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Best book for someone new to paleo?

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Created December 10, 2011 at 9:52 PM

I posted something earlier about getting my Dad into paleo for health reasons, I want to do the same for my Mom. I was thinking about buying a book or two for both of them and slip them in to the Xmas presents this year. What is a great book for someone beginning paleo, or a good one to maybe sway them into that lifestyle? I was thinking possibly Primal Blueprint or Taubes' new book.

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on December 11, 2011
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Yea, I agree it's not Paleo. But it is a compelling explanation of why flour and sugar are so bad. Somebody who removes those has not only already done the first of Kurt Haris's steps, but is also primed to understand that conventional wisdom is dubious, and therefore may be more open to reading a book like Primal Blueprint afterwards. That was my logic, anyway. I've read several of the Paleo books and while they are mostly of high quality, I just found WWGF to be particularly compelling.

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on December 11, 2011
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Not sure "Why We Get Fat" has anything to do with Paleo at all. GCBC at least vindicates saturated fat (though it sorta vindicates the omega-6s as well). WWGF is kinda pointless from a paleo perspective.

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Good Calories, Bad Calories is way too dense and leads one down the path of unnecessary fear of carbohydrates.

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on December 10, 2011
at 11:59 PM

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf or The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

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on December 10, 2011
at 10:26 PM

Primal Blueprint!

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on December 11, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Paleo solution or everyday Paleo. I found Mark Sisson's book to be informative but his recipes were not great--and that could get people to quit early on.

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on December 11, 2011
at 02:59 AM

"Why We Get Fat" is clear, compelling and concise. It's not quite paleo and some would say it's not quite right!, but I would think it has a good chance of getting there heads in a place that will help them accept the few commonsense tweaks (eat real food, and corn oil isn't a real food) that gets you from Taubes to Paleo.

Primal Blueprint is awesome, and might be better for somebody who is open-minded. For the die-hard SAD believer, the Taubes book attacks the premises of SAD head-on.

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on December 11, 2011
at 03:29 AM

Not sure "Why We Get Fat" has anything to do with Paleo at all. GCBC at least vindicates saturated fat (though it sorta vindicates the omega-6s as well). WWGF is kinda pointless from a paleo perspective.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on December 11, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Yea, I agree it's not Paleo. But it is a compelling explanation of why flour and sugar are so bad. Somebody who removes those has not only already done the first of Kurt Haris's steps, but is also primed to understand that conventional wisdom is dubious, and therefore may be more open to reading a book like Primal Blueprint afterwards. That was my logic, anyway. I've read several of the Paleo books and while they are mostly of high quality, I just found WWGF to be particularly compelling.

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on December 10, 2011
at 10:24 PM

Yes, Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint is a good place to start.
Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat by Taubes is also good.
And more must-reads: The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, Neanderthin by Ray Audette, Primal Body Primal Mind by Gedgaudas.

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on December 11, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Good Calories, Bad Calories is way too dense and leads one down the path of unnecessary fear of carbohydrates.

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on December 12, 2011
at 12:39 PM

The Paleo Solution and Everyday Paleo... I keep 'em both handy!

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on December 12, 2011
at 10:55 AM

It depends on your target audience; but having read a half-dozen or so (including all the 'big names' including those cited above - except the Awesome book: gotta check that out) I enjoyed Art DeVany's NED the most. And not because of the "user friendliness", or even the recipes (there arent really any), but simply because the guy's well educated, has an interesting life-story to tell, and he's 72 years old and looks f***ing awesome.

Fact is, if you want people to "buy in" to Paleo, showing them the biography ofa 72-year old "athlete" who extoles it's virtues is probably the best way.

And as I said, Paleo aside, its acracking read :)

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