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390 pages, 6.00 x 9.00"
Primal Body, Primal Mind
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Examining the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density, and dental health as well as the increase in birth defects, malnutrition, and disease following the implementation of the agricultural lifestyle, Nora Gedgaudas shows how our modern grain – and carbohydrate-heavy low-fat diets are a far cry from the high-fat, moderate-protien hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programed for, leading not only to lifelong weight gain but also to cravings, mood disorders, cognitive problems, and “diseases of civilization” - such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), heart disease, and mental illness.
Applying modern discoveries to the basic hunter-gatherer diet, she culls from vast research in evolutionary physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, and chronic and degenerative disease to unveil a holistic lifestyle for true mind-body health and longevity. Revealing the primal origins and physiological basic for a high-fat, moderate protein, starch-free diet and the importance of adequate omega-3 intake – critical to our brain and nervous system but sorely lacking in most people's diets – she explains the nutritional problems of grains, gluten, soy, dairy, and starchy vegetables, which natural fats promote health and which ( such as canola oil) harm it; the crucial role of vitamin D in cancer and disease prevention; the importance of saturated fat and cholesterol; and how diet affects mental health, memory, cognitive function, hormonal balance, and cellular aging. With step-by-step guidelines, recipes, and meal recommendations, this book offers sustainable strategies for a primally based yet modern approach to diet and exercise to reduce stress and anxiety, lose weight, improve sleep and mood, increase energy and immunity, enhance brain function, save money of groceries, and live longer and happier.
About the Author:
Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT, is a certified nutritional therapist and neurofeedback specialist with a private practice. A member of the Nutritional Therapy Association, the National Association of Nutritional Professionals, the Nutritional and Metabolism Society, and the Weston A. Price Foundation, she lives in Portland, Oregon.
Praise for Primal Body, Primal Mind
“Nora Gedgaudas is a warrior fighting for our collective health. For 2.6 million years humans knew what to eat: animal fat and protein. On that diet, we grew tall, strong, and disease-free. That primal pattern is still there, laid down like a labyrinth circling out of our DNA, and Nora is ready to guide us. This book is fabulous.”
-Lierre Keith, author of The Vegatarian Myth