{Book Review & Taste Test} Practical Paleo By Diane Sanfilippo

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 been tuning in to the delightfully witty banter and insightful nutritional advice of Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe for almost a year now. It never gets old and it absolutely never gets boring.

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.

They literally took 5 minutes to prep. So darn easy! AND delicious.

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

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6 Responses to {Book Review & Taste Test} Practical Paleo By Diane Sanfilippo

  1. Holly August 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM #

    Oh a fellow routine dork! This just makes me like you even more 🙂

    According to Amazon’s tracking, mine should show up today. Not gonna lie, your picture of the brownies over the weekend sold me! 🙂 I do enjoy their podcast too though…especially the recent one about skin/beauty stuff since I have been struggling with my skin for so long. ARGH. I loved that they said it’s not a simple fix…many systems involved, yada yada yada. Just means I’ll keep on truckin!

    • Allison August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM #

      Totally a routine dork!

      Yes! I also really liked the skin/beauty podcast– I too am trying to clear up some skin stuff…it’s comforting to hear that there’s more involved than you might think.

      As your # 1 internet stalker, I saw that you got your book today! I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think! 😉

    • Veronica August 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM #

      Please visit my web page and read the testimonies. ;0)


  2. Veronica August 21, 2012 at 9:34 PM #

    I posted Diane Sanfilippo book and web page http://balancedbites.com/meet-the-team on my face book. As soon as I have the money, I will purchase her book. Broken car will come first.lol
    Thanks for sharing.
    I started my Paleo diet May 18th. I have lost 13 pounds. But, I was not really concerned about weigh. It was the fat rolls on my back and around my stomach. I am 63 ( veronicassecretcream.com/ ) and I was not real heavy (136) in May. But, my shape has changed and I am please with how much energy I have.

    The big thing, it was soooooooooooooo easy. I kept hearing, gluten free is really hard. News, it is not hard. The main issue I had was meat. I was never a big meat eater. But, I grind my own hamburg. Texture is big for me. I use my Ninja Blender and add what ever I want while grinding stew meat. ;0) Fish, shrimp, veg and nuts. What is hard about that.

    Oh, and Allison’s recipes…lol Thanks…..

    Paleo on!!!!!

    • Allison August 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM #

      Thanks, Veronica! I’m SO glad to hear that the Paleo diet is agreeing with you! Thanks for all of your feedback!

  3. Lilli August 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM #

    I have to go out and fine this book because I must make these brownies for a dinner I’m going to! I think these will be perfect! About the ice cream? Did you make your own, or just buy a good old fashioned natural vanilla bean one???


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