Ancestral Eating & Lifestyle

I truly believe the Paleo “diet” has been marginalized into a “renewed version of Atkins” and that’s not what it’s about at all. I don’t even like referring to it as Paleo when I’m asked what I eat. I’d much rather say I am an ancestral or Primal eater. And that doesn’t even begin to cover my lifestyle, because it is so much more than just the food you eat. So if you are truly interested in the Paleo / Primal / Ancestral Focused “diet” and lifestyle here are some amazing resources to check out!

The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health

If you want to know the why behind the Paleo/Ancestral Eating lifestyle this is the book to check out. This is not just about food, but about our overall lifestyles. This book is not the book if you are trying to only learn how to eat Paleo, but it will give you the answers behind why this way works for so many.

Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life

I love this book because it’s not about a strict set of diet rules, but truly walks you through personalizing the ancestral eating plan to you. This is not the trademarked “Paleo” diet from a few years ago. This is updated, and easy to understand. This book also gives you some of the why and overall lifestyle changes to consider as well.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

I LOVE this book and the blog for the tasty, approachable food and the photography is awesome! I recommend this book to people trying to start Paleo/ancestral eating because Michelle gives an awesome list of tips for working in the kitchen, things that if you’ve watched a ton of food shows or Alton Brown you would pick up but if you’re new to the kitchen, these tips are incredibly helpful. Also her list of kitchen gadgets is great, and it’s so important to have the right equipment to make cooking quick & easy so you’ll stick with it! Plus, she’s got two little ones who taste test this food and every recipe I’ve made so far has been enjoyed by my kiddos as well.

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

I feel like if I were going to write a cookbook, this is how I would write it. Diane includes so many great reference charts, breaks down the food labels we commonly see but are unsure of what they really mean, and each of her recipes have notes for those with autoimmune disorders, food intolerances, and various other conditions. Its like a cookbook on steroids with so much information packed between the covers. She has also written The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook: which are great resources to kick those sugar or carb cravings and transition to an ancestral eating way of life.

Chameleon Cold Brew

I am in LOVE with this coffee! It’s cold brewed so it’s smooth, not acidic and is actually good for you unlike traditional coffee. It actually has more caffeine than traditional coffee so keep that in mind! It’s made from Fair Trade, organic, Arabica beans and filtered water, that’s it! Plus it’s made in Austin, TX so my Texan roots are filled with joy when I put it in my grocery cart. Check out if it’s sold near you and if not, request it at your supermarket!

And here are a list of books that I’ve heard interviews with the authors, or follow their blogs/podcasts and I agree with where they are coming from, I just haven’t pressed “Buy” off of my amazon wishlist yet!

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Eat the Yolks

Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?

Keto Clarity

The Ancestral Table: Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle

Fermented: A Four Season Approach to Paleo Probiotic Foods

Alignment Matters: The First Five Years of Katy Says

Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining

Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration