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Practical Paleo, 2nd Edition (Updated and Expanded): A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle Paperback – September 6, 2016
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About the Author
Diane Sanfilippo holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant. She writes a popular health blog called Balanced Bites (www.balancedbites.com), has a private nutritional-consulting practice, teaches Paleo nutrition seminars nationwide, and has a top-rated weekly podcast, The Balanced Bites Podcast, available free from iTunes.
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I grew up on a Persian diet so lots of meats and vegetables and rice and moderate amounts of bread, cheese, but also a ton of fruits and salads and the usual sweets all cultures adore. So deep inside, I always craved the meats when I was on vegan or vegetarian diets.
I knew that meat wasn't "the problem". I also knew that certain breads and pastas and noodles and foods in general would give me this heavy feeling after eating, and I wanted to get rid of that once and for all. So when a friend talked about her Paleo diet at length, I jumped onboard without hesitation. My husband and I went Paleo late January and we're in week 8 or 9 as I write this review. This was one of the books she recommended and I love the author and follow her on social media. Here's my review of this book.
4-stars. It is the most comprehensive book on Paleo, giving you every reason and logic behind why eating this way is to your ultimate health and longevity. I felt that she spent a long time - about 125 pages - giving you all the health issues you could develop if you eat gluten and processed sugar and how your body reacts to all of that crap and I read them. She lost me when she was talking about all the biology and anatomy but I followed along and appreciated it.
Then between 125-225 are her meal plans but they won't apply to everyone. She addresses major conditions such as high cholesterol, or diabetics or fibromalagia or other conditions before getting to "Squeaky Clean Paleo" which would apply to you if you don't fall under those conditions (I didn't so this section applied). I'm honestly not sure if I'll follow 30-day plans, which naturally refer to a lot of her recipes. And then finally Part 3 - the recipes section starts on page 225 but first a few lessons on chopping and slicing and cooking essential.
The book is about 400 pages, and my favorite recipe so far is the blueberry cobbler (see picture) but these recipes do look slightly complex. She's also huge into bone broth and sauerkraut which I'll have to see if I make - she has recipes. I love her no-nonsense approach with reasoning and science behind it so if you love nutrition and science, you'll LOVE this book. I am giving it a 4 star even though I highly recommend the book because I wish there were less sections on all the human ailment conditions and MORE on just Paleo - how to eat Paleo, how to make quick easy Paleo foods. I hope this helps and happy Paleo eating!
I have suffered with Crohns disease for over 12 years, the last two of which have been miserable. I had all sorts of digestive and inflammatory processes going on that my doctors couldn't explain and were treating with whatever medications they thought would help. Through sheer desperation I started doing my own homework and experimenting with food changes to see if that would finally help. Then I stumbled on the Paleo diet and found that I felt better within the first week. But, what really was my Godsend, was finding Practical Paleo.
What makes this book different is Ms. Sanfilippo. She will first explain, no matter what your issue is, how the food we eat affects every system in our bodies. Then she will walk you through, with monthly food plans, step by step how to change your eating. She explains everything in real, plain language (for those of us who are not nutritionists or medical professionals) in a friendly and down to earth way. Her approach makes it so much easier to transition to a Paleo diet, which for busy people, especially with young children can be extremely challenging. She is never hard line or forceful with her recommendations but it is obvious that she knows her stuff and you get the feeling that she truly cares about helping people.
I can't say enough about this book and how it's changed my life. If you take her advise and follow her plans, you will regain your health and just might feel the best you ever have.
Diane has created the ultimate resource that can be customized for your specific needs. From autoimmune conditions to thyroid health to basic health, Diane has a plan for you. Included are 30-day meal plans, which in and of itself are worth it to buy this book. Diane includes over 120 recipes that are referenced in those meal plans. Tear-out guides provide you with on-the-go assets to keep you on track and take some Practical Paleo on the road.
I recently started seeing a functional medicine osteopath for some health issues and at our first meeting she said "have you ever heard of Practical Paleo?" and yes, I had! So cool that doctors are starting to realize that food is an integral part of health. We've been subjected to treated the symptoms and not the cause.
With delicious recipes for any level of home cook, and reference guides, Practical Paleo is essential for anyone practicing a paleo lifestyle or anyone looking to fine tune their health.