Primal Books

Primal Books

Death by Food Pyramid

Shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests have shaped American dietary recommendations—and destroyed our nation’s health—over recent decades. The phrase “death by food pyramid” isn’t shock-value sensationalism, but the tragic consequence of simply doing what we have been told to do by our own government—and giant food profiteers—in pursuit of health. In Death by Food Pyramid, Denise Minger exposes the forces that overrode common sense and solid science to launch a pyramid phenomenon that bled far beyond U.S. borders to taint the eating habits of the entire developed world. Denise explores how generations of flawed pyramids and plates endure as part of the national consciousness, and how the “one size fits all” diet mentality these icons convey pushes us deeper into the throes of obesity and disease. Regardless of whether you’re an omnivore or vegan, research junkie or science-phobe, health novice or seasoned dieter, Death by Food Pyramid will reframe your understanding of nutrition science and inspire you to take your health, and future, into your own hands.
Good Fat, Bad Fat

The headlines are everywhere―fat is healthy! But this is a different message than you’ve heard your entire life, so some resistance is understandable. Even if you’re on board with increasing fat intake, how do you know which kinds are nutritious and which are dangerous? And if you were raised on margarine and lean meat, how do you learn how to cook all this rich and delicious food?

In Good Fat, Bad Fat, Romy Dollé lays out all the problems with our fat phobia, and how it’s leading to stress, depression, and obesity. She teaches us which fats we should avoid, and gives detailed information on sourcing all the good fats. With scientific explanations throughout by Torsten Albers, MD, the book clearly explains how fat works in your body, how you can burn it for energy, and why it’s so critical to health and longevity to eat a high-fat diet.

With a clear understanding of the health benefits of good fat and the dangers of bad fat, Dollé then provides dozens of rich, delicious, satisfying recipes for all the best fat sources. From asparagus noodles with walnut pesto to crispy chicken wings and chocolate mousse, Good Fat, Bad Fat gives you new and exciting recipes―even for old low-fat favorites.

Each recipe is macronutrient-balanced (with accurate macronutrient statistics) to promote efficient fat metabolism and weight management. There is also a section to guide you into a ketogenic eating strategy, and meal plans to help you develop a diverse and appealing menu.

Good Fat, Bad Fat is perfect for those looking to break out of the fat phobia paradigm once and for all, and spread the word to family and friends―perhaps over a delicious, home-cooked, good-fat meal. The creative and accessible recipes will appeal to everyone―whether you’re just getting used to eating fat or you’re a veteran primal eater!
Kitchen Intuition

At times, even with a stack of great cookbooks and a folder of magazine clippings on the shelf, it’s hard to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen. Here, for the first time, is a book dedicated to awakening your inner master chef and helping you become adventurous, creative and empowered in the kitchen: Kitchen Intuition. Devyn Sisson, daughter of Primal Blueprint author Mark Sisson, has prepared this unique book that takes you beyond the logistics of good cooking and into the realm of intuition―cultivating a harmonious connection between mind, body, and food.

Sisson, a self-taught chef and self-declared foodie extraordinaire, teaches you how to cultivate a mindful approach to eating―getting acquainted with your body’s nutritional needs, your palate’s likes and dislikes, and the emotional elements that shape your cravings and deep satisfactions with meals. Sisson elegantly chronicles her personal journey of healing her body through healthful eating, and how you can build health, confidence and self-esteem from intuitive cooking that transfers into all other areas of life.
Lil' Grok Meets the Korgs

Lil' Grok Meets the Korgs is an epic tale of adventure based on Mark Sisson's bestseller The Primal Blueprint. Lil' Grok is a cave boy digging life in the Stone Age...until a saber-toothed tiger gives chase. Grok descends into a magical cave and is propelled thousands of years into the future! Luckily, he's scooped up by an archaeologist named Mr. Korg who's digging for artifacts in the middle of a bustling city park. He takes Lil' Grok home to meet the ultra-modern, hashtagging, pizza-loving, dessert-scarfing Korg family.

Unfortunately, Lil' Grok doesn't seem to fit in at the Korgs, or anywhere else in modern life. He squats and eats with his hands right on the table! He doesn't wear shoes...he crawls like a bear...jumps like a cat...and starts food fights at school! And what kind of kid is allergic to pizza?! But when a tiger escapes from the zoo, it's Lil' Grok who's the hero, and the Korgs have to adapt or get dropped. Grok shows the Korgs, and the entire town, that being a nimble, jungle-wise cave boy has its perks.

Kick off your shoes, relax into a squat, and introduce your favorite young reader into the world of Lil' Grok and the Korgs. This hilarious journey might just end primally ever after—and deliver some important lessons for trekking through the modern world in our ancestors’ footsteps so that we can lead happier, healthier lives. A perfect gift for hunters and gatherers ages 4-12.
Paleo Girl

Let's drop the diet gossip and go back to the beginning...

Has a friend ever told you that you're only supposed to eat 1,200 calories per day?
Did you once read that your favorite celeb got killer abs from doing hours of cardio?
Have you heard that eating fat will make you fat?
Well, we'll let you in on a little secret: those ideas are complete nonsense!

If you want to get in great shape, enjoy flawless skin and radiate genuine happiness, you need to go beyond outrageous magazine headlines and truly understand the correct approach to eating, exercising, sleeping and managing the hectic pace of modern life. Paleo Girl will help you transform your health—the right way—by adapting the lifestyle behaviors of our strong, smart and healthy hunter-gatherer ancestors*

Paleo Girl also features an easy-to-follow Primal fitness guide; advice on getting ample sun, sleep and play; tips for navigating physical maturation; pointers to amp up your motivation; and teen-friendly DIY recipes and beauty products!
Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings

Following the popularity of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals (both attained Amazon’s #1 ranking for low-carb cookbooks), best-selling author Mark Sisson and gourmet chef Jennifer Meier team up again to transform ordinary meals into culinary masterpieces with Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings. You’ll get acquainted with the essential list of Primal-approved ingredients: butter, coconut milk, flour alternatives, puréed vegetables, nut butters, eggs, healthful oils, vinegar, salt and assorted herbs and spices. Then, it’s off to the races to create your dips, rubs, dessert toppings, marinades, seasonings, salsa, pesto, flavored butter, tapenade, gravy and much more. The rich and satisfying flavor these sauces, dressings and toppings bring to your meals will not only boost nutritional and antioxidant values, but will also ban the objectionable sugars and fats found in most conventional flavor enhancers from the table! From staples like ketchup, mustard and hot sauce, to the more exotic creations like Blueberry Chutney, Carrot Salsa and Avocado Lime Dressing, each recipe enhances the nutritional value of your meal and uses only Primal ingredients. That means no gluten, grains, legumes, added sugars or unhealthy trans or polyunsaturated oils. And you don’t have to compromise great taste or spend hours slaving over complicated preparations. With options organized into convenient categories and presented with vibrant photos and simple instructions, going Primal just got easier—and a whole lot tastier!
Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals

On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, and in response to the growing demand for healthy meals that can be made with minimal time and effort, Quick & Easy Meals delivers over 100 mouth-watering recipes with easy-to-follow instructions that will get you in and out of the kitchen in 30 minutes or less. Now the dream of eating satisfying meals—even with little time to spare—while controlling weight and feeling great has become a reality. Make your transition to primal eating easy and fun with this innovative cookbook from Primal Blueprint author Mark Sisson, and acclaimed chef/food writer/photographer Jennifer Meier. With 300 brilliant, glossy, full-color photographs and dozens of Quick & Easy Tips, this inspiring cookbook will help you prepare deliciously simple primal dishes to enjoy every day of the week.
Primal Cravings

A well-seasoned steak, eggs, dark chocolate and apples can really hit the spot. But sometimes, we could really go for Chili Pie, Benedict Deviled Eggs, Thin Mint Cookies and Apple Pie. Even the most disciplined and willful among us can become bored and wayward on a routine of bland, repetitive meals. Humans naturally crave delicious food, interesting cuisine and variety.

Primal Cravings sets out to provide the best of both worlds—the food to satiate our deep-seated, visceral urges, made with ingredients that satisfy our ancient, genetic needs for good health. This cookbook contains 125 Primal/paleo recipes, as well as bonus features that detail the authors’ thoughts on the tenets of a Primal/paleo diet and the mentality of a flexible, healthy eating lifestyle. Delve into its pages, and it’s easy to see how vibrant health can be achieved without sacrificing great taste.

With Primal Cravings, you can enjoy assorted breakfasts, meat and main dishes, sides and salads, snacks and sweets, and basics like breads, sauces and dressings that adhere to Primal/paleo guidelines. Inside you’ll find 100% low-sugar, grain-free, gluten-free, industrial oil-free recipes all accompanied by full color photos. Pioneering new gluten/grain-free baking techniques for Primal Cravings, authors Megan and Brandon Keatley show you how to make the tastiest Primal treats you’ve ever tried. If you’ve been missing or looking for healthy, innovative ways to cook up All-American fare like breakfast egg dishes, waffles and pancakes, muffins, burgers, chili, pizza, chips, baked goods (cakes, pies, cookies, crackers, brownies) and frozen desserts, or global cuisine like gyros, spanakopita, moo shu, barbacoa, tacos, tikka masala and other favorites—then this is the book for you!
Primal Endurance

Many devoted endurance athletes become fat, slow, tired, inflamed, sick, injured and ultimately burnt out by following the traditional “chronic cardio” training approach. Fixations with “consistency” in workout patterns, maintaining weekly mileage or misguided attempts to integrate intense cross training often lead to stress hormone imbalances, carbohydrate dependency, excess body fat and even elevated disease risks.

Primal Endurance provides a refreshing alternative to the struggle-and-suffer ethos of the endurance scene by inspiring you to:

slow down (emphasize aerobic workouts)
balance out (periodization, not “consistency”)
chill out (be intuitive, not regimented)
eat primally (escape carb dependency, become fat-adapted)
properly integrate brief, high-intensity strength and sprint workouts (get fit fast!)
blend complementary movement and lifestyle practices to manage stress and recover faster*
Going primal as an endurance athlete will enable you to preserve your health as you pursue ambitious goals, race faster on less total training time, and finally lose the stubborn excess body fat seen on many endurance athletes who are locked in the carbohydrate paradigm. It’s time to reject the overly stressful conventional approach and become a fat-burning beast!
Primal Kitchen Cookbook

Mark Sisson, best-selling author, award-winning blogger, and founder of Primal Kitchen®, teams up with over 50 leading icons in the primal community to amass 130 mouth-watering recipes in this ultimate paleo recipe collection.

Learn how to whip up Primal Kitchen’s uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient-dense sauces and dressings at home to pack healthy fats, phytonutrients and superfoods into every meal.
Rich Food, Poor Food

Rich Food, Poor Food is unique in the grocery store guide arena. Rather than rating a particular food using calories, sodium or fat as the main criteria, it identifies the products that contain the wholesome, micronutrient-rich ingredients health-conscious shoppers are looking for, like wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, raw/organic cheese, organic meats, pastured eggs and dairy, organic produce and sprouted grains, nuts and seeds. It shows you how to avoid over 150 common unwanted Poor Food ingredients such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, refined flour, GMOs, MSG, artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, pesticides, nitrites/ nitrates, gluten and chemical preservatives like BHA and BHT.

This indispensable guide raises the bar on food quality as it takes readers on an aisle-by-aisle tour, teaching them how to identify potentially problematic ingredients, while sharing tips on how to lock in a food's nutritional value during preservation and preparation, save money and make homemade versions of favorite grocery store staples. Regardless of age, dietary preference or current health, Rich Food, Poor Food turns the grocery store and farmers market into a micronutrient pharmacy—filling the shopping cart with a natural prescription for better health and longevity.
The Hidden Plague

Have you been plagued with boils, cysts, ingrown hairs and acne-like bumps that take months to resolve, leave embarrassing scars and cause considerable pain? Have you been to the doctor, only to leave with a prescription for antibiotics, few answers and little to no hope?

Hidradenitis supprativa (HS) is a poorly understood skin condition that is believed to affect nearly 12 million people in the United States alone. Only a small fraction of those affected have been properly diagnosed, leaving many others to suffer in silence or pursue ill-advised conventional treatment methods that fail to address the cause of this painful condition.

By presenting a methodical, self-tested action plan to heal naturally, Tara Grant, a 20-year sufferer of HS, has become an underground legend to her Internet community of HS victims. The centerpiece of her holistic approach rests on the understanding that HS is an autoimmune disorder caused by leaky gut syndrome. With a few simple dietary changes that eliminate certain “trigger” foods, you can heal your gut, restore your skin, reclaim your health and rid yourself of HS symptoms forever. That’s it—no antibiotics, no experimental surgeries and no more pain, suffering or confusion.
The New Primal Blueprint

Mark Sisson’s comprehensively updated and expanded edition of his 2009 bestseller will help you reject flawed conventional wisdom about diet and exercise that leads to failed weight loss efforts, burnout, and elevated disease risk. The New Primal Blueprint is based on ten immutable lifestyle laws, validated by health and evolutionary science, that enable you to reprogram your genes in the direction of weight loss, health, and longevity. The Primal Blueprint isn’t a fad diet or exercise program, but a sustainable set of nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle behaviors that align you with your genes’ expectations so that you can enjoy superior health and wellness without any of the conventional struggle or sacrifice.
The Paleo Primer

How amazing would it be if eating great-tasting food helped you to lose fat, boost your energy levels and shape your physique into the body you’ve always wanted? Thanks to The Paleo Primer, this is now possible and—more to the point—sustainable. The Paleo Primer acquaints readers with the principles of Primal/paleo healthy living and eating. The first half of the book lays out the basics, with humorous and memorable cartoons that convey key messages and lay the foundation for an effective daily routine. You’ll learn how to prepare your mind for lifestyle transformation, understand which foods to eliminate and why, follow a step-by-step plan to get started, and even enjoy a list of “lifesaving books and websites.”*

Authors Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore, a British couple who operate a unique and extremely popular fitness and wellness facility called Fitter London, have laid out a recipes section with over 100 delicious, easy-to-prepare dishes that are organized into enticing categories like “How to Pimp a Salad” and “Cheats of Champions.” The Paleo Primer also offers preparations suitable for busy weekdays, and other dishes more appropriate for relaxing weekends. Marsden and Whitmore’s vast paleo and nutrition science knowledge, deft teamwork and highly refined sense of humor shine throughout the pages. The Paleo Primer is a truly entertaining and deeply impactful read—a great gift idea for a family member or friend you’ve been dying to introduce to Primal/paleo living.
The Paleo Primer: A Second Helping

Paleo Primer: A Second Helping leverages the runaway success of Paleo Primer, the 2013 release from British authors and health experts Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore. Paleo Primer: A Second Helping brings you more quick, healthy meals that require minimal ingredients, logistics or preparation time, yet taste awesome. As with the original, the front section of the book is dedicated to educating you about the latest nutrition science, including hot topics like gut health, the hormonal effects of food and exercise, and the Top 10 nutrition myths disqualified by the latest research. In their inimitable style, Keris and Matt explain complex topics with simple, memorable insights and a lively sense of humor.

By popular demand from Paleo Primer readers, the sequel offers further guidance to help personalize meal plans and dial in your goals for fat loss or fitness; recipes contain details about macronutrients, calories and portion sizes. Enjoy creative new offerings like protein cookies, smoothies, power snacks for everyday athletes, and a return of the popular burger shack. This book is a fine stand-alone resource to get introduced or stay psyched about living paleo, or can help you keep your lifestyle transformation momentum going by having a second helping of Paleo Primer!
The Paleo Thyroid Solution

The Paleo Thyroid Solution dispels outdated, conventional thyroid wisdom still practiced by uninformed doctors, and provides the in-depth guidance necessary to solve hypothyroidism, achieve vibrant health, and optimize thyroid fat-burning hormone metabolism. Over 200 million people worldwide and 20+ million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, but 60% are undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. Undiagnosed or mistreated hypothyroidism can put people at risk for serious conditions, such as: depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, gynecological issues (infertility/miscarriages/fibroids/PCOS etc.), hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue, anemia, and other diseases.

The Paleo Thyroid Solution provides the only lifestyle and weight loss plan specifically targeted for maximizing thyroid hormone metabolism in harmony with paleo/primal/ancestral health principles.

In The Paleo Thyroid Solution, you will learn:

Primal/paleo protocols for naturally optimizing and even possibly reversing low thyroid function
How to work with your doctor to get the correct blood tests to diagnose hypothyroidism and accurately interpret results
How to work with your doctor to optimally treat hypothyroidism with thyroid hormone replacement
How to find a good doctor or work with your current one to diagnose and treat Reverse T3 issues (including T3-only treatment)
How to lose the insidious fat and weight gained from hypothyroidism
An MD’s perspective on why and how some doctors are uninformed and still practicing outdated thyroid protocols (in-depth commentary from integrative physician Dr. Gary E. Foresman, MD)
The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation

Primal Blueprint author Mark Sisson presents a fun, easy-to-follow, practical guidebook to help you “get Primal” in just a few weeks.* First, you’ll learn eight Key Concepts that represent the most important day-to-day elements of Primal living; then, you’ll tackle five Action Items that will literally reprogram your genes toward a long, healthy and energetic life. The Action Items are presented in a fun and life-transforming 21-Day Challenge, featuring daily diet, exercise and lifestyle endeavors with corresponding journal exercises. Join us, and leave behind the regimented, carb-dependent, fat-storing Standard American Diet (SAD) and the chronic, overly stressful exercise patterns recommended by conventional wisdom. Take the 21-Day Challenge and promote optimal gene expression by smoothly transitioning into the evolution-tested lifestyle behaviors of our hunter-gatherer ancestors*. When you eat Primally, you transform from a “sugar burner” into a “fat-burning beast.” Stored body fat becomes your preferred fuel choice, and energy, hormone, metabolic and immune functions are automatically optimized.* Included is an intuitive mix of Primal workouts that’ll help you get exceptionally fit in only a few hours per week—and have fun while you’re at it! The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Transformation is stocked with photos, diagrams, concise section summaries, workout descriptions and resource lists for Primal-approved foods and foods to avoid, recipe suggestions and detailed real-life success stories to help you stay confident and focused on your Primal journey.
The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal

The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal—A Personal Experiment is a comprehensive diet, exercise and lifestyle logbook/journal to help you stay focused, accountable and motivated to live Primally. The n=1 (“an experiment of one”) format allows you to dial in the exact foods, workout patterns and supporting lifestyle behaviors you need to “peak”—with your physique, fitness goals and everyday energy and immune function.* The 90-Day Journal is the ideal practical guide to support Mark Sisson’s best-selling The Primal Blueprint and Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. Unlike many rigidly structured workout logs and food diaries, this journal allows for plenty of creativity and free-form expression. Filled with detailed how-to-use instructions, experiment suggestions and handy Primal resources, this journal is exactly what you need to launch your experiment of one!
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook

The popularity of the low-carb/paleo/primal way of eating has exploded, as people discover an appealing and sustainable alternative to the restrictive diets and flawed conventional wisdom that lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. Until now, high quality cookbooks written for this growing community simply haven't existed. The dream of eating satisfying meals—even on a budget—and controlling weight and feeling great has now become a reality. Make your transition to primal eating easy and fun with this innovative cookbook from Primal Blueprint author Mark Sisson, and acclaimed chef/food writer/photographer Jennifer Meier. Included are over 100 mouth-watering recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and nearly 400 brilliant, glossy, full-color photographs to guide and inspire you to new and even tastier primal cooking heights!
The Primal Connection

Honking horns, loud office chatter and whirring machines batter our ears with incessant noise. Artificial light and digital stimulation overstress our nervous systems day and night. Traffic jams, long lines, interruptions, distractions and big egos pervade daily life in such a manner that we don’t even realize the piece—or rather the peace—that’s gone missing. Mark Sisson, the leading voice in the Evolutionary Health Movement and author of the bestseller The Primal Blueprint, extends the primal theme beyond diet and exercise basics in this much-anticipated sequel. The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness presents a comprehensive plan to reprogram your genes and overcome the flawed mentality and hectic pace of high-tech, modern life so that you can become more joyful, carefree and at peace with the present. You’ll learn to make scientifically validated, highly intuitive connections in all aspects of your life, and emerge with a renewed appreciation for the simple pleasures of life and our most precious gifts of time, health and love. The Primal Connection allows you to have it all; you’ll honor your ancient genetic recipe for health while still enjoying the comfort and convenience of modern life.
The Primal Prescription

It’s no secret that the U.S. health care system is in a state of disrepair, but the rabbit hole goes deeper than even the staunchest critics may realize. In The Primal Prescription, authors Doug McGuff and Robert Murphy combine their expertise in economics and medicine to offer a shocking, disturbing, and ultimately enlightening view into America’s health care system. You’ll discover the real history of what went wrong with U.S. health care and insurance, and why current efforts to clean up the mess are only making things worse.

But far from leaving you feeling helpless at the dismal—and sometimes deadly—state of affairs,The Primal Prescription equips you with both the knowledge to understand the health care conundrum and the tools for navigating your way out of it. McGuff and Murphy offer an evidence-based “game plan” for taking control of your own medical care to help protect yourself and your loved ones regardless of what the future holds for the rest of the nation.

Whether you’re currently tangled in America’s broken health care system or simply trying to avoid its clutches, The Primal Prescription is a must-have resource for taking your health into your own hands.
The South Asian Health Solution

The South Asian Health Solution is the first book to provide an ancestral health-based wellness plan culturally tailored for those of South Asian ancestry living in India, the United States and across the world—a population identified as being at the highest risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and related conditions. Dr. Ronesh Sinha, an internal medicine specialist in California's Silicon Valley, sees high-risk South Asian patients and runs education and wellness programs for corporate clients. He has taken many South Asians out of the high-risk, high body mass category and helped them reverse disease risk factors without medications. His comprehensive lifestyle modification approach has been validated by cutting-edge medical science and the real-life success stories he profiles throughout the book. Inside you'll learn how to:

Look beyond LDL to accurately interpret cholesterol and other heart disease risk numbers
Modify cultural traditions that lead to weight gain and disease
Effectively manage sleep, stress and fatigue*
The South Asian Health Solution also offers specific advice for women, children and seniors, and explains complex medical circumstances and terminology in an easy-to-understand voice, allowing you to grasp the hows and whys of dietary and lifestyle modification in order to prevent disease.

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