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The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Mark Sisson
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Are You Hyperconnected ... and Disconnected? The frenetic pace of modern life distracts us from a painful truth: we are disconnected. Disconnected from our DNA recipe, forged through the selection pressure of human evolution, to enjoy health, happiness, and peace of mind. Horns, office chatter, and whirring machines batter our ears with incessant noise. Artificial light and digital stimulation overstress our nervous systems day and night. Traffic jams, long lines, interruptions, distractions, and big egos pervade daily life in such a manner that we don't even realize the piece--or rather the peace--that's gone missing.In The Primal Connection, Mark Sisson, the leading voice in the Evolutionary Health movement, and bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint, presents innovative, step-by-step guidelines to reconnect you with the hard-wiring of the human brain, trigger the release of feel-good hormones, and promote optimal gene expression. The Primal Connection is about setting your own daily pace, redefining your core values, and making time for play, for thrilling adventures, for quiet reflection, for friends and family, and for optimal rest and rejuvenation--while still enjoying the comfort and convenience of modern life!Time To Get Primal!*Go barefoot--cures foot and back pain*Play in the dirt--boosts mood and immune function*Wear sunglasses at night--promotes sound sleep*Family before Facebook--strengthens your inner circle*Commune with nature--relieves stress at the biochemical level*Power down when you should--learn to single-task*Cultivate an attitude of gratitude--appreciate simple gifts, roll with punches*Redefine wealth--includes free time, fun, and fitness tooPrimal Connection Q&A With Author Mark SissonQ: How does this book differ from The Primal Blueprint?A: The Primal Blueprint focused on the ten lifestyle laws of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, with particular emphasis on what seem to be the most urgent and obvious life changing elements of the Evolutionary Health movement: eating primal foods (meat, fish, fowl, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds) and exercising in a manner aligned with optimal gene expression (frequent comfortably paced movement coupled with brief, intense strength and sprint workouts). The Primal Connection extends the primal theme to matters of the psyche and the disconnects inherent with high tech modern life and how to fix things.Q: How are the connections categorized?A: There are six sections of the book offering scientific rationale and step-by-step action plans to make assorted connections as follows:*Inner Dialogue: Reject self-doubt and gain mastery over your thoughts and actions. Learn the ten habits of highly effective hunter-gatherers: dealing with personal conflict, letting go of the past, reevaluating your definition of affluence, and trusting your gut instincts.*Body: Learn how to safely and gradually transition to a barefoot-dominant lifestyle, including workouts. Learn correct posture and movement mechanics--maybe for the first time ever! Understand the transformative power of touch and how to leverage it in daily life. Learn the importance of frequent, comfortably paced movement, including taking regular breaks from prolonged sedentary periods, and even how to create a standup work environment to enhance concentration, circulation, and fat metabolism. *Nature: Relieve stress at the biochemical level simply by immersing into pleasant natural surroundings.


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About the Author

Mark is the one of the leading figures in the primal/paleo/ancestral health world, with his MarksDailyApple.com the most visited site in this category. Mark has followed the revolutionary bestseller, The Primal Blueprint, with six other books on primal living and eating. He is a former world-class endurance athlete (2:18 marathon, 4th place Hawaii Ironman), BA degree in biology (Williams College). Besides blogging daily and writing books, Mark hosts PrimalCon lifestyle retreats in North America

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  • File Size: 2810 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984755101
  • Publisher: Primal Nutrition, Inc.; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AM5XKPA
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connecting to a Better more Natural Life January 8, 2013
Format:Hardcover
In The Primal Connection--Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness--Mark Sisson has gone beyond his bestselling The Primal Blueprint to bring forth a powerful life program for reconnecting with what truly makes us happy, healthy, and wise. Sisson's touchstone is always our evolutionary heritage, including both biological evolution through our genes as well as the social evolution of our species. After re-stating the core of the diet and exercise regime from The Primal Blueprint, Sisson then expands on:

* our connection with our inner dialogue (giving us 10 Habits of Highly Successful Hunter-Gatherers),
* our connection with our body by going shoeless whenever possible and learning proper posture and mechanics,
* our connection with nature (I'd recommend Bill McKibben's The Age of Missing Information for a fabulous extended take on this point),
* the connection with our daily rhythms (stop over-stimulating yourself with light and electronics after dark),
* our social connection (find about 12 people to be good friends with in the real world and forget about having a zillion Facebook friends),
* and finally our connection with play, relaxation, and downtime generally.

Two book themes are particularly interesting and worthy of further exploration.

The first concerns what Sisson calls "the Power of Posture," where he briefly summarizes the well-known work of Esther Gokhale and the Gokhale Method Institute in Palo Alto, California. Based on
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252 of 277 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan. Big Disappointment. January 15, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is actually with a strange sense of sadness that I feel compelled to write this review.

Mr. Sisson's book, The Primal Blueprint, has had a powerful, positive effect on my life. I have used his 90-Day Journal with good results. And I have gained tremendously from his website, Mark's Daily Apple. I HIGHLY recommend all those resources. Unfortunately, having read The Primal Connection, I cannot recommend it. In fact, I found it to be quite bad. Here's why: The Primal Blueprint identifies a scientific fact--human beings appeared in evolution under certain physical and dietary conditions; attempting to live, eat, and move as much as possible under those conditions will deliver optimal gene expression today. Eat and move like Grok, not Korg, and you will be healthier and happier. I'm doing it, and it works. The reason the Primal Connection fails (in my opinion) is that it goes so far from the base scientific fact that it strays into the realm of metaphor. Live like hunter-gatherers did (but not really).

Well, I could go into any era of human existence, pull out what I think were the best attributes of life then, and write a book telling people to establish a "connection" to that time. The Renaissance Connection, The Enlightenment Connection, The Medieval Connection (with lots of great stuff about chivalry--and mutton), The 60s Connection (just relax, dude), The Victorian Connection (after all, Darwin himself was a Victorian and it was a time of great discovery, without which we wouldn't even have the underlying truth of The Primal Blueprint). I could pull the best (or my interpretation/imagination of the best) out of any of these times, and give a framework for making a "connection." But I would fall into the same trap that Mr. Sisson does. Here is some of the concrete advice Mr.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for People Living in Modern Society January 8, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I was thrilled to recieve my advance copy of Mark Sisson's latest book in The Primal Blueprint series, The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness, last week for several reasons. First (and foremost), I was interested in seeing how Mark interpreted a topic that should resonate with us all at our core. Second, I was curious to see how the book was laid out, seeing as I'm writing a very similar book myself. (Thankfully, Mark has covered the bigger topics I haven't, and my book may end up being a great companion to this one.) Third, I was excited for people to actually read this book and start making changes in their lives -- changes that would make it easier for me to interact with them, to connect on a deeper level and to form tribes based on shared human experiences instead of the latest model of a designer purse or the shared love of Nikon cameras.

I've been feeling majorly disconnected from modern society for about four years now -- about the same length of time that I've been Primal. I've lost touch with many friends, as I no longer have much in common with them. When I started eating and exercising the way my genes expected me to, something deep in the recesses of my brain woke up. I started questioning why I did everything that I did: Why did I feel the need for a bigger house? What role was television playing in my life? Why did I want to be surrounded by people at certain times and completely alone at other times? Why did I suddenly hate video games and everyone who played them for hours on end -- the only `social' interaction they had all day? Why was I depressed after looking at Facebook? Didn't I have over 500 friends on there?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
An easy read. Sisson has a knack for explaining this stuff to the layman quite well.
Published 5 days ago by Josh Vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Logic prevails
This is the answer to your inability to get in shape. Logic prevails.
Published 1 month ago by Yougottosellitcheap
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to digging deeper into health beyond just diet
Lately I've been digging deeper into health looking beyond just diet, and instead embracing the importance of all aspects of our lifestyle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebekka K. Steg
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.
I occasionally check out Mark's website. The book is straightforward and a great introduction to primal lifestyle. It is filled with common sense we all often forget.
Published 1 month ago by RHEA PRATOR WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting
Great read, I'm still going through it
Published 1 month ago by beachbound
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, must read for Primal fans.
A great addition to your library about the Primal Lifestyle. Goes a little deeper than diet and exercise, and gives some Primal perspective on becoming more "... Read more
Published 3 months ago by norman comparini
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative and a great way to reach optimal health.
Published 3 months ago by Richard Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoy Mark's books
Lots of really helpful information and practical suggestions for improving quality of life. I have put several into practice and can see definite improvement. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. C. Byrnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Awesome and life changing.
Published 3 months ago by Brian Tillotson
5.0 out of 5 stars Primal Connection has a lot of good and helpful information for living...
Primal Connection has a lot of good and helpful information for living a healthy life that we have been created to live. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Tompkins
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Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and several other Primal Blueprint-branded books, and one of the leading voices of the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement. His blog, MarksDailyApple.com, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. From its humble - and controversial - beginnings in 2006, Mark's Daily Apple has grown into one of the highest-ranked health information resources on the Internet, with 1.6 million unique visitors each month. Mark, 61, has a BA in biology from Williams College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships.

Today, Mark directs his competitive energies into high-stakes Ultimate Frisbee tournaments against competitors decades younger. Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars on the Primal Blueprint way of life and hosts multi-day total immersion retreats called PrimalCon at locations across America and in Mexico. He operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA, publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors promoting ancestral health principles. Mark is married to Carrie and they have two children.

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