Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life

Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life

by Nora Gedgaudas
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Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I already follow a primal-type lifestyle, and am always looking for new material that I can pass on to my non-primal friends and family in the hopes of getting them to see the benefits of going primal. This book won't be on my list to recommend, however. I'm only on the seventh chapter, but so far the book has been one scary statistic or author opinion after another. It's not even safe to use shampoos and soaps, because if you are exposed to gluten (present in many personal care products) just once a month, you have increased your relative risk of death by 600%. And frankly, if you weren't breastfed as a child, you will have to take some sort of probiotic supplement everyday in order to ever hope to have proper digestion. While these types of statements are usually backed by a (but not multiple) research citation, the author interweaves her opinion, sensationalizing the dangers of gluten, soy, etc. So far, this book has provided me with a sense of hopelessness that I will ever be truly healthy. The title of the book does indicate that this is not an introduction to the primal lifestyle and so I should have anticipated that the book would be a step beyond managing paleo in the everyday world. However, I think it borders on conspiracy theory, and certainly would not be helpful for someone looking to move from a standard American diet to a healthier lifestyle. If anything, I imagine readers might feel they should forgo paleo altogether because it would seem impossible to avoid all the nutritional dangers in our world today. If my opinion of this book changes as I continue to read it, I will certainly come back and revise my review. In the meantime, I'm thankful that I had already discovered the benefits of primal before coming across this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an incoherent compilation of information on everything from the danger of grains and soy to carbohydrate consumption, diabetes, heart disease, ADD, fatty acids...there is so much crammed here that you wonder what exactly you're supposed to do in order to get healthy. Confounding the problem is the author's lack of specificity for dietary guidelines. It seems the premise of her book is that all major health problems are caused by the body's constant regulation of blood sugar, which is subject to drastic increases and drops due to the modern carbohydrate based diet (in case you are not aware, all carbohydrates turn to sugar in the body). She advocates eating like a caveman because this will cause the body to start burning fat for energy (called ketosis) instead of sugar, and this will make us healthy. However, there is no specific guideline for how much fat or protein we should eat. She goes on to say that excess protein consumption will be digested as sugar and that excess dietary fat will be stored as fat (see page 152) after citing a study on page 146 which indicated that the most weight-loss effective diet consisted of 90% fat. So which is it—does excess fat consumption cause weight loss or get stored as fat? And while she states we are supposed to limit our protein intake but increase fat (because saturated fat is good), you have to remember that most saturated fat comes with animal protein; so when we increase our fat intake, we will be increasing our protein intake as well, most likely. Without specific guidelines for how much protein/fat to eat in order to induce ketosis, this is useless.
Newconnexion More than 1 year ago
If you are into health and nutrition, you’ll love this book. Author Nora T. Gedgaudas includes extensive modern scientific research studies to back up her suggestions. Primal Body, Primal Mind is very in-depth and informative, but don’t let this fool you. The facts are presented in a straight forward way that any average Joe can read and understand. The basic principle behind the book is that to enjoy a longer, healthier life, we need to go back to the caveman way of eating. Gedgaudas suggests that decreasing or eliminating sugar, starches and grains in the diet as well as enjoying moderate protein and good, healthy fats can lead to good health, and “we can enjoy a level of health and vitality one might never have believed possible.” This is one of the best health information books I have read in a long time. — Annette Epifano, New Connexion Journal
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have worked as a RN in primary care for over 20 years, watching the increase in diagnoses of arthritis, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, coronary artery disease and metabolic syndromes, I feel this book should be read by everyone.  Even if you don't believe in the Paleo approach to diet, this book will have you thinking about what you eat and it's possible affects on your own bodily functions.  There are almost 50 pages of resources and references listed for further research. 
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Nitty gritty scientific awesomeness regsrding the paleo / pprimal lifestyles.
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Ken Beck More than 1 year ago
ITS A LIFESTYLE CHANGE