The Wild Diet

The Wild Diet

Get Back to your Roots, Burn Fat, and Lose up to 20 Pounds in 40 Days

Book - 2015
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Publisher: New York : Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
ISBN: 9781583335734
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 25 cm.


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LRS1969 Jun 25, 2015

I have been reading several "Paleo", "Primal", and "Low Carb, High Fat" diet books for my one relative who is looking at getting into Paleo as a step before going into full-fledged LCHF Diet (with a Paleo slant).

Many books have been ones that I have been able to check out of the library (we have a great major metropolitan area, multi-county library network).

Many have been downloaded by the relative and loaned to me (such as this one and some others by this same author), and a few that were free or low cost and seemed to be "spot on", so those I often went ahead and downloaded.

Unfortunately, this book may very well have "simply awesomely delicious recipes" that may be quite cost effective per serving or yummy and easy or whatever....

But they are NOT even remotely Paleo. It is as if today's newer authors really have no clue what Paleo is.

Paleo isn't some slang name, but a SPECIFIC type of diet (actually life style). Paleo is NOT primarily fruits and vegetables (DOH, they are not ripe year-round!). Paleo is primarily animal based foods (meat, poultry, grubs, insects, occasional fish in certain areas, occasional eggs as available).

The whole concept of Paleo is to eat primarily meats and occasionally wild fruits, vegetables, and tubers (that could be found - they were actually pretty rare as one would find searching through any large wilderness area, were in season - ripe, and could be eaten raw!). That last point needs to be emphasized. The definition of Paleolithic Diet is food that can be hunted / gathered by primitive man equipped by a long sharp stick (spear), short sharp stick (digging tool), and very basic stone tools (stone knife, hand made, etcetera)... and could be eaten and digested for nutrients RAW with NO PROCESSING!!!

(Yes, MOST foods should be cooked as cooking improves the taste factor in most foods, deactivated / diluted many negative factors in many foods, and - most importantly - makes food nutrients MUCH more bioavailabile; and Paleolithic Man did eventually learn to control Fire and use it for cooking. That ended up being a major leap forward in Man's evolution as it turned out - see Wrangham's "Catching Fire")

Yet time and time again, I see this definition basterized ("but I don't like that definition, how can I have fake brownies and syrup covered pancakes with jellies fruits... I guess I'll just change Paleo to mean what I want it to... like how neat is that!!!"). Sadly I see this time and time and time again.

One sees Paleo books that aren't remotely Paleo.

Primal books that aren't remotely Primal

And authors who don't even know the difference and think that Primal is the same as Paleolithic; and the authors who think that "Whole Foods", "Local Foods", "Gluten Free", "Ancestral Foods", "Wild Foods", etcetera, are the same as Paleolithic Diet Foods... when they are not - in fact, most are much more Neolithic Diet food components, the very thing that generated our long-term health problems and led to Agriculture and the Western Diet.

So if these taste good and are cost effective and you really want to eat them, go ahead. And likely are - to some degree - better than a junk food oriented Western Diet.

But they are not Paleo. Or whatever.


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