New Project: Primal Fat Burner
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New Project: Primal Fat Burner

I got a ketogenic education when I helped ancestral nutrition expert, Nora Gedgaudas, edit and refine her new book Primal Fat Burner (Atria Books). Nora is one of the preeminent voices in the field of Paleo health, highly acclaimed for her first book Primal Body, Primal Mind, which laid out a comprehensive look at the ways modern life has distorted our original genetic blueprint. In Primal Fat Burner, she zeroes in on a super-sharp focal point: restoring our original fat-burning metabolism, which 3 million years of human evolution designed us to use (but several hundred years of carb-centric eating destroyed, to our detriment). Working with Nora is like getting a graduate degree in nutrition—and an initiation into her passionate crusade for taking back our health and ending unnecessary suffering. Having worked with her, eaten with her, and gotten a peek into her kitchen and home, I can say that this woman walks her talk (and makes a mean slow-cooked, pastured pork to boot). I haven’t lowered my own carb intake enough to switch on my fat-burning metabolism—yes, it’s an actual physiological switch you trigger through your diet—but I am indeed keto-curious. And I was as inspired by Nora’s cuisine as I was by her call to collectively move towards truly sustainable and regenerative livestock management, as practiced by her friend and mentor, Allan Savory. As soon as my three-year old has stopped having porridge for breakfast, making carb-grazing far too much of my morning routine, I’ll become Nora’s next convert.

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