One should eat to live, not live to eat, said Benjamin Franklin and Lars Andersen seems to agree with him, and so do I.
There's too much talk about food these days, as there's talk for a healthy diet. There are diets designed for one to lose weight, for another one to put on some pounds, and then there is talk about diets like this, for strength.
What's the best way to build a strong and healthy body? The author is an expert in the field and so he has lots of advice to offer the reader. But is the Paleo diet the right answer to everyone's dieting needs? Well, it sure sounds like it: The Paleo diet can be summed up in one simple rule of thumb proposed by Paleo advocates; "If it's in a box, you shouldn't be eating it." There go my frozen meals! But, anyway, one also has to know that Paleo, in essence, is a diet that revolves around eating foods which occur naturally and avoiding foods which would be unrecognizable to a Paleolithic caveman. Meat would have been a stable in Paleolithic times but grain-fed meat would not.
So, it's all about the diet; the animals' diet, but not only that. As indicated above what comes in a box is not good. Quality is of the utter importance when it comes to food. You can eat all sorts of foodstuffs but you must make sure that they are not, in any way, contaminated. Paleo "purists" eat only foods which can be hunted, fished, or gathered. Do you think these are not enough? Well, they are, since they come in a great variety: meat, offal, seafood, eggs, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and spices.
If you go organic all the way, you'll go healthy all the way, the author seems to suggest. The aforementioned foodstuffs strengthen the body and help it work in a more orderly fashion. You do not have to stop eating this and that to become healthy, all you have to do is consume what is good for you: There's a lot of truth in the old adage, "You are what you eat," and while eating lean meat will not instantly add lean mass to your body, a diet of healthy, organic and natural foods will give you the quality fuel you need to reap quality rewards from your training efforts. Thus comes the strength.
The author provides the reader not only with solid facts but also with a variety of recipes for breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner and dessert, proving his point that one can become stronger without compromising his health by following ill-advised diets. You can eat a lot and you can still be healthy, is his message.
I'd recommend this book to anyone out there who's interested in building a healthy body without sacrificing many of his culinary pleasures.