Practical Paleo Book Review and Giveaway

After a long wait, I’ve finally got the goods – a review of Diane Sanfilippo’s Practical Paleo and a way for you to win your own copy!

Initial reactions

My very first reaction was, “Holy cow, this is a big book.” I didn’t really know what to expect, but I can say that even if I had expected a recipe book, a paleo guide, or both, the book still exceeded those. I can’t imagine the effort Diane put into it, but I’m certain it was an impressive amount.

Visually, the book is stunning with photos all over of amazing Paleo foods and dishes. There are diagrams where useful, tear-out guides for everything you could possibly need, meal plans, and oh yes – recipes.

What’s in Practical Paleo?

So let’s take a second to break down what you actually get with Practical Paleo:


Like any good book, Diane starts hers with a story about why. She’d been suffering from some physical problems, and eventually she found that eating a Paleo diet alleviated all of her symptoms.

As a result, she explains why food is such an important part in our everyday health. Even on the rare occasions she gets a headache, she can identify the food that did it. What we eat is way more important than we realize.

But instead of just telling us why it worked for her and expecting us to believe it and immediately adopt this way of living, she talks about the whys. There’s an FAQ section that answers questions like:

  • Should I be counting calories?
  • Where will I get carbs without eating grains?
  • Won’t my cholesterol be too high if I eat so many eggs?
  • What’s the best approach to losing body fat?

Mixed into all of the explanations of why things are they way they are in Paleo, you’ll find several guides for different things:

  • paleo foods
  • paleo pantry
  • fats and oils
  • even poop!

Meal plans
Practical Paleo also has several meal plans for different goals. There’s a plan for:

  • folks with autoimmune conditions
  • fat loss goals
  • multiple sclerosis issues
  • neurological health
  • cancer recovery
  • even athletic performance

And finally, 120+ recipes for all your meals, some snacks, even some desserts. Some of my favorite recipes include:

  • saurkraut
  • carrot gingerbread muffins
  • zucchini “pancakes”
  • bacon-wrapped smokey chicken thighs
  • spaghetti squash bolognese
  • nori salmon handroll
  • kale chips
  • and so many more

Wrapping it up

Honestly, if you could only buy one book to sort of own them all, I’d pick up Practical Paleo. It’s not as sciency as Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution or the Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s It Starts With Food, but if you want to know some basic reasons why a paleo diet is your body’s preferred way of eating, why our standard American diet – even the government’s recommendation – is not, and get some great recipes and meal plans all in one package, this is the book for you.

Win your own copy

There are two ways to get your own copy:

  1. Click here to tweet this post to your Twitter followers.
  2. Share this post on your Facebook wall.

Then when you do that, come back and comment on the post that you shared. The comments are how I get your email address and how I verify that you shared.

Update: Congrats to Heather Hansen! In a random drawing, your name was pulled. I’ll get in touch with you via email.

Note: While this contest is open to international folks, I can only ship the book tot he US. For everyone else, I’ll buy you an Amazon gift certificate for $20 (the cost of the book).

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  1. I shared on FB

  2. Hello,
    I am a big fan and supporter of FMF! I just proudly posted and retweeted to help you pass word along about the book. Fingers crossed that I win a copy.

    Thank you,

  3. Bob Sawyer says

    Shared to FB, to the paleo challenge group that my CrossFit gym runs. 🙂

  4. Posted brother – good luck!!

  5. Lynn Ramsey says

    I shared on my FB page! I love this plan! Thank You!

  6. Heather Hansen says

    Shared on Twitter. Thanks!

  7. Just shared on FB….would love to win this book! I just started a Whole 30 today.

  8. I have shared on both Twitter and FB, thank you!!!

  9. Shared on FB. Would love to win this book!

  10. I shared on Twitter!

  11. I shared on facebook! 🙂

  12. Vanessa Smith says

    Great review. I shared on twitter (@freshrepresent) and FB. I may have a different email associated with my FB account than the one I put here, don’t remember. If I win, I’m happy to verify it with my other emails. Thanks for the contest.

  13. shared via twitter!

  14. shared on facebook too

  15. I shared on Facebook!

  16. Just tweeted. Fingers crossed – I’ve been wanting this book for a while!

  17. I tweeted and shared on Facebook. Since I have a copy, if I win a free copy, I will give it as a present.

  18. Heather Kilgore says


  19. Stephanie KL says

    I shared on my Facebook page. Your “Likes” are growing — congrats!!

  20. Shared

  21. Shared on Twitter!

  22. Sherry England says

    Here is my twitter post I shared. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  23. Sherry England says
  24. Shared on both Twitter and FB. Diane and Liz’s podcast is very informative and motivating for people new to paleo.

  25. Done and done- facebook and twitter! 🙂 I love Practical Paleo’s recipes!

  26. Posted! I love contest — and I love this book!

  27. Neil White says

    Shared on FB. Told everyone to buy it.

  28. I shared on facebook and twitter. *fingers crossed*

  29. Jessica Valliere says

    Totally just shared this! It’s my favorite book, and it’s helped me change my life!! I’d love a second copy so I can share it with families and friends! 🙂

  30. I shared this giveaway on my timeline on FB. Thank you!!

  31. Donna Magrini says

    I shared your post on Facebook! Diane’s book is one of m favorites, but i bet someone else would like to check it out of the library….I have had it a lot!

  32. Tweeted and shared – have wanted this book for a LOOOONNG time. Did Diane’s 21DSD and it was a great bridge to Paleo … still transitioning slowly but surely.

  33. I shared on FB thanks for the chance to win! Would love to add this to my kitchen counter and get it dirty< can't be a clean cook!

  34. I am so intrigued by Paleo. I want to get me and my husband hooked on this positive lifestyle change!

    • Oh yeah…and I shared this on my Facebook 🙂

    • It really is a great lifestyle change! It’s amazing how much can be fixed by eating properly. It’s hard to do when you’re not used to it, but even the small changes help. Thanks for sharing!


  35. I love Practical Paleo! I was happy to retweet this article as this book is a life saver for everyone, especially if you suffer from an autoimmune disease!

  36. I TWEETED! 🙂

  37. Shared!

  38. I just shared this post on Facebook! Woo-hoo!

  39. Lisa Miller says

    Love this giveaway! Shared on FB and tweeted. Lots of stuff I like here and on your page. I actually gave a friend the 4 Hr Chef as a Christmas gift! I am a big fan of Diane all around and have been dying to get my hands on this book and even hinted at it for my Bday last week! … No luck 😛 So timing for this is ♫Wonderful♪….

  40. SD Chandler says

    Happy to post this on my Facebook page!

  41. Brandy Wensell says

    Shared on Facebook! Would love to learn more to keep my family healthy and help with my hypothyroidism! 🙂

  42. Lauralee Grace says

    Hi Jason, retweeted Thanks again for a great review, will definitely be getting this on amazon

  43. I just shared in Facebook.

  44. Hi,

    I just retweeted this blog bost.
    Thanks for this awesome blog 🙂

  45. I just tweeted here:

    I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS. I have been primarily vegan/vegetarian my entire adult life, but have begun looking into paleo to help manage my symptoms and improve my quality of life. This cookbook looks fabulous. Thank you for the giveaway!

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