Chances are you’ve heard of the Paleo lifestyle/diet. It is no secret that it’s a growing trend, which many around us are embracing. The Paleo lifestyle means eating real food with an emphasis on humanely raised meat, organic vegetables, and good quality fats like organic coconut oil, fats from pasture-raised animals, and grass-fed butter/ghee. That means no grains! And in some cases, depending on which Paleo eater you are talking to, no dairy. The other focus of the Paleo diet is to incorporate organ meats and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha (the latter are for the benefits of probiotics).
I’ve personally heard of many people who’ve been able to put their autoimmune disorders in remission after switching to a Paleo diet. The belief is that disease can start in the gut, so when you remove gut irritating foods like grains, legumes, and dairy, as well as soy and sugar, you can heal your gut and heal your body. I’ve always said if you feel better without eating gluten or grains or dairy (or another food group)…then by all means avoid it!
So today I am excited to introduce some great resources for those interested in trying out a Paleo lifestyle…three books from the bestselling authors and creators of The Food Lovers Kitchen, Bill Staley and Hayley Mason:
About the Books and Authors
- Make it Paleo
Adapted from Chinese, French, Mexican and classic American meals, the over 200 mouthwatering recipes are each accompanied by vibrant photos and thoughtful notes to ensure you recreate each dish with ease. Beyond its wealth of recipes, Make it Paleo describes fundamental cooking techniques, includes tips for selecting the best ingredients, and chronicles a variety of menus for holidays and special occasions.
- Gather, The Art of Paleo Entertaining
The true art of paleo entertaining is creating a delicious and satisfying menu that will also promote good health. In Gather, The Art of Paleo Entertaining, Hayley and Bill show you how to orchestrate the perfect dinner party—whether you are planning an elegant holiday feast or hosting a casual brunch with friends.
- The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking
For your first 30 days of eating Paleo, this book includes a complete 30-day meal plan broken down week by week. In each week, they provide a detailed schedule of the meals to make, shopping lists that go along with the meal plan, and recommended reading to expand your knowledge of this lifestyle beyond the basics. The book includes 75 paleo recipes, with an additional 24 bonus recipes for quick and easy meals beyond the plan.
Hayley Mason and Bill Staley started their grain-free journey together in 2010 with their blog, Primal Palate. Since then, they have cooked their way to becoming two of the most popular Paleo foodies on the web.