The Paleo Solution by Robb Wold presents a diet mirroring what our hunter gatherer ancestors used to eat back in the days.
- Eat like your Paleolithic ancestors used to eat
- Go for natural, grass fed and wild caught
- Sleep well, exercise hard and stay away from stress
The Paleo Solution, as the name suggests, promotes a return to our ancestors in the paleolithic era.
Now the question is: why would you want to go back?
Well, the theory is that since we evolved in that era we also adapted to live in that era. And that should make us better suited at consuming the food we ate in those days.
Get Plenty of Sleep (and Stay Out of Stress)
When we don’t sleep enough and when we are too stressed out we produce cortisol hormone, which promotes fat accumulation.
The Paleo Solution then recommends you get plenty of sleep -in a dark room!- and stay stress free.
Our ancestors sure as hell didn’t watch 7h of TV a day like many people today do. They probably moved quite a bit more, and so should you.
The Paleo Solution provides simple exercises to follow for both beginners and intermediate levels.
Fat is Not Bad For You
The author makes the point that fat actually helps you lose weight. Even saturated fat is not bad as long at it comes from natural sources and it’s not from GMO or processed meat.
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The Paleo Solution recommends you enjoy a big breakfast with plenty of proteins. The proteins will also keep you full until lunch helping you not to overeat.
What to Eat
- Nuts and seeds
- Omega 3 (three grams a day)
Everything always as natural as possible.
Meats naturally raised, organic and grass fed. Eggs should be free range (albeit we learned that doesn’t always mean much in Fast Food Nation) and fish should wild caught.
What to Avoid
Robb makes the case that food that arrived in the Neolithic with the agricultural revolution have been responsible for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmunity and even infertility.
These foods are:
- Alcohol (max two glasses of wine a day, no beer)
And of course, modernity then added:
- Processed food
- Artificial sweeteners
Real Life Applications
Don’t Eat 4 Hours Before Bed
This is a good suggestion and it comes just as I switched my 6-18 fasting. I used to skip breakfast and then eat very late at around 9 and often finish after 10pm. Now I do breakfast and I finish eating by 7pm at most.
Warning: these cons aren’t so much against “The Paleo Solution” but towards the paleo diet in general:
I didn’t like the claim of “reverse disease” camping in the front of the book cover.
Adaption Argument is Bogus
Saying that we evolved in X period then we are adapted to that period is a laughable claim.
We also evolved in water as amoebas much earlier than we evolved in the Paleolithic. Shall we consume oxygen from salty water then?
Wait… What Were We Eating Back Then?
We evolved from the paleolithic but it’s not so straightforward to say what we ate. For sure not every tribe ate the same.
And as much as we evolved and changed, so did the food.
The Caveman Fallacy
I don’t like this idea that we are supposed to eat like our ancestors or that because our ancestors did it then it’s proof that it’s good.
That’s completely balooney to me.
Cuts All The Junk
Well, by going back to the Paleolithic The Paleo Solution surely cuts out all the junk and processed food.
Engaging, Conversational Tone
Robb Wold writes well and it’s a pleasure to read The Paleo Solution
Powerful Value Proposition
The author says “give it a try for thirty days and see what it does for you”. I like that approach.
I didn’t like the claim “reverse” disease in the front cover. If not straight quakery, it’s definitely to marketing style for me.
However I did enjoy The Paleo Solution more than I thought I would. I won’t do it because I think yogurt is good for your gut bacteria (Brain Maker), but it’s definitely not a bad diet to follow.