What can I say… we’re suckers for the cool things our people create! Heck, there’s a reason why they made it in WLP: they are awesome, successful proponent of the paleo lifestyle and the community loves their stuff!
In this case, we’re talking about Darryl Edwards’ brand spanking new, Paleo from A to Z. I find the book very useful–there was definitely a gap in the market for such product–I mean how do you explain what ghrelin is to uncle Burt who wants to know what blood “gremlin” is and why he should even care?!
First the design: I’m sorry but who ever said “don’t judge a book by its cover” obviously lived in another era! I mean, that’s all that counts nowadays! If the cover sucks we often think the content will too… because why wouldn’t you have a catchy, sexy cover in this day and age of photoshop and HD stock photography, right?
Luckily Darryl’s book cover is quite simple, playful yet shockingly appealing: the duck tape concept just works. There’s also something about crisp-white sheets of paper… (Or maybe it’s just me.)
When it comes to its layout, again the book is quite straight forward since it’s a dictionary. What I found really good was the fact that whilst the content hasn’t been dumbed down, it definitely hasn’t been made out to be so complex and elaborate that it can only be understood by someone holding a PhD. This was obviously what Darryl was going for here: mass accessibility. Still, it is worth noting that he has achieved somewhat of a feat here: vulgarizing language that is more often than not complicated and rooted in academia, chemistry and medicine. One only needs to go to the “Resources” section (page 301) to see what humongous task creating this book would have represented for Edwards.
Overall the book covers reasonably well all of the terminologies commonly used by people adhering to the lifestyle and is yet another tool (just like this cool little documentary about paleo coming out soon-wink wink), that can be used to educate ourselves and loved ones about human health.
The product description on www.paleofromatoz.com…
The book consists of over 500 topics using jargon-free language and aims to dispel the misinformation that surrounds health and nutrition. The listings are set out in an easy-to-use A-Z format using a simple cross-referencing system linked to related topics. In this book you will learn:
- The foods to eat and avoid that allow you to enjoy better health.
- How to decipher acronyms such as HIIT, VLDL, RCT, BPA and AIP.
- Simple tips to improve sleep, reduce stress and regain vitality.
- How to better understand concepts such as blood tests, the role of inflammation and disease, hormones, and epigenetics.
- How to make sense of the other choices that contribute to wellbeing – such as the toxic chemicals you should avoid in your food, on your skin and in your home.