Mini book review of The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson.
The Primal Blueprint is about a way of living. Looking at human evolution, and the life of an ancestral human, Sisson defines the Primal Blueprint Laws:
1. Eat lots of plants and animals (eat when hungry)
2. Avoid poisonous things (sugar, grains, processed foods)
3. Move frequently at slow pace (walk)
4. Lift heavy things (once in a while)
5. Sprint once in a while (need to run from the saber toothed tiger)
6. Get adequate sleep (compared to the modern human)
7. Play (balance other parts of life)
8. Get adequate sunlight (get outside a little every day)
9. Avoid stupid mistakes (don't text and drive)
10. Use your brain (heed that curiosity)
For each one of those points, he describes the life of a fictional ancestral human (Grok) and contrasts that to modern humans living in suburbia with the usual demands on life and living.
In a previous post Mainlining Butter, I reviewed Why We Get Fat. The same message is presented in this book -- sugars and grains are bad for your health. In addition to addressing the diet, Sisson addresses other aspects of living. Among other points, life should include exercise, getting outside and playing.
After reading both of these books, I realize that I had never bought into the popular belief that fats are bad for health. That seems to have been a good decision. My consumption of grains and sugars (with the exception of infrequent cinnamon rolls) has always been quite minimal. Over the past several weeks, I have cut back to almost none. Since I don't live in Grok's world of 10,000 years ago, I do address an urge for sweet in the form of ice cream.
Sisson's book is another book that should be read regardless whether you agree or not. It is going to be hard to change a culture and population that has been for decades eating foods in proportion to the government issued food pyramid.
For me, going primal does not mean barefoot and a loin cloth. Primal means I will now cut out the carbos and continue my diet of meat and vegetables. And lots of walking and hiking. And an occasional ice cream.
Mark Sisson's internet site for primal living in today's world is Mark's Daily Apple.