Here are the 10 irrefutable Primal Laws that you will see referenced several times on this website. These are taken verbatim from Mark Sisson’s book, The Primal Blueprint.

Primal Blueprint Law #1: Eat Lots of Plants and Animals

Primal Blueprint Law #2: Avoid Poisonous Things

Primal Blueprint Law #3: Move Frequently at a Slow Pace

Primal Blueprint Law #4: Lift Heavy Things

Primal Blueprint Law #5: Sprint Once in a While

Primal Blueprint Law #6: Get Adequate Sleep

Primal Blueprint Law #7: Play

Primal Blueprint Law #8: Get Adequate Sunlight

Primal Blueprint Law #9: Avoid Stupid Mistakes

Primal Blueprint Law #10: Use Your Brain

You will notice that Sisson calls them the Primal Blueprint Laws, whereas I simply call them the Primal Laws. As far as I know, anthropologist haven’t really established Primal Laws like scientists have established the laws of physics, but for the sake of our learning objectives, the Primal Laws are validated enough to be “set in stone”.

I’m also going to add some “doctrines” of my own.

Primal Doctrine #1: Spend Lots of time outside

Primal Doctrine#2: Seek Adventure constantly

Modern Doctrine#1: Learn to generate passive income so you can quit your job and enjoy living like a Cavemen more often. The concept of money didn’t really exist in those days, but seeing as how it’s what makes the world turn round these days and we can’t live without it, if you really want to live like Caveman in the modern world, it takes time and money. Organic veggies and grass fed beef aren’t cheap! Getting adequate sleep and play takes time. If you spend all your time trying to make money, you can see you’ll have dilemma. Plus work just sucks.



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Latissa Hill November 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

I would like to start this diet. But I need help on where to start and how.


Jim September 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Larissa – just use this site. He has plenty of great advice and detail under the Paleo Diet button up top. Good luck. I have been on it for 6 months and consider it nothing short of miraculous.


Bettina August 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

Just wanted to say thanks for having this message available to all. I really appreciate it! Peace.


Joe Kania June 14, 2013 at 11:07 am

Awesome site. Have not started this lifestyle change yet but am looking into it.

I recently have had a lot of joint pain all over my body. I went to talk to a doctor and they drew some blood. Turns out my RF count was 532 (way high). I am getting set up with a rheumatoligist. My buddy told me to look to this lifestyle to help or mitigate my problem.

I am a little skeptical that a change in diet alone can take care of this. If so, why isn’t everyone doing it? I am curious to hear everyone’s thoughts on the matter.

Thanks and keep the information coming!


Kathy April 26, 2014 at 5:06 am

Joe, I understand your skepticism, but give it a chance! The awesome nutrition you give your body gives it the building blocks to heal itself like it was designed to do. Check out Terri Wahls, M.D. ‘The Wahls Protocol’ is her book that tells her story of coming back from being crippled from MS!! Yes, it is true!! She was crippled, in a chair that had to be leaned back so she wouldn’t fall out of it because lack of muscle control. She did research and found the Paleo diet and she is riding a bicycle 5 miles to work and back every day and working again! She shares the diet and the science behind it! She also talks about autoimmune responses, too! RA is an auto immune disease I am sure you know. But, check it out before starting all the medical stuff! What could it hurt but help you get healthier!


Eddie August 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Thanks for the excellent site—I started applying the dietary rules here about 2 months ago. I started out in excellent general shape at 170 lbs.—5’8″. I lift hard and heavy 5 days a week and walk 3-6 miles almost everyday. I thought I was already lean, but I am presently at 154 lbs.—–one pound less than when I was 15—–I’m 61 yrs. old —-waist is 31″—–blood pressure averages about 107/69. My energy level was a little low at first, so I slowly added more veggies each day until it seemed to reach my prior level. I also added a little more fruit—-mostly berries/apples/plums. I munch on almonds/walnuts/sunflower seeds most of the day–just a few at a time—-I don’t really feel very hungry at anytime of the day. I am going to start short fasts once a week—from my last meal of the day until that same time the next day (24hrs)—–when I find that I really don’t have a strong desire to eat.

I read “Good Calories/Bad Calories” a couple of times, and found that the information there really gave me a solid/detailed understanding of the justification for the Paleo dietary guidelines—it is a great book for people who want to know more about the science.

Anyway, Good Luck To All——

P.S. I am consuming about 2500 cals/day while I continue to drop weight—muscle mass seems to be holding up well—-I’m going to keep adding calories to stabilize my weight at about 150.


Terri February 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I am 53 years old. I have been in pretty decent shape most of my life even though I have had some challenging health problems. Amongst other things, I had a spinal fusion a year and a half ago and a total hip replacement 4 months ago. My husband’s job has sent us half-way across the world in Asia. I have been here for about 6 weeks now and am shocked at how difficult it is to eat healthy. We are in a hotel room with no access to a kitchen. Most people here eat every meal out! We do get a very nice breakfast selection but the other meals we are on our own. Peanut butter & Jelly seems to be the only lunch we eat. Dinner consists of any food that isn’t staring back at us (too much scary seafood here). I have never gained weight this rapidly in my life. It must be the food. I thought I was eating as healthy as possible, but this weight gain is scaring me!!! I am walking more than I ever anticipated and staying as active as my new hip will allow. I am losing sleep as I write this because I am so worried about the RAPID weight gain. So…I have no problem with jumping in the deep end with The Paleo Diet, but not exactly sure how. I have heard some people say that they can’t eat any fruits for a while. Is there a time to incorporate them, or are they unlimited? And what about protein shakes? I am so limited in choices here but I don’t want to go another day without making a change. My depression that I have felt with for years is also getting worse. Please help…Thank you!!!!!!!!!


CavemanGreg March 12, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Hi Terri,
without being there and seeing what you access to, I can’t exactly advise on what to eat, but I can tell you that PBJ’s every day for lunch won’t help you a bit. You can eat fruits, but moderately, I rarely eat more than three pieces of fruit a day. If you have a fish market there I would definitely try and include more fish in your diet, esp if it is fresh caught. Fish is one of the healthiest forms of protein out there. cleaning a fish shouldn’t feel gross, but rather gratifying and respectful. Stay away from ANYTHING that has sugar, wheat, starch, grain or other processed ingredient that you can’t pronounce. Do not neglect good protein and healthy fats (coconut, avacodo, nuts, olive oil, high quality butter) DO NOT stress about your weight. Stress actually begets more weight gain. You have to be positive, realize that it’s a challenge you can overcome, and be systematic about how to overcome it. Start with these little tips and you’ll be on your way back!


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