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I know it’s tough sometimes to plod through all my Real Food ramblings. I blather and blah-blah-blah. So I’m going to summarize this post quickly, because what I have to say is more important than finding a cure for ASWA (Acute Shark Week Addiction).*
Here’s the straight talk: Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo is the definitive work on Practical Real-Food Nutrition. It is the only book of its kind on the market. It’s a one-stop shop for helping friends, loved ones, experienced Paleo eaters, AND even the Real-Food-Uninitiated live a better life. Order it NOW.
Oh, and one more thing: Poop Pageant. (That’s all I’m gonna say. And it should be enough.)
Diane is my friend and colleague (we do a podcast and a workshop series together), so I know the volume of information she has to share and I was eager to pore over every word in her book. I committed, though, before turning a single page, to be fully honest and fair, no matter what, and to write a totally unbiased and truthful review. And, with that commitment in mind, here’s an illustrated version of what I came up with:
Here’s what Diane understands that is too often forgotten: It’s not always JUST about food. Food is important (it’s why she’s got hundreds of pages of recipes, meal plans, and food-choice advice), but, in fact, health often starts one step back: with the terrain with which your food interacts.
The digestive system – your internal food-use landscape – allows your food to interact with your body in a way that sets the stage for improvement or frustration. When it works properly, it pulls the nourishment from food. Ignoring the quality of your own digestive landscape can block your ability to make progress when it comes to health, fitness, or simply being a better-nourished version of you. This sucks, because we all want better food to fix all our problems. But these are the facts. I see it in my practice. (Which now, thanks to Diane’s book, has a “will work for
food PaleoKits” sign on the door.)
Even the best food, poorly digested, can continue to mess you up. Diane has undertaken multiple certifications and extensive training to understand this – and bring the solutions to us through her book. So we get the tools for understanding digestion, recognizing problems, and for fixing what may be causing frustration.
Oh, and “digestion” isn’t just about what happens in your stomach. It begins outside your body and in your brain; involving everything from hormones to salivary glands to the gallbladder, pancreas and intestines…and it ends, of course, with a Poop Pageant.
And that’s just Part One of Practical Paleo. The rest of the book is filled with recipes, meal plans (including those that identify foods – like nightshades and FODMAPs – so they can be avoided) and tips for snacking, stress relief, achieving life balance, and for NOT getting strip-searched by TSA.
So, yes, this review sounds like a rave. But I promise, it’s an honest rave.
I’ll put on my Lavar Burton hat now: Practical Paleo is amazing, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Get yourself a copy!
Click on the book cover below to order.