The Paleo 30-Day Challenge: A Paleo Cookbook to Lose Weight and Reboot Your Health by Kinsey Jackson & Sally Johnson
I have been following an AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet for several years after reading The Paleo Approach by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. I have since read all of her other books. In her books she backs her claims with medical science, unlike this book (ironically this book links Dr. Sarah Ballantyne in the Resources section).
The hyped up claims in The Paleo 30-Day Challenge are one of the biggest complaints that I have. Not necessarily because they aren't true (most of them are), but because when authors make such bold claims without backing them up, it is hard for them to be taken seriously. Can you heal your body through diet alone? The answer is, "In most cases, yes." It is just common sense that eating poorly will lead to poor health. The idea is to follow a nutrient dense diet to get optimal nutrition through as wide of a variety of nutritious foods as possible. Can you gain muscle by simply changing your diet? Um, no. If you don't add resistance training you will not gain muscle. Sadly muscle gain by simply following this diet is one of the unsubstantiated claims in The Paleo 30-Day Challenge. If you want some hard facts, I highly recommend Paleo Principles: The Science Behind the Paleo Template, Step-by-Step Guides, Meal Plans, and 200+ Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Real Life by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne.
I found the authors stance on carbohydrates a little confusing. While this claims to be a Paleo book, they mention being in Ketosis. I wasn't under the impression this is a Keto diet, nor does it actually say it is, but they mention things like experiencing detox symptoms (I never went through this when I made my transition for the better but I didn't go Keto, just AIP), & by week four they flat out say, "Your body is just now starting to burn fat as its primary fuel source. We call this becoming "fat-adapted" or "keto-adapted.""
I think it is also important to mention that, for a book about loosing weight, there is no information provided regarding calories or any nutritional information. I find this very disappointing. There is plenty of white space on each page where this additional valuable information could have been added.
There are also very few photos of the recipes. Each weeks section has a full color photo, but that's it. One photo for each week. If you are a big "food porn" cookbook type of person, you will hate this book. While I personally enjoy photos of the finished dish, it is not a deal breaker for me.
Now that I got all of that out of the way, let's discuss the actual recipes.
So far I have made:
Perfectly Paleo Mayonnaise pg. 150
This was simple enough to make (albeit this is not my first time making my own mayo). What I found odd about this recipe was the lack of mentioning how perfectly suited to mayo making is the food processor. If you don't already know it, there is a tiny little hole in the lid attachment. It's purpose is to pour the perfect amount of oil into the blended ingredients for flawless mayo. If you are curious, see my article on homemade mayonnaise.
Tangy Caesar Dressing pg. 89
This is the worst tasting Caesar dressing I have ever made.
Open-Faced Tuna and Portobello Sandwiches pg. 37
This was delicious! Very quick & easy to make! My husband doesn't like fish & even he enjoyed this.
4-Ingredient Bacon and Spinach Frittata pg. 36
This turned out fantastic! Another big hit with my husband & I.
If you are willing to commit to this lifestyle (you wont regret it), the authors walk you through with everything you will need for each week of the plan. They provide you with each weeks meal plan, shopping lists & recipes. All you have to do is buy what you don't have for the week, following the instructions to prep to save time cooking, prepare your meals & enjoy!
Overall, I'm glad I decided to get this as it provides me with more recipes to try. If you are wanting to go Paleo, you would do fine with this book. If you want a lot of facts first, be sure to check out Dr. Ballantyne's books.
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