Book Review: The Primal Blueprint

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The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson was one of the first books I read on the primal/paleo way of living. I had already arrived at many of the same conclusions but was glad to find such a well researched and well written summary.

Though Mark approaches healthy eating and lifestyle from a slightly different perspective, we agree on all the basics. His website is a great resource for healthy recipes and health information. He also has a huge archive of success stories from other people eating the way you are (grain free, sugar free, lots of healthy fats, etc) if you need any inspiration!

From how to make your own cultured butter to a completely new take on breakfast casserole, Mark has great resources for anyone. Mark’s blog is fun to read, and at 58 years old, he is proof of how a healthy lifestyle can keep you looking young. (he looks decades younger!)

The Primal Blueprint was his first book and it explains the benefits of removing certain foods (grains, most dairy, vegetable oils, beans, etc) and how to optimize important lifestyle factors (sleep, stress, exercise, etc).

I like that Mark approaches health and diet with a whole-person mentality and takes complex topics (like gene expression) and makes them easy to understand and applicable for the average reader.

Who is this book for: While Mark’s writing appeals to many readers, he definitely seems to really connect with men, especially younger men with fitness goals. I would give this book as a gift to anyone just starting off in this way of eating and to several guys who could benefit from his info.

Have you read The Primal Blueprint? What did you think?

Reader Comments

  1. says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! We’ve recently converted to the low-carb/grain free lifestyle for a variety of reasons (I am insulin resistant and obese, one of my kiddos has intractable epilepsy and she’s just gone on MAD for seizure control, I’m raising kiddos and caring for one amazing husband and I want them all to be as healthy as they can be) and I’m reading every bit of helpful information that I can get my hands on. Your Blog has been a Godsend!

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  2. ingrid says

    oh this is so exciting, i’ve been wanting to check out this book for a while.
    just signed up for your newsletter.

  3. Lacy says

    Great giveaway! This has been on my amazon wish list for a while. I subscribe to your newsletter, facebook, tweeted and emailed my friends.
    Thank you!

  4. tigerflower says

    I’m so glad I found your site! Just signed up for your newsletter, and I would be stoked to read Mark’s book. :)

  5. Anne says

    Hi! I emailed 3 friends (well, actually 5, but just because I am so excited about your giveaway!) Thanks for all the good work you do here :)

  6. Missysoupy says

    Ok, I signed up for the newsletter! I’m hoping to win, as I’ve have been easing my way into Primal over the past 9 months, but still haven’t read Mark’s book. I think the read would push me over the edge. :o)

  7. Beedragon says

    Awesome timing on your contest :) I just decided this morning that it was time for me to order the Primal Blueprint and my co-worker wants one too. If we could win one this would be fabulous!

    I’ve just subscribed to your newsletter and liked you on facebook!

    Belinda

  8. Hooahyoga says

    greetings, new to your blog but 12 yr lowcarber who is curious about a more Primal/Paleo lifestyle. would love to win these books. shared your link on my “fitness” Facebook page. I’m a military wife, living overseas. I teach yoga, pilates, meditation, Zumba and am a Certified Personal Trainer through the Cooper Institute. Looking foward to diving deeper into your site.

  9. Organicrunner says

    I am just learning about the Primal Blueprint and I found your comment on Mark’s Daily Apple. I will be following Wellness Mama now too! Love all the recipe ideas here on the site!

  10. kelly v says

    I just wanted to let you know I subcribed to your newsletter and liked you on FB. Such great info! Thanks!

  11. Kmchenry4 says

    I already am signed up for your newsletter, I liked you on facebook, and I told more that 3 friends about your site, I unfortunatley missed the sigh up for the 40 day challenge. I love Mark Sisson’s site and the Primal Blueprint, wish they had it at our library…Love, Love, Love your site…..Thanks a million…Kim

  12. says

    i am signed up for your newsletter, am in the 40day challenge and like you on facebook! great giveaway, i love primal blueprint website and was thinking of getting the books soon!!

  13. says

    1- Already signed up
    3- Commented on Facebook
    4- Emailed my sisters and friends! 2 of my sisters are doing this also!
    7- I don’t think I’m officially signed up, but my 4 girls and I have been doing it for a month now! We’ve all been feeling much better!

    My 5 yr old keeps on telling me how she loves the food and that her stomach never hurts anymore! :) It’s been really hard with some of the girls so it’s really great to hear that sometimes!

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