Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

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Victory Belt Publishing, Aug 7, 2012 - Cooking - 432 pages
Our great-grandmothers didn't need nutrition lessons—then again, they weren't forced to wade through aisle after aisle of packaged foods touting outlandish health claims and confusing marketing jargon. Over the last few decades, we've forgotten what "real food" is—and we're left desperately seeking foods that will truly nourish our bodies. We're disillusioned with the "conventional wisdom" for good reason—it's gotten us nowhere.

Achieving optimal health without calorie-counting, diet foods, or feelings of deprivation has never been easier. Practical Paleo explains why avoiding both processed foods and foods marketed as "healthy"—like grains, legumes, and pasteurized dairy—will improve how you look and feel and lead to lasting weight loss. Even better—you may reduce or completely eliminate symptoms associated with common health disorders!

Practical Paleo is jam-packed with over 120 easy recipes, all with special notes about common food allergens including nightshades and FODMAPs. Meal plans are also included, and are designed specifically to support:

immune health (autoimmune conditions)
blood sugar regulation (diabetes 1 & 2, hypoglycemia)
digestive health (leaky gut, IBS & IBD)
multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndromethyroid health (hypo and hyper - Hashimotos, Graves)
heart health (cholesterol & blood pressure)
neurological health (Parkinson's & Alzheimer's)
cancer recovery
fat loss
athletic performance
a "squeaky-clean" Paleo approach

Practical Paleo is the resource you'll reach for again and again, whether you're looking for information on healthy living, delicious recipes, or easy-to-understand answers to your questions about how a Paleo lifestyle can benefit you, your family, and your friends.

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Practical Paleo is not only informative and comprehensive, its also presented in an organized and easy to read format with lots of recipes. I just recently purchased it after my Doctor put me on a strict paleo diet and out of all my Paleo and gluten free cookbooks it's my favorite. The recipes I've tried have all been tasty and relatively easy to prepare using well known ingredients. You may be surprised to see recipes with bacon. Who would not like recipes incorporating bacon!
One of the challenges with Autoimmune conditions and thyroid conditions is understanding why you don't fell well after eating certain foods and this book does a good job explaining digestion and how hormones react in our bodies. It also has a very good explanation of leaky gut.
The only fault I found with Practical Paleo is that the suggested meal plans designed specifically to support Thyroid health and Autoimmune Conditions ie Hashimotos, differed with regards to eating eggs. For example eggs are not recommended for Hashitmotos but are for Thyroid Health or at least the meal plans included them. Its a little confusing whether eggs are considered ok or not.
Other than the confusion about eggs, I've been pleased with Practical Paleo and have recommended it to several friends and family members.

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I really love this book! Originally i didn't think it was worth the price tag so i went to my local book store to flip through it and i was impressed! So much information presented in such a clear easy to read format! The recipes look awesome, can't wait to try them!

About the author (2012)

Diane Sanfilippo holds a BS from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who specializes in blood sugar regulation and digestive health. Diane writes for her popular health blog, works with clients 1:1, teaches Paleo nutrition seminars nationwide and has a top-rated weekly podcast in iTunes, "The Balanced Bites Podcast."

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