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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
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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This is a great beginning book. I found other books to have different information that is great as well and is more focused on what you are trying to do the diet(which is a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lucy
many of the recepies are too much thinking for me. I like the premis of the book and am shareing some of the information with others.Published on May 26 2013 by Lelah Ngeruka
This is a great book to help explain what the Paleo Diet does & how it works. It gives beginners 2 weeks worth of menus to try which are varied & not boring.Published on Jan. 11 2013 by Terry
This is an excellent book for anyone wanting some solid nutritional advice. I particularly like how it is all backed by science. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2011 by Kumar
The book is supported by a great wealth of research from the author's web site. I have been on it for 1 month now and intend to stay on it as i find it easy to follow. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2010 by W052
... or maybe s/he simply didn't understand what s/he read. I'm talking about the one that made the stupid statement about the lifespan of paleo humans being only 30 years. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by Amazon Customer
Cordain's book is long on speculation and error and very short on data.
He would have you eat protein at levels just a hair short of toxicity for your entire life! Read more