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One of the benefits to having a blog with three readers (Hey mom! Hey gramma! Hey Chachi Arcola!) is that I get the extraordinary privilege of reviewing books that speak to my own food values. This latest book was authored by The Paleo Parents: this extraordinary duo (well, counting the 3 kiddos, it’s an extraordinary quintet) has put together a fun, family-oriented gluten-free cookbook called Eat Like a Dinosaur.
I first spent time with Matt, Stacy and their three awesome boys when we caught a showing of Farmageddon (I wrote about the experience here). The family treated me to dinner and an overall eye-opening experience wherein they served healthy food to their children and the children actually ate it.
A few of my observations from that day:
You know how I think having a dog and a Cave Husband is, like, Sooomuchworkyouguuuys? Well. Stacy and Matthew have three HUMAN children. Three BOYS. All of whom are rambunctious (in the best possible way), smart, well-adjusted, and Totally. Paleo.
Stacy and Matthew’s journey is truly inspiring, and to see two folks who run the gamut of day-to-day responsibilities manage to raise kids who are willing to eat beet greens while maintaining a blog and a garden (WITH CAULIFLOWER IN IT) is pretty much confirmation that no excuse is greater than the desire to be healthy.“
Being of what some might consider “childbearing age” (sarcastic air quotes), I have become observant of the dynamic between parents and children I encounter. Unfortunately, I mostly observe children being fed plates of pasta or french fries – I’ve even watched a mom give multi-colored fruity pops to her toddler while SHE ate scrambled eggs with a side of veggies at my local diner! Oh, my heart hurt.
(No judgment – I know intentions were pure and I hold all parents in high regard. But I still don’t think kids need pasta or Yellow No. 5.)
At one time, Stacy and Matt may have resembled those parents. Two of their children suffered from varied health and concentration issues. They made simple dietary changes – eliminating allergens like dairy and wheat as well as industrial seed oils – and in transitioning to a Paleo template, they quickly resolved those health issues. The dross of eczema, attention deficits and impulse control immediately fell away.
Did I mention Matt and Stacy lost over 200 lbs. in the process?
Eat Like a Dinosaur is wonderful for many reasons, but I have an overwhelming appreciation for the advice about getting kids “on board” with healthier eating and engaging them in food selection and preparation (the cookbook facilitates this with kid-friendly photos and illustrations). It’s the illustrated opening story, however – told by Cole – which truly moved me the most. It ends with the most innocent and sweet statement, “Now we enjoy going out and doing fun stuff instead of feeling sad inside our house.” This is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
As difficult as it is to single out my favorites, I’d have to say that the 50/50 Bacon Burger is absolute perfection with the Southwestern Pineapple sauce; and the “Tacos To Go” are a brilliant take on portable (nutrient-dense) meat-n-veggie jerky. I’m making the Cherry Chocolate Balls for the Final Four. I also deeply appreciate the inclusion of real, homemade bone broth in the list of recipes – it’s one of the most nourishing, nutrient-dense foods a child could eat.
If I had to sum this cookbook up in one phrase, it would be: My inner child does the happy dance!
Hop on over to the Paleo Parents’ website for more on their journey, or navigate directly to Amazon to order the book!
Giveaway is closed! Thanks for participating!
If you’d like to try to WIN a copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur, just be sure you “Like” The Paleo Parents Facebook Page – and leave me a quick comment letting me know that ya want it and why!
Winner will be identified at 5:00 PM ET Thursday, March 29 2012!