5 Questions with Joe Salama author of “The Paleo Miracle” – and a giveaway!

Anthony DiSarro Books, Contests & Giveaways, Five Questions With 65 Comments

I am very pleased to share with all of you my interview with Joe Salama the Author of The Paleo Miracle. One of Joes favrotie quotes is “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” by Milton Berle. I think this discribes perfectly what Joe has accomplished through The Paleo Miracle. He built a door so others could have the opportunity to share their own stories of transformation and in turn help many more find their own path to better health. Not only is Joe is giving away a free copy of his book  but he is giving us a 10% off.  (Enter the giveaway and get the coupon code at the end of the post)

1. How did The Paleo Miracle come together?cover3d

I came up with the idea of sharing paleo success stories in a book in August 2012, and quickly decided to go full throttle with it. My goal was releasing it on my one-year paleo-anniversary, on November 3, 2012. I asked Christina Lianos, a good paleo friend, if she was interested in working on it with me. I knew her to be consistently enthusiastic, dedicated, and of high integrity. I was pleased with she agreed to help me with it. Together we contacted over 250 people, asking them if they wanted to be in the book. Most of them were in the International Paleo Movement Group on Facebook ( ). From all the stories we got, we picked the best 59 to put in the book. The entire project was put together in about 2.5 months.

2. Can you give our readers a brief overview of what they will find in the Paleo Miracle?


They will find 59 stories of people taking responsibility for their own health, typically in defiance of their physicians who have told them that they will have to live the rest of their lives managing a disease and on several prescription medications. They will read stories of courageous people taking a risk, reinventing their health, and coming out better than anyone thought was possible – removing all symptoms of Crohn’s disease, depression, diabetes, heart disease, ADHD, bipolar disorder, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, and many more – by changing what they eat and how they philosophically approach the subject of nutrition.

3.What is it about testimonies that you believe make them such a powerful invoker of change?


They are real people, almost all of whom are pictured, and many of whom have volunteered their contact information. None of them was paid to be in the book – they all wanted to share their stories to help others learn how to become healthy. Instead, they agreed that half the profits from the sale of the book should go to a paleo charity with the same goal: To help others learn how to become healthy. They have bared their souls, admitted to struggling with disease, and have shared their personal triumph. There is nothing more motivating, palpable, and powerful than that.

4. In the book you encourage your readers to do there own research and be advocates for their own health as you did. Is it your hope that the Paleo Miracle will be used as a tool in this way?

Yes. None of us is in this for personal glory. We want to change the world. We want to shake up conventional “wisdom” about health and nutrition until we force the mainstream medical community to reconsider their ineffective and expensive advice. As stated in the book, Paleo is more than just a way of eating. It is a philosophy with the following premise: Take nothing for granted, do your own research about nutrition, eat clean natural unprocessed foods, and listen to your body. We are here to show the world that there may be another option available to people instead of managing their diseases – a healthier and happier one.

5. In your own testimonial you said it took 8 or 9 friends recommending a Paleo diet before you finally gave it a try. What tips can you share with our readers on how to approach friends and family about using real food to improve their health?

I think my story is in the minority in that I fell into paleo by accident. It took that many times because it was never explained to me that it could effectively cure my ADHD. Had I known this would – or even could – be the outcome, I would have done it a long time ago. I started trying to help people by sending out research and studies to friends and family, studies where diet has alleviated or removed symptoms of a particular disease. But unless you are a scientist, studies are less tangible and less “real” than reading personal stories. My personal opinion is that there is nothing more effective in creating a desire to change than to show people what is possible by showing them it has worked for others just like them – which is why I put this book together. The Paleo Miracle is the best piece of paleo marketing material available. It is 8.5 x 11, with color photos, and contains lots of moving stories. I have been giving out as many copies of it as I can to people – people with heart disease, MS, and depression – in the hopes of bringing them health and happiness. But this book is by no means the only way to get people to re-examine their way of eating. The bottom line is that any true change has to happen from within – people have to be personally motivated to do it, and there are may approaches that can be taken to achieve this end.


Head over the The Paleo Miracle and enter this coupon code at checkout: TVXL7YLK 


1. “Like”  The Paleo Miracle on Facebook

2. Comment here letting us know you’ve completed Step 1 and tell us why you want a copy of ! If you’ve already  ordered a copy, tell us who you’d give a second copy away to and why.

NOTE: Only one comment per person will count as an entry. Posting more than one comment will disqualify you from the contest, so please just post once! Thanks!! 

That’s it! No purchase necessary.

Note: This contest will be open for entries through 5pm Eastern time on Tuesday Feb 12th and ONE WINNER will be selected using and emailed and announced here on the blog. If you do reply to the winning announcement email to claim your prize within 48 hours of the announcement, a new winner will be selected in your place.

  • Linda

    Done, liked on FB. Jan. of 2012 I started the paleo lifestyle and started feeling better, even dropped 30 pounds. The last 4 months have been horrible. Turning 65, having to change Doctors, etc really threw me for a loop. I fell off my strict eating habit and have struggled despirately to stay back on it. I’ve had fibromylgia for over 20yrs and also suffer from depression. My medication list is long but I’m working on making it shorter. I believe that reading the wonderful success stories/pictures would be such an encouragement for me to carry on! My heartfelt thanks to all you beautiful people who are willing to write and share your stories and struggles…Thank You!

  • Lisa

    Liked on FB!

    I’d love a copy of this book to help inspire my parents, both on the cusp of turning 70, to reclaim their health and fitness during their golden years. I’ve been paleo for almost 2 months now and am a full fledged believer in the lifestyle! I believe that nothing motivates us more than seeing how other people achieve their goals, and to have an entire book dedicated to that would be a wonderful, invaluable resource.

    Thanks! :)

  • Amy

    Like on FB! I did the Lurong Challenge for 9 weeks and looked and felt great! Slowly started eating crappy again. I need to get motivated and get back on the Paleo Train!!!

  • Karyn Kotimko

    I liked the page on FB awhile ago, I like reading the inspirational stories. I have been mostly paleo for a month now to help with depression and weight loss. Would love to have the book to read how it has helped so many people!

  • Debbie

    I liked The Paleo Miracle on FB and would really love the book to inspire my future clients. I am a holistic nutrition student.

  • Jill G

    Liked on FB. I feel like I need constant reassurance and success stories from other people to stay on track. Living Paleo is hard where I live because there is not much mainstream support. I’m trying to get my family on track also, but I’m having trouble getting my girls and husband on board.

  • Ellen


    Thanks for this great giveaway! I liked the book on FB, and now I really really hope to win it so that I can ingest the inspirational stories to help me get on track. I have let well-ingrained, backwards ideologies get in the way of reaching optimal health, and would love this book as…not a kick in the pants, but rather a carrot (or pork chop, or steak) to dangle in front of myself. And then, I’ll pass it to my family members!

  • Alicia

    Liked on facebook! I would love a copy of this book to help convince my husband to make the full on switch to paleo – he’s been gluten and dairy free for a while but I think going full paleo will help him with his ADHD and other mental health issues. Thanks for the chance!

  • Essie

    sorry to be a bitch but this article needs some editing. By even just quickly browsing I came across spelling errors and typos. “favrotie” in line 2, “discribe” in line 3. “their” not there and on and on. Just run a quick spell check folks

  • Essie

    I’d love to receive a copy to help motivate my teenagers to jump aboard the Paleo wagon for life.

  • Johnny

    Congrats, Joe! The book is a great accomplishment and I love seeing a bunch of friends in there.

  • Brenda

    Liked on FB! I would love a copy to share with my parents and in-laws, but mostly for my hubby.

  • kim

    I liked on Facebook. I have to win a copy because I need to see who the couple is in the Jamiaca pictures, I think I SAW them when we were there in 2012!! I think we stayed at the same resort!!