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Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health & Happiness (Sustainable Agriculture)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  758 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Following the remarkable success of his best-selling hit The Primal Blueprint, evolutionary researcher Mark Sisson explores the reasons why so many of us, despite our outward successes, good health and personal accomplishments still feel depressed, lost, unfulfilled, or unsatisfied - as if something is somehow missing. Anti-depressants are now among the most prescribed (an ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Primal Nutrition, Inc (first published September 17th 2012)
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Rebekka Steg
Aug 11, 2014 Rebekka Steg rated it really liked it
Lately I've been digging deeper into health looking beyond just diet, and instead embracing the importance of all aspects of our lifestyle. The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness by Mark Sisson is the best guide I've found so far to get started on this. While there's still plenty of things to dig further into, it's an excellent primer on a wealth of topics, such as:

Barefoot walking
Nature + Wilderness
Daily rhythm
Quicksilver Quill
Jan 24, 2014 Quicksilver Quill rated it it was amazing
Mark Sisson changes lives—he can’t seem to help it. First he gets you in shape, eating and exercising right, then he teaches you how to find balance, happiness, and connection. How does he do it all?

The Primal Connection is a worthy follow-up to Mark’s magnum opus, The Primal Blueprint. For those new to the primal/paleo movement, The Primal Connection is an excellent intro to many of the basic tenets. And while some of the content will already be familiar to devotees—the benefits of going barefo
Jan 08, 2013 Joshua rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be inspiring and grounding. So many of the things he suggests doing to get a life back in balance -- connecting with others, enjoying nature, playing, doing moderate adrenaline seeking, and so on -- are intuitive once they are pointed out. Yes, I feel great when I walk in the woods. Cool -- there is evidence that suggests it's even better for you than just feeling good -- and making your interior more "natural" is helpful too. Well worth reading. A healthy index is provided ...more
Alison Golden
Apr 30, 2013 Alison Golden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paleo
At the core of this book is an acceptance over man's need for the state of mind we call "happiness." We are often under the impression that life of ancient man was short and brutal - an experience to be endured, often with great suffering, rather than enjoyed or appreciated.

But author Mark Sisson refutes that, giving examples of how important play, social bonds, rest and slow living were vital to individual thriving and tribal survival. His point is that happiness isn't unattainable or a luxury,
Aug 13, 2014 Mickey rated it it was amazing
While I like to consider myself an independent sort of person, born and raised in the Wild West, where toughness and individuality are prized, I have to admit a serious penchant for being easily seduced into new interests. For instance, when I moved down south and noticed all the hoopla around the Civil War, I tried to avoid getting sucked into it, but, thanks to picking up Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, I shamelessly succumbed to the general hysteria. Anoth ...more
Brad Revell
Aug 14, 2016 Brad Revell rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-tos, health
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Primal Connection. This is the second of Mark Sisson's books along with his blog. I follow religiously this blog as he continues to provide copious amounts of output from continued research on all things health and wellbeing related.

This book is no different and it takes a different approach to the Primal Blueprint book which I read a few years ago. This is more about connecting the various facets of your psyche together whether that is being
Mar 12, 2013 John rated it liked it
Mark Sisson is a great author. I enjoyed the Primal Blueprint and indeed found it life-changing. I really enjoy listening to him speak - YouTube,podcasts, etc - and I think he's done an incredible jo,b as a layman scientist, of melding so many different fields into a holistic primal concept. I think its brilliant and has the powerful to truly transform.

This particular book left me a little wanting. I think it was just a little repetitive and somewhat dreamy. I assure you, no matter how much fat
Mar 12, 2013 Kris rated it liked it
Overall, a great book, and a good followup to The Primal Blueprint that really expands on the premise of the Primal lifestyle, that goes well beyond just the diet (similar to paleo for the uninitiated). This portion definitely offers a lot of room for growth for anyone. And while changing one's diet can be difficult, and one might argue with the principles of the primal diet, it's difficult to argue with the lifestyle suggestions for health and happiness presented here. It builds upon the founda ...more
Dan Wool
Feb 01, 2013 Dan Wool rated it really liked it
Primal Connection is a lot less groundbreaking than Primal Blueprint but a fine companion piece.

Connection is a little more philospohical than Blueprint.

In Primal Connection, Mark Sisson continues to explore the common sense notion that while society has changed dramatically from the times of early mankind, our genes have not changed, and you must do (or in many cases avoid!) things to ensure their proper expression including proper diet, optimal exercise and ideas for ensuring contunual energ
Jan 15, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
I've been paying very close attention to the whole Primal/Paleo lifestyle for the last year and find the whole thing very intriguing (whether or not I decide to adapt it is almost irrelevant, but I have adapted some of the principles into my daily life.) But this is a slightly different take on that (most of these books focus on diet), and has Sisson comparing our current lifestyle to the lifestyle of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and how really disconnected they are from each other. We eat ter ...more
Stephen Collins
Oct 21, 2013 Stephen Collins rated it really liked it
There's a lot to be said for Sisson's "get back to nature" premise in The Primal Connection; seeking to live a simpler life, with more movement, better, cleaner food and less unnecessary technology is a laudable aim.

I will note, however, that I am somewhat leery of a few of the conclusions drawn in the book. As someone who believes the science needs to be in for assertions of philosophy (such as those made in the book regarding the use of squat toilets) to move to accepted theory (in the scient
Jan 15, 2013 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It hits a lof of really good points, and does an excellent job of explaining some of the innate needs we might feel & where those needs may have originated, where modern life may interfere with these needs, and what to do about them. It's not as in depth as the articles Mark has previously written on the subject, and there is a bit of redundancy for those who already follow him online, but there were some new tidbits that made me stop and go 'huh' as well.

All in all I think it does a good j
Jessica jefishr
Apr 04, 2015 Jessica jefishr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a fantastic guide to living

For some reason, I thought this book was about food and the primal way of eating. It's not that at all. There is nothing to do with food. It's a list of guidelines for how a person would live their daily life to bring facets of a life we were genetically designed to do, while living in 2015. I began implementing some suggestions as I read the book, adjusting the way I sit outside, the amount of time I spend, and the way I look at the things I do, and I've become happie
Oct 16, 2014 Meredith rated it liked it
This book is a good follow up to the Primal Blueprint. Sisson explores how we're all hard wired for a certain response to our environment, based on a genetic makeup inherited from our ancient ancestors. Sisson's voice is charming and personable. The book feels like he's conversing with the reader, not lecturing. Of course, anyone familiar with Sisson's work knows that he's a powerful salesman, but the principles are sound and the philosophies are easy to put into practice with immediate results. ...more
Jul 02, 2013 Jean rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I truly love Mark Sisson's patriarchal yet approachable style. The man educates himself deeply, feels a strong conviction, yet never seems preachy or judgmental. He asks us to make major changes in our lives, but he also knows that we may need to move with small steps, and you know he'd be cheering you every baby step of the way if he could.
This book is wonderfully insightful and positive. I wish it had a little more meat, though (ha,) like his blog posts. He is trying to reach a wider audience
Indrė Šed
Jul 14, 2013 Indrė Šed rated it it was amazing
Amazing, inspirational book which force you to evaluate your daily life, routine, relationship, activities, environment. The book touches you in many ways, also you need to be open to read it, to accept that you can improve your life, make changes, be more positive, be more creative in activities, be playing in life and be nature kid even in grown man/woman body. Free your mind, be brave to enjoy your life and smallish moments around you. Brilliant read!
Jun 04, 2013 Alicia rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I really love anything that has information about biology and how this affects us in a our busy world. I believe in living a "wild" life getting back to nature and this for sure points you back the right direction in an easy and digestible way. It is good even for city dwellers! I highly recommend, especially if you're on the natural path or paleo path.
Mar 08, 2014 Gail rated it liked it
Let me start by saying I love all things Sisson and Primal/Paleo, but I felt that this book was just a rehash of blogs from MDA ( and other sources. I am a veracious reader and I actually had to put this down serval times in order to finally get through it! There were definitely some gems in this book but even the gems felt forced and rehashed.
Jul 26, 2014 Reba rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this while shivering in the cold rain while camping in Algonquin Park. Mark Sisson is brilliant. I love how spiritual this book is and how it can help anyone connect to their Primal Self. It was quite appropriate to read this while roughing it in the wilds I think ;)
Sathish Sekar
Jul 21, 2013 Sathish Sekar rated it really liked it
Pretty good read. I am a fan of Mark Sisson's blog "Mark's Daily Apple". So I was excited to read his published work. The book sheds light on how our behavior in modern times contradicts the instincts of our primal genes. I look forward to reading his other book "The Primal Blueprint".
Darus Trutna
Sep 12, 2013 Darus Trutna rated it it was amazing
Outstanding read that reminds me my body is a natural part of this world and I must follow the rules of my genes to thrive.
Mar 02, 2013 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Walking barefoot, aware
reclaiming our right to live
in balance with life.

Sleeping in deep dark.
Vitamin D from the sun.
Not forgetting play.
Jul 16, 2014 Patrick rated it liked it
Great read, reiterates a lot of Mark's philosophy about human connections. Good stuff!
Jan 26, 2013 Robbo rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Mark should stick to the diet/exercise books rather than this unfortunate take on the whole of life.
Jun 08, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Health is more than just exercise and what you eat. Lots of great tips on how to live a fulfilling, relationship centered life that will enhance not only your health but sense of well being, too!
Manoj Namboodiri
Jul 25, 2014 Manoj Namboodiri rated it liked it
Passable - cannot compare to primal blueprint
Kristian Norling
Jan 11, 2013 Kristian Norling rated it really liked it
I am primal. Great book on important subject. Be holistic regarding your health, it is the primal thing to do. Grok on!
May 18, 2013 Angi rated it liked it
This was a good book, but nothing new if you are already a reader of Mark Sisson's blog or, really, any of his other books.
Feb 24, 2014 Charissa rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It was pretty good, definitely not as life-changing as the Primal Blueprint but an interesting read nonetheless.
Feb 21, 2013 John rated it really liked it
This is the fifth Mark Sisson Book I have read. I like him as an author, and I found this book very interesting re: the "Paleo" diet/life style.
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