I am a creature of habit. I like routines…and I stick with them for the most part.
Every morning I check my email in my pajamas.
I workout in my basement at 1:00pm most days.
On Wednesdays, I wash my hair (because Wednesday and Wash both start with “W”…that’s how I remember)
On Thursdays, I brew kombucha,
and on Fridays, I listen to the Balanced Bites Podcast.
I’ve learned so much from these ladies that when I heard Diane was writing a book, I went out and preordered it immediately. Given the resources on the Balanced Bites webpage, the book was sure to be a beautiful specimen. I was excited to see for myself.
A few weeks ago, it arrived on my doorstep.
It was everything I hoped it would be: gorgeous, comprehensive and…heavy.
There is a reason why this book is titled “Practical Paleo.”
In addition to explaining the science behind eating whole foods, Diane does an amazing job of actually telling readers how to go about transitioning to a Paleo/ Whole food lifestyle. She does this with detailed guides for grocery shopping, how to prioritize your budget and even how to order at restaurants. Diane even provides tear-out guides at the end of the book– so you have no excuse but to tear them out, take them to the store, and start making more informed choices.
The main reason I bought this book was the promise of meal plans. This is the first Paleo book I’ve read that gives you 11 different 30 day meal plans for everything from blood sugar regulation to cancer recovery to fat loss. Each meal plan comes with 30 days worth of meals, nutritional supplements and herbs to consider and a list of food-based sources of these nutrients.
I would encourage anyone who’s ever had an inkling about healing themselves with food to buy this book. Diane has done the hard leg-work for you: explained the science, given you the tools to be a smarter shopper and even told you what to consider eating to heal your specific health issue with food. It’s a beautiful book that’s fun to look at and easy to read.
There are too many wonderful things about this book to cover in one post.
I could talk more about the gorgeous guides, illustrations and food photography, but I would probably ramble too long, and you’d lose interest.
So, I thought I’d make some recipes and taste test them and let you know what I thought. Food pictures are worth 10,000 words, right?
In addition to all of the guides and science, there are over 120 recipes in this book. Every recipe has its own, beautiful photo by Bill Staley of Make it Paleo fame. Meats, sides, salads, sauces– you name it, and there’s a recipe for it.
Over the weekend, I decided to make some Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs for dinner.
We had some watermelon, goat cheese and arugula salad on the side…
…and Flourless Mocha-Bacon Brownies for dessert. These. Were. Insane. I will probably never bake another kind of brownie as long as I live. Seriously.
Yes, I did top them with ice cream…REAL ice cream. It was Saturday and I was having myself to a delicious sometimes-sweet-treat. But, honestly, the brownies didn’t need ice cream– they were phenomenal by themselves.
So. Bottom line: the book is great! The recipes are great! I would recommend this book to anyone curious about whole foods and healing themselves with food. You can buy it on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble