Recommended Primal Learning

A collection of reviews and suggestions of books, e-books and movies we highly recommend
'The Paleo Answer' by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
 

Loren Cordains’ latest book ‘The Paleo Answer’ is the follow-on book to the ‘The Paleo Diet’ which I have not read but found ‘The Paleo Answer’ to be very well written. 

 

This book contains a good mix of scientific-based evidence mixed with anecdotal evidence provided by people who have succeeded with trying the paleo diet themselves. ‘The Paleo Answer’ covers the usual topics such as saturated fat, dairy, legumes, nuts and seeds but also includes information on supplements and water. 

 

While reading this book I had a couple of “aha” moments and as a result will readjust my eating style to ensure I get the most out of my food.  I will definitely be reading this book again to get a better grasp on some of the points I may have missed the first time around. 

 

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig a little deeper into why we eat the way we do and those who are still not getting the results they thought they would from trying the Paleo diet.  

 

-Clint Bauer

 

You can purchase this book here

'The Perfect Human Diet' documentary by CJ Hunt
 

'The Perfect Human Diet' was produced and presented by C.J Hunt. He  begins by telling the story of how he had a heart attack in his 20’s and that he was told by doctors he "may drop dead at any time". This incident created an eagerness to learn about human health and understand it on a deep level, which then lead him on a journey of finding the “perfect human diet”. He experimented with different types of diets including following the USDA-recommended Food Pyramid. He actually became a vegan for quite some time, but after his mother died he found that he could no longer sustain the vegan lifestyle and noticed his body was crying out for real protein, so he began eating meat again.

 

The remainder of the movie consists of interviews with different experts in the real food/Paleo world including David GetoffGary TaubesRobb WolfLoren Cordain and other Paleontologists, making a compelling case for eating meat, Paleo-friendly and 'real food'.

 

Overall I found this an enjoyable movie and one which backs up my beliefs around nutrition and lifestyle with scientific evidence. The concepts are explained in an easy to follow way so viewers who are new to this lifestyle will be able to take away a lot of valuable information and advice going forward. In my opinion 'The Perfect Human Diet' is well worth watching.

 

-Clint Bauer

 

You can purchase this book here

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'The Dark Side of Fat Loss' e-book by Sean Croxton
 

'The Dark Side of Fat Loss' is a downloadable e-book from Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness. This book takes a different approach to weight loss and dismisses all that conventional wisdom has taught us about it.  The main focus when it comes to weight loss is all about JERF (Just Eat Real Food).  It also covers an array of important topics including hormones and what role they play, stress, listening to your body to work out what it wants and needs and how to work with it, the importance of sleep and how lack of sleep is making us fat, how to improve gut health, and what roll exercise plays in the equation.  

 

This book has a very similar style to that of Sean’s popular podcast show, so if you enjoy listening to that you will very much enjoy reading this book.

 

The Dark Side of Fat Loss is a brilliant read for people just starting their weight loss journey and looking for a sustainable way to lose weight.  I would proudly recommend this to all my clients.  Sean’s writing style makes the scientific stuff easy to understand and will make you chuckle along the way!

 

I refer back to this e-book often and think it’s a brilliant read.

 

Enjoy!

 

-Clint Bauer

 

You can purchase thie e-book here

 

'Primal Cuisine - Cooking for the Paleo Diet' by Pauli Halstead
 

Before I started reading Primal Cuisine I was expecting to delve into a showcase of a variety of delicious primal recipes with perhaps a small amount of information about the foods and ingredients. But before I even reached the first recipe I was excited just reading the Preface. Pauli’s passion and enthusiasm for understanding the relationship between food and our emotions, global sustainability, and food for optimum health and wellbeing comes through strongly. I could tell just from reading the Preface that her own journey has been about a lot more than just creating tasty primal dishes, but has been a deep spiritual expedition to truly understanding how food nourishes us on all levels. She talks about Divine Love and God but not in a way that suggests we all need to believe in a particular religion. She talks about it in reference to the universal energy and love that exists in all living things and the role our food plays.

 

Pauli then goes on to talk about ‘Primal Body, Primal Mind’, a book written by Nora Gedgaudas, a nuerofeedback specialist and certified nutritional therapist. This book changed Pauli’s life and was the starting point for her education on the benefits of following a Palaeolithic diet. It’s interesting to read about the evolution of Pauli’s career as a chef and caterer both preparing and eating conventional ‘healthy’ foods, how her health suffered as a result and how incorporating paleo foods improved her health and completely changed her perception of what foods are actually ‘healthy’.

 

I particularly like how Primal Cuisine summarises knowledge sourced by famous evolutionary health experts such as Weston A. Price and Francis M. Pottenger and makes the information easy to understand, even for those not yet familiar perhaps with primal health. I also appreciated the general information provided for such areas as the ideal quantities of various nutrients for the general population, such as protein requirements, and believe this information will be very beneficial to many readers, as well as practical methods in which to source and use these nutrients. 

 

It’s worth noting that many of the recipes list ingredients and brands found in America and not easily sourced in Australia, if at all, so there will be a need for Australian readers to use the information supplied in the rest of the book in order to find suitable substitutions. 

 

My only criticism is that there isn’t a photograph provided for each recipe and that many recipes require your imagination as to what they will look like upon completion. On the other hand, the recipes are detailed and easy to follow. I’m looking forward to attempting to replicate many of them myself!

 

If you want to learn how to make a variety of delicious primal masterpieces in your own kitchen then you’ll find Primal Cuisine a handy edition to your recipe book collection. However if you want to go a step further and expand your knowledge to include our evolutionary heritage with regards to nutrition and health and the link between how our ancestors ate to becoming a guide for “the proper nutrition for modern humans” then you will thoroughly enjoy this read!

 

-Aimee Clark

 

You can purchase this book here