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How important is it to read the book?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 03, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Hello,

I bought the book on the weekend and had great intentions on reading it in full, but I found it incredibly boring!

I dont know if I am suffering 'diet book fatigue' (I just made that up but it feels real!) Or if it was the first chapter dedicated to how awesome it is that put me off.

So I skipped to the food bit and im finding more palatable (hoho) information in forums like this, so are there any hidden bits of advice I should persevere and read on to find, or will I be okay with the mind set 'meat, veggies and fruit'?

Thanks for your help! Bella

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on August 27, 2013
at 08:19 PM

I prefer stream of consciousness to linear narrative. It's more like life as it is lived. If I read paleoanthropology I learn about how paleos ate, but incidentally rather than in a pedantic lecture. You also get the context of how the eating supported the life.

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on August 27, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Me too. I bought and read Primal Blueprint first. I've since picked up all the other books up from the library and Primal Blueprint was by far the easiest read.

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on December 04, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I like Mark Sisson's style (Mark's Daily Apple). But he is not Paleo, he is Primal.

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on December 04, 2012
at 12:18 PM

Well I guess it is a good thing I am not a guy either. I'm a 25 year old female that is new to Paleo. So I am just trying to explore my options and educate myself as much as possible.

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on December 04, 2012
at 11:09 AM

I think Robb's book is probably good for guys who like reading "Men's Health". But since I am not a guy, his style does not work for me. Maybe it will work for you :) I really liked "Deep Nutrition" by Dr. Cate, but it is not a "guy"s book and she is okay with eating grains and legumes, not very Paleo. "Nourishing Traditions" is a "girly" book as well and not very Paleo. But it is good anyway.

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on December 03, 2012
at 09:24 PM

Thank you this was very helpfulX

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on December 03, 2012
at 08:01 PM

VB - Can't say I've ever read a Men's Health Magazine. If you do not like Robb's style, what author would you recommend I read as an alternative? I'm a newbie, and am always opens for suggestions :)

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:33 PM

I don't like Robb's style and his sense of"humor". His style is very similar to "Men's Health" or adult men's magazines. It is NOT SARCASM. Shakespeare used sarcasm. Robb cannot be farther from Shakespeare.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Any paleo book will give you the basic background and framework to hit the ground running with. Then you can build upon that knowledge to fit paleo to your needs. It's not 100% necessary, but it's a good way to get your head wrapped around the paleo concept.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:51 PM

Just read the book, buttercup!

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:18 PM

haha.. Luckily I am not sensitive to sarcasm. I've grown up around it my whole life. I am reading Wolf's book now, and find it enjoybale partially due to his sarcasm :)

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Even visits from the jehovahs witnesses and picking lint from your navel!

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:11 PM

+1, The Primal Blueprint was where I started.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:09 PM

All books are made to be boring - that's the point. The only reason one has for reading a book is that after your done with it, you appreciate all other activities and life in general a lot more.

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on December 03, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Both really good books, but if one is sensitive to sarcasm, I'd say to skip Wolf's book. I got a little tired of being called Buttercup. :)

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on December 03, 2012
at 01:01 PM

The paleo diet by loren cordain, sorry should have put that in the first instance.

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at 12:41 PM

Which book did you buy?

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:05 PM

'It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole 30...' by Melissa Hartwig

This book is a very fluid read, very sensibly put together. She promotes a specific approach to Paleo (Whole 30 challenge) which you can choose to take or leave. Regardless, the book is chock full of all the 'whys' & 'hows' you'll need. It almost reads like a '...For Dummies' with all the sidebars & anecdotes.

Very thorough and entertaining.

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on August 27, 2013
at 10:05 PM

The Perfect Health Diet was an enjoyable read (although science heavy)

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on August 27, 2013
at 07:38 PM

I personally do recommend The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. It's very nice to read.

But you are right, it basically is: meat+fish, veggies, fruit (+nuts) (+(maybe)dairy)

Or even simpler: animals and (most) plants

If you prefer, you can also watch a lot of interesting stuff on youtube in on blogs.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:57 PM

I agree with you on Cordains first book. It's outdated. Read his updated version, The Paleo Answer, it is really good. I also liked all the other books mentioned above. Also read Wheat Belly by William Davis and Why We GetFat by Gary Taubs if you are mew to gluten issues.

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on December 03, 2012
at 01:40 PM

I would recommend the Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. I am a Paleo Newbie, and I found both these books to be very informative and enjoyable.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:51 PM

Just read the book, buttercup!

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on December 03, 2012
at 08:01 PM

VB - Can't say I've ever read a Men's Health Magazine. If you do not like Robb's style, what author would you recommend I read as an alternative? I'm a newbie, and am always opens for suggestions :)

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on December 03, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Both really good books, but if one is sensitive to sarcasm, I'd say to skip Wolf's book. I got a little tired of being called Buttercup. :)

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on December 03, 2012
at 02:18 PM

haha.. Luckily I am not sensitive to sarcasm. I've grown up around it my whole life. I am reading Wolf's book now, and find it enjoybale partially due to his sarcasm :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 03, 2012
at 06:33 PM

I don't like Robb's style and his sense of"humor". His style is very similar to "Men's Health" or adult men's magazines. It is NOT SARCASM. Shakespeare used sarcasm. Robb cannot be farther from Shakespeare.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 04, 2012
at 11:09 AM

I think Robb's book is probably good for guys who like reading "Men's Health". But since I am not a guy, his style does not work for me. Maybe it will work for you :) I really liked "Deep Nutrition" by Dr. Cate, but it is not a "guy"s book and she is okay with eating grains and legumes, not very Paleo. "Nourishing Traditions" is a "girly" book as well and not very Paleo. But it is good anyway.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on December 04, 2012
at 12:18 PM

Well I guess it is a good thing I am not a guy either. I'm a 25 year old female that is new to Paleo. So I am just trying to explore my options and educate myself as much as possible.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 04, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I like Mark Sisson's style (Mark's Daily Apple). But he is not Paleo, he is Primal.

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on December 03, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Not a big fan of Cordain, some people love that book -- not for me. Try Primal Blueprint or Solution. I think both books are really well written and engaging.

I think it is important to read the book, all the info is out there for free, but the logical organization and bredth of a book is beneficial.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:11 PM

+1, The Primal Blueprint was where I started.

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on August 27, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Me too. I bought and read Primal Blueprint first. I've since picked up all the other books up from the library and Primal Blueprint was by far the easiest read.

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on December 03, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Definitely read it! Not only it will help you understand things better, but it's quite interesting, too :)

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on August 27, 2013
at 09:54 PM

I am working on finding time to read the book. I have the primal blueprint. I was anxious to start right away so I just glanced over at some of the information and then I found this shortcut: http://cdn.marksdailyapple.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Primal-Blueprint-Shopping-List.pdf It's a grocery list with all the food that is recommended. I am going off of this until I have time to finish the book, and I am doing fantastic so far.

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on August 27, 2013
at 08:29 PM

You can get all the paleo diet stuff on blogs like this one. Here are some books worth a read:

-The Oregon Trail

-The Conquest

-The Leopard's Tale. This is about early Neolithic, but you begin to grasp what an undertaking it was to capture an auroch, how small domestic animals entered the diet, what were the first cooking vessels, what life was like inside a stack dwelling (where everyone lived in smoke, and human ribs show the residue) etc etc.

-France magazine. The most incidental learning of all, but also the most interesting. Acconts of visits to Les Eyzies, Lascaux, the menhirs of Brittany, where it was all lived out. I just learned about the first known site of European open hearth cooking (750,000 BC) at St. Esteve Janson.

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on August 27, 2013
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on December 03, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Books have a linear narrative structure but exploratory learning using forums, websites, blogs and even books now and then are more conducive to learning for some people. We are digesting information in different ways now with the technology we have at our disposal and book learning doesn't have the most positive associations for everyone. Books also take up a lot of space. I haven't bought any books, I've learned how to adopt a Paleo eating style using the internet and TALKING TO PEOPLE. Also observing how other people eat and the way their food affects their mood and body composition. I haven't bought any books yet but I am putting Practical Paleo by Dianne Sanfillipo on my Amazon wish list http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Paleo-Customized-Whole-Foods-Lifestyle/dp/1936608758 and the most useful website for me when I started was http://www.paleodietlifestyle.com because they break it down very simply, have constantly updated articles, recipes, meal plans and most importantly a Paleo Diet 101 and everyone should read Eating Disorders and a Paleo Diet. http://paleodietlifestyle.com/eating-disorders-and-paleo-diet/ It is important to examine our relationship with food in order to sustain any changes in the way we eat and also avoid feeling that just because we eat a certain way and get fabulous results (If I do say so for myself and Channing Tatum) that does not make us morally superior to other people nor does it make processed foods evil and grass fed beef and organic vegetables angelic. All food has its problems as far as humanity, sustainability and environmental impact is concerned but at least with a Paleo lifestyle I've become more aware of what I eat, where it comes from and what it does to me even if I don't always make the best choices. I can deal with that.

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on December 03, 2012
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Thank you this was very helpfulX

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on August 27, 2013
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I prefer stream of consciousness to linear narrative. It's more like life as it is lived. If I read paleoanthropology I learn about how paleos ate, but incidentally rather than in a pedantic lecture. You also get the context of how the eating supported the life.

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on December 03, 2012
at 04:00 PM

what we know about what is or is not a healthy diet has been changing rapidly, over the last 20 years. So pay close attention to when a particular book was written.

Many of the older books - including Cordain's - buy into the saturated fat causes heart disease myth. As nearly everyone did.

The idea that the health establishment would jump to that conclusion without clinical trials, and would maintain that conclusion, over decades, as repeated clinical trials would consistently demonstrate that it wasn't true, is really hard to believe. But that's what Taubes' has clearly proven to be the case.

So when you read the older books, be aware of what the authors may not have been aware of, when they wrote what they wrote.

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