Welcome to the second virtual meeting of our book club and our discussion of Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas! (If you don’t know what’s going on around here, read this post…or read the first Q&A.) If you’re new here, you’re welcome to join us! Just get a copy of Primal Body, Primal Mind and chime in on the discussion anytime!
Book Club Meetings
Chapters 1-9 – Monday, August 29 – Read the Q&A
Chapters 10-23 – Monday, September 19– DONE!
Chapters 24-31 – Friday, September 30
Just like last time, I’ll ask a few questions to get things started. Take a look at the questions below and share your thoughts in comments. Don’t feel pressure to answer all the questions… you can just respond to the ones that inspire you. Or blast us with all of your thoughts, if you’re really feelin’ it.
1. Chapters 10-12 delivered some pretty bad news about the garbage fats in packaged food (and restaurants). I definitely thought about that when I ate breakfast out on Saturday morning. How about you? How do you manage the balance of good fats at home and the potential for industrial seed oils when you eat in the wilds of modern life?
2. In Chapter 14, Nora writes, “In many ways, [leptin] is the single most important hormone in the body.” So much of the advice we read puts the spotlight on insulin, instead. Discuss.
3. Um… ew. “The researchers who developed sucralose, also known as Splenda, originally started out in an attempt to create an insecticide. Have you given up artificial sweeteners? How was that experience? Are you still consuming drinks and foods with these sweeteners?
4. This isn’t a question, but… I loved the chapter on water. Physically and psychologically, I feel better when I drink enough water, and my skin looks WAY better.
5. I nearly fell out of my bus seat when I read the protein recommendations on page 144 and Chapter 21 kinda freaked me out. I eat about 100-110g grams of protein every day, so the idea of cutting so much makes me uncomfortable. What do you think about Nora’s guidelines?
6. Also not a question: Those monkey photos on page 212 are amazing.
Before we hit the discussion, I want to say that I think the kindling vs. logs analogy (chapter 13, p. 128) is a brilliant, easy-to-understand way to communicate the difference between being a carb-burner and a fat-burner. Should come in very handy when trying to explain the benefits of paleo to other people. OK! Hit the comments with your thoughts.
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