I have followed Sarah Ballantyne and her blog The Paleo Mom since I embarked on my Autoimmune Protocol journey a little over a year and a half ago. As most people know, jumping into AIP is no easy task and I really relied on The Paleo Mom her recipes and information about Autoimmune Disease, nutrition and lifestyle to promote healing. Needless to say when her book The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body was being released, I was pretty excited.
If there is one thing I have issues with, its skepticism and criticism. Since we embarked on our paleo lives, we have heard the gamut from people about how paleo doesn’t work, how I should be medicated to treat my autoimmune issues and that there is NO science behind this lifestyle to support it.
With Sarah’s background in medical research (yes she is a PhD!), she talks about paleo and the science behind it extensively. Years of work, research and personal experience have culminated in a book so packed with details to really make the skeptics rethink their approach.
There are many paleo cookbooks and transition guides, but there has never been a book like The Paleo Approach. It is truly unique and comprehensive guide to healing. The book is broken into several categories:
- Causes- What is Autoimmune Disease, what contributes to it, and how to move forward.
- The Paleo Approach, diet, lifestyle and implementation
- The Cure- Troubleshooting, and The Long Haul (my favorite part!)
This (for me at least) isn’t a cover to cover read. The book is HUGE! I find that that is both a positive and a negative. The Paleo Approach is so comprehensive and detailed on this subject, making it absolutely unique making it amazingly perfect for me. I only wish that I had had this book when I originally embarked on my AIP journey but am sure that I will continue to get tons of use out of it now and in the future.
Conversely, I think it can be a little daunting for the new AIP traveler. Over the last year talking to people about AIP and my healing the single most common thing I hear is that people are scared to try it. While I think this book is perfect for me, I think it might be overwhelming to the new paleo/AIP person. Sarah’s next book The Paleo Approach Cookbook, I think may address some of that for those timid readers, a book that gleans over the entire approach and ideology, while sharing some of her amazing recipes. Both books will find a very regular place in my library of reference and cookbooks.