Paleo Principles: The Science Behind the Paleo Template, Step-by-Step Guides, Meal Plans, and 200 + Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Real Life (Hardcover)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Approach and The Healing Kitchen comes the most comprehensive resource to date for those seeking a scientifically founded nutritional approach to optimal health. In her signature approachable yet comprehensive style, Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, has laid a complete foundation for understanding the principles of the Paleo template in order to inform and empower people’s day-to-day choices. Combined with an unprecedented collection of practical strategies, tips, and visual guides, plus more than 200 delicious recipes and twenty meal plans for a variety of health goals, this book is a one-stop-shop for nutrition nerds, health nuts, and gourmands alike.

The Paleo diet is a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory whole-foods diet based on eating a variety of quality vegetables, meats, seafood, fruits, eggs, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, herbs, and spices. It is clinically proven to improve health by providing complete and balanced nutrition while omitting most processed and refined foods and empty calories. Far from being a historical re-enactment, the Paleo framework is derived from thousands of scientific studies that illuminate our understanding of which foods support health and which foods undermine it. Combined with attention to essential lifestyle factors like physical activity, sleep, and stress, the Paleo template is quite simply the most robust approach out there for optimal health, performance, and longevity!

With the perfect balance of detailed explanations, accessible summaries of actionable information, and visual guides, Paleo Principles provides everything readers need to achieve their best health. Beyond a set of rules, this book teaches precisely why some foods are better choices than others while providing indispensable resources like food lists, shopping guides, and cooking how-tos. Health comes from more than just the foods on our plates, however, which is why Dr. Ballantyne also incorporates a focus on lifestyle factors known to improve health, including being active, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and connecting with community. People needn’t worry that following a Paleo-style diet will leave them feeling hungry or deprived. Healthy re-creations of family-friendly favorites, from pizza to pancakes, prove that you can regain your health and love every bite! Paleo Principles contains more than 200 nutritious Paleo recipes that are free of gluten, grain, dairy, legumes, and refined sugar—including kitchen basics, breakfasts, soups and salads, main dishes, side dishes, baked goods, and desserts—all labeled for the top eight allergen ingredients as well as other common food sensitivities, like FODMAPs and nightshades, and the Autoimmune Protocol.

Adapt the Paleo template to serve your specific needs and health goals by using Paleo Principles’ guides on customizing macronutrient ratios, navigating gray-area foods, troubleshooting chronic illnesses and food sensitivities, transitioning to a Paleo-style diet, understanding your body’s individual response to different foods, and balancing Paleo priorities with competing interests for lifelong success. Combine these resources with twenty meal plans reflecting the most common health objectives, and you have the know-how to personalize your plan to fit your life. Join the millions of people taking back their health by following a Paleo lifestyle. Whether your goal is to lose weight, increase performance, reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, prevent cancer, mitigate autoimmune disease, reverse diabetes, or simply achieve your best health, Paleo Principles gives you answers and a veritable toolkit to make lasting, positive change toward better health.

About the Author

Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, earned her doctorate degree in medical biophysics from the University of Western Ontario at age 26. She spent the next four years doing research on innate immunity, inflammation, critical care medicine, gene therapy, and epithelial cell biology at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and at the University of Arizona before becoming a stay-at-home mom, a decision motivated largely by her poor health at the time. After her second daughter was born, Dr. Ballantyne began to experiment with the Paleo lifestyle. It had an amazing effect on her health, contributing to her 120-pound weight loss. Over time, she healed herself of a laundry list of physical complaints, including irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, migraines, anxiety, asthma, allergies, psoriasis, and the autoimmune skin condition lichen planus. Inspired by her success, Dr. Ballantyne created the popular and award-winning health blog and became co-host of a top-rated syndicated podcast, The Paleo View. Together, her passion for providing straightforward explanations of the science behind her diet and lifestyle recommendations for managing autoimmune disease and her conviction that healing your body does not have to come at the expense of enjoying food form the foundation of her books, The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook.

Praise For…

If you want to restore your digestive health, balance hormones, and support your immune system, then Paleo Principles is the book for you. Dr. Ballantyne offers the latest medical research, nutrition advice, and Paleo recipes to transform your health. She has created a comprehensive and well-researched guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. Not only will Paleo Principles help you reach your health goals, but it will most likely have you feeling better than ever before.

Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC, founder of, bestselling author of Eat Dirt and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition

Twenty years ago the Paleo diet had a few review papers or references in anthropology books and papers. Many detractors cited a “lack of research” to support the Paleo diet/Ancestral health template. That story has changed. We now have well-conducted human trails on a host of different topics, with a consistent theme which paints the Paleo diet as safe, effective, and beneficial over the long haul. There are still detractors who cite a paucity of research, but we now have Dr. Sarah Ballantyne’s Magnum Opus, Paleo Principles, which compiles and puts into context the vast body of research which now encompasses the Paleo diet.

Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat

Reading Paleo Principles is like having a heart-to-heart with one of the world’s foremost experts on health in your kitchen—not only does Dr. Ballantyne take the time to thoroughly explain the science behind the Paleo template, but her understanding and compassion shine through in her writing. With this book, not only will you find answers to your health challenges, but an ally for your health journey.

Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP, pharmacist and New York Times bestselling author of Hashimoto's Protocol

In Paleo Principles, Dr. Ballantyne lays the complete scientific foundation for the Paleo lifestyle while providing a huge collection of practical tips, visual guides, delicious recipes, and meal plans. Her book is a complete guide to achieving your best health.

Chris Kresser MS, LAc, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure

Sarah Ballantyne’s brilliant new bookpacked with science, easy-to-follow advice, and luscious recipesholds all the answers you need to go from overweight, overmedicated, and fatigued to slim, energetic, and healthy. If you’re ready to change your life, read this book now.

Kellyann Petrucci, MD, New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet, and host of the PBS special 21 Days to a Slimmer, Younger You

Crack open this encyclopedic tome, which answers more questions in its jam-packed pages than you ever thought to ask about diet, lifestyle, and health. Sarah’s exhaustive, all-in-one textbook for Paleo living leaves no stone unturned!

Michelle Tam, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and creator of Nom Nom Paleo

Product Details
ISBN: 9781628609004
ISBN-10: 1628609001
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 672
Language: English