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What Book for my Dad?

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Created June 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Which book would you guys recommend?

I've read Robb Wolf's Paleo Solutions, its brilliant but feel the science would go straight over my dad's head.

I found it a tough read in places, and I'm used to the terminology and reading tech stuff.

Side note on my Dad: He's been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and high cholesterol. So far he's controlling it with diet and no medication.

He's interested as programs in the UK such as Channel 4's 'The Food Hospital' have made him a believer in food. However he's also very skeptical, believing the eating fat makes you fat.... all sigh

All recommendations welcome, Thanks peeps!!

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11581 · June 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Nice vid. I watched part of it a while back. Going to watch the whole thing now.

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11581 · June 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

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652 · June 19, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Also HIGHLY recommend "It Starts with Food" for someone like this. I'm a science nerd so I find it a bit simplistic on the technicals, but they do a really good job of simplifying things way down to the essentials. Furthermore, it's a lot more current on the science than some of the Paleo books from even a few years ago. I also agree with Karen, though, it sounds like he knows he needs to change, but isn't ready to actually commit to it. It might just be better for you to lead by example at this point.

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11581 · June 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Gary Taubes is really great on the fat issue. "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It" is the easier, more approachable of his books, although still technical. It's also helpful that a big part of his message is that it isn't the person's fault that their sick - that they've been given bad information for years, but that with better info, they can turn things around.

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323 · June 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Ha ha haa, very true! My dad has been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and high cholesterol. So far he's controlling it with diet and no meds. He's interested, but very skeptical, believing the eating fat makes you fat.

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11581 · June 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I just got and read "It Starts with Food" by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Inspiring, interesting and great for beginners.

One caveat - buying books for family on diet can be risky. If he's expressed interest, go for it! If not, books on ways of eating can wind up seeming judgmental, even though that is not at all how you intended it.

Added: I'm currently battling my own urge to buy this book for my daughter. She won't appreciate it if I do.

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652 · June 19, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Also HIGHLY recommend "It Starts with Food" for someone like this. I'm a science nerd so I find it a bit simplistic on the technicals, but they do a really good job of simplifying things way down to the essentials. Furthermore, it's a lot more current on the science than some of the Paleo books from even a few years ago. I also agree with Karen, though, it sounds like he knows he needs to change, but isn't ready to actually commit to it. It might just be better for you to lead by example at this point.

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11581 · June 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Gary Taubes is really great on the fat issue. "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It" is the easier, more approachable of his books, although still technical. It's also helpful that a big part of his message is that it isn't the person's fault that their sick - that they've been given bad information for years, but that with better info, they can turn things around.

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323 · June 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Ha ha haa, very true! My dad has been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and high cholesterol. So far he's controlling it with diet and no meds. He's interested, but very skeptical, believing the eating fat makes you fat.

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235 · June 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I would highly suggest you get him to watch this video first. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vr-c8GeT34 Very enlightening and a good segway into the whole paleo thing. It is a lecture that was given at Univ of South Florida...but very interesting and easy to understand. Worked with my family.

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11581 · June 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Nice vid. I watched part of it a while back. Going to watch the whole thing now.

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18635 · June 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I think the Primal Blueprint is both the easiest read and pretty all encompassing (does give a good exercise routine).

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263 · June 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I guess The Kind Diet and "evils" of carbohydrates is good book for your dad.

http://www.rosebudmag.com/health-fitness/leaf-blowers-pollution-mens-fitness-muscle-fat-jet-skis

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11581 · June 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

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