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Simple book recommendations for my diabetic mother?

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Created March 07, 2012 at 11:44 PM

I really want my mother to try paleo-style eating because she's diabetic and is on blood pressure medications and a statin. Thing is that she's from Mexico and has only a third grade education at most. She's fairly smart regardless and somehow got ahold of my old copy of the Paleo Diet by Cordain and has been browsing it, interested. However, I'm not fond of some of the information in that book, such as the recommendation of canola oil for cooking. (Although it's probably an improvement on her use of corn oil.)

Anyway, I sent her a copy of Mark Sisson's 21 Day Total Body Transformation because I recall seeing it in the bookstore, and it seemed like a nice book with lots of pictures. Does anyone have any other ideas?

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Oh, wow--I wouldn't recommend PHD in this instance. I'm a very educated woman (humanities and technology, though, not science) and I'm really struggling getting through it! I love all the science, don't get me wrong--I just wish there was some more narrative to back it up.

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at 12:51 PM

This book has some interesting ideas, but the evidence she presents is a bit weak to support some of her conclusions. I prefer PHD for having solid science backing up conclusions in almost every case. But maybe it's more for nerds like me.

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at 06:33 AM

Oh, and Everyday Paleo was another great idea! I'm gonna go check it out at Barnes and Noble and see what I think.

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on March 09, 2012
at 06:31 AM

Thanks, guys! I actually found that Robb Wolf's book has been translated into Spanish, which is PERFECT. So I bought that for her. I looked into Deep Nutrition by Shanahan as well and also think it would be a great fit. I will probably be ordering that for my mother in the future and/or be lending her my copy of Primal Blueprint by Mark. Thansk again! - Paula

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on March 08, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Paula, I added "diabetes" to the title of your question, and added a couple of tags to make the parameters more clear. I hope that is all right. I wish you all the best. :)

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at 12:57 AM

I second "Everyday Paleo" it is simple and written in a fun and un-intimidating way. Great suggestions Suz :)

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at 12:15 AM

Good question. In hopes of finding a book for my mom and other family members as well, I've read Paleo Solution and almost done with Primal Blueprint, then planning to read Perfect Health Diet next. I want to read several myself first and then try to decide which one might be the best fit for the person I'm recommending it to. I live in the Bible belt and so a lot of my friends and family "don't wanna hear no talk about evolution" and therefore close their minds faster than they can get their fingers in their ears.

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:05 AM

Yes. Any of Shanahan's books are simple, accurate reads of Paleo.

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on March 07, 2012
at 11:54 PM

I have a spare copy of Robb Wolf's "the Paleo Solution" and Mark Sisson's "The Primal Blueprint" that I always lend to friends interested in finding out about Paleo. I think they're very well written introductions - and don't get so into the science as to scare people away.

I think there are some great books about diabetes specifically, but I've not read them myself, so couldn't recommend.

If she likes cooking, that might be another good angle; "Everyday Paleo" is a great cookbook that explains a lot about why too...

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:57 AM

I second "Everyday Paleo" it is simple and written in a fun and un-intimidating way. Great suggestions Suz :)

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:07 PM

The Primal Blueprint.

I get a strong feeling that Mark Sisson would be really appealing to a mom.

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on March 08, 2012
at 05:54 PM

For a simple book: The Diabetes Diet, by Dr. Richard Bernstein. Dr. Bernstein is the expert on diabetes. He has type 1 and developed a brilliant plan for normalizing and maintaining normal blood sugars.

If she wishes to read the science explaining how the diabetes diet normalizes blood sugars, then The Diabetes Solution, is the book to read. This book also explains how to keep the diet, and has some recipes. Some folks, however, find it easier just to read The Diabetes Diet, without the scientific explanations.

I follow Dr. Bernstein's diet, and find it very nice. To me, it is simple, easy to keep, and most enjoyable. :)

I wish you much joy and success helping your mother. :)

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on March 07, 2012
at 11:57 PM

Deep Nutrition, super accessible to lay person

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:05 AM

Yes. Any of Shanahan's books are simple, accurate reads of Paleo.

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on March 09, 2012
at 12:51 PM

This book has some interesting ideas, but the evidence she presents is a bit weak to support some of her conclusions. I prefer PHD for having solid science backing up conclusions in almost every case. But maybe it's more for nerds like me.

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on January 06, 2013
at 01:41 PM

Oh, wow--I wouldn't recommend PHD in this instance. I'm a very educated woman (humanities and technology, though, not science) and I'm really struggling getting through it! I love all the science, don't get me wrong--I just wish there was some more narrative to back it up.

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on January 06, 2013
at 04:44 AM

Blood sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl. Best book for learning blood sugar control. Then follow with Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution.

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on March 08, 2012
at 01:01 PM

I've read Primal Blueprint and Paleo Diet and they're very good, but I picked up a copy of the 21 Day Transformation book at the seminar recently, and it's very readable to get somebody interested and give them the basics without too much science to bog them down. The format is great and they give you all the info to get going, along with success stories and easy to understand graphics. I just sent it up to my mom, and she's started primal and is working to get my dad eating mostly primal as well.

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:28 AM

I don't have this book, but "Eat Like a Dinosaur" has some good reviews. Here's where to get it (NAYY): http://paleoparents.com/

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on March 08, 2012
at 01:59 AM

I like the Primal Blueprint. I've considered just telling people to stop eating grains and sugar and cook with real fat. That is about all.

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