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Books to read beyond Paleo Solution?

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Created November 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Robb Wolf's Book Paleo Solution is the only Paleo/Hunter Gatherer type book I have read, besides various blogs and message boards. My question is, do you see the need to read other paleo books or do they just say the same thing?

I don't mean that I take Robb's book as gospel (I probably do though...lol) I just don't want to waste my time or money on a book that is basically going to say the same or very similar things, if that makes sense. If there are books that are a must read BEYOND Robb's book, what do you recommend?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I third Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I'm dying to get a hold of this, but it's very pricey. My local library is supposed to get its copy back in a week or so.

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on October 10, 2011
at 04:04 AM

I agree that Lights Out is much needed, and with Paleo Solution, no other reading is needed to accomplish a positive lifestyle change.

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at 01:30 AM

Definitely a good, but slightly dense, read. I got about halfway through before I couldn't take anymore.

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on October 09, 2011
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I second Deep Nutrition.

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at 10:37 PM

I would have to completely disagree with reading Paleo Diet and Paleo Diet for athletes after reading Robb Wolf's book. I've read them all and really they say pretty much the same thing. Robb wolf was a little more interesting to read while Cordain was a little more scientific.

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Many thanks, Cliff.

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http://books.google.com/books?id=Qd5PUlEPNMAC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false- some selected reading from google

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Thanks again everyone...I just ordered Good Calories Bad Calories and also Appetite for Profit.

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i read it and loved it. Passed it on to my mother and it was key in getting her, at age 65, to go paleo. I like that the author is a woman, only cuz this field is very male dominated.

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Life changing book.

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at 09:47 PM

How about the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting?

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Pultizer for investigative journalisms

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Thanks for all the quick responses!

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on November 23, 2010
at 07:30 PM

If you don't want to retread the paleo stuff, I second Good Calories Bad Calories. It's got lots of good facts for why the paleo diet works better than the low fat one.

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at 01:30 AM

Definitely a good, but slightly dense, read. I got about halfway through before I couldn't take anymore.

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on November 23, 2010
at 08:34 PM

I liked the perfect health diet by paul jaminet. I still learned things even though I was already very familiar with many of the paleo issues.

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on November 23, 2010
at 07:16 PM

Right now I'm reading Exuberant Animal by Frank Forencich, really like it so far.

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on November 23, 2010
at 06:52 PM

Although i haven't read it, i'd say "Primal Body-Primal Mind" by Nora Gedgaudas is most likely an interesting read.

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on November 24, 2010
at 12:05 AM

i read it and loved it. Passed it on to my mother and it was key in getting her, at age 65, to go paleo. I like that the author is a woman, only cuz this field is very male dominated.

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on July 23, 2011
at 10:40 AM

Deep Nutrition. SPontaneous Evolution Life Ascending Power Sex and Suicide

any book on Mindfulness. Without mindfulness Paleo is just a word.

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on October 09, 2011
at 09:57 PM

I second Deep Nutrition.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I third Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan

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on November 24, 2010
at 12:33 AM

The Omnivores Dilemma.

It might not be about paleo eating but it's full of information on where our food comes from.

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on November 23, 2010
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on November 23, 2010
at 11:42 PM

Life changing book.

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on November 23, 2010
at 08:44 PM

A third vote for Good Calories, Bad Calories. It changed my entire worldview. Taubes deserves the Nobel for... well, for something.

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on November 23, 2010
at 09:47 PM

How about the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting?

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on November 23, 2010
at 08:50 PM

Pultizer for investigative journalisms

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on November 23, 2010
at 07:17 PM

I would highly recommend Paleo Diet and Paleo Diet for Athletes (Cordain), and Lights Out (Wiley). Lights Out is only peripherally related but much needed. Primal Blueprint (Sisson), Good Calories, Bad Calories (Taubes) and his newer (shorter!) version also awesome.

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on August 01, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I would have to completely disagree with reading Paleo Diet and Paleo Diet for athletes after reading Robb Wolf's book. I've read them all and really they say pretty much the same thing. Robb wolf was a little more interesting to read while Cordain was a little more scientific.

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on October 10, 2011
at 04:04 AM

I agree that Lights Out is much needed, and with Paleo Solution, no other reading is needed to accomplish a positive lifestyle change.

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on October 10, 2011
at 01:54 AM

The Vegetarian Myth

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on July 23, 2011
at 11:53 AM

"Food and Western Disease: Health and nutrition from an evolutionary perspective"-Staffan lindeberg

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I'm dying to get a hold of this, but it's very pricey. My local library is supposed to get its copy back in a week or so.

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on July 23, 2011
at 03:18 PM

http://books.google.com/books?id=Qd5PUlEPNMAC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false- some selected reading from google

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on July 24, 2011
at 01:40 AM

Many thanks, Cliff.

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on November 23, 2010
at 08:13 PM

Primal Blueprint, Protein Power and Protein Power Lifeplan are both really good. You can glean a lot of good information from them and then throw out the stuff that you don't agree with.

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on November 23, 2010
at 07:55 PM

I don't think you need to read anything else. It is always fun to go deeper but if your only goal is to eat paleo you have what you need.

I do like some other resources, but as far as what you need to know to properly execute the diet, I think Robb Wolf covers it.

If you do have some specific area where you have questions or want more support (say regional cooking) then there are a lot of people here who can recommend next steps, but you only need to take that step if you want to go somewhere else or go deeper then you are now.

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on August 01, 2011
at 09:23 PM

Denise Minger's in 2012 !

"Now that he???s outed the project himself, I feel safe in announcing that Mark Sisson is going to be publishing the book I mentioned working on in an earlier blog post, and that it???ll be released mid-2012"

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on November 26, 2010
at 06:14 PM

Started Paleo in May 2010

In addition to Wolf's book, I've read the following, all excellent:

  • Taubes: Good Calories, Bad Calories
  • Pollan: The Omnivores Dilemma
  • Betty Fussell: Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef
  • Sally Fallon: Nourishing Traditions and Eat Fat, Lose Fat
  • Nina Planck: Real Food: What to Eat and Why

Next up is some stuff by Joel Salatin: Salad Bar Beef, Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal, Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer

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on November 24, 2010
at 11:58 AM

You didn't include any information about yourself. For example, I suffered from acne and am an athlete, so I bought The Paleo Diet for Athletes (Cordain) and The Dietary Cure for Acne (Cordain).

The new Paleo Diet cookbook that is coming out from Cordain and company would probably help your day to day life and adherence to the diet. He will also be publishing a new book this winter called The Paleo Way or something.

For a different emphasis, such as on a few important micronutrients, dental health, child raising, etc then I would read Weston Price's book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The book is under the public domain in some countries. I would also read the blog Whole Health Source which has a book's worth of information, and articles by Chris Masterjohn on heart health and vitamin K2.

The Holy Grail if you're into the science is Food and Western Disease: Health and Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective by Staffan Lindeberg

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on October 10, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Wheat Belly good book

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on October 09, 2011
at 10:54 PM

another vote for the Perfect Health Diet

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on October 09, 2011
at 09:34 PM

"Waist Disposal" by Dr John Briffa

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on October 09, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Hi, I also need to start reading some books. Which are the best in terms of discussing the impact of grains etc on our digestive system? I'm less interested in the weight loss aspect. Thanks.

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on August 02, 2011
at 03:14 AM

The Primal Blueprint*emphasized text* by Mark Sisson. He also has a lot of good information on his website, www.marksdailyapple.comlink text

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on November 23, 2010
at 07:30 PM

The Original Diet: The Omnivore's Solution

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on August 02, 2011
at 02:24 AM

Pandora's Seed by Spencer Wells and Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham both have pretty interesting pro-paleo info in them but I have to admit they both turned kind of socio-political at the end and I didn't finish reading either of them.

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