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Solving the Paleo Equation: Stress, Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep Paperback – January 28, 2014
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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"After three years of declining performances and difficulty recovering from workouts (things I had attributed to age and constant overtraining), I decided to contact 'Dr. G.' because I knew he had firsthand experience with what I put my body through doing CrossFit and Olympic lifting. The way I felt turned around in less than a month, and my athletic performance followed suit within three months. …I was restored to my previous abilities."—Josh Everett, second- and third-place CrossFit Games finisher
About the Author
Dr. Garrett L. Smith is a licensed naturopathic physician in three states (AZ, WA, OR) who practices primarily clinical nutrition and functional medicine in Tucson, Arizona. He has written online for 180 Degree Health, The Performance Menu, and the Weston A. Price Foundation. He earned his naturopathic medical degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and his B.S. in Physiology from the University of Arizona. Also a certified strength coach, he has trained and competed in many sports, ranging from baseball to triathons to Olympic weightlifting. He can be found online at www.DrGarrettSmith.com. His main goal is to teach people that good health can be obtained without the typical neurotic and fear-driven approaches that have become so trendy in these times.
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I think this book will be most appreciated by folks who are a bit burnt out on an excessive fitness program or overly restrictive diet. Matt & Garrett provide a practical and well-written guide to help you realize that you don't need to do a lot of the BS that we're commonly told to do and in fact you should do the opposite. I've benefitted already by being less restrictive with my diet and chilling out a bit more on the fitness side of things.
I'm being nitpicky here, but one thing I would've liked to see are a few more specific recommendations (particularly on the diet side). I understand they want to avoid getting too nitty gritty b/c they believe that's part of the problem with a lot of people's approach to health & fitness, but a few more details would've been appreciated.
All in all this is a kick ass book - give it a shot if you are interested in an alternative point of view and sick of the conventional approaches to health/wellness and fitness.
I am a huge huge fan of Matt Stone. I appreciate his unbiased attitude towards health and nutrition which is hard to come by. This book goes beyond nutrition and Mr. Stone even admits that legumes and grains are the hardest digesting food groups by nature. Avoid these 2 food groups and even if you are not strict with your diet which you shouldn't be, then you eat "Paleo" in some way. Or eat some properly prepared grains or eat some white rice.
This book goes beyond nutrition. I thoroughly enjoyed the section on EMF's. Not only does putting your phone in airplane mode potentially save you from long lasting damage but it has a huge positive impact on your mental stress since you are not connected as much as you are if your phone is never on airplane mode.
And here is a question for you: Is it possible that MOVEMENT is more important than what we eat? Or what about HOW we eat versus what we eat? Or HOW we live in other ways? And is eating intuitively which may mean eating oatmeal more Paleo than avoiding eating a food because it's "new" to us? Just some food for thought that has me thinking mostly because of the work by Matt Stone.
The majority of the information presented in this book is great. I believe the point of it was to keep things as anti-dogmatic, anti-alarmism as possible, while keeping the information simple and concise.
The chapters on Stress, Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep are quite good, and are a refreshing read considering all of the avoidance diets and High Intensity Exercise routines out there.
The only issue I have is with with the last half of the "Sleep and Recovery" chapter on 'Electromagnetic Fields and Radiofrequency Radiation').
While all the other information in the readings prior to this comes across with a good sense of humour and reassures the reader that it's not too difficult to achieve great health with a couple simple changes, the final chapter suddenly launches into a lengthy fear-mongering rant about EMF's and RFR's written by Dr.Smith that takes on a completely different tone than the rest of the book.
While the purpose of this book it seems was to not be overly preachy and dogmatic, this part of the book comes across as the total opposite.
While I do agree it can't hurt to keep EMF/RFR exposure to a minimum, in this day and age it's literally impossible to avoid. Most buildings, schools, malls, hospitals, condominiums, etc. are all wired with Wi-Fi access. While turning your phone to Airplane mode all day will prevent EMF's radiating from your OWN phone (How do people contact you?), the EMF's everywhere else would still be an issue and there's no way to prevent that.
I think Matt realized this halfway through this section as he throws in a small blurb in the middle of this section trying to inject some humour about it, but it still picks up where it left off afterwards.
It doesn't make sense to guide people on stress and relaxation techniques, then suddenly inject anxiety into them by causing them to fear something they can't see and quite honestly can't prevent much of thanks to technology. I can't see anyone unplugging all of their electronics, phones, etc. everyday without eventually becoming OCD and turning into a modern day Howard Hughes.
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