Today, I finished reading John Durant’s excellent book, Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health. Now that I’m older and can’t rely on a 20 year old’s high metabolism, I have to be wiser to win the battle of the ‘dad bod’ waistline through nutrition or more specifically making smarter choices about what I eat or don’t eat and why. Here’s the thing, nutrition and what constitutes a healthy diet is a minefield of information and misinformation and old wives’ tales. Heck, I used to think eating more fruits and vegetables was a good thing. Turns out, that’s not quite the whole truth. Durant talks about this and much more in his book.
I liked John Durant’s approach as an evolutionary psychologist. He examines the issue of what humans should eat based on our origins as hunter-gatherers. To echo Christopher McDougall’s words, John Durant rips apart decades of dangerously misguided medical opinions in search of ancient truths.
Here’s more of my thoughts on the book: