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The meaning of the word "diet"
on 6 February 2015
This is an excellent book with fascinating and very helpful information. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning with it.
The word "diet" comes from the Greek or Latin and means something like "way of living". This concept is essential to understand what a paleo diet is. Many people do one of those traditional diets, suffer through it, lose weight but then go back to old habits and put everything, when not more, back again.
This book shows, in detail, all things you can do create new and healthier habits instead of just going through a traditional diet that deals only with food and drink. The book has information about eating but don't expect the whole book to be about food because it's not. It also doesn't have recipes (thanks God for that).
The book has lots of good information about sleeping, cold and hot environment and their influence on your health, what to eat and what not eat, exercise and so on.
The text is light and humorous, sometimes too humorous. The only thing I didn't like about this book is in chapter 10, "movement". As a matter of fact, I almost gave up reading the book when I read the author praising those televised fights in cages, where two idiots beat each other to a pulp. He also has a very wrong idea of karate, which I know well. Or , at least, knew... You see there? What are cage fights doing in a book about health?
But the silliness of part of chapter 10 is balanced by the fact that the author is not restricted by political correctness, what is a rare thing when one reads a book coming from that side of the ocean.
The author also overdoes when he mentions barefoot running. It is correct that our ancestors ran barefoot and this should be the more natural way of running, without sneakers. But it also correct that our ancestors didn't run on tarmac or other hard, artificial surfaces as they didn't exist yet...
But the silliness is present in just a small part of the book. Most of it is good, solid, interesting information. If you are curious about the paleo diet and is considering to give it a try then do yourself a favour: Read this book. It is the best book about paleo diet out there. That is, considering diet as a way of living, not just guidelines about eating and drinking. If you want more information about food then order "Perfect Health Diet", by the Jaminets, as well. Their book is a perfect complement to this book and vice versa.