“Here’s the simple truth: genetically speaking, we’re all hunter-gatherers.
Of course, we’re not just hunter-gatherers. We also carry the genes of primates; herders and farmers; factory workers and explorers; office workers and computer programmers. But at our biological core we are still largely hunters and gatherers.
… This book contains three parts. Part One is a brief history of humanity through five stages of existence—Animal, Paleolithic, Agricultural, Industrial, Information—each containing lessons for how to be healthy today. Part Two applies these lessons to multiple areas of modern-day life: food, fasting, movement, bipedalism (standing, walking, running), temperature, sun, and sleep. Part Three is a more speculative vision of how those most ancient roles—hunter and gatherer—can instruct and inspire us to build healthy and ethical relationships to other living things. In short, to understand where we come from, to make the best of where we are, and to craft a better future.”
~ John Durant from The Paleo Manifesto
This book is a great, fun read.
John Durant is a young, brilliant writer and story teller. Reading this book reminded me of the equally brilliant Ryan Holiday and his great book The Obstacle Is the Way (see Notes).
If you’re looking for a smart, grounded, funny and well-written introduction to the Paleo movement, this is the perfect place to start. (Get a copy here.)
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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