Monday, January 31, 2011

Cavemen Didn't Get Fat

Take a step back in time to achieve greater health and wellbeing! This is the message from Mark Sisson in the book The Primal Blueprint and the companion volume The Primal Blueprint Cookbook. The Primal Blueprint presents Mr Sisson's complete plan for achieving a healthier life, eschewing what he calls conventional wisdom and taking us back to a more natural way of life. We cannot become the hunter-gatherers our ancestors were, but we can model our diets and our exercise routines to live more in harmony with our evolution. Not exactly a low-carb diet because of its emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, he does recommend avoiding all types of grains to model our diet after what our primitive ancestors would have eaten. His advice on exercise leans towards regular, extended slow cardio (like long walks and hikes) with a few sporadic high-intensity strength training sessions and occasional sprints. It's a "new" approach to health and wellbeing that harkens back to a primitive time. If you find any of these ideas interesting you might also want to check out The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet & Neanderthin: Eat like a Caveman to Achieve a Lean, Strong, Healthy Body, which explore similiar dietary themes. Also, the book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen explores some of the benefits of barefoot running/exercising which is addressed in The Primal Blueprint and is itself a funny and enjoyable read about long distance running and runners. Take a step back in time with these interesting books and see if their ideas may fit into your modern life!

Visit Mark's Daily Apple: Primal Living in the Modern World, the Primal Blueprint website, for success stories, freebies, & more! Also, the library's Resource Center has a Health & Medicine section you can browse for more wellness tips.

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