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What is the Best Paleo Investment as far as information?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 05, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I'm on a SUPER tight budget, but I really want to get a Paleo book to gain some more detailed information. The three I've narrowed it down to are:

The Paleo Solution
The Primal Blueprint
The Whole30 e-book

Which of these (or any other book, really) would give me the best bang for my buck? I'm still fairly new to eating Paleo, and I'm not into running (due to medical reasons), nor am I doing crossfit or anything like that, so I don't necessarily need specialized information for those things.

Thanks!

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on November 29, 2013
at 03:18 PM

If you want REALLY in detail for best bang for your buck without super complicated science, Paleo answer by loren cordain. I'm halfway through it and i'm blown away at all the things I never knew existed in neolithic foods. I've read all 3 of those books and many more and he blows them out of the water for info. If you want SERIOUS information like for trying to convince a well educated person like a physician, good calories bad calories by gary taubes, but warning: it's a BEAST of a book, impossible to read more than 100 WPM and will take you a solid month to read.

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on April 05, 2012
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Loved Well Fed, I second that.

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on April 05, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I was going to comment exactly the same Sharon! Library is a great solution as you can read ALL of the books - and spend the money on some good grass-fed meat instead!

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on April 05, 2012
at 03:14 PM

In what way Evangeline? What were you expecting from it that it didn't deliver? I did my first Whole30 without it and thought it was a great resource.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:56 PM

I personally liked The Primal Blueprint best, but the Paleo Solution is also very good. I've never read the Whole30 e-book but I do like their website.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:03 PM

For me the best investment was paleo cookbooks- because I had never cooked before, and when I learned some basic ways to cook meat and veggies etc. a it tasted good, I was hooked.

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:17 PM

THat said I did buy Gary Taubes "Good calories, Bad calories" and Davis' "Wheat Belly" and feel like they were worth it because I learned a lot. Maybe you can get them from a library?

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:15 PM

IMHO you don't need to buy any of them. Mark's Daily Apple has lots of free info on the site. You can also go to Kurt Harris' site http://www.archevore.com/get-started/ which outlines a great starting plan. It's not brain science.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:10 PM

You can borrow all from the library.

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on April 05, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I was going to comment exactly the same Sharon! Library is a great solution as you can read ALL of the books - and spend the money on some good grass-fed meat instead!

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:17 PM

All three books are good, but if money is tight, I don't think you need any of them to be successful. Just really carefully explore websites and ask a lot of questions. There are so many recipes, ideas, and knowledge out there...you are okay on your own. I have all three actually, and I still think I get better information on here, or on other websites/forums.

It is tough and it is nice sometimes to have a book, but I think you would be okay just doing it on your own and putting the money towards something else you could use.

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:42 PM

The Paleo Solution by Rob Wolff hands down. He covers everything you need to know in very easy to understand terms with a great sense of humor, so it is fun reading.even all the technical stuff. It's by far the best Paleo book I've invested in. There are also meal plans and recipes to help make it easier for those just starting out with Paleo.

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:08 PM

how about paleohacks.com and reddit/r/paleo?

they are free and cover more stuff than those books, AND you can ask questions

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Best bang for your buck info -

paleohacks.com

robbwolf.com

marksdailyapple.com

I also listen to both the Paleo Solution Podcast as well as the Latest in Paleo podcast

Total spent so far: $0

If you really want a book, I greatly enjoyed Robb's book. Very well written, fun and informative. I'd also suggest investing in Well Fed which is a cookbook. Nothing to get you really enjoying and living paleo like a delicious cookbook.

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on April 05, 2012
at 11:51 PM

Loved Well Fed, I second that.

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on April 05, 2012
at 04:13 PM

"The Perfect Health Diet" is a comprehensive and very readable approach toward a grand unified theory on nutrition,health,and longevity.The web site is loaded with researched information and questions answered.

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on April 05, 2012
at 03:18 PM

As others have mentioned, check your local library first. Even if they don't have any of the books in that branch, they can get hold of them from other libraries. And I definitely wouldn't worry about the Whole30 ebook until after you've covered the basics with the other books.

My recommendations:

  • Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes - if you absolutely insist on paying money for a book rather than getting it from a library, then this one is it. It gives you the background of why our national food policies are so completely messed up, and why the lipid hypothesis isn't doing us any good. An advance warning, this book is very heavy reading.
  • The Omnivores Dilemna, Michael Pollan - another background book, a great comparison between industrialized food production, organic food production, and hunter/gatherer, along with an explanation of why we're so willing to let ourselves buy into "what the experts tell us"

Then the big three of Paleo:

  • The Paleo Answer, Loren Cordain - an update to his The Paleo Diet book
  • The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson - the concentrated knowledge of Mark's Daily Apple
  • The Paleo Solution, Robb Wolf - the concentrated knowledge of Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution podcasts

I personally find Robb Wolf the most readable of these three (and Loren Cordain the least). Missing from that list, I haven't found anything yet that provides an equivalently clear description of the Ancestral Health side of things. Once you've covered the basics, I would recommend adding in:

  • The Perfect Health Diet, Paul & Shou-Ching Jaminet - a companion to their Perfect Health Diet blog, provides a look at what's becoming labelled "Paleo 2.0", includes discussions of "safe starches" and supplements that the others kind of elide over

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on April 05, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Elle, way to go for making your health a priority!

I second a lot of the comments here. Use your library, and DEFINITELY use Mark's Daily Apple website. There is so much information out there for free.

If you have a little extra money, it is nice to have the Primal Blueprint around (the new edition) but I think it would be smarter to spend that money on a quality jar of organic, virgin coconut oil. There is nothing in those books that you can't find online (the book does have the benefit of being organized in a way that makes it easy to glean all the most important concepts).

And don't forget about this online community! Everyone is always so helpful, so never be afraid to ask.

Good luck!

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:52 PM

I checked out Mark Sisson's 21 day Total Body Transformation from my local library (it's a 21 day loan period). It's a quick, easy read and gives you all the info you need to get started. I loved it and am glad I got to read it, but I'm glad I didn't have to buy it. A lot of those books are a "read them once to convince me of the science and to give me enough info to get started, then you don't need them anymore." After that, I've continued to check out books at the library and to read websites and blogs to get the info I want and need. Actually, some of the Paleo cookbooks have great introduction chapters about how to start a Paleo diet, some basic fitness, and a little of the science behind it. Then there's the recipes. That would probably be your best investment and worth the price (Everyday Paleo would be a good choice). Again, I checked it out at the library and that's all I needed.

Good luck. I'm a PhD student on a tight budget also, but Paleo is do-able on a tight budget. You just have to be creative.

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on February 09, 2014
at 03:09 AM

Some of the people on this forum who have been doing Paleo for several years and also have some kind of holistic nutrition background probably offer low-cost Paleo health coaching, free ebooks, podcasts, or similar. This 6-hour You Tube video is also very informative if you don't want to spend a lot of time reading.

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on November 28, 2013
at 10:41 AM

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on September 05, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Even the Hartwigs say not to buy their $39 e-book. Their book It Starts with Food is a great resource if you choose to buy. I downloaded it on my ipad for less than $10. I just ordered the 21 day transformation by Mark Sisson today. It's paperback for only $13.00. I love finding them in paperback so I can carry them in my bag or purse as references when I need it. Everything else is free on blogs, facebook pages and their websites. Mark Sisson offers so much information on his website, it's unbelieveable! As like everyone else, I prefer to spend my money on yummy coconut oil, lots of avocados and meat!

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on April 05, 2012
at 10:24 PM

I would suggest that you take books out of the library when they are available. Paleo books ALWAYS gone from my library.

Instead, download podcasts!!

Rob Wolf Paleo Solutions podcast is great. Angelo Copolo - Latest in Paleo

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on April 05, 2012
at 08:08 PM

I loved the Paleo Solution. It was funny, and filled with good science based information which was sourced. I also liked the recipes which were simple and good. This was key for me cuz I come from a non-cooking lifestyle pre-Paleo.

I haven't read either of the other two so can't comment on them. I imagine you can find a used copy of Paleo Solution or PB, or may be able to find them at the library.

Robb's site has great free getting started info.

Quick Start Guide: http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/thePaleoSolution_QuickStart.pdf

Shopping: http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/shopping-list.pdf.

Food Matrix: http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/thePaleoSolution_FoodMatrix.pdf

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:47 PM

I found The Paleo Solution, The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Answer all through library loan. Took awhile, they must be popular right now. Wheat Belly is another book worth looking at and possibly The Schwarzbein Principle (not paleo, but talks about the role of fats and why severe calorie restriction isn't the key, and weight isn't the be-all-end-all in health) Just my 2 cents.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I bought the Whole 30 e-book and very disappointed. It wasn't honestly worth $39 :/ I wish I can return it.

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on April 05, 2012
at 03:14 PM

In what way Evangeline? What were you expecting from it that it didn't deliver? I did my first Whole30 without it and thought it was a great resource.

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:14 PM

I really enjoyed Nora Gedgaudas book Primal Body, Primal mind. I know some here don't love her science/citations and studies, but she does provide a lot of good information that explains the nutrition-body-mind connection and helps you to understand the effects changes have on your health.

She includes a couple of recipes, pages of meal and food ideas and a lot of good resources.

This is the only resource I have paid for to date, I stick to the free blogs and this is by far my favorite site for assorted information. People ask great questions and there are often detailed answers from others who have struggled with your very same issues.

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