I used to read books all the time. But for the last couple of years I've been listening to books instead.
It seems fairly common in the Paleo community for people to have a significant other, or family, who aren't quite as supportive with the whole Paleo diet thing. At least not yet…
So if you’re convinced that eating Paleo is right for you (and right for most people!) how do you deal with a non-supportive partner or family?
Do you try to convince them and force them to buy into a Paleo diet? Do you relent and go back to your old ways, as it’s just too hard to fight? Or do you carry on regardless?
Are They Receptive?
If your partner is interested in what you’re doing – lend them your Paleo books and show them your favourite sites. Be on hand to answer their questions – and show case some great Paleo meals to demonstrate how well you can eat.
Are They Hostile?
Unfortunately, often partners and family can be less than enthusiastic about a new diet. They might be jealous, feel left out, not want to change the status quo – or perhaps just completely against it!
When faced with a lot of resistance at home, a good approach seems to be to not even try to change their mind. Keep doing your Paleo thing – and hope that by being a good example, eventually your good health will speak for itself.
If you do the cooking, you have a far easier job. You can continue to cook – but just keep it Paleo. If they object, they’ll have to make their own – it’s their choice. If they usually cook and aren’t prepared to make it Paleo, you’re going to need to start cooking and preparing your own food.
Do you have a supportive partner? Did you come to Paleo at different times? Any tips you have for dealing with a none supportive partner – please share in the comments below and help someone out!
I’m often asked which Paleo books I’d recommend. It’s great to have a few introductory books to hand to explain everything you need to know about what Paleo is – and how to start. If you’ve got friends interested in learning more about Paleo, these are the books I’d recommend.
Introduction to Paleo Books
The Primal Blueprint. Mark Sisson’s book is a great introduction as to why we should eat a Primal Diet and how to start. He also covers lifestyle factors like sleep and stress and how to exercise – primal style.
The Paleo Solution. Robb Wolf's book is another good introduction to the Paleo Diet and is written in a very engaging way. As a bio chemist, Robb Wolf is able to talk about the science, but in a very easy to understand way.
The Paleo Answer Loren Cordain’s latest book is more on the science side than the practical application side, but a great book for anyone dubious about giving up those deathly whole grains!
Starting Paleo Books
Once you’ve decided to give Paleo a try, these book are a great way to take you through your transition into Paleo, step by step.
It’s great to have some recipe books on hand, to demonstrate the huge wealth of menu ideas that are possible on the Paleo diet. These are some great recipe books that I use regularly.
Which Paleo books are on your book shelf? Which one book would you recommend as a “must have” to someone new to the Paleo diet?
I love reading, in fact, reading is how I found out about Paleo almost two years ago. I’ve now amassed quite a big collection of Paleo Books. And my Amazon wishlist is just as long again! I learn so much on blogs and podcasts – but there is something about having a book in your hands that can't be beaten.
So, these are the books in my collection : –
- The Calcium Factor, Barefoot & Reich. I'm really want to learn more about calcium, but find this book a bit heavy going – I will get through it though!
- Nourishing Traditions, Fallon. This is a wonderful book, although she uses fermented grains most of the nutritional elements are sound.
- Dietary Healing, Alexander. An interesting read that sums up by telling us to eat wholegrains and legumes. Well, I do like to read lots of different opinions. Even if they are wrong.
- The Complete Book of Raw Food, Rodwell. I went through a brief raw food stage on my way to Paleo. There are some good recipes in here that I still incorporate.
- Taking the Medicine, Burch. A really interesting book that made me question the faith and trust we place in our Doctors
- Our Troubles With Food, Halliday. This is a completely different take on nutrition. Written by a social historian it looks at how society got to where we are today with food.
- The Cure, Brantley. This was one of the first books I read, and whilst it's not Paleo, I still found it really inspirational.
- The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, Whisett. I got this before I'd understood about chronic cardio. This book was refreshing as it was mainly about the mental aspect to endurance activities, which I think could be applied to all aspects of life
- The Primal Blueprint, Sisson. This was another early purchase. I love this book and this is one of my top choices to lend out to friends who are curious about Paleo
- The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, Sisson & Meier. I was given this book at PrimalCon 2011 and it has some great recipes in it!
- The Inflammation Syndrome, Challem. Another topic I'd heard a lot about and wanted to explore in more depth.
- Primal Body, Primal Mind, Gedgaudas. I bought this book at the AHS from Nora herself. I'm reading it at the moment ready for the Australian conference in November
- Sweet Poison, Gillespie. Another top book, This is a great introduction to insulin and is presented in a really easy to understand fashion. Another top book to lend out!
- The Paleo Diet, Cordain. Loren Cordain, what else to say! Definitely a favourite.
- Why We Get Fat, Taubes. I've only just got this book and am desperate to read it. But I'm really distracted by the “deckled” edge – why can't it just have nice normal pages?
- The Diet Delusion, Taubes. This was my first introduction to Taubes.
- Natural Health & Weight Loss, Groves. An interesting read that starts to go in a Paleo direction. But then no. It has a HFLC agenda, but rules out grains only on a carbohydrate basis.
- Enzyme Nutrition, Howell. I was reading a lot about digestion and what happens to enzymes, so thought a bit more reading was in order.
- The Vitamin D Cure, Dowd & Stafford. Particularly since I've moved from the UK to Australia, I've become really interested in Vitamin D. Should I supplement? Should I wear sun screen? I read everything I can on the topic.
- Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, Batmanghelidj. I had high hopes for this book! However, I found it almost all observational with little evidence to back up the incredible claims.
- The Paleo Diet For Athletes, Cordain & Friel. This book has been particularly useful in the marathon training effort of my housemate.
- Born To Run, McDougall. After having a barefoot running lesson with Barefoot Ted at PrimalCon, this book (along with my first pair of VFF's) was a must buy!
- The Metabolic Plan, Cherniske. This was the first nutrition/ health book I happened to pick up. It sparked my interest in nutrition and eventually led me to Paleo.
- The Vitamin D Revolution, Khalsa. See, I'm very interested in Vitamin D.
- The PH Miracle, Young & Young. PH is mentioned quite frequently, so I got this book to delve into the topic further.
- The Magnesium Miracle, Dean. I read so much in the Paleo world about Magnesium I thought it would be helpful to learn more. I've not got very far yet, I'll have to make more effort with this one.
- Complete Nutrition, Sharon. I found this a great introduction into macro & micro nutrients. Even if it does have some very non-Paleo information in it.
- [On Loan!] The Paleo Solution, Wolf. I love this book! I always lend this one out too. I've actually just ordered a second copy as it's such a good overview and more and more friends are asking what this Paleo thing is all about.
I've also just ordered
- Lights Out, Wiley. I'm fascinated by sleep and think it's possibly as important as nutrition to get right. I've heard lots of good things about this book and can't wait to get my hands on it!
- Exuberant Animal, Forencich. This was another recommendation that I'm looking forward to reading.
- Wheat Belly, Davis. I've read lots of reports about this book and I have it on pre-order. I'm eagerly awaiting it's release.
- Food and Western Disease by Lindeberg is at the top of my wishlist – I just wish the price would go down!
How does my book collection compare to yours? I'd love to know which books I'm missing out on. I'm really interested in Leptin at the moment, so let me know if you have any good recommendations!