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Has anyone actually looked at Sisson's 21-day book? Is it for my mom?

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Created January 09, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Has anyone actually looked at the new Mark Sisson book, the 21-day transformation one? I'm looking for a kind of idiot-proof book for my mom who eats a horrid combination of SAD and Jenny Craig but has several times expressed interest in learning how I eat. I saw idiot-proof not because my mom's an actual idiot (she's actually pretty smart) but because her ability to expend much mental energy into her food just isn't there. It's going to be hard enough to convince her that she needs to stop eating prepared meals from the grocery store and from a box in her freezer. (She's 64 and lives alone and has a hard time motivating herself to cook just for herself.)

The other option would be Sarah Fragoso's Everyday Paleo, I think. But I've heard that the Sisson goes step-by-step, which may be good for her.

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:51 PM

I'm 64 and my results have been similar to Aili's.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:50 PM

This is awesome: the acid reflux and arthritis inflammation are huge for her. I'm glad to have a response from someone who's improved those things!

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Yes, she is. She's 64 and she hurts constantly, is on several meds, has insomnia, suffers from depression, suffers from heartburn... This is in addition to being slightly overweight.

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:42 PM

I agree that the exercise part may be too much for some right out of the gate. The +1 is for the "whole or otherwise" remark. Funny!

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at 02:47 PM

Is she healthy? I felt no compelling need to change my diet until it was obvious to even me the village idiot that I was unhealthy.

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on January 09, 2012
at 02:04 PM

I'm spitting distance of your mom's age, and I'm not sure how I would feel about Sisson's book if I wasn't looking for it. The first part is very, very good re the concepts, but I wonder your mom would find the second part -- the whole 21-day challenge thing -- good, bad, or indifferent (a year into paleo-ish, and I have yet to do either a 21- or 30-day challenge, whole or otherwise).

I mean, the day 1 challenge is to purge SAD foods from your pantry. I totally get the usefulness of such a task, but it just implies a commitment that may or may not be there ... even after reading the intro material.

The other challenge with Sisson's challenge is the emphasis on adding in exercise right away. Again, the like the day 1 challenge, this makes total sense, but it will work better for someone totally committed to jumping in the deep end of the pool ... not someone who wants to tiptoe in.

Another book you might want to consider is Cate Shanahan's Food Rules. It's not strictly paleo (tilts a little Weston A Price), but it's an easy read and covers much of the same material re SAD food in short snippets broken up into sections on what to buy, how to cook, and how to eat.

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:42 PM

I agree that the exercise part may be too much for some right out of the gate. The +1 is for the "whole or otherwise" remark. Funny!

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on January 09, 2012
at 12:30 PM

Sisson's 21-day book is short and do the point. No filler. Lays it out real nice and easy. I'd recommend it for someone who just wants actionable items and doesn't need convincing.

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on January 09, 2012
at 01:10 PM

I really liked it. It had a lot of pictures, and the content was nicely chunked. That said, I gave it to my (busy, 60 year old) mom for Christmas this year and haven't heard a word from her about it.

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on January 09, 2012
at 02:34 PM

I too am close to your Mom's age. The 21 day challenge is a good read BUT I find the first book much better because it is in-depth, whereas the shortened version is like a recipe. I read the first months ago, then purchased and read the 'recipe' book. I agree that ridding one's pantry of SAD foods is for someone who has decided to make the shift, rather than checking it out.Since she lives alone, I'd suggest that she gets online with other vantage-aged people, in community and to share thoughts and progress. In fact, I'd suggest 1) that she read the original book and 2) get an in person or online partner. I have lost weight, have more energy than I've had in 20 years, have no more acid reflux, and little to no arthritis inflammation as a result of leaving out grains. She might consider eliminating grains, sugar, and PUFA oils at first. Even the first two will help create great changes.

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:51 PM

I'm 64 and my results have been similar to Aili's.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:50 PM

This is awesome: the acid reflux and arthritis inflammation are huge for her. I'm glad to have a response from someone who's improved those things!

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on January 09, 2012
at 10:02 PM

I agree with some of the above parties. I really like the book and find it very readable and well thought out. I hesitated in buying it as I have the primal blueprint and every other book written on this subject. But let's face it, Mark Sisson is a god among mortal men. He seems a bit more strict in here than in "blueprint", I have heard no mention of 80/20, but I like it. I like the pictures and the usual enthusiasm that Mark delivers. Another book that is nice to start people out on is the cookbook by Sarah Fragoso. She has a section in the front that explains it nicely but without being wordy or sciencey. Also lots of easy ideas to implement. Good luck!

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I have the 21 Day book and find it's a great "blueprint" as it were for those who are ready to dive right in and drink the paleo kool-aid without first reading a lot of theory. If your mom is looking for ways to ease into changes, the 21 Day book can work as long as she picks action items she wants to do without following the protocol to a tee.

I know you said she doesn't have a ton of motivation to cook for herself, but does she like to read and learn new things? If so, the revamped paperback Primal Blueprint by Sisson is a good choice, as is just reading good paleo blogs like MDA. Blogs are free and would allow her to graze on paleo topics at her leisure.

That's how I started... just by reading the obvious blogs and picking and choosing what to change over a few months until I was fully immersed in paleo eating. By the time I got the 21 Day book for Christmas, it was a refresher for me and a good intro for others.

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on January 09, 2012
at 04:23 PM

I think it is a great beginning. Short doable actions, not too taxing, not necessary to learn about about biochemistry in order to do it. There are lots of online challenges for support, especially at MDA. What a thoughtful "kid" you are.

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