Written by Fat-Burning Man weight loss personality Abel James, this book is an overview of his program for losing fat rapidly, naturally and permanently. The book is broken up into very comprehensive sections beginning with general education and information. It then transitions into specific what to dos and what not to dos and lists broken down by specific food type. Finally, it wraps up with a comprehensive plan to get you started.
This is a recipe from Dr. Loren Cordain’s new book, The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, which contains 250 delicious, 100% Paleo recipes, coupled with the scientific evidence suggesting why each dish is comprised of the best ingredients to attain optimal health. You can order it on Amazon here.
Everyday Grain-Free Baking is a collection of more than 100 recipes for everything from bread and biscuits to breakfast treats and desserts. Where many cookbooks focus on main dishes, starters and sides, this book fills in the gaps and answers many of the ‘but what do I do about’ questions. It takes the user from breads and biscuits to muffins, cookies and bars, throws in cakes and pies and wraps up with a list that includes icing, yogurt and glazes.
If there’s one thing that Louise and I love to focus on, it’s simplicity and practicality.
To be fair, I go far beyond simplicity and practicality in many areas of my life. At various times, I’ve been obsessed with music, dance, academics, health, and…girls (before I met Louise of course!). I believe it’s healthy and fun to be obsessed with some things in life. And what those things are depends a lot on what you enjoy and want to become great at.
Nutrition isn’t necessarily something that everybody wants to be GREAT at. We all want to be healthy, to look good naked, and to feel great. But not everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, race in Ironman triathlons, or be a super model.
And that’s why Louise and I love focusing on simplicity and practicality. Even if you do want to be great, you need to start somewhere, and overcomplicating matters is a sure path toward discouragement and resistance.
Paleo on a Budget is exactly what it professes to be – a guide to Paleo eating with an awareness of budget and bottom line costs. It includes essential lists for stocking your pantry, how to prepare ingredients ahead to save time during a busy week, and outlines and illustrates a whole host of simple, easy to make meals to take you through everyday eating. Many recipes come with tips about money and time savings and preparation instructions to ensure your success along the way.
Indulge is a cookbook specifically geared towards desserts. It covers basics including switching ingredients, icings and how to’s. The 70 recipes featured take the reader all the way from pies to cakes and from bars to cookies. An introductory chapter shares information and tips about ingredients, baking and preparation and storing ingredients. A single page on switching ingredients provides a great tool for the ‘I want to make but don’t have any’ days that we all have.
Filled with more than 70 grain free chips, cookies, munchies and more, this is one cookbook that will satisfy the snack cravings of both the kids and adults in your home. The recipes cover appetizers, after school snacks, lunches, afternoon munchies and breakfasts on the go. Many of the recipes in the book are recognizable and familiar but offer variations on the treats you either grew up with or have shared with your own family that will satisfy both your taste buds and your desire to eat healthier. As a Paleo cookbook, the recipes use wonderfully simple and natural ingredients and are easy to prepare. An early chapter called Introduction to Ingredients gives you some basic information and tips for using the listed ingredients that will ensure your success in the kitchen.
Caitlin Weeks, Chef Nabil Boumrar, and Diane Sanfilippo
Mediterranean Palo Cooking combines the best of two exceptional philosophies for eating – Paleo and Mediterranean. Mediterranean diets are heralded for the use of olives and olive oils, an abundance of seafood and fat-rich fish including sardines. Its additional inclination for seasonal foods and wonderful spice combinations creates dishes that are flavorful and healthy. In this book readers have access to more than 150 ‘coastal recipes’ that combine both the Paleo and Mediterranean healthful eating philosophies.
Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry
Real Life Paleo is both a cookbook and a guide book for adopting a Paleo diet. Divided into three distinct sections: Swap, Remove and Heal, the book is designed to help readers transition from their current style of eating to one that is more healthful and more natural through easy to understand and follow steps. Beginning with identifying some of the most obvious and harmful foods and swapping them with gluten free and healthier options, readers will begin to slowly transition their eating and ways of thinking. The second phase is a next step to making a full change and in the final section, readers are encouraged to adopt a fully integrated healthy change, including suggestions for more exercise and more sleep.
This book is for anyone who is following a Paleo diet – the recipes are fantastically simple and varied, anyone considering a Paleo diet, and anyone who has ever thought of or tried to change the way they eat but found they were overwhelmed thinking about how to begin. Information is presented in simple, non-medical terminology and lifestyle changes are taken step by step so as not to overwhelm or make anything seem impossible.
I love Phase 1: Swap because, even if someone is not ready or feels the change to a Paleo diet is too big a leap, this first chapter provides suggestions for eliminating some of the most addictive and potential damaging foods. Even starting small – getting rid of the gluten, sugar and processed foods can make a huge difference in changing the way people live and eat and once that step has been accomplished, the next becomes that much easier. Even if someone were to commit just to making these changes, there is the potential for a feel-better, stronger, healthier revelation that is life-changing.
For a weekend breakfast treat I love the Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake. If there are two brunch indulgences I miss from my pre-Paleo days they are my mom’s coffee cake with the cinnamon and brown sugar topping and cinnamon buns. This cake provides the best of both in a form that I don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying.
For a main dish, I recommend the Cauli-Gnocchi with Brussel Sprouts and Lemon Zest. Going back to pasta dishes that I once loved, gnocchi certainly tops the list, as much for the look and taste of it as for the flexibility and how it could be used. This recipe offers a viable solution to traditional gnocchi and provides one suggestion for serving it which has already inspired a few future variations in my mind.
Finally, for a sweet indulgence that actually isn’t, I pick the Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies. Who doesn’t love a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie? The opportunity to make an after-school, afternoon tea treat that is both healthy and easy to make is a double plus. Load up the cookie jar with these treats and everyone in the house will be dipping in.
About Heather Seftel-Kirk: Not a physician or nutritionist, Heather came to her understanding of food and health through parenting three children, now teens, who seemed not to fit the ‘norms’ of health and through questions…so many questions.
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Ashley Sara Dekam
Real provides clear, concise and easy to understand and apply information, logic and courses of action for those dealing with eating disorders.
Reintroducing Foods is a guidebook for anyone who has used the Paleo diet to help treat or reverse autoimmune disease. The author provides an overview, advice on what to reintroduce and when, suggestions for dealing with the process and then a host of recipes for getting back to a more complete and healthy eating lifestyle.
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Brenda Watson, C.N.C.
Leonard Smith, MD.
The Skinny Gut Diet provides a comprehensive overview of what many people, and professionals, are beginning to talk about, or at least are hinting at – the connection between gut health and overall health, between the gut and the brain, and between gut health and weight loss. Not a diet book or a cookbook, The Skinny Gut provides basic information about our bodies, about connections to food and offers recipes geared towards better overall health and weight loss. Together these are the picture of a complete guide to changing the way you live and eat.
Christopher James Clark
In this book, the author explores healthy eating by looking at past wisdom and applying the latest scientific research to validate that nutritional and ancestral wisdom. He looks at foods that are the healthiest and those that are the most problematic, examines the issue of deteriorating food quality and explores the opportunities for detoxifying our bodies and reducing degenerative diseases through the foods we choose. Not only is this a ‘what and why’ of healthy eating, but a ‘how’ – offering solid explanation, proof and a path to healthier eating.