THE 30 DAY GUIDE TO PALEO
The 30 Day Guide To Paleo is an e-book written by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley, authors of the best-selling books “Make it Paleo” and Gather. It is actually something like the electronic “deluxe” version of the book, “The 30 Day Guide To Paleo Cooking,” packed with bonus material, such as an alternate 30-day meal plan, 82 extra recipes, and special online features. It’s written primarily for newcomers, but it also caters to those recently initiated in the paleo diet. The stated purpose of the book is to both help beginners overcome the intimidating leap into new eating habits as well as those who don’t yet have a lot of experience in the kitchen.
The 30 Day Guide to Paleo includes a month’s worth of shopping lists, meal plans, and recipes. The book is organized into three sections. The first section includes a variety of detailed answers to frequently asked questions about the diet. It also includes an explanation of basic meal-building practices, in which Mason and Staley give a thorough review of the most important components of the paleo diet individually, such as meat, vegetables, oils, fats, herbs, and spices. The second section includes the meal plans and shopping lists. They are organized into weeks and carefully arranged into a balanced nutritional order, which makes the book look more like an actual plan than just a collection of recipes. This section can end up saving you a lot of time, since creating a shopping list and menu for a week’s worth of meals yourself would require a lot of planning. The second section also gives you a list of all the most basic paleo ingredients that lets you know what to have in stock at all times. The third and last section includes the recipes. Many of the recipes are quite simple to make and don’t require expensive ingredients, making the plan much more accessible and affordable to beginners. However, the recipes do have some variation in complexity and time-intensity. This is of course a good thing, allowing you to cook quick meals when you’re busy and get creative when you have some free time.
PROS AND CONS
The best part of the book is its ability to explain concepts in a clear and concise manner that won’t confuse those who haven’t had a lot of experience in the kitchen. Mason and Staley write very patiently, offering their readers a great deal of encouragement and guidance. For the very same reason, this book might not be the best for more experienced paleo eaters as most of the book is spent describing very basic features of the paleo diet and how to get around in the kitchen. Furthermore, we found some discrepancies in the book. The shopping list sometimes understates the ingredient amounts listed in the recipes, and the recipes erroneously call for you to perform unnecessary actions, such as preheating the oven even though the oven is not used later. The last thing to keep in mind is that the book won’t appeal to those who have a more particular taste in food, since the weekly schedules don’t include alternatives. If you’re a picky eater, there might be a chance that you’ll eat a number of unsatisfying meals consecutively. For such eaters, we would recommend purchasing a paleo cookbook and choose meals that directly appeal to you. In addition, the 30 day guide doesn’t focus sufficiently on the other aspects of the paleo lifestyle and in particular doesn’t provide an exercise program like more extensive plans such as Paleo Burn.
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Conclusion: I would rank the 30 day guide at number 2 out of my top plans. Unlike Paleo Burn, it doesn’t offer sufficient information about the other aspects of Paleo living (such as an exercise program) though does provide great information about how to follow the diet which is to be fair, the most difficult area to implement. Nevertheless, despite its slight shortfalls, “The 30 Day Guide To Paleo” remains one of the strongest books available to beginner paleo eaters. It does a good job of explaining paleo basics and answering common questions about the diet. Its recipes are both easy to make and delicious to eat. For this reason, we have no reservations in recommending this well-written book to those interested in learning more about and delving into the exciting world of paleo eating.