The Paleo-Inspired Summer Reading List

The Paleo-Inspired Summer Reading List

When it comes to summer reading, we’re into all kinds of genres and cross-genres and various literary forms (think: poetry and flash fiction and graphic narrative and memoir). As Paleo Pioneers, however, we’ve come up with an incredible Paleo-inspired summer reading list for you. While some of the books we’ve gathered are new for 2016, others, like Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food (an absolute touchstone and favorite), reach back a few years. No matter how you slice it, our Paleo-inspired summer reading list is delicious AND it addresses health, wellbeing, Paleo life, and Paleo cooking in fresh, inspiring, and classic ways. Here are our top 3 reads, followed by the rest of the list!

1. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Henry Fong and Michelle Tam    

Time and time again we’ve referenced Michelle Tam and her Nom Nom Paleo blog. Mostly because we love what she’s done, how she’d done it, and where she’s going with it all. When creating our Paleo summer reading list it came as no surprise when we found ourselves with Tam and Fong’s book among our top ten—it’s one of best Paleo cookbooks around. Inside Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, Tam and Fong help soften the Paleo world’s often austere outward appearance by explaining Paleo living in fun, digestible terms. Plus, they use cute and informative illustrations throughout the text, which we love—told you we were into graphic narratives!

2. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan                           

Have you read this one yet? If you haven’t, we’re not going to say you should—but you should. It’s a beautiful book not just about eating, but about eating REAL FOOD. Imagine that? A synopsis of Pollan’s book, found on his website, sums up In Defense of Food quite nicely, while also summing up our (solely America’s?) prominent food paradox:

Instead of food, we’re consuming “edible foodlike substances”—no longer the products of nature but of food science. Many of them come packaged with health claims that should be our first clue they are anything but healthy. In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become.

3. Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe

According to Dr. Josh Axe (and hundreds of other studies and articles of scientific literature), soil-based organisms (SBOs) support gut health and immune response. In fact, SBOs are linked to the successful treatment of issues, including:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • IBS
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases
  • Bacterial, Fungal, and Viral Infections

Throughout his book, Dr. Axe addresses SBOs and why you should be eating probiotic foods, swimming in the ocean, and consuming raw honey and bee pollen. For more information on eating dirt-dwelling foods—plants that grow in healthy (pesticide-free) soil teeming with highly active microorganisms—read on here, or check out Dr. Axe’s book, Eat Dirt.

That’s all for now—enjoy your summer reading, walk barefoot in the dirt, and definitely (definitely) eat real food. Oh, and don’t forget to let us know what you think about the books!


As promised, here’s the rest of our 2016 Paleo-inspired summer reading list…

Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley

The ZenBelly Cookbook: An Epicurean’s Guide to Paleo Cuisine by Simone Miller

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Old Age by Michael Kinsley

Perfectly Imperfect by Baron Baptiste

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup

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