This is not the usual 'Self Improvement' book that people tout as radically changing their mindset...
...however, this is where my journey into self improvement began.
The happen-chance perusal of 'The Paleo Diet' in someones kitchen, along with the striking epiphany that hit me as I read the first few pages. I was already a student of Evolution. Why had I not thought to apply the logic of Darwinian science upon myself and my own life?
It makes intuitive sense, that the concordance of Environment and Genetics is required to manifest excellent health.
Diet is a key pillar of the Environment that we place ourselves in, and any Man seeking to improve his health, or his mindset for that matter, simply MUST pay attention to diet to get the results he desires.
Prof Cordain, widely recognised as the founder of the modern Paleo movement, presents a blueprint for ancestral eating that is, I believe, the basis of a diet to optimise human health.
The Prof scrupulously references his work, which is all based on the best evidence that can be extracted from the literature. What this book is NOT is a quick sell, 'Caveman' diet that advocates only low carbohydrate eating.
Cordain acknowledges the vast range of foodstuffs eaten by Palaeolithic peoples and subsequently the different ratios of macronutrients that fit into a Paleo diet plan.
The Paleo Diet Book leads you through Prof Cordain's journey, from his development of the Paleo Diet principles, to the evidence that supports the Paleo theory, through to practical advice on implementing the diet. Finally, a whole range of great Paleo recipes follow.
As an aside, there is also a chapter addressing autoimmune issues and how the Paleo diet may help alleviate some of these symptoms.
I have personally followed these diet principles for years now. Occasional lapses of beer, cheap meat and gluten filled weekends serve as a painful reminder of just how rotten a Westernised diet really can make you feel.
After a few months of adhering to the Profs recommendations, my body composition improved, my mental clarity sharpened and the auto immune issues I had developed eased significantly.
Interestingly, this way of eating works perfectly with those who are are already active as well as sedentary people trying to change their health.
If you are looking to improve yourself, then begin with your diet. Extensively referenced and the ultimate culmination of Prof Cordain's work, it is THE best starting point for any self improvement plan.
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