Welcome to the final virtual meeting of our book club and our discussion of Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas! (If you don’t know what’s going on around here, read this post…or read the first Q&A.) If you’re new here, you’re welcome to join us! Just get a copy of Primal Body, Primal Mind and chime in on the discussion anytime!
Book Club Meetings
Chapters 1-9 – Monday, August 29 – Read the Q&A
Chapters 10-23 – Monday, September 19 – Read the Q&A
Chapters 24-31 – Friday, September 30– DONE!
Just like previous meetings, I’ll ask a few questions to get things started. Take a look at the questions below and share your thoughts in comments. Don’t feel pressure to answer all the questions… you can just respond to the ones that inspire you. Or blast us with all of your thoughts, if you’re really feelin’ it.
1. Chapter 24 opens with the idea that there is “no fundamental separate between mind and body.” Discuss.
2. Not a question: Hahahahah… we’re all fatheads! “The brain is made up of more than 50 percent fat…” (p. 232)
3. The sections on memory and stress in Chapters 26 and 29 really hit home. Now that my diet, training, and sleep are well on track, stress is my next stumbling block. I’ve decided to do a 15-20 minute meditation every other day while I’m on my trip to Prague. What are you doing to manage your stress?
4. In Chapter 27, I had a very physical reaction to this quote: “… any emotional state you can think of also corresponds to a certain type of body language.” I’ve experienced that myself. If I walk tall and slap a smile on your face, and eventually you will feel more positive and confident. When I put on “fat clothes” and shuffle around like a troll, I feel lousy. How about you – do you feel a connection between your mood and body language?
5. Also not a question, but I agree with this: “I personally would almost rather deal with being chased by a saber-toothed tiger or a charger cantankerous woolly mammoth than deal with the corruptive influence of the FDA and multinational corporations or face massively contaminated food, water, and air supplies.” (p. 284)
6. You know I’m a strong proponent of the Whole30 and elimination diets, so the detoxification recommended in chapter 30 is great. However, I don’t like the guideline that allows “a little stevia.” How do you feel about that?
7. I don’t have any questions related to Chapter 31 – I just think it’s a solid recitation of what we know to be true: we need to eat real food and minimize the stress of modern life. Do you have anything, emotional or intellectual, you’d like to share on that topic?
8. Appendix A lists 19 steps we can take “toward improved physical and mental health and well-being.” How many of them have you adopted? (I’m good for all of them except #9 (I take Vitamin D, but not cod liver oil); #14 (I have no idea where the high-tension power lines and Wi-Fi routers are in my life.).
Before we hit the discussion, I want to say that I think Nora’s sleep recommendations are too low (7-8 hours per night); I strive for a minimum of 8 and I’m thrilled if I get between 8 and 9. And, honestly, I’m still really struggling with the idea of eating less protein. I’m going to re-read those parts of the book and consider a self-experiment in November/December, but I’m not convinced I’ll feel like optimal me if I cut back on protein.
To end on an up beat: I love the extensive resources and reading list in the back, and Nora is bursting with vitality and good health in that photo on page 377. I certainly can’t argue with that!
You’re turn – sound off in comments!
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