Lots of us are looking for ways to look and feel better – but often it can seem like an uphill struggle! All the same, we know that healthy diet is a key part of
- getting in better shape
- losing weight more easily
- improving the quality of your sleep
- boosting your energy levels
The Paleo Recipe Book is a cookbook which aims to help you establish a healthy and enjoyable eating plan, based on the principles of the so-called “Stone Age Diet” originally popularized in the 1970s by Walter L Voegtlin, the prominent gastroenterologist.
These days, it seems that hardly a week goes by without a doctor, dietician or health guru bemoaning the evils of the modern diet. But while some foods, such as eggs, have gone in and out of favor with nutritionists over the years, there’s a general consensus that we should try to eliminate items such as processed carbohydrates, sugary soda drinks, and foods rich in trans-fats and saturated fats from our eating plan.
What Exactly Is the Paleo Diet?
You know that popular saying “You are what you eat …”? The Paleo diet (short for paleolithic diet) is based on the principle that modern man has changed little in genetic make-up from our ancestors in the Stone Age, between 2 million and 20,000 years ago.
Those early humans subsisted on a diet based on food that they hunted, gathered, or scavenged, in a period that pre-dates modern agriculture. This means that certain ingredients that we take for granted today, such as dairy products, grains, and processed or sugary foods, were unknown to them.
The Paleo plan aims to replicate this ancestral human diet and what we think stone age people ate, based on archeological and anthropological evidence. It coincides with several aspects of other recommended nutrition plans, and is popular with many supporters for its avoidance of groups such as grains and legumes, salt, and foods high in fructose. Similarly, the plan recommends that people drink mostly water and avoid milk or alcohol.
More recently, different variations have become popular, taking into account modern preferences and lifestyles while attempting to stay true to the diet’s fundamental principles. Some people like to incorporate more carbohydrate – for example in the form of nuts or root vegetables – as a way to boost energy while following the pan.
The Paleo Recipe Book makes it easy for you to prepare enjoyable, nutritious recipes, using simple, non-toxic ingredients such as:
- Meat – for example chicken, pork, beef, and bison
- Eggs – to allow you to make your favorite omelets and frittatas
- Fish – such as salmon, sardines, trout
- Fruit and vegetables – for example berries, beets, and spinach
- Shellfish and seafood – like shrimp, scallops, or mussels
- “Good” fats – including coconut oil and olive oil
- Nuts – such as almonds, macadamia nuts, and walnuts
Why Is the Paleo Diet Supposed to Be Good for You?
The plan is based on the argument that genetic inheritance and basic dietary needs have hardly changed since the days of our paleolithic forefathers, and that the way we eat now in western society has been radically conditioned by the advent of modern agriculture and the industrial age.
In 1989 a study was carried out in the remote, non-westernized population of islands in Papua New Guinea, whose traditional diet had not been influenced by agricultural development or western diets. Researchers found that the inhabitants enjoyed excellent health, including an apparent absence of illnesses that are rife in western society, such as ischaemic heart disease and stroke.
These observations have led some nutritionists to conclude that human evolution has not caught up with our relatively recent departure from the “natural” diet of early man, and that this deviation is partly responsible for the rise in chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers.
What Do Some Critics of the Paleo Diet Say?
We are still learning a lot about how our genetic make-up predisposes some of us to specific conditions and diseases, and some experts dispute the conclusions on which Paleo meal plans and recipes are based.
Some opponents even go so far as to call it a “fad diet”, maintaining that the reason why our hunter-gather ancestors did not suffer from “modern” illnesses was because they had a shorter life expectancy in the first place, or simply disagreeing with some of the observations or conclusions on which the diet is based.
What Can the Paleo Diet Really Do for You?
Of course, no single diet or regimen can possibly claim to have the answer to all our ills. But some studies suggest that by eliminating any foods that need to be processed – such as bread, grains, and pasteurized dairy – and focusing on lean meats and poultry, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s possible to re-balance the body’s chemistry, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the bloodstream.
For people who want to try “going Paleo” but don’t know where to start, or those who need inspiration to know how to cook interesting, easy dishes without having do a lot of research, the Paleo Recipe Book provides not just 370+ recipes but also help such as:
- A list of Paleo-friendly foods
- Sources for online food shopping
- An explanation of fats suitable for the Paleo diet
- Cooking timing guides
- How to calculate the “doneness” of meat
- Your answer to cooking the perfect steak
What Are Real People Saying About the Paleo Recipe Book?
These are just a few excerpts from testimonials on the publisher’s website:
“This isn’t just a collection of delicious paleo recipes … it’s also an indispensable guide on how to master the preparation of various complicated dishes.” David C.
“Meal planning can be overwhelming for a Primal food-obsessive and this takes the pressure off that process. It’s the best possible combination of easy, tasty, and healthy!” Melissa F
“If you’re going to ditch the SAD diet & get back to a more natural way of eating, then the ‘Paleo Recipe Book’ is a must have!” Matt
What Else Should You Know About the Paleo Recipe Book?
The Paleo Recipe Book comes in the form of an instantly downloadable PDF, which you can read and browse on your PC, Mac or phone – or you can print your favorite recipes or the whole thing to keep on your kitchen bookshelf. It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee – so you have plenty of time to try it out.
As I’m writing this article, the publisher is also offering four great bonuses, including
- A quick and simple meal guide
- 8 weeks’ worth of Paleo meal plans
- A collection of yummy Paleo desserts
- A guide to using spices and herbs in your Paleo cooking
There are many complex factors affecting the health of those of us who live in the developed world. Indeed, according to recent research, overeating now poses a greater problem to global health than lack of food – a startling and sobering affirmation at a time when acute poverty and hunger still afflict so many.
Will the Paleo Recipe Book Help You Live the “Caveman Lifestyle”?
If you are thinking of trying the Paleo diet, or if you are looking for easy ways to increase the variety of dishes focusing on ingredients such as meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds – and which avoid modern grain, vegetable seed oils, and sugar-laden foodstuffs – then you’re likely to find ideas for everyday meals that suit your taste among the 370+ recipes and inspiring photos.
The bonuses included with the cookbook take these recipes a stage further – giving you ideas for entire meals and week-to-week eating plans that incorporate breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack suggestions.