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  • Series: Idiot's Guides
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781615641499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615641499
  • ASIN: 1615641491
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Peter Banta on April 9, 2012
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Got mine. Easy Weekend Read. Very well organized, written & thought-out. Packed with informational -type nutrition (on nutrition)! I have learned a load about what goes on in my body that I had no idea about. Good science writing on the processes/chemistry, without being over-your-head technical (but enough for the technophiles). Great resource I'm sure I will be using regularly as I start this new life-style...

If you are new to Paleo, like I am, I highly recommend this book. Many "Ah Ha!" -moments as you read. It just seems so simple & staring-us-in-the-face now: Eat what you Evolved to eat. Duh. ::Hand > Face:: Pretty clear to see the connections & the misconceptions/misinterpretations when laid-out as they are here. Things are making sense here.

The book clearly outlines the ideas behind it, the history of the ideas & their proponents, where the debates & gray areas lie, as well as a healthy amount of studies referenced to either back up Paleo living, or to make you go "Hmmm" about traditional western diets & what is REALLY causing the wide-spread heart disease & diabetes that run rampant today. Stop buying (most)food that comes from boxes & fast food boxes! Eat what is natural, least-processed & most pure. So simple.

The food is also GREAT! Tasty & satisfying, but it will take some adjusting & Discipline, especially in the beginning (boy, those bread & cookies look good...), but the book helps by outlining the good/bads, and laying out clear examples, as well as lots of easy recipes. I am still (very)early on in my Paleo journey, but I have already seen positive changes just a couple weeks in as far as digestion, allergies/respiratory & energy levels/hunger. And you can still eat (uncured/gress-fed)Bacon! Need I say more? ;)

Get this book and Make The Change!

Much thanks to Neely & Jason at paleoplan dot com for their excellent web site, Paleo meal-planning services & this book!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kenpo-Jujitsu Teacher VINE VOICE on April 15, 2012
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This work is a simple, straightforward easy-to-read intro into this way of eating. There are also some nice recipes and good general "dos and don'ts" that will be helpful to the reader.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H Pepperdine on June 7, 2012
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Pros:

This is a good foundational book. It gives a good background on the Paleo diet and what early civilizations ate in their diet. The sections on why our modern diets don't work, getting ready, prepping your kitchen, and the recipes are good. They do give some tips on how to find "Paleo friendly" food out and about if you can't be home. The book has a good selection of recipes that fit many different budgets. I have looked at other Paleo books, and reviews of them said they focused on the author selling his/her products. This book is "generic" so it does not do that. It does focus on the do's / don'ts, vitamins, etc.

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It is a bit heavy on the "evolution" and "early man." If you don't believe in that it comes across as too much. I just skipped over most of it. Tips that were over the top for me were the suggestions you have a Vitamix blender (these cost upwards of $500 each) and that you pack and carry containers of your own food when you travel. This may work for some, but for a person that travels for a job M-F that doesn't work. I found it a bit out of line when they mention go to the grocery store and get your own food if you know your friends won't have "your type of food" when you go for dinner. I would hope that a person would be gracious enough to speak kindly with their friends first rather than just showing up with a bag full of groceries and saying "I can't eat your food." The book authors are hard core about Paleo, so expect to read "you must" "you should" do this/do that. They are "go all they way" or don't at all when it comes to the Paleo eating life style. I will be incorporating what I can when I can over a period of time.

Overall I like the book and got a good foundation about the Paleo diet. I would recommend it for the beginner.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sysco6 on May 7, 2012
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This was a very user friendly introduction of the Paleo life style. Not too heavy on anecdotes or technical jargon-- the chapters were concise and interesting, as well as easy to follow. I found myself tagging many pages w/Post-Its to be able to refer back quickly to various topics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Little Known Blogger on August 1, 2012
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I've been off-and-on with the Paleo diet for a while (I love the concept, but sometimes my lifestyle makes it difficult to have access to fresh food). This book gives excellent instruction and background for paleo eating without being too dogmatic. I especially appreciate that the authors don't try to claim that fermeted foods "aren't paleo" (one of my pet peeves in the paleo community).

This book is an EXCELLENT resource for beginners and experience paleo advocates alike. Lots of good recipes and advice!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MadeinOregon on July 18, 2012
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Not much else to say. Easy to read, good clarifications, great recipes. I have recommended it to my mother and other new Paleo eaters. I have it on my kindle app for easy access when I travel. Well written.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gsdoglvr on July 22, 2012
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The book made sense. The chapters were very detailed! I LOVE THE recipies. I think it is a perfect book for beginners that want to know what paleo is all about. Some books are not beginner friendly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Normasanjose on January 23, 2013
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How many diet books have you read that tell you all the science behind it AND also give you meal planning for the first month? This guide does it and does it very well. It is not dumbed down either. I like that there are lists to take to the store of stuff to buy (and most of it is stuff you can get almost anywhere and can pronounce). I am not very far along in this process, so I cannot make any claims about the diet itself. But I can say that if you want to try this diet, this book is a fabulous start because it is so darn practical.
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