The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

From the godfather of the US West Coast's primal lifestyle movement and arguably one of the better introductions to the topic, Sisson writes with an American chutspah that may grate with some European sensibilities but his enthusiasm ultimately proves infectious and he now sits atop of a fairly substantial publishing and spin-off product empire devoted to all things primal.

Never short of a succinct, easy to grasp analogy, the Primal Blueprint attempts to offer a primer on ancestral health lifestyles and our shared evolutionary history. It's big picture stuff for a lay audience, so minimal anthropology or evolutionary biology.

Sisson choses to call his concept 'primal living' and hangs his coat upon ten laws:

  1. Eat lots of plants and animals
  2. Avoid poisonous things.
  3. Move frequently at a slow pace
  4. Lift heavy things
  5. Sprint once in a while
  6. Get adequate sleep
  7. Play
  8. Get adequate sunlight
  9. Avoid stupid mistakes
  10. Use your brain

Say what you like about his use of scientific studies to back up his arguments, credit where it's due, making this subject lighthearted, simple and accessible has made a world of difference to how the primal philosophy is perceived today in the US and that can only be a good thing.

If you're looking for an all-round introduction to this theme, we recommend this book with the caveat that there are more cerebral texts out there and you'll want to progress past this to more academic authors in order to round out your knowledge. 

DietMatt Morley