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The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to EatThe Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat by Loren Cordain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet, also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era, that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. Centered on commonly available modern foods, the "contemporary" Paleolithic diet consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils."

(yanked from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleo_diet and slightly abbreviated)

I like the basic idea and I would definitely be better off with a dairy- and grain-free diet, considering my digestive problems and my lactose-intolerance. I am not really sold on the argument that this diet is the right one because it's how our stoneage relatives ate and that the rise of agrarian cultures is the root of all evil. Our genetics might not have changed all that much, but our bodies for example adapted to dairy, so ruling out nature's ability to change with the cirumstances sounds narrow minded to me.

It also bugged me that the author kept up a constant advertising of the book and its principles. I bought the book, so I am obviously interested. I don't want to read three chapters telling me how bad all the other diets are for me and praising the one supposedly explained later in the book that I'm already holding in my hands. I just want to get on with it.

The constant repetition was also... well... very repetitive.

So, idea good, I'm interested and will try to apply the principles of the diet. The book as such did not really do it for me.

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The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to EatThe Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat by Loren Cordain

"The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet, also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era, that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. Centered on commonly available modern foods, the "contemporary" Paleolithic diet consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils."

(yanked from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleo_diet and slightly abbreviated)

I haven't started the book yet, but I can't see mysyelf going completely without dairy. I am willing to switch away from cow's milk and completely to sheep and goat.

No grain will be a tough one. Buckwheat is actually a grass, not wheat, right?

And no legumes? Dang it, I don't think so. I love lentils and peas and beans... Sigh!

More when I actually started to read this book!
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The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to EatThe Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat by Loren Cordain

I just bought this. After browsing Amazon and reading synopsis and reviews on related books, I decided for this one. Most people seem to think that the author is very good. It's pretty much what health guy was preaching during our herbalism tour. I'll give it a try.... maybe....

I also put a book by a German author on my wishlist. It's called "Living without bread". Sounds depressing. :-)

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