Jul. 11th, 2012

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Did anyone else pick this book up? I did, because I already had a basket full of schoolbooks and got free shipping. I read it over the last week or so. Most of the reviews I had read were from other Paleo writers, so of course they raved about it; I'm not going to ignore bias that exists! However, I like to think I read it with a more skeptical eye, and found it to be a pretty good read. I especially like the phrase "food-with-no-brakes" and the explanations of how gastric hormones affect mood and emotions. I find that touchy-feely aspect is absent in other discussions about the SAD diet versus Primal/Paleo. All in all, I liked it.

I especially like how the authors understand that eating organic/grass-fed is expensive; they don't dance around the fact that high-quality ingredients are pricey. One of the biggest arguments in the paleo-sphere is, "But you'll be saving so much money by not buying processed junk, and it will be a bit more expensive, but your health is worth it." I suppose if I came from a background rich in processed foods, I might see a shift in budget, but I was alarmingly poor before becoming interested in nutrition 5 years ago. I was already buying whole chicken and using the hell out of it. A $4 chicken goes much further than a $3 box of chicken nuggets. Most of my comparisons are looking at conventional whole foods versus organic/grass-fed whole foods.

The part about health is absolutely correct, but when I got to the farmer's market, the meat I can afford is $6/pound ground - forget grass-fed steak. When we have our own house, I'm buying a big deep freeze, since I live in TX and you can get a whole, 1/2, or 1/4 butchered grass-fed cow for $6/pound. That is worth it. I won't pay $16-$20/pound for steaks, ty. The authors do give examples of where you can skimp on organic/grass-fed (drain your cooked meat well and supplement with healthy fats, for example, and fruits/veggies with skin you don't eat are okay to buy conventional).

Whole30 ahoy )

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