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Practical Paleo, 2nd Edition (Updated and Expanded): A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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About the Author
Diane Sanfilippo is the owner and founder of Balanced Bites, a certified Nutrition Consultant, and two-time New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox and co-author of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. Diane holds a B.S. from Syracuse University and is certified in holistic nutrition from Bauman College, holistic lifestyle coaching from the CHEK Institute, and Poliquin BioSignature Modulation. She writes for her popular health blog - balancedbites.com - and is co-host of the top-rated weekly health podcast, "The Balanced Bites Podcast," available free from iTunes.
On September 6th, 2016, Diane will release an updated and expanded 2nd edition of her runaway hit Practical Paleo which has sold over half a million copies and spent a total of 97 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Diane lives in San Francisco with her husband, Scott, and two fur kids.
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Let me ask you this Diane, you commented on how you liked another author's pumpkin pancake recipe. Did you copy that recipe and claim it as your own? Is this an isolated incident, or should we look into your other so called "self inspired" recipes?
I was surprised by all of the excellent reviews on this book. I admit, it is well laid out and has nice photographs. That being said, it feels like an unfinished, unedited book. Granted, I didn't pay $39.95 retail listed on the book. That would really be a shame. I bought it on Amazon for $21.46. Still too much.
Just a few thoughts. First, Dr. Atkins published his original book in what, 1971? How many copies of his opriganal work do we need? Atkins clinically tested these same ideas on his patients in a clinical setting. He wasn't a blogger tha took a weekend seminar on nutrition. Atkins was on to somethiing when he tried to make this diet work for everyone, i.e., people today work. They didn't in the stone age. Paleo looks good on paper, but unless you sit at home all day and have time to grocery shop, this simply won't work. Whole foods are better. We know that. Atkins said it first and said it best. Plus, his group came up with many of the recipes still plagiarised today; like using cauliflower as a mashed potato substitute. Cooking whole foods is great, but it takes time.
Second, the recipes instructions in this book are too basic. There is a section on how to chop an onion. You had better know a lot more than how to chop an onion with the simplistic instructions in this book. The recipes in this book have the feel that they were lifted off the internet, then steps and ingredients were omitted in order to make the recipe "paleo." Did anyone actually try these recipes before printing? Cook's Illustrated this is not. Also, there is no nutrition information listed. That would have been nice.
If you want the science of why this works, read "Wheatbelly" by Dr. Davis or spend a dollar and buy yourself a used copy of one of the old Dr. Atkins books.
One final note. Even if you had all the time in the world to only cook whole foods, athletes are going to need more carbs than so called strict paleo. Try eating like this all the time while biking or running for one to two plus hours. You will bonk. Big time.
The meal plans themselves have some oversights. In theory, each meal plan will specifically note what, if any changes need to be made to a recipe in order to make it adhere to a specific health condition and, in some cases, it does just that. In others it's completely overlooked. For example, the autoimmune meal plans uses potato pancakes for several meals which, if you look at the recipe, include eggs. Neither the meal plan nor the recipe itself offer suggestions for how to alter the recipe to eliminate the egg, but still end up with something resembling a pancake instead of hashbrowns. It's not necessarily a huge issue if you keep in mind your "avoid" list, but even though I was pretty certain I understood the protocol, I still went back and forth between the meal plan and the avoid list multiple times feeling like I had missed something.
The formatting of the Kindle edition also leaves something to be desired. Some sections of the book I have to read on my laptop because many of the graphs and charts just aren't there on the Kindle. I have pages of nothing but bullet points at the start of each different meal plan. I can still use the meal plans or recipes themselves, but I'm highly disappointed at the quality here and really hope that someone will take the time to look over the ebook and make it more readable and user friendly for the Kindle.
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Good plan and easy to read.