I was recently sent a copy of Primal Cure, a book that looks like it about weight loss, but when you get reading, it is more about how to live a healthy, long life, and so much more, and knowing when to step away from the hype and the accepted norm.
I didn’t read it because I wanted to lose weight, but instead, my immune systems has taken a battering recently and I thought it might help get back on track, and I have a feeling that is what it is going to do.
Rather than a ‘he said, he wrote’ a review, I am featuring Primal Cure as part of my ‘Top Ten’ series and I hope this will give you a good idea about the book and I hope it will encourage you to check it out too.
The book is written by father, international businessman and adventurer Steve Bennett who four years ago trekked to the North Pole, and then within 48 hours of returning to the UK, he competed in a marathon. As you would imagine, Steve was diligent when it came to his training and diet, but, to his dismay and bewilderment, his body fat was a staggering 29%, which translates as obese…really?
Primal Cure is very much a complete guidebook that looks at health, happiness, diet, lifestyle and also documents Steve’s quest to be healthy. There are ten chapters in the book that cover everything from food principles and exercise, to vitamins and minerals as well as disease and how to avoid it.
Fats are explained in this book, and once against tell us that we don’t have to avoid all fats! The fats in foods such as salmon, nuts and avocados are rich in omega 3 and these are good for us and we do need to include them in our diet if we want to look and feel good.
If you want to eat well, and eat for health, then avoid white foods! Yes, this is a slightly broad brush, but white pasta, rice and bread might taste good (and we all know that they do) but they might not be doing us many favours once they have left our taste buds. Rule of thumb is to try to eat colour foods for good health. I am not talking about packets of Skittles here, but those bright red peppers, rich green cucumbers, vibrant orange carrots and deep purple beetroot that we often have in the kitchen but don’t always get round to using. These foods are help our bodies to fight inflammation, protect against disease and help us heel. You need to included this into a varied diet, and it will help you to be your best you. All in all, we should eat what we have been designed to eat and that is not deep fat fried foods and fizzy drinks!
Steve says that all water is not drunk equally. We need to keep hydrated but it is best to drink natural mineral water or filtered tap water. As well as being bad for the environment and the creatures we share the planet with, plastic isn’t great when you drink water from it. One use plastic water bottles aren’t great for anyone, so give them up and if in doubt, boil tap water before drinking it.
If we want to be well, we need to move. I know I am not the best at getting up from my desk and moving, and I know I need to do that more. The book goes into great detail about the way we can exercise but right now, I am pretty tired and my immune system is picking up slowly, so I find that walking on the beach with my dog, yoga and a swim at the country club is most helpful. I think that we all have things we like to do when it comes to activity and that is the way I view exercise and after running for years, and messing up my knees, I agree with the book when it says that long cardio exercise can play havoc with our joints, as well as hearts and metabolism. Read the book to find out more.
Vitamins are derived from living things, but you knew that, right? There is an entire chapter on vitamins and minerals and it really is a good read. Steve has a way of explaining things in a clear, easy to digest way that doesn’t scare you, or leave you running for the cake tin, but instead looking at how you can eat differently to ensure that you don’t just rattle with supplements but actually get what you need for your body to function, from the foods you eat. Yes, there is a lot of science in the book, but I enjoyed getting to grips with this and will certainly be paying more attention from now onwards.
Nuts are good for us! I know that there is a lot of talk at the moment about allergies and that nuts are banned in many schools, but if you can eat them, do. This doesn’t mean you can wolf down bags of KP dry roasted peanuts, but snacking on raw almonds, having a small handful of Brazil nuts with a cup of green tea or enjoying cashews in the evening will give you the benefit of zinc, magnesium, iron, copper as well as a number of B vitamins.
Popeye wasn’t lying when he said it made his strong. This green vegetable is cheap, easy to find in shops and full of calcium, potassium, iron, selenium, as well as vitamins A, E and K, so buy it, wash it and eat it! Add to smoothies, use in salads and put with eggs and you will be glad you did.
Steve not only wrote the book, but set up his Primal Cure online business where you can find out more about his beliefs and findings and buy a range of products including creams, oils and supplements which give you what your body and skin actually need.
You can get your copy of Primal Cure in local high street retailers or on Amazon for £24:00.