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The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
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Jan 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: health

The challenge Robb Wolf faces with this book is that not only does he have high technical knowledge of his field, but many devotees of this regimen themselves come to the table with a considerable base of knowledge. So the problem at the onset is not merely how to distill the more technical aspects of the science down to something palatable for novice intake, but how to do this while providing a level of content to invigorate the already converted. Additionally there are those who come Wolf looking for improvement in often major health conditions along with elite athletes hoping to top their latest personal record.

While The Solution errs on the side of benevolence towards newbies and takes ailment as the point of departure, Wolf does indulge in enough explanation for those who want to understand the whys of their nutrition. Mostly he handles this with (often humorous) prefaces, segregating prescription from explanation with something along the lines of, "Here's the part where it get's a bit technical. This knowledge will enhance the understanding of those who want to geek out on this stuff, but is not necessary for those who just want to be told what to do; the latter can skip ahead to chapter..."

While marketed as a diet book, no misconceptions should persist in the minds of the curious: this is not a diet book, as in lose-some-weight-then-going-back-to-eating-the-crap-you-love. This is a primer on paleolithic nutrition and exercise meant to keep aging and disease at bay so long as one adheres to it. Results depend on individual investment. Well aware that he flaunts both the entrenched standard medical dietary advice and the far more visceral pasta addiction that much of that diet's adherents face, Robb incorporates a mix of good natured and sardonic humor to ease novitiates into better health. His mantra is "Try it for thirty days and see how you look, feel and perform." He wants people to have fun and tinker and very much tries to avoid turning this into The Cult of Paleo, as it has on some blogs and forums.

For what it's worth, I've been eating this way myself for nearly five years and continue to see nothing but improvement in my health and levels of contentment.
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