My flatemate's girlfriend who now lives with us has over the last year become more and more vegetarian. My flatmate says that he is starting to feel the pressure, and is not particularly happy because he feels his single pork chop is being bullied by the courgettes and aubergines in the fridge.
I mentioned that I would like to buy him and her a book for Christmas about Paleo just so they can read it together and get another point of view.
I've only read "The Paleo Solution - Robb Wolf" and "Good calories, Bad calories - Gary Taubes" so wondering if there is a more suitable "light" introduction to paleo out there, and one which a vegetarian who is very interested in their health would be more open to reading?
Update: Spoke to my flatmate's girlfriend last night and she said she would be really interested in reading a book on Paleo. So I started reading "The Primal Blueprint - Mark Sisson" on Kindle last night as I never give a book I haven't read myself. I like his style, different from "The Paleo Solution - Robb Wolf", but Sisson seems good at continuing to summarize his main points over and over.
while i admire your motivation i can only give you this advice;
don't get involved
The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith. The book is gracefully written and completely debunks the vegetarian concept from health, political, environmental & sustainable perspectives.
Keith was a vegan for 20+ years and now suffers life long health issues due to her former diet.
The book doesn't 'bash' vegetarians / vegans and it does explore in detail the benefits of a paleo diet.
I don't know a lot about this topic, but let me speculate - it is IMPOSSIBLE to be a vegetarian and Paleo. IMPOSSIBLE I say!
However, you could ask your flatmate's GF to read this - http://paleohacks.com/questions/56799/mingers-talk-why-cant-we-all-get-along-similarities-between-veggies-and-paleo/56864#56864
And then this - http://rawfoodsos.com/2011/08/13/ancestral-health-symposium/
Paleo is about toxin avoidance, first and foremost, IMO. Meat lovers (EXCEPT ROSE) gonna hate the Ghee Wolverine, but I can outdrink all of my meat eating friends. Nuff said.
If your flatmate's GF is really interested (and of course hot), I will be happy to give her some tips, maybe even the entire shaft, of Paleo for the vegetarian. Contrary to what anyone tells you, they are not mutually exclusive!
Ghee Wolverine, out...
Yeah, I agree with not getting involved, though you could also try a more neutral book about nutrition, like Deep Nutiriton or something that doesn't appear to be so clearly carnivorous. Plus, she'll learn plenty from it whether she decides to be a vegetarian or not.
Also, I mean in all honesty, wanting her to not be a vegetarian because it's annoying him is... meh. But honestly wanting to give her an interesting informative book about health generally? That I feel like you can do with a clean conscience and without getting in the midst of a couple fight.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, particularly if the vegetarianism is ethically focused. It isn't paleo (there's a lot of talk about eating grains), but it's extremely readable, and provides a very accessible argument in favor of eating appropriately-raised animals.
I would recommend Beyond Broccoli by Susan Schenck. It's similar to the Vegetarian Myth but the writing style seems much more approachable and she makes references to Paleo authors as well. The author was a former raw vegan and even wrote a book on it. She does still advocate eating less cooked foods while telling people to eat some meat (esp. fish).
It really depends why she's vegetarian. For perceived health benefits or animal rights? I think any paleo book (I like Robb Wolf's) would be good for taking apart the vegan myth to better health. I don't have an exact recommendation for taking apart the animal rights side, perhaps something by Joel Salatin? I've got a couple of his books on my wish list.
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