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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 | 89 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 Paleo, so I figured a post on some of the most frequently asked would be a good idea. Here you go!
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.
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.
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.
As of 2/11/14, this is the list:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. This book is completely different from The 21-Day Sugar Detox program, which is currently only available as a PDF download.
The following 11 meal plans are included:
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:
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),
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! All of that is included with each recipe.
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.
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.
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!
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