Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf is a groundbreaking, scientific, easy to read approach to nutrition that teaches us how to figure out our own biochemistry, and consume a variety of amazing dishes without feeling restricted. Robb Wolf takes his approach to ancestral eating to the next level, by teaching the reader how to customize an eating plan that will help with balancing blood sugars, reverse insulin resistance, and find the right amount and type of carbs to consume without it being a guessing game.
Robb Wolf begins the book by opening up about his own health journey from being very sick, to being a very active and strong 40-something year old. He discusses all the hurdles “the Paleo diet” advocates have had to overcome, due to mainstream paradigms painting a picture of Paleo as a fad, and ‘pseudoscience’ way of eating. He also discusses how many in the paleo community became dogmatic with their approach, and how this has also set us back in our ability to move forward. Robb states,
The Ancestral diet or Paleo diet model I talked about in my first book is incredibly powerful, but these concepts are tools and starting points, not final destinations.
Robb Wolf introduces a refreshing shift in this paradigm, based on bio-individuality. He teaches us how different amounts of carbohydrates work differently for different people, and how our genetics wire us to crave certain foods, and digest a certain way. It is his hope that with this book, people will not assume they are failures at eating healthy. They will understand the factors at play, and be able to change their health, through gaining this understanding.
Robb Wolf supplies all the tools needed to help people heal their digestion, balance blood sugar, rewire appetite, and improve sleep and movement. The book is broken down into three phases, so that the reader can take the process step by step, rather than just try to make blind changes overnight and thus feeling like a failure. Throughout the book Robb offers sound tidbits of advice on calories, neuroregulation, sex (and the relation to indulgent eating), hygiene hypothesis, sleep, community, movement, stress, and so much more!
The first phase of the book contains a beautifully laid out, easy to follow, 30 day reset plan, that includes a plan of attack and a menu. For those struggling with autoimmune conditions, he offers a meal plan for that as well! There are recipes in the book to help with the meal planning, and he offers sound advice on how to make the plan work for you. The second phase of the book is a 7-Day carbohydrate test, and information to help the reader determine the amount and right kind of carbohydrates that work best for their own bio-individuality needs. In the third phase, Robb gives the reader many different tools to help with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Overall, this book teaches us that the Paleo paradigm is a great starting point, but that healthy eating is customizable depending on so many factors, which Robb Wolf details. This book really does teach the reader how to rewire their personal relationship with food, as well as offer sound advice on many other lifestyle factors, containing solid scientific advice, yet it is easy to understand and follow. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to bring their health to the next level!