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What's That (Paleo/Health) Book Idea of Yours?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Come on. You can tell me. What is a (Paleo/Health-related) idea that you have thought (even briefly) about writing a book about? If not, what is a book that hasn't been written yet that you would like to read?

Nobody is going to convince me that Rose, Laura, Gone2Croatan or some of the other talented smart cookies on here couldn't write one hell-of-a-book.

I don't have time to write a book, but I know a book I would like to see written: a history of alternative diets. Bet there would be a lot to learn from that one. A structuralist analysis (think Claude Levi-Strauss) would be interesting.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Do you want to write it? You should. It's a good idea.

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on June 19, 2011
at 12:49 AM

This is a big interest of mine as well. I just read a great book - "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus" by Charles Mann, which discusses how Native Americans actively changed their food environment to help support them, basically making their immediate surroundings into "Food Forests" that required little labor to produce lots of edible nuts, fruits and animals, whilst being extremely sustainable. My interest in permaculture follows along those lines - I think it's the only way for humanity to survive the coming centuries.

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on June 19, 2011
at 12:44 AM

Another issue in studying the differences between females and males is that the research establishment HATES using female animals because their menstrual cycles screw with timing and collection of data. It's much easier to use male animals and that's what people generally do with things that are thought to be universal to men and women, like how wheat, soy and macronutrient composition affects the body. My thinking is that it is not universal, and that estrogen and testosterone have a huge role to play - part of the reason men and women often see different outcomes when switching to Paleo.

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on June 19, 2011
at 12:42 AM

What I'd really like to know is the hard biochemistry behind it, which seems to be really contentious and poorly studied- how do estrogen and testosterone affect our metabolism, and how do the foods we eat specifically affect estrogen and testosterone? After learning about Paleo I feel less and less trust for modern nutritional research, especially that using rats and mice as a proxy for human models when nutrition is concerned.

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on June 19, 2011
at 12:39 AM

That's hilarious! And a great idea. "Eat soy - flip to page 35" page 35: "death."

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 17, 2011
at 10:41 PM

Another interesting line or reasoning: Deleuze and Guattari. Difference and Repetition.

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on June 17, 2011
at 06:23 PM

Go for it Paleolady!

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on June 17, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Wow! Thanks for the question. I was just inspired, and laid out the entire index of chapters. Maybe this really will get written...

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:08 PM

That's an interesting thought Jac.

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on June 17, 2011
at 12:37 AM

+999 to Foucault anything.

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on June 16, 2011
at 09:41 PM

baconbitch is currently collecting this data!! She'd be a natural collaborator for this project

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on June 16, 2011
at 09:40 PM

Rather than a structuralist analysis, I'd like to see a Foucauldian analysis of the history of diets - through the lenses of culture and feminism (esp bodybuilding/modelling culture, ethnicity and geography). Imagine how that could explain the docile body and surveillance.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 09:23 PM

If there is no scientific data, maybe you could do interviews, etc. on the topic. I see what you're saying about the "boys club". Why do you think that is?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 09:22 PM

So would this society remain agricultural or would they return to hunting-gathering?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 09:05 PM

I go to great lengths to satisfy the connoisseur. You may not know about it, but I started a thread some time ago about a very similar topic. Check it out: http://paleohacks.com/questions/39167/hack-how-paleo-men-taste#axzz1PSu7hKQw

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Yeah, so- the guy with the evolutionarily advanced taste-buds is my guy! I'm pretty sure this aspect of dating is very paleo-hunting for food can be a lot like finding a mate. I'm seeking subjects with highly trained gustatory and olfactory responses; reward systems seeking pleasurable er..taste sensations. Got any hot recipes? ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Sign me up. Somebody is going to find out what Bhut Jolokia is :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Write it and I will give it to my daughter who is in her first year of college. However, she seems to have no problem getting her "greens" in when she goes to parties :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Sort of a Paleo version of Euell Gibbons, you are! I love this kind of stuff. I hope that you'll write it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:06 PM

That does not surprise me one bit gone2croatan. I've been reading your blog and find you to be very clever.

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I've been writing a book for a long time...it just happens to be a sci fi novel.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:20 PM

You've been facebooked!

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Ha! Kids? - it's for me! I'm pretty simple. :@)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:54 PM

mephju, that's a brilliant idea for an app. Set it up. Set it up for all of Europe, and you'll become rich. I'll come and visit you in your Bavarian castle.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:46 PM

OK. Cannot access FB from work, so I'll friend you at lunch or tonight.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:43 PM

I love those books! That would be great for kids.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Like a personal infographic! That would be righteous, Carl!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I already sent the request to your FB :)

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I'm not a writer... But this thing would actually make a nice smartphone app too. It could help assemble cheap paleo shopping lists, show shops/markets on a map, show all paleo foods from a specific market around the corner... etc.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I will hit you up anytime I get the chance. Who do I hit up? The name that is the title of your blog? If you don't want to share it here, just send me an email thomas(dot)seay(at)xip(dot)net

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:28 PM

You really need to hit me up on FB.

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Swoon on baby, because I can honestly say I know quite a bit about Debord. I have a long, long history.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Yes, you should write a couple of books: "Paleo Billiger" and "Paleo für Ausländer" so that people like me know where to eat and get goods when I come to Germany.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:20 PM

That's actually a great idea. No words! The first pages would be just pictures of you before then after, followed by the links.

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Holy crap - anyone who knows about Guy Debord makes me swoon. I bet Guy woulda loved the discussions on this board: egalitarian, inquisitive and avant-garde. Goin' against the mainstream, yo!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Go ahead Rose. Talk dirty to me. I love it :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Situationist? Aha, now I am getting why you liked the Hegel quotation the other day...you are actually Guy Debord? baconbitch, believe me sister...we have A LOT to talk about.

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on June 16, 2011
at 05:59 PM

I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. Slowly. With Haagen-Dazs and a spoon.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 05:57 PM

I'd do a situationist perspective for sure.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 05:43 PM

If you write it!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 05:42 PM

May I assume you will bankroll this book, Mr. Seay?

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:38 PM

I just really liked those "choose your own adventure books" growing up. Maybe a choose your own diet book. You could see what would happen to you at the end. Lots of illustrations too.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:43 PM

I love those books! That would be great for kids.

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(16131)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Ha! Kids? - it's for me! I'm pretty simple. :@)

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on June 19, 2011
at 12:39 AM

That's hilarious! And a great idea. "Eat soy - flip to page 35" page 35: "death."

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:46 PM

I'm all about foraging and eating seasonally. I'd like to make a recipe book that delves into entomophagy, offal and some of the other food preparations that get less press, but are more "paleo" IMO. Perhaps it would be regional, or a series of regional books that provide foraging advice and processing tips for things like Bay Laurel nuts, acorns, nettles, how to raise and prepare meal worms, etc. Maybe a combination of ancient technologies and recipes, but presented in a way that's more accessible than many of the books that cover the same info (which are mostly survival guides with horrible graphic design and layout.)

I've always wanted to open a restaurant along the same vein.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Sort of a Paleo version of Euell Gibbons, you are! I love this kind of stuff. I hope that you'll write it.

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on June 19, 2011
at 12:49 AM

This is a big interest of mine as well. I just read a great book - "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus" by Charles Mann, which discusses how Native Americans actively changed their food environment to help support them, basically making their immediate surroundings into "Food Forests" that required little labor to produce lots of edible nuts, fruits and animals, whilst being extremely sustainable. My interest in permaculture follows along those lines - I think it's the only way for humanity to survive the coming centuries.

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776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

on June 16, 2011
at 08:41 PM

I'd like a Paleo book specifically for women and covering women's issues... With the exception of Hunt*Gather*Love Paleo feels too much like a boy's club. I also think that there might be interesting differences in how men and women respond to different types of Paleo/Primal/WAPF diets, interventions and remedies and I'd like an in-depth study of how hormonal differences affect weight and health outcomes for men and women at different points in their life, covering both adolescence and post-menopause.

The sad thing is that I don't think enough real scientific research has been done by open minded scientists on these issues, and even initial studies would be a dissertation in itself.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 09:23 PM

If there is no scientific data, maybe you could do interviews, etc. on the topic. I see what you're saying about the "boys club". Why do you think that is?

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on June 16, 2011
at 09:41 PM

baconbitch is currently collecting this data!! She'd be a natural collaborator for this project

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on June 19, 2011
at 12:42 AM

What I'd really like to know is the hard biochemistry behind it, which seems to be really contentious and poorly studied- how do estrogen and testosterone affect our metabolism, and how do the foods we eat specifically affect estrogen and testosterone? After learning about Paleo I feel less and less trust for modern nutritional research, especially that using rats and mice as a proxy for human models when nutrition is concerned.

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on June 19, 2011
at 12:44 AM

Another issue in studying the differences between females and males is that the research establishment HATES using female animals because their menstrual cycles screw with timing and collection of data. It's much easier to use male animals and that's what people generally do with things that are thought to be universal to men and women, like how wheat, soy and macronutrient composition affects the body. My thinking is that it is not universal, and that estrogen and testosterone have a huge role to play - part of the reason men and women often see different outcomes when switching to Paleo.

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135ea7e598ac8517e26ac2896309e776

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Eating a paleo diet on a budget... I would love that one. I think this would also make a good blog as retailers change their stock units and one always discovers new foods.

Of course a blog/book like this would have to focus on a specific region or country because as you know the available foods are different everywhere.

So for me it would be: Eating a paleo diet on a budget in Germany :)

135ea7e598ac8517e26ac2896309e776

(161)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I'm not a writer... But this thing would actually make a nice smartphone app too. It could help assemble cheap paleo shopping lists, show shops/markets on a map, show all paleo foods from a specific market around the corner... etc.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:54 PM

mephju, that's a brilliant idea for an app. Set it up. Set it up for all of Europe, and you'll become rich. I'll come and visit you in your Bavarian castle.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Yes, you should write a couple of books: "Paleo Billiger" and "Paleo für Ausländer" so that people like me know where to eat and get goods when I come to Germany.

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Paleo for kids.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Do you want to write it? You should. It's a good idea.

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on June 17, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Paleo & Food Addiction

I'd like to write a book about Paleo and Food Addiction. No, I'm not talking about orthorexia. I'm talking about those of us with food addiction (and I know there are many of us!) who have turned to Paleo to help us heal our addiction. Some of us succeed, some of us struggle. It's been my journey, and it is amazing to me when you stay on paleo strongly, you don't have those urges to binge (or at least not as frequently). Plus it helps with the weight loss needs that many of us have. I'm realizing that my blog paleolady.com seems to be really a blog about my journey with food addiction and trying to heal with Paleo. It would be great if my story could help other people heal!

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on June 17, 2011
at 06:23 PM

Go for it Paleolady!

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on June 17, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Wow! Thanks for the question. I was just inspired, and laid out the entire index of chapters. Maybe this really will get written...

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:50 PM

I was thinking about writing a story or book about a society that goes strict Paleo, as an entire society (i.e. thousands of people), and this causes enough friction that they secede into their own state/country. The book would be about how the new idealistic society develops fully Paleo/Primal food and products and how the population adapts.

The idea has been done before, the book "Ecotopia" is along a similar vein. But mine would be better :-).

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on June 16, 2011
at 09:22 PM

So would this society remain agricultural or would they return to hunting-gathering?

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Paleo guide to delicious dating! I will go on as many dates as possible to "research" said book. Then, the recipe and the date will get "rated" with chili peppers. Like, one chili pepper for mild and 5 for hey hey, that was spicy. Readers can decide if the dish made the date...or vice versa.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 09:05 PM

I go to great lengths to satisfy the connoisseur. You may not know about it, but I started a thread some time ago about a very similar topic. Check it out: http://paleohacks.com/questions/39167/hack-how-paleo-men-taste#axzz1PSu7hKQw

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Sign me up. Somebody is going to find out what Bhut Jolokia is :)

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on June 16, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Yeah, so- the guy with the evolutionarily advanced taste-buds is my guy! I'm pretty sure this aspect of dating is very paleo-hunting for food can be a lot like finding a mate. I'm seeking subjects with highly trained gustatory and olfactory responses; reward systems seeking pleasurable er..taste sensations. Got any hot recipes? ;)

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:15 PM

I would only need a pamphlet. It would include before/after photos along with links to all the sources I used.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 06:20 PM

That's actually a great idea. No words! The first pages would be just pictures of you before then after, followed by the links.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 16, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Like a personal infographic! That would be righteous, Carl!

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:20 PM

Paleo for teens/college kids: how to make smart Paleo choices at parties, the high school cafeteria/college dining hall, friends' houses, alternatives to 2am pizza runs, etc.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Write it and I will give it to my daughter who is in her first year of college. However, she seems to have no problem getting her "greens" in when she goes to parties :)

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