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18 Dec

The Primal Blueprint Sneak Preview

As you may know, I’ve been working on my comprehensive diet, exercise and lifestyle book, The Primal Blueprint, for nearly two years now. This exciting project is nearing completion, with a planned publication date of April, 2009. In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to give you a detailed sneak preview! The message is aligned with many of the concepts and topics I address on Mark’s Daily Apple, but finally organizes the entire “primal” philosophy into a single work – your “owner’s manual” for all things primal. At 300+ pages, The Primal Blueprint will be an extremely comprehensive work, but I also envision it as a mere starting point for a brand extension of more specialized publications (e.g. – companion workbooks for athletes, weight loss enthusiasts, healthy families), a DVD series that is already in the works, live seminars and much more.

This post summarizes the content of each chapter. I have also posted a detailed Table of Contents (PDF – working draft) to give you a big picture view of what you can expect from The Primal Blueprint. I’d love to hear your first impressions on the book and thanks for your continued support and encouragement for this project.

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The Primal Blueprint Chapter Summaries

Welcome From Mark
I begin the book by acquainting the reader with my background in endurance athletics, personal coaching, and nutritional science, and how I came to formulate the Primal Blueprint philosophy that often conflicts with Conventional Wisdom. I explain the collaborative influence of thousands of members of the MarksDailyApple.com online community have had on this project. More than a book, The Primal Blueprint is a centerpiece of a vibrant community of passionate, forward thinking health enthusiasts connected by the internet. My program components and often controversial positions have been field tested in real life by real people, challenged and vetted by assorted experts and refined and polished in ways not possible in the traditional model of an expert communicating to readers individually and statically.

I explain how the Primal Blueprint differs from the typical regimented, restrictive, narrowly focused diet and fitness programs that abound to a shortcut-habituated public. Instead, the Primal Blueprint focuses on enjoying life – even while pursuing comprehensive behavior modification. Along these lines, my “80% rule” recognizes how unrealistic and stressful it is to pursue perfection. Instead, I advocate establishing a strong foundation of Primal Blueprint behaviors while allowing for some flexibility to account for the hectic pace and health challenges in modern life.

Introduction – What’s Going On Here?
In the Introduction, I detail how many elements of Conventional Wisdom about diet and exercise are making us unhealthy. Even those with high motivation levels and a sincere commitment to “doing the right thing” become confused and manipulated into lifestyle practices that are harmful. The obscene state of human health in the modern world is a testament to the dismal failure of the conventional approach to diet, exercise and stress management.

I discuss the concept – quite familiar to regular MDA readers – that we are genetically identical to our hunter-gatherer ancestors and that their diet, exercise and lifestyle behaviors represent an ideal to aspire to in modern life. I explain that genes are not merely unalterable inherited traits, but actually play a critical role in the function of every single cell in our bodies at every moment. Following the Primal Blueprint behavior laws creates the ideal environment for your genes to express themselves in support of robust health and peak performance, instead of turn on you to create excess fat storage, accelerated aging, disease and assorted pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many of us consider bad gene expression and poor health to be our destiny, based on family histories of risk factors or simply refusing to look beyond the prevailing cultural beliefs and health norms for a better way. The Primal Blueprint can help anyone – regardless of current state of health or the genetic cards you hold – to immediately experience improvements in health with behaviors that are easily sustained for a lifetime.

Chapter 1 – The Ten Primal Blueprint Laws

In Chapter One I present the “re:evolutionary” premise that our primal ancestors were bigger, stronger, healthier and possibly smarter than us! I provide a quick summary of the remarkable process of human evolution leading to the creation of the perfect human being…some 10,000 years ago. Our primal human role model from that time – the starring character of the Primal Blueprint – is nicknamed “Grok”. Since 10,000 years ago, the advent of agriculture and the inexorable technological progress of civilization have led us ever further astray from the dietary habits and active, stress-balanced lifestyles that allowed Grok to thrive and prevail under the harsh competitive circumstances of evolution. As a result, we have literally gone soft since then. Furthermore, thanks to medical intervention allowing even those with genetic flaws to reproduce, we exist today in what is arguably a state of devolution.

The ten Primal Blueprint laws allow us to overcome the negative cultural influences in the modern world and achieve robust health, peak longevity and effortless weight loss. The ten laws are: Eat Lots of Plants, Animals and Insects; Avoid Poisonous Things; Move Frequently At A Slow Pace; Lift Heavy Things; Run Really Fast Once In A While; Get Adequate Sleep; Play; Get Plenty of Sunlight; Avoid Stupid Mistakes; and Use Your Brain.

Chapter 2 – Grok and Korg: A Tale of Two Families

In Chapter Two we examine the contrasting daily lives of Grok and his primal family with their modern day antithesis, the Korg family. The extremely unhealthy saga of the Korgs might seem unrealistic, but it’s actually a statistically accurate indicator of many lifestyle trends today, including: hectic schedules, cultural and economic factors compromising quality family time; widespread use of prescription drugs to address the symptoms of health problems easily corrected by lifestyle modification; excessive digital media use and lack of exercise by children, which leads to behavior problems and early onset of disease risk factors; and flawed, overly stressful approaches to exercise and diet by even the most devoted fitness and weight loss enthusiasts.

While the story is distressing, the good news is that with some simple, enjoyable lifestyle modifications, the momentum can turn immediately in the direction of better health (including freedom from dependence on prescription medication), more energy, successful long-term weight loss and a generally more enjoyable life for you and your family.

Chapter 3 – Primal Blueprint Eating Philosophy

In Chapter Three I present the philosophy, rationale and benefits of Primal Blueprint eating. I make a special effort to detail the importance of moderating insulin production by limiting intake of processed carbohydrates – not only sugars but also all cultivated grains (yep, even whole grains). This simple dietary modification – perhaps the single most critical take away action item from the Primal Blueprint – will allow you to succeed with long term weight loss goals and avoid the most common modern lifestyle related health problems and diseases. I explain the benefits of ingesting optimal amounts of Omega 3’s, including their important role in controlling inflammation and preventing disease. I explain why the Conventional Wisdom story about cholesterol as a heart disease risk factor is deeply flawed. I discuss the true culprit that triggers the development of atherosclerosis: Metabolic Syndrome (a conclusion now widely accepted by the medical community). This is a serious widespread medical condition (afflicts one in five Americans) attributed to the typical modern diet (mainly, too many processed carbs and fats causing insulin resistance) and sedentary culture. I describe the dietary steps you can take to virtually eliminate your risk of heart disease.

We analyze each macronutrient in detail (protein, carbohydrate, fat and the “fourth fuel” of ketones), and establish the proper context for discussing how these nutrients affect your eating strategy, energy levels and overall health. I detail why “eating well” means more than just making healthy food choices; it encompasses eating sensibly and intuitively, in a relaxed environment conducive to maximum appreciation of food, and avoiding regimented, restrictive diets that lead to negativity, guilt and rebellion. Finally, I offer tips on how to succeed in converting to Primal Blueprint eating without causing additional stress or disappointment so common with unrealistic diet programs.

Chapter 4 – Primal Blueprint Law #1: Eat Lots Of Plants, Animals and Insects
In Chapter Four I detail the health benefits of eating Primal Blueprint style, and how to choose the best products in the food categories of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, meat, fish, eggs, nutritional supplements and even sensible indulgences. We pay particular attention to the benefits of choosing natural, organic plants and animals and contrast the often offensive ingredients and processing methods found with conventional foods and mass produced animals.

We address the potential budget impact of eating Primal Blueprint style, offering some prioritization tips that can give you the most bang for your buck…and your health. I’ll offer lists of my favorite vegetables, fruits and primal snacks, with specific health benefits detailed – yep, even for the indulgences!

In Chapter 5 – Primal Blueprint Law #2 – Avoid Poisonous Things
In Chapter Five I detail the health risks of eating “poisonous things”. In Grok’s day, poisonous plants could drop or even kill him on the spot. Today we have evolved to factory-produced items in bright packages that kill more insidiously over decades. We explore the cultural factors that create tremendous momentum towards unhealthy choices and how to take a stand against these manipulative influences. We pay particular attention to dispelling the Conventional Wisdom tenet that cultivated grain products (wheat, rice, bread, pasta, cereal, corn, etc.) are healthy, countering with extensive research and details indicating the problems they cause with insulin production, nutrient deficiencies, immune function and allergies. We discuss the drawbacks and dangers of consuming trans and hydrogenated fats, sugars, legumes and foods commonly miscategorized as healthy.

I detail foods that you can enjoy in moderation, including how to make the best choices among dairy products, starchy vegetables, oils and butter, wild rice and certain fruits. I refute Conventional Wisdom’s notion that you should routinely drink extensive amounts of water and instead assert that, like Grok, we simply use our thirst to guide us to proper hydration.

Chapter 6 – The Primal Blueprint Exercise Laws
In Chapter Six I detail the rationale and benefits of the three Primal Blueprint exercise laws: Law #3: Move Frequently At A Slow Pace, Law #4: Lift Heavy Things, and Law #5: Run Really Fast Once In A While. Mirroring the active lifestyle of Grok will produce what I call Renaissance Fitness, a versatile and diverse set of abilities that allow you to tackle varied active lifestyle or athletic challenges safely and competently. In contrast, many pursue narrow, specialized forms of fitness (e.g. – endurance athletes and bodybuilders) that are minimally functional and often compromise general health. Following the Primal Blueprint exercise laws will delay the aging process by preserving lean muscle mass, which correlates with enhanced organ function.

We contrast the benefits of Primal Blueprint exercise with the many drawbacks and health risks associated with Conventional Wisdom’s fitness recommendations. Moving frequently at a slow pace is superior to an exhausting routine of frequent sustained medium to hard workouts. These workouts often lead to sugar cravings that compromise weight loss efforts, and hampered immune and hormone function. Lifting heavy things involves brief, intense sessions that promote optimal hormone flow and prevent the catabolic effects of prolonged sessions where muscles are worked until “failure” and you leave the gym exhausted and depleted. Few things are more primal than Law #5 – running for your life once in a while! Short intense sprints trigger optimal hormone flow, lean muscle development, accelerated fat metabolism and incredible fitness breakthroughs. I discuss an optimal strategic approach for conducting workouts for each of the three Primal Blueprint laws (including form pointers and the benefits of going “barefoot”), with specific workout suggestions provided in the Appendix.

Chapter 7 – The Primal Blueprint Lifestyle Laws
In Chapter Seven I detail the five lifestyle laws of the Primal Blueprint: Get Adequate Sleep, Play, Get Adequate Sunlight, Avoid Stupid Mistakes and Use Your Brain. While Grok’s diet and exercise patterns were clearly major influences in shaping how his (and our) genes evolved, there were other environmental and behavioral forces that were no less important in perfecting the DNA recipe for a healthy, vibrant human being. It would be a mistake for us to underemphasize these other lifestyle habits, since they still play a significant role in whether or not we lose fat, build muscle, and stay focused, energetic, productive and disease-free.

Law #6, Get Adequate Sleep, delivers obvious benefits, but is widely compromised today. Good sleep involves understanding the physiology, establishing consistent habits, taking advantage of the profound benefits of napping (when you need one) and applying effective time prioritization skills. Law #7, Play, requires minimal analysis or specific instruction. Again, it’s an obvious but widely neglected lifestyle law that can deliver widespread benefits and make you quantifiably more productive when balanced effectively with work. Law #8, Get Adequate Sunlight, is an area where Conventional Wisdom has let us down, scaring us into avoiding the outdoors due to the misinterpreted risks of skin cancer. Obtaining optimal levels of Vitamin D, synthesized from sun exposure on your skin, is critical to cellular health and cancer prevention. Law #9, Avoid Stupid Mistakes, details how our obsessive desire to control or eliminate all sources of potential danger has made us lazy and inattentive. Cultivating the skills of hyper-vigilance and risk management is essential to avoid the self-inflicted trauma and suffering epitomized by the satirical but astonishingly true stories of the Darwin Awards. Law #10, Use Your Brain, may seem incongruent to many of us who are hyper-stimulated all day long. Actually, the unrelenting pace of modern life and intense pressure to achieve and consume strongly conflicts with our genetic makeup and can lead to feelings of restlessness and discontent. Pursuing creative intellectual outlets unrelated to your core daily responsibilities and economic contribution will keep you refreshed and excited about life.

Chapter 8 – A Primal Approach To Weight Loss
Chapter Eight provides a detailed step-by-step process to lose an average of one to two pounds of body fat per week. We learn how to target protein, carb, and fat intake in order to ramp up fat metabolism, maintain high dietary satisfaction levels and avoid the risk of depleting muscle tissue and suffering from the usual rebound/rebellion effect of severe caloric restriction. We discuss how de-regulating food intake and fasting intermittently can be effective calorie restriction tools and how exercise can support and accelerate progress towards your body composition goals.

We review two weight loss case studies (Ken and Kelly Korg – naturally!), calculating their average daily caloric expenditure and optimal daily intake of each macronutrient – Primal Blueprint style – to produce effortless fat loss. We examine a daily food diary of delicious, nutritious meals that contains a detailed caloric analysis and macronutrient breakdown for each meal and a daily total. The case studies result in a loss of 4.5 pound of body fat for Kelly and 6.6 pounds of body fat for Ken in a single month. Finally, I provide “Troubleshooting” tips for possible setbacks and plateaus that arise when trying to lose weight in the real world.

Chapter 9 – Conclusion
In the Conclusion we reflect on the Korgs’ story (“Yeah, It Really Is That Bad”) and how far we have drifted from the natural dietary, exercise and lifestyle habits modeled by Grok that our genes thrive on. It’s clear that we cannot trust Conventional Wisdom, corporate America or our government to make us healthy – we are truly on our own. Taking action involves proceeding with an open mind and a clean slate to depart from the cultural momentum towards shortcuts and placation through consumption. I provide tips for “getting primal”, including easing into it, isolating on one lifestyle challenge at a time to avoid being overwhelmed, and tracking progress both objectively and subjectively. Goals should be process-oriented to avoid the risks of disappointment and declining motivation when failing to meet the often arbitrary and superficial success standards imposed by society.

Appendix A – Everything You Wanted To Ask…But Were Afraid To Know
Appendix A is a detailed Q&A section covering research about evolution and primal life, gene expression, diet, exercise and lifestyle issues from the book that deserve further detail. I offer suggestions on how to interpret the often conflicting conclusions of respected scientific studies; dispel Conventional Wisdom touting the importance of fiber; how to get kids on board with the Primal Blueprint; the effects of cortisol on health and fitness; concerns of hard training athletes trying to meet energy requirements through Primal Blueprint eating, and many other topics inspired by MarksDailyApple.com readers and expert reviewers of the manuscript.

Appendix B – Primal Blueprint Compare and Contrast With Popular Diets
In Appendix B, I critique seven popular diets or diet categories (Atkins, Low Fat, Metabolic and Blood Typing, Paleo, South Beach, Vegetarian, Zone). For each, I detail the strong points and also the flaws – some minor, some egregious – and the adverse affects they have on your health. I also take the opportunity to offer a pre-emptive defense against anticipated criticism for the Primal Blueprint (hey, it’s my book!).

Appendix C – Chapter Two References
In Appendix C, I elaborate on each of the 22 footnotes from Chapter Two – Grok and Korg, with research references, statistics and detailed explanations.

Appendix D – Law #4: Lift Heavy Things – Workout Suggestions
In Appendix D, suggestions are provided for a total body circuit workout using gym equipment, a quick routine of functional, compound movements using only your bodyweight for resistance and a fun, primal “Grok” workout that will knock your socks off in about seven minutes!

Appendix E – Law #5: Run Really Fast Once In A While – Workout Suggestions
In Appendix E, suggestions are provided for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced sprint workouts, including low impact options like uphill running and cycling. For advanced athletes, additional workout options include plyometric drills, stadium stairs and “Grokball”.

Appendix F – Primal Blueprint Resource List
Appendix F lists some book, magazine, newspaper and internet resources used in Primal Blueprint research and fact checking.

Further Reading:

What is the Primal Blueprint?

The Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan

The Definitive Guide Series

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Who’s publishing this for you? Are you self-publishing? POD?

    JB wrote on December 18th, 2008
  2. April? I want it now!!!

    Seriously though, good stuff. I could sure use the detailed chapter on Primal weight loss. And I like the cover, very appealing.

    Jim wrote on December 18th, 2008
  3. looks good, make sure to make available in canada

    Marc wrote on December 18th, 2008
  4. I can not wait! You truly seem to have put a lot into this book and I am so excited to read the outcome. I can only imagine how much it might further my commitment to the Primal Blueprint (not to mention how many presents I am going to make out of it so that once and for all I can show any of my skeptical friends and family the truth!). As usual, thanks Mark!

    Holly wrote on December 18th, 2008
  5. April? That is too long! But at least I’ll have something great to read instead of studying for my finals come spring semester.

    Jane wrote on December 18th, 2008
  6. Lookin’ good. I’m a pretty primal gal myself, but I do differ slightly in that I feel grains are okay as long as we prepared them like our ancestors — soaking, sprouting, or fermenting them. Eaten without these careful precautions, grains wreak havoc on our systems.

    FoodRenegade wrote on December 18th, 2008
  7. Wow congrats Mark! I rarely spend money on books but this could be one of those rare occasions! :)

    Phil (ly Cheesesteak) wrote on December 18th, 2008
  8. This looks very good. I think it will make a fantastic gift to all my near and dear ones!

    Apurva Mehta wrote on December 18th, 2008
  9. Congrats!!
    I’ll be looking forward to reading!

    Mara wrote on December 18th, 2008
  10. Awesome! Luvin it. I like the reference to the Korg family.

    The SoG

    Son of Grok wrote on December 18th, 2008
  11. Awesome! Christmas in April!

    Tony wrote on December 18th, 2008
  12. Some of my relatives need it desperately, I’ll definitely grab it.

    JE Gonzalez wrote on December 18th, 2008
  13. Looks good from the preview. Hope it’ll be available in the UK.

    Tim Jacob wrote on December 18th, 2008
  14. Mark,

    My first impression? This looks fantastic! Your faithful MDA readers have been blessed to have your expertise in analyzing and breaking down conventional wisdom on diet, nutrition, exercise and healthy living and your book looks like it will take that knowledge to the next level!

    From the sound of it, I think you’ve got quite a few books in you and I’m glad we’re so close to getting the first one!

    Thanks for the sneak preview!

    All the Best

    Andrew R

    Andrew R - Go Healthy Go Fit wrote on December 18th, 2008
  15. FANTASTIC!! I can’t wait.

    Earth Beauty wrote on December 18th, 2008
  16. Excitement? Check.
    Newsletter Subscription? Check.
    Telling all my friends and family about the book? Check.

    This book is going to revolutionize everything. I can’t wait to get my hands on the copy. Thanks for the preview, Mark!

    Mr. Sims wrote on December 18th, 2008
  17. Mark – looks great. Some thoughts:

    I love the idea of comparing the two families, but am curious about the name ‘Korg’. Since this also sounds rather primal, it’s slightly confusing. I guess I was expecting your modern family to be called ‘Smith’ or something…

    I think you have typos in the titles of Chapters 4 and 5 – because you refer to the eating and poison laws as #3 and #4 when I think they are #1 and #2…

    For chapter 6, do you consider the differences between men and women? I ask this because both my Mum and Mrs M are unlikely to ever do any of the truly intense stuff like heavy lifting and intense sprinting, yet have fully embraced primal in every other way. I just wondered whether you would be exploring the idea that because of the hunting angle, men actually have a slightly different route to correct gene expression than women on the exercise front.

    In Chapter 8, I wonder whether you’ll be covering the issue of stopping weight loss when you want to. I am assuming you’ll cover it in the FAQ section since since you posted and responded to my Mum’s question along those lines a while back, but just thought I’d raise it.

    Looking forward to seeing the finished product – congratulations on getting to the end of this project: writing a book is a tough assignment.

    Methuselah - Pay Now Live Later wrote on December 18th, 2008
    • “Korg” is reverse spelling of “Grok”

      :)

      David Adames wrote on May 9th, 2013
  18. Excellent! I am sure you are learning yourself – nothing like writing to teach you as well as your readers, but very hard work!

    It will be great to point people to your book. I have people ask me all the time how I have lost the weight and feel so great. I start on the basics and their eyes gloss over – “oh yeah – Atkins” – no no! so much more. People need this information desperately in a comprehensive form and you are the man to deliver it!

    I am not sure you cover this specifically in the book – I know this is just an outline, but it would be helpful to have a chapter devoted to getting started and what to expect. I believe I had a pretty easy time of it – even though I was 49 when I started, I was in good health (for a Korg) and “only” about 30 pounds overweight. I believe other people find it much harder to make the change and get over the hump. I know the books cannot contain all the info in your brain! but this could be a really helpful chapter for giving people the tools and heads up for the changeover form Korg to Grok!

    I look forward to the book and make sure it gets to audible.com – a great way to “read” and process a book. If I love a book, I sometimes purchase both versions so that I can review in the car and read at home. Your book will bear that scrutiny and repeating I am sure.

    John Campbell wrote on December 18th, 2008
  19. AWESOME Mark!

    Ill definitely be buying this and sharing it with our readers!

    -Justin

    Justin wrote on December 18th, 2008
  20. You’re a fit, great looking guy and all, but I think the cover should be artistically driven toward a priaml looking person ina more primal scene. Or, a priaml person, evolving into a WalMart person. Just a thought.

    I also think you, and perhaps I missed it in the TOC, think you should include a chapter on WHY any of this matters; faith, philosophy, and ideals. Also, include your thoughts on those who can be counter-productive to the process.

    Back to the cover; it’s too clinical and won’t stand out. Go primal and go colorful.

    emergefit wrote on December 18th, 2008
  21. Mark,

    This looks fantastic. Lots of great detail. Having been trying to write an ebook and changing revisions, I know how painstaking it can be. Obviously I would love for this to get tons of mainstream attention, and usually that means you will have to appeal to what people want in a book. I would definitely sell the aspect of never needing a diet book (as Grok never did) and how to lose weight and stay lean with minimal effort (no hours of cardio). Also I didn’t see if you were doing anything about “feast and famine” but that would be interesting as well. I do agree about the cover, should be more appealing and eye catching on what your message is (aka why someone would want to eat and move “primal”). Great stuff otherwise and look forward to the release. The concept is so simple to eat and move naturally….but convincing people that is the best course of action is the hardest part.

    Mike OD - IF Life wrote on December 18th, 2008
  22. This looks great, I can’t wait to read it!

    Jolene wrote on December 18th, 2008
  23. Looks quite interesting and I’m excited about reading it. I like the cover as it is now; trying to make it look “primal” seems overboard in a couple of ways. It will look like too kitschy and (I think) go against the concept that one should incorporate living and moving primally into a modern life.

    Katie wrote on December 18th, 2008
  24. Can’t wait for the book Mark. Sounds very thorough, and I like that you included Q&A and workout suggestions in the appendix.

    Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) wrote on December 18th, 2008
  25. I agree with Emergefit. Why don’t you go for a paleolithic design all over the book, cover included, instead of the aseptic white look of this cover? The index looks great and I’ll buy and read it whatever the cover, of course!

    Ricardo Carvalho wrote on December 18th, 2008
  26. On the cover, I would toss that top-bar. It’s too much of a sales pitch. The sub-title need to better encapsulate the idea that the Primal Blueprint uses scientific logical reasoning wrt our genetics on what our diet should be composed of. Keep your picture on the cover.

    In the TOC, I noticed the title for Chapter 2 has a typo, “Grok and Krok” should be “Grok and Korg.” I would have to agree with the above poster that the letter flipping from Grok to Korg isn’t a good way of illustrating the difference between the paleo and modern human. Personally I would go with ‘Jones’ as in, “keeping up with the Jones’.”

    Also, is 10,000 BC really the paleolithic age? 25,000 BC may be a better number. That’s after the disappearance of the Neanderthals.

    One thing that I like to say about the paleo-style arguments is that they are a diet and not a Diet. You may want to work that argument into your introduction.

    I would warn on intermittent fasting: one needs to adapt their diet to fat adsorption first before fasting or they will crash and probably quit your (D/d)iet.

    Please keep in mind that not everyone lives in California. At a minimum you should provide a sidebar of suggestions for play/sprint activities for people who live in places where there is winter.

    Robert M. wrote on December 18th, 2008
  27. Hey, everyone. I’m loving the feedback. Great comments/suggestions. Thanks and keep it coming!

    Mark Sisson wrote on December 18th, 2008
  28. Going to be Awesome Mark. It will be straight on my Amazon wish list! As for suggestions I would like to see something about the myth that complex carbs from Oats and Bread, Rice Potatoes are needed to calm the Nervous system and stop stress which is an argument I often hear…..

    Chris - Zen to Fitness wrote on December 18th, 2008
  29. Looks awesome Mark. I can’t imagine spending two years writing it! If it’s as good as your information here, your readers are in for a treat.

    Cheers
    Scott Kustes
    Modern Forager

    Scott Kustes - Modern Forager wrote on December 18th, 2008
  30. This is really exciting. I feel like a close friend of mine is about to become famous. And very deserving.

    Best of luck.

    BTW-I like the cover the way it is.

    SuperMike wrote on December 18th, 2008
  31. Oprah here we come.

    Tee wrote on December 18th, 2008
  32. Is it a little lame that I’m secretly proud of you, Mark? Hahaha.

    Amanda wrote on December 18th, 2008
  33. Eat insects? What insects? You never explain what you mean by insects, Mark. I’m not opposed on principle or anything but some explanation would be appreciated. Same goes for the description of the PB where insects are mentioned without explanation. You’ll definitely scare off a few readers with a suggestion to start eating bugs!

    MikeL wrote on December 18th, 2008
  34. To be clearer: insects as food are mentioned here on your site as well, and without elaboration. I recommend that both the book and the site be on watch for buggyness.

    MikeL wrote on December 18th, 2008
  35. Great news! I believe that Art Devany is working on a book, too. Will buy both as soon as they’re available.

    Sonagi wrote on December 18th, 2008
  36. The guy on the front cover looks in pretty good shape.

    Earl Cannonbear wrote on December 18th, 2008
  37. Mark,

    That looks awesome. I hope you supplement your ideas with lots of research to back it up whenever possible. Good luck spreading the word, I hope to see you on Oprah in a few months.

    goodfriendsam wrote on December 18th, 2008
  38. Outstanding! I look forward to reading it.

    Mark wrote on December 18th, 2008
  39. Looking forward to it Mark, will be on my list of “to buy”!

    Zen Frittata wrote on December 18th, 2008
  40. Make it available in Canada or through your website!

    I’m so looking forward to getting a copy.

    Christoph Dollis wrote on December 18th, 2008

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