Paleo on the Page: The Best Books to Fuel Your Paleo Diet

Whether you’re just starting to dip your tastebuds into the Paleo Diet, or are so engrossed in ancestral eating that you’ve recently moved into a cave, cracking open a Paleo cookbook or two can only improve your nutritional happiness. From Paleo Diet guides to eating for athletes, this collection of seven mouth-watering cookbooks will get you in the kitchen and on the road to Paleo satisfaction.

 

The Paleo Diet Recipe Book Paleo Recipe Book

This massive tome is an excellent resource for everyone—from beginners to ancestral eating experts. Jammed between its covers are more than 350 recipes, eye-popping photography, and basic information vital at any stage of the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Recipe Book’s 8-week meal plan is a great starting point for Paleo rookies, but veterans can also find inspiration in this extensive Paleo guide. paleorecipebook.com, $27

 Paleo Hacks Paleo Food Guide Paleo Hacks

PaleoHacks.com’s active community message board is like having hundreds of Paleo Diet experts constantly on call. Want to learn how to thicken gravy without flour or cornstarch? PaleoHacks has the answer. Want to know where to buy bear fat in British Columbia? Strangely enough, more than one member of the Paleo Hacks’ community can point you in the right direction. Along with an active message board, PaleoHacks has also published six Paleo guides and cookbooks. Paleo Hacks books cover everything from recipes to meal plans to Paleo guides for dining out. paleohacks.com, $37

 Your Guide To Paleo Your Guide to Paleo

Armed with the proper knowledge, the Paleo Diet can be simple and irresistibly delicious. Your Guide to Paleo introduces the reader to Paleo’s basics by covering  foods to eat and avoid, how to cook, and the best ways to live the Paleo lifestyle. This Paleo guide not only spells it out for you, but also brightens the page with colorful illustrations. yourguidetopaleo.com, $23

 30 Day Guide To Paleo Primal Palate

Written—and taste-tested—by a Paleo-loving couple, Primal Palate is an interactive website where hungry cavemen can find recipes, meal planners, and three Paleo-inspired books. Newbies can turn toThe 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking, while experience ancestral eaters can find Paleo party inspiration in Gather. Primal Palate’s first book was a collection of 200 recipes ideal for any Paleo kitchen. primalpalate.com, $29

 Paleo in a Box Paleo Diet in a Box

Paleo Diet in a Box is more of a masterclass than a simple book. This program is a six week online nutrition training system geared towards athletes who are looking to get faster and stronger through diet. Nutritionist and strength coach Justin Lord directly connects the Paleo Diet to physical performance as he walks students through strategies for eating clean, matching nutrition to specific fitness goals, and how to accelerate fat loss. Paleo in a Box is delivered in videos, audio MP3s, and PDF downloads over the course of six weeks. paleodietinabox.com, $291

The Paleo Chef - Summer Eats Mary, The Paleo Chef

Penned by a personal Paleo chef and lifestyle coach to the stars, this digital cookbook is a collection of 16 elegant eats and 15 tantalizing cocktails. Chef Mary wrote this cookbook to remind ancestral eaters that the Paleo Diet is not an end to fancy dishes and cheers-worthy libations. This e-cookbook includes recipes for Pomegranate Pork Belly and Lavender Honey Bee’s Knees cocktail—hungry yet? paleochef.com, $20

 1000 Paleo Recipes 1000 Paleo Recipes

Claiming to be the biggest collection of Paleo recipes on the planet, this e-book will tempt your taste buds with easy and delicious step-by-step recipes. Over the course of several months, you’ll receive 250 recipes at a time, giving you bite-sized chunks of the massive collection to explore. 1000 Paleo Recipes cover everything from breakfast to dessert and chicken to smoothies. 1000paleorecipes.com, $27

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7 Steps to Eating Like a Caveman

Although the Paleo Diet may seem like another trendy weight loss plan, this lifestyle has its roots not only in the Paleolithic Age, but also in science. The Paleo Diet was first popularized in the 1970s by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin. Voegtlin argued that humans are “carnivorous animals” who would benefit from a diet similar to our Paleolithic ancestors—foods rich in protein and fat with very little carbohydrates. Since Voegtlin’s revolutionary theory, thousands have decided to endorse and partake in more caveman-friendly fare.

Basically, the Paleo Diet promotes fat—and not carbs—as the body’s biggest source of energy. Our ancestors had easy access to meat, and seasonal fruits and veggies. More relaxed Paleo eaters also say small amounts of dairy are fine. The biggest no-nos on the Paleo Diet are saturated fats, wheat, refined sugar, and almost all packages and processed foods. The best part? Bacon has the Paleo Diet’s seal of approval!

As you embark on your Paleo adventure, it’s vital you have tools to ensure success. You’ll need a map, a compass, and beef jerky for the road. Here are seven resources to guide you through the first weeks of your brand new Paleo lifestyle.

1. Get Paleo’s Story Straight: As you dive into the world of Paleo, it’s helpful to understand the history and science behind the lifestyle. Luckily for us, people like Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (a.k.a The Paleo Mom) and Robb Wolf have created foolproof guides to Paleo eating. Check out the Paleo Mom’s simple starter guide. Or, if you want a shorter explanation, look no further than Robb Wolf: What is the Paleo Diet.

2. Learn the Paleo Food Pyramid: Without a proper understanding of what is and is not allowed on the Paleo Diet, a trip to the grocery store can be daunting. You might know the rules, but seeing a complete list of foods that have a caveman’s stamp of approval is incredibly useful. Check out The Ultimate Paleo Guide and Paleo Plan for comprehensive (and super easy to understand) lists of ancestral foods.

3. Tune in to YouTube Channels: YouTube has more to offer than just adorable videos of puppies. Experts and enthusiasts alike create and post Paleo-focused videos on YouTube. A YouTuber simply known as PaleoDiet posts videos about the history and science behind ancestral eating. YouTuberSexyPaleoFood posts videos about the Paleo lifestyle, cooking, and basic tips and tricks to maintaining a Paleo diet.

4. Let Recipe Blogs Make Your Mouth Water: The internet has easily eclipsed cookbooks in recent years. Food blogs are all over the web, and the Paleo Diet has inspired many cooks-turned-bloggers to post irresistible Paleo recipes for the world to try. Nom Nom Paleo is written by Michelle Tam who includes eye-catching step-by-step photographs with each recipe. Sarah Fragoso over at Everyday Paleo posts lifestyle pieces, awesome recipes, and food photography so delicious you can almost taste it. Find a Paleo Diet food website that makes you hungry! Visit it frequently to find new recipes and to stay inspired.

5. Build a Meal Plan: As you become accustomed to your new Paleo lifestyle, picking the right foods will be second nature. But as you get started with the Paleo Diet, having a structured meal plan may be beneficial. Caveman Strong offers Paleo eaters a two week plan which includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Robb Wolf also offers up basic meal plans for everyone from Paleo rookies to endurance athletes. You can check out the meal plans here.

6. Adopt the 85:15 Rule: Nearly any Paleo eater will admit that kicking processed carbs was the hardest step towards a healthier lifestyle. While the Paleo world is bursting with mouthwatering bites, the siren song of pancakes at Sunday brunch or a slice of pizza during the hockey game can be impossible to resist. Fortunately, it’s possible to maintain a healthy Paleo Diet and still sink your teeth into jam-slathered toast… occasionally. Many experts recommend the 85:15 Rule: 85% of the time you’re strictly Paleo, 15% you enjoy non-Paleo food. This rule translates to 2 or 3 “cheat meals” each week, or even an entire cheat day every 1-2 weeks.

7. Start Fresh: It won’t be easy, but purging your kitchen of non-Paleo food will help you totally commit to this caveman diet. As you sort through your fridge, you’ll most likely toss expired mustard you didn’t know you had, but you’ll also learn exactly what kind of strange ingredients and chemicals you’ve been ingesting for years! Read each label, recycle what you can, and breathe a sigh of relief once your kitchen is Paleo-friendly.

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