The Best Resources for the Paleo Dieter

Posted by admin on June 19, 2012

Paleo Cookbook Recommendation: Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-free Kitchen

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Being from the south (I’m a Texas girl), I was born and raised on comfort food. We Southerners have fried chicken and mashed potatoes in our veins, and the waistlines to prove it. It wasn’t always that way. Cowboys ate the same diet, but I guess the average person doesn’t consider the fact that cowboys and farmers always worked 15 hours a day in the heat and sun worked that cornbread off. As our lifestyles have changed and become more sedentary, our diets have stayed the same, so the old saying “Everything’s bigger in Texas” now mostly applies to our posteriors. Of course that mentality isn’t limited to south. Comfort food has migrated to all parts of the country (because it’s delicious!) and when the word “diet” is thrown around, comfort food’s very existance is threatened. The idea that it could ever be considered healthy and actually taste good, is a hard one to wrap your head around.

And as we all know, people in general tend to buck at the idea of switching to any diet or lifestyle that requires them to give up those things that they love. We cling to our unhealthy favorite foods like a childhood saftey blanket. The great thing about “Paleo Comfort Foods” is that it eliminates that barrier. It introduces the paleo diet (one that usually intimidates people) in a way that is familiar, by tweaking typical comfort food dishes to make them conform to paleo and gluten-free rules (similar to “Make it Paleo” by with a tighter niche audience). paleo cookbooks

The recipes in the book are delicious and photos are mouth-watering, like you’d expect from any good cookbook. You also won’t find ingredient lists that are miles long, which a big bonus. Cooking tasty meals shouldn’t break the bank. 

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The only complaint that I’ve heard so far is that the index isn’t the most navigatable. Each recipe is listed by the name of the dish, so if you don’t know that the guacamole is called “Chunky Guacamole”, you’d have to thumb through the whole book, and it’s a pretty large book. Other than that, everyone agrees that it’s a top-notch cookbook for anyone on a paleo/primal/gluten-free diet.


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Posted by admin on May 17, 2012

Cookbook Recommendation: Michael Symon’s “Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen”

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You may have noticed the absence of the word “paleo” in the title of this recommendation and that’s because this book is NOT a paleo cookbook. It is however a book that I recommend to anyone who follows a paleo diet and cooks their own meal. Even though he doesn’t follow a paleo diet, Chef Symon shares many of our values. He advocates fresh real foods, he loves meat and he believes that rule which all of us paleoites have had to learn, which is “fat is our friend.”

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While the book obviously contains many recipes that aren’t “paleo”, a surprising amount are. This book also offers a bonus for those of us who enjoy preparing every aspect of our meals – a chapter on charcuterie, which teaches how to make your own bacon, pancetta, sausage (poached foie gras bratwurst anyone?) and even duck confit. This chapter is immediately proceeded by one on doing your own pickling.

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Like any good cookbook, “Live to Eat” is full of saliva-inducing photos, sprinkled in with charming pictures of Michael cooking or hanging out with his dogs. It contains an introduction to the chef by Michael Ruhlman (Chef, founder of OpenSky and creator of some of my favorite kitchen implements, including my meat tenderizing mallot/burglary deterrant) and a foreward by grillmaster Bobby Flay. 



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Posted by admin on May 9, 2012

Paleo Book Recommendation: The Paleo Diet

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Dr. Loren Cordain’s book, “The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat” is one of the best-selling paleo books on the market, and it’s definitely the go-to guide for a beginner to the diet. In it, Dr. Cordain explains the fundamental concepts behind the paleo diet, how the diet is based upon the diets of our paleolithic ancestors. He explains how the cavemen found food, their physical activity and how their lifestyles differed from the way we live now. He also explains the corrolation between our current lifestyles and the increase in disease prevelance.

When it comes to breaking down the paleo diet, as far as what is and is not allowed and why, there’s not better point-of-reference than “The Paleo Diet”. Even one of the most affluential people in the paleo world today, Robb Wolf, began as a student of Dr. Cordain. This book not only contains a long list of approved and unapproved paleo foods, but tips for how to prepare them, recipes and even a bit about caveman exercise. 

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One thing that you should keep in mind with this book is that a lot of the things that Dr. Cordain has to say are controversial in the diet world, and like any diet info, you should take it with a grain of salt (there’s a chapter about salt consumption). Nothing is gospel truth and if something sounds fishy to you, then do your own research and make your own decision. 

While I don’t personally agree with everything that Dr. Cordain has to say in his book, I would still recommend it to someone looking for a well-rounded reference guide for the way food and exercise affect the body. After reading this book, whether you believe everything he says or not, you’ll still be pretty highly informed in the health and nutrition arena. 


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Posted by admin on May 2, 2012

Paleo Cookbook Recommendation: Make It Paleo: Over 200 Grain-free Recipes for Any Occasion

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Make it Paleo is perhaps one of the most highly recommended paleo cookbooks on the market. It was written by authors, Bill Staley and Haley Mason, bloggers for the extremely popular website, The Food Lovers Kitchen (a blog that I follow religiously. I LOVE their new paleo grocery list app, “My Kitchen”!). 

“Make It Paleo” contains over 200 paleo and primal recipes with beautiful photographs and helpful tips. Many of the recipes are familiar to anyone on the paleo diet, but you’ll also find some great innovations.

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Not only will you find your standard breakfast, lunch and dinner chapter, with both classic and cleverly executed contemporary dishes, but the real highlight of Make It Paleo is the dessert chapter. It’s packed with recipes for everything from cookies to ice cream, all made grain-free and paleo friendly. 

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You can find “Make It Paleo: Over 200 Grain-free Recipes for Any Occasion” in paperback or Kindle edition in our Recommended Cookbooks section below.




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Posted by admin on April 27, 2012

Paleo Cookbook Recommendation: Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

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Our recommendation this week is actually one of my absolute favorite paleo cookbooks, because the food is both tasty and fun. One of the hardest things about sticking to a diet or lifestyle, such as paleo, is keeping things fresh and exciting. We tend to get stuck in ruts, eating the same things over and over, and it’s next to impossible to stick to a plan if you’re bored with it after two weeks.

Thanks to the brilliance of people like Melissa Joulwan, blogger and author of “Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat”, we paleo dieters no longer have to suffer through another plate of scrambled eggs or a lifetime of grilled chicken salads. Melissa brings us page after page of scrumptious paleo options, mouthwatering pictures and awesome time-saving tips.

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All 115 recipes in this book are actually prepared by Melissa and photographed by her husband, so you don’t end up looking at a beatiful picture in the book and a hot mess on your own plate. What you see in the book, you can create in the kitchen. So, whether you’re a kitchen novice or a seasoned cook just looking to up your paleo repertoire, Well Fed has something to offer everyone.

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Posted by admin on April 20, 2012

365 Project – 365 Paleo Recipes in 365 Days

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For those who follow it, you’ll have heard about the 365 project that we started over on our posterous page, and for those who don’t, you can start following along at http://epaleocookbooks.posterous.com

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The point of this project is to bring you one new paleo recipe every day for the next year. The recipe will be prepared, photographed, posted and quickly devoured each day. Some will be simple, some complicated, and they’ll come from a range of sources. As someone with almost 20 years of cooking experience, most will probably be things I come up with on my own, but plenty will be taken from my favorite paleo cookbooks, and of course those books with be linked to and available here on our main site.

I’ll attempt to keep the cooking techniques simple, but should I utilize a more difficult method, I’ll break it down for you in the post. 

So, I hope you all follow along and enjoy every dish!



Kimberley Gray

President of epaleocookbooks.net

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Posted by admin on April 15, 2012

Paleo Cookbook Recommendation: The Primal Blueprint

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If you read any of the forums online that discuss paleo cookbook recommendations, you’ll quickly discover that the most commonly mentioned book is The Primal Diet by Mark Sisson.

There’s a good reason for this. Mark Sisson created more than just a diet when he wrote it; he created a lifestyle, and for most paleo dieters, that what it is, a lifestyle choice. It’s not something that they do for a few weeks or even a few months. When they see the benefits of paleo eating, it becomes a permanent lifestyle choice. 

He based his diet on the evolutionary habits of both historical and contemporary hunter-gatherers, and applies those diets to our modern lives. What you eat in nature, you eat in his diet, and it’s not as hard as you’d think to do.

In The Primal Blueprint, Mark advocates eating meats (even organs), seafood, eggs, nuts, lots of vegetables and fruit. He suggests avoiding grains, legumes, dairy, all processed foods and limiting carbohydrates to less than 150 grams per day. 

He also gives advice for nutritional supplementation, exercise, sleep and stress management. 

After publishing The Primal Blueprint, Mark followed up with the incredibly handy The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, which is a must-have for anyone following a paleo-esque diet. Not only does it have a section on primal substitutes for your favorite non-paleo recipes (which is awesome), but there are sections for beverage recipes, dessert recipes and even a section on offal! For those non-foodies, offal are animal organs -liver, kidneys, brains etc.

Whether you’re new to primal dieting or a seasoned vet and just looking for some new paleo cookbooks, definitely check out The Primal Blueprint series by Mark Sisson, which is available in both book and Kindle form from Amazon. You can get the links below.

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Posted by admin on April 10, 2012

Paleo and the Crossfit Athlete

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As we mentioned before, the paleo diet is growing in a big way, especially for athletes. Why is this? 

When your serious about working out or playing sports, you tend to pay a lot of attention to what you eat. Your body doesn’t function at it’s best when it’s full of junk. When you eat “clean”, that it foods that provide your body with natural nutrients and don’t fill it with useless sludge, your muscles function better, and you have more energy and endurance. It’s a lot easier to make it through a tough workout after a salad with grilled chicken than a burger and fries. 

The paleo diet provides athletes with a healthy diet, that fuels their bodies, provides plenty of protein and good carbs and helps them push through brutal exercises, yet doesn’t force them to count calories, watch fat grams or starve. By eating a paleo diet, they can focus on their training, rather than their diet. 

For these athletes, eating a paleo diet is more of a lifestyle change than a diet. 

For a great interview about the paleo diet and training for crossfit, check out this one from nerdfitness.com.



Posted by admin on April 9, 2012

What is the Paleo Diet?

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The paleolithic diet (Paleo Diet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet or hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era - a period of that lasted about 2.5 million years - that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture.

There are a couple schools of thought on the benefits of the paleo diet, one of which is that the human body was not built to consume certain foods, like oils or refined grains, and that the consumption of these foods is the primary cause of most, if not all, of our ailments and diseases. Therefore these paleo dieters consume only those foods that existed in their natural state during the Stone Age. They also tend to eat them uncooked, a method known as “raw dieting”. 

Another thought on the paleo diet, and one that is far more popular, and gaining popularity everyday, is the nutritional benefits as it relates to macronutrient ratios. Since paleo dieting limits the dieter to only those foods that exists in their natural state, it eliminates many of the foods that many consider bad for the diet, like grain and dairy products and ingredients that came into production during the iron age, like oils and salt. 

For this reason, the diet tends to be very low in carbohydrates (with the exception of fruits and veggies, which are allowed) and very high in protein. This is ideal for many who looking to lose weight by cutting back on carbs, and for athletes, as large amounts of protein are essential for muscle growth and maintainence.

So, what can and can’t you have on the paleo diet? The paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

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