- Series: Paleo
- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Revised edition (November 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470913029
- ISBN-13: 978-0470913024
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat Paperback – December 7, 2010
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According to author Loren Cordain, modern health and diet problems didn't start with the advent of packaged snack food, but much earlier--back at the dawn of the agricultural age many thousands of years ago. As humans became less nomadic and more dependent on high-carbohydrate diets, we left behind the diet we had evolved with, which is based on low-fat proteins and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Sugars, fats, and carbs were rare, if they were present at all, and survival required a steady, if low-key, level of activity.
Cordain's book The Paleo Diet blends medical research with a healthy sprinkle of individual anecdotes, practical tips, and recipes designed to make his suggestions into a sustainable lifestyle, rather than a simple month-long diet; he even includes cooking recommendations and nationwide sources for wild game.
Claims of improving diseases from diabetes to acne to polycystic ovary disease may be a little overstated, but in general the advice seems sound. Can any of us really go wrong by adding lots more vegetables and fruits to our daily regimen? One recommendation on safe tanning with a gradual reduction in sunscreen is surprising and not much detail is provided for safety issues that can accompany increased sun exposure. Still, Cordain's assertions have helped many people, and could provide exactly the changes you've been looking for to improve your health. --Jill Lightner
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Like Ray Audette's Neanderthin (St. Martin's, 1999), this is another "if you can't find it in the wild, don't eat it" diet that takes the germ of a useful idea and runs with it. According to Cordain (health and exercise science, Colorado State Univ.), Paleolithic humans were fit and lean because, as hunter-gatherers, they ate what was available: meats low in saturated fats, fresh fruits, and nonstarchy vegetables. Nor did they suffer from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, the byproducts of our poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Then again, the average Paleolithic life span was about 30 years, not long enough to develop most chronic illnesses. Still, the author asserts that by eliminating grains, dairy, refined sugars, and processed foods from our diets, we, too, can thrive as our ancestors did. Three levels of diet and six weeks of sample menus, with recipes, are included.
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that our Paleo ancestors were wired for health and for us to do likewise requires a shift backward and away from processed
foods laced with poisons that our bodies cannot digest without leading to significant diminishment in our health.
I have been following his advice and can tell you I have never felt better in my life and I have only been on this diet a short
time. If you want change, and a return to the original way the human body functions exquisitely follow Cordain's ideas.
Put succinctly: they work!
BTW, the robbwolf.com website has great free info to get you shopping and eating paleo out of the shoots. The Cordain site wanted to sell you back newsletters, etc. which is a real turn-off for someone like me who is nibbling around the edges deciding whether or not to dive in.