- Series: Primal Blueprint Series
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Primal Nutrition, Inc.; 1 edition (January 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982207786
- ISBN-13: 978-0982207789
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 994 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series) Paperback – May 10, 2013
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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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Do yourself a favor and give it a month. Many people say the foods on this diet are expensive, and it is a shock to buy organic produce and meat, but a week or two into the diet, you are just not very hungry and I have found that I actually spend less on groceries. I buy grass-fed ground beef and large packs of organic chicken from Costco. We eat loads of organic salad, broccoli and kale. If we have a sweet craving we eat a little dark chocolate. Even if you can't buy totally organic - just apply the principles in the book and avoid the sugar and grains and you will feel like a new person.
Bottom line - we both feel great and my husband's pain is soon to be a thing of the past. It's great to have smaller pants, but it's even greater to have our health improved in such a short period of time.
UPDATE: September 2012 - my husband and I continue to shrink. This is the first time I have ever lost more weight than him (40 pounds)and that's just because he eats more fruit smoothies than I do. The big news is that my husband's bloodwork has completely changed in the time since I wrote the original review. Cholesterol dropped over 40 points, good cholesterol went up and triglycerides went down. CRP (inflammation) went down under 1 which means my husband is out of danger in terms of cardiac risk. This time last year my husband was in daily pain, couldn't remember anything and was being treated by a cardiologist. My husband's doctor told him he would never be able to turn his cholesterol around without statin drugs. This month, when the doctor reviewed my husband's labs he was amazed. He said, and I quote "what was the name of that book again?" This way of eating has changed our lives in ways I could not have imagined - we have so much more energy, brain fog is gone, more new pants for me, more inches off my waist, and people who haven't seen us for a while say we look 20 years younger. This plan takes commitment, but if you truly clean out the junk foods (grains) in your house and hang in there to get through the initial cravings, you will never look back. It is such a relief to never be hungry and not have to always think about food. If you are heading down the heart attack path of high cholesterol and your doctor is saying you have to get on statins - do this instead. If you have pain from arthritis or fibromyalgia, try this. It is truly life changing.
The biggest thing surprising me was I am not hungry, don't have the cravings I used to, and still I am shedding pounds. I can easily sustain this eating style permanently.
Cons: May be too much science for some readers. May not be your cup of tea if you're not a Paleo fan.
"The Primal Blueprint" was my first ever introduction to the Paleo diet over 3 years ago. At that time, I had never read anything like it before and have run across few other health books with such detailed insight about why we should eat and live a certain way. Most books tell you what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. In "Primal Blueprint", the focus is on WHY you should eat a certain way and why the author believes that this will lead to a more healthy life. If you are looking for a more natural-based way of eating and living, this is definitely a book to consider as part of your reference.
One of the unique features of the book is that the author (Mark Sisson) doesn't just give you a list of guidelines ("Eat this" or "Don't eat that). Sisson practically beats you over the head with statistics and research supporting those guidelines. He really wants you to know where he is coming from. If you're a person who is highly
Another aspect of this book that I found unique was Sisson's unique of a fictinal character, Grok, to illustrate his principles. Grok is the quintessential caveman-lean,strong, and wise in all things nutrition and survival. Sisson provides this character to give an example of how believes mankind ate and lived during the caveman era. He contrasts this with "Korg", which is the modern-day equivalent (in other words us) as an example of how we should be eating. While Sisson's use of Grok and Korg is highly idealized, it is an analogy that should be considered. I strongly believed that we have veered off course without our diet and using Sisson's "Grok vs Korg" can provide a way to guide one's eating decisions.
This is an incredible book and one that should be in every Paleo dieter's reference. There is a foundational book from which you should base all other books from!