcake is still a cupcake."
'Don't sleep with the light on." - Chris (mainly because I dig Lights Out by Wiley)
My own main rule would be,
"Let food be thy medicine."
But in all fairness, credit should go to Hippocrates on that one.
I like this one:
"Don't think naively that plants are your friendly food friends; they've evolved as immobile creatures with toxin-laden tissues for protection against herbivory."
I believe that Kurt Harris says it this way: "Nature is beautiful, and it's trying to kill you."
I also like these: "Don't disrespect the spirit of The Ten Commandments" and "Don't disrespect your ancestry."
Mine would be "Let health, not appearance, be your motive; let wisdom, not knowledge, be your guide."
I think another good meta rule for me is "Don't experiement with more than one variable."
I have problems some times with changing a ton of things at once, feeling a little worse, and not knowing what to revert back to.
Here is mine: "Remember that biological systems almost always involve conflicts, trade-offs and compromises between conflicting factors, there is no perfection to reach."
This applies as much to the "perfect" diet or exercise as anything.
In evolutionary biology a trade-off between two traits is said to occur when an increase in fitness due to a change in one trait is opposed by a decrease in fitness due to a concomitant change in the second trait. The belief that evolutionary change is modulated and constrained by such trade-offs is a central pillar of evolutionary thought.
I found the post (and website) a little overblown. Prententious even. But hey, if that's your style, so be it. I was also shocked by one of the commenters - "I seemed to have a developed a taste for this raw rotting meat." I thought I was fairly primal, but that's extreme! Anyway, I don't have rules, but I do like sarah-ann's point about dogma - it's easy to become dogmatic when you are at the edge of the mainstream.