Some Good Paleo Books To Read
I love to curl up in my cave with a good digital book, so it’s only natural I’d go hunting for some interesting reads on the Paleo lifestyle to download.
Some of these zero-in on the Paleo lifestyle, while others explore health and eating from other fascinating angles that make me even more convinced Paleo is the only way to go.
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Mark Sisson has been one of the leaders of the Paleo revolution since starting his popular MarksDailyApple.com blog in 2006. The is really a good book that lays out the Paleo lifestyle, supported by a lot of facts so you’ll thoroughly understand why you’re eating some things and avoiding others. It can get a little detailed in places – perfect for a Paleo geek like me. I highly recommend this one.
Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution” was not only very informative, it was a kick to read. A former biochemist, Robb presents the Paleo lifestyle in a very casual and engaging way, that makes even the heady biology sections easy to absorb. Robb turned his health around on the Paleo diet…no doubt why he spends a good amount of time talking about how Paleo can help prevent diseases. Really good stuff!
This is not a Paleo book per se, but more about why you should stick to the “outside aisles” of the grocery store if you want to eat healthy. “In The Defense of Food” goes into detail about the evils of processed foods and the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). Michael Pollan also weighs in on how the U.S. government started making our diets worse by pushing cheap grains in the 1970’s. A really fascinating read.
If you have any doubt refined sugars are bad for you, read “Fat Chance.” The toxicity of the sweet stuff really is scary. You can tell Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, is on a personal mission to demonize sugar, nonetheless, he’s got the scientific evidence to back it up. His book is peppered with personal stories of kids he’s treated for obesity which was also interesting. All and all, another good book to grab.
This one by an astrophysicist and molecular biologist husband and wife team, is full of scientific data. “Perfect Health Diet” is a little more cumbersome to wade through than the other books here, but still pretty enlightening. It’s interesting the authors encourage you to eat rice and potatoes – big no-no’s for Paleo purists. For newbies struggling with the stricter Paleo diet, this book’s eating plan may be a good way to ease into it.
“The Fattening of America” looks at our eating habits from a different perspective – mainly the economics of cheap food and what that actually costs us in the long run. The authors, a health economist and a business writer, explain why America is in the middle of an obesity crisis thanks in part to low-cost, high-carb foods – as well as our own lack of willpower to choose a salad over a Big Mac. This one’s interesting and easy to read.
I’ve just started reading “Salt Sugar Fat” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Moss. It’s an expose on the USA’s most powerful food brands, and how they make us crave their packaged goodies so much. This book makes you realize how huge and influential the food industry really is in America. With the government in their back pocket, it’s obvious the food titans are after only one thing: profit…shrinking our wallets while our waistlines expand. This one’s an eye-opener.
“Deep Nutrition” by Dr. Shanahan, highlights the evils of processed foods and encourages us to eat in more traditional ways along the lines of the world’s great cultures. There are not a lot of dietary tips here, instead she focuses primarily on the relationship of food and genetics. Could eating better turn your next baby into a supermodel? That’s one of the gene-related topics she dives into here…a fascinating concept, but I’m just grateful my babies turned out healthy. Not a particularly Paleo read – but still interesting.