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  • #16
    I read Cordain's book, and he totally lost me when he said you should eat skinless chicken breasts and throw out the rest of the chicken. WTF?
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    • #17
      I thought Lights Out sucked. Just my $0.02 (the writing and as a book, the theories are interesting).
      Good Calories, Bad Calories is just waaay too much, I do recommend watching the lecture Taubes gave on it (mark linked to it). Same info and it only takes an hour)

      I recommend:
      The End of Overeating
      Fast Food Nation
      In Defense of Food

      Convict Conditioning
      The Purposeful Primitive

      Born to run


      On a sidenote: Anyone heard of the book "Manthropology"? I read a NY TImes(I think it was the Times) article on it and it seemed so cool, but it's never come out in America.

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      • #18
        Is the end of overeating anti fat?
        My journal where I attempt to overcome Chrohns and make good food as well

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        • #19
          So I went to the library today... ONE, yes ONE low-carb book in the entire health and diet section. (An Atkins one, but not the original, just recipes and carb counting advice and such.) Local Bookshop: Ditto. On Atkins, nothing else. At all. There -is-one book called something like 'the diet and exercise myth' which was low-carb but a good 2/3 of it consisted of nothing more than testimonies for the 'system' - yuck!

          Going through my Amazon wishlists to fine-tune the choices....

          Oh one book I'm getting, is 'Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers' - very important, original research on stress. Sapolsky.

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          • #20
            A great intro book that unfortunately is out of print is "Neanderthin" by Ray Audette. If you happen upon a copy, NAB IT! It's worth its weight in Gold! I was lucky enough to have a friend send me one just 2 weeks ago.

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            • #21
              Metabolic Typing by William Wilcott and Food is your Best Medicine by Bieler are pretty good....although I could never eat like Bieler advises. Marketing Nutrition was a very interesting read by Wansink and Food Politics was as very good as well.

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              • #22
                im not sure if anyone has listed this one yet:

                Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival.

                Excellent read, but very intense because there is alot of science and biochemistry involved.

                edit: i hope the link worked for the title. you can read tidbits on googlebooks.
                "The first wealth is health."
                - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                • #23
                  Great lists so far.

                  I could add Eat Fat, Lose Fat By Mary Enig, Natural Health and Weight Loss by Barry Groves, The Coconut Oil Miracle by Barry Fife, Restoring Your Digestive Health by Joseph Brasco, Makers Diet by Jordan Rubin to name a few.
                  You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes

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                  • #24
                    Great thread! I was at Barnes and Noble yesterday and would have loved to have found this while I was there - I was actually here on the site via my iPhone trying to hunt one down just like this! A day late and a dollar short, but I can always go back! I did, however, get Mark's book, so it was worth the trip!
                    Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.

                    - Robert Louis Stevenson

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                    • #25
                      Nutrition books I have read are Good Calories Bad Calories (good, obviously), The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott (I don't recommend it, not that I have much against metabolic typing as it is practiced today but the original book was a little nutters), and obviously The Primal Blueprint. I'll read Robb Wolf's new book, that has got to be good, and if Loren Cordain ever does a second paleo diet book that is less crappy, I will read it too.
                      Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

                      Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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                      • #26
                        It's a bit tangental but I really enjoyed Born to Run for a lot of the information about barefoot running. The nutritional info in the book is nonsense, and the distance running stuff only served to make me think that ultra runners really are crazy, but I found it generally quite inspiring. I literally wanted to kick off my shoes and get outside and run the entire time I was reading it. Of course, I want to sprint, not run 100 miles. And I think the author inadvertently proves the point that distance running isn't the route to weight loss, good health or sanity! I'd like to send him a copy of PB! Lots of info about the biomechanics of running, why shoes are bad, and of course, great, great characters.
                        Il faut vivre et non pas seulement exister.

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                        • #27
                          I get a lot of ideas for books to read from Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low Carb podcast (on ITunes). He's had so many great experts including Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, the Drs. Eades, various people from the Weston Price foundation. His guests are mostly but not always low carb advocates, and include many paleo/primal sources.
                          Il faut vivre et non pas seulement exister.

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                          • #28
                            I've got a lot of books on my waiting list!!! Just added a few thanks to this thread.

                            One book that really opened my eyes was "Trick and treat: how healthy eating is making us ill" by Barry Groves. It's a long book but has a lot of info and references.
                            "My mom made two dishes: Take it or Leave it." -- Stephen Wright, comedian

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by superdeluxe View Post
                              I get a lot of ideas for books to read from Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low Carb podcast (on ITunes). He's had so many great experts including Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, the Drs. Eades, various people from the Weston Price foundation. His guests are mostly but not always low carb advocates, and include many paleo/primal sources.

                              Isn't it odd how with so many great experts (as you put it) he can't quite "get it"?

                              I admit that his finally giving up the diet soda (which he heard for YEARS) is a step but I still feel like he still wants to get away with as much as he can.

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                              • #30
                                I got the original Protein Power book and am in the middle of it. My synopsis is that it should be taken with a skeptical attitude, as always, but it really does supply a ton of great information. Hats off the the Eades's.
                                Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

                                Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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