I have read lots of books on diet, fitness and natural health. So what drew me to this one?
I decided that I wanted to pursue a Paleo and primal way of eating and living (that’s an entire different blog) so I did what every modern new enthusiast does... I googled it. The website that kept coming up over and over again was MarksDailyApple.com. I quickly realized that it was packed full of research, personal success stories, recipes, forums, and other really great information. It didn’t take long for me to discover Mark’s book and since I have a book hoarder for a husband, I bought it.
Mark Sisson, as I eventually learned from my extensive reading of web articles and watching of youtube videos, is considered the “superstar” of the primal/paleo movement. That is what makes his website one of the largest, if not THE largest, natural health website on the internet. But besides his incredible knowledge and experience, I was drawn to this book by his general approach to diet and exercise. He holds a very balanced approach to the Paleo diet and he doesn’t believe in over doing it on exercise.
The Primal Blueprint outlines his 10 laws of living primaly. They are...
1. Eat plants and animals
2. Avoid poisonous things
3. Move frequently at a slow pace.
4. Lift heavy things.
5. Sprint once in a while
6. Get adequate sleep
8. Get adequate sunlight.
9. Avoid stupid mistakes.
10. Use your brain.
Pretty early into reading this book, you will realize that it is more about a massive lifestyle change, rather than a quick way of dropping 10 pounds. I personally knew that I needed to find a way to eat and live for the rest of my life that would help me lose weight and then maintain my health. I needed a complete overhaul. BUT... it needed to be in a way that I could still enjoy the things I enjoy and be reasonable enough that wouldn’t force me to dispel all of my will power in the attempt to stay consistent. The Primal Blueprint was my answer. In his conclusion, Mark says,
“The primary reason for switching to a Primal Blueprint eating style should be enjoyment-eat foods that taste great, stabilize your energy levels, optimize the function of all the systems in your body, provide long-lasting satisfaction, and alleviate the psychological stress of regimentation and deprivation that accompany many diets.”
If you are considering a Paleo or grain-free diet, I can’t recommend this book enough. If you are going to read only 1 diet book in your life, this is it. It gives hope and the feeling that you can actually attain success.
This is Mark Sisson shorter version of The Primal Blueprint. It was good too, but the longer version is better.