People often ask me about my favorite books, particularly about nutrition and autism/ADHD. I have literally hundreds that overflow three bookshelves in my office. Most I’ve read cover to cover. So, I decided to begin a NEW blog series called “From the Bookshelf,” and thought it would be fun to share the first of the series with my friends at The Autism Film Magazine (published here). And to publish the expanded version on my blog for all of you… The first book I want to share – Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo – I highly recommend it! It’s one of my favorites. The book is beautiful, very informative, and packed with hundreds of recipes. All of the pages are full color, with photos for all recipes, and tons of beautiful nutrition and food charts. Also, it’s Paleo so it’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free so it provides many recipe choices for families on GFCF (Gluten-Free Casein-Free), SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), or Paleo Diets. Even when you don’t need a full grain-free diet, most of us can benefit by getting more vegetables and less grains. Normally, so many snacks and recipes center around refined carbohydrates: breads, sandwiches, muffins, etc. Paleo recipes are a great way to get inspired to make healthy and tasty recipes. In fact, if you’ve seen my Nourishing Hope Food Pyramid, you’ll notice that the “core” of the pyramid is Paleo (with only the small top bar and sidebar being outside of Paleo). I created the pyramid to help children with autism eat the most nutrient dense, easy to digest, and healing foods. I discovered as I was creating a pyramid that could work with all special diets, since each person is unique and there is no one-diet-fits-all, that I had laid out the foods prioritizing the foods our ancestors (Paleo) ate – which was an exciting confirmation to me that the foods we evolved eating are the ones we should focus on! Paleo principles are wonderful nutrition concepts to include in an overall healthy diet – and Practical Paleo is one of the best resources I’ve found on the subject! Practical Paleo includes great nutrition information on digestion, leaky gut, and blood sugar regulation, and how dietary choices can help. There are 30 day meal plans and so much more. Get this book – you won’t regret it!
From the Bookshelf – Practical Paleo
Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Educator, globally respected nutrition expert, published researcher, and accomplished author. Her guidance is backed by over twenty years of clinical experience and scientific research with complex neurological and physiological needs; particularly autism, ADHD, and related disorders. Julie is the award winning author of Nourishing Hope for Autism and also the founder of BioIndividualNutrition.com. Download her free guide, 12 Nutrition Steps to Better Health, Learning, and Behavior.