As a wellness and fitness coach I’m usually on top of the latest and greatest diets, fads and research out there. In 2013 the Paleo Diet took the world by storm and with the combined efforts of Cross Fit workouts, took on a life of its own. At first glance, I wasn’t impressed. This high protein, low carb, sugar and salt free diet was nothing new, and looked a lot like previous counterparts. In general I don’t gravitate to any particular diet for myself nor my clients; in fact I don’t like to use the word diet to describe as (what I prefer to call) “nurturing your body for your particular needs and concerns”. Needless to say, I have been somewhat underwhelmed by the influx of books and programs surrounding these ‘diets’.
Fast forward to February 2015. While visiting with a friend of mine, I noticed a stack of recipes books that sat on her dining table. I perused through them and noticed a common theme: they were specifically intended for individuals living a Paleo lifestyle. Now, I can’t say much on the actual Paleo ‘lifestyle’, but I was curious as to what these meals entailed and how beneficial they were to the reader. One of the books that caught my eye was quite sizable, red with white font and had a very catchy artistic flare (I’m an artist, so design and style typically catch my eyes first). The book was titled Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong. I asked my friend what she thought about the book, and with such a genuine “it’s great!”, I knew I had to learn more. My friend preceded to tell me about how she had been suffering from intense gastrointestinal issues over the last couple of years. She had tried everything, but the only thing that helped was changing to a Paleo diet. After months on the Paleo eating path, she had lost 30 lbs and looked and felt great. I have to admit I was excited for her; and excited to read more about this Nom Nom Paleo.
I didn’t borrow Tam and Fong’s book from my friend, rather I placed a reminder to purchase the book on my weekly to-do list. By the following week, I had completely forgotten. Life does that sometimes, even with the to-do list. But during my weekly shopping trip to Whole Foods, as I was just about to head for the register, I found myself standing in the middle of the store between the bakery, lotions and cold drinks with a sense that I was missing something. I stood there for a good minute or so, when I decided to turn to my left. And there it was: Nom Nom Paleo. I couldn’t believe it; the universe had placed the book right before me since clearly I wasn’t going to remember to look for it myself. I grabbed the book, took it home and devoured it.
Now when it comes to recipe books I rarely devour them, and often times they just become an addition to my oh so big collection. But Nom Nom Paleo was different. Tam and Fong managed to create a book that included so much amazing content that I just didn’t want to put it down. That’s crazy considering it’s a cook book! What I enjoy the most about Nom Nom Paleo is in it’s approach to preparing food: it needed to taste good. That’s pretty much my m.o. when it comes to food preparation, and it was such a delight to see a wide variety of tasty, healthy and fun recipes for the entire family. With nine chapters that provide you with the basics of Paleo cooking, and then chapters divided by protein, soups, salads and treats; the book has quite a bit to offer. I can see why Nom Nom Paleo is a New York Times’ Best Seller!
The Paleo Diet may not necessarily be for you, but Nom Nom Paleo does have a little something for everyone. If you know of someone who has the book already, ask to give it a whirl. You can also check out the Nom Nom Paleo website, which includes a number of recipes that are also included in the book for free. But as always; remember to do your own due diligence before embarking on any program. Know what’s best for you and your body and trust your instincts.
**Please note: This review is strictly the opinion of the writer and no form of compensation was received for this review.