Primal Blueprint Sunday Information Posts





A few days ago I wrote about Information Overload - at least the way I experienced it when trying to find some answers on Mark Sisson's site.

I've been thinking about it a lot since then.

If you've been reading my posts you know that I'm a big fan of the Primal Blueprint and I very much support Mark Sisson's work.  I think he's done a great job of getting out a lot of vitally needed information and certainly I've benefited by reading his website. I've also bought all his books and I subscribe to his monthly supplements.  So I think I qualify as a major supporter.

 However I am also, as you all now know, pretty new to this whole Paleo Primal thing.  And I also tend to be very right brained, as I'm sure you can see by all the visuals I use.


I love this image from performance-rules.com for instance. I'd much rather sit in the park then in an office cubicle any day.

And as you can probably also tell, being right brained tends to make me very side-tracked.  I am constantly finding interesting diversions and roads I want to follow, and the only way I've been able to manage this trait is to become as organized and as much of a minimalist as possible.



I love beautiful, uncluttered spaces like this office, where the focus is all on the view.  It gives you the chance to concentrate on one thing at a time without being visually bombarded by too much information, and that is the only way I find I can work.

I feel that way when it comes to information as well, and this is where I'm having a bit of a problem.

Mark has done an amazing job of producing a huge body of work that covers probably everything you might want to know about this Paleo Primal way of eating.  He has also gone the other extreme and written a really excellent brief summary in his new book for those people who are completely uninterested in science and just say "All I want is a brief explanation of the principles and a list of what to do."

I tend to fall somewhere in between.

I like to know the "why" behind what I am doing, but if there is too much scientific explanation involved my eyes start to glaze over.  I want things simple, precise, in point form if possible, and with a specific action plan that I can follow.

We are all different, and Mark has met the needs of most of his thousands of fans I'm sure.  Obviously a large number of them enjoy reading all the arguments and debating all the pros and cons of all the various issues, with a lot of scientific jargon and links to studies thrown in for good measure.

And I have to admit I enjoy it too, to a certain extent, but not when I really want to get some information.

When I'm looking for something I want to be able to find it quickly and going through the huge amount of posts on his site is for this newbie to Primal Living very overwhelming sometimes.

So I've decided that from now on, on Sundays, I'm going to choose one topic at a time pertinent to Mark's plan and make myself some notes.  As I've said above I want my information simple, precise, in point form if possible, and with a specific action plan that I can follow.  And I should probably add in my own words as well so I can easily understand it.

Hopefully my notes will be useful to some of you who are also a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information available on Mark's site, but I have to admit that I am doing this purely for selfish reasons.

When I do something I want to do it well, and that means having all the information I need available in a form that is simple, well organized, and that I find easy to access and understand. Sort of a Coles notes cheater's version if you will.

When you need info. quickly you grab for the summary, but that doesn't stop you from wanting to read the book purely for pleasure when you have more time.  And that is exactly how I feel about www.marksdailyapple.com  I enjoy reading the daily posts and I will continue to do so, but since I'm coming into this as a newcomer, I need to first educate myself on the basics in a manner that works for me.


Sidetracking completely from the topic ... here is another great visual for the left brain right brain thing.
This one is from  thewritingnut.com   where you can find a really nifty test that will tell you which camp you fall into.  Of course, no news to me, I ended up with a score of 6 for left brain and 14 for right.  And by the way, I'm left handed as well which supposedly is also very much controlled by the right brain.





 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw




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