**This giveaway is now closed**
Perhaps you have heard of Practical Paleo, but perhaps not. Allow me to introduce you!
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo is a 400+-page giant of a book which has spent seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (as of November 28, 2012) and has everything you might want to know about digestive health, achieving optimal wellness, and, of course, the Paleo diet and lifestyle. But it is much more than that!
Diane offers kitchen preparation tips, easy-to-follow recipes with mouth-watering pictures, and beautiful tear-out guides that highlight such topics as the Paleo pantry, how to avoid gluten, acceptable sweeteners, and cooking fats! This is real, whole food nutrition, presented in an understandable and practical way. Even if you aren’t “Paleo,” even if you have no interest in the Paleo diet, you will benefit from Diane’s balanced approach to eating well.
I should mention that I have been following Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites for a couple of years now, and I have learned a lot from her work. Her blog posts are informative and well-researched, and I appreciate her balance of science-based reasoning with practicality. Her podcasts with Liz Wolfe are also fantastic! Last January, B and I did Diane’s 21-Day Sugar Detox and a few months later I became one of the Facebook moderators for that program. I also attended one of her Practical Paleo workshops.
When Practical Paleo was released in August 2012, I preordered a copy knowing that it would be a wonderful resource for nutritional health, recipes, as well as meal plans for people wanting help with specific conditions such as blood sugar regulation, autoimmune conditions, cancer recovery, and athletic performance. And boy, was I right! When I first started following Diane and reading her blog, I had never heard of “Paleo.” However, I could see from what she wrote in her blog posts and the recipes she posted that she was more interested in helping people achieve optimal health and wellness than subscribing to a particular diet. That doesn’t mean that she thinks that gluten is an acceptable indulgence, or that including legumes or pasteurized, homogenized dairy is going to benefit anyone. But it does mean that she is a reasonable person who understands that we are human and that food not only nourishes us, but it is also (and most certainly should be) delicious. Let’s enjoy it!
So you might be wondering if I eat “Paleo.” The answer is…kind of. The short answer is that I still eat some grains (mainly rice) and legumes, and some dairy, but I also eat lots of quality animal products (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, animal fats, bone broth), vegetables, some fruit, and nuts and seeds. I’m learning as I go, making small changes that are sustainable for me and my family and that work within the half-Indian world I inhabit.
Back to Practical Paleo… Since I have an extra copy of this amazing book (generously given to me by Diane as a thank you for moderating her 21DSD Facebook page), I’d like to pass it on to one of my readers so that you can enjoy it and learn from it as I have. Here’s what you have to do:
- If you haven’t done so already, like my Facebook page. If you have already done this, share my page or blog with a friend.
- Leave a comment below or on my Facebook page telling me why you’d like this book.