Writer’s Wednesday: The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

primal blueprintIf you are looking for a great introduction to the paleo/primal life style I highly recommend The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy by Mark Sisson. I will admit there wasn’t much new information in the book, but I have also been reading and learning about the primal lifestyle since I first came across Sisson’s website Mark’s Daily Apple. If you prefer reading articles online to reading books, his site might be a great place to start, especially if you begin with his “Start Here” section.

For those who have never heard about paleo/primal before, the basic premise behind it is combing evolutionary biology with modern science to eat in a way that makes sense to our bodies. This means excluding grains, seed oils, sugar, processed foods, artificial crap and reducing/limiting dairy (depending on whether your body tolerates it or not). Focus instead on meat and vegetables, as well as fish, fruit and nuts. Realize that saturated fat, salt and cholesterol are not your enemies and can actually be beneficial to your body. I will not however go into the explanations as to why this is the case, for that you’ll have to read the book.

One of the things I really enjoyed about The Primal Blueprint is the  fact that Sisson goes beyond diet, and looks at our lifestyle as a whole. Here are his 10 Primal Blueprint Laws:

  1. Eat lots of plants and animals
  2. Avoid poisonous things
  3. Move frequently at a slow pace
  4. Lift heavy things
  5. Sprint every once in a while
  6. Get adequate sleep
  7. Play
  8. Get adequate sunlight
  9. Avoid stupid mistakes
  10. Use your brain

Curious? Fascinated? Think it is all bullshit? Check out the the book or his website, read up and let me know what you think.

As always I invite you to find me and connect with me on Goodreads.


  1. I know the book “The primal blueprint” and think it’s a nice and good-to-read introduction into the paleo / primal diet. Personally, though, what I’ve never liked about that approach was the focus on red meat and fat. The about 2 years when I ate strictly paleo I ate mostly vegetables and then chicken and seafood for animal products. Recently I’ve switched to a plant-based diet (currently I’m eating a vegan diet) and this time, with careful preparation, I feel much better than I ever did on the paleo diet or before that (when I felt the worst). The problem with the paleo / primal approach for me was that although my health issues improved dramatically, I never really felt satisfied, and adding fat only made me feel gross. Only when I started eating more carbohydrates again (from legumes and now also whole grains, which I soak or sprout before cooking, not from starchy vegs or fruit) I finally felt really satisfied and energized again. I’m thankful for the paleo diet though because it allowed my digestive system to recover from its damage which seemed to come mainly from dairy consumption as I can now eat legumes and whole grains again without problems.



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