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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Paleo (Idiot's Guides) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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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!
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.
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. My suggestion is to remember the authors have their opinions that may not necessarily reflect those of the reader entirely. So take what you can from the book, the rest with a grain of salt, and do what you can when you can. If you can go all out and cold turkey then do it....if not, don't fret it. I gave it four stars only because of how "pushy" the authors came across in their writing - to me they did anyway. Otherwise, it really is a good book to start out learning about Paleo.
This book is an EXCELLENT resource for beginners and experience paleo advocates alike. Lots of good recipes and advice!