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 is begun to learn…
I give Primal Blueprint three stars out of five.