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Primal Body, Primal Mind [Paperback]

Nora T. Gedgaudas
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Book Description

May 31 2011
Combining your body’s Paleolithic needs with modern nutritional and medical research for complete mind-body wellness

• Provides sustainable diet strategies to curb sugar cravings, promote fat burning and weight loss, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and moods, increase energy and immunity, and enhance memory and brain function

• Shows how our modern diet leads to weight gain and “diseases of civilization”--such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and ADD

• Explains how diet affects the brain, hormone balance, and the aging process and the crucial role of vitamin D in cancer and disease prevention

Examining the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density, and dental health and the increase in birth defects, malnutrition, and disease following the implementation of the agricultural lifestyle, Nora Gedgaudas shows how our modern grain- and carbohydrate-heavy low-fat diets are a far cry from the high-fat, moderate-protein hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programmed for, leading not only to lifelong weight gain but also to cravings, mood disorders, cognitive problems, and “diseases of civilization”--such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), heart disease, and mental illness.

Applying modern discoveries to the basic hunter-gatherer diet, she culls from vast research in evolutionary physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, and chronic and degenerative disease to unveil a holistic lifestyle for true mind-body health and longevity. Revealing the primal origins and physiological basis for a high-fat, moderate-protein, starch-free diet and the importance of adequate omega-3 intake--critical to our brain and nervous system but sorely lacking in most people’s diets--she explains the nutritional problems of grains, gluten, soy, dairy, and starchy vegetables; which natural fats promote health and which (such as canola oil) harm it; the crucial role of vitamin D in cancer and disease prevention; the importance of saturated fat and cholesterol; and how diet affects mental health, memory, cognitive function, hormonal balance, and cellular aging. With step-by-step guidelines, recipes, and meal recommendations, this book offers sustainable strategies for a primally based, yet modern approach to diet and exercise to reduce stress and anxiety, lose weight, improve sleep and mood, increase energy and immunity, enhance brain function, save money on groceries, and live longer and happier.

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“. . . it is splendid and solid . . .” (, August 2011)

“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)

About the Author

Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT, is a certified nutritional therapist and neurofeedback specialist with a private practice. A member of the Nutritional Therapy Association, the National Association of Nutritional Professionals, the Nutrition and Metabolism Society, and the Weston A. Price Foundation, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 50 REVIEWER
Finally a book I can unreservedly recommend! I've been very interested in books on diet for a while now, but this one really stood out. It doesn't miss out anything vital nor have anything in it that is so wrong that unreservedly recommending it is difficult. It's so well done and the most complete book on diet I have found so far.

This book is a pretty good summary/amalgamation of many of the very best books on diet I have found, such as Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Sally Fallon, Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan, Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck, Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol by Mary G. Enig, The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food by Kaayla T. Daniel, The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth About Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger by Nancy Deville....

Plus: Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine: Improving Health and Longevity with Native Nutrition by Ronald F. Schmid, The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease by Uffe Ravnskov and The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series) by Mark Sisson.

What is also wonderful about this book is that it is also a book about health and treating illness. It deals with the topic of health in some depth and does NOT just tell you to eat well and as your ancestors did and everything will be fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must! July 27 2010
By Soph
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I highly recommend this book. Intelligent, based on scientific facts, not the typical fad diet commercial info. This book is in alignement with "The Vegetarian Myth", and as "shocking" as "Nourishing Traditions"; If
you liked these, you'll be equally pleased with this one. It's definitely mind-oriented: a lot of
info on Attention Deficit Disorders and other mental-health issues: I hope all professionals will at least
consider this diet approach for therapy. A must for serious people who have done their research and contemplating a paleo switch in their life; And probably necessary for people afflicted with mild depression to even violent behavior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 'Paleo' Book Out There March 26 2012
By Doug
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I have read extensively the different books on the Paleo diet, and I can honestly say that Nora Gedgaudas' 'Primal Body, Primal Mind' is the best of the bunch. No other book goes into as much detail, is as comprehensive and yet as pleasurable to read. It is, quite simply, the best book about diet out there. I fell in love with this book as soon as I started reading it, and it didn't let up until the end.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on diet and nutrition March 28 2012
In this book, Nora presented the very latest research on diet and nutrition and how it helps the body to recover from a life time of abuse under the standard recommended diet (low fat, high carb). She shows clearly how sugar in the body (converted from dietary carbohydrate) is so damaging and how limiting/eliminating the carb and replacing it with saturated fat can revert the damage. She also shows how some of the main ingredients of the standard diet (gluten, dairy and soy) are essentially poisons that are killing us slowly.

This is the book to read if you are suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or feeling tired all the time. It is also the book to read if you seem to be healthy, and just want to improve your health a bit. I thought of myself as healthy. Well, I didn't know what being healthy could be until after I start to seriously follow the low carb, high saturated fat diet.

Although the book does an excellent job on answering WHY you should change your diet, it does not offer much information on HOW to do it. So it is important to read a few other books such as The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, and search the web for experience from paleo dieters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for autoimmune concerns Oct. 9 2013
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Easy to read and gave a complete package for anyone wanting to follow an aggressive anti-inflammatory diet. I was looking for more info. on the ketogenic diet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative! Feb. 7 2013
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This book has a very good take on the subject of how what we eat is affecting us. Within the first 2 chapters I had come across issues that had been affecting me for over a year. I like how everything is spelled out very clearly and how the author, Nora Gedgaudas, comes across as a human being, not as an authoritative figure telling you everything you have been doing wrong up until the point of picking up her book.
I would recommend this book to anyone with autoimmune issues and anyone who wants to clean up their diet and eat wholesome healthy food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Dan
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Primal Body Primal Mind was an absolutely incredible read and an eye-opener helping to dispell tons of nutritional and dietary myths. Discovering that most often what we consider healthy - think whole wheat, cereal grains, fruits, breads, pastas, low fat foods (even some, if not most vegetables) are NOT healthy whatsoever, and the stuff we consider unhealthy - red meat, saturated fats, cholesterol, is in fact not only good for us, but helps fuel our body's, brain and organs to an optimal level.

By going into our evolutionary past, Nora brings up the eating habits of our paleolithic ancestors and explains how the human race evolved. It wasn't from farming practices or eating tons of starches or sugars like we do today, but by hunting wild game and eating a lot of fat and moderate proteins.

None of the diseases that we have today - cancer, diabetes, alzheimers, ADD and autism existed in such epidemic amounts until recently. And this has not only to do with our lifestyle, but especially our eating habits that are destroying us from the inside out by completely disregulating and throwing off our hormone and blood sugar levels.

This depletes our adrenal gland functions, can throw our thyroids out of whack, and cause severe mood and emotional swings making us susceptible to stress, anxiety and depression at a level unheard of.

What I found to be most shocking, especially to those who are parents or who are going to be soon, is that she explains the concept of Pottenger's in which a generation subsisting on processed, nutrient-depleted foods will inevitably pass on genetic weaknesses and immune system disorder to their children, and so on and so forth.
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