I just recently bought a new paleo book and it’s absolutely fantastic.
Diane is a fellow graduate of Bauman College (where I got my culinary degree) and she’s also a part of the Weston A. Price Foundation. This appeals to me because not only is she an advocate of paleo eating, but she also understands the wisdom of ancient cultures and traditional food preparation. Many paleo advocates are oblivious to the health supportive nature of traditional foods. They follow a food doctrine of meat, eggs, and veggies, but they lack knowledge of how to support health with nutrient dense foods (as opposed to just eating “low-carb” or “grain-free”).
In her book, Diane begins with great explanations of how our body works, how food works in our bodies, and what can go wrong or right depending on the food we eat. She also touches on the various lifestyle factors that go hand in hand with healthy eating and living, such as sleep, exercise, stress management, supplementation, etc.
The next section is my favorite. Diane is a certified nutritional consultant and she knows that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to health. She has created a number of different protocols for people’s general health needs. Do you have an autoimmune condition? There’s a meal plan for it. Athlete? You too have a meal plan. Do you struggle with depression or mood disorders? There’s a plan for that! It’s great. She gives a 30 day meal plan as well as recommendations for supplements, lifestyle changes, activity recommendations.
The final section of the book contains all the recipes in the meal plans. 150 of them! So I set out to make one of them. Lemon Blueberry Muffins. These muffins are made with coconut flour. I’ve been trying to back off the nut flours recently just to keep my nut intake in check.
This book is a wonderful primer for a newbie paleo eater but it’s also an amazing resource for the veterans. It’s also not too heavy on the “cavemen eat this way” rhetoric which is nice and I think a bit more accessible for people who are questioning whether or not they should try out a paleo diet.
Lemon Blueberry Muffins
1/2 coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. maple syrup ( I used honey because I was at my In-Law’s)
1 lemon, juice and zest
1/2 c. coconut flour
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. blueberries