if you have read this book already, could you let us know your opinion about it or give us a review?
I've already read the Primal Blueprint and The Paleo Solution and I wonder if t's worth to get this book.
I'm really not a fan and it pains me to say that because he was one of the people who got me into eating better. The exercise chapters are good, but the food advice is silly enough that I can't recommend it at all. Art has been mad at me for what I said for awhile now and while he's admitted in his blog that he acceded to some editorial pressure for politically correct nutritionism, he still is arguing with me about whether or not fat makes you fat. Not only that, but he's passed on his displeasure to me primarily through rude comments on my blog and through third parties.
It's badly written too and the footnotes are nearly half the book! I suspect the editors let him include those after he agreed to let them neuter the book, since some of them contradict the text of the book.
I refuse to be part of the "paleo boyz club" if it involves supporting every paleo book published. I've been disappointed at certain other authors who have done this. I'm moving towards disassociating from paleo because of this whole fiasco. I've already "gotten in trouble" for my thoughts and that makes me sad. I'm not going to apologize.
The New Evolution Diet isn't as "friendly" as some of the other great works out like The Paleo Solution or Primal Blueprint. De Vany is more concerned about telling the reader what great shape he's in and how his testosterone level is off the charts. (Seriously, how many times did he mention that?)
De Vany takes a far more stringent and restrictive view of what is considered "paleo." For example, he excludes parsnips, turnips and beets as being starchy tubers. He also removes bananas because they're too high in carbs. (Yet doesn't mention grapes which also have a relatively high GI.) He also holds to three meals a day with no snacking.
Part of what attracted me to Paleo is that most proponents take the "pain and suffering" out of eating and add the joy back into what should be a great event. It shouldn't be as rigid as De Vany proposes as it makes this just another "diet" as opposed to a lifestyle change.
I would just like to add that at a certain point these books become redundant. Once you know the basics, there is very little extra that you couldn't find online yourself. I did like the perfect health diet however, and I thought it was more "sciency" and informative than the others I have read.
Isn't he the guy that claims that he, despite being a not particularly tall (6'1") 72-year-old white guy, can almost slam dunk a basketball? I'm calling bullshit on that.
I've also read interviews where he claims that eating celery boost testosterone. I'm pretty sure that's bullshit as well.
I think he also claims that he hasn't gotten sick in 20 years.
I haven't read the Devany book yet but have it on pre-order - don't think it is out in the UK yet - so this isn't really an answer but would love to read lots of comments about it. As an avid bookworm (and English teacher) I read as many books as possible and always end up with loads of questions about them. I've got one to post about How Cooking Made us Human actually. It seems there have been quite a few questions about books lately and whilst this is a fantastic site for asking specific questions it seems to me that what we need is a specific book discussion board - where people can just bounce ideas about on the books that they are currently reading - science books, diet books, even novels. So to that end I have just set up a discussion board at http://www.thepaleobookshelf.proboards.com/ This is the first time I've ever done anything like this so please be gentle! And please post reviews and discussions about any books that you have read. I have tried to start a few off.
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