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Living Paleo For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Joulwan , Kellyann Petrucci
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Book Description

A fun and practical guide for adopting Paleo diet principles into your daily life

The human body survived for more than 2 million years with the food found in nature: game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs, and nuts. Humans were thriving on this diet high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates, but things changed when we introduced unnatural and processed foods to our bodies. The Paleo movement is one of today's hottest diet and healthy-eating approaches. Its appeal comes from the fact that it is a sustainable alternative to more restrictive diets that often lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. The Paleo diet is about using natural foods to achieve great health and a perfect physique.

Living Paleo For Dummies shows you how to adopt the Paleo lifestyle and improve your health and longevity. Offering more than 40 recipes for every meal of the day, and providing tips for getting around common roadblocks such as eating out, this essential guide to adopting a primal diet also provides the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry, and anthropology to help you look, feel, and perform your best.

  • The details of eating the foods that our bodies were designed to eat
  • A complete introductory plan to kick start the Paleo journey
  • Tricks to save on the food bill while adhering to a primal meal plan

Living Paleo For Dummies is for anyone looking for a fun and informative guide that simplifies the complexities of the Paleo Diet while outlining and explaining the science behind the benefits.



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'...an extremely reliable and well-argued book, which covers some complex subjects very deftly and will almost certainly leave you feeling better acquainted with some of the industry's biggest wigs.' (Private Equity International, March 2013)

From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Lose weight with the Paleo lifestyle
  • Improve your health and longevity
  • Make Paleo-friendly dishes for every meal of the day
  • Look, feel, and perform your best
  • Tackle high-intensity workouts

Adopt the Paleo lifestyle and start looking and feeling your best

Living Paleo For Dummies shows you how to adopt the Paleo lifestyle and improve your health and longevity. Offering more than 40 recipes for every meal of the day, and providing tips for getting around common roadblocks such as eating out, this essential guide to adopting a primal diet also provides the latest, cutting-edge research from genetics, biochemistry, and anthropology to help you look, feel, and perform your best.

  • Living Paleo 101 — find out how living Paleo can affect your body and mind as well as dramatically change the way you look and feel
  • The Paleo pyramid — get to know about Paleo nutrition as well as how aspects of the caveman lifestyle, such as adequate sleep, sun, and exercise, contribute to higher quality of life
  • Cook like a caveman — dive into a collection of delicious, comforting recipes that will fill every meal (and your stomach) with healthy, energizing foods
  • Power through pitfalls — discover how to overcome common obstacles to adopting the Paleo lifestyle, like how to eat while dining in restaurants, traveling, and celebrating special occasions without sacrificing your Paleo habits

Open the book and find:

  • The biology behind the Paleo lifestyle
  • 40+ Paleo recipes for everyday entrees, easy one-pot meals, side dishes, sauces and seasonings, and snacks and treats
  • A caveman workout routine
  • Strategies to help you lose weight and fight aging
  • A 30-day "reset" to get yourself into the plan
  • How to eat Paleo when dining out
  • Tips to transition your whole family to Paleo eating

Product Details

  • File Size: 2008 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AJ3J4QY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the facts, Ma'am January 23, 2013
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My wife has started the paleo diet, which pretty much means I'm on the paleo diet as well. We were looking for a good primer to help us get started, and this book fits the bill nicely. It is factually written, which is appreciated. No personal anecdotes or gratuitous pictures of an impossibly beautiful and happy family implying that YOU TOO can be like this if only you eat paleo (I'm looking at you, Sarah Fragoso).

The book opens with a well-written and informative description of the paleo philosophy, which does a good job explaining why exactly you're putting yourself through this. As with other Dummies books, the writing is clear and engaging. This alone is helpful because it effectively arms the reader with the information needed to exist outside of a pre-planned menu. Say, for instance, you're going out to eat with friends...all the recipes in the world won't help you, but a thorough knowledge of what paleo is trying to accomplish will, and you'll be better able to make appropriate choices when you're out in the wild.

However, it is nice to have at least a small arsenal of recipes, since when you're on paleo you'll probably be eating at home more often. This book does offer a selection of recipes, but I did deduct one star because the volume of recipes is somewhat limited. Once you get into paleo you'll probably want another recipe source.

In sum, this book is exactly what the title implies: a good introduction to the paleo diet for the lay reader. However, it also has enough detail that it would be useful beyond the introduction stage.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cream of the Paleo Crop December 12, 2012
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One of the best books in recent years on the Paleo Diet, and it deserves to be put on the shelf directly between The Paleo Solution and The Paleo Diet. This book is a fresh spring of Paleo principles, and offers gentle, but no nonsense instruction on how to live primal (and optimize your health) in a modern world. Few books on health are as well presented and readable as this one. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent & Simplified February 21, 2013
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I've been on the Paleo diet for about 9 months now and find myself having more energy. My weight went down early on as I lost fat but has climbed back up as I've gained muscle. I still have to wear a belt with my pants that used to fit tightly without one. Others have commented on the fact that I look stronger, and objective measures show that I am stronger. I've felt hungry less often while not watching my calories at all. A leading consumer magazine just did a review of diet plans and rated Paleo very highly for weight loss.

Any review of a Paleo Diet book must compare it to the original and best selling The Paleo Diet Revised: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat. I personally found that book to be more informative and better written while still being quite approachable. If you are serious about trying the Paleo diet and read only one book I highly recommend that one.

If you are just mildly curious about the Paleo Diet then the format of the Living Paleo For Dummies book might be for you. It is easy to skim and broken down into digestible nuggets. If you've read a for Dummies book on another topic you'll know what you are getting into. My view is that the for Dummies books are written more like Powerpoint charts and less like a novel. Choosing this book is more a matter of reading style than of substance.

I will say that I've read several Paleo books and there are some minor disagreements. For example this book allows clarified grass fed butter, where other Paleo books would not. I myself have added yogurt to my diet after reading a lot of research, but most Paleo books would not allow yogurt.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Written December 11, 2012
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The Paleo market has become saturated with books. This is one that should stand out in the pile. The framework of this book makes it easy to grasp this material in minutes. The health information is brilliantly written and I challenge anyone who reads this book not to be inspired! This book will be in my store. Highly Recommended!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it. Do it. You won't regret it. January 2, 2013
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Wonderful and user-friendly! What I appreciate most about this particular introduction to the Paleo Diet, is that it lays out, in simple, easy to follow instructions, a comprehensive 30-day plan to get you started eating the way you're meant to.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A basic introduction and more April 15, 2013
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For several months I have followed a Primal/Paleo diet and have scoured the Web for books, information, exercises and recipes to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle. Losing belly fat and gaining strength along with improved blood work were primary concerns, so my entire family switched to this lifestyle. First came Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, then Primal Connection followed by several cookbooks and websites devoted to the Paleo lifestyle. When I was offered the opportunity to review Living Paleo for Dummies, I ordered the book and have been reading voraciously.

First of all, let me say that as with many of the "for Dummies" books, Living Paleo is not the be all-end all in reference books but is a primer for the beginner. It defines what Paleo is: embracing the eating style of our hunter gatherer ancestors who ate meats, vegetables, and berries long before the advent of farming and the raising of grains and legumes. There are five parts to the book, the aforementioned chapter plus defining modern foods that work with your "inner Cave Man" and how to prepare to switch to this eating plan. The second part covers Paleo nutrition, modern challenges (sometimes quite challenging given how much grain and sugar and genetically modified foods sneak into our grocery store products). There is also a chapter on incorporating Paleo exercises into your life which do not require trips to a gym. Think moderate exercise, some weight-bearing and heavy lifting combined with short cardio bursts of speed. If you're new to Paleo, as most "for Dummies" readers will be, there are excellent tips on restocking your kitchen (tossing your non-Paleo foods in favor of more Paleo-friendly ones) and a primer on the most useful utensils you'll need.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and lots of helpful tips
been paleo for about 1 year now this is the book I started with! Easy to read and lots of helpful tips. I wish more people would turn to paleo it has SO many health benefits
Published 8 days ago by Johanna Theel
4.0 out of 5 stars like it
good info, simple, concise. I particularly like the style of the collection highlighting the important "stuffs" and a good collection of recipe.
Published 1 month ago by Cocopu 4U
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book very informative
Published 2 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars this did a good job educating me about Paleo "eating"
I already knew quite a bit about ketogenic diets......this did a good job educating me about Paleo "eating"...... was easy to read and gave me the info I needed.
Published 2 months ago by Jean Horner
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of 3 other books regarding Paleo this is the best. Once again
I should have ordered this book first. Out of 3 other books regarding Paleo this is the best. Once again, the DUMMIES have broken down the information in a way that was easily... Read more
Published 3 months ago by peola
5.0 out of 5 stars Paleo book for dummies
Great book, love the recipes. We use a lot of the recipes. I just hate my city because it's makes it harder for use to find ingredients. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Devon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!
If one can get desperate enough to follow this then more power to them. I could not.
Published 3 months ago by D. Vick
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Like all the dummies books this is written by a real expert. Has everything you need to know about the Paleo way of eating.
Published 4 months ago by John Parson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read. Learned a lot. I prefer Primal ...
Interesting read. Learned a lot. I prefer Primal rather than Paleo Living though.
Published 7 months ago by Vickie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as other paleo books. Would not recommend .
Published 7 months ago by Teresa A. Rath
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