Dinner tonight had me thinking. As I made grass-fed hamburger patties, I was thinking about how I used to believe that hamburgers had to have bread crumbs and an egg in them in order for them to stay together. I know where I got that idea: from my mom. She got that idea from her mom. My grandmother was probably adding bread crumbs to the ground beef in order to stretch out a pound of beef for eight people and needed the egg to bind it all together.
It wasn’t until I met my husband that I questioned why I was adding extra ingredients to the meat. Up until then, I thought it was mandatory. My husband told me that his family didn’t add anything to their ground beef and it stayed together just fine. I told him he was crazy, there’s no way that would work. So, I tried it, bent on proving him wrong.
Lo and behold, it worked. Really well, in fact. I called my mom; she took some convincing. I could tell that she didn’t really believe me until she tried it for herself.
The point of this post? Questioning the things we do. Everyone has something they do just because someone once told them it was the best way, the only way, or that doing it otherwise would result in disaster. We learn things from other people on a daily basis and seldom stop to consider the validity before we file it as “gospel” and pass it on to others. I actually like that my mom didn’t believe me until she had tried making hamburgers for herself; you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.
Question something. Think about what you “know” and where you learned it from. In The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson outlines “Using Your Brain” as one of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws and says that “numerous studies of general intelligence qualities identify curiosity as one of the most profound markers and nurturers of intelligence.”
We got to where we are as a nation by blindly following misinformation. We’re riddled with disease, obesity and inflammation because we are doing what we were told was right. Some of us have begun to question things and are finding better ways for ourselves. It doesn’t have to be something huge – just start by questioning something. Get curious.
I’m not talking about questioning things like whether or not a seat belt will save your life. Please don’t put yourself or your family in harm’s way to test out a theory. If in doubt, revisit Primal Blueprint Law #9, Avoid Stupid Mistakes.
BACK 1. Mark Sisson, The Primal Blueprint (Primal Nutrition Inc., 2009) page 32