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i'd like to introduce some of my family members to paleo, but don't know what the best place to start is. Which books/sites/videos would you recommend?

Just for some background, my family is Chinese, so it's no surprise that they are skeptical of grain/soy free diets...

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on July 20, 2012
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In that case, I would probably send them The Perfect Health diet for reasons mentioned above in other answers, but not pressure/talk to them about it. Just send it, maybe with a really brief not saying "I've found this way of eating really helps me with .... and thought you might like it." and then let them ask you questions if they want.

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I'm not sure these types of people exist anymore except in small Chinese towns. Even for most who think they are eating a "traditional" diet, they've actually already had their foods switched out with less healthy counterparts without even knowing it. Vegetable oils, HFCS, grain fed animal products, and a ton of wheat products (steamed buns, noodles, etc...)

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I guess my issue is that I don't live in the same country as them and only see them 1-2 times a year. But I keep hearing about these health issues that I'm certain paleo can help a lot on.

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"Free the animal" is pretty good introduction. Do your family eat a lot of soy products? I heard that traditionally soy is used in China as a condiment, it doesn't replace protein intake by any means.

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The Perfect Health Diet book by Paul and Shou Chin Jaminet is paleo plus safe starches such as white rice. This may go over better with your family. They include a lot of asian influenced recipes on their website. You can get all the info free on the web site - but the book is really well done with a lot of scientific support in it.

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For overall wellness and health issues, Paul Jaminet's The Perfect Health Diet (and the blog for it) is first rate. AND on that plan you can eat rice. :)

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First off, how long have you been doing paleo, and what have been the benefits for you?

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note, Taubes is low carb -- not Paleo, but still must reads.

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Taubes' books are a bit of a mixture between a review of current scientific knowledge and commentary on political/ soci-economic paradigm of our current environment. If you want to get an idea of his style, check out this article -- http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

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are Taubes' books more focused on losing weight, or does it have good information about curing ailments/disease and overall wellness?

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on July 19, 2012
at 06:09 AM

Totally depends on personality:

  • Robb Wolf's book is hip and accurate, but probably too informal for many. You have do decide how your relatives would react to being addressed as "buttercup".

  • Cordain's brand new book has PdD on the cover and a ton of references. Clear and thorough. If there's autoimmunity in your family, this good will provide additional incentive for them to consider paleo. On the other hand, again when your relatives start reading about how to filter the water in your house to avoid chlorine while showering, they might decide that's this whole paleo thing is nuts.

  • Primal Blueprint. Totally awesome. Very well written. It's still the best. If your family would prefer to take nutritional advice from a doctor or researcher rather than an athlete, though, you'll have to look elsewhere though.

  • Why we get fat. As mentioned, not exactly paleo and mostly about obesity, but very concisely and lucidly demonstrates why "the cause of obesity is excessive eating" is as uninsightful as saying "the cause of alcoholism is excessive drinking". True on some level, but begs the question of the underlying cause and makes it obvious why 95% of diets fail. Again very well written and convincing, if not 100% accurate at all points. Still, a great foot in the door for those interested in losing weight only.

  • Jaminet's book. Not my thing. This seems like a graduate course. A few may want to geek out, but I personally wouldn't suggest this book for my relatives. I think looking at breast milk as a guide for adult macronutrient ratios will have most normal people headed to the door, rightly or wrongly. Also, food quality is so important and our ancestors had a wide range of macronutrient ratios, to trying to thread the needle on some 20-15-65 ratio in addition to just eating paleo seems to me just adding yet another hurdle and I wouldn't even think about these issues at least until you've been eating high quality for a few years first. What do I know though?

  • Everyday Paleo: Best for the relative who says "Yes, I agree we should all eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors. But, realistically, is this at all enjoyable, or even possible?"

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Primal Blueprint then Why we get Fat then Good Calories, Bad Calories then The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance

I think Mark Sisson's book is the most direct book on the market. It is very informative, does not talk down to the reader, but does not require a Phd. It's also the most full-lifestyle (i.e. Not just what to eat but also how to live) of the books I have read.

Taubes books are remarkable, and I feel like they are must reads.

The Low Carbohydrate Performance book is last because it's a great supplement, but certainly not necessary.

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on July 19, 2012
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Taubes' books are a bit of a mixture between a review of current scientific knowledge and commentary on political/ soci-economic paradigm of our current environment. If you want to get an idea of his style, check out this article -- http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

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on July 19, 2012
at 02:26 AM

are Taubes' books more focused on losing weight, or does it have good information about curing ailments/disease and overall wellness?

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on July 19, 2012
at 02:53 AM

note, Taubes is low carb -- not Paleo, but still must reads.

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on July 19, 2012
at 04:06 AM

For overall wellness and health issues, Paul Jaminet's The Perfect Health Diet (and the blog for it) is first rate. AND on that plan you can eat rice. :)

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on July 19, 2012
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I got into paleo through www.marksdailyapple.com. It's an accessible, informative and not too in your face site to learn about the diet, exercise and overall lifestyle.

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on April 27, 2013
at 04:29 PM

i come from a Chinese family, my mother would cook for us three meals a day, as often as possible, ever since i came across Paleo lifestyle, i had her switch to olive oil, coconut oil, or lard, we only get our meat from local farms, so basically, we are still eating traditional Chinese dishes but with healthy fat and meat. i guess the bottom line is we are still eating what we prefer but also try to eat as clean as possible.

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on July 19, 2012
at 09:14 PM

If they are already eating a traditional chinese diet of meat, fish, fermented soy, vegetables, and white rice, I am skeptical that any benefits they may recieve from going full paleo would be worth the hassle of uprooting a part of their traditional diet. Of all the people in the world, I woudl say that those eating traditional asian fare would least benefit from paleo, and would probably suffer if they decided to go primal.

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on July 20, 2012
at 06:48 AM

I'm not sure these types of people exist anymore except in small Chinese towns. Even for most who think they are eating a "traditional" diet, they've actually already had their foods switched out with less healthy counterparts without even knowing it. Vegetable oils, HFCS, grain fed animal products, and a ton of wheat products (steamed buns, noodles, etc...)

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I would start with Primal Blueprint. Very accessible and I found it easier to start with a primal diet before moving to more strict paleo eating.

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It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, or The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf or The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

However, use caution. If your family members have not expressed an interest in finding out more, or asked where they can get more info, giving them a diet book to read can come off as judgmental or proselytizing. Food disagreements can be really divisive for families. Better that they see healthy changes over time in you and get curious on their own.

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on July 20, 2012
at 11:38 AM

In that case, I would probably send them The Perfect Health diet for reasons mentioned above in other answers, but not pressure/talk to them about it. Just send it, maybe with a really brief not saying "I've found this way of eating really helps me with .... and thought you might like it." and then let them ask you questions if they want.

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on July 20, 2012
at 06:40 AM

I guess my issue is that I don't live in the same country as them and only see them 1-2 times a year. But I keep hearing about these health issues that I'm certain paleo can help a lot on.

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on April 28, 2013
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I started with dangerous grains which was a more gentle start them moved on to Primal blueprint and Marks daily apple. His website and here is where I visit regularly. There is the old saying though you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. You can provide them. with all the info but its their choice what they do with it.

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on July 19, 2012
at 02:52 AM

Aha! My family is Chinese too, through my husband (they are Cantonese).

I would cook a Paleo dinner for them, and while their mouths are full (so they can't argue) and they cannot do anything else but listen, I would explain the virtues of each dish.

I do not think, however, that you will be able to get them to give up rice. Even I draw the line there. How can you ask someone that is Chinese not to eat rice?

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on July 19, 2012
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