Wednesday, August 13, 2014

THE PALEO MANIFESTO: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health by John Durant

The Paleo Manifesto begins with a history lesson in Part One: Origins from hunter-gatherers on the African savannah to the information age and biohackers. Part-Two: Here and Now covers food in the conventional way and shares principles of a healthy diet with Durant discussing myths of the vegetarian diet. The following quote from the book pinpoints self-servicing organizations forcing their values and opinions on the rest of the world:

 “In a nutshell, an organization founded and led by a zealous vegetarian pressured McDonald’s to re-engineer the preparation of French fries to fit its nutritional dogma, which resulted in making fries less healthy….If vegetarians didn’t want to eat animals they had a much simpler solution: don’t order French fries.”

Paleo Manifesto includes informative chapters regarding exercise habits of men and women in modern society touching base on cross-fit training, and discussion of fasting used by several religious organizations. The foods most people eat are mainly the foods promoted through the media and diet fads are promoted much the same way. If we want to become a more healthy society we can revert to the eating habits of our ancestors who lived a longer healthier life and were substantially physically fit. I recommend this book to all who are interested in the natural process of gathering food for consumption from the beginning of time until the present.

I received this book from Random House publishers through the Blogging for Books reviewer program in exchange for an unbiased opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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