This is a review about the book Practical Paleo written by Diane Sanfilippo.
I initially got this book from the library, not wanting to spend another $20 on a book I wasn’t sure if I would like. But wow, this book is fantastic! I came to this book after having been paleo for over a year and yet I STILL got something out of it. She explains things in the book that are so much easier to understand than what I read in both Robb’s book and It starts with food. I am actually getting this book for Christmas I loved it so much. Practical Paleo is a perfect example of how the paleo lifestyle is not a one size fits all program. In the back of the book Diane lays out a different meal plan for any and every ailment you could think of. Now of course for someone as unhealthy as myself I was actually confused as to where I should start! Do I go for the gut health diet? Or the autoimmune diet? Or perhaps the fat loss diet? In the end I just thought about what was most important to me at the time and stuck with that.
The second thing that makes this book so amazing are the charts she has through out the book. Not sure what types of oil to buy? Do you keep forgetting which is best free range or pasture raised? No problem with this book. All the charts that are in the book are also in the back and are perforated so you can tear them out and take them with you! This wasn’t something that was particularly useful for myself, but it has been invaluable for my parents. A lot of this is just too hard for my dad (who mainly does the shopping) to remember. I would be rich if I had a nickel for the amount of times he’s been at the store and called me up because even though I said to get coconut oil, this bottle of canola oil says on it that it’s better for you because it doesn’t have saturated fat. *head bangs against wall*. (It just shows you WHY marketing is so important for these companies, they lure poor unsuspecting people in like my dad). Seriously it hasn’t just happened once. When I told my dad to go and get rice pasta for the kids special dinner he came back with whole wheat pasta. “But dad I said get rice pasta” “Yea I know but right here on the package it says it has more whole grains than any other pasta, and whole grains are good for you right?” *sigh* And you know he’s not alone in his thinking. I’m sure you know someone just like him, or sadly enough you may be just like him yourself.
If you do find yourself getting as confused as my parents I would really encourage you to get Practical Paleo. The way she describes the science behind why your getting sick by eating that gluten or that corn is fantastic. And you would be able to help giggling over her poop pageant page. Just trust me on that one.
Let me know do you have the book already? If so what do YOU think of it. If not what are your thoughts on getting it?