Paleolithic Diet Books

Paleolithic diets have been growing in popularity the last few years and now there are quite a few really good paleolithic diet books available so you can find out more about how the whole idea of this particular diet works. While there are a number of different factors involved in going paleo, I think the most significant is the grain-free aspect of the diet.

This is something I've toyed with myself, especially since I found that as a result of following Medifast (which isn't entirely grain free, but is quite close) I was feeling much better in all sorts of ways that had nothing to do with losing weight. The problem is, I can lose a bunch of weight pretty well, but then I keep returning to my old bad habits and eating grains and feeling awful. So finally I decided I needed to get serious about this.

After all, I managed to quit smoking and I was actually a vegetarian for seven years, so if I can handle kicking my nicotine addicition, I just ought to be able to handle my bread addiction -- especially since as far as substances go, eating it makes me feel worse than smoking an entire pack of cigarettes ever did.

And since I love to research everything thoroughly, I thought it would be a good idea to create a paleo diet book list here. I've already ordered the first two titles on the list, but they are far from the only ones that look interesting, so here we go!

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

I've read most of Mark Sisson's book, The Primal Blueprint, already and I really love his writing style, his clear thinking and his straightforward way of presenting information. I highly recommend this book. In some respect it isn't strictly paleo as might be defined by Cordain, but I think it is a  very realistic and healthy diet that would work for most people.

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

Now Rob Wolff's book on the other hand, I'm not really so pleased with this one. I'm about halfway through and I cannot finish it.

On the one hand, there is plenty of good information here. But I really cannot get past his writing style. I find it patronizing and irritating. If you have ever read an e-book written by an affiliate marketer, it reads very much like that. Still, it has tons of great reviews on Amazon and is a top seller there, so maybe I am just outside the mainstream when it comes to opinions about this book.

Paleolothic Diet Books

The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat

Loren Cordain is probably the current leading expert on the paleolithic diet after being introduced to the concept back in 1987 from a research paper that he read. This is book I should have ordered instead of Robb Wolf's. It's next on my list to read as soon as I finish The Primal Blueprint.

NeanderThin: Eat Like a Caveman to Achieve a Lean, Strong, Healthy Body
NeanderThin: Eat Like a Caveman to Achieve a Lean, Strong, Healthy Body

Neanderthin is out of print, which is a shame because it probably is the book that repopularized the whole notion of a "Caveman diet". Good luck finding a used copy for a decent price.

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free (Primal Blueprint Series)
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free (Primal Blueprint Series)

You can probably find quite a few of these recipes on Mark Sisson's website, but if you really want to get into this way of life, I recommend a couple of good cookbooks to help you get started.

The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages
The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages

Put The Paleo Diet into action with The Paleo Diet Cookbook and eat your way to weight loss, weight control maintenance, increased energy, and lifelong health-while enjoying delicious meals you and your family will love.

The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain

What is the Paleolithic Diet?

Diet is one of the most important factors in overall health, and in the quest for optimal health, many have turned to a regimen known at the Paleolithic diet. This has often been called the caveman diet, as it revolves around eating the foods that were staples during the Paleolithic period of history, which ended about 10,000 years ago. Those who have followed this regimen have shown a number of positive results in the way of improved overall health.

The concept of the Paleolithic diet began in the mid 1970s, at which time a gastroenterologist named Walter L. Voegtlin made popular the belief that human genetics have not changed during the 2.5 million years since the Paleolithic period began. The noted point that was made was that humans during that ancient time subsisted on fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, and roots, rather than the processed foods, refined sugars, and high fat content that make up a large part of our menu today. As a result, the ancient humans lived nearly disease-free, while modern humans suffer from obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease, along with many other health ailments.

This regimen is often called the caveman diet, as it stipulates eating only foods that can be hunted or gathered, with the exception of grains. In this way, it may sound similar to the Atkins diet, in which many carbs are also eliminated. The Paleolithic regimen discourages processed carbohydrates, such as those found in breads and cereals, while encouraging some consumption of those found in raw fruits and vegetables.The focus on overall well-being has also put it in the category of a holistic nutrition plan.

The Paleolithic diet offers a nutrition plan based on the foods that were eaten by our ancestors in the Paleolithic age of history. Often called the caveman diet, the regimen eliminates the processed foods that are so common today, instead relying on the natural foods that could be hunted and gathered in ancient times. The fish, lean meats, and raw fruits and vegetables have been credited with the improved overall health, with the benefits including lower risks of high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as a lower chance of obesity. It has also been credited with reducing the risks of cancer and diabetes, and many other serious ailments. The nutrition plan is considered holistic in nature, in that it focuses on the well being as a whole, rather than the singular purpose of losing weight.

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shewritesright 5 years ago from Boston, MA

I've been looking at this and the Raw Diet lately. Going to buy this book - it's very well recommended on Amazon and looks like a good introduction to the ideas behind it.

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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

I think that I am going to try this.

I have ulcerative colitis and grains make me feel ill, too.

I remember that I did improve my health condition amazingly well, in the early days after diagnosis, just using diet.

However, when I told the specialist that this is what I was planning to do, he said that the human body could eat a side of beef, a dozen doughnuts and a big bag of sugar ~ and that cavemen never went on diets, did they!!!

I was stunned :) :) :)

What can you say :)

Nan 5 years ago

Sounds interesting and I might give the diet a try. I should not eat a lot of red meat, you don't hunt cows, beef and red meat. You talk about meat that is hunted like rabbits, squirels, etc. Interesting article.

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embitca 5 years ago from Boston Author

Shewritesright, which one will you get? THe Primal Blueprint? that book is awesome.

Trish, your doctor is a dope. The caveman didn't have access to dougnuts or refined sugar. He didn't need to diet LOL

Nan,both ancient and modern man hunt large game as well as small animals like rabbits and squirrels. I have moose meat in my freezer from a moose my brother-in-law hunted. Indians hunted buffalo (which really isn't all that different from beef). Moose and buffalo are red meat. In fact, I'm pretty sure rabbit is red meat too, but it isn't very nutritious. It is far too lean.

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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Something to consider. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up and useful

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tmbridgeland 5 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

My favorite is Neanderthin, by Ray Audette. I heard that it is (was?) back in print, and used copies do come up on Amazon.

Dana 5 years ago

FYI, Atkins doesn't call for the elimination of all carbs. If someone is extremely metabolically resistant then the diet *may* call for them to cut out all carbs *temporarily.* But it is a temporary measure. For most people, phase 1 of the diet allows 20g of carb (not counting fiber), mostly from veggies. And the whole *point* of the diet is to find how high of a carb intake you can tolerate without gaining weight. You can't do that if you stay no-carb.

Sorry but I get so aggravated when I see someone call Atkins a no-carb diet. I've got three versions of his diet book, and even the oldest one lets you have a salad a day in phase 1. Too many people are criticizing the man and his diet without ever having read any of his materials. That's irresponsible, especially with all the diabetes cases going around now.

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embitca 5 years ago from Boston Author

Dana, you're absolutely right. I have in fact read all of Atkins books. I guess I was just indulging in a bit of hyperbole. I've edited the hub to remove the erroneous info.

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