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10 Jun

Introducing the First Primal/Paleo Book for Teenagers! (plus a Limited-Time Special Offer)

Paleo Girl Soft CoverI couldn’t be more pleased to announce Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest release, the highly anticipated Paleo Girl by Leslie Klenke. This groundbreaking book targets an often overlooked demographic when it comes to the world of health and wellness—teenagers! Primal/paleo lifestyle books target adults and thereby miss a potential connection with the teen reader. Paleo Girl is written in a hip, conversational style that reveals Leslie’s deep empathy and understanding for the teen years. After all, she only recently left that stage herself.

This book is a must have for any Primal book collection, and an excellent gift idea for any teen in your life. Consider it a great summer read to get your daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, or friend on track for an excellent school year in August. And when you order a copy today you’ll get a bunch of free bonus gifts. But more on that in a moment…

I met Leslie just over a year ago at PrimalCon Oxnard when she volunteered to help prepare for the event with her close friend and our Community Outreach Manager Elizabeth Mostaedi. (Which come to think of it, it’s a neat coincidence considering Leslie will be presenting at this year’s Oxnard event!) In our first casual interaction, I came to discover her amazing array of writing, designing and marketing talents, and her passion for Primal living. She let it slip that she had a dream of writing/illustrating a children’s book and one day a manuscript for teens to promote health and empowerment in the spirit of the Primal Blueprint principles. I offered her some words of encouragement and we each went about our day.

img 0950 Master web 540Not too long after PrimalCon, Leslie emailed me a fun pitch for a children’s book. I could sense a lot of magic in her story, and asked her to meet me at our offices in Malibu to further discuss the project. From there, the conversation shifted, and our focus turned to her concept for Paleo Girl (or The Primal Teen, as the book was initially referred to). I knew she was onto something special, and the passion she had for this project when she spoke of it was undeniable. The following day, Leslie sent me a new pitch, and that’s the day Paleo Girl was born.

Fast-forward a year later, and I’ve got this outstandingly written, beautifully designed, information dense book in my hands. I never once doubted Leslie’s conviction for this endeavor and am thrilled to share it with you all today. As no surprise to me, Paleo Girl is already seeing rave reviews from VIPs that received early release copies.

Not only is Paleo Girl speaking to the teen audience it was intended for—it’s also quickly becoming a huge hit with parents. Countless friends and colleagues have said that Paleo Girl is an excellent parenting tool, and I couldn’t agree more. While mothers can likely remember what it was like to be a teenaged girl, this is an experience fathers clearly lack. One father in particular told me that he had been having a hard time relating to his budding teen daughter, but that this book has served as a bit of an insider’s view into his daughter’s life. How powerful is that?

Here’s what you can expect to learn from Paleo Girl:

  • How a Primal lifestyle can make puberty a simple transition.
  • Teen puberty must-haves.
  • How to adapt to a paleo lifestyle in the face of obstacles: a family that doesn’t support your decision, financial obligations, opposing ethnic or religious backgrounds.
  • How to deal with the tough issues: bullies, peer pressure, self-esteem, and eating disorders.
  • Teen success stories from girls just like you.
  • Leslie’s personal success story.
  • How to motivate yourself and those around you.
  • What it means to consume a Primal Blueprint/paleo diet.
  • Why fats, carbs, and protein matter.
  • The lowdown on omegas.
  • What organic is and a breakdown of non-conventional food categories.
  • An approach to Primal fitness: move everyday, lift heavy things, and sprint once in a while.
  • A step-by-step guide to stretching and fitness essentials.
  • Why high heels are bad for you.
  • The importance that sun, sleep, and play have in your life.
  • Journal pages to track your very own progress.
  • Delicious teen-friendly Primal recipes and healthy DIY beauty products.

Read an excerpt of Paleo Girl

Speaking of recipes, Leslie convinced me (okay, it didn’t take that much convincing) to try one of her favorite recipes from the book called “Better Than Oatmeal,” and I’ve got to say—I could have gone back for seconds! It was simple to make and perfect for teens that might be new to the kitchen. She wanted me to share it with all of you today.

Better Than Oatmeal

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Makes: 1 bowl – Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A splash of vanilla
  • Butter (for cooking and topping)
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed pecans
  • Optional: fruit, heavy cream, additional pecans

Instructions:

  1. Add banana, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and pecans to a medium bowl and mash together; the batter will be a little lumpy.
  2. Grease skillet with butter and turn on stove to medium heat.
  3. Add the entire mixture to the skillet.
  4. As the mixture cooks, continue to stir and mash.
  5. Once fully cooked, remove from heat and place in a bowl.
  6. Top with butter or optional ingredients.

But wait! There’s more!

Paleo Girl Special Bonus Offer

As usual, I want to do something special for devoted Mark’s Daily Apple readers on this book release day. I’m offering some fantastic free gifts for this urgent promotion that expires on Friday, June 13, 2014, 11:59 pm PDT.

Buy a copy of Paleo Girl from ANY retail location (PrimalBlueprint.com, Amazon.com, Audible.comBarnesandNoble.com, etc.) and in any format (physical book, Audiobook, Kindle) and get:

ScreenShot2014 06 05at24539PM1. Free eBook: Paleo Girl IRL

Paleo Girl IRL—AKA Paleo Girl “In Real Life” is an all access guide into the real life of teen girls who would seriously make Grokette proud! Leslie Klenke, author of Paleo Girl, offers up this new monthly eBook as free supplemental information for girls who crave more tips, tricks, news, advice, and chitchat within the paleo community. In the eBook’s debut Issue 01, Leslie introduces you to four kick-butt high school and college students: Alex, Casey, Jasmin, and Jenna. Alex gets the party started by explaining all the details she wishes she would have known before going paleo. Some seriously killer info there! Then Casey, Jasmin, and Jenna round the eBook out with cool tips like working out during study breaks and carrying raw nuts in your bag so you’re never stuck without a healthy snack. Lastly, Leslie comes back in with an out of this world recipe for a Chewy Mug Brownie that you can whip up in less than three minutes. Bam!

Paleo Girl IRL Issue 01 is available exclusively through Primal Blueprint. For future issues, be sure to check Leslie’s website, or follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for future updates.

Grok 10 dollar bill2. A $10 Gift Certificate to PrimalBlueprint.com

Spend it like cash and order whatever you want. Perhaps a cookbook to go with Paleo Girl? Or how about a nifty Grokette tank top, or a Primal hoodie, beanie, or apron. Or maybe this is the perfect opportunity to try a Primal Essentials Kit, Primal Fuel or Master Formula on for size! (This gift certificate expires on 07/31/14.)

3. MP3 download of music track “Stay” off Nesta’s latest album Levitate

Primal Blueprint health and wellness coach Vanessa Lambert (aka Nesta!) is also a talented singer/songwriter. Last year she released Levitate, an electronic dance album that’s full of energy and hooky lyrics. Try not to get up and dance when listening to track Stay. It’s nigh impossible. Grab a copy of Paleo Girl, and you’ll get a free MP3 download of the track.

And, if you purchase from PrimalBlueprint.com, you’ll also get:

grokette sticker 4x44. Grokette sticker

Each book order from PrimalBlueprint.com will come with a free “Grokette” sticker. It’s 4″x4″, has a glossy finish and permanent adhesive (i.e. not the plastic variety that peels off your car window easily). Slap it on a textbook, your laptop or any other flat surface to show off your Primal spirit.

5. A signed copy of the book

Available for the first 1000 orders, author Leslie Klenke will pen her John Hancock in your book. Additionally, if you would like the book to be personally addressed to you or a gift recipient, simply type the name you want it addressed to in the “Comments or Instructions” box during checkout and Leslie will personalize the signing for you.

How to Claim Your Free Gifts

If you purchase Paleo Girl from any retail location other than PrimalBlueprint.com, submit your receipt by filling out this form and you will be emailed access to the free eBook and the free track from Nesta!, and your $10 gift certificate code.

If you purchase Paleo Girl from PrimalBlueprint.com you don’t have to do anything. You’ll automatically be emailed access to the free eBook and the free track from Nesta!, and your gift certificate code to PrimalBlueprint.com. Additionally, your book will be delivered signed by author Leslie Klenke and with a Grokette sticker. No receipt submissions or filling out forms required.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of Paleo Girl and take advantage of this special offer today!

Thanks in advance to everyone that orders a copy and participates. Grok on!

Fine Print:

  • This special bonus offer ends at 11:59 pm, June 13, 2014 (PST).
  • All receipts must be received by 11:59 pm, June 20, 2014 (PST). The form will stop working on June 21, so be sure to fill out the form and submit your pre-June 14 receipt(s) by then.
  • You will receive an email within 24 hours of submitting your receipt that will provide you with your free bonus items. If you never receive an email, contact us here for assistance.
  • On an iPhone? You won’t be able to upload your receipt from it, unfortunately. You’ll have to use a computer.
  • Book orders placed on PrimalBlueprint.com during this promo period will ship as late as Monday, June 16, in order to accommodate the signing of 1000 books.
  • The PrimalBlueprint.com coupon expires on July 31, 2014, and is valid for a single use.
  • Only one gift certificate per person. In other words, whether you buy 1 copy or 10 copies, you will receive a single gift certificate. However, all books ordered from PrimalBlueprint.com will be signed and come with a Grokette sticker.
  • Pre-orders will be honored for all bonus offers.
  • Both orders placed online and in brick and mortar retail locations will be honored.
  • Both domestic (U.S.) and international orders are eligible for the bonuses.
  • All book formats are eligible, including physical books, digital versions (e.g. Kindle), and audiobooks.

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  1. I just ordered copies of Cosmos for the nieces and nephews–now, the nieces are gonna get MORE stuff from me…Mark, tell Carrie to get a move-on with her book–I’m gonna send that one on, too.

    Wenchypoo wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Question: what about the Paleo BOYS out there–are they gonna get a book and mag too? I don’t want to leave the nephews out.

      Wenchypoo wrote on June 10th, 2014
      • …and yes, I would never leave the boys out! I currently have plans to co-write a boy’s version with my husband, so stay tuned!

        Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
        • Wouldn’t a boy’s book basically be the same book but with teenage boys jumping on the cover instead of girls? What would be different about the content within a boy’s book?

          Austin wrote on June 11th, 2014
        • Thanks! And as a father of three boys…HURRY!!

          emcn77 wrote on June 11th, 2014
        • This is an awesome and much needed concept!

          emcn77 wrote on June 11th, 2014
        • From what I know about teen boys, they’ll be fine with a book with pretty teen girls on the front!

          deadnskinny wrote on June 13th, 2014
    • Cosmos is awesome! Those nieces and nephews are getting hooked up :) Thanks for the support!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  2. This makes a 31 year old man wanna be a teenager all over! Leslie, I definitely respect your hustle! You’ve certainly got great things on the horizon for you. Congrats on the book publication and best wishes to you!

    Sean wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Being a teenager once was enough for me ;) Thanks for the kind words, Sean!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  3. I definitely must check this out! Very cool and even though my girls are not teens (7 and 5) I think this would be a great paleo/primal parenting tool, especially for the girls. Thanks for sharing!

    Michele wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks Michele, I’ve gotten so much amazing feedback from parents who use Paleo Girl as a parenting tool. Not to mention, your girls will enjoy the recipes! Some of them are easy enough for a five year old to make–like the Deli Rollups or Banana Bites.

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  4. I was so excited by the title of this post (Primal/Paleo for Teens) but disappointed by the fact that it’s targeted specifically for girls. My teen son has been interested in becoming healthier (he loses around 20 lbs. every summer he’s home simply because of how we eat at home vs. when he’s at school) and I had hoped this would be the book for him.

    Meesha wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Hi Meesha, don’t worry…I didn’t forget about your son! I have plans to co-write a book for boys with my husband very soon. Teenage guys and girls have very different experiences growing up, so I felt that separating the genders would help personalize the message behind each book. Side note: I’m getting a lot of feedback from teen guys that have read Paleo Girl and have actually learned a lot!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
      • Mother of boys here. They hate vegetables and fruit. I have attempted to lead by example and have been eating a relatively grain free, whole foods diet for the past two years. I will be on the lookout for your boys book in the future.

        jennifer wrote on June 13th, 2014
  5. Amazing that you wrote a book. Congratulations. My daughter is 4 years old, and there are no teen or pre-teens in my life, but I’ll keep this on my radar and maybe there’ll be an updated version when I really need it .

    Again, congratulations on writing a book, especially one that has Mark’s endorsement. Well done.

    C L Deards wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks so much, C L Deards! I’ve had many fathers tell me that Paleo Girl was like an insider’s view to their teen daughter’s life. Your daughter will be very lucky to have a daddy that “get’s it” when she needs you the most!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  6. Leslie and Mark,
    THANK YOU for bringing this book to life!
    I am beyond excited! This could not have been a better timing, ordering
    for my 10 year old!
    Congratulations! GROK ON and you are beyond awesome!

    Julia wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks for the love, Julia! Your daughter is lucky to have a mom that’s getting her started on the path to wellness at an early age. She will be unstoppable!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  7. What age group would this be most appropriate for? My daughter is eleven and diagnosed as gluten and lactose sensitivity. She’s feeling pretty left out and strange with the pre-teen pizza and ice cream parties. Thinking this would be great – but a little worried there could be teenage conversation that’s a little too “advanced” for her? I will be ordering regardless…just wondering if she would be able to read it this summer or if its something I might need to hold to for a while.

    Beth wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Hi Beth, Paleo Girl will be perfect for your eleven year old daughter. If you have any concerns, I highly suggest reading it first (an adult can read through it in a day or two) or better yet, reading it with her. Thanks so much for the support!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  8. Can’t wait to get thus book but what about the boys… They need it too!

    Lyndap wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Hi Lyndap, I agree! That’s why I will be co-writing a boy’s version with my husband soon :)

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  9. Congrats Leslie! Paleo girl rocks and I am so excited you are helping young women and girls open up their awareness about their health and well-being!

    Nesta! wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks so much Nesta! Paleo Girl wouldn’t be what it is today without your love and support! <3

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  10. Is this book something for pre-teens to early teens or something that my 18 y/o might find useful going off to college in the fall?

    Steven wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Hi Steven, I tackle a pretty broad demographic in Paleo Girl and think your 18 year old will absolutely benefit from reading it. (I’ve had women in their 50s and older learn a lot from it!) In Chapter One, I talk about my experiences with yo-yo dieting throughout my late teens and into my 20s, and discuss the dreaded “Freshman 15″ a lot of girls can experience when heading off to college.

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • I’m concerned my 18 year-old off to college niece – happy but not so healthy and also overweight – will be hurt by this gift. If effect, I’m telling her she’s fat. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

      D. wrote on June 12th, 2014
      • Yes. Don’t do it. You are telling her she’s fat. Let her make her own choices and figure out if she wants to go paleo on her own time. Set a good example and if she wants to ask for your help someday, she will. You have no idea how many “well-meaning” gifts/suggestions an overweight person gets…and as a teenager, it’s only going to hurt twice as much.

        Angela wrote on June 12th, 2014
  11. I read it and think it would be best for adolescents – maybe 12 & up. I don’t think 11 is too young, but you should read through the puberty chapter first to decide. The 18 year old might like this along with Mark’s Primal Blueprint books. The exercises and recipes would be useful for someone going away to the less-structured college life. Great job, Leslie!

    Megan Leonard wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks for the feedback and support, Megan! You rock :)

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Megan, would my 11 year old son appreciate this book? He is getting more involved in making food for our family and I would like to have him read something on his level. Most of his friends are girls (they are nicer and not intimidated by his confidence I guess) so this may be ok for him I’m thinking. I’ll read it first of course.
      Thanks in advance for your comments.

      2Rae wrote on June 10th, 2014
      • Maybe – check out the table of contents with the “look inside” feature on Amazon. This IS the only primal book I know about written for his age group, so it’s worth a try! Leslie also does briefly address the growing up issues boys have to deal with, and a lot of the things are universal.

        Megan Leonard wrote on June 10th, 2014
  12. Hi Leslie….. what can you substitute in Paleo recipes for a niece that has a nut allergy? Thank you and great book.

    Ruthie wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Hi Ruthie, great question! Depending on the recipe, you can use a variety of different flours like coconut, tapioca, or potato, keeping in mind that the amounts needed will vary and potentially change the taste/consistency of the dish. When in doubt, I just experiment! A good cookbook to look into is Primal Cravings (available on primalblueprint.com). The Keatley’s have incredible recipes for pizza, empanadas, breads, cookies, etc. that use the previously mentioned flours and are SO delicious!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  13. I wish I had known this as a teenager! I look forward to sharing with my girls when they are older. Great job!

    Kathy Uccello wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks Kathy! When I wrote Paleo Girl, I really just channeled my inner youth and thought, “What information would have helped me when I was a teenager?” Your girls are lucky to have a mom that’s looking out for their health and happiness!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  14. Just bought — cannot WAIT to hand this to my resident teen :)

    Her first diet/exercise/healthy habits book evah, and she’s going to LOVE it :) :)

    Kirsten wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Hooray! That’s so exciting, and good work getting her started early! Thanks, Kristen :)

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  15. Hi Megan, Your book looks awesome! We have a 13-year-old daughter who is a competitive gymnast and training 20 hours a week. Movement is not an issue, but getting her to eat a variety of foods and enough food is an issue. Do you think this book will help her expand her diet or restrict her further? For example, eliminating beans would not necessarily help her already limited diet. I’d love to hear your thoughts. P.S. Her Dad and I are for the most part primal already. Thanks!

    Susan wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Hi Susan, I think introducing your daughter to a whole new world of paleo eating will actually give her access to foods that she may have never considered eating before. Especially since she’s a competitive gymnast, her understanding of how consuming the right foods can make her even better at her sport might give her a gentle nudge to try new things. Thanks, and best of luck to you both :)

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
      • Thanks LESLIE! So sorry for the goof in addressing you as Megan. I am very grateful for your initiative and work on this book. I look forward to your book for boys as I have a very active and curious 11-year-old son.

        Susan wrote on June 10th, 2014
        • No worries, Susan! ;) I’m very excited to get started on the boy’s book after the momentum of Paleo Girl slows down a bit. Boys definitely need a book like this in the paleo realm just as much as girls do!

          Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  16. I can’t tell you how much the idea of this book resonates with me as a father. My soon to be 13 year old daughter has expressed a real interest in using this summer to really get her weight under control. She has a good understanding about healthy exercise, but has struggled with her eating habits. She is motivated to do better, but doesn’t really understand how to go about it. I have tried to instill a better understanding of what a healthy diet is, but I am “Dad”, and we all know how that goes. I believe that your book could be just the right catalyst and game plan that will help her come to her own conclusions about what she needs to do to achieve her goals in a healthy manner. I am very excited for her!

    Rich wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Aww Rich, that’s beautiful! Your daughter is very fortunate to have a father like you that is seeking ways to improve her well-being, and doing so on her terms. Being aware of her health and wellness at 13 is awesome! I suggest you read Paleo Girl too–a lot of parents are finding it to be an excellent parenting tool when it comes to helping your teen with issue like diet, exercise, and beyond. I’m excited for you BOTH!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  17. Awesome! :) Excited for the release of this book… it speaks to my demographic!

    Helena wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks Helena! I hope you love Paleo Girl and feel empowered to accomplish anything you set your mind to :)

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  18. So glad to see your book. Myself, have been paleo for one year and see so many remarkable results. I have been wanting to point my daughter and granddaughter toward a paleo life style. Your book is very timely and will give a great intro. Thank you, so much!

    James Calhoun wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks for the support, James! Paleo Girl will be perfect for your daughter and granddaughter and they’ll be lucky to have a Primal veteran on their side!

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  19. This is so great! I’m a mother of two young boys, but wow what a great resource for teen girls! Way to go!

    Maria wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks Maria! Since your boys are young, waiting just a bit for the boy’s book to come out shouldn’t be a problem ;)

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  20. I think this is a great resource! I have to say the only part I disagree with (based on the excerpt) is the statement “You will not experience any fat gain while consuming fat, as long as these three macronutrients are balanced” and that “Carbs turn to fat”. It’s really not as simple as that, as it is very possible to gain weight eating fat, and lean out eating baked sweet potatoes despite their high insulin response. I just worry that the statement “Carbs turn to fat” might promote carb fear, because girls should not worry about healthy sources like sweet potatoes, rice, or bananas.

    Barbara wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Thanks for the feedback, Barbara! When I say, “You will not experience any fat gain while consuming fat,” I preface the statement with “essentially” and “within reason,” acknowledging that yes, it can be possible. If an individual is consuming healthy fats, like saturated fats for example (which are excellent sources of caloric energy and have no adverse health effects) they’re not going to experience weight gain when their protein and carbohydrate intake is in check.

      As for “Carbs turn into fat,” I don’t actually say that in the book and to quote me as saying so is a bit of an oversimplification. I start the section on carbohydrates by stating, “If you were to completely remove all carbohydrates from your diet, you would essentially be excluding a lot of yummy vegetables and fruits that are full of vitamins and mineral.” After that I say that the carbs that can spike your insulin, promote inflammation, trigger depression, make you feel lazy, and make you fat are those found in: legumes, grains/starches, and processed foods. I explain that these carbohydrates are broken down into glucose (sugar) when they enter your body, cause a spike in insulin, and eventually turn into fat if they’re not burned off right away.

      Generalized carb fearing is the exact opposite point I was making in this section, and one of the overall goals with this book is to help girls have a healthy relationship with food. I eat sweet potatoes and bananas all the time, and as a matter of fact, I have recipes in the back of Paleo Girl that contain each of these. (Banana Pancakes, Banana Bites, Banana Bread Smoothie, Sweetie Fries, Frittata with sweet potato, and Comfy Crockpot Stew also with sweet potato, and so on.)

      I hope my explanation clears things up a bit, and thanks for commenting :)

      Leslie Klenke wrote on June 10th, 2014
  21. Wow, Leslie, I am so excited that you wrote this book! My daughter is only 5, but I am totally going to keep this on my list of books to buy her when she is older. I remember trying to navigate weight issues and sleep issues when I was a teen and could have really used this type of guide. I have been worrying lately that the information she is going to learn at school about nutrition will be based on the SAD and not at all in line with what I believe as someone following a primal lifestyle….or even worse, crazy, messed up info from her girlfriends. Now I know I will have a tool to help me talk to her about these issues when they do arise that is in line with what I believe to be true and healthy.

    I also want to encourage you to still pursue the idea of writing a children’s book and would love it to be about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle within the primal framework, but for like ages 5 through 8. I would buy that book the second it comes out!

    Christie wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Not to be a busy body, but for those of you withh tiny cave dudes and dudettes you should really get “Eat Like A Dinosaur.” It’s a cookbook with a cute story in the beginning explaining that we eat like dinosaurs to make us healthier that is easily understandable for kids under five and up. I’m 28 and I dig it. As it stands though, I’ll be buying Leslies book for my SOS nieces who went to regionals in soccer (yay them) this year, and the boys version for his nephew when it’s out. Also, one for me. Even at this age I still feel like a teenager. :-)

      Kelly wrote on June 11th, 2014
  22. My 13 year old daughter came home today with a prescription for Zantac. Help! I need reasonable evidence- articles, links- to convince her dad (my ex-husband) that keeping a food log and removing grains/dairy is a reasonable thing to try before putting her on meds. I will definitely be purchasing the book, and in the meantime, can any of you in the community help me out? Many thanks!

    Amanda wrote on June 10th, 2014
  23. In general, I am all for pitching the concept of “evolutionarily adequate nutrition” at teenagers, and I can appreciate how much work it must have taken to write a whole book dedicated to doing just that in such a comprehensive manner – but it irks me that key elements of the concept appear to have been dumbed down to the point of plain factual erroneousness for the sake of a perfectly “streamlined” narrative:
    Insulin spikes are the central hub of body fat flux, thus carbs (that aren`t vegetables or fruit) are universally bad because they produce said insulin spikes, while protein, which many perfectly “Primal” foods happen to contain in ample amounts, is A-okay because it “doesn`t cause insulin spikes” – a pellucid line of reasoning, I admit, but plausible only until the interested reader decides to fact-check (or takes a course on the physiology of digestion), and discovers that protein is actually a potent stimulator of insulin too, and can, in fact, cause insulin spikes just like dietary carbohydrate – shazaam, the oversimplified narrative collapses like a house of cards, leaving the curious reader feeling conned and potentially inclined to discard the concept as a whole.

    The way I see it, the “Paleosphere” is fundamentally built on “intellectual autarky,” a certain healthy degree of disdain for unquestioning trust in the claims of “authority figures” – but how can we expect to foster this spirit in our offspring/expect to truly initiate them into this community by basically imitating CW`s way of “teaching” – that is, shoving ridiculously oversimplified just-so stories down people`s throats? If we want our teens to (grow up to) be critical thinkers, we should present them with Gordian knots to slice through on their own, not shelter them from complexity.

    Aki wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • (I forgot to mention the irksome oversimplifications which pertain to dietary fat – those are more implied than stated outright: The book excerpt claims that “you can” “essentially” “eat all the healthy fats you want and never gain weight” – after all, healthy fats do “not create insulin spikes” -, and while there are qualifiers (all the fat “within reason”/no fat gain as long as the “three macronutrients are balanced”), the overall impression one comes away with is that overeating carbs is way more fattening than overeating fat – which the currently available data don`t exactly bolster: Mechanistically, dietary fat can be stored as body fat just fine even when insulin levels are low, and no well-controlled study ever conducted has so far been able to demonstrate a (substantial/clinically significant) “metabolic advantage” of fat over carb consumption; thus, we have to tentatively assume that the null hypothesis is correct (for now), ie that overeating fat (to a certain caloric degree) is just as fattening as overeating carbs (to the same degree) (in general – context-specific exceptions exist with regard to both macronutrients) – though it does appear that a substantial percentage of the population seems to find fat highly satiating, and thus doesn`t tend to (unconsciously) overconsume it even in an ad libitum setting, which is probably the experience the book excerpt means to hint at (but doesn`t state expressly, probably because that wouldn`t jibe with the “insulin narrative”) (This “advantage” of low-carbing only manifests in the short-term studies, though; after about a year, things generally seem to even out. In addition, some evidence suggests that the consumption of ample protein alone might suffice to achieve this effect.) . )

      Aki wrote on June 10th, 2014
  24. I’d like some clarity about what age “teenage girl” this book is written for. A 13 year old, after all, is entirely different in terms of maturity than an 18 year old. I’m afraid this book’s attempts to be hip will make my mature 16 year old sister face-palm. Could someone who has read this let me know more specifically what age it targets?

    Josie wrote on June 10th, 2014
    • Just read the excerpt that Mark provides and judge for yourself if it’s right for your daughter. It’s not at all hamfisted or overly “hipified” like you might think.

      Austin wrote on June 11th, 2014
      • Just read the excerpt that Mark provides and judge for yourself if it’s right for your sister. It’s not at all hamfisted or overly “hipified” like you might think.

        Austin wrote on June 11th, 2014
  25. I so wish this book was around when I was a teenager. Knowing all that I know now about health and hormones, I would have felt like I had the right tools to do better for my body and state of mind back then. Now I know that a lot of my issues – mood swings, acne, eating disorders – stemmed from just not knowing good nutrition. That’s a bit of an oversimplification, but now I know today food choice plays a huge part in both my physical and mental well-being.

    Well done, Lesile! I am so glad this is out there to help other young girls, and I’m looking forward to your book for the guys (’cause I know my toddler-age son will get that old someday! :) )

    Emily wrote on June 10th, 2014
  26. Congratulations on the great book Leslie, not many book about paleo diet for teenager yes i agree i think yours is the first.

    Winardi wrote on June 10th, 2014
  27. Hi ! A very good idea , indeed ! Thank you for this new generation !
    PLEASE translate your book in french :-) ! My daughter is growing up fast…;-)

    Isabelle wrote on June 11th, 2014
  28. I’m a teen girl myself and lately I’ve been having quite a hard time eating paleo/primal. I think this book could be just that what I need to get back on track and motivate myself again :D. I already have a copy of The Primal Blueprint but I think this is more suitable for my age :)

    G. wrote on June 11th, 2014
  29. Wonderful but I have three boys!!!!

    Jenn (GH) wrote on June 11th, 2014
  30. Agree – when is the boy one coming out – I have 3 boys and a hubby !!!

    Zoe wrote on June 12th, 2014
  31. Any chances this will be translate in French? Or any other Primal Cravings Books?
    My niece is 14 years old, my whole family is in Quebec, Canada and no one speaks english!!

    I am considering having another baby (I am 42 years old, mother of a 20 and 21 years old!), yep, your Primal Cravings book got me going on that healthy path – as well as CrossFit and I know I can start all over again – so your new book will become handy in 10-15 years down the road!

    Thanks for the amazing website and great books!!!

    Chantale aka Coach Whip wrote on June 12th, 2014
  32. Would be nice to see a book for the older ‘girls’ one day. They seem to be forgotten so very often.

    Wilhelmina wrote on June 12th, 2014
  33. this book seems to play off pop media advice regarding nutrition fallacies……to the average joe growing up near farms this book would be unnecessary. people living in the liberal cities do need some traditional foods……the hungry ones eventually figure this out for themselves…….the rest parish…..but i guess this book has its place……and again weston price is rolling over in his grave

    dave s. wrote on June 12th, 2014
  34. When I told my 12 yr old daughter that I had ordered this book she rolled her eyeballs and glared a bit (she’s very much a teenager already!). She thinks that Primal/Paleo is my thing. This morning we had Better than Oatmeal for breakfast and by the end of it she was glaring at me (it’s a running theme!) whilst making sure I understood that this book was HERS and she doesn’t want to catch me reading it and that she is going to do the cooking when she finds the recipes she wants to try and that just to be clear the book is definitely not for me! Cool! Mother and daughter happy! Lovely recipe.

    Ginger in the uk wrote on June 13th, 2014
  35. Finally! I’m ordering 2. One for my 16 y/o daughter and one for me. Can’t wait for the next one for my two boys. Thanks!

    Shannon wrote on June 13th, 2014
  36. I never ever comment on things (internet shy, real life outgoing!), but I just wanted to say that I think most girls would benefit from this. I’m new to this, and came to Primal mainly for health benefits than weight loss, but I have to say that I think this book will be good for girls who swing the opposite way too!

    I’m embarrassed to be sharing this, but I hope maybe it can help someone. For me, the Freshman 15 was actually the Freshman -30 (10 of which weren’t pounds I could actually spare). Eating disorders are super easy to get away with and really common in the college environment, and I can say that it’s way easier to fall into than to get out of… Personally, I found the pressure to be skinny and perfect to be much more extreme in college. So parents, keep an eye out! It really is something that affects you for the rest of your life; I, for example, have to be very careful about diets (I call this a Food Plan, instead of a diet, which helps) to make sure I don’t fall into bad habits, and I actually recruited my sister to make sure I don’t go too extreme and stay healthy.

    Moms/Aunts/Sisters/Dads, I think this is a good book to buy for girls, but it’s important to stress (which I think Leslie does) that it’s about being HEALTHY, not about being SKINNY. Getting thinner is just a happy side effect! Also, a side note, definitely don’t buy this for girls who have just gotten or are getting over an ED (they’ll probably try to take it to an unhealthy extreme again. They have to first get to a point where food isn’t the enemy, and health and wellness is the goal!), or for girls that haven’t expressed interest in finding a healthier way to eat (you DON’T want to set off an ED by making them think that you are calling them fat– those comments can be well meaning, but insidious).

    May wrote on June 13th, 2014
  37. My 13 year old daughter and I have been paleo for over a year. I’ve purchased this book for her and my 11 year old, who has been a VERY hard sell. One thing I noticed in your excerpt is about how government tells us what is healthy and what is not and that this information was spread the same as gossip. How do I go about explaining to her that what she learns in school in health class about nutrition is wrong? The school has the MyPlate.gov chart all over their building telling them to have 6-8 servings of grains and however many of dairy. She should trust her teachers, and I think it’s confusing for her when I tell her otherwise. Any suggestions on how to handle this?

    Kara wrote on June 13th, 2014
  38. Great article! Thanks for sharing this book. What a great resource!

    Erica Chavez wrote on June 13th, 2014
  39. Where can I get just the grokette decal??? I think I need one for my minivan ;)

    Amber wrote on June 13th, 2014
  40. Hmm.. many thanks for the article! I will surely buy this buy this book :) Paleo diet is something I wanted to check out for a very very long time…
    Healthy lifestyle, healthy diet.. actually I’m still new to this topic but doing my best to get as much valuable information as possible.

    Yeah..there is so much trash in the internet a media (even what are we taught in schools and being told by our friends and family), pseudo-diets and so on that sometimes I’m really getting lost in that :(

    For sure using tools like that (especially the second one is very usefull)
    http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
    http://happyforks.com/analyzer

    helps also but still…

    Elizabeth wrote on June 14th, 2014

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