Have you been scared off paleo by all the hype about it being too restrictive, too boring, and too much hard work?
You’re going to love me for introducing you to this woman:
She takes a relaxed 80/20 approach, occasionally enjoying full fat dairy, fruit, dark chocolate and wine. The recipes she presents in this book are all free from grains, gluten, and processed sugar and showcase how well the paleo diet can suit foodies as well as the health conscious.
One of the oddest criticisms I’ve heard levelled at paleo is that it’s a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition. I think that this couldn’t be further from the truth. People come to paleo for many reasons, and those reasons determine their individual health goals and, in turn, their personal version of paleo.
Irena’s personal take on paleo is super-sensible:
“Paleo promotes stress management, better sleep habits, outdoor lifestyle, and functional fitness. I think this holistic approach is what attracted me to paleo and what made me stick with it. Paleo questions the traditional concept of ‘good’ nutrition – it turns the whole food pyramid upside down. Besides switching to Paleo way of eating, I also left my stressful job, became more active, and decided to improve my sleep. I feel much happier and healthier, and I have lots of energy throughout the day.”
Pretty hard to argue with!
The book is beautifully and clearly laid out. No tiny text, shiny pages, or weird text colours to make it difficult to use.
The photography and styling make me realise how far I need to lift my own game! And her recipes are both simple enough to prepare in the family kitchen and fancy enough to please those devoted to food. For what was originally a self-published book, it’s pretty amazing.
More stuff to know about Irena and her blog (from Penguin):
- Irena quit her high-paying job in the corporate world to start a food blog.
- Eat Drink Paleo now has a global following of over 87,000; and a monthly average website audience of 170,000, with 42% of these being Australian.
- Irena embraced the Paleo lifestyle a few years ago when she watched her mum, a seemingly healthy and active woman, go through two cancers.
- Irena became more aware of her own health, attempted various trends and discovered Paleo in late 2011. Through her own research Irena realised it’s not a diet in a way we think of diet, but is a lifestyle philosophy.
Penguin Books have been very generous in allowing me to share a preview of Irena’s book with you. You can download it here: Eat Drink Paleo CB- blad.
It’ll only be available for 6 weeks, then I’ll be taking it down after 15 March (my birthday!). I’ll be trying out a few recipes this week so I’ll let you know which ones I love. There is a recipe for Tahini and Sesame Crackers that makes me drool…
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the book by Penguin to facilitate this review.
Image credit: Penguin Books