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What is the best paleo book to buy?

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I'm a marathon a month girl....I have 3 more states to complete marathons in 50 states! I gained a ton of weight marathoning, eating too many carbs, no fat...Another runner told me about this diet because my feet hurt from too much weight...It is everything I was ever against! This is a crazy diet for me, however I have been eating Paleo for a week and am now shedding inches...Amazing, no pounds, just inches...I wondered about portion control, how many calories etc. to eat. I run a marathon or ultra every month... I have been eating until I've felt full which is alot....Also I had to break down yesterday and eat a ton of carrots and Jicamas for a carb load because I am not eating grains or beans...Any suggestions on a book for ultra runners trying to be on Paleo?

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2496 · January 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I consider the Perfect Health Diet to be a mandatory read. Not exactly 100% paleo but quite close. It is so thorough, well researched yet quite readable.

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19120 · January 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Consider potatoes, sweet potatoes, true yams, cassava, and squashes for card load days. I love jicama, but I feel those will be better/denser sources for you.

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20 · January 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I think this would make a good choice in conjunction with the second edition of Codain's The Paleo Diet (or just its introduction). In the latter book, he discusses new research on canola and saturated fats that updates and clarifies some of the material in PD for Athletes. I do believe he's working on a second edition of that book, but it might take a while for it to come out.

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5332 · January 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I'd pretty much agree, read everything or nothing. And blogs add a lot more once you've read at least one book.

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5332 · January 12, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Carrots are fine. In fact if you're avoiding grains and beans and processed foods then you're pretty much good to go.

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600 · January 12, 2012 at 5:48 AM

Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson or The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf are two great places to start.

Good luck.

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500 · January 12, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Paleo Diet For Athletes by Cordain, though I would read in it conjunction with a few others as there is some content that is not very accurate (like promoting canola oil). But it was one of the first I read and helped immensely with my running.

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20 · January 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I think this would make a good choice in conjunction with the second edition of Codain's The Paleo Diet (or just its introduction). In the latter book, he discusses new research on canola and saturated fats that updates and clarifies some of the material in PD for Athletes. I do believe he's working on a second edition of that book, but it might take a while for it to come out.

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3280 · January 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Perfect Health Diet (http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Health-Diet-ebook/dp/B007USA6MM/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1358438728&sr=8-1)

But I would actually suggest someone first read The Great Cholesterol Myth (http://www.amazon.com/Great-Cholesterol-Myth-Disease--ebook/dp/B009PKIPOE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358438776&sr=1-1&keywords=the+great+cholesterol+myth)

Why? Because after reading The Great Cholesterol Myth, the reader should no longer be cholesterol & fat phobic.

Then, you can embrace a diet with 60% fat as healthy, and not reject the whole paleo thing.

Just my 2 cents, Mike

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2496 · January 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I consider the Perfect Health Diet to be a mandatory read. Not exactly 100% paleo but quite close. It is so thorough, well researched yet quite readable.

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41331 · January 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I think you could probably read any of the introductory books by Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson or Loren Cordain and get a good background on paleo from any of them. I don't think you'd gain much from reading all of them however. Once you have a good background, you're set to explore the paleo blogosphere, lots of interesting stuff to learn there, you just have to have the basis down pat before venturing out into it all.

I read Robb Wolf's book. That it was a good intro to paleo, but I wasn't impressed with the writing. Felt too much like somebody just smushed together 100s of blog posts into a book.

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5332 · January 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I'd pretty much agree, read everything or nothing. And blogs add a lot more once you've read at least one book.

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3422 · January 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

The Whole 30 is pretty great book. Thorough, informative, and fun & easy to read.

It does promote a specific approach (food isolation) but the book is very useful whether you take up the challenge or not.

Not saying it's the best, but it's the only one ive read and I certainly feel it gave me a good base.

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0 · January 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Well, this one is pretty good and popular too! The new cookbook recipes. You receive free bonuses with your order, it's a great value see my link

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