by John Freeman, PhD
While it misses some of the beneficial aspects of the original Evolution Diet, Arthur De Vany’s New Evolution Diet adds its own common-sense points (French fries are the worst food to eat) and not-so-common-sense points (intermittent fasting helps insulin sensitivity and “protein turnover”) and provides a great, well-rounded plan for a healthy lifestyle. A vivacious grandfather, De Vany, is considered one of the pioneers of the primal/paleo lifestyle as he’s been doing it for more than a quarter century. Newcomers like Cordain and Morse have provided basically the same instructions for the good life: eat how our ancestors ate (veggies, fruit, lean meats). But those instructions don’t necessarily fill a book. What does is in depth explanation of what that hunter-gatherer diet looks like in a modern age.
For one, it is more intelligent than brutish. De Vany calls NED the “smart diet” because it’s not about calorie counting, which may be effective for people, but it’s really unsustainable. De Vany says, here’s the menu of our ancestors, and you can eat however much of it you want. Although De Vany doesn’t get into the psychology of eat (this needs to be a book), he actually gets into the metaphysics of the diet in an interesting chapter. He instead relies on the theory that if you eat the right foods, your brain will be satisfied and those French fries will cease looking good to you. I don’t think this is the case, but that shouldn’t make you pass this book up. It is a well-written, interesting manual should help you attain an ideal, evolved lifestyle.