This is a hype free Paleo Recipe Book review because just like you, I hate it when I’m being talked away to buy something. Hard and abrasive selling is so uncool, a turn-off, and sometimes it even gets the best of me because I get pissed off. I often buy products online and I’ve had my share of crappy buying experiences involving products not living up to my expectations conditioned by the website that led me to buy the products. Oh yeah, they claim their products are the BEST, the GREATEST, the AWESOME-est. And I say “website” because some marketers which I bought the products from didn’t even have the courage to put their names (or at least pen names) on the front line. They’re hiding behind their websites. I don’t know about you but I’d rather speak with someone versus a website.
The cover looks like this…
…plus these two.
When I bought the Paleo Recipe Book authored by someone named Sébastien Noël, I was surprised when I saw that it’s actually a 3-part book — The Paleo Recipe Book, Paleo Meal Plan, and an Herbs & Spices guide book.
I know. But little things like that really excites me and makes my day extra nice. Kinda like eating a bag of junkie chips and suddenly picking up something that does not feel edible then realizing that you got a free limited edition toy. Now how cool is that! You get to eat cheesy chips plus you get to have a limited edition toy! A LIMITED EDITION toy! And then you’re like, “Wow I’m so darn lucky!” if not “Darn I’m the luckiest man on Earth!” Haha I’m sure you’ve experienced something like that. Okay, enough of my weirdness.
Back to the book, here’s a glimpse-list of what’s inside:
- Over 350 EASY-to-prepare recipes with photos so that if you’re a beginner in the kitchen, you don’t have to wonder if you’re doing the right thing because you’ll have the photos to refer to… you know, if your end result is at least comparable to the photo you see in the book.
- An Herbs & Spices guide book which I find really helpful. I’m a foodie (in case you haven’t noticed yet) and as I’ve said I fancy myself a good cook, but truth be told sometimes I still encounter strange herb/spice names. The guide book explains each herb’s/spice’s culinary use, its nutritional/medicinal properties, and even some other interesting facts. Did you know that the word “salary“ came from the word “salt” and salt was in fact used as a currency for a long time? Or maybe I’m just the only one who doesn’t know this?
- An 8-week meal plan which shaves off planning time for those busy or those who don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen. No need for mind-boggling thinking on what to eat next.
- The sad thing is that because caveman didn’t use to eat cheese, you can’t too.
- No source of carbohydrates (wheat, corn, oats), no food with preservatives (which, let’s admit — are yummy foods), and soda (even fruit juices) is definitely a no-no.
- The Paleo Meal Plan suggests to make use of leftovers. Sure heating something that’s left over the previous meal saves us time but what if the leftover spoils? Or what if you ate generously and there are no leftovers? There should have been an alternative recipe included on the meal plan.
- Aside from the simple Paleo recipes the book also has some basic cooking lessons like how to properly cook a steak, how to make a clarified butter (ghee), etcetera.
- The Paleo Meal Plan is designed in a way for you to make a meal with the next meal in mind. You can make something out of any leftover. Either heat the leftover or be creative and use it as a base or ingredient in an upcoming meal.
- Has a food list which I personally find so useful. Comes in handy especially when you’re a beginner in the Paleo diet and you want to go grocery shopping but you don’t know what foods the diet allows you to consume or what foods should be avoided.
- Includes list of some of the best websites where you can directly buy food online. Because yes, there will come a time when you’ll get bored of the 350+ recipes, even if the recipes are all mouthwatering and yummy.
So is it any good?
I dare say it’s good. I’m past week 8 of the meal plan, I’m actually on my 13th week. And so far, I feel good. I feel more physically, mentally, and emotionally energetic and clear. My thoughts are less cloudy and more focused. Less headaches, less fatigue, less anxiousness, and less stress. And it’s not just my imagination. I’m not exaggerating the benefits too. However, I understand people who might be thinking that I’m exaggerating the benefits because I was once in their shoes. But really, my biochemistry had been altered.
I am simply sharing what this diet’s effects are on me. I can’t claim that you’d also experience the same changes I’ve experienced and are still experiencing if you eat the same way I do or if you follow the diet I follow. But if you do want to try the Paleo diet, if you want to test your compatibility with the diet, don’t do it with a half-assed approach. If you want to do your own testing and try the diet within a set period of time, within that time make an effort to follow the diet religiously. And by religiously I mean not falling back on bad food choices.
Don’t allow anyone to dictate to you how to live your life, particularly if they have not established that they have your best interest at heart.
Take charge of your life. Own your power. Go out and experiment. Don’t be afraid to try new things. If you don’t like the things you’re trying you can always drop them. As someone I admire said, feel free to lean on other people for ideas and inspiration then make your own decisions to figure out what gives you the best results. I don’t want to label myself as a ‘diet guru’ or some sorts. Like I said, I’m merely sharing with you the changes the diet made/is making me experience in the hopes they’ll be useful to you.
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The first time I encountered Paleo Diet was when I accidentally clicked a link linking to a Paleo Recipe Book review. At first I was like, “what the heck is this Paleo thing-y this sure sounds archaic!”
Now if you know me, I’m really not the type who follows a diet. I’m like a sewer rat. I eat just about anything as long as it’s not expired. The term “diet” itself makes me imagine bland, dull, small servings of food. What I often eat are Chinese take-outs, pizzas, burgers, anything potato junks, and lots of soda. I only get to cook a decent meal during the weekends.
And then it happened. I thought I was invincible. I mean, I’ve had that eating habit for about half my living existence and though I was aware I was practicing bad eating habits, nothing serious really happened to me. One day while I was busy catching a writing deadline, just about 10 minutes after I finished off 2 greasy burgers and a litre of Coke, I felt a burning sensation on my chest. Heartburn at the young age of 20. And days after that I’ve observed that my mood was extremely swingy, either too happy or too depressed. I’ve observed that I gained weight too and I felt sluggish. I was so stressed out, I can’t think clearly, clarity seems so hard to find, I just can’t find balance.
But I was still busy doing the daily writing grind to even consider solving my problem. Then when I was researching some information for a writing project I accidentally clicked a link which led me to a Paleo Recipe Book review web page. I got curious, read the review, did some more research, and purchased the actual product.
Paleo Food Recipes
What really attracted me to buy the product was not the promise of effortless weight-loss or clear and smooth skin. What attracted me was the list of food the diet allows one to eat. It sure is not the typical diet that I was socially conditioned to imagine. Not the bland, dull, small servings of food fad diet. How come one gets to eat most of the food that I think are yummy and delicious? Beef, chicken, eggs, shellfish and seafood, berries, and nuts. And one can even eat them generously, no food measuring or weighing or scaling or whatever fad diet enthusiasts call it that is needed. You just go and eat to your heart’s and stomach’s content.
Paleo food recipes are simple, do not take a great amount of time to prepare, and most importantly, they taste great.
A Paleo Diet meal plan goes like this:
- Breakfast – Mexican Chicken Omelet
- Lunch – Shrimp Salad with Avocado & Orange
- Dinner – Beef Bourguignon
- Snack – Bowl of Berries with Nuts & Coconut Milk
Now the breakfast and the dinner Paleo recipes might make you think they’re difficult to prepare because the recipe’s names suggest it so but really, don’t get intimidated by the recipe’s names because the Paleo Recipe Book really offers simple Paleo recipes. The recipes are really easy to prepare. If you can follow simple instructions then you’re good to go.
The best Paleo recipes I’ve ever prepared and tasted are the following:
- Chorizo Burgers with Fried Eggs & Onions
- Crab Stuffed Avocados
- Chicken and Zucchini Hot Salad
- Eggplant Frittata
- Chicken Marsala
- Mushroom and Leek Omelet
- Dark Chocolate covered Bacon
- Dark Chocolate Mousse
You see, I love eating as much as I love writing. Eating what you like to eat without sacrificing your health. What’s not to love?
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First off, I created this blog for those who want to learn more about the Paleo Diet as well as those who want an unbiased or hype free Paleo Recipe Book review.
So what is a Paleo Diet?
Paleo is the short term for Paleolithic. The Paleo Diet is also referred to as “Stone Age Diet” or “Cave Man Diet” or “Hunter-Gatherer Diet”. And because of its overall life-changing benefits, some even romanticized it and called it the “Garden of Eden Diet”.
The Paleo Diet is based on the concept that humans should only eat foods which are “genetically programmed” for the human body to digest.
The diet consists of foods which are hunted, fished, or gathered. Meat, seafood, vegetables, eggs, nuts, herbs.
You do not necessarily have to go hunting and eat what you kill, or fish, or gather. You just have to make sure that the meat you eat comes from a grass-fed (NOT grain-fed) animal, that the fish you eat is wild-caught, and that the vegetables you consume are not artificially fertilized.
What foods are encouraged to be eaten?
Because this is a Paleo Diet, you should eat what a caveman eats. You can eat the following:
- pasture-raised or grass-fed meat and chicken, wild-caught fish and other seafoods
- offal – animal organs such as liver, kidney, or heart
- fruits – especially berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc)
- natural sugars as sweeteners – honey, maple, dates
- herbs and spices for flavor
The only beverage allowed aside from water is natural coconut water.
What foods should be avoided?
The foods a caveman does not eat are the following:
- refined sugar
- dairy products
- legumes – lentils, kidney beans, string beans, peanuts, peas, soy products
What are the benefits of the Paleo Diet?
- reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, ulcer, heart burn
- effortless fat loss
- better digestion
- stronger blood vessels
- stronger immune system
- softer and clearer skin
- less stress
Although you can feel and literally see fast and big (and in a good way) changes in your overall health once you adopt the Paleo Diet, it should not be just a temporary diet that you follow until you achieve your desired results. The Paleo Diet isn’t just a one-shot deal. It is a lifestyle. And personally, because of all the positive changes it brought to my life, I think it should be a movement.