It’s here! I spent the summer sweating, typing, cursing, testing recipes, and fighting with the world’s most detailed and ornery Microsoft Word document template — and now Living Paleo For Dummies is on bookshelves. I wrote the book with my co-author Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, and like all the Dummies books, it breaks down the subject of paleo into bite-sized, easily digestible chunks of information, from the science of why paleo works to how to exercise for maximum effect, as well as how to manage in a non-paleo world and fine-tune the non-food related aspects of a paleo lifestyle.
NOTE: I know you might not be thinking too much about being a paleo superstar right now, what with the holidays and presents and cookies and cocktails and wheeeee! That’s totally OK. Enjoy yourself, and maybe enter the giveaway so when January 1 rolls around, you’re ready for what 2013 can bring!
My Co-Author: Kellyann Petrucci
This was my first time writing with a co-author, and it was a whole new thing. Luckily, my writing partner also happens to be one of the kindest, most upbeat, generous women I’ve had the good fortune to meet. Say hello to Dr. Kellyann Petrucci.
Kellyann brought the big brains to our project. Check out her professional education and training: Board Certified Naturopathic Physician, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and Certified in in Chinese Medicine — plus, she earned her BA from Temple University, her MS degree from St. Joseph’s University, and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College, where she served as the Postgraduate Chairperson. Whew! And then there’s this: “She studied Naturopathic Medicine at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, London, and she is one of the few practitioners in the US certified in Biological Medicine by the esteemed Dr. Thomas Rau, of the Paracelsus Klinik Lustmuhle, Switzerland.”
So, yeah. Kelly brought her heavy hitter status to the team. What did I bring to the table?
When Kelly and I sat down with our outline, we divvied up the contents: science and family-related stuff went to Kelly because (1) she’s got the pro training and (2) she has a beautiful family and tons of experience working with kids, thanks to her Superkids Wellness program. My assignments were the recipes (YAY!) and the practical matters like how to set up a paleo kitchen, how to eat in restaurants and go on vacation without crushing all your new habits, and what to expect if you do a 30-Day Re-Set.
Here’s a run-down of my contributions to the book:
Chapter 7: Stocking a Paleo-Friendly Kitchen
This chapter covers everything you need to know to create the ideal paleo kitchen, including food, cooking equipment, how to navigate the grocery store, and living paleo on a budget.
Chapter 8: Paleo Jump Start: The 30-Day Reset
This chapter explains how and why 30 days just might be the magic number, along with some predictions about how you might feel each week, and — my favorite part — how journaling can help keep you on track.
Chapter 9: Slow Down, Savor, and Keep It Simple
This chapter is a pep talk for developing mindful eating habits and covers the all important “treat vs cheat” debate.
Chapter 10: Everyday Entrees
Recipes for everyday faves, including All-American Meatloaf, Chicken Fingers, and Zucchini Lasagna.
Chapter 11: One-Pot Meals
Recipes for easy-peasy meals, including Classic Beef Stew, Pizza Frittata, and Slow Cooker Moroccan Apricot Chicken.
Chapter 12: Vegetable Side Dishes
Recipes for for veggies to satisfy even veggie haters, including Sesame Kale, Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries, and Creamy Spiced Broccoli.
Chapter 13: Snacks and Treats
Recipes for paleo-approved “treats” for special occasions, including Anytime Waffles, Pumpkin Pancakes, and Fudge Bombs.
Chapter 14: Sauces and Seasonings
Recipes for the condiments that add zing, including Tangy BBQ Sauce, Grilling Spice Rub, and Cashew Butter Satay Sauce.
Chapter 16: Dining Out and Traveling
This chapter is loaded with tips for how to find the sneaky ingredients in restaurant menus and how to take your new paleo habits out in the world (without making yourself nutty).
Chapter 17: Enjoying Special Occasions
You know I think the whole point of eating well is to have a great life, so this chapter offers advice on how to enjoy special occasions with good intentions and plenty of joy.
Chapter 19: Ten Foods to Always Have in the Kitchen
My go-to list of musts!
For a sneak peek, check out this Living Paleo For Dummies Cheat Sheet on the Dummies web site.
With Bonus Jen Sinkler
I distinctly remember the conference call to discuss the exercise chapter. Kelly was on the hook to make the list of recommended exercises, and our editor asked us about demo photos for each move. Without hesitation, I blurted (Really! Blurted! Very loudly and exuberantly!), “Jen Sinkler! OHMYGOD! If we could get Jen Sinkler, that would be so awesome.”
Do y’all know Jen Sinkler? Right now, she’s the Fitness Editor for Experience Life magazine, but she’s just about to kickoff a new professional adventure at her site Survival of the Fittest with Jen Sinkler. (In fact, if you stop by her new site now, you can sign up for her beautifully written, incredibly motivating emails. Seriously. Do it. She’s so so so great.)
Anyway… we were very lucky… Jen said “yes,” and was the perfect model to show that exercises like wall balls, pushups, swings, and rows make us all strong, sexy, and unstoppable. Thank you, Jen, for being a beautiful badass!
Living Paleo For Dummies Giveaway
Update January 1, 2013: HAPPY NEW YEAR! The drawing is closed and the winners have been notified.
To thank you for your tremendous support and to help kick off 2013 in healthful style, I’m giving away THREE SIGNED COPIES of Living Paleo For Dummies. Just enter the random drawing, cross your fingers, and see what fate has in store!
To Enter: Post to comments and tell us the biggest challenge you think you face for keeping up with a paleo lifestyle in 2013 — and how you might tackle it!
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Central on Sunday, December 30, 2012. I’ll randomly select three winners and make the announcements/notification on January 1.
Restrictions: None! All my friends around the world are invited to enter!
Buy a Copy
Why wait to see if chance favors you? Living Paleo For Dummies is available all over the place! Here’s where you can buy online:
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