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- Print Length: 259 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (November 18, 2010)
- Publication Date: February 21, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BKRONXW
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About the book: A book called "The Paleo Diet COOKBOOK" would be expected to be a cookbook, right? Well, it is. As long as you have the patients to get 1/3 of the way through the book to where the recipes start. It would (or at least should) be assumed that if a person is looking for Paleo recipes, they are already familiar with the actual diet and don't need an 80-page summary. I understand 5-10 pages, but 80?
About the diet: The book claims that the only protein source we should be eating is "lean". Time and again this has been shown to be absolutely wrong and actually damaging. In the 80-page intro, the author makes a comment about prehistoric man not eating fat. Huh? Game is almost always more lean than feed-lot animals, but they still have fat stores, and those were absolutely eaten, along with bone marrow, eyes, feet, brains, etc. Just something to think about if you are thinking of "Going Paleo".
About the recipes: They are good. I like to get as many recipes as I can and experiment. I might not like a Paleo recipe, but it has a sauce that would go great with an Atkins recipe, and visa-versa. I have already made several recipes from the book and my family and I (along with occasional guests) enjoyed them.
To sum up, not a bad book, but don't expect to open to page 1 and start with recipes (which SHOULD be the case in a "Cookbook"). Be prepared for some preaching and some stuff that isn't as "scientifically backed" as some of the other stuff the Paleo diet says. In all, the recipes are worth the price, but I would probably have given the book 4 stars if the first 80 pages were not in it.
UPDATE 30 November 2013 -- Since 17 April 2013 (when I started this eating/exercise regimen), I have lost a total of 52 lbs. My morning fasting blood glucose readings dropped well down into an acceptable range. I feel better than ever, but I should point out that I did the diametric OPPOSITE of the approach recommended in Cordain's books. Instead of starting out with the Relaxed 85:15 Paleo Diet and working my way to the stricter levels, I started out with a 100% STRICT version and gradually eased into the more forgiving versions. This is EXACTLY how it went for me...
2013 March 8: 244 lbs + high blood pressure. Doctor says walk. Complete Blood Count. So I reduce portions (but not really dieting) and began walking 1.7 miles daily.
2013 April 17: 239 lbs. Blood pressure slightly elevated. CBC indicates diagnosis of Type II diabetes. CBC Fasting Glucose: 231 mg/dL. Offered Onglyza for appetite control and weight loss. Declined drugs. Went online to research. Settled on Paleo Diet and made a firm decision to change my eating habits for life. Developed a plan and executed it exactly as planned.
PHASE 1: 100% STRICT Paleo + daily cardio + freeweights 2x-3x weekly.
2012 May 28: 216 lbs. Blood pressure high end normal. Daily testing morning fasting glucose readings reduced from 213 mg/dL to under 113 in three weeks. Then down to a range between 81 and 110. Doctor and staff amazed at me losing 23 lbs in 6 weeks. Walked same 1.7 miles daily, freeweights twice weekly, and ate 100% STRICT Paleo. Doctor dismissed me for 6 months. Since I can now afford to lose weight more gradually until I reach my goal of 185 lbs...
PHASE 2: 95% 95:5 Paleo (3 non-Paleo portions [1 meal total] per week)
+ daily cardio walk but no freeweights (too HOT) June/July
PHASE 3: 90% 90:10 Paleo (6 non-Paleo portions [2 meals total] per week)
+ daily cardio walk but no freeweights (too HOT) August/September
PHASE 4: 85% 85:15 RELAXED Paleo (9 non-Paleo portions [3 meals total] per week)
+ daily cardio walk + back to freeweights 2x-3x weekly October/November
2013 November 26: 192 lbs. Blood pressure slightly elevated but still in normal range. Doctor didn't even mention it. If he had, I would have replied, "I DON'T have high blood pressure... I drink COFFEE!" Ha! Doctor totally amazed. Why? Because most people can't bring themselves to give up corn dogs? Lost another 24 lbs since May 28 for a total of 52 lbs lost in 37 weeks. Blood test this week. Results due in about 7-10 days. I expect my A1C to be well under 7, maybe even under 6. My morning fasting glucose readings now average about 90 mg/dL. I expect to attain my goal of 185 lbs sometime in the next few months. Buying new wardrobe a piece at a time.