Fabulous! It's so nice to have what was previously an e-book in a print version. This book will be out at the end of this month (October 2013). I have...moreFabulous! It's so nice to have what was previously an e-book in a print version. This book will be out at the end of this month (October 2013). I have a pre-release copy because I've helped the author out on her Facebook page and now on the Balanced Bites forums. I recommend the 21-Day Sugar Detox to anyone who wants to "just step away from the sugar." This is no gimmicky pre-packaged food or shake program. This is a whole foods based way of eating that retrains your taste buds and stabilizes your blood sugar. My favorite thing about it is the increased energy and lack of "hangry" (hungry ---> angry) craziness. As wonderful as the detox is, it does take planning. That's where this book becomes very helpful. There's information on how to prepare to set yourself up for success.
What does this book include? *lists of yes, no, and limit foods for all three levels plus modifications for athletes, pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as people with autoimmune diseases or those who don't eat red meat or poultry (but do consume seafood) *a little quiz to figure out which level is right for you *a lot of information on how sugar works in the body and why certain foods are on or off plan *recipes (over 90) *meal plans for each level *a guide to dining out *a guide to fats and oils *list of sweeteners to be avoided *advice on what to eat instead of some common foods you may be eating now *a success log *a bunch of frequently asked questions and answers *resources such as online forums, group support, blogs, and books
The title is misleading. This book is not solely about the sweet potato. There is tons of information in here and healthy eating, regulating glucose l...moreThe title is misleading. This book is not solely about the sweet potato. There is tons of information in here and healthy eating, regulating glucose levels, exercise, figuring out what YOU need to eat as an individual, useful medical tests and more. I'm very happy with this book and will surely be referring to it in the future. I haven't made the recipes yet but with fall right around the corner I know we will have lots of sweet potatoes in the house.(less)
Perhaps instead of Paleo Comfort Foods this book should be titled Paleo Southern Foods as many of the recipes are Southern in nature. I have made 2 re...morePerhaps instead of Paleo Comfort Foods this book should be titled Paleo Southern Foods as many of the recipes are Southern in nature. I have made 2 recipes from the book (their version of Chicken Pot Pie Casserole and Turkey Loaf) and found them very tasty. My 14-yr-old son didn't like the Chicken Pot Pie but really liked the Turkey Loaf. The recipes are a bit more time-consuming than what I am used to but I'll definitely be trying some more of them out. I may make the chocolate cake recipe for my upcoming birthday.(less)
I have marked so many pages that have recipes I want to try. Almost everything looks so delicious. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but it looks...moreI have marked so many pages that have recipes I want to try. Almost everything looks so delicious. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but it looks very promising. Also, I'm a sucker for glossy pages.
For those looking for a purely paleo cookbook, some modifications may need to be made. Some recipes call for tamari (just substitute coconut aminos) or rice wine vinegar (not sure what other kind of vinegar to use instead but I'm sure one would work). Also, several recipes use dairy but if you are avoiding dairy coconut products could be used instead or you can just leave out the cheese.(less)
I'm looking forward to making a bunch of these recipes. There's a lot of good info before and after the recipes, too. At the back there's a whole exer...moreI'm looking forward to making a bunch of these recipes. There's a lot of good info before and after the recipes, too. At the back there's a whole exercise section showing some basic moves in detail plus ways to get your (young toddler-early schoolage) kids involved.(less)
I love this book! I had heard of people who actually sit down and read through a cookbook. I did not understand. I read novels, biographies, non-ficti...moreI love this book! I had heard of people who actually sit down and read through a cookbook. I did not understand. I read novels, biographies, non-fiction but cookbooks?! Who sits down and reads through a cookbook? Alas, I have joined the ranks of those who do. I have literally read this cookbook.
First of all, the design is excellent. It is visually attractive and just "feels good" to look at. The left and right margins are color-coded by chapter/type of food. In the right-hand margin you can tell at a glance if the recipe contains common allergens such as fish, shellfish, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, peanuts and soy. None of the recipes contain the last four. In the left-hand margin are little "post-its." Some have recipe notes already written on them and some are for YOUR personal notes. How awesome is that?! You can write in how the family enjoyed the recipe, if you used any substitutions or plan to try it a different way next time. Fantastic!
In addition to the recipes there are a few other sections at the beginning of the book. Elana Amsterdam wrote the forward. Then there is a "key" containing the icons for the various common allergens I mentioned above as well as little hand prints for steps that children may be able to help with. Following this is the Boring Chapter for Parents. Here you will learn the Paleo Parents' story as well as some kitchen tools and foods it is helpful to have on hand. Chapter 2 is the Eat Like a Dinosaur story for kids. It is a great simple story that kids will enjoy whether or not they eat gluten-free or paleo or primal or not. The illustrations by Amanda Gates are just precious!
Lastly, there are a several pages at the end, after all the wonderful-looking recipes, that talk about farmers' markets, u-pick farms, resources, indices, etc.
Thumbs up to this fantastic book!
I must add my own testimonial to my review.
*****HAPPINESS***** My 11-yo ds ate a plateful of kale chips at dinner!!!!!
(Yes, this event warrants tons of asterisks, exclamation points and all manner of excitement.)
He is EXTREMELY picky, has oral sensory issues as well as anxiety issues and has Crohn's Disease (as of fall 2011). The last time he ate a green vegetable was, well, a long time ago! He even helped me prepare them every step of the way: tearing the kale leaves off the stem, adding olive oil and salt, grating the lemon zest.
I got YOUR cookbook Eat Like a Dinosaur and he was looking through it yesterday commenting on various recipes (no meat ones, but this will be an agonizingly slow process). Because it was in a book geared to families and children he was able to feel it could be for HIM. Yeah!
THANK YOU, STACY & MATT!
Editing to add my experience with another recipe.
Dinner tonight was Spaghetti and Meatballs from Eat Like a Dinosaur. Picky 11-yr-old ds dared not touch it sadly but everyone else, dh and 14 yr-old ds, including myself loved it! This is my new "pasta" (it's spaghetti squash). My 14-yr-old ds asked for 2nds. Then 3rds. Next time I double the recipe. LOL. He also told me this was the best thing I ever made, even better than my regular pasta (which is his favorite thing for me to make him). My heart is happy!