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"...this intelligently constructed guide succeeds in encouraging readers to rethink their eating habits. The recipes are sufficiently tasty to inspire readers, no matter what their stance on the paleo diet, to keep this work on hand as a cookbook." -- Kirkus Reviews 


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Arcas Publishing was founded in 2013 by veterans of the technology and digital media industries. Using a data-driven approach, Arcas identifies topics of consumer interest and produces extensively-researched, high-quality books that enable readers to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. Arcas Publishing has worldwide distribution, and is based in Berkeley, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Sonoma Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989558614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989558617
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm new to the whole idea of eating "paleo," so I thought a book with the word "Beginner" in it would be a good place to start. This review is from the perspective of a REAL beginner who wanted to learn more about this lifestyle - not someone who wants to debate the merits of a "caveman" lifestyle.

When I read a "beginners" book, I ask myself the following questions:

Did the book give a good overview/introduction of the subject?
Was the book written in an unbiased, objective tone?
Was the book based on solid research, and did the author seem knowledgeable?
And - did I find the book useful?

After reading the information chapters and trying a few of the recipes, I'd give the information sections 2 stars. The explanations were very short and just gave broad, generalized descriptions - the same sort of stuff you'd get by googling "paleo." Although there were a ton of sources cited from medical and nutrition journals, the "facts" were just blanket statements without any kind of real explanation. I got the sense that the authors didn't actually READ those articles - they just glanced at the summaries and then recited popular beliefs about this diet. Even though this was a "beginner" book, I felt like they could have provided a LOT more research and background information.

The tone of the book was acceptable, but not great. Obviously the author is advocating this lifestyle, so the diet is described in very flowery and glowing terms. There is also an undertone of snobby that I found a little condescending. The author says things like, "If you truly cannot find the quality protein you want to eat, look at frozen products...
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Founded on the premise of our ancestors and their healthier diets, the Paleo diet mimics the “caveman’s” dietary habits. Using modern equivalents, this diet is based on the theory that the human body has not yet adapted to grain-based nourishment. Grains contain gluten which leads to a variety of diseases. The idea of this diet is to eliminate all processed foods, grains, processed sugars, oils and dairy products from your diet. Foods on the diet include: meats, fish, seafood; eggs and veggies; fruits; healthy fats; nuts and seeds.
Ideas on how to transform your kitchen and pantry; use of tools and equipment to enhance your recipes; as well as maintaining your diet at work, home and eating out are included. Detailed meal plans guide you through a gradual transition. “Ten Steps” guide you through the switch to this diet and make it successful along with a questionnaire to help you analyze and decide your relationship with food.
By seeking a reverse evolution diet standard, you can choose to pursue a diet that aids in better nutrition and reduces risk of diseases current plaguing our modern society. This book is a detailed guide to achieving your Paleolithic diet.
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This good explanation of Paleo describes the plan in detail and explains the benefits. Tasty recipes based on simple meats, fruits, and vegetables abound in the pages. This is a great way to transition from processed foods to the fresh and tasty.

However, the book receives a reduced rating for two reasons. One, the starting chapters are the typical Gluten is Evil fashionable claptrap. This is not true for all people and new research proves this. Second, this is still a fad diet and the book reads like a fad diet—big promises with a superiority complex.

I consider this a good guide to move away from processed foods. However, the fad diet language is a huge turn off for me.
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It is not just about smarter food choices. People want to understand, "Why?". "Paleo for Beginners" explains the basics about "GLUTEN" and "GRAIN-Based Nourishment" with respect to nutrition and the ability of the human body to fight off diseases. The hard science is explained is simple language. Vivid and colorful pictures of tasty foods jump off the page and inspire you. Simple lists to bring to your grocer to help launch your plan. An abundance of recipes bursting with tremendous flavor and nutrition with easy preparation instructions to help sustain you over time and strengthen your resolve. More? There are "Steps to Success" to help you focus. "Paleo for Beginners" may possibly become your best pal in 2014 and beyond.
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It’s a simple idea, as many of the best ones are: stop eating unnaturally—give up the foods that don’t make sense to your body, and eat what you were designed by nature to consume. Paleo-nutrition offers you meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds, but eliminates grains and dairy as well as all processed foods. If it seems too hard to take the leap, here is a clear-and-simple guide that tells you how to do it and why. PALEO FOR BEGINNERS helps you fill your pantry and fridge, then provides 150 taste-tested recipes and a 30-day eating plan for your new way of life. When you choose to eat the freshest, most nutrient-packed foods, you’ll trade a sluggish and unhealthy body for a streamlined, energized, and more vital you!
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