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What are your recommendations for beyond-Paleo reading material?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I'm loving the Paleo diet and what that's doing for my body. (I'm kicking myself that I never focused on diet / nutrition until this long... so many years of fast food eaten.)

Now that I've got my diet somewhat understood, I'm looking to work more on my mind, as I feel a slight bottleneck there in my path to optimal health. Specifically, I would like to be better versed in meditation / relaxation tech. (I tend to get stressed when I shouldn't and let my mind run when it needn't.)

I've downloaded various literature in the past, but, haven't really found much that jived.

You guys are a wonderful community and I trust your opinions -- what should I read that will complement my newfound diet / paleo lifestyle? What can I read that can change my life (like when I read 'it starts with food') ?

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on May 28, 2013
at 06:00 PM

Thanks, great link.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 28, 2013
at 09:47 AM

I will check that out. This is an interesting (somewhat related article) http://psr.sagepub.com/content/11/4/303.abstract Eat less carbs, gain free will.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 28, 2013
at 08:33 AM

The audience is unusually healthy looking.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 28, 2013
at 08:32 AM

Great talks. I'm enjoying Leiberman's.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 28, 2013
at 08:21 AM

"Fractal dosing"... That's awesome. This is my kind of geeky stuff.

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on May 27, 2013
at 08:27 PM

Colin you should send that in for an idea for next year. They are always looking for new presenters.

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on May 27, 2013
at 03:43 PM

I just polished off Dawkins' "The God Delusion" this morning and will be starting up "The Selfish Gene" after this pot of coffee brews. Although, admittedly, it was mostly confirmation bias on my part I still found it a fantastic read. I heavily recommend "The God Delusion" and look forward to "The Selfish Gene".

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on May 27, 2013
at 03:38 PM

I thought this years videos were great my favorite being Dan Leiberman. I hope they continue to get people from the anthropology community, perhaps some of the critics of the diet like Leslie Aiello.

8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

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on May 27, 2013
at 02:33 PM

Anything Thomas Sowell is awesome.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 12:20 PM

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMAwnA5WvLc)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 27, 2013
at 12:20 PM

No, but I'll check him out! Always need something geeky to get lost in...

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Sweet, I'll check those out. This looks entertaining in a nerdy way. Speaking of Gray, do you ever listen to Aubrey Grey (or his beard, rather) ? I'm ready for the future!

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 12:10 PM

Damn, I can pick up 8 other wifi networks from my chair, 2 of them with 5/5 strong signals. At least they're not sitting on my desk, I guess. Sure hope EMF isn't a thing. *nudges cell phone further away* Why'd you have to mention that, lol.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 11:31 AM

Just unplugged the router. I really don't even need the thing. I figure that's my biggest EMF radiation source (at 100 microwatts a foot away from eye level 12hrs a day.) The thing is loud enough that I get a good signal outside of the apartment, in the parking lot, with my car doors closed. Good call man. (current EMF sauna setup, lol http://i.imgur.com/grK0DGV.jpg)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 11:12 AM

(The thing is loud enough that I get a good signal outside of the apartment, in the parking lot, with my car doors closed.)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 11:11 AM

Just unplugged the router. I really don't even need the thing. I figure that's my biggest EMF radiation source (at 100 microwatts a foot away from eye level 12hrs a day.) Good call man.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:28 AM

Hehe, I'm not yet using weird gadgets to filter blue light. For now I've turned off the computer at night (used to run it 24/7) and try to turn of lights after sunset and light a candle thereafter. Little step for now, but I don't discard implementing more hardcore stuff hehe

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 10:20 AM

Speaking of light cycles. I randomly wrote a program years ago that would make my monitors gradually turn more yellow (over the course of 6 hours or so.) It was cool for a minute. (I used to have a tendency to get very little vitamin D or sunlight on a night programming / junk food / caffeine lifestyle.)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:13 AM

From a quick Google search, maybe this setup isn't as radiant as I thought. At least I'm not using CRT anymore (though I miss their refresh rate.) Hmm. So are you rocking the wrist bracelets and energy crystals?

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 10:09 AM

I'm pretty good on eating (vegetables, meat, fruit, got it.) What comes after and what's on top of that list? =]

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on May 27, 2013
at 10:08 AM

Sheesh I also work at home! software engineer and endurance runner, you bet I've the perfect combo for cellular terror u_u¡

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 10:08 AM

Every now and then, I do get the feeling that I should turn that router off. I really don't need 2 antennas pointing at my face all day.

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on May 27, 2013
at 10:08 AM

Weston Price, Sally Fallon, traditional diets - the list is endless.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on May 27, 2013
at 10:07 AM

I'm a software engineer myself so you bet, it's the worst notice I could ever have. But if it is really true, I must know. Then, it's up to me to decide and try to counter-it as much as possible :)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 10:06 AM

(And I work at home. I pretty much bathe in EMF.)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 27, 2013
at 10:05 AM

I really, really hope EMF isn't a thing. (I'm currently in front of 3 monitors, 2 quad core cpus (loaded with 5 hard drives and adequate power), a 60" plasma, a long range 2.4ghz router.. and I sleep on a spring mattress / box spring.)

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on May 27, 2013
at 02:12 PM

Some books I've found "enlightening":

"Shop Class as Soul Craft: An inquiry into the value of work" by Matthew B Crawford

"Human Action" - by Ludwig von Mises

"The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins

"The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle

"Conquests and Cultures" by Thomas Sowell

3fc95bca9e723edfbbb72b172798ab49

(1354)

on May 27, 2013
at 03:43 PM

I just polished off Dawkins' "The God Delusion" this morning and will be starting up "The Selfish Gene" after this pot of coffee brews. Although, admittedly, it was mostly confirmation bias on my part I still found it a fantastic read. I heavily recommend "The God Delusion" and look forward to "The Selfish Gene".

8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

(1241)

on May 27, 2013
at 02:33 PM

Anything Thomas Sowell is awesome.

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3fc95bca9e723edfbbb72b172798ab49

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on May 27, 2013
at 03:52 PM

Paleo as a diet, and a lifestyle, focuses heavily on evolutionary clues from our past. Therefore, why not "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin?

Reenactment or not many Paleoers try to claim that something "makes evolutionary sense" or that "we must have evolved some way to do X" without really seeming to understand what evolution is. This misunderstanding is a common problem in the public at large.

"Well, if evolution were true then why..."

"...because that's not even remotely how evolution works..."

It may help give perspective on what you are truly trying to accomplish.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 27, 2013
at 11:38 AM

One thing you could start with is to watch the videos from last year's Ancestral Health Symposium:

http://www.ancestryfoundation.org/ahs12.html

You will be introduced to people in the ancestral health movement presenting on all different aspects. If you like someone you can go find their book.

Peter Gray, for example, is a mainstream psychologist who is exploring the behavior of children in traditional hunter-gatherer societies, and the applying what he observes to our modern school system and theories on child rearing.

Frank Forencich has a fascinating presentation on community, and what it means to be part of a primal community (then and now). (Spoiler: if you were alone, you died!).

Etc. There's also a lot of geeky food science stuff in there, but there's other stuff too.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 28, 2013
at 08:21 AM

"Fractal dosing"... That's awesome. This is my kind of geeky stuff.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 27, 2013
at 12:20 PM

No, but I'll check him out! Always need something geeky to get lost in...

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Sweet, I'll check those out. This looks entertaining in a nerdy way. Speaking of Gray, do you ever listen to Aubrey Grey (or his beard, rather) ? I'm ready for the future!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 27, 2013
at 08:27 PM

Colin you should send that in for an idea for next year. They are always looking for new presenters.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

(2040)

on May 27, 2013
at 03:38 PM

I thought this years videos were great my favorite being Dan Leiberman. I hope they continue to get people from the anthropology community, perhaps some of the critics of the diet like Leslie Aiello.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 12:20 PM

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMAwnA5WvLc)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 28, 2013
at 08:33 AM

The audience is unusually healthy looking.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 28, 2013
at 08:32 AM

Great talks. I'm enjoying Leiberman's.

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on May 27, 2013
at 07:42 PM

Anthropology. Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail. Ian Hodder's The Leopard's Tale. I'll read anything I can find on local ancestors, the coast Salish, from basketry to history.

What I've ended up with is a useful accretion of trivia. I wouldn't be as focused on local foods like spruce buds, hazelnuts and every kind of seafood if I hadn't been digging in these troves. I've also learned a little of the concepts of how many people the land could support pre-agriculture, and how susceptible people were to change-forces such as disease and Neolithic products (flour and alcohol for example).

And read something in a foreign language.

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7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

(2040)

on May 27, 2013
at 03:25 PM

"Free Will" by Sam Harris. I wouldn't say it was life changing but this book definitely conflicted with my view of the world, and has given me a different outlook.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

(2040)

on May 28, 2013
at 06:00 PM

Thanks, great link.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 28, 2013
at 09:47 AM

I will check that out. This is an interesting (somewhat related article) http://psr.sagepub.com/content/11/4/303.abstract Eat less carbs, gain free will.

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048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

on May 27, 2013
at 10:02 AM

From your latest posts I believe you already got to JK's site, I'm now experimenting with light cycles, cold and grounding/EMF, I think these are pretty cool topics, still not very convinced of how they can really work until I notice some quantifiable benefits but if you're more or less settled with your eating habits I think these can compliment it well if they finally prove worth the effort.

Also, exercise and what types make for the optimal choice for health, it's a pretty hot topic! I'm currently an endurance runner although I've been weight training for 8 years now, I enjoy running and love some things it bring to me but nowadays I'm questioning a lot whether I should run so much and compete or just would do better enjoying some occasional sprints and short runs.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 11:11 AM

Just unplugged the router. I really don't even need the thing. I figure that's my biggest EMF radiation source (at 100 microwatts a foot away from eye level 12hrs a day.) Good call man.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:06 AM

(And I work at home. I pretty much bathe in EMF.)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 11:12 AM

(The thing is loud enough that I get a good signal outside of the apartment, in the parking lot, with my car doors closed.)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:05 AM

I really, really hope EMF isn't a thing. (I'm currently in front of 3 monitors, 2 quad core cpus (loaded with 5 hard drives and adequate power), a 60" plasma, a long range 2.4ghz router.. and I sleep on a spring mattress / box spring.)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 11:31 AM

Just unplugged the router. I really don't even need the thing. I figure that's my biggest EMF radiation source (at 100 microwatts a foot away from eye level 12hrs a day.) The thing is loud enough that I get a good signal outside of the apartment, in the parking lot, with my car doors closed. Good call man. (current EMF sauna setup, lol http://i.imgur.com/grK0DGV.jpg)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:13 AM

From a quick Google search, maybe this setup isn't as radiant as I thought. At least I'm not using CRT anymore (though I miss their refresh rate.) Hmm. So are you rocking the wrist bracelets and energy crystals?

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 12:10 PM

Damn, I can pick up 8 other wifi networks from my chair, 2 of them with 5/5 strong signals. At least they're not sitting on my desk, I guess. Sure hope EMF isn't a thing. *nudges cell phone further away* Why'd you have to mention that, lol.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:08 AM

Every now and then, I do get the feeling that I should turn that router off. I really don't need 2 antennas pointing at my face all day.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:20 AM

Speaking of light cycles. I randomly wrote a program years ago that would make my monitors gradually turn more yellow (over the course of 6 hours or so.) It was cool for a minute. (I used to have a tendency to get very little vitamin D or sunlight on a night programming / junk food / caffeine lifestyle.)

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:08 AM

Sheesh I also work at home! software engineer and endurance runner, you bet I've the perfect combo for cellular terror u_u¡

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:07 AM

I'm a software engineer myself so you bet, it's the worst notice I could ever have. But if it is really true, I must know. Then, it's up to me to decide and try to counter-it as much as possible :)

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 27, 2013
at 10:28 AM

Hehe, I'm not yet using weird gadgets to filter blue light. For now I've turned off the computer at night (used to run it 24/7) and try to turn of lights after sunset and light a candle thereafter. Little step for now, but I don't discard implementing more hardcore stuff hehe

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