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Tuesday, August 7th

Book Review: Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

Diane Sanfilippo is a certified nutrition consultant, and owner of the popular Balanced Bites. She attended a MovNat workshop in West Virginia last summer, as described in her MovNat blog post.

After I read her MovNat blog post, I registered for my own trip to MovNat West Virginia last year. Now I work on the MovNat team, so her impact on my life has been profound on many levels.

Diane continues to inspire people to good health through her podcasts and now with her new book, Practical Paleo, which releases today, August, 7th. After you read this review, I think you will want to mosey on over to Amazon and get your own copy.

Even Robb Wolf, who wrote the Forward for the book, was impressed by the wealth of knowledge Diane shares in this book. “1) Wow, this is going to be a really useful book for a lot of people! 2) DAMN! I wish I laid out some of the material in my book, The Paleo Solution the way Diane did in her book,” wrote Robb.

Part 1 of the book addresses Food and Your Body — everything from how to grocery shop, figure out what’s going on in your body, dealing with leaky gut, eating on a budget, how to socialize and eat at restaurants without feeling awful the next day, and much more.

Part 2 is a 30-day meal plan with diet and lifestyle recommendations, supplements to consider, and supportive nutrients and foods that contain those nutrients. This info is summarized for these areas of interest:

  1. Neurological Health
  2. Heart Health
  3. Cancer Recovery
  4. Athletic Performance
  5. Fat Loss
  6. Squeaky Clean Paleo

I could stop there … if not for the 120 fabulous recipes. Three things struck me about her recipes:  1) The Variety, 2) their Deliciousness, and  3) the Simplicity.

So I will tantalize you with a few photos here.

Bacon-wrapped Smoky Chicken Thighs

Carrot Gingerbread Muffins

Diane, always the collaborator, worked with her friends Bill Staley and Hayley Mason to do the beautiful food photography for her book. They are Paleo cookbook authors themselves with Make it Paleo — which I also own and enjoy.

The design of Diane’s book is beautiful.

The magnificent layout, graphics, and clear and compelling organization with colored page tabs identify content categories such as Poultry, Autoimmune Conditions, Treats and Sweets, Kitchen Basics, along with the variety of colors — all of it is inviting and with a ‘workbook’ feel.

The book covers food A to Z … from cutting an onion properly to making perfect flourless mocha bacon brownies (on my weekend to-do list.)

So get a copy for yourself or someone else — and congratulations Diane on a book that both educates and inspires.

Photos owned by Practical Paleo

Post by Lori Crock, MovNat Communication Coordinator and foodie.

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