Two Paleo Books with Great Recipes

Nom Nom Paleo book cover PracticalPaleo

Whether you’re someone who is looking to reverse autoimmune disorder, wanting to lose weight, or wanting to see what the latest trend is in nutrition/diet, the Paleo diet is what people are following.

From all the different articles, blogs, and books I’ve perused, “Paleo” simply means eating unprocessed foods – no refined sugars, no dairy, no refined starches.  Instead, you eat animal proteins…and lots of them…vegetables, unrefined fats like olive oil and coconut oil (extra virgin coconut oil is a beautiful thing IMHO) and — in moderation — nuts and fruits.

I’m not a medical professional, so don’t take these reviews as promoting a lifestyle. Of course, even among the experts there seems to be disagreement.

Because I want to lose about 10 pounds and because I like meat — I’m so happy that grilling season is once again here! — I thought I’d give this way of eating a try. Turns out that it’s really agreeing with me. I was a sweet-tea-aholic, but so far I don’t feel deprived while keeping a 90% paleo diet (I like a certain brand of Mexican chocolate that contains sugar – I figure one triangle per day is okay).

The following two books have been great in providing meals that are delicious and keep you sated for hours. The bone broth (considered a superfood for its gut-healing abilities) in both books was great. Other than that recipe, the books are fairly different. One is geared more towards kid-friendly, the other is more exotic in its flavorings.

Practical Paleo cover Practical Paleo: a Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle is great because it gives alternatives if you need to stay away from nightshade items or FODMAP foods and also has pull-out sheets to take along to the grocery store. Diane Sanfillippo (BS, NC) provides a plethora of great information about healthy foods, what gluten really “is”, supportive nutrients for a variety of conditions, and she has made it easier to know what exactly to eat by crafting several different 30-day meal plans depending on your goal: Weight Loss, Heart Health,  Digestive Health, Neurological Health, etc. The Bone Broth was yummy, my homemade Probiotic Cabbage and Ginger Sauerkraut is lacto-fermenting as I type, and the Lemony Lamb Dolmas and Asian Orange Pan-Seared Scallops are on my “must-try” list. Diane’s website: http://balancedbites.com/

Nom Nom Paleo book coverNom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong, is wonderful in providing an Asian flavor profile to paleo foods. The Walnut Prawns are fantastic, as are the Quick-Pickled Carrot Strings, and I look forward to trying the Fiona’s Green Chicken, redolent with cilantro, mint, basil, and lime. I will admit that my husband liked the almond scones much more than I did, but no cookbook is ever going to hit 100%. The author gives a great prologue about her switch to Paleo (she decided to do so on a cruise – all that food!) and gives a great list of foundation recipes…and her cartoons are really cute. Michelle’s website — more great recipes: http://nomnompaleo.com/

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