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If you're the type of person that isn't fooled by the growing volume of processed gluten-free goodies on grocery store shelves, you will love the forthcoming book Eat Like a Dinosaur from the Paleo Parents. This book is full of family friendly, super healthy, and may I say, super delicious, recipes.
-Elana Amsterdam,  Elanaspantry.com

This book is a handbook for anyone thinking about transitioning their family to a more real food, paleo approach -- and it's ideal for parents dealing with kids' allergy issues.
-Melissa Joulwan, author of Well Fed and TheClothesMaketheGirl.com

It's the illustrated opening story, however - told by Cole - which truly moved me the most. It ends with the most innocent and sweet statement, "Now we enjoy going out and doing fun stuff instead of feeling sad inside our house." This is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
- Liz Wolf, CaveGirlEats.com

I cannot begin to express my excitement over The Paleo Parents new cookbook, Eat Like a Dinosaur, it is exactly what I've needed since embarking on my own grain-free lifestyle nearly a year ago.
-Heidi, Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

It's time to expand your paleo library, family's menus, and healthy way of life!  It's time to "Eat Like a Dinosaur"!
-RobbWolf.com

About the Author

IStacy Toth and Matthew McCarry are the couple behind the popular blog PaleoParents.com. Well known for their award-winning recipes and their successes with the Paleo diet, they have been featured in national publications, live speaking events, on radio shows and videos, and television news programs. You can also find them on their top rated podcast, The Paleo View.

Their success story of drastically improving the health of the whole family and losing over 200 pounds as a couple is a testament to the power of this lifestyle. As of today the family has experienced health changes they never thought were even possible. They feel their dietary changes have saved their family.

Focusing on an accessible, sustainable, and delicious recreations of "regular" food, Matt and Stacy have authored 3 family-friendly cookbooks: Eat Like a Dinosaur, Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids; Beyond Bacon, Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog; and, Real Life Paleo, 175 Gluten-free Recipes, Meal Ideas, and an Easy 3-Phased Approach to Lose Weight & Gain Health. The entire family loves to recreate old standard favorites in inventive and more healthful ways.

About the Blog
With 3 children now unable to eat "normal" foods, Matt & Stacy began creating recipes for children with food allergies in mind. Both Eat Like a Dinosaur and Real Life Paleo highlight the top allergens and offer ideas on how to further eliminate tree nuts and eggs from their grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, legume-free recipes. Most recipes are appropriate for those with nearly any food allergies, including those following the Paleo, Primal, SCD, GAPS, and gluten-free lifestyles.

After years of successfully living this lifestyle, Matt and Stacy now love to share their knowledge through tips and tricks on the blog and books.

Matt, Stacy, Cole, Finian, and Wesley live in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Original ed. edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Murphy on May 31, 2012
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This book is a wonderful resource for transitioning the entire family to a Paleo lifestyle. It describes useful tools that I almost deem essential now and what they term "funny ingredients". My 5 year old loved the dinosaur story and she was instantly motivated to eat that way. My 7 year old was terrified by it but he has a strong food aversion disorder. The thought of eating what he thought was gross just made him cry. He did pick the Anytime Cookies recipe so we made that one first. They did not turn out like the picture at all. As a very visual child, he was furious and wouldn't try them. I found them tasty but they certainly weren't like the picture. I plan to try it again and then see how I can adapt it to make it less runny. My favorite recipe in here is the waffles and I think over time my kids will like those as well.

There are over 100 reviews here that will tell you the wonderful parts with this book so I don't feel the need to repeat them all. Since this is a review, I feel the need to be honest with some criticism.

There were two parts of this book that I did not like. First, they recommend transitioning your kids quickly. I don't necessarily agree with this approach for kids age 4+ who are going through a picky stage already. Our child became malnourished from his refusal to eat a few months ago and as much as everyone tells you that they will eat what you feed them, that is not always the case. Although my son is an extreme exception, I know there are other kids out there like him. My other two children are transitioning nicely. I feel it is better to empower the child to make the right choice. Read Cole's story in the book and talk about how processed food, grains and legumes make your child ill.
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My family and I ate the right things or so we thought. Whole grains, brown rice, meats, veggies, fruits, and Friday night pizza of course! Even our close friends would come for a visit and say we always had healthy snacks. But something wasn't right, we were all tired, hungry, and had low energy. My four year old son ate breakfast and within a half hour was telling me he was still hungry. How could this be? He just downed 6-8 mini pancakes and a cup of skim milk.

Then I stared reading/researching healthy eating for families. Kids I especially wanted to read about their nutrition and it was at this time I found Paleo and Eat Like A Dinosaur. We quickly cleaned out our pantry, fridge, and freezer of ALL processed foods. I explained to my four year old what we were doing and we went to the market and ordered our copy of ELaD.

Today we are 3-4 months into Paleo and we have never felt better. We reference this book daily and my four year old is excited to pick-out recipes to help create. The children's story in this book was helpful in explaining our new lifestyle and we've even read it to some of our friends children.

Without a doubt you will love this book and live better after practicing these techniques to healthy living with your family.
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It can be very challenging to get my adult self to follow the paleo guidelines sometimes -- and I'm experienced enough in life to know that if I take care of my body everything else is much easier to manage. But kids! Kids don't have that life experience to guide them; they rely on their parents for that. So I'm mightily impressed by families who make the transition to paleo and get their kids involved in food decisions.

Eat Like a Dinosaur is the newest addition to the growing collection of paleo cookbooks and how-to guides, and it was clearly made with love. The Paleo Parents (be sure to visit their impressive and helpful blog) have transformed themselves. Yes, they lost a lot of weight (200 pounds) following the paleo diet, but they've also created a new lifestyle for themselves that goes far beyond weight loss to really living. As they say in the (not at all) "Boring Chapter for Parents," they wrote their book for "ordinary families who want to start cooking and eating together with their children in a healthful way."

This book is a handbook for anyone thinking about transitioning their family to a more real food, paleo approach -- and it's ideal for parents dealing with kids' allergy issues. For your consideration...

5 Cool Things About Eat Like A Dinosaur

1. It's more than a collection of recipes.
If you're looking for paleo-compliant recipes and replacements for non-paleo favorites, Eat Like a Dinosaur has got you covered. With more than 100 recipes, there are plenty of ideas to make sure no one complains that eating healthy is boring. But Eat Like a Dinosaur goes beyond that to include helpful tips on two really big challenges: how to transition the family and how to pack kid-pleasing paleo lunches.
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Me and my family have been eating primal/paleo for a few years. There have been some struggles on what food they can eat at home so I was hoping that this book would excite them. They liked the story very much because it really reflected our family. I liked how the book was laid out. What I didn't like were the recipes themselves and the photography. Too many snacky treat foods that required lots of prep and cooking and sweeteners. And with a few exceptions, they didn't look appealing to eat at all. I'm sure that is why my kids didn't even look twice at the recipes even with my enthusiastic tries. Lots of mushy, brown looking foods that didn't entice the eyes.

I really wanted to like the book. But our family it didn't click. The story was great but the recipes themselves just didn't inspire my kids nor me.
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