Subtitle: Nutritional Anthropology—Eating in Harmony with our Genetic Programming (2nd Edition-Fully Revised and Updated)
“This book is about: defining and practicing the feeding patterns appropriate to our species.” This quote from the Preface to the first edition, and included in the second edition, seems quite straightforward and clear, yet Bond claims on page 13 that there is a huge gap in human knowledge about what “exactly is food, how our bodies absorb food and the uses our body makes of it.” Bond’s interest in how early humans lived led him to a search for a “common nutritional theme,” traveling world-wide and searching and researching as far back as the initial Homo sapiens (our Pleistocene ancestors) left the African Savannah 50,000 years ago, gathering and hunting as they searched for plants and game, doing more gathering than hunting.
Interestingly enough, what the author found in the studies he researched (and found in 15 pages of the bibliographic sources) was that these very early people who had higher levels of eating fruits and vegetables (approximately 75%) were also those who lived the healthiest as well as the longest. Once humans “discovered” farming, about 10,000 years ago, planting and eating what we consider common foods — cereals, grains, potatoes, and sugars—actual stressed the body in terms of blood sugar levels, and resulted in serious illnesses.
Bond’s book, therefore, explains how we can pedal back to our ancestral nutritional roots and reclaim our good health, free of all the moderns ailments/disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. so common today. Each chapter takes us deeper and deeper into an understanding of for example, What and How We Eat (Chapter Five), The Golden Rules for Natural Eating (Chapter Six), and a look at basic foods and supplements in our modern diets (Chapter Seven).
To get the full “Bond Effect” we need to read The Food/Disease Connection followed by his step-by-step guide to how we actually change our eating habits to resemble more of the patterns established back on the African Savannah, as well as exercises to keep our bodies physically as well as nutritionally fit. Near the end we sample some of the recipes by the “Bond girl,” Nicole, Geoff Bond’s wife. (Her book Paleo Harvest, minus the meat dishes, is now my cooking Bible.) We learn how to structure our day, food wise, helped by the Appendix which divides foods into Good Foods to be eaten without restrictions as well as in restricted portions, and Bad/Borderline/ and favorable carbohydrates.
Thus, Natural Eating is both a 247- page “course” in how to eat healthfully and as close to our African ancestral roots as possible within modern boundaries, as well as a practical guide in how to accomplish this course in order to regain the health our ancestors enjoyed, free of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and poor digestion. This book is a great blueprint for a healthier way of living that I have begun to follow with positive results, which started with my reading Paleo in a Nutshell and Deadly Harvest, his earlier book.
There is also a monthly Bond Briefing online: (http://bit.ly/BB-Index) that includes health updates on Natural Eating. However, the author does point out that his book is not meant to replace medical advice or act as a substitute for a physician. Also, eating healthfully and exercising regularly are not cure-alls for every ailment, but a healthful diet and an exercise regimen are important steps in the right direction to good health into old age. However, you may want to share the “Bond effect” with your physician, as I have.
The second edition of Natural Eating (1st edition published by Griffin) is published by Bond Effect Publications, ISBN-13 : 978-0992751210, and is available from the usual bookshops and online sources. The sticker price is $20.00 for a soft cover book with 247 pages and it is also available on Kindle for $5.95.