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    What would you recommend as THE BEST introductory book for a primal/paleo lifestyle & way of eating? Yes, I'm preparing for the future when someone might ask me about how I stay so healthy and cured my depression & anxiety naturally... Not there yet.

    I've read TPB, but I don't think it would be convincing for my parents (they have kept their "winter weight" for the whole year and my dad's side has a history of blood pressure issues & heart disease so I worry for them). I'm thinking something by Gary Taubes, but my budget has not allowed for even me to get & read his books yet. I thought maybe "Wheat Belly" would be good, but from the reviews I've read from the Primal community, it sounds a bit too sensationalist to really convince someone who is completely immersed in CW & SAD health patterns.
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  • #2
    I can't recommend a book, but I would love to hear what titles others recommend as I have the same question. I've read Wheat Belly, however, and although I don't think it's sensationalistic, it is a big dose of science, science, and more science, and not a lot of 'this is what works and this is how to do it'.

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    • #3
      I was thinking about the same thing. I've read many of the most prominent books, and I need one to give to my mom. She is starting to be a little more open to how I eat now, especially since she's heard a couple of doctors say how healthy I am since eating Primal. I'd like to keep her around for a long while (she's 76 with health problems, on a lot of meds), so I'm probably going to give her Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas.

      I do think it depends on the person you're giving it to, though. This book is more her style, but there are others that I think would benefit more from something like Wheat Belly or Primal Blueprint. I just think she wouldn't relate well to these two.
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      • #4
        I started with the PB, then the Paleo Solution (Robb Wolf), next is the PB 21-day Transformation!
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        • #5
          I think TPB is the best starter book, IMO. For a younger crowd, maybe Robb Wolf's book. Gary Taubes is really dry and hard to get through - even the 'dumbed down version' - so if they aren't into nutrition I wouldn't start them there. Plus, he's not really "paleo/primal" per se.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
            I think TPB is the best starter book, IMO. For a younger crowd, maybe Robb Wolf's book. Gary Taubes is really dry and hard to get through - even the 'dumbed down version' - so if they aren't into nutrition I wouldn't start them there. Plus, he's not really "paleo/primal" per se.
            Yeah, I find Mark's approach to really be the best. I haven't read Paleo Solution but remember people complaining about the science and some of Robb's "tangents" or something like that (it was divided between people that liked his podcast and those that didn't).. currently reading Primal Body Primal Mind and wouldn't recommend as a starter at all, also given the tag line "beyond the paleo diet for health and longevity" (something like that) so it assumes one is already aware of Paleo at least somewhat. It's a really heavy book, not apt for newcomers.

            I haven't read the Perfect Health Diet but that got pretty good reviews and seems to be more "balanced" as far as what's okay and not okay to eat, they are the people behind those "safe starches" after all. I don't think the book chooses sides between paleo and primal, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

            I'd say TBP is the way to go...
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            • #7
              Art De Vany's book the New Evolution Diet has won me 4 converts... It's light and concise but he's by far the smartest of the paleo bloggers, and his condition at his age reinforces the message. However the approach is not quite the same as the PB (more like The Paleo Solution), but the similarities are far greater than the differences.
              The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
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              I take life easier than almost anyone I know, but when I exercise I do it as though my life depends on it (which it does).
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              • #8
                Originally posted by brachiate View Post
                Art De Vany's book the New Evolution Diet has won me 4 converts... It's light and concise but he's by far the smartest of the paleo bloggers, and his condition at his age reinforces the message. However the approach is not quite the same as the PB (more like The Paleo Solution), but the similarities are far greater than the differences.
                Good point that for older folk it may be a better read since they could relate to the author better... I thumbed through it at a bookstore once and decided not to pick it up.
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                • #9
                  Probably Mark's brand new book - The 21 Day Total Body Transformation. I have not bought or read because I figure I'm past it and don't have anyone to give it to.
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                  • #10
                    Part of the trouble is I need something that really explains well why wheat & corn & soy are bad, even though mainstream media & "health officials" say it's part of a balanced diet. And gods the obsession with FIBER. With my mom in mind in particular, she worries that I don't get enough fiber in my diet, and when vitamins came up the other day, she did not understand why soy is bad for you. It's been long enough since I read TPB that I can't recall how extensively Mark explains these things.

                    Video recommendations would be great too. I remember liking "Fathead" and I think that might be a good introduction for my parents.
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                    • #11
                      I started with The Paleo Solution. I liked it because Robb kept it fairly light when he could, and cut right to business most of the time. The issue I personally had with it is that I tend to get weighed down by science, so when he (or anyone) starts getting into the heavy science of it, my eyes glaze over and I have to re-read those sections four times until they sink in. For a newbie, I think it has one really great message: We could tell you why it works, but instead why don't you just try it for 30 days and decide for yourself if you want to do it or not?

                      I think if I were going to start a new convert - like, say, my parents - I'd probably start with something like Wheat Belly. Something to really "shock and awe" a person into at least embracing a change. Then I'd move to Why We Get Fat, since weight loss/management is probably one of the biggest drivers for most people. Then I'd go with the Paleo Solution.

                      I think The Primal Blueprint is a good finishing book because it lightens the whole thing up and really encompasses a fulfilling lifestyle. I read Mark's book after I read all of the big sciency guys, and I found it to be a refreshing and light read that really helped sooth my brain after all the biochem it had just absorbed. It was a nice finishing note that gave me positive reinforcement to go forth. And it's the one I flip through and reference most often.

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                      • #12
                        de Vany is VERY convincing in his book about wheat & corn & soy avoidance. I'd strongly recommend Art's book if your mother ever reads non-fiction. As noted above, it's a tremendously concise read & I'm sure that Mark Sisson, if asked, would quickly admit that de Vany has been very influential in shaping his own thinking. A 4-star book.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by brachiate View Post
                          Art De Vany's book the New Evolution Diet has won me 4 converts... It's light and concise but he's by far the smartest of the paleo bloggers, and his condition at his age reinforces the message. However the approach is not quite the same as the PB (more like The Paleo Solution), but the similarities are far greater than the differences.
                          Heh - went to go order it for my Kindle and found I already had. 6 months ago, but it got lost in the shuffle. Okay, I admit it - I've got 515 books on my Kindle and I haven't even had it a year.

                          sigh
                          Durp.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                            Heh - went to go order it for my Kindle and found I already had. 6 months ago, but it got lost in the shuffle. Okay, I admit it - I've got 515 books on my Kindle and I haven't even had it a year.

                            sigh
                            That's funny, I've done that too... Too easy to spend money these days.
                            The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
                            (Lily Tomlin)

                            I take life easier than almost anyone I know, but when I exercise I do it as though my life depends on it (which it does).
                            (Arthur De Vany)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by brachiate View Post
                              That's funny, I've done that too... Too easy to spend money these days.
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