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Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life Paperback – May 27, 2011
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“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
Top customer reviews
This book triggered me to read many more primal/paleo/ancestral books, and to change my diet/fitness/lifestyle. All of these changes have greatly improved my life. I have since given away the hard copy of my book and downloaded the latest revision of the book to my kindle and have reread the book twice.
The information is fantastic and is broken out into easy to follow sections. I can truly say that this book has changed my life in many positive ways. I would give it ten stars if I could.
I had a VERY solid diet before reading this and afterward, I changed my whole plan around to become even healthier.
I'm a fitness and nutrition freak, and always have been. That said I read TONS of books, articles, and studies in this genre. This book is my favorite now. There is so much data in here that half of my personal copy is littered with highlights and dogeared pages. I will actually have to buy this book again because I reference it so much it's getting warn.
I have tried many different diet methods in order to accurately judge what my body wants and how it reacts. We are all different so experimentation of a little of 'this' and a 'tad' of that is best. Before I read this I tried the traditional diet route, then I went Vegetarian for 2 years, then the RAW food diet, and lastly I went Pescatarian (vegetarian and seafood).
So, I was basically a Vegetarian when I read this book...and it was working fairly well for me. I was super healthy and felt younger and on track.
This book flipped that diet over and gave it a spanking. Nora clearly presented how our bodies have evolved, what foods we are evolved to eat and how our bodies react to these foods. Finally, Nora presents us with the current 'average' diet and how TERRIBLE the processed food out there is.
I changed my Vegetarian diet to include some animal fat and animal protein in just the right amount while eliminating 90% of the carbohydrates I eat. Keeping in mind other studies that showed a diet with more than 50% cooked foods creates alarms and sends the body into combat mode because it thinks the immune system is under attack.
So, I had quite a big change to make in following this book because Nora is such a big advocate on animal sourced protein and especially FAT.
While the book is fantastic overall there are a few chapters that deserve special recognition.
First, the chapter on Carbohydrates should be a MUST READ for everyone. It describes in detail how the body processes these nutrients and the effects.
Second, the chapter I got the most out of was on FAT. This information is so important to understand and use to ones advantage. This would be the other must read.
I was also very appreciative of the sections on Mental Stress, Depression, and Well Being (not the chapter titles). Nora describes a TON of natural remedies for these issues. Everyone is deficient in some nutrient or other and here is a goldmine of information to deal with these issues naturally WITHOUT pharmaceuticals. The most important thing is Nora describes what supplement to take, and most importantly what dose to take based on real studied. She describes in detail the ingredients and which ones to look for and which ones to stay away from even though they appear to the same. These supplement sections are so fantastic that I have more highlighted information on these pages that non-highlights.
Thank you Nora and please write another book tackling more issues and I'll "consume" that one as well (diet humor...no applause necessary ;)