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Posted March 8, 2014
I am passionate about this book. It is literally lifechanging. I had the honor of reviewing a copy of my new favorite book, The Paleo Approach, This book is like the "bible" of Paleo eating. It is like a complete life manual that answers every question you could ever think of about Paleo or Primal eating. I am amazed at the author, Sarah Ballantyne, for her extreme dedication in writing this book. I have no idea how many hours she spent pouring over the research for this book, but I assure you, it has to be in the thousands at least. She thought of every single detail. I want to choose a few quotes for you, but it is so hard...I just want to quote the entire book because everything written is so important to the healing of your body.
The book is set up in almost a textbook fashion, except that she writes in a way that makes the book enjoyable to read. It is literally filled with information, but it never leaves you feeling overwhelmed or bored. She makes it all sound so fascinating. She also has an amazing way of "speaking" to the reader. She writes so that the average person can clearly understand what she is saying, but not so simple that it feels like she is being condescending. I think that is very important and impressive because she is clearly a genius.
The first pages show a Table of Contents with everything divided neatly into chapters and sections to make it easier if you are looking for something specific in the book. The book is divided into two main parts - The Cause and The Cure. The Cause focuses on Autoimmune Diseases--what they are, dietary factors that contribute to them (for example: foods that do not digest well and genetics), lifestyle factors that contribute to them (such as lack of sleep and medication), and how to move forward to heal your body and add to your life. This part of the book is very interesting to me because most of it is all new information to me and I really enjoy learning. There is a three page list of all the known possible autoimmune diseases, many of which surprised me. I think it's great that she includes this because many of them are not diseases that I would think of as being autoimmune diseases...which means that without this information, many people may not try the Paleo Approach because they are not even aware that it could help them. This list fixes that problem! She goes so in-depth with her explanations that she makes you feel like an expert after you are done.
When Sarah begins writing about the foods, she makes it clear that she wants you to succeed. She doesn't just write "DO NOT EAT THIS" "DO NOT EAT THAT", she goes in-depth about each food item and why that food is bad for your body. I think that is so important. It makes it harder to follow through with any big change in life if someone just gives you a list of things to avoid without telling you the reasons. When you are given the reasons, it helps to motivate you to make the right choices.
Every single thing about this book shows Sarah's dedication. I just cannot say enough good things about her dedication to this book. You can clearly see that everything was so thoughtfully added. This was not some book that was just thrown together. I hope that if I ever write a book, it is half as wonderful as this one.
This book isn't just for people with autoimmune diseases, this book is for everyone. Everyone should want to learn more about their bodies and understand how every choice they make affects their health.
Posted February 10, 2014
The Paleo Approach deserves a standing ovation!
Bravissima!! The Paleo Approach is filled with tons of health empowering, myth busting, smart as heck science along with engaging illustrations that delivers the most current research for both patients and practitioners to reverse autoimmune disease and heal! After honing in on the multiple causes of immune dysfunction, we are shown how to change the game by optimizing immune function instead.
Dr. Ballantyne’s careful research reveals how nutrient dense diets along with specific lifestyle adjustments often translate to disease reversal. In The Paleo Approach, we are guided to understand immune function, modern Nutrigenomics, Paleo nutrition, the importance of nutrient density, how to select and source the most beneficial foods, and the detailed science behind autoimmune Paleo diet. The Paleo Approach is all about balance- i.e. checking all pieces of the puzzle (e.g. digestion, hormones, stress, sleep, having fun) and considering what pieces needs more attention for you to ultimately kiss your autoimmune disease goodbye! This book is a treasure for all health care providers and anyone with an autoimmune disease seeking to effectively reverse it.
Besides avoiding inflammatory and immune stimulating foods, The Paleo Approach champions nutrient dense foods that we are genetically programmed to eat, maintaining gut health, spending time outdoors, reducing stress and being intentional about great sleep.
I personally have applied the Paleo approach, which has resulted in decreased flare-ups associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have also witnessed countless patients in my practice who notice a return of energy, decreased inflammation, improved digestion and decreased flare ups.
The Paleo Approach is imperative for patients and practitioners like MD’s, L.Ac.’s, DC’s, RN’s, RD’s CNC’s, who need a powerful solution for resolving immune/inflammatory conditions. The Paleo Approach will raise many discussions between patients and healthcare providers and will continue to elevate the importance of disease prevention and resolution.
Thank you Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. for this masterful contribution to science and to all of us.
Posted February 3, 2014
This book is a life changer. I have been counting the days until I could get me hands on this and I’m still counting the days for the cookbook. Sarah does an amazing job explanting the science behind the approach and the wonderful illustration make it easier to follow. I will be telling everyone I know about this book. ¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2014
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