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Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,212 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Starting a new diet can be difficult, learning about one shouldn’t be.

Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started, is a comprehensive, yet concise guide to embracing the Paleo lifestyle.

John Chatham, bestselling author of The Paleo Diet Solution and The Paleo Diet Solution Cookbook, walks readers through every step of success in a concise, easy-to-read format.

Paperback, 76 pages
Published September 26th 2012 by Rockridge University Press (first published September 25th 2012)
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Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, cookbooks
Holy guacamole! Would you look at all these glowing 5-star reviews for this book! Glowing 5-star reviews from Goodreads members who can't even be bothered to create an avatar picture. Really people? 5-stars? This book was AMAZING in your opinion? Come on! It is a 76 page e-book, that just skims the Paleo Diet topic. A short e-book that was given away for free on Amazon awhile back. Yet all these people think it was AMAZING! It just always amazes me when I read something, then come here to see wh ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wishes to start the Paleo diet
Shelves: ongoing, cookbooks
I'm in the process of switching to the Paleo Diet, and this book provides a short and sweet introduction! It's got handy lists of allowed foods, and then recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can always branch off to longer books after getting the essentials here. ...more
Laura Hickey
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I don’t like counting calories and I don’t like eating rabbit food. The Paleo’s high protein, low sugar seemed to be more my style. It took less than an hour to read John Chatham’s essentials about the Paleo diet and become convinced this is a good plan. Chatham talks as if he is in the room with me. He explains why and how, gives comprehensive do and don’t lists and assists with a one-week transitional strategy – all succinctly and easily comprehended. Read the book, reorganize the pantry, shop
Straight forward

The book is good for what it’s supposed to do. Rey easy to understand. Great beginner recipes to make for meals.
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book is short and just kinda...ends with a paragraph for a conclusion.

As an intro book, this is very very basic, which is fine if you aren't after the nitty gritty details. Meat, eggs and seafood are where you are to get the majority of your calorie intake. Legumes are bad (yay! Hate beans!), processed foods are bad, grains are bad, dairy is bad, alcohol is bad, processed sugar is bad, you know, the basics. What I find interesting it that the author says a lot of your calories are to come f
Bastard Travel
May 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
It could have been a pamphlet.

At no point is the paleo diet ever discussed in any detail, or any reasons provided why it's a logical, or even sensical choice. This one's like an arbitrary rulebook that makes vague, buzzwordy reference to things like "blood sugar" and "bad cholesterol" and expecting you to take that at face value, then condemning milk and beans without making any sort of explanation for why that isn't on paleo.

And then, the "recipes".

Cook a fish! And some vegetables! Delicious fi
Kayla Coons
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
Easy to Follow Instruction

I borrowed this book from the library as I am starting my Paleo journey to help heal my autoimmune disease. I appreciated how easy this book laid out the recipes, the shopping list, etc to make beginning this journey so much easier! Highly recommend this as a first foray into the Paleo lifestyle. Also recommend other Paleo books by John Gratham as I have enjoyed them as well!
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for recipes...

Not really interested in any diet pitch, but I do have food allergies (gluten, dairy, and nightshades) and hoped to find some recipes to try. The book provided a good selection and inspired me to add a few new staples to my pantry. Looking forward to experimenting.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick and consise with loads of recpies, probably a continuation and back up of his other paleo books. Good to get a good quick glimpse about what paleo is all about and simple and easy to understand with some interesting suggestions in the recipes.
sharon hardy
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helpful Guide

I found this book to be a good start on understanding paleo. I’m looking for a diet that can be used for weight loss and a healthy eating plan for my family. I have just started researching.
April Teesdale
I did enjoy this book. Lots of information. I know grain free is best. But grain free pancakes didn’t sound good. Even though the recipes were varied but not realistic for me, I will still try this way of eating.
mari witherspoon
Great cookbook

Changing the way you eat is a challenge. I found this book not so much a "diet" as a change in lifestyle. The recipes in the book give you a great variety of goods & not real complicated.
Deede Ingram
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just started

Just started with the Paleo Detox and got the book for some simple recipes. I have lost 10 pounds in 7 days already.
Faith J Durett
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good starter book and beginning grocery list.

.Good starter book and beginning grocery list. And a quick read . I have to write a little more to submit this review.
KH Sprague
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Only giving it 1-star because I didn't finish it. ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great for beginning the Paleo diet. Simply explained, short, to the point, with recipes, lists of foods to eat and to avoid, and discussion of health benefits.
Valerie Madiedo
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy guide for Paleo Beginners

This book was very informative and a quick read. It has great, simple, and tasty recipes for beginners like myself
Carissa W
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect start

Very informative and detailed. A good start and a wonderful amount of recipes to try. Can't wait to dig in.
Barbara Sellers
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked it.

Very good information !! I am very happy with all the recipes. Lots of helpful suggestions. I am going to see if it works for me.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Looked over a lot of tasty dishes, going to take it slow and try some out. I wanted to eat healthier and heard things about Paleolithic diets and Ketogenic diets. This is a good start.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In not ready for paleo
Veronica Smyth
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Needs pics. There are none.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review

An informative book that I would recommend. Has good recipes that are very easy to follow. Easy to read pages.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As the title states, this is a great book for Paleo beginners! It’s difficult to leave behind processed foods, grains, starches, and refined sugars and base your diet on lean meats, nuts, and plant fats, and Chatham’s book shows he understands how hard it can be to make these changes. He starts with general information about the Paleo diet, but then focuses on preparing the reader’s mind, body, and physical environment in order to follow through and make a successful shift into the Paleo diet li ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book, “Paleo for Beginners” is a short book on the paleolithic diet. The book contains facts, recipes, and meal plans to help the reader succeed . The paleo diet is actually one that makes sense, after all, people in the paleolithic age were not exposed to carbohydrates, dairy or processed foods. As a result, the paleo people did not have illness or obesity like there is in today’s society. The book gives the reader the types of food a person should eat and avoid. In addition, it contains sa ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: food, lifestyle
This was an incredibly basic introduction to paleo. I guess the author took the word "essentials" quite literally. At 56 pages, it gives a quick overview of what the paleo diet is, two to three sentences on its history, and then basically consists of lists of foods you can and can't eat on the diet. There's a chapter or two on embracing your new "lifestyle"--all very common sense and nothing that hasn't been included in a million other diet books. A few recipes are included in the back, but I wo ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Step Into The Past, A Step Toward The Future

Rather than trying all of those tired, flash-in-the-pan diets, take a step backwards and try the ancient world. The paleo diet, revised for the modern cave-dweller, is a strict regimen meant to get you healthy and strong. This is the perfect diet book for daring beginners. John Chatham, as fans if his work will attest, doesn't miss a beat. He schools you on the how and the why and gives you all the knowledge and support needed for success.

Learn abou
John E
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In John Chatham’s Paleo diet, we find a program dedicated to healthy eating through a Paleolithic diet approach, backed with research to give legitimacy to their findings, and the inevitable weight loss displayed as the by-product of following good nutritional eating habits (a refreshing change). The diet goes against the grain of what we commonly hear as the “sensible” diet approach, but goes into great detail explaining why - historically, medically, and nutritionally. I found it refreshing to ...more
Daniel Davis
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun adventure in dieting.John Chatham has taken a very complicated diet and made it not only doable but fun and a real adventure. I have friends and family on the paleo diet but when u saw how complicated it was I was not interested. Then as friend told me about this wonderful book. I feel great and have already lost weight. If is way going to the store and into the kitchen when you know what you are doing.The writer gives you an understanding of how you should start eating and why thi ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Even though I am not a Beginner, my husband and I have been following the Paleo plan for 4 months. I found this book to be very informative. The recipes are excellent, I have tried maybe half of them. I loved having all the information I needed, right there in one book. I had to research the internet when we got started. Wish I had Johns book from the beginning. If you follow the plan, the weight lose is slow and steady, we have lost collectively 85 pounds. But the most important aspect is your
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