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Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life [Kindle Edition]

Nora T. Gedgaudas CNS CNT
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Book Description

Combining your body’s Paleolithic needs with modern nutritional and medical research for complete mind-body wellness

• Provides sustainable diet strategies to curb sugar cravings, promote fat burning and weight loss, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and moods, increase energy and immunity, and enhance memory and brain function

• Shows how our modern diet leads to weight gain and “diseases of civilization”--such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and ADD

• Explains how diet affects the brain, hormone balance, and the aging process and the crucial role of vitamin D in cancer and disease prevention

Examining the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density, and dental health and the increase in birth defects, malnutrition, and disease following the implementation of the agricultural lifestyle, Nora Gedgaudas shows how our modern grain- and carbohydrate-heavy low-fat diets are a far cry from the high-fat, moderate-protein hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programmed for, leading not only to lifelong weight gain but also to cravings, mood disorders, cognitive problems, and “diseases of civilization”--such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), heart disease, and mental illness.

Applying modern discoveries to the basic hunter-gatherer diet, she culls from vast research in evolutionary physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, and chronic and degenerative disease to unveil a holistic lifestyle for true mind-body health and longevity. Revealing the primal origins and physiological basis for a high-fat, moderate-protein, starch-free diet and the importance of adequate omega-3 intake--critical to our brain and nervous system but sorely lacking in most people’s diets--she explains the nutritional problems of grains, gluten, soy, dairy, and starchy vegetables; which natural fats promote health and which (such as canola oil) harm it; the crucial role of vitamin D in cancer and disease prevention; the importance of saturated fat and cholesterol; and how diet affects mental health, memory, cognitive function, hormonal balance, and cellular aging. With step-by-step guidelines, recipes, and meal recommendations, this book offers sustainable strategies for a primally based, yet modern approach to diet and exercise to reduce stress and anxiety, lose weight, improve sleep and mood, increase energy and immunity, enhance brain function, save money on groceries, and live longer and happier.


Editorial Reviews

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“. . . it is splendid and solid . . .” (LewRockwell.com, August 2011)

“In addition to addressing large health issues with clarity and precision, Gedgaudas provides step-by-step guidelines and meal recommendations, giving her work even more utility, while tossing in moments of humor for good measure.” (ForeWord Magazine, September 2011)

“This book provides a range of new information. It is an excellent resource for those of us who believe in the importance of grass fed animal fats as a crucial source of Omega-3.” (Bruce Ward, Holistic Results, November 2011)

“If you want to really know about how your brain and body work, read this book!” (Thom Hartmann, author of The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child)

“This is one of the best health information books I have read in a long time.” (Annette Epifano, New Connexion, November 2011)

“A fascinating read that not only motivates you to change your diet but also provides the practical tools to do so.” (Merikah Robertson, Common Ground)

Primal Body, Primal Mind is so much more than just another “what to eat” book – it explains in everyday terms why eating like our Paleolithic ancestors works. With ample research to back up her claims, certified nutritional therapist Nora Gedgaudas reveals what we are and are not genetically programmed to eat.” (Healthy Referral, July 2012)

“I consider Nora’s work to be the definitive statement on the nutritional needs of the brain. It is required reading for all of my patients and for anyone with an interest in maintaining their own vitality throughout their life.” (Glen Zielinski, D.C., D.A.C.N.B., assistant professor of clinical neurology at Carrick Institute for)

“It’s a health plan so easy even an unga bunga caveman can do it! Gedgaudas uses humor, science-based facts, and common sense to debunk many of the myths we have been told about weight and health control in the 21st century. In the world of healthy high-fat, low-carb nutrition research and education, this is yet another book to complement your healthy lifestyle change.” (Jimmy Moore, author of Livin’ la Vida Low Carb)

“Nora explores where our dietary requirements originated and how they affect our mood and vulnerability to diseases and explains the complex issues of nutrient assimilation, digestion gluten sensitivity, and celiac disease. Find out if you’re a fat burner or a sugar burner, learn the bad news about gluten, soy, milk proteins, and the nutritional bases for depression, ADHD, and other common disorders. This book is so much more than another ‘what to eat’ book.” (Julie Holland, M.D., author of The Pot Book and Weekends at Bellevue)

Primal Body, Primal Mind is the best nutritional book I have ever read.  It covers everything.  I have already bought 3 copies to give to worthy friends. A gold mine of great information.” (Louise L. Hay, Hay House Publishing)

“Nora Gedgaudas is a warrior fighting for our collective health. For 2.6 million years humans knew what to eat: animal fat and protein. On that diet, we grew tall, strong, and disease-free. That primal pattern is still there, laid down like a labyrinth circling out of our DNA, and Nora is ready to guide us. This book is fabulous.” (Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth)

“These days, hormones are a hot topic. In Primal Body, Primal Mind, Gedgaudas focuses on those hormones that are commonly imbalanced and problematic to the American population, contributing to symptoms such as weight gain, low energy, poor mood, and even premature aging. In clear and simple terms Nora describes the root of these problems and outlines solutions that are effective and easy to apply. This is the book you want to read.” (Janet R. Lang, D.C., author, educator, and founder of Restorative Endocrinology)

“Nora Gedgaudas lights a path toward dietary discretion and natural health that obliterates much of the standard dietary doctrine along the way. Larger truths have a tendency to be simple. It is so here as well.” (Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., coauthor of ADD: The 20 Hour Solution and chief scientist at the EEG Instit)

“One of the best books I have read dealing with nutrition and lifestyle for optimal health.” (David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, author of, The Better Brain Book and Power Up Your Brain: The Neu)

“Every so often, you encounter a gem among the dross competing for your attention. Such is the case with Primal Body, Primal Mind, written by Nora Gedgaudas.” (Mark Steinberg, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist )

“In my opinion, Primal Body, Primal Mind is the best book so far ever done on the Paleolithic diet. Despite the rich and detailed amount of science included in Nora Gedgaudas’s excellent book, even Britney Spears could understand it.” (Charles Poliquin, Poliquin Strength Institute, Olympic and World Champion Strength Coach)

“Nora Gedgaudas has loaded Primal Body, Primal Mind with the information and resources essential for anyone who hopes to survive the 21st century in mental and physical health.” (Julia Ross, author of The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure and executive director of the Recovery Systems)

“When you read Nora’s work, rest assured you are not reading a regurgitated version of whatever is in fashion, but instead the careful harvest of decades of careful research, application and observation .” (Elaine Fawcett, MJ., NT., Health Journalist and Nutritional Therapist)

“. . . Primal Body, Primal Mind reveals how the coming of agriculture resulted in a marked decline in stature, bone density, dental health, with a corresponding rise in birth defects, malnutrition, and disease directly related to an agriculturally-based life style. . . Primal Body Primal Mind is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Health & Nutrition instructional reference collections.” (Midwest Book Review, August 2011)

“If you are serious about changing your eating habits to a healthier regimen, you should consider reading Primal Body, Primal Mind. Following Gedgaudas’ suggestions will not only give you a healthier body but also a clearer and more functional mind.” (ReaderViews, August 2011)

From the Author

This new extraordinary edition of Primal Body, Primal Mind has been substantially refined, updated, meticulously scientifically edited and reformatted with extra chapters and new additional illustrations.  The few nay-saying comments posted to this site are mostly based on the earlier edition of this book which lacked the current edition's refinement. 

No one book can possibly please everybody--and Primal Body, Primal Mind challenges a lot of comfortable assumptions (even slaying and barbequing a few sacred cows along the way)---but most of those who found fault with the previous edition will find their complaints here can no longer apply.  In fact, I've used much of the prior constructive criticism as a helpful tool to elevate Primal Body, Primal Mind to a whole new standard of excellence.   

I am quite proud of this new edition.  I hope you enjoy it. 

~ Nora Gedgaudas, Author

Product Details

  • File Size: 1475 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594774137
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 2 edition (June 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057GR59G
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
239 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science-based diet and health information that works November 3, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Finally a book I can unreservedly recommend! I've been very interested in books on diet for a while now, but this one really stood out. It doesn't miss out anything vital nor have anything in it that is so wrong that unreservedly recommending it is difficult. It's so well done and the most complete book on diet I have found so far.

This book is a pretty good summary/amalgamation of many of the very best books on diet I have found, such as Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Sally Fallon, Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan, Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck, Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol by Mary G. Enig, The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food by Kaayla T. Daniel, The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth About Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger by Nancy Deville....

Plus: Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine: Improving Health and Longevity with Native Nutrition by Ronald F. Schmid, The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease by Uffe Ravnskov and The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series) by Mark Sisson.

What is also wonderful about this book is that it is also a book about health and treating illness. It deals with the topic of health in some depth and does NOT just tell you to eat well and as your ancestors did and everything will be fine.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best $12 I ever spent April 2, 2012
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I'm recommending this book to everyone. I have studied nutrition for 20+ year and have read several diet books trying to unlock the diet "secret". This is my first and only Paleo book. Actually it's NOT Paleo but BEYOND Paleo as the title says. It's NOT another Paleo book. I did peruse the other 2 (Rob Wolf and Mark Sisson) on Amazon and decided on this one. I have already tried the Paleo diet a year ago and got great results. I lost my belly, looked like a competitive bodybuilder and fit into the size of jeans I wore 20 years ago. I wanted to know more about the diet and why, scientifically, was it doing. I wanted a book by more than a diet advocate (I greatly respect the other two authors I mentioned above) but someone who would give me the why so I could really take control of my health. Boy did I get that and then some! Nora's chapters on Carbohydrate Metabolism and Weight Management are golden. So much information about glucose and insulin and why we don't stay lean and healthy on the SAD (Standard American Diet). What the real bonus of the book is the information and insight into longevity she gives. The chapters about Leptin and Insulin give you the information you need to restore your Leptin Sensitivity. Also why hydrogenated oils and Trans fats are to be avoided at all costs, the extreme importance of Omega 3's, Insulin's role is not to reduce blood sugar, how the SAD is driving everyone toward diabetes. She also mentions, and I experienced myself twice, the euphoria you get when you reach the point when you are much stronger than you food cravings. They weaken and it is so much easier to just say no to cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, pizza, pasta, rice, corn chips, etc... These things don't rule you anymore. She likens carbs to feeding a fire with kindling and paper. Read more ›
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195 of 218 people found the following review helpful
By claudia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first reviewed this book in 2010, and I have purchased about 30 copies of Nora's book to give away. Now I have read Nora's new book. WOW!!! It's hard to believe something so informative and well done could be even better now. The second edition is AMAZING. My diet is so much better than it was 5 years ago, and I will always be honing my gardening, buying, cooking and eating to maximizing nutrients. It REALLY helps to reread and reinforce ALL the tremendous breadth of topics Nora so deftly covers.

I am retired and about to become a grand-mother for the first time. My daughter guarantees a beautiful nutrient-dense baby.... she's all about delicious food from working at Chez Panisse while she was a student at Cal... so knowing that that deliciousness comes from nutrient dense foods made her love reading Nora's book too. And, I know I will be giving away many, many more Primal Body books... I always have one handy to give to anyone curious about why my family seems so healthy.

Every time a new best-seller comes out, I seem to get sucked in and buy it. Wheat Belly, Fat Chance, Salt Sugar Fat.... they're all good and helpful, but Nora just leaves them in the dust... she covers what they cover in one chapter, then Nora goes on to lay out the big picture. She just so clearly knows stuff they still haven't figured out. What a beautiful mind you have Nora... truly brilliant.

What follows I wrote about 30 months ago (slightly edited):

Primal Body--Primal Mind: Empower Your Total Health The Way Evolution Intended by Nora Gedgaudas;

All the other five-star reviewers have covered what's in this book, but I want my 3 minutes to sing praises too!

This book is off the charts, I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Had a lot of good info just a bit on the boring side to me but good
Published 2 days ago by Kimberly Houle
5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of spirit
I have been in eating a ketogenesis/paleo diet for the past year. I read this book back in 2012 and it is still a reference I read so often. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
scary as can be.
Published 10 days ago by Bill G. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering
Comprehensive, easy to read and understand. I have learned a great deal from reading this text, especially how a basically healthy 60 year old woman who has had led a healthy... Read more
Published 12 days ago by N. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All I can say was this book was awesome! It's a wake up call to our Heath.
Published 15 days ago by Cigale Utley
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Helpful in more ways than would have guessed... as an adult with ADHD and anxiety issues ...this book answers many questions . On some controversial topics . Read more
Published 18 days ago by April Lupold
5.0 out of 5 stars It just makes sense
I am a big fan of Nora's website too.
She manages to present hard science in a way that is complete and not "dumbed down" yet is still accessible to people who don't... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! Thanks!
Published 21 days ago by mojomomx2
5.0 out of 5 stars This has affirmmed my belief that all that low fat surgar free garbage...
You will learn alot. This has affirmmed my belief that all that low fat surgar free garbage was causing health issues. Read more
Published 27 days ago by I am ready
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Substantive information, well presented.
Published 1 month ago by Julie White
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More About the Author

Nora Gedgaudas has a background in diet and nutrition spanning some 25 years and is a widely recognized, respected and sought-after expert in the field.

She is recognized by the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Certified Nutritional Therapist (CNT) and is also Board-certified in Holistic Nutrition ® through the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP).

Because of her expertise, Nora has appeared as a guest lecturer on radio and television. She was host of her own radio program on Voice America Radio's "Health and Wellness" channel (www.voiceamerica.com) as of May 2009.

Nora served as a trainer for the State of Washington Institute of Mental Health, illuminating nutrition's impact on mental health for State workers at all levels. She maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon as both a CNT and a Board-certified Clinical Neurofeedback Specialist (CNS).

Nora Gedgaudas full bio can be found here:
http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com/about.html


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