Warning: This post is vulgarity free. Read at your own risk.
For sure, lots of folks are miffed at me in various ways (see comments). Understandable. See, I have this quirky thing about me where I tend to overlook errors, even lots of errors when, on balance—in my exclusive judgment—the balance sheet is in the black. We have this thing called a paleo, primal, evfit, caveman, ancestral movement where, dang it, and in spite of all of our mess ups, people seem to be getting better, improving in large numbers.
Who's responsible for that, for adding value and promoting it in general? Art De Vany, Loren Cordain, Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, Gary Taubes, Jimmy Moore, Tom Naughton...and a host of others. But you get the idea. These folks don't all agree with each other on everything. In fact, it's probably a safe bet that any one of them thinks all the others are wrong, even terribly wrong, on some things.
What do they do about that? They continue to produce values, continue to promote; they avoid being a squeaking pip that metastasizes into a cancer. The whole advancing deal, and the people being helped in large numbers are too important to risk turning away because when they heard that a certain guy or gal really had good info, and then when their search dropped them onto certain blogs, they found out how wrong and bad and a promoter of junk science the guy is—and in the context of that blogger being in or on the periphery of the general paleo community—they just went back to their Hot Pockets and liter of soda. Or, they were simply blinded by science.
Should errors be pointed out? Absolutely. But babies don't need tossing out with bathwater. Science, in sociological terms, doesn't come without its downsides and in general, science operates at both glacial pace and speed of light—to move things slowly, or change everything overnight. But mostly, people are concerned, this morning, with what's going to work for them right now.
...So there's a brief intro into promoting even more value producers who are helping people to get on the right track to fat loss and health every day, mixed results included. Fortunately, there's so much value being published and promoted to help people right now, by so many and so frequently, I have neither time to read everything thoroughly, or to blog about them all individually (this is a good, non squeaking-pip thing). However, I have looked at each of these books, wandered here and there in them, and I can honestly recommend them as excellent resources for anyone, even children in one case.
Dr. John Briffa has been kind enough to email a few times about this post or that post I've done, and I'm always surprised and humbled to get noticed by him in that way.
I was even more surprised when a few months back, he emailed me with an advance PDF of his book and that this FTA blog got a mention in the resource section at the end. I loved what he wrote, too.
"Richard writes a good and irreverent blog..."
Later, in email he told me it was better to be irreverent than irrelevant, and I promised to do my best to hold up my end.
Escape the Diet Trap is a template for a the sort of meta-diet-book I'd like to see going forward. A lot of it is about unravelling what has proven not to work: low-fat, exercise, eat less, etc. Oh, and diet, diet, diet. And move more, more, more. Enough, already. Humans don't work that way.
It's sort of a low-carber's intro to a more paleo or primal way of looking at things and includes even breaking through plateaus with fasting and exercise. This is near and dear for me. Lot's of originality and synthesis in this book. has their already not been enough written? Isn't it time to synthesize and show what may be wrong and what may be right?
Unfortunately, the book is still not available in the US via Amazon (a few used copies appear to be available). So, if you can get it via the UK Amazon site, go for it.
So what can I say more about the amazing Stacy and Matthew? I was so enamored with what these two accomplished with not only themselves, but their kids, I decided to do a 2-part interview series. You can see part 1 here, and part 2 here, including my silly commentary on the whole thing.
My delight was to me, palpable, as this was all going down. I don't think I've ever been so enamored with demonstrated life change. The next time you hear it's about the children, think of Matt & Stacy.
I didn't really know at the time that Stacy and Matt had designs of their own to help people, parents and children alike. While I absolutely knew they weren't Squeaking Pips by any means, I didn't really know that they were keeping their awesome talents for being values to so many others a bit closely held.
But low and behold, I got a book in the mail one day and it's simply insane as a way you might be able to outcompete the kids who come to school every day with bags of junk that your kids envy.
...I have it on very good authority from many sources that the way to do this thing is to send your kids to school with leftovers of the real food almost no kid has ever seen. Once your kids are envied for their varied, delectable lunches, you will have hit them at the right social spot, and they'll be paleo zealots. Then, you'll have another issue to deal with, but you're starting from a better point.
Buy enough copies of Eat Like a Dinosaur to have your kids give it away a few to friends, creating even more resentment and envy. That's the Free the Animal way to go about things politely.
Dean Dwyer isn't funny at all, which is his major problem. And, he seems to attract more women to his increasingly popular blog than men. What's that all about?
To see just how much more funny I can be than Dean; he, in desperate hopes of getting you to conclude the contrary, did a 2-part video interview with me: part 1 and part 2. There was enough footage for 4 parts. I guess he gave up. Good move.
Another good move on his part was to get his butt busy writing a book from his unique perspective. One might call it a book on life & shift change epistemology, only he's not funny, and women seem to love him. And Oprah's off the air.
So where does he go? He continues to strive to be as funny and captivating as possible, only not so much as to ever eclipse me, which would be a tough nut to crack.
You can love Dean as I do, even though he's way less funny. Toss him a bone anyway, and get a copy of Make Shift Happen. Do it for his harem. Buy another or two for your depressed women friends because Oprah's off the air.
Solid, quick work, Dean.
As funny as Dean is not, way hot is Ashley (image Google Ashley Tudor). You ought to buy her book Sweet Potato Power on that premise alone, because way hot girls get certain privileges, ordained by evolution and base survival. And it so sucks for not-so-hot guys. That's why some of us have to be funny, and why things can get so tough for Dean.
It was on the heals of one of my posts about starches that I got wind of Ashley's book. "Someone just wrote a book about sweet potatoes?" "No way." "Really?" "Sweet p-o-t-a-t-o-e-s?" "A whole book?"
Indeed. And I got two copies. One from the publisher and another directly from Ashley with TABS PASTED IN IT. Obviously, she thinks I'm more sciency than hot. ...There was no phone number.
It's easily one of the more smashing and original books in Paleoland. And, it's not only about sweet potatoes. If you want something to really munch down on, try this out. I'll be using it in an upcoming post on what I think is the most important thing about paleo, and it's not anti-nutrients. It's nutrients.
I have a confession to make. For various reasons having zero to do with anything they have ever done or contemplated, I was not a fan of them...Whole 9, Whole 30, or whatever. I didn't promote them ever, never tried to reach out at AHS11.
The truth is, I have no good excuse for why—and the best excuse is only a poor excuse anyway. I guess someone emailed me once, dissed then about how strict they were...I'm busy, and so I let a random email substitute for my own impression and judgment.
Then one day I decided to look into it and it's fitting that they're the last edition to this edition. They are superstars in their passion to create, build, learn, tweak, and, and, and, help people who so need it. Do they know the science? Yes. Does it matter. Sure, but in context. Must one know, understand and cross their chest with the science before they can be helped? I don't think so, and I don't think Dallas or Melissa think so either.
I'm a fan. The book is great, only having skimmed through parts of it. But here's a very thorough review from someone I trust: Stefani Ruper, who will soon have a guest post up here, likely about women's issues.
...Dean: you better put that one on your calendar.