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Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle Paperback – August 7, 2012
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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!
When my husband was diagnosed with Crohn's disease 10+ years ago not one single medical professional offered advice on how to live with or manage an autoimmune disease (or much less suggest a book to read or attempt a change in diet). If only we had the information presented in this book back then we could have prevented many years of dangerous biologic drug infusions, terrible side effects, ER vists and frustrating conversations with doctors who simply just don't get it.
I want to implore those of you who feel as lost and scared as we did to pick up this book. This book covers so many conditions...from blood sugar regulation to cancer recovery to fat loss, Dianne gives you so many great explanations for how and why the food you eat can change your life and what you can do about it. The information is presented clearly and simply (and yet is so in depth - I can't even imagine how long it would have taken me to research half of the nutritional supplements she suggests).
To those of you who may not be suffering from a serious illness but want to feel and look better or maybe you are simply thinking about taking a step in the right direction - trust me, just pick up this book. (You'll read it, you'll benefit from it and just like me, you will find yourself coming back here to thank Dianne).
I am extremely satisfied with this book. I really don't see myself buying any other paleo books, ever. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. You wont be disappointed.