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Dr. Loren Cordain’s book, “The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat” is one of the best-selling paleo books on the market, and it’s definitely the go-to guide for a beginner to the diet. In it, Dr. Cordain explains the fundamental concepts behind the paleo diet, how the diet is based upon the diets of our paleolithic ancestors. He explains how the cavemen found food, their physical activity and how their lifestyles differed from the way we live now. He also explains the corrolation between our current lifestyles and the increase in disease prevelance.
When it comes to breaking down the paleo diet, as far as what is and is not allowed and why, there’s not better point-of-reference than “The Paleo Diet”. Even one of the most affluential people in the paleo world today, Robb Wolf, began as a student of Dr. Cordain. This book not only contains a long list of approved and unapproved paleo foods, but tips for how to prepare them, recipes and even a bit about caveman exercise.
One thing that you should keep in mind with this book is that a lot of the things that Dr. Cordain has to say are controversial in the diet world, and like any diet info, you should take it with a grain of salt (there’s a chapter about salt consumption). Nothing is gospel truth and if something sounds fishy to you, then do your own research and make your own decision.
While I don’t personally agree with everything that Dr. Cordain has to say in his book, I would still recommend it to someone looking for a well-rounded reference guide for the way food and exercise affect the body. After reading this book, whether you believe everything he says or not, you’ll still be pretty highly informed in the health and nutrition arena.