What’s it all About – Three top Books to Get You Started

LifestylePart of the title of this article “What’s it all About – Three top Books to Get you Started” is from a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David called: “Alfie“. The song starts something like this:

What’s it all about, Alfie
Is it just for the moment we live
What’s it all about when you sort it out, Alfie

Well Alfie let me tell you that the Primal Diet is not just a thing of the moment and that you will definitely know what’s it all about once I sort it for you in this article. In this article I will highlight interviews of some of the most renowned professionals involved in the Primal and Paleo Lifestyle.

Without further ado, here is what these Health Professionals had to say about the Primal-Pale Diet.

Dr. Loren Cordain

The Paleo DietDr. Cordain is the world’s foremost authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease. He is also the author of the book titled The PaleThe Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and get Healthy by Eating the Foods you Were Designed to Eat.  In an interview conducted by Dana Trentini, he was asked: (1)

The Paleo Diet can be a drastic lifestyle change. What are three pieces of advice you would give someone who is just starting to follow it?

1. Give it at least four weeks, and if possible get a brief blood workup by a healthcare professional and see how things change before and after. Carefully listen to your body and note how you feel after eating Paleo.

2. Work with a support group — many can be found online, and CrossFit Gyms nationwide offer a four week Paleo challenge.

3. Know that Paleo allows flexibility in the 85:15 rule, meaning what you do 85% of the time will have more impact upon your health and well-being than occasional “cheats” 15% of the time. Most people once they fully adopt Paleo, are typically 90-95% compliant or better.

My Take: Researches have found that a habit needs to be performed at lease 21 times so it can become part of your daily life so his 4 weeks recommendation is quite sufficient in order to start acquiring a healthier diet.  Support groups are also very important since you sometimes will need someone to pick you up when and you will fall. The Paleo Diet is not a life sentence, you do have some flexibility here and the 85:15 rule is a good place to start. What this rule tells you is that you will be eating Paleo for 85% of the time while you can break the rules once in a while as long as it does not equal more than 15% of the time.

Mark Sisson

The Primal BlueprintMark Sisson is a renowned author, blogger and former long distance runner. His books include what many consider the bible of the Primal Lifestyle: The Primal Blueprint

In an Interview conducted by Riva Greenburg he was asked various questions among them: (2)

You talk in your book about one being a “sugar-burning” or a “fat-burning” person. What does that mean?

A sugar-burner requires a steady drip of dietary sugar – fructose and glucose – to maintain energy levels. So they can’t go long without eating. They burn basically carbohydrate and have difficulty accessing their stored body fat to use for energy, and in terms of weight loss, burn their fat. A fat-burner uses both their body fat and dietary glucose for energy and ends up burning fat which leads to weight loss. Also, if a fat-burner skips a meal, it’s okay because he can run for days on his own fat (adipose) tissue.

Why do you believe eating Primal is the way we were meant to eat?

I tried eating “the right way” for over thirty years and it nearly killed me. I was the paragon of fitness, a competitive marathoner and triathlete who ate whole grains and beans and watched my red meat intake. It didn’t work. Since I have always been a student of human evolution, I got my degree in biology, I started thinking about health in terms of nutrition and fitness. I did a lot of research and self-experimentation and trained tons of people, enough to realize that the Primal way of eating works. And I’ve found it works for just about everyone who gives it an honest try.

My Take: It is important to know that as we continue to eat in the way conventional wisdom teaches us. Our capabilities to burn fat diminishes while we turn into a sugar burning mechanism.  The problem here is that the body can only burn certain percentage of the sugar intake while the excess sugar is neutralized by the insulin production in our bodies. The problem with diabetes lies in the mass production of insulin demanded by our bodies and the inefficiency by which our bodies fail to produce the amount of insulin need.

Another key factor is that the sugar the body does not need or is not neutralized by insulin is stored as fat.  Since our genes are not programmed to burn fat it keeps demanding sugar to burn while the fat keeps piling up.

Neely Quinn

The Complete Idiot's Guid to Eating PaleoNeely Quinn is a Certified Integrative Clinical Nutrition Therapist. She is also a blogger in paleoplan.com and author of the book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Paleo In an interview conducted by Dana Trentini, she asked: (1)

As a Nutrition Therapist, I am sure you have experimented with a lot of different ways to approach healthy eating. Why are you a big fan of the Paleo Diet?

That’s true — I have experimented with a lot of approaches to eating. Whether they were all healthy or not is definitely questionable. I was a vegetarian from the age of about 12 to 22, which really REALLY messed me up. I got very sick, gained a lot of weight, had digestive problems, asthma, acne, depression and all kinds of stuff I won’t go into now. But once I started eating meat again, I definitely started to heal. My body was screaming for protein. Through the years since then, I just pinpointed more and more food sensitivities that I had. Each time I’d remove some certain food, a symptom (or two or three) would go away. Eventually I found myself faced with the fact that I could not tolerate any grains at all — even gluten-free ones — and not many legumes, either. So I stumbled upon Paleo, really, because it makes me feel the best, absolutely, no doubt about it.

Then I started using it with my nutrition clients and I found I no longer had to use the food sensitivities testing I’d been using because if I just guided them through eating Paleo, their symptoms almost always went away. I’m not saying Paleo is for everyone. There are some people who it’s just not right for — it’s not worth it to change their diet like this, and they live very symptom-free lives with no real motivation to change. But for a lot of people wanting to lose weight, get their blood sugar under control, have more energy, and better digestion (among many other things), Paleo is a great place to start.

My Take: The Paleo Diet might not be for everyone especially if you have a healthy weight, no serious health problems. You really would not have any motivation at all to make these Lifestyle changes.  But if in the other hand you want to lose weight, you want to have an excellent quality of live with very few if any illnesses, then The Paleo Diet would be something you would want to consider especially if you over weight or obese, have thyroid problems, Intestinal problems, heart problems and so on.  Many of theses illnesses are highly preventable by making changes to your eating habits. And the Paleo Diet is an excellent diet to help in the treatment and prevention of these illnesses.

Well I hope you have enjoy these interview excerpts and that they have helped shed some light in what the Primal and Paleo Diets all about.  If you have any questions or would like additional information please feel free to leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as possible.

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    • Brandi on July 23, 2017 at 3:40 am
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    Last fall semester in one of my college classes we were all assigned a diet to study and create a power point report on, and someone was assigned the Paleo diet. I have to say, from what I read here and saw in that persons power point, I feel like this wouldn’t be a hard diet to follow. It’s just about eating natural food the way people were meant to. Great article!

    1. Hi Brandi: Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. I’m very happy that you have found value in my article.  Please drop by often since I’m constantly updating the information.

    • MMO on July 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    Paleo has become very big lately. On my high street alone, we have 3 Paleo restaurants which are often booked to capacity. I think many people also walk by and consider it a fad. But, truth be known you are right, it is here to stay, The books you recommend look like a good read. Which would be your ‘go to’ book when recommending to an interested friend?

    1. Hi MMO: Thank you for visit and your comments.  Of the three books mention I would recommend The Primal Blueprint as the Book that would give you a more step by step plan that you can follow.

    • Janine on July 24, 2017 at 2:02 am
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    I have heard a lot about the Paleo diet. I have friends who follow it and often offer good ideas to me about eating choices and they fit my health profile so I add their suggestions. I like the 85:15 rule since it allows for the occasional slippage that is bound to happen in my case. Is this diet similar to being a vegan? I have wondered? But I guess it couldn’t be since I believe meat is included. But I definitely want to hear more about Paleo. The Alfie song “what’s it all about” love it.

    1. Hi Janine: Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment.  Glad you enjoyed my song choice, writing about something you are passionate about shouldn’t be boring. This diet is not vegan since all types of whole meats form part of this diet.  The only meats that are frowned upon are the processed meats and processed foods in general. Try some of my recipes I know you will enjoy them.

    • Asen on July 24, 2017 at 4:54 am
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    Hello there,

    I am a bit skeptical about all the popular diets out there.
    There are a lot of frauds and people preaching that their diet is the best way to lose some weight.
    Bad things start to happen when people don’t do the research needed before starting a certain diet.
    That is why your article is very useful. It contains examples, interviews, and tones of research regarding the Paleo diet.
    In that way, people can make an informative decision.

    1. Hi Asen: Thank you for dropping by and leaving your comment.  You are so right, before entering any Diet routine what so ever you first have to consult with your doctor. Look for information that would be backed with scientific proof. Give it a trial run for a couple of weeks, not to see if it works, but to detect any adverse effects that you might have.  If all this holds up then go ahead and dive in.

    • Linda on July 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm
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    Nice overview of the advantages and benefits of eating a Paleo Diet. I’ve tried it with some success and improvements in blood work. I’ve been meaning to get a copy of the Primal Blueprint, and this was a good reminder. I think insights from someone who’s adopted the diet and lifestyle long-term will be very helpful.

    1. Hi Linda:  Thank you for dropping by and leaving your comment.  As in everything the hard part is starting and being consistent.  I totally agree with you in that the Primal Blueprint is the best place to start.  I you decide to join me and many others in this Journey it would be awesome.  Please do drop by as often as you’d like since I am constantly updating the information.

    • Andy on July 24, 2017 at 1:40 pm
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    Great article, Primo.

    I really enjoyed reading the interviews. There were a lot of questions that I myself have had regarding the Paleo Diet. I particularly like the comments from Dr. Loren Cordain regarding the lifestyle change, in particular the 85% / 15% rule. I like this because I think a lot of people are hesitant to try the Paelo Diet because they are worried they won’t be able to stick to it 100%. Dr. Cordain basically says you don’t have to. Just stick to it most of the time.

    Thanks again for posting this.

    1. Hi Andy: Thank you for dropping by and for your comments greatly appreciated.  Yes the 85% / !5% rule is the standard for this diet but you still can play a bit with that I usually like to keep it at 80% / 20%.  I find that this works the best for me.

    • Connie on August 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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    You give some very good information on the Primal – Paleo Diet with all the interviews and tones of research you did. Sound like both my husband and I could very much benefit from it I’m go to check in to the book that you recommended. If I had to just pick one witch one would you recommend to buy.

    1. Hi Connie: Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. To start your Journey into the Primal Lifestyle I recommend you start off with The New Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson.  This a comprehensively updated and expanded edition of his 2009 bestseller “The Primal Blueprint”.  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.

    • Jen on August 3, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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    I’ve always been curious about a paleo inspired diet. From each of these books it sounds like it is more than just a “diet” it’s also a lifestyle. I think that it would be a great way to focus on what I consume in my body. My favorite of the 3 books and authors you mention is Neely Quinn’s Idiot’s Guide. I find that these are the kind of books that lay everything out very simply, so they are much easier for the layman to understand.

    Unfortunately, I’m not a big meat eater, so I’m not sure how much of the plan I can fit into my lifestyle. I’m wondering if I can just incorporate some of the parts of this diet. Have you had any experience with people being successful incorporating certain parts?

    Thanks for sharing your insights!

    1. Hi Jen: Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. The main goal of this diet is to eliminate Carbs as much as possible.  While substituting them with meats, vegetables and fruits.  You can implement parts of the diet but it will not have the overwhelming effect you would expect.  But if you are already fit and in an adequate weight then you can give it a try and let me know how it goes.

    • SusieQiw on August 3, 2017 at 3:01 pm
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    Is a Primal and a Paleo the same diet?

    I like the idea of eating in a more natural way as our ancestors did, however, I don’t like to eat very much meat for ethical & environmental reasons so I wonder if this diet could be adapted to fit with my beliefs. I guess I should grab a copy of these books. I think probably the complete idiot’s guide is the best place for me to start!

    1. Hi Susie: Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. As I mentioned in a comment left by another reader, the main goal of this diet is to eliminate Carbs as much as possible.  While substituting them with meats, vegetables and fruits.  You can implement parts of the diet but it will not have the overwhelming effect you would expect.  But if you are already fit and in an adequate weight then you can give it a try and let me how it goes.

    • Mei Scarlet on August 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    Wow! Thank you for all the information on the Paleo diet 🙂 I can’t say that I’m too overweight, or with health problems… but I’ve been looking for some sort of diet to get myself on – because my eating habits are a little our of control! I still exercise, and eat healthy for the most part… but I often have these awful binges where I can’t stop eating.

    So, I want to try and build better eating habits. But it’s like you said – it takes time for something to turn into a habit, so I need to build self-discipline as well! 🙂 I’m not sure this is the right diet for me though? Are there any other diets you suggest?

    1. Hi Mei: Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. Changing old habits take time. That is why Primal is not just a diet, it’s a complete lifestyle that will help you lead a longer, happier, healthier and productive lifestyle.  Best of luck in your search, and please droop by as often as you like for more interesting articles about your health.

    • asmithxu on August 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm
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    Fascinating article. I especially enjoyed the interviews as well as your take on them. It is really great to know some books that can help someone who is curious about the paleo diet and just starting out. I liked that you included books that talk about motivation in the diet, the biological standpoint, and issues starting out.

    Is there anything that you think people commonly misunderstand when they first start on the diet??

    1. Hi Asmithxu: Thanks for dropping by and leaving you comment. I am so very glad you have enjoyed my post. One of the things people struggle the most with in any diet is eliminating the unhealthy foods they a accustomed to eat. This is a big barrier to overcome at times but when they do everything else is a piece of cake.

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