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Eat the Yolks Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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Liz Wolfe is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP™) certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association who is passionate about dismantling widespread nutrition myths and discovering the truth about food. She works with individuals, businesses, and nonprofits to develop nutrition programming based around real, whole foods, and she documents her personal adventures in cooking, nutrition, and homesteading on her much-loved blog, CaveGirlEats.com. When she’s not enjoying fresh eggs from her free-range chicken flock or hanging out with her goats, dog, or husband, she’s serving as ambassador for her favorite nonprofits: Steve’s Club National Program, which provides athletic training and mentorship to at-risk youth; and The First Twenty, an organization dedicated to improving the long-term health of America’s firefighters.
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For one thing from this book, I learned there are people out there who pay attention to complete versus incomplete proteins. It has been 50 years since talking about that went out of style.
There is an explanation of ATP which is easier to understand for a lay person than the complicated explanation in nutrition courses.
I learned that the fat soluble vitamins act synergisticly. That has been known (and ignored) for probably 60 plus years about B vitamins, but I did not know it about oil soluble ones. I should have known.
Somehow I had missed in my reading that there are vitamin D receptors in every cell throughout the body. Well, for heaven's sake! No wonder we keep discovering things we need D for - above and beyond seeing to it our bones get their calcium.
In other words, don't let the breezy conversational style of this book put you off. We can all learn from it.
This is the book I've been waiting for, the perfect way to introduce a curious person to a real food lifestyle. I'd recommend Practical Paleo for any kitchen as a reference guide and recipe inspiration or Cate Shanahan's work for those who just really need to see "MD" after the author's name, but this is the book for the hook. This is the book for the friend who is jumping on a plane for a business trip or the busy mom who has 15 minutes to read while her kid is in dance class. It is concise, but every word counts. The approach is totally relatable, fun to read, and beautifully executed. This is absolutely THE book to get people to understand why I eat so much bacon and get militant about where my meat comes from.
As an educator, I love how this book encourages people to toss the rules and truly understand health and nutrition. I also love how it puts "paleo" in a positive light, but isn't rigid paleo propaganda. This is so necessary while paleo is shifting more to the mainstream- teach and learn, don't just listen and follow.
The only issue I had was that there was a section where the vegetarian/vegan side of eating disorders uses that was explained away in an illogical way. Primates are not inherently herbivores. Some are herbivores, some are omnivores, some are carnivores. Most are omnivorous, and there are no animals which do not eat other animals some time in their life. The human body best matches common chimpanzees, which get 50% or so of their nutrition from animal and insect sources and cannot properly digest rough vegetation. The animals noted by the plant-only brigade are gorillas, which have the dentition and digestive system of a horse. It is mentioned that we evolved to eat cooked food, which is also incorrect and based on a hypothesis which has several glaring exceptions. Humans cannot digest raw vegetables, but have no issue with raw animal matter whatsoever. Cooked meat digests faster than raw, but this is not a good thing as it means the human will become hungry sooner. Raw flesh remaining in the stomach for a long time allows the body to remain sated for a very long time and doesn't destroy heat-sensitive nutrition. Light cooking is fine, but well-done meat is, by comparison, nutritionally inferior.
This, by no means, takes away from the rest of the information, which is scientifically sound. Evolution is an educated guess, at best, and so these opinions of some scientists which wouldn't hold up against scrutiny due to the fact that many peoples consume raw meat and have no issue should be omitted in favor of modern, observable and testable, facts.