*Giveaway is now closed! I’ll be emailing and announcing winners tomorrow here on the blog and on Facebook! Thank you all for entering!
Winner’s of the giveaway have all been emailed and notified:
Lola won a copy of Everyday Paleo
Amanda won a copy of Make Shift Happen
Christine won a copy of Sweet Potato Power
Robin won a copy of Paleo Pals
Lisa won a copy of the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook
Jennifer won the E-Book from The Food Lovers
Nancy won the Practical Paleo book from Diane Sanfilippo
Kaitlen won the $300 Tropical Traditions gift certificate
Kevin won a copy of It Starts With Food!!!
Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winner! If you think you are one of the winners, check your email pronto!!
Very soon marks my two year Everyday Paleo facebook page anniversary and more exciting, just around the corner will be the 4 year mark of the birth of this blog! Within that timeframe, I released my first book Everyday Paleo, followed by my children’s book Paleo Pals, and in September, my new book, The Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook will be out! It’s unbelievable really; it seems like just yesterday my last little boy Rowan was born and then four months later I stumbled into Robb’s gym and my life got flipped upside down, or maybe I should say – finally flipped right side up!!
Now, to look back over the last few years, is mind blowing to say the least. Overall I am incredibly grateful for my health and for the health of my family and I keep on keeping on because I so badly want to reach out about this amazing paleo lifestyle to anyone else who wants to listen. Yes, it’s a challenge and there are days that I look at my little family, want to wrap them up in my arms, and just walk off into the sunset; but I won’t. I’m too tough for that. I want to be here and I will always be here; until they kick me out anyway…
With that being said I feel the need to celebrate!! To celebrate life, health, anniversaries, and to celebrate just because celebrations are cool. Often there is soooooo much negativity in the world and the truth is; the only way to make that vibe better is to do something about it, so let’s do this! In this blog you’ll find a book review round up including a giveaway for each of the books I’m about to tell you about – and signed copies at that! There will also be a special secret giveaway (shhh, don’t tell anyone, but it’s a $300 gift certificate to Tropical Traditions!) just for the heck of it! Read to the end to find out how to enter!
When I first started blogging about paleo it was pretty lonely in the paleo blogging world. I felt like the only mama out there crazy enough to feed her kids paleo and it was a bit scary but I went for it, put it all out there, threw caution to the wind, and started documenting our lives and experiences and now poof – it’s 2012 and if you even THINK about googling paleo you’ll end up with more blogs, books, articles, websites, and forums than you could possibly ever read in your entire lifetime. Whew! How COOL IS THAT!?!?! I’m no longer a lonely mommy paleo blogger but rather just another happy fish in a full paleo pond.
So, I side-tracked but as I mentioned above – about the books – there’s a ton of new ones out there and my desk is literally a skyscraper of review copies, so I have been whittling through the pile and I would like to introduce a few of the latest books to all of you!
Before I get into the actual book, can I please just say how beautiful and tall and glowing and inspiring both Dallas and Melissa are? If you have ever had the pleasure to meet these two, you will know exactly what I’m talking about. WOW! Now, on to the book: it’s just exactly what I thought it would be coming from Dallas and Melissa – impeccably written, well versed, and nothing is left out. I highly recommend handing this book over to that neighbor, friend, or loved one who just doesn’t understand why the heck you gave up bread, cheese, and sugar; and no matter what you say about “paleo this” or “paleo that,” it just won’t sink in. This book will sink it in; guaranteed. Dallas and Melissa make the science understandable and to top it off, the authors have this uncanny way of getting inside your head and shaking things up a bit – but in a good way. It’s hard to argue with their logic and reading It Starts With Food was a great reminder to me why my own family eats this way. My take away from this book is this quote, found in the very first chapter, “There is no food neutral; there is no food Switzerland – every single thing you put in your mouth is either making you more healthy or less healthy.”
Bam. Enough said. It Starts With Food is available here on Amazon.
Are you looking for a motivational kick in the pants? This is the book for you. The subtitle of this book is, “Change How You Look by Changing How You Think.” Isn’t that the truth? So often we are hung up on the way we approach change and Dean’s writing style is not only inspirational – the guy is also hilarious, which makes for a fun read, even when the topics get serious. Dean covers 20 Life-Changing Shifts in this book from concepts such as “Declare War on Resistance” and my personal favorite, “Smash the Scale!” Have fun with this one, and the big bonus; it might just change your life! Order Make Shift Happen by clicking here!
And next: Sweet Potato Power by Ashley Tudor!
Ashley offers a comprehensive guide to all things paleo with a focus on the amazing sweet potato! Ashley personalizes for you a step by step guide to optimize your health and teaches you how to incorporate smart carbs like sweet potatoes and how to determine what your own general range of carbohydrate consumption should be based on who you are. And did you say you wanted some sweet potato recipes? Well this book has a copious amount of sweet potato recipes; with one of my personal favorites being the Southwestern Chili! You can find Sweet Potato Power by clicking here!
Now an E-Book! Bill and Hayley over at the Food Lovers Kitchen have recently released a comprehensive E-Book; 30 Day Intro to Paleo.
This is a get started guide for folks new to eating paleo and included in the 149 pages, you will find:
- A full 30 Day meal plan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas for 30 days), broken down week by week
- Shopping lists for each week, including a handy list of basics & essentials
- Detailed explanations about which foods to eat and why you should eat them
- Nearly 100 recipes which are referenced in the meal plan
- Weekly coaching sheets which help you plan ahead meals, explore the science via links to online articles, and even videos to show you how to cook certain dishes or explain advanced concepts.
- And the best part is, it all works as a cohesive package to help you through that first critical month!
Awesome stuff!!! You can find the E-book by clicking here.
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and first, this book should not be titled Practical Paleo, it should be called Practically EVERYTHING Paleo because Diane did not leave out a thing. This truly is a paleo bible! Diane covers it all; the basics, what paleo is, how to get started, and then goes on to offering 30 day meal plans specifically for autoimmune conditions, digestive health, blood-sugar regulation, thyroid health, cancer recovery, heart health, parkinson’s, alzheimer’s, fat loss, athletic performance, general health and more! No stone unturned; and although I haven’t yet had a chance to cook from the book, the over 120 easy recipes look delicious. Nice work Diane! You can pre-order the book now on Amazon.
Ok, that wraps up the book review round up but how do you enter to win? Easy! Go “like” my Facebook page and/or any of the folks above Facebook pages and then tell me that you did in the comments below. You can also enter to win by simply commenting why you want one of these books! The winners will be picked by random from the comments. This contest will close on Saturday morning July 21st at 9am PST. I will be giving away at random a signed copy of each of the books above as well as the E-Book by Bill & Hayley, and of course, remember the secret random prize – a $300 gift certificate to Tropical Traditions, so that would be 6 luck winners total. Now let’s get the celebration going and let the commenting begin!!!!
*Update – and DUH – I’ll also be giving away a copy of each of my books as well! Everyday Paleo, Paleo Pals, and once I receive the advanced copies, the new Family Cookbook!! So that makes a total of 9 winners!!