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. :)
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
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.