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27 Mar

10 New Primal Blueprint Books (Plus a Prize Package Giveaway)

Primal Blueprint Books

As I mentioned back in my New Year’s postPrimal Blueprint Publishing has launched, and my team and I are on a mission to change lives, one book at a time!

Last month, we released Mira and Jayson Calton’s Rich Food, Poor Food, and early reader feedback has been incredibly positive. With ten more books either nearing release or in development and with many of you emailing me asking for details, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you what I have in the pipeline. Whether you’re just starting or are a Primal veteran, I think there’s something here for everyone.

Prize Package Giveaway

I’d love to hear what you think. In the comment board below, let me know which of the ten books below you’re most excited about and why, and tell me your idea(s) for a book you think Primal Blueprint Publishing needs to publish. Do those two things and you’ll be entered to win all eight Primal Blueprint books pictured to the right. The lucky winner will be chosen at random. This contest ends at 11:59 pm, Thursday, Mar. 28. Many thanks to everyone that shares their thoughts and, in so doing, helps me make better books for you.

First up, a look at the books with 2013 release dates:

The Hidden Plague, by Tara Grant. This book is for sufferers of Hidradenitis supprativa, a painful skin condition that is poorly understood by the mainstream medical community and strongly associated with the Standard American Diet. Tara suffered for decades before taking matters into her own hands, modifying her diet, and curing herself. There are an estimated 12 million sufferers of this condition in the USA, with many of them unaware of their condition. Tara provides a field guide to managing and overcoming this disease using evolutionary health principles.

Primal Cravings, by Megan and Brandon Keatley. Well the title says it all here! Welcome back all the comfort foods that you’ve disciplined yourself to avoid in pursuit of Primal/paleo dietary principles. This creative, beautifully photographed book is the work of Brandon and Megan Keatley, Crossfit trainers in South Carolina who have dabbled and experimented and reclaimed some of the most indulgent foods you can imagine as Primal/paleo approved! See for yourself, starting with the delicious burger on the cover!

Paleo Primer. This book from the British couple Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore sets forth the Primal/paleo living principles in a fun, simple manner, making it a great book to introduce newcomers to the movement. It’s filled with creative and delicious recipes, and memorable, humorous cartoons that capture the essence of Primal/paleo living at a glance.

Upcoming Projects

Here’s a look at some exciting projects in development for 2014 release:

Death by Food Pyramid, by Denise Minger. Denise has done numerous guests posts on MDA (Will Eating Whole Grains Help You Live Longer?, Will Eating Red Meat Kill You?), and has her own avid following at her Raw Food SOS blog. Denise has been hard at work for a great many months now on an exquisitely researched expose on how “Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics, and Shady Special Interest Groups Have Conspired to Ruin the Health of America”,  and what you can do to avoid succumbing to such bad influences. She absolutely skewers the bestseller The China Study for their flawed data collection and distorted conclusions, and generally goes to great lengths to set the record straight about the flawed conventional wisdom we have been fed our entire lives.

The South Asian Solution, by Dr. Ronesh Sinha. Dr. Ron, an internal medicine specialist in Los Altos, CA, is doing some great stuff in the Bay Area, treating high risk South Asian patients and Silicon Valley employees with unique solutions that respect the evolutionary health model. South Asians, who are mostly Asian Indians, are one of the most insulin resistant ethnic groups on the planet, with rampant diabetes and early heart disease. His approach has successfully engaged and motivated South Asians to improve their health and reduce their risk while still respecting their cultural lifestyle preferences.

Primal Pregnancy, by Michele Blackwell, MD: This respected Ob/Gyn from Webster, Texas provides a detailed manual for a healthy and successfully pregnancy and childbirth, with a focus on integrating modern medical advice while still adhering to Primal living principles. Dr. Michele will cover a wide range of topics, including fertility, successful conception, all the trimesters, a healthy birth, nursing, and recovering your old self by the time the little one’s first steps are taken.

The Primal Prescription. In this hard-hitting expose on America’s dysfunctional health care system, Dr. Doug McGuff, fitness author and emergency physician from Seneca, South Carolina details how we came to spend over 7 trillion dollars per year on health care, yet rank 49th world wide for health outcomes and life expectancy. Dr. McGuff uses the concept of “signal disruption” to demonstrate how top-down controls have created an unholy alliance between the Government, Big Pharma, Big Agra, and Medical providers to create the ultimate “sick care system”. You will see how government intervention allows Big Agra to create the diseases that Big Pharma produces drugs for, so that doctors can “manage” your illness, so that you can stay just well enough to remain addicted to what made you sick in the first place. Having detailed the road to health care serfdom, Doug will show you the way out. By focusing on yourself and applying Primal lifestyle, dietary and exercise principles you will learn how to extract yourself from the belly of the beast, and enjoy the vibrant health that is your birthright.

Primal Woman, by Carrie Sisson. As I hinted at in a recent post, Carrie is shaping a story that touches on subjects of her particular interest and expertise: aging gracefully, dealing with empty nest syndrome, sorting through misinformation about menopause and hormones that women are subjected to, and fine-tuning the Primal living style from a female perspective. Carrie has a degree in Spiritual Psychology and injects a mystical, spiritual element to some of the everyday topics at hand. I can’t wait to read this! (Nope, I’m not even allowed a peek just yet…).

Perfect Balance, a Primal Approach to Overcoming Negativity with Food, Dieting, and Body Image, by Emily Deans, MD. Dr. Deans is a Massachusetts psychiatrist who explores the causes behind out modern obsession with and, for many, dysfunctional relationship with food. By hormonally, psychologically, and metabolically disengaging from processed food dependency, those who struggle with food issues have a better chance to heal from the psychological factors that contribute to their condition. Perfect Balance helps the reader eat and enjoy great, wholesome, natural foods without trending into a neurotic need to adhere to a Primal or paleo-style diet.

Primal Endurance, by Mark Sisson. Yep, I’m going back to my roots, this time to tell enthusiasts who insist on pursuing extreme endurance goals how to do it right! First and foremost is how to “go long” in training and racing without being a carb addict. Yep, it’s possible to be a high-functioning endurance machine when you become truly fat and keto-adapted. This refreshing concept is raising interest in the staid endurance community, as folks like Ben Greenfield, Dr.’s Phinney and Volek in The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, and even the world’s foremost endurance exercise physiologist, Dr. Timothy Noakes of South Africa, are out on the cutting edge spreading the word.

Primal Blueprint Publishing

Author Services

I’ve partnered with my old friend Matthew Bennett to provide support to both aspiring authors who want to bring their dream and their story to life, as well as authors who have their manuscript and want to market and sell it effectively. Matthew is a respected coach and lecturer for authors, and a master of creative marketing methods that identify niche volume buyers for your work. Matthew and I are in development with author support products right now, but we want to hear from you in order to present the services and materials that are of most interest. If you are an aspiring author, or have a manuscript that you wish to sell and promote, please take some time to complete the comment form at this Author Services link.

Queries

My team and I are always on the lookout for detailed book proposals or completed manuscripts that promote well being from an evolutionary health perspective. Visit this page for details on how to engage with us about your masterpiece.

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  1. Perfect Balance looks like a great book. As a nurse I am always interested in the mind/body connection. I would love to have a book about overcoming the obstacles of going primal with kids. Treat days, birthday parties, holidays all seem to center around candy. Easy recipes and full days worth of eating ideas for kids would be great. My mind has a hard time coming up with breakfast lunch and dinner day in and day out.

    Sara wrote on March 27th, 2013
  2. A book I am interested in reading is the death by food pyramid!

    A book that I would like to see written in the future would explain exactly the lifestyle of people back in paleo times. Like their living habits, sleeping habits, and of course eating habits

    Darrell wrote on March 27th, 2013
  3. perfect balance! They all sound great, but the need for balance and the struggles mentioned in the description makes this win in the ‘most likely to read first’ category.

    Danielle wrote on March 27th, 2013
  4. I am most interested in Primal Woman! As I just turned 50 this past year I am really interested in aging gracefully and healthy. When Mark mentioned at the Luxury Retreat that this book was coming I have been excited about it ever since and can’t wait to purchase it. Several other of the books sound really great also!

    saj402 wrote on March 27th, 2013
  5. Perfect Balance sounds perfect for me!

    I’m not primal, more high raw omnivore at this time (I believe in meat!) and still struggling to find the combination that works for me. Feel physically fantastic but still have weight struggles and definitely food “issues” that go back to childhood – especially guilt – even when eating super clean! Not good. It’s quite brain consuming and exhausting and frankly, stupid! I feel quite pathetic sometimes… it irritates me that it bothers me so much! I need to make peace – can this book help?

    As for a new idea, perhaps an elimination plan (not starvation!) to help identify the foods that are trigger bad reactions? Because everyone is different and no one way of eating can work for all… but maybe if one is at peace, then this is not necessary?

    Liese wrote on March 27th, 2013
  6. A lot of great things coming from you this year. The one that sounds the most exciting for me is PRIMAL BALANCE. Even though I am now at a point in my life where I feel that I am at a weight I am happy with, I still find myself constantly examining all parts of my body and picking out what I don’t like about it. And when I do, I think about what I’m putting into my body that could still be causing those unwanted spots to be there. At age 19, I was 245lbs. I am now 34 and around 150lb., but I still see that “fat girl” that I was for a long time….the one that was always made fun of in school. And when I do, I find myself eating things I shouldn’t and then going back to what I can take away to get to where I want to be.

    Amy Ayers wrote on March 27th, 2013
  7. Tuesday afternoon (of this week), my mom (55) was admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with colitis (they’re still figuring out which kind). Earlier today, my dad (54) had his first chemo treatment for stage 4 colon cancer.
    I started hearing about the dangers of grains, etc a couple of years ago. Dropped my morning oatmeal, upped my eggs, started politely refusing rice (not an easy thing to do… I live in Korea), goodbye sandwiches, hello stir fry. I haven’t taken a tums since, and I used to down them like Skittles.
    I’ve got it. I get it. Every article I read on MDA and elsewhere just reaffirms my trust that Paleo is the way forward (back?). So life becomes a constant face palm.
    My mom’s breakfast: Toast and hot chocolate. Every. Single. Morning. And the rest of the day follows the SAD. Same with my dad. Cereal (hard toast), juice (vs hot chocolate: really that different?), proceed with the SAD.
    How has this not sunken in yet, that this sort of eating causes damage? I know it’s a question of exposure to the information, and actually implementing what you learn. And then there’s the fact that Paleo flies in the face of CW. But why wouldn’t you take an interest in your own health and well-being? It boggles the mind.
    I started planting some seeds a while ago. My mom’s response: I couldn’t give up my carbs. Dad’s response: Gotta have my graham crackers. My overweight older-sister’s response: Nah.
    The book I’m most looking forward to buying, Paleo Primer, isn’t for me. It’s for my parents. They both read quite a bit, so just having it around the house should mean it’ll at least get browsed.
    What kind of book should be next in line? A book on the dangers of blindly following CW, and on CW itself. On the fact that we live in an age where we no longer need to just accept info. We can look it up, analyze source info, compare it, discuss it with the entire world, etc. But packaged in a way that would get my mom to read it (lol).

    Gabriel wrote on March 27th, 2013
  8. Im looking forward to The Primal Prescription – the healthcare system does not make sense, it appears like its primary goal is to make profit. I would really look forward to reading more about it.

    Kurto wrote on March 27th, 2013
  9. Primal Woman would be my number 1 choice, then Perfect Balanc and Primal Endurance are both close 2nd choices. Love reading the newsletters!!!!

    rose wrote on March 27th, 2013
  10. As a pharmacist, I can’t go past wanting to read “The Primal Prescription”. Most of my friends and colleagues find it hard to believe that a pharmacist can be so anti-medicine but the more I learn the more I am sure that it is my role to make sure that these drugs are used appropriately (which would be hardly ever) and people are given lifestyle options to treat their medical conditions. It is an uphill battle though. Most doctors/pharmacists look at you like you are crazy, especially the students who have just come fresh from the indoctrination camps.

    The Hidden Plague and Death by Food Pyramid also sound like interesting reading.

    Against the Grain by Richard Manning is one of the best books I have ever read and I highly recommend it to all primal enthusiasts. It is a look at the negative effects agriculture has had on society from the stone age right up to modern day.

    The book I think needs to be written is The Primal Guide to Mental Health. Depression and schizophrenia are such massive problems in society today and I think that the incidence and severity could be greatly diminished by adopting a more primal lifestyle. I am trying to talk the dietitians around at our hospital into making the patient menu gluten free and primal. I think it would really reduce the levels of medication usage.
    There is already evidence in the literature for both schizophrenia and depression responding to low carb and gluten free diets. Maybe Mark could do a post on it in the future.

    No Harmacy wrote on March 27th, 2013
  11. My first choice is The Primal Prescription. I know first-hand how flawed the medical system in this country is. It took MANY years of lame medical care to finally arrive at a diagnosis of Celiac disease at the age of 47. I blame all my medical problems, including autoimmune hypothyroidism on the ingestion of gluten and the SAD diet.

    Cathy wrote on March 27th, 2013
  12. I am super excited about all these new titles. I try to read all i can about primal. I have had great experience doing the primal diet. I like to share this information with my patients. I am really interested in primal prescription.

    Karen Paolinelli wrote on March 27th, 2013
  13. As a health care worker who embraces the Primal lifestyle, I am excited to read The Primal Prescription and learn what Dr McGuff recommends to get us out of the health care mess we are in. I see first hand just how broken our system is and welcome reading about any ideas that can turn our health care towards more prevention than cure via Primal principles.
    Has PBP considered publishing a book addressing the Primal senior? There is a train wreck of epic proportions on the horizon as the baby boomers age and overwhelm our health care facilities. Perhaps if more seniors adopted Primal principles the coming wreck will be less than epic? Surely there are some Primal boomers out there that can share their story and inspire others to go Primal?
    Thanks Mark for all that you do to inspire me everyday with your thoughts!

    Kara wrote on March 27th, 2013
  14. Wow they all sound so good! I wish Primal Pregnancy was out when I had my children. I am most interested in Primal Women. It sounds like just the book I need.

    Jennifer wrote on March 27th, 2013
  15. Most excited about Primal Woman, and Primal Pregnancy. Although I will not be pregnant again, I think it’s important-very important to get the information out there! I would love to see a primal beauty/natural living/health book geared toward women. Creating natural beauty products and a non toxic home…The Hip Primal Girl’s Guide or something to that extent.

    kate wrote on March 27th, 2013
  16. Primal Woman sounds fascinating. I myself am approaching menopause and would greatly appreciate learning Carrie’s health primal approach to gracefully living this phase of my life. The spiritual component is a bonus too.

    i would like to see PB Publishing release books like Pushing The Limits by Al Kavadlo about variations of the basic primal movements showing degrees of difficulty so that one’s fitness can always grow and evolve and be challenged.

    Tracy wrote on March 27th, 2013
  17. I am most excited for Primal Cravings. I love the work that the Keatleys do at healthbent.com. They mentioned that they weren’t going to be using nut flours for their dessert recipes. We need more recipes like that in our community.

    For future books, I would like to see a book that discusses cancer in a primal light. I would love to write a book like this, but I’m sure someone will get to it before I do.

    Spencer wrote on March 27th, 2013
  18. I am excited about The South Asian Solution, by Dr. Ronesh Sinha. Dr. Ron. Reading the individual success stories is really encouraging, but it would be great to see the bigger picture- what the primal lifestyle is doing across the world in large groups of people. I am studying to be a dietitian and we talk about insulin resistance everyday, in every subject. What I would love to see, which isn’t really primal blueprint publishing technically, is a peer reviewed primal blueprint journal! I would totally subscribe!

    Or a primal blueprint 364 day Diary, with quotes, tips and recipes to try ect. This might keep people encouraged. Girls, who are super organised (hopefully me one day :) ) LOVE getting our their diaries.

    Erica wrote on March 27th, 2013
  19. I am most excited to try The Primal Prescription by Dr. Doug McGuff. I think people need to speak out about our country’s poor food quality and wellness care that is leading us to a lower life expectancy and how we all are being made to pay with our money and our health by the alliance between the Government, Big Pharma, Big Agra, and Medical providers. If he can really show a way out, it would be a very worthwhile book.

    In terms of ideas for a new book that Primal Publishing needs to publish, I would love to see a book like The Primal Naturopathic Doctor which would provide combined nutrition, exercise and wellness advice targeting specific health conditions as well as providing guidance on how to self-experiment to help someone create a customized program that works best for them..

    Russ M wrote on March 27th, 2013
  20. Primal Woman and Perfect Balance will definitely hit a chord or two. Really looking forward to them. I plan on entering a psych program sometime soon, but am looking to add a spiritual element to it, and really want to help people who are overwhelmed by imbalance. Perfect combo of books!

    mlou wrote on March 27th, 2013
  21. I’m most excited for Primal Woman because the hormonal part is so often overlooked. I’d love to see a Primal Primer for teens.

    Jenna Bayley-Burke wrote on March 27th, 2013
  22. I am looking forward to PRIMAL WOMAN. I do believe that my hot flashes have decreased from my new way of eating/thinking and eager to learn what Carrie has to teach me. I am new to low carb and paleo and reading/learning everthing I can. I especially love the podcasts!

    Penny wrote on March 27th, 2013
  23. I am very interested in Primal Woman and the female hormonal influences on a primal lifestyle. Also, Paleo Prescription looks interesting. As for suggestoons, I always enjoy and am motivated by success stories from a wide variety of ages, ethnicities, occupations, etc. That way, I am sure to find someone whose story I can relate to and that will encourage me. I would like to see an entire book on people’s primal success stories, tips and tricks. Keep up the great work!

    Suzanne Meyer wrote on March 27th, 2013
  24. Hi Mark! As a primal woman, I would love to receive and read Primal Woman! My suggestion for a book is one that is geared towards teenagers. As a mother of three children ranging from 12 to 15 it isn’t always easy to convince them to make better food choices. I see so many obese school kids in our area. I wish we could get their interest and change their life around for the better!

    Essie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  25. I’m most excited for Primal Woman because I’d love to read what Carrie Sisson has to say about living a Primal lifestyle as a fearless woman. I’m also looking forward to the spiritual aspect of the book.

    In the future, I’d love to see a book about raising Primal families and also about eating a mostly Asian diet and being Primal. I’m Korean American and would love to read more about how to live Primal and eat a mostly traditional Korean diet, or if that’s possible!

    Kimmie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  26. Hey there, I am 21 and have lost almost 10% body fat over the last 4months by eating primal. I am now sitting at 9.2%bf and feeling amazing. I am excited about the amount of new material that is being brought out by primal blueprint publishing.

    I am most excited for the book “Death by Food Pyramid” by Denise Minger. This is because as I am relatively new to the primal lifestyle I am continuing to be amazed at the dietary misconsceptions made by the masses. I am from New Zealand where the dairy industry is a large portion of our economy. Therefore many dietary misconsceptions about dairy products are the fore-front of my frustrations in convincing others to eat more primal.

    I would really like to see a book that look to eat cheaply as well as primal. I am a student and have to work part-time in order to pay for my food. I would love to be able to eat primal while eating free of financial guilt. So something adressing this would be great.

    George Gray wrote on March 27th, 2013
  27. I’m most excited about Primal Woman b/c Carrie Sisson seems like an incredibly interesting and awesome woman, and I’m looking forward to reading what she has to say about living a primal life as a fearless female. I’m also interested in the more spiritual aspect of her book.

    As for what I’d like to see in the future, I’d be interested in a book about being primal and eating a mostly Asian diet. For example, I’m Korean and am interested in how to be primal and eat a Korean diet. Thanks!

    Kimmie wrote on March 27th, 2013
  28. I am most interested in Primal Prescription – I am always encouraged by exposes on our broken medical system and how it passes on so-called conventional wisdom when it comes to health, yet they are so far off despite many studies showing that their collective dictums are not the path to health and well-being.

    The more people, particularly authors, speak out and raise this argument against conventional wisdom and how and why the system is broken the more the average person will stop accepting things as they are and question, more often, the way we do things and why. It is obvious how our society is getting less healthy yet the average person thinks that cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers etc. is just to be expected. It’s a very sad state of affairs.

    Suzanne Fontaine-Hays wrote on March 27th, 2013
  29. I am most looking forward to reading Primal Woman and Primal Endurance. I am very active and I am so tired of trainers telling me I can’t eat this way. I need some ammunition to throw back at them.

    I think it would be awesome to see a children’s book written actually for kids (like 3rd/4th grade level) about the Primal lifestyle and why it is such a cool, healthy and fun way to live :-)

    Jennifer wrote on March 27th, 2013
  30. Really looking forward to the Primal Woman book. Reading how to be Primal from the women’s perspective will be extremely helpful! Also want to get my hands on Rich Food, Poor Food after hearing the authors talk about the book on a podcast.

    Mari wrote on March 27th, 2013
  31. I would most like to read Paleo Primer. My sons got me started living Primal over a year ago. But I slide back now and then and would love a simple refresher of what I should know and how to live it simply. Something I would like to see published is maybe more of a book-let than a book. I would like to have easy to follow lists of good foods and bad foods and replacements of the bad ones with similar good ones.

    Gracie Fisher wrote on March 27th, 2013
  32. I love the 90 day journal! It has challenged me to look at how I do things differently and how to rearrange my life to add more fun into it.

    I read everything on Primal living that I can find and it all makes perfect sense! Now, to convince my husband….

    Jodie Hansen wrote on March 27th, 2013
  33. Mark,
    I’m really looking foward to reading your book Primal Endurance. I am extremely interested in how to perform energy taxing activites being keto-adapted. That being said, I would love to see Primal Blueprint Publishing create a book that focuses on natural bodybuilding while keto-adapted. Being a natural bodybuilder, I would love to reap the benefits of being able to fuel my muscle building efforts by burning up body fat.

    Joshua Dennis wrote on March 27th, 2013
  34. I’d have to say I am torn between primal cravings and the prescriptions tome. But I find the medical world to be so prescribe happy, I’d likely favor the Primal Prescriptions.

    Timmyle wrote on March 27th, 2013
  35. I’m most excited about the expose on the food pyramid. My blind allegiance to it was doing me in. My wife had trouble with the diet because she didn’t see results as fast and dramatic as I did. Maybe you could team up with people at flo living to address differences for females.

    Bob Lee wrote on March 27th, 2013
  36. Also, would love to see more on both hunting/fishing and farming. And more recipes using wild game.

    Timmyle wrote on March 27th, 2013
  37. Looking forward to Primal Prescription and I would like to see a pure primal philosophy book.

    Michael Giglia, D.C. wrote on March 27th, 2013
  38. I took my first step into the paleo/primal world last year in July. The more time I spend on this diet, the more I learn – the more convinced I am that the system is wrong and this is the right way to go. I suffered from migraine many years and still do but they have lessened quite a deal since then. I love all the book suggestions they each have their appeal for sure. I’d probably want to read the pregnancy one though. I wish you guys would make that one book I can’t make myself since I don’t have sufficient knowledge yet. A book on migraine. I’m working on a website currently but it’s probably going to be a while still. So many people in the world suffer on a regular basis from this – since I’ve been a guinea pig when it comes to medicin – I feel it’s extremely relevant to spread the word that there’s a way to make it better! I feel that despite the huge amount of sufferers this is an area primal/paleo hasn’t really given much attention. Would be great if you could pick up on that!

    Sincerely
    Tina

    Tina wrote on March 27th, 2013
  39. I am looking forward to the Primal Prescription and I would lie to see a pure primal philosophy book.

    Michael Giglia wrote on March 27th, 2013
  40. Primal Prescription with Primal Cravings & Death by Food Pyramid as close “seconds.”

    Why? For self-preservation, of course! :-)

    Kate wrote on March 27th, 2013

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