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FAQ: All about the book, Practical Paleo

Posted By Diane Sanfilippo On August 1, 2012 @ 3:55 PM In Books,FAQs,Featured,Practical Paleo | 90 Comments

Last Updated 2/11/14 – I’ll add to and update this page as I see fit and more questions arise!

People have had lots of questions about my new book, Practical Paleoso I figured a post on some of the most frequently asked would be a good idea. Here you go!

Logistics – Where to buy the book.

Is Practical Paleo available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other eReaders?

Yes, it is available on Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and the iTunes store (iPad) currently. That said, this book is very graphic-intensive and quite the reference manual, so I recommend checking it out in-print as well if you can to see if the eReader format is truly what you want. Many people have already reported to me that they purchased both for ease of use variability at-home versus in a store or on-the-road for reading.

Where can I buy Practical Paleo in book stores?

The book is available in all Barnes & Noble stores, Books-A-Million, Chapters (may vary, check with your local store), and other small, independent shops as well as some limited Costco stores (see below) – again, check with your local store and ask them if it is in stock before you go as it sells out regularly. The book is also currently in some Whole Foods Markets, but if you ask the manager of the book/body care department for it (repeatedly?!), perhaps we can get it in more of them.

Of course, you can also purchase the book online from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com

Which Costco stores is Practical Paleo sold in?

As of 2/11/14 it is currently in about 200 stores but will be rolling out to all Costco stores again within the next week or so.

Wondering what’s good to buy at Costco while eating Paleo? Check out this post I found.

Which BJs stores is Practical Paleo sold in?

As of 2/11/14, this is the list:

Chicopee, MA 01020
Greenfield, MA 01301
Leominster, MA 01453
Auburn, MA 01501
Northborough MA 01581
Framingham, MA 01701
Hudson/Berlin MA 01749
Haverhill MA 01835
Danvers, MA 01923
Dedham, MA 02026
Franklin, MA 02038
Stoughton, MA 02072
Revere MA 02151
Quincy MA 02169
Stoneham, MA 02180
Weymouth, MA 02188
Plymouth, MA 02360
Waltham MA 02453
Hyannis, MA 02601
S.Attleboro MA 02703
N.Dartmouth MA 02747
Seekonk MA 02771
Taunton, MA 02780
Coventry, RI 02816
Middletown, RI 02842
Johnston, RI 02919
Nashua, NH 03060
Salem, NH 03079
Hooksett, NH 03106
W. Lebanon NH 03784
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Portland, ME 04103
Auburn, ME 04210
Manchester CT 06042
W. Hartford CT 06110
Waterford, CT 06385
North Haven CT 06473
Southington CT 06489
Wallingford, CT 06492
Stratford CT 06614
Waterbury, CT 06705
Brookfield CT 06804
Linden, NJ 07036
Watchung, NJ 07069
E. Rutherford NJ 07073
Jersey City NJ 07302
Riverdale, NJ 07457
Paramus, NJ 07652
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Ledgewood, NJ 07852
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Manahawkin NJ 08050
Maple Shade NJ 08052
Deptford, NJ 08096
Mays Landing NJ 08330
Vineland, NJ 08360
Hamilton, NJ 08650
Toms River NJ 08755
Old Bridge NJ 08859
North Brunswick NJ 08902
Yorktown Heights NY 10598
Pelham Manor NY 10803
Monroe, NY 10950
W. Nyack NY 10994
Brooklyn, NY 11239
College Point NY 11356
Middle Village NY 11379
Freeport, NY 11520
Garden City NY 11530
Westbury, LI NY 11590
E.Setauket, LI NY 11733
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Hauppauge, NY 11749
Albany, NY 12205
Rotterdam, NY 12306
WappingersFalls NY 12590
Saratoga Springs NY 12866
Clay, NY 13041
E.Syracuse NY 13057
Utica, NY 13502
Blasdell, NY 14219
Williamsville, NY 14221
Amherst NY 14226
Victor, NY 14564
Webster, NY 14580
Rochester, NY 14606
Rochester, NY 14623
York, PA 17408
Lancaster, PA 17603
Allentown, PA 18109
Warrington, PA 18976
Fairless Hills PA 19030
Springfield, PA 19064
Downingtown, PA 19335
Conshohocken PA 19428
Oaks PA 19456
Newark, DE 19713
Millsboro DE 19966
Waldorf, MD 20603
Bowie, MD 20716
Abingdon, MD 21009
Columbia, MD 21046
Owings Mills MD 21117
Pasadena, MD 21122
Westminster, MD 21157
Baltimore, MD 21236
Fairfax, VA 22033
Falls Church VA 22044
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Alexandria, VA 22304
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Richmond VA 23229
Chesapeake, VA 23321
Norfolk, VA 23502
Hampton, VA 23666
Cary, NC 27518
Garner, NC 27529
Raleigh, NC 27617
Mooresville, NC 28117
Fayettevile NC 28314
Conyers, GA 30013
Cumming, GA 30041
Woodstock, GA 30189
Port Orange FL 32127
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Merritt Island FL 32953
Homestead, FL 33034
Parkland, FL 33067
Miami, FL 33157
Ft Lauderdale FL 33309
Boynton Beach FL 33436
Cape Coral FL 33909
Clermont FL 34711
Jensen Beach FL 34957
Avon, OH 44011
Willoughby, OH 44094
Middleburg Heights OH 44130
Akron, OH 44310
N. Canton OH 44720

How and why did people get advance review copies?

In order to create some buzz about the book and get people excited about what it contains, selected practitioners, bloggers, and other people in the health and wellness community were sent a copy from a limited number of complimentary, early-released books. The majority of books we print are sent directly from our warehouse to stores or online retailers for distribution, so the advance copy number is limited. Books we send out early allow others to share opinions and their take on the book with all of you from their own perspective – not just mine – which is clearly biased! If you think you fit the bill for becoming an early reviewer on future books, please contact me here and I will add you to a list for consideration.

Content – What’s in the book. (Part 1)

How is Practical Paleo different from other Paleo books? I own a lot of them, do I really need this one, too?!

For starters, most Paleo books currently are either foundational science information or a cookbook, most do not combine these two elements together. In Practical Paleo, you’ll find easy-to-understand information on how food should work in your body, as well as how to fix it if it’s not going right. I cover comprehensive information on digestion (far beyond leaky gut, which is commonly covered in Paleo books) as well as blood sugar regulation. If you’ve never been to one of my seminars or workshops, well here’s your chance to learn my take on the whys behind a Paleo diet. I talk about food from my perspective as a holistic nutritionist, not someone who perhaps learned about and then decided to implement a Paleo diet in my own life – which is perfectly acceptable and wonderful to share in books as well it’s just not my angle! The basis for my arguments against “non-Paleo” foods is not a matter of “grains will kill you,” but more so “what are nutrient-dense, whole-foods that support your body versus those that potentially harm it.” This book will help anyone learn more about the whys of a Paleo/whole-foods based diet, from the complete novice to a more experienced Paleo-eater.

Many reviewers have called Practical Paleo a “Paleo Encyclopedia.” I love that notion because the book really is quite like a reference manual that perhaps you will sit and read through (at least roughly the 125 pages in Part 1), but then you’ll use it time and time again for reference when you need to recall something you aren’t quite clear on, or want to explain to someone else using simple terms and even pictures! This book helps make complex information simple, and puts information literally at your fingertips. For some, the 30-Day Meal Plans alone are proving valuable information that’s not collected in Paleo books elsewhere – even practitioners who work with clients and want to help them in reaching their goals! See Part 2 info for more on these.

There are one-page guides in the book for all of the following information:

  • Paleo Foods (also duplicated as a tear-out guide!) - a comprehensive list of meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts, fats, oils, etc.
  • Stocking a Paleo Pantry (also duplicated as a tear-out guide!) - another comprehensive list of non-perishable items that will help keep the food you make interesting and well seasoned
  • Food Quality (also duplicated as a tear-out guide!) – this is a widely confused topic, and I’ve decoded labels for you on everything from chicken and eggs to seafood, produce and even milk/dairy products so you can make the best choices possible within your budget
  • Fats & Oils (also duplicated as a tear-out guide!) – which to eat and which to ditch including hot and cold applications
  • Cooking Fats (also duplicated as a tear-out guide!) - ranking of common cooking fats on the market, as well as recommended versus not-recommended items
  • Paleo Carbs (also duplicated as a tear-out guide!) – we all know that fruit is a source of carbs, but what about starchy vegetables? There is life beyond the sweet potato and this list includes almost 20 items. It even includes (gasp!) white potatoes, but I recommend you read this post for more information..
  • Sweeteners (also duplicated as a tear-out guide!) - clarity on which are natural, which are synthetic, and my top picks for which to use if you’re going to use them at all as well as which to never use
  • Gluten (also duplicated as a tear-out guide!) - how to find gluten hiding in foods, which foods commonly contain it, as well as which are gluten-free grains in the event that you’re going to eat some kind of grain but are keeping things strictly gluten-free
  • Digestion - how it should work, signs & symptoms that it’s not working, how to test it, what to do if it’s not working
  • Your Poop! - what is may look like, what it means, and what it should look like (you will love this page!)
  • Leaky Gut - signs and symptoms and what to do about healing it!

Does it come with a list of foods so we can use to mix and match for meal planning purposes?

Yes! The “Guide to: Paleo Foods” is a comprehensive list of foods from which to choose in your meal planning. There is also a “Guide to: the Paleo Pantry” that will be helpful in supplementing fresh foods with dried herbs, spices, sauces, and some canned/jarred items.

Do you talk about how to eat Paleo at restaurants and while traveling?

Yes! There is a section on “Paleo in Public” and how to take your healthy habits here, there, and everywhere. As someone who travels nearly 30-50% of the time, I am well-versed in making Paleo work away from home. My tips include what to do at parties as well as navigating menus at restaurants and making healthy choices within different types of cuisines.

Do you address issues with kids and families in this book?

No. I don’t have kids or my own family, so I don’t consider myself to be an expert on this topic. I recommend checking out Eat Like a Dinosaur by the Paleo Parents, Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso and the Nom Nom Paleo and Growing Up Paleo websites for information from Paleo moms I think are doing a great job. That said, if your kids are a bit older and want to look through recipes to select items to make together, perhaps some inspiration from this photo will suffice? Kids don’t need to be eating food that’s different from adults, though we often think that due to societal norms and pressures. Allow them to flip through the photos and pick out some things to try.

Does it come with help on how to combat chronic constipation, diarrhea, etc.?

Yes! There is an entire section that explains your digestive system, what it does, how it should work, and what can go wrong. Of course, along with that are tips and tricks for fixing problems you discover along the way of your digestion. The book also includes a “Guide to: your Poop!” which will help you to decode some common culprits appearing in your toilet regularly as well as how to fix them.

Does your book include info on your sugar detox?

No. This book is completely different from The 21-Day Sugar Detox program, which is currently only available as a PDF download.

Meal Plan Content (Part 2)

Is there a meal plan in Practial Paleo for my specific health condition or goal?

The following 11 meal plans are included:

  • Autoimmune Conditions – (autoimmune protocol – grain, legume, dairy, egg, nut, seed, and nightshade-free)
  • Blood Sugar Regulation (diabetes, hypoglycemia, etc.) – may also apply to hormonal imbalances, infertility, PCOS, etc.
  • Digestive Health (IBS, IBD, leaky gut)
  • Thyroid Health (Hypo/Hyper thyroid and Hashimoto’s)
  • Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, & Chronic Fatigue – may also apply to arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurological Health (Parkinson’s & Alzheimers) – also applies to those interested in a ketogenic plan
  • Heart Health (Cholesterol and Blood Pressure concerns)
  • Cancer Recovery
  • Athletic Performance
  • Fat Loss
  • Squeaky Clean Paleo – for general health or those who are new or just want a strict plan without anything else to worry about for starters

Are the 30-Day Meal Plans just lists of what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or is there more to them?

There’s a lot more to the 30-Day Meal Plans than simply meals! In fact, if you aren’t one to follow a meal plan or recipes to the letter, you can simply use the first sections of the 30-Day Meal Plans as your guide in creating your own meals as you see fit for as long as you like.

The 30-Day Meal Plans in Practical Paleo include:

  • introductory information on the condition or set of conditions addressed by that plan
  • diet & lifestyle recommendations including what to add and what to avoid (this component is perhaps the most critical page in the plan)
  • nutritional supplements & herbs to consider – these are not prescriptive recommendations, however, they are lists of some items and basic notes on what they do in the body that you may wish to research further or ask your naturopath or other practitioner about including in a plan that works to support your body’s health
  • supportive nutrients & foods that contain them – it’s all about the food, right?! This list shows you how you can literally eat your way to a healthier version of yourself by highlighting nutrients and their actions in your body that may be ideal for supporting healing with your current health condition or goals

I notice that some of the recipes listed in the Autoimmune Conditions meal plan contain some foods that are listed under the “avoid” side of our dietary recommendations, can you explain this.

First and foremost let me remind people to follow the add/avoid diet and lifestyle recommendations above all else. There may be a couple of small errors in my planning. I am human and I apologize for those mistakes! We’re even fixing any we find so that future copies are more accurate. There shouldn’t be too many errors in the plans as I’ve combed over them many times, but it happens. Additionally, if a recipe calls for an ingredient that is on the avoid list for your meal plan, avoid it. Use the noted ingredient change recommendation, or, in the event that you can’t figure out what should be swapped, please contact me via Facebook (preferably) or via email (only if you don’t use Facebook),

What sort(s) of athletes are you addressing in your book? Do you talk about both pre & post workout nutrition?

Since it would be nearly impossible to fit enough plans in this book for every person’s unique situation, the meal plan for Athletic Performance addresses the general goal of athletic performance, but does not focus on a specific modality or sport. I address pre and post workout nutrition mainly in the blood sugar regulation section where I discuss carbohydrate intake.

Does it cover food allergies and resulting symtoms (including eczema, for example)?

The leaky gut section of Part 1 discusses this information in detail, but the Autoimmune Conditions or Digestive Health 30-Day Meal Plan will be a good place to read more about how to heal digestive issues which are at the root of many food allergies and resulting symptoms.

Are there shopping lists included for the 30-Day Meal Plans?

While I’d love to have provided these lists right inside the book, at a whopping 432 pages, there was simply not enough room! We are, however, working quickly to compile these lists for you as free PDF downloads on the Practical Paleo book resources page in the coming week or so.

Recipe Content (Part 3)

Are nutrition facts available for the recipes in the book?

Yes! Every recipe that could possibly have accurate information calculated has been added to the Recipe Nutrition Facts page with links to NutritionData.com for your reference. Spice blends, bone broth, and some other recipes have not been calculated as information in the nutrient database is not going to reflect the true value of these items.

Are recipe preparation and cook times included? How about recipe yields?

Yes! All of that is included with each recipe.

Why do your meal plans point to recipes that include some ingredients that are excluded in my 30-Day Meal Plan?

To be fair, it would be nearly impossible, in one book, to create recipes that cater to 11 different meal plans! I have certainly considered creating a separate guide of much more strict recipes, however, since people’s needs vary so greatly, what I’ve done instead is to add notes on ever (or nearly every) recipe possible about substitutions where ingredients are included that you want to avoid. For example, some braised/slow-cooked recipes include tomatoes and are listed in the Autoimmune Conditions meal plan, but simply substituting bone broth in place of the tomatoes will yield a delicious and irritant-free recipe to suit the needs of that meal plan. Similarly, if nuts are included and not a main part of the recipe, they may merely be left off. All recipes have an allergen indicator about eggs, nuts, nightshades, and FODMAPs as well as the notes on other options, again, whenever possible.

Are there make-ahead/freezer-friendly recipes in this book?

Yes! Some of my favorite make-ahead recipes, though certainly not the only ones that qualify for this type of preparation include the Herb Salt Blends and Spice Blends, Swirly Crustless Quiche, Sauerkraut, Mom’s Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Lemony Lamb Dolmas, Balsamic Braised Short Ribs, and the Butternut Sage Soup.

Check out these videos which focus on the recipes of Practical Paleo


If you haven’t already tuned in to the following interviews I did about the book, check them out! You’ll get lots of information on what’s inside the book as well as some answers, explained in even more detail, that are also listed below. 

Dr. Lo Radio – interview with Dr. Lauren Noel, ND
click here to download the MP3  •  click here load in iTunes

Underground Wellness Radio – interview with Sean Croxton
click here to download the MP3  •  click here to load in iTunes

Livin’ La Vida Low Carb – interview with Jimmy Moore
click here for the blog post/show notes  •   click here to download the MP3  •  click here to load in iTunes

SCD Lifestyle – interview with Jordan Reasonor 
click here for the blog post/show notes •  click here to download the MP3  •  click here to load in iTunes

Fat Burning Man – interview with Abel James
click here for the blog post/show notes  •  click here to download the MP3  •  click here to load in iTunes

Latest in Paleo – interview with Angelo Coppola
click here for the blog post/show notes  •  click here to download the MP3  •  click here to load in iTunes

And check out reviews of the book from some of your favorite bloggers in my Review Round-Ups: post #1post #2post #3 and post #4.

Order your copy of Practical Paleo today! Stay tuned for a more fun and delicious Paleo-oriented giveaways leading up to and through the official release week of Practical Paleo on August 7!


About the author

Diane Sanfilippo BS, Certified Nutrition Consultant, C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach. Diane is a New Jersey-based Holistic & Paleo Nutritionist and The New York Times Bestselling author of “Practical Paleo” and The 21-Day Sugar Detox, – a program designed to help you bust sugar and carb cravings in 21 days with the help and support of a community who is all in it together! Diane co-hosts The Balanced Bites Podcast, a top-rated weekly radio show about all things health and nutrition.




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