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Book Review: Paleo Diet

the paleo diet One of the most sane, common sense approaches to eating that I have seen in all my years of researching food and holistic living, The Paleo Diet is a favorite.

The knowledgeable Loren Cordain, Ph.D., takes us back to the pre-agrarian diets of our ancestors. Yes, that’s the Stone Age, a time before the Agricultural Revolution, which occurred a mere 10,000 years ago (a short time ago given man’s 2 million year history).

The diet featured in this book is one of hunter-gatherers –thus there are no grains in any of the recipes, let alone other inventions of modernity such as sugar, cheese puffs or splenda.

Cordain provides us with the secrets of our Stone Age progenitors and claims that his diet can prevent heart disease and Syndrome X, amongst other health issues.

I simply feel better when I eat less carbohydrates and cooked foods and more raw fruits and veggies with lean protein. I was fascinated to learn the socio-historical reasons behind a way of eating that I have long known works for me.

Just a note –I do not condone or believe in a “one size fits all,” eating plan that works for everyone. We are unique individuals and can find the foods that were meant for our bodies.

View all of my Paleo diet recipes.

posted on May 3, 2007, 13 comments

  1. Katie DeLuca

    I’m so glad that I came across this website! You have so many amazing recipes that I can’t wait to try! You have sparked so many creative ideas and given me a great deal of motivation to start experimenting more with my paleo foods. I love the recipes that tend to lean towards more childrens likes(fish sticks, pancakes, etc.). Those are going to be goodies for the picky eating kids, that only want pop tarts or fruit loops. Keep up the great posts!!

  2. Hi Katie,

    So glad to be of help and thanks for your feedback. I will keep you in mind and work to come up with additional child friendly foods.


  3. Hello Elana,

    What a great website for gluten-free and organic! I just found it.

    I’m so pleased to learn that you advocate the Paleo Diet. I have used a Paleolithic diet for over twenty-five years. It’s a good diet for health and it’s a good diet for natural weight loss. It’s the way our species evolved to eat.

    Your readers might care to learn how to combine these foods with Paleolithic-type exercises at:


    Keep up the good work, Elana! I shall recommend your website to others.

    All best wishes.

  4. Kelsey

    Are your recipes made to be paleo friendly or are they just all gluten free?

    • jessica

      I think she basically says her recipes are Paleo friendly when she says above:

      “I was fascinated to learn the socio-historical reasons behind a way of eating that I have long known works for me.”

  5. emily

    hi elana. i absolutely LOVE your site and book!! i follow the paleo diet and love the wealth of tasty recipes you offer.
    i’m curious if you have developed or come across a gluten free/almond or coconut flour recipe for red velvet cake (or cupcakes)? if so i would absolutely love to give it a try.
    thanks so much for all your information and wisdom.

  6. Paul

    The Paleo Diet book was really interesting, feel so much better eating wheat-free.

    Can anyone share where they buy nut flour and butter from?

    Thanks for the receipe

  7. jennifer @ paleo-diet.net

    Doing Paleo diet will make our healhty life.
    More information visit : http://www.paleo-diet.net/

  8. Lisa Pierce @ squishedpixel.com

    I have been following paleo for quite some time and just recently ordered your almond flour book. I love the recipes, it’s really sparked some creativity in the kitchen! I like to sometimes slightly alter the recipes to my own taste, but you have some really great ideas in there! Thanks for writing it!

  9. I have been into paleo diet about 1 years, I feel so great ! I don’t get any bad symptoms anymore such as sleepy while working at office and feel energetic..hahaha…thanks paleo diet

  10. I am a big fan of the Paleo diet but I’ve modified it just a tad to fit my needs better. I agree with you that there is no “one size fits all” eating plan, but I’ve tried to incorporate as much as I can of the Paleo diet into my lifestyle, and I think anyone could benefit from it.

  11. Hi Elana,
    I follow the Paleo diet, but like you said one size does not fit all.
    At first it might seem difficult but if you take baby steps and eliminate some of the bad things and replace them with the good things. Before you know it you will be on the right track.

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