I'm Darryl Edwards, a movement therapist, paleo nutritionist, blogger and published author of "Paleo Fitness" based in London, England.  This blog documents my experiences with a primal lifestyle that has made me fitter and healthier in my forties than ever before.  I am a contributor to Paleo Magazine and presenter at various symposiums such as Paleo:f(x), PrimalCon, AHS (Ancestral Health Symposium) and other events globally.

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  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner
  • The Paleo Solution
    The Paleo Solution
    by Robb Wolf

    Paleo for weight loss, performance and disease prevention. Read my full review here.

  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky

    The impact of too much stress in our lives - impotence, obesity, heart disease and much more...

  • The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy
    The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy
    by Mark Sisson

    Usually we have to go back to basics to progress, this is a great place to start!

  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp

    "Think about the toxic chemicals you put onto your body, and are exposed to on a daily basis.  Frankly, quite worrying..."

  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans

    First published in the mid 1990s.  Amongst other things, disputes the 'fat intake causes obesity' argument and reasons why the high carb/low-fat diet doesn't work.

  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall

    An inspirational read, whether you are a 'runner' or not.  This book also investigates why expensive 'cushioned' running shoes increases the likelihood of injury.

  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan

    An insight into real, simple and nutritious food.  Insightful.

  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan

    An excellent, non-scientific common sense quick reference to the often confusing question : "What should I eat?"

  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain

    An alternative to Cordain's first book "The Paleo Diet" if who want to consider the impact of Paleo on athletic performance.  It is geared towards endurance athletes but an interesting read nonetheless.

  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith

    I'm an omnivore.  I believe it is healthy to eat naturally-reared meat, non-farmed fish as well as a wide variety of fresh vegetables.  This book is an interesting read and has a lot to say about why becoming a vegetarian isn't necessarily the best option for humans.  However read this, do your own research and make up your own mind.

  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon

    A discussion about the complex nervous system working in the gut, which produces neurotransmitters such as serotonin.  In fact much more serotonin is produced in the gut than the brain!

  • The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine
    The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine
    by James Le Fanu
  • Swindled: From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee - The Dark History of the Food Cheats
    Swindled: From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee - The Dark History of the Food Cheats
    by Bee Wilson
  • Cancer: The Evolutionary Legacy
    Cancer: The Evolutionary Legacy
    by M.F. Greaves
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain

    This provides extraordinary insight into the reasons behind adopting a paleolithic diet.  Some aspects are controversial and many may feel it is too dogmatic.  I have often gone back to this book and re-read it for clarification as Dr Loren Cordain is often mis-quoted.  There is now a revised edition (2010 edition) to counter some of its earlier criticisms, this is an excellent resource and a must-read for any one serious about paleo nutrition.

  • Lore of Running
    Lore of Running
    by Tim Noakes

    This book offers a comprehensive insight into the science, coaching and discipline of running.  Energy systems, coaching and training.  Often quoted as the bible of running.

Tuesday
Apr222014

Primal School Play Day (Testimonials)

Parent: Although Jenna (7th grade) played tennis and soccer after school, when she woke up this morning she said her legs were sore. It was from your program. She enjoyed it. Thanks for bringing the program to us!

Teacher:
 I loved spending those 45 minutes with my third graders! It was great to see them smiling, working together, and even struggling with the activities. The workouts were fun and got my heart rate up quickly. The kids seemed to really like Darryl immediately! Thanks for the opportunity!


Teacher:
 The kids couldn't stop talking about the program and how much fun it was... and they were the middle schoolers!

Student 1: Now THAT was fun! Can we get him to come back again next week?


Student 2:
 I never knew playing silly games like that was so fun and exhausting!

Head of Physical Education:

Darryl, the knowledge you have of how to motivate the students, whether it is adult or child, is truly amazing. The multitudes of age-appropriate activities that you showed us and the way the students kept moving and enjoyed their time, even though they were physically exhausted is a testament to you! I have since used a number of the activities you showed us in class and will continue to do so.

As a physical education teacher and someone who is rather physically active, the feeling my body had at the end of the day and the days to follow were not only painful (in a good way) but amazed in terms of the muscles I didn't even know existed, or better yet, the muscles I have that are hardly ever used!

I am a big fan of you, your ability to motivate and your whole program and I hope we have the opportunity to have you back in the near future!

Michael Feierstein, MS Phys. Ed
Athletic Director
Arthur Mayer Jewish Academy, West Palm Beach, Florida. 
Wednesday
Apr162014

Primal Play (With The Kids)

 

One of the best outcomes during my time at Paleo FX last weekend. A father arriving home and playing with the kids... 

The Father: "after the show. Instead of coming home, tired, and vegging out in recovery -- I took the girls out for some fun play. The girls are super excited -- as soon as I walked in the house the next evening my youngest asked me excitedly, "Is it time to go?!" Literally as I opened the door that came out of her mouth. As we got home tonight I heard an expectant voice ask, "are we doing this tomorrow?!" 

This is one of the reasons I do what I do. #PrimalPlay

Monday
Apr072014

Paleo f(x) - My Events (See You There)!

Austin, Texas, USA

I'll be presenting, debating and hosting movement workshops at Paleo f(x) in Austin, Texas.  I look forward to seeing you there!  Live streaming is also available!

Darryl.

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Thursday - 10 April 2014
 The curious case of Darryl Edwards (Pecha Kucha Presentation) : Evening

Friday - 11 April 2014
Primal Playout (Playshop) : 10.00am to 10.55am
Keeping the Paleo Lifestyle Simple: Old School Paleo : 2.40pm to 3.05pm
Primal Intensity (Workshop) : 12.30pm to 13.35pm
 Book Signing (Paleo Fitness) : 3.15pm to 4.15pm

Saturday - 12 April 2014
 

US Healthcare: In Crisis or Chaos? : 9.30am to 10.25am
Primal Playout (Playshop) : 12.30pm to 13.25pm
Primal Intensity (Workshop) : 2.40pm to 3.35pm
Living a Happy, Intentional Life : 3.45pm to 4.40pm

Sunday - 13 April 2014
 
Paleo Life Hacker : 8.30am to 9:25am
 Networking for Health Entrepreneurs and Business Owners : 10.30am to 11:30am
 Networking for Bloggers : 11.30am to 12.30pm
Beyond Food : 1.35pm to 2.30pm
 The Power Of Play : PRIMALity : 3.10pm to 3.35pm

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Monday
Apr072014

The Jumpee (Burpee Alternative) - YouTube