Ok, but why go so over-the-top with the front cover claims? “Effortless weight loss, vibrant health & boundless energy” it claimed. Tone it down a bit, I thought!
Then I tried it. Wow. Practically everything Mark Sisson claims began to happen. More energy. Less irritation and indigestion. Weight began to reduce, without any calorie-counting. People began asking me what I’d done to produce the changes they could see in me. I was so thrilled with the results that I bought several copies as gifts, for family members and friends.So what is the Primal Blueprint? Sissons reduces it to ten lifestyle rules, each of which is justified and explained with a chapter of the book:
- Eat lots of animals, and plants.
- Move around a lot at a slow pace (walk).
- Lift heavy things.
- Run really fast every once in a while (very short sprints).
- Get lots of sleep.
- Get some sunlight every day.
- Avoid trauma (self-destructive behaviors).
- Avoid poisonous things (sugar, processed foods, man-made fats).
- Use your mind.
So, do I recommend the Primal Blueprint? What are its pros and cons?
- jaunty language
- accessible concepts
- simple to implement
- accompanying website, daily email advice
- online community, discussion forums.
- jaunty language (sic)
- American cultural slant (excess of machismo)
- annoying iconic figure
- strongly commercialised.
Mark Sisson’s contribution, through this book and daily email (“Mark’s Daily Apple”), is to give people the confidence to go ahead and try out a Primal lifestyle. The accompanying website provides a lot of supportive and explorative discussion.
I appreciate the start that PB gave me, in understanding nutrition and how it effects our bodies. Ultimately, however, I found the commercial side of the Primal Blueprint movement too culturally-narrow and clamorous for attention. I began to seek out other, complementary resources to enhance what I’d begun to learn…
I give Primal Blueprint three stars out of five.
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