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Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life

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Combining your body’s Paleolithic needs with modern nutritional and medical research for complete mind-body wellness

• Provides sustainable diet strategies to curb sugar cravings, promote fat burning and weight loss, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and moods, increase energy and immunity, and enhance memory and brain function

• Shows how our modern diet leads to w
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 27th 2011 by Healing Arts Press (first published 2009)
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Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Finally a book I can unreservedly recommend! I've been very interested in books on diet for a while now, but this one really stood out. It doesn't miss out anything vital nor have anything in it that is so wrong that unreservedly recommending it is difficult. It's so well done and the most complete book on diet I have found so far.

This book is a pretty good summary/amalgamation of many of the very best books on diet I have found, such as Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats b
Sep 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed in the book. If you are looking for a "food religion" book you might like it. The analogy I told others was that she goes into excruciating detail about the evils of yellow and the at the end she would summarize by saying that "see I have proven yellow is bad. - just like that awful green and purple". If she had stuck to the science on carbs, insulin, corn, etc it would have been fine but her tirades on GMO's, the wireless waves from your home Internet router and other su ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this book.
The author does seem to know a lot about nutrition and diet-related medical issues.
Some of the topics she covers are ones that I have seen addressed elsewhere before, such as the dubious nature of viewing cholesterol levels as an ironclad guide to heart health, and the overprescription of statins.
Some of the topics are new to me, such as the chemical breakdown of glutein and how it may affect the body.

I agree with the author that sugar is a damaging and disproporti
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall this book is a must read. For starters, it's extremely thorough and Gedgaudas is very knowledgeable on nutrition, disease and medication - and it's effects on the body. She does a great job explaining why sugar should be avoided at all costs and why grains are simply not necessary and why it makes sense to avoid them completely. I also liked how she explained why protein should take a moderate place in our diet; she does a great job expressing that we're brainwashed into thinking we need ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have a lot of criticism for this book already and I am on page 22. She is making a lot of generalizations about Hunter and gather lifestyles that she is not substantiating. When I look to her sources they are only other articles and books about the paleo diet and not books about anthropology and archaeology. I am also skeptical of her nutrition claims agaisnt all grains. I know plenty of ancedotal evidence that shows that diets high in healthy grains, lean meats, accompained by active lifestyl ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nutrition
advocates a very-low-carb or ketogenic diet. good on protein & fat functions in the body. good info on gluten, especially testing and psychological/emotional connections, in particular the ADHD chapter.

poor rating for two reasons: first, the anthropology is poor and the "ketosis for everyone" approach is unfounded; second, because the writing and tone are relentlessly alarmist, breathless, and snarky, and it gets old fast.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Skimmed a lot, this one's long. Helped cement my commitment...sugar=cancer! But such tasty cancer...
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is a lot to say about this book. It's a big one, a doozy, and there were times I thought I'd reach the conclusion of my natural life before I finished it.

The information it contains is THOROUGH. Ms. Gedgaudas gives a comprehensive unpacking of nutrition, both how conventional wisdom is deeply flawed, and how a "Paleo/Primal" lifestyle can be beneficial.

That said, she veered sharply into fear mongering at times. One of the beginning chapters on gluten is absolutely terrifying. Basically: G
Sue Schlinglof
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is by far the best book I have read on nutrition out of the 23 books I have read on the subject. I read the forwards first and then the last chapter and appendices because I wanted the bottom line before I got into all the details. I then started on chapter 14 and read to chapter 23 and was wowed. I then started at chapter 1 and read to chapter 13. The first 4 chapters are pretty dry and were not terribly interesting to me. From chapter 5 on I was hooked and looking forward to reading more. ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Almost everything about this book is phenomenally dissected with a scrupulous and scientific eye. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about their current state of health.

However, I don't agree with Nora's perspective regarding longevity (chapter 22). Her material is clearly dated. Nora is a staunch believer that longevity is inexpicibly linked to lower insulin levels, low carbohydrate intake, and low calorie consumption, and states a 2009 study that "proves it." She goes into gre
Robin Anderson
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
While there are some over-generalizations in this book, I found it to be substantially a good guide to modern nutrition. I have followed her diet recommendations for five weeks, as an experiment, and have lost nine pounds. I no longer feel hungry all of the time, and I am sleeping better. My normally clogged head is clear. So, I am grateful to her for her efforts. I have since joined the Weston A. Price Foundation, which she recommends and am eating grass-fed, grass-finished meat, organic veggie ...more
Jiri Majer
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the most interesting book about food I have read. I discovered paleo diet in May 2014 and started to follow it - partially. My daughter calls my approach "false paleo diet":-). But I could see first benefits of it already after a few weeks. This book provided me with more facts why it works and why we should be really carefull listening to mainstream food advisors. There are many interesting facts described in the book - some of theme were really revolutionary. I spent substantial time go ...more
Steve Harrison
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A superb book about how our food should be medicine instead of poison. And a damning indictment of the food industry.

I have been on an adapted paleo diet for a couple of years and have never felt better in my life, but Primal Body, Primal Mind has inspired me to go even further in maintaining and improving my health.

A book everyone should read!
Jane Botten
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in living the healthiest life, this is a great book. Nora advises on household chemicals, diet, health etc. I was a little doubtful about some of her alternative information, but I did learn loads from this book.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a long time follower of paleo but I was disappointed with this book. It is so overly prescriptive and detailed in what we should eat, do, etc. that very few people can actually follow it. She literally has you taking hundreds of supplements. Eat only grass fed beef, prepare nuts a specific way, no GMO foods or wifi. It goes on and on. How can paleo/LCHF ever be the predominant way people eat with all these rules and regulations? Just eat the right foods and avoid the wrong foods 90%+ of the ...more
Joshua Buhs
Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: belly, non-fiction
Some 120 years ago, apologizing for putting into a market already glutted with them yet another book on eclipses, the Reverend William Lynn demured, "Is this not a little one?"

Gedgaudus cannot even take refuge in that. Her book is thick. And the question is, why?

Anyone who pays a whit of attention to American diet books and recommended eating practices knows that over the last thirty years those claiming that the evil in the American diet is not fat but processed carbohydrates have been gaining
Adam Ashton
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Some good content, but I felt there a little too much science that was way over my head. I understand it had to be in there as proof as some of these suggestions are against the norm. To summarise: carbs are very bad, natural fats are good.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best book on diet, health and nutrition I've ever read. You can tell by reading this book that Nora is super passionate about helping others. She was way ahead of her time. First edition in 2009. Now many of the concepts and information in the book are mainstream. I changed my diet after reading this book and it has literally saved my life!
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After I read this book, I was convinced that the diet that Nora suggests in this book was "the one" for me. I have tried many different ways of eating in the past, attempting to fix things about my body that I thought were problems. Nora tells us, with great clarity and many references to studies, that we should all eschew carbohydrates and eat lots of vegetables, lots of fat (from both animals and plants), and some animal-derived protein (no more than about 6 oz per day). If you feel like getti ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: alt-nutrition
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Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people today are generally unhealthy - our current eating habits, lifestyles and daily stress levels all come together to make us into human time bombs waiting to explode from a disease or ailment. In our daily lives we are constantly bombarded by toxins, either through the foods that we eat, which are laden with chemicals or through our living environment in which toxins can be found from everything to the soap you wash with, to the cell phone that you talk on daily.

With all the miracle c
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, nutrition
I became interested in reading this book after listening to Nora Gedgaudas' podcast (which is also called 'Primal Body Primal Mind' - you can find it on iTunes). If you've listened to all of those podcasts you may not get all that much out of the book, as she generously covers almost everything on there for free, but I'm a visual learner, so I appreciate having the same information written down.

Until I try living this way for a longish period of time I don't really feel qualified to even give th
Guillaume Belanger
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a book that contains a tremendous amount of information about health, many of which I already knew, but that I have never seen presented in a single book. For this reason alone, I think this book is quite remarkable and an excellent reference. It basically contains everything you need to know to be in perfect health.

As the author points out in the preface, it was constructed by collecting together all the articles she had written over many years, and then assembled and grouped in differ
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It's based on medical and scientific research (all sited so you could go looking yourself if you wanted), and explains just what is going on in the body with our current, accepted "healthy eating" diet of grains, veggies, protein and fat (in that order). Nora Gedgaudas explains how in this era of low-fat/no-fat, vegetarian/vegan, whole-grain carbs eating we're a society that is fatter and sicker than we've ever been in the history of humans (barring infections and accidents ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
While there is a TON of useful information, this book reads like a text book, and gives new meaning to beating the dead horse.

A+ for the quality of information and research. I am the kind of person who will read up on the mentioned sources, and I found it to be mostly credible(which can be hard to come by in the nutrition world of fads.) I appreciated the digging into the "why" of human ancestry, and biological makeup. It allows for the reader to make an educated decision whether to agree or di
Carric D Dooley
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does an outstanding job of pulling a LOT of concepts together to give you a fairly complete and straightforward explanation of what you should and shouldn't eat - and WHY. I found it informative, and intuitive as well as a restatement of most of what I have been reading along with a lot of "informative glue".

In short - it gives me hope. If you are wondering why you are struggling with weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. then read this book. It won't coddle you, so prepare for a
This book is organized in classic toilet reading style in chapters of 2-4 pages. As the style suggests, the information here is broad but superficial, and in fact contains =incorrect= summaries of more in-depth works.

For instance she gets "Your body's many cries for water" by Dr. Batmanghelidj dead wrong-- it's not drink lots of pure filtered water, it's add a wee bit of salt to the water you are drinking, especially 30 min before meals and upon awakening.

SO read this as an introduction only to
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a reference book. She wrote it for an audience who will read the 4 chapters that pertain most to them and may or may not read any of the rest of it. This means that there is plenty of repetition. This is appropriate to a reference book, though it can incite tedium in someone reading it through like a novel.

I read it cover to cover. I learned a lot and am more eager than ever to learn more chemistry. I agree with most of it (which doesn't happen a lot). If I were giving someone (all other
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book tried to handle too many subjects with too much in-depth info about each topic. She goes where few other Primal authors go - saying EMF is dangerous, advocating drinking water that has been micro-restructured (huh?). I didn't go away from this book thinking she had presented strong arguments for these lifestyle changes. It was interesting to hear about the links she's made to mental illness and cognitive decline - I wish she would have gone more in-depth here, as I was previewing this ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In all the years I've studied and experimented with diet and nutrition, this book has finally set me on a wonderful and healthy course. It's now 9 months since I read it and followed it's guidelines and boy, I'll never look back. My weight is down 35 pounds ti my healthy high school level, and losing weight wan't even the goal! My energy levels are way up, I feel sturdier and more "in my body". I used to be always hungry and ready to eat EVERYONE'S leftovers. Now I feel satisfied and can even sk ...more
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