- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Rockridge Press; 39204th edition (October 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623150310
- ISBN-13: 978-1623150310
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Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started Paperback – October 29, 2012
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"What really drew me to this book was how literally down to earth it is. Chatham sets up a really simple plan to follow that has its roots in how the early cavemen ate ... This diet isn't unrealistic or complicated, and requires no exotic ingredients or crazy exercise routines. While this is more of a life-style change than a crash diet, it will eventually eliminate your cravings for all the bad food that causes so many health problems."
"Here is a great and simple book to get you started on Paleo eating. It is easy with straight forward advice and it is full of practical tips and almost 100 recipes. It has a seven day step-by-step program and a shopping guide to get you started."
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I initially lost 10 pounds in 2.5 weeks while starting, but then went on a 2 week vacation to visit family and gained 6 back. Grandma and mom won't here of you refusing their mashed potatoes and gravy. I did notice while on eating "regular" food again that I was much more fatigued and sluggish. I am back from vacation and eating according to the paleo diet and have lost 4 of the 6 pounds I gained. I feel more energetic and much better.
The gluten free recipes didn't solve my problem. I was still getting worse, and every week something else would start hurting my stomach, giving me bloody diarrhea, cramping and bloating. My family doctor told me all tests were normal, and suggested a whole30 or paleo type of diet.
I bought this book. I love to cook, but hate to follow directions, so everything usually turns out nasty when I cook. But I'm really trying.
The introduction had me wondering if I was up to a diet so strict, but it seemed very interesting that all the things on the restricted list were the ones that were hurting me.
To make a long story short, I'm not better, but thanks to this book, I can now eat recipes that don't hurt me.
The recipes are simple and the setup makes me want to try them. The introduction had me convinced that those gluten free books were a waste of money.
I'm slowly sneaking paleo recipes into my family's life, and my toddlers love it.
All I know is that when I stick to this book, I feel completely fine. I think I am hooked.
But this is not a cookbook with recipes and photos. I saw quite a few reviews complaining about that.
If you're new to the paleo diet and you're looking for easy, non-intimidating recipes to get you started, I recommend these books:
Cave Wraps: 40 Fast & Easy Paleo Recipes for the Best Damn Wraps Ever
Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook: Real Food for Real Life
Switching to a not-terribly-strict paleo diet has changed my life. I have so much more energy and feel so clear-headed that it's really like a whole new world. If you're on the fence, I recommend getting this book along with the recipe books I mentioned and seeing for yourself the difference it makes in your life.
The Paleo diet has certain restrictions (no grains, dairy or refined sugars), but the recipes are structured so that you wouldn't miss them. The breakfast recipes are where I would most miss the restricted ingredients, but lunch and dinner recipes would be no problem for me. And I would be delighted to try the desserts. Paleo for Beginners is a delightful book for anyone curious about the Paleo diet, and good for a cookbook enthusiast as well.
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