Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond Paleo for Total Health and a Longer Life

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Simon and Schuster, May 27, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 416 pages
Combining your body’s Paleolithic needs with modern nutritional and medical research for complete mind-body wellness

• Provides sustainable diet strategies to curb sugar cravings, promote fat burning and weight loss, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and moods, increase energy and immunity, and enhance memory and brain function

• Shows how our modern diet leads to weight gain and “diseases of civilization”--such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and ADD

• Explains how diet affects the brain, hormone balance, and the aging process and the crucial role of vitamin D in cancer and disease prevention

Examining the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density, and dental health and 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-protein hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programmed 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 basis 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 on groceries, and live longer and happier.

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Foreword by Mark Steinberg Ph D
Primal Body
Are Genes Really Everything Theyre Cracked
Opening the Floodgates
Testing for Gluten Sensitivity
Digestion and Nutrient Assimilation
Understanding the Role of Protein
Our Primordial Past
Using Insulin and Leptin to
Feeding Your Brain RIGHT
How Important Is Fat to the Brain?
Where Does ADDADHD Fit In to All
Relief from Anxiety and Depression
What about Food Allergies

So What about Soy?
Your Gut and the Immune Connection
Dispelling the Cholesterol Myth
Vitamin D
Making the Omega3 Fatty Acids
The Tyranny of Trans Fats
So How Much Natural Fat Do I Need
Carbohydrate Metabolism 101
Weight Management 101 and the Path
Taming the Carbcraving Monster
High Fructose Corn Syrup
What about Fiber as an Essential
Examples of Adrenal Stress Index Results
The Impact of Modern Dietary
Surviving in a Modern World
What Generation of Pottengers Cat
Where to Start?
Sample Menus
Protein Content in Foods
The Weston A Price Foundation
PaleoTraditional Diet Resources
Recommended Reading
About the Author
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About the author (2011)

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 Nutrition and Metabolism Society, and the Weston A. Price Foundation, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

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