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I know!!! All the 'cheap' copies have been purchased. I check it out from my library.

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Yikes, Neanderthin is over $100 new and $45 used anywhere I can find it!

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I just ordered Well Fed - pity it isn't on kindle, but after looking through the free preview online I couldn't resist - anybody else have this one yet? www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/well-f
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Hello all! The best paleo book, imo is Neanderthin. The author goes into so many types of disease caused by eating grains the logical conclusion seems to be that, if America went off grains altogether, all we would need hospitals for is emergency care and isn't that how it should be?
This book was published earlier back but contains good info. for argument as we all know we are up against years of people being conditioned into believing the food pyramid is healthy and veganism is next to godliness.
If you have not yet read this very informative book, I highly recommend it.

You are not sick because you are fat. You are fat because you are sick.

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."-- Albert Camus

1Cr 9:27 "But I discipline my body and bring [it] into subjection,-"

Psa 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD [is] good;-


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12/4/11 4:19 P

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It's a funny thing about the "Buttercup" label Robb Wolf kept using. For some reason, I pictured that he was writing his book to guys, mainly, so I pictured him calling guys "Buttercup," so I would chuckle or smile every time I read it. Picturing a female as the audience, it would be very annoying and not just silly. I wonder why I just pictured guys as the audience. I agree that the science material is good. The exercise section is quite strong. He runs a gym, and cares a great deal about form.

The egg cupcakes we made turned out better than bland because I had the good fortune to have used a very flavorful applewood smoked bacon as part of it. I can picture a normal bacon would have rendered it less flavorful. I might, for the next round of these, as Savannah and I both really liked them, bump up the onion a bit, and use salsa on my own eggs. Savannah prefers nothing. Maybe she'd use ketchup. (Sugar sauce, I know.)

So far, so very good, as far as feeding a picky child on Everyday Paleo. And, of course, it's the person trying to get the kids on board who is the primary target for the book. I'm finding it to be incredibly helpful, and Savannah's been talking up the recipes at school. I'm having a terrific experience with it, as it's helping in other ways: meal planning, foods are always available for good snacks or meals (from leftovers). Sarah is for the parent who is at sea with trying to put self and child onto this way of eating.


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There was one review below for Robb Wolfs The Paleo solution and i agree that he comes off being very obnoxious, but if you can kind of just get past that and get to what he is trying to tell you about the science, its a pretty good read. I am going to school for a bachelors in biochemistry and a minor in nutrition. Robb got his degree in biochemistry so we kind of have that nerdy sciencey connection. I was able to follow along with what he was trying to say while ignoring his "buttercup" comments in hopes they would just go away. That didn't really work. I didn't try any of his recipes though.

I have checked out everyday paleo from the library. I like the idea of many of the recipes. I just made the egg cupcakes (crustless quiche) and they were kind of bland, but i do like the idea. I am hoping to try a few more of the recipes out of this book before i decide whether or not I want to buy it, but i'm leaning toward yes.

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Thank you, Cindy! I will do that right now.

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Welcome! You might want to put this into the Introduce Yourself to the Team Forum. I think more people will see it.

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11/27/11 9:15 A

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Hello, I'm new here. I guess I'll make this my introduction.

Oh my! I just dove into Paleo and I bought Everyday Paleo out of desperation. I'm a single mother of a picky 9 year old girl, and I've struggled the last few years to find a way to gently and kindly ease her weight out of "obese".

She rode her bike while I did my 5.5 mile runs all summer. There are some long hills and I'm a pretty fast runner, so it wasn't a bad workout for her.
TV is essentially gone, little computer time at all, weekly at most.
Lots of fruits and veggies served with each meal.
Meats panfried and she loves 'em.

But....
lots of brown rice, a whole wheat pbj sandwich most days, sugary breakfast cereals, french bread on the side at dinner, Very Vanilla Soymilk, baked goods, constant candy rewards from the teachers at school...

I realized that I just really have to change the food at home so the stuff just doesn't crowd out my positive efforts. I decided to take the 30 day challenge and DO the menu in the Everyday Paleo book. If the food is a crummy as you hint, it's going to be a LONG 30 days! lol!

Well, she's going to help me cook the stuff, we'll have fun, we'll learn, and maybe I'll learn something about better meal planning and at least break the addiction. I'll be candid with her that these recipes aren't the only thing possible, but after a lifetime of having it drummed into my head that fat is bad and grain is good, I'm a real beginner. I didn't have any imagination or ability to plan out a Paleo week that wasn't very, very bland.

I'll post in my blog about the adventure. Sorry about the long, long post!

Joy

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11/11/11 12:22 P

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I've been enjoying the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook. I have yet to follow any of the recipes verbatim but the ideas I get from them are good and with each subsequent cooking of the meals they seem to get better.
I have made the fried chicken, chicken tomatillo soup, and gravy a couple of times and my husband (who has no interest in Paleo) has loved each meal. Hoping to try the crustless quiche this weekend.

With the colder darker days the Comfort Foods hit the spot. Speaking of season's changing, I am not sure if anyone has mentioned it on here but Light's Out is a great book explaining why eating the Paleo way makes more sense in how it connects to changing food availability, seasons, light exposure etc. A sciency look at things but not altogether impossible to read and sheds more light on the Why rather than How.

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11/10/11 8:36 P

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Sweet! I didn't know there was a new one. I'll have to check that out!



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11/10/11 5:12 P

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He has a newer one! Just came out at the same time as the 21 day Primal Challenge book. It is supposed to be recipes you can cook under 30 minutes.

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Are you talking about The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, or does he have a newer one?



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Has anyone tried Mark Sisson's new cookbook? I was thinking about getting it - but am wavering back and forth. Would love to hear from folks who have used it emoticon

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What recipes have you enjoyed from Paleo Comfort Foods? Every recipe I've tried has been pretty bad (and I am not new to cooking at all). I'm afraid to try any more of them.

I've had better results with Make It Paleo, although I still haven't made a lot of things from it yet.

Overall I've found the best paleo recipes seem to come from regular cookbooks.

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for cookbooks, I love both Paleo Comfort Foods and Make it Paleo. I agree that both are coconut heavy, but you can always make substitutions if needed - especially if you do dairy, it's easy to use cream or butter instead of the coconut product.

I enjoyed Primal Body, Primal Mind a great deal - it really covers a lot but in a manageable way!

Wolf's book is on sale for kindle, so I just downloaded it for 1.99 - can't wait to start reading!

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Out of the cookbooks, I prefer "The Primal Blueprint Cookbook" by Mark Sisson over the others. I tried "Everyday Paleo" but found the recipes too complex for the most part, although I have to admit I was looking for ideas on Sarah Fragosa's website, not in her book.

I haven't seen anyone mention "Primal Bodies, Primal Mind" by Nora Gedgaudas, which is a great book. She refers the reader over to Robb Wolf and Loren Cordain for fitness advice. I do have Cordain's book for athletes but find it doesn't apply to me because I'm not a marathoner -- the advice to eat 2-3 hours prior to a hard workout, though, has saved me while working with a trainer who doesn't let me stop when I flag; I can definitely feel it if I haven't had my protein/sweet potato combination before working out with her!

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The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

Great book. It made a lot of sense and offered practical, easy-to-understand advice. I really liked that the author talked about weight-loss as a side benefit to living a healthier lifestyle, instead of the main focus. He also emphasized sleep and play as well as diet and exercise. Some people have found the the whole Grok/Korg thing to be a bit cheesy, but I actually found it interesting and I didn't find the Korg family to be particularly far from reality.

The only problem I had with it was that they author sometimes seemed to be recommending organic meats over 100% grass fed beef/pastured chicken and pork. The organic designation on meat just means it was fed organic grains, it doesn't mean it was necessarily raised in a safe and healthy manner. Nor does it mean it will have omega 3s. Grass-finished is the designation you want to look for when it comes to beef. You don't want meat from cows that have ever been fed any grains of any kind--organic or not. Ever. That's how you get the higher levels of omega 3s. Once cows eat grains for just 14 days, all the benefits of being grass fed are lost. For pork, chicken, and turkey you want pastured meats that are supplemented organic/non-GMO grains. Supplemented being the key word here; pastured is the most important part.

Otherwise, it was a great book and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about primal/paleo diets.



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I just ordered the cookbook. Can't wait to see what meals look good. I get some info on FB under the Paleo diet. I usually print out new recipes and try them. Since I've started Paleo a few weeks ago I have dropped #s and aren't always looking for something to eat.

I am getting ready to start the 30 day challenge this weekend.



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The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

There is some solid information in this book, but it is really hard to get past the author's obnoxious and condescending tone. Wolf makes some ridiculously sexist comments, repeatedly refers to the reader as "Buttercup", and generally acts as if no one else could possibly understand scientific information the way he does--so in many cases he just doesn't bother explaining it to you. He tries to be witty and humorous, but his attempts fall flat and he just comes off as juvenile and obnoxious. His constant digs at vegetarians and vegans get really, really old after a while and are counter-productive.

He does an ok job explaining why grains are not the best choice for our diets (although certainly not a comprehensive job), but then basically just skips right over legumes and dairy. Apparently we are just supposed to take his word for it. The phytates in grains and legumes are bad, but fine in nuts? I understand there are lots of other problems with grains--especially wheat--but his argument against legumes is not convincing at all; possibly because he doesn't bother to take the time to make one.

There is no index which makes it hard to find specific information--especially since the chapter titles and subheadings are supposed to be witty and therefore of no practical value. And, any concrete information about exactly what you should be eating is only available by visiting the author's website.






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Since I wrote that review I've tried a few more recipes from Everyday Paleo and overall I'd say I'm pretty underwhelmed. Nothing was terrible, but nothing was particularly exciting. I'm very glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't buy it.

I requested the Primal Blueprint Cookbook from the library and should have it soon. I don't know much about it, but I really liked The Primal Blueprint so I thought I'd give it a look.

I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes in Paleo Comfort Foods, but after looking at it again last night I am a bit concerned that sooooooo many of them require the use of coconut flour and several require coconut milk. Coconut products (especially flour and milk) have been causing me stomach problems lately so I am avoiding it. I love coconut, so I do hope to be able to reintroduce later, but for now coconut is out and therefore a huge number of the recipes in Paleo Comfort Foods are also out.

There is another new paleo cookbook coming out at the end of the month (The Food Lovers Make It Paleo) and I pre-ordered that one, too. I'm hoping it will be less coconut intensive.



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SushiYummy, I completely agree with your review of "Everyday Paleo". I made a few things, but nothing was spectacular. I think I liked the portobello mushroom pizzas the best, actually, but I completely tweaked the recipe and really used the book only for the idea.

I like the Primal Blueprint cookbooks and have made several things from the downloadable versions. The egg muffins are great, and I think the nutty chicken recipe I use is from there as well. My kids loved that.

Otherwise, I tend to use Tosca Rena's Clean Eating cooking series and adapt the recipes if need be to make them paleo.

Great topic!

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I understand what they are saying about eating until you are full, but it's not very helpful in figuring out whether or not I need to make a full recipe.

I'm on the waiting list at the local library for Wheat Belly. I'm looking forward to reading it.





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Oh, and another good read, at least so far, is Wheat Belly. I'm still in process of reading it, but the author goes into several reasons why wheat has become so bad for us, and why it was never a problem before.

One interesting fact introduced is that there are molecules in wheat that act on the opiate-receptors in the brain -the same ones that drugs such as heroin act upon. It helps explain why people feel addicted to wheat and why tradional, wheat based comfort foods elicit such as response in us.

I'll post more after I finish the book, but so far, so good.

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I had the same thought. When I posted that on the author's facebook page, I was given "Paleo means eat until your full, so there are no portions or serving sizes" as the reason. On the few I've made so far, the recipes have been enough for my boyfriend (who I swear has a bottomless pit for a stomach) and I to have dinner, then leave me some leftovers to take to work. I decided that, as I make each recipe, I'm going to write in how many servings we're getting out of it. That way, I'll know next time.


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Mine arrived today. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, although several look pretty good. Some are a bit basic, but that's ok. The only thing I really dislike about it at this point is that there are no number of servings listed for the recipes. I know number of servings can be a bit subjective, but they are still a good guide for me to know if I need to cut a recipe in half since there are usually only 2-3 eating dinner.



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I've been debating getting Paleo Comfort Foods Cookbook. I think I'm going to go ahead and get it. My other half will also love some of the recipes.

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Glad to hear you are liking it so far. My copy is supposed to be here in a couple of days and I'm really looking forward to getting it. I also pre-ordered Make It Paleo which is coming out at the end of the month.



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Paleo Comfort Food cookbook

I just got this book about 1.5 weeks ago. Only made a couple of recipes but they are good. Lots of basics, such as mayo, dressings, ketchup, bbq sauce. Several ideas for desserts. Some paleo versions of old fashioned comfort food, such as fried chicken or chicken pot pie and stews/chilis.

Since I live with a man who doesn't want to live the paleo lifestyle, this cookbook so far has been a good compromise. He has said he's willing to try some of these recipes, something I haven't been able to manage with a lot of other resources I've tried.

The book also gives good tips and variations for every recipe. The book does sometime suggest dairy in the variations, but doesn't include them in the main recipe. Sweet potatoes are also used in a few recipes, along with some use of honey. There are some recipes they state are for the occasional special meal and not for everyday meals, as they use a few of these controversial paleo ingredients.

Overall, I'm happy with the cookbook. It is a good resource to find some new ideas.

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FINNABAIR what are the recipes for? Could you adapt them or are they just a bunch of sugary recipes? I am gluten intolerant and unfortunately gluten free does NOT mean healthy!

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Consuming Kids: Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing and Advertising by Susan Linn. 2005.

This book isn't directly Paleo. It's about the problems with processed foods, the way they are marketed to children, and the effects of that marketing on children. The author makes a strong case against putting all the blame on parents, which is the usual tactic used by food manufacturers to protect their interests.

Some parts of the book are a bit dry and/or repetitive and the author's constant "shock" about what the marketing companies are doing seemed a bit overdone, but overall it's very well-researched and quite interesting. I'd definitely recommend it.



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The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook, by Elana Amsterdam.

I bought this hoping to learn how to use almond flour instead of wheat flour in basic Paleo cooking. Unfortunately, as the focus is low gluten and not necessarily Paleo, the author sees no harm in adding HUGE amounts of agave syrup to her recipes. Probably half the recipes in the book are useless to me.

This is one of the drawbacks of living 100 miles from a decent book store. If I could have held the book in my hands before buying it, I'd have spotted the problem and reshelved it. Buying from Amazon bit me in the pocketbook on this item.

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The Crazy Makers by Carol N. Simontacchi. 2001.

This books has some interesting moments, but it can be a bit over the top at times and utilizes questionable scientific methods. (How reliable are food journals written by third graders for a class assignment?) Good nutrition is obviously very important for babies and young children, and I am very pro-breastfeeding. But, not everyone who had formula as a baby spends the rest of their life futilely trying to overcome dire health consequences. If you already have children, I'd recommend skipping directly to the chapters about whatever age they are now. Trust me on this one.

While the book warns about the dangers of inadequate nutrition for child development, it doesn't ever really offer any practical advice. And, the recipe section contains recipes with sugar and white flour--hardly health foods.

I think there is some solid information here about the importance of good nutrition and the dangers of processed foods, but you have to be willing to overlook a lot of hysteria and pseudo-science to find it.




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Spartan Regime,
this book is a little insane, but, very entertaining. I read it a while ago; it was written by someone from Australia and some of the things he was saying made sense and some was a little over the edge for me. He was one of the guys who wants us to return to our roots and eat like our ancestors, but, his workout ethics were a little to much for me. He's in incredible shape and wants us to run 8 to 10 miles per day or every other day and 15 20 miles on a weekend. I personally do not believe we are meant to run this distance, at least I am not meant too.. He compares us to primates and their diets to ours.. My wife call's it the "monkey diet" I enjoyed the read, but a little over the top for me..lol

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Yes, I've been posting all the book reviews in both places. I mentioned that on my blog with the first review, but I don't think I mentioned it here.



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Loved Omnivore's Dilemma! I also commented on your blog before I saw this. I would also recommend it!

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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. 2007.

This book isn't Paleo, but if you aren't sure local/organic fruits and veggies and local/organic/patstured meats and eggs aren't worth the hassle or the money, you need to read this book. More than any other, this book revolutionized what I eat and where I buy my food.

Pollan explores the history of three different meals: one produced through large scale industrial farming, one grown on a biodynamic small farm, and one procured through hunting and gathering. He also explores large-scale industrial organic farming along the way. He discusses his own ethical dilemmas and concerns along the way, but the book isn't preachy or pushy.

I really can't say enough good things about this book. If you haven't read it, run--don't walk--to get a copy. It was a bestseller, so most libraries have it on their shelves.

While you are waiting for the library to open tomorrow, here's a talk the author gave at the Google Headquarters. This was actually a talk he gave around the time another of his books--In Defense of Food--came out.

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Most diet books we can learn a little bit from it's the pumping up the book diet theology I get tired of. Most diet books have about 75 pages of stuff worth reading. The rest is repeating what it already has said.. So it is prolly true about the first two chapters and the rest is diet bookish..lol

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Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. 2006.

This book is not actually Paleo, it's the diet recommended by the Weston A. Price foundation. However, it still has a lot of useful information for those following a Paleo diet because the two have a lot in common. The main difference is the WAPF allows the consumption of "traditionally prepared" (sometimes called "properly prepared") grains and legumes. However, they don't encourage a lot of grain consumption for those who need to lose weight.

The book has some great information on the role of saturated fats in our diets, with a heavy emphasis on coconut oil. The first several chapters are well worth reading, but the book gets a little diet book-ish after that. However, it's still well worth reading and would be ideal for anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of coconut. There are also some really fantastic recipes in the back of the book.



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I'm reading that right now.



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Yes I am Sushy..
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Are you talking about The Primal Blueprint, Greggers?



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Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes. 2010.

There is a lot of speculation in this book, but the speculation is based in scientific research. Taubes is not a health professional; he's a journalist and he does not intend the book to be a definitive answer, more a call for more research in some very promising areas. I've read some interesting criticisms of Taubes's ideas online and I don't think he has all the answers, but the research he presents is compelling enough to prompt further study.

One of Taubes overarching themes is that saying overweight is caused by overeating is like saying a crowed room is caused by more people entering than leaving. Neither answer address the reasons for the change. He also spends a considerable amount of time debunking the calories in vs. calories out model of weight loss. And, there is a lengthy discussion of the problems with the lipid hypothesis of heart disease.

I found this book really interesting and it doesn't read like a diet book at all...until the very end. I think he should have left the "diet" out at the end (it's in an appendix) as I think it detracts from the rest of the book. In spite of that, I'd still feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone interested in nutritional science.

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear other thoughts.



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I read Primal and I thought it was pretty good. Diet seems a little different than what Wolf's Paleo is, but, has the same foundation of that system. I enjoyed the read and the characterization of his prehistorical figure to represent his diet system. The recipe books are helpful if you were to start new and never ate this way before.

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Oh it sounds just like our house. Dairy intolerance for me do not eat. Nut allergy for my hd, nut free house.

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I haven't read much of it yet, but made the Stuffed Portebello Mushrooms and they were terrible! I prepared the recipe as stated and the mushrooms were "mushy" with way more filling than I needed.

To be honest? I haven't found a ton of Paleo recipes that sound good to me. I'm not an egg fan and my husband is allergic. I hate fish and he loves it, so I make him eat it when we go out!

I am casein allergic and Celiac. He is whey intolerant.

We don't do organ meats or other oddities.

So???? Lots of pretty plain fare at our household. I do love Mark Sisson's bean-free Primal Chili, though!

Let food be your first and best medicine.


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Great idea! Thanks!

I have only read Paleo Diet for Athletes (Loren Cordain). I would recommend it for those who participate in endurance activities like running. It gives a lot of information and ways to tweak the diet to suit the needs of an endurance sport. There is also a lot of basic exercise knowledge and some basics of Paleo diet itself. It does have a recipe section also but I didn't look at that really.

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Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso. 2011.

Advertised as three books in one, I was primarily interested in the cookbook section which is a significant portion of the book. This particular book is written primarily for families with children.

The first section is the author's personal story and a very, very basic intro to the paleo diet. There is no attempt to explain the science behind *any* of the dietary recommendations. It just tells you what you should and shouldn't eat. If you already understand the basics of a paleo diet, or you don't make major dietary changes without some kind of scientific justification, you can probably just skip the first section.

The second section is the cookbook section. Fragoso is clearly not a foodie, but there are some decent homestyle recipes here. My family liked the Better Butter Chicken, but weren't as excited by the Grilled Lamb Burgers (way too much onion). The Puerto Rican Beef was okay, but I probably won't make it again. We're trying the Steak Dijon tonight and a couple of the other recipes later this week.

The third section was a guide to exercising at home. I'm not too interested in lifting weights at home, so I skipped most of this section.

Overall, it was an okay book if you are part of the target audience. I was primarily looking for recipes and found 10-15 I'm looking forward to trying. I got my copy from the local library and I don't plan to purchase a copy, but I could definitely see recommending it to someone who understands all the ins and outs of a paleo diet but is interested in learning about feeding a paleo diet to the whole family. I would not recommend it to someone who doesn't know anything at all about the paleo diet.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think?



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I love to read books on food and nutrition, so I thought it would be a good idea to set up a place where we can post reviews of books on topics relevant to those who are following a paleo, primal, or other similar lifestyle.



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