In this first post on the Healthy Living Tribes blog, we'll look briefly at what this community aims to achieve and why we'll put a lot of efforts to ensure it takes off.
Healthy Living Tribes aims at being a free collaborative directory of local and online resources for the Paleo/Primal community (both words used interchangeably). It's that simple; but let's detail a bit:
well, let's get thta out of the way first. It's free, ever will be, we won't spam you or share your emails, yada, yada… We're not looking at scamming anyone, we just want to build something we always wished existed.
a directory of resources:
no fluff, commercial spam or bullshit advice. We don't tell you what to eat/use/etc., but we aim at gathering the best places to do so, as recommended by the local paleo communities (or tribes ;-) ). All you will find here is concrete details, locations, reviews, etc. mostly entered by your peers. They are a lot of resources to learn the theory, we're focused on the concrete implementation at our individual level.
anyone can create a page in the directory for something they would recommend to the whole paleo community (on the wiki model). Then anyone can rate and review those resources. As soon as we get to a small critical mass of users willing to contribute a bit of their expertise, we'll have a gem of knowledge available to all.
local and online:
while most of us don't need any more info on nutrition, fitness, and the paleo lifestyle, we still find it hard to share the good tips and addresses in our respective areas. Advice about fresh food producers, healthcare practitioners, crossfit boxes, and so on are only relevant locally. We hope the platform we've built will serve to collect and share this local knowledge.
for the Paleo/Primal community:
we all look for the same foods, of the same quality, look for the same offering in terms of fitness training. We are a community, and we can all gain a lot by sharing our practical knowledge and improving each others.
all that enabled by the best technologies available:
let's use the best techs available and get a platform that's really efficient at sharing knowledge and keeping track of new resources listed that are relevant to us. We're confident you'll find the tools we've built efficient at both creating and benefiting from new knowledge.
Our motivation to build this platform was really simple: we just wanted something like it. In the past 10 years, we've lived in more than 12 locations in nearly as many countries. Let's just say that finding what we needed each time was a painful process. Here is what we want to achieve and why:
Make available localized resources
The Paleo/Primal blogosphere and books now provide an excellent set of information on the lifestyle. Yet, when you know that you want to eat grassfed meat, train with a trainer according to the primal principles (little cardio, high intensity, and so on); how do you find the places where you can actually purchase affordable grassfed meat that you trust, or find the trainers you can trust with their programming? This knowledge is highly local, and unless your paleo neighbor is blogging and you actually read her blog, you will have to spend time and efforts discovering your local places on your own.
We want to enable our community to share this local knowledge so that we can all spend more time living our lifestyle rather than spending time researching local food sources.
We're focused on pragmatic, concrete implementation
There are excellent sources of info about what to do, but less so on how to actually do it. We won't waste your time with yet again more of the same theories rehashed, you'll just find pure implementation resources. Why is that important? Let me take the example of my family. We've actually managed to convinced them to switch to a mainly Primal diet. They know what to do, we've taught them so. But they live in France, and we haven't actually live there for over 10 years, so we have absolutely no idea where to get grassfed meat, how it's labelled, what brands of supplements to trust…you get the idea. We cannot even research this stuff from Australia. But if experienced French paleos post their resources on the platform, then our folks will be able to go beyond the theory to the actual implementation much more quickly.
Mislabelled snake oil
An important reason for going granular in the review of resources is the constant mislabelling and misleading marketing of the whole food and supplements industries. Grassfed beef can be grain-finished for up to 90 days, many ingredients can be omitted in the labelling of supplements, "natural vanilla flavor" is often the resulting by-product of rice processing. Yet many producers and manufacturers strive for and achieve an awesome quality for their products. It's just hard to discover them. By enabling us, consumers, to promote these quality products within our community, we will benefit not only ourselves but also the people who strive to provide us with awesome stuff (I could kiss the farmer in Queensland who produces the only raw milk I find in Sydney!).
Some things need to be discussed locally
Do you have children? We just had our first daughter. Planning future daycare is an important task for every new parent, but if you'd like your child to avoid eating the garbage commonly given to children in daycare centers, this step just got a little harder. To find primal-friendly daycare or even to organize a nanny for a couple of paleo families, we need to connect, locally, within the Paleo community. There's just no other means to do this. This is just one example of the type of things we enable you to discuss in our local groups. We just think it's the most efficient way towards implementation for a number of important matters.
Now that you know the what and the why, the only question is: will you be part of this community? We all need each other, and while the Primal community undoubtedly grows larger everyday, we sure as hell could benefit from a more efficient way of structuring our knowledge. So jump in with us and get started here!
PS: and be indulgent, we're in alpha mode, so expect some bugs ;-)