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Smart paleo paths for unique bodies,
This review is from: Perfecting Paleo: Personalize Your Diet Rules: Ancient Wisdom Meets Self-Testing (Paperback)
I am an author of paleo books and blogs, having written at Paleo for Women for several years and the book Sexy by Nature. Ashley's Perfecting Paleo is one of my all time favorite paleo books, hands down, no questions asked. Why? Because it's not about rules. It's about natural foods. It's about a TEMPLATE. It's about saying "here are all the ranges of healthy foods abroad in the world, now go find the best combination of them that works for you."
I brought up my background because it is incredibly important to me that the world recognize that all bodies - and, in my case, male and female bodies - have unique needs. Each of us is recovering from different disorders or conditions. Each of us comes from a unique history. Each of us has a unique lifestyle. We each have unique sets of genes. So of course some people will do well on a diet composed of starches whereas others need more fat. This is just a fact, and it is so refreshing to be liberated by Ashley to take action based on this fact.
It is rare to publish a diet book that does not give hard and fast rules (Ashley and I are some of the few who do it). To be clear, she helps you. She guides you. She says 'If you see this X result, such as high insulin so many hours after a meal, then you may want to consider Y as a dietary fix.' Then you make that dietary fix, and you monitor the changes.
I usually go on diatribes against the idea of having a 'perfect' anything, particularly diet. But that's not even what Ashley is after. She doesn't promise you perfection. She promises perfectING, and learning to be in a better, more harmonious, relationship with your body and your needs over time.
Not an overwhelming book at all - beginners can DEFINITELY use this book - don't be scared off by the 'perfect' in the title - but so full of useful information (again, for EVERYONE), Perfecting Paleo makes my head feel like leaping about in hunter-gatherer joy.
I also happen to know that Ashley is a totally brilliant human being and a powerful woman, and her strength, sass and perspicuity come through each and every word in the book. A total delight to be in her presence from beginning to end.