The Performance Paleo Cookbook Review

By now, you’ve already read about the influence Stephanie Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo has had on my AIP athlete transformation. Just in case you haven’t, you can catch up by reading this post. I received my copy of The Performance Paleo Cookbook from Stephanie herself, at Paleo F(x) in Austin, TX. She was kind enough to sign it for me and chat for a bit. She has continued to encourage me through the posts on her blog, podcast- Harder To Kill,  social media, and through her comments on my Instagram page. If you need some encouragement in your fitness journey, I highly recommend following her.

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Now, I’m going to tell you how The Performance Paleo Cookbook can help you. I know many of you reading this are following the AIP, either the elimination or reintroduction phase. You might be wondering why I’m reviewing a cookbook that is not promoted as an AIP cookbook. Well, you should also know that the AIP elimination phase is not a forever diet. You are meant to start the reintroduction of foods as soon as you feel well enough to do so. If you are a more active person, you’re going to want to start incorporating foods that help in muscle building and repairing as soon as possible. I’m not saying to go nuts (literally and figuratively) before your body is ready; but, I am saying to reintroduce foods based more on fitness needs, than pure want. This would explain why I reintroduced white rice and whole eggs before I tried chocolate and wine.

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Blueberry Pork Patties from The Performance Paleo Cookbook

Also, many of the recipes in The Performance Paleo Cookbook can be made to fit into both the elimination and reintroduction phases of the AIP. When I cooked the Blueberry Pork Patties and the Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs, I left out a few of the spices that I had not reintroduced yet. They still came out tasting awesome.

Most people come to paleo because of health issues or/and a desire to elevate their fitness performance to new levels. This was no different for Stephanie Gaudreau. After struggling with her weight, blood sugar levels, digestive problems and endometriosis, she found paleo in 2010. The benefits she experienced in health and performance were amazing. Luckily for us, she decided to share her journey and recipes with us.

Okay, so I’m done crushing on Stephanie for now. LOL! One of the reasons I love this cookbook so much, is the layout. The recipes are laid out in a particularly helpful, easy to follow way. Whether you’re looking for Pre-Workout Snacks, Post-Workout Refuel, Carb-Dense Sides To Maximize Recovery, or Protein-Packed Meals To Build Strength, you can find them without a problem.

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Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs from The Performance Paleo Cookbook

Another reason I love The Performance Paleo Cookbook, is the amazingly delicious recipes! There’s recipes for Savory Salt and Vinegar Coconut Chips, Five-Minute Tortillas, Korean Bibimbap, Pumpkin Pie Superfood Pudding, and so much more. I made the Blueberry Pork Patties and Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs first. They were both perfectly tasty.

You’ll also find Meal Strategies Based On Your Workout, which shows you how to schedule your meals for the time of day you workout to gain the best performance; a Meal Combo Chart, which is a specific meal planning chart, using the recipes in the cookbook; and, explanations of why and what nutrients you should be providing your body before and after each phase of your workout.

If fitness is a part of your healing protocol, you will totally appreciate The Performance Paleo Cookbook as an addition to your resource library. To get a more into the science of the nutrients needed for top performance levels, be sure to check out Stephanie’s book, The Paleo Athlete. You can pick up a copy here.

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I try to provide you with the best recommendations for your own healing journey. Any time I recommend a book or product that you have to pay for, I want to be sure it’s a quality, helpful product. I think sometimes we get caught up in all the free information and recipes we’re given by bloggers. We forget that in order to provide us with so much free information, bloggers also need to make a living. Just like any company or brand, they’re providing a service or product. When I purchase a blogger’s book, I view it not just as me buying their product, but also as me thanking them for all of the free recipes and information they’ve given me. It’s my way of helping to support them, so that they can continue to give me their expertise. It’s just a different perspective that may make it easier for you to spend your hard earned money on your favorite bloggers’ goods.

As always, I wish you good health……..and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts, here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol

A couple of months ago when I visited Paleo F(x), I met Stephanie Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo. Since starting paleo, I had found her to be an inspiration in her blog and Instagram posts. I bought her new cookbook, The Performance Paleo Cookbook, in the hopes that I would soon be able to use it. As she signed my cookbook, I chatted with her about my situation of having my autoimmune diagnosis and symptoms sideline my Crossfit training. She was able to offer me some encouragement and motivation. I left our chat session with a renewed commitment to become the best AIP athlete I could be with my autoimmune disease.

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Meeting Stephanie Gaudreau from Stupid Easy Paleo at Paleo F(x)

Once back home, I formulated an AIP fitness and diet plan that would allow me to take things slowly, while still giving me the fitness and endurance gains I was looking to attain. As for my diet, I would be following the autoimmune protocol, with the successful reintroductions of soy free eggs and white rice. I would also forgo any new reintroductions until I saw how my body handled the stress of training. It’s important not to add too many stressors at one time. That’s a quick way to send your autoimmune system into overdrive. When formulating an AIP fitness plan, it’s important to go low and slow.

To begin, my AIP athlete fitness plan consisted of weight lifting, yoga, and very little cardio. I scheduled two days of lifting with 5 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training) running. Basically, I would run as fast as I could for 30 seconds, then do a slow jog for a minute and a half, and repeat until my 5 minutes was up. I scheduled yoga for two days, and three days for total rest. I followed this schedule for three weeks before kicking it up a notch.

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Becoming The AIP Athlete

To gain some knowledge on the best way to incorporate the proper paleo diet into my new training program, I read Stephanie Gaudreau’s book, The Paleo Athlete. To help put together the most effective fitness diet, you need to know the right nutrients to feed your body at the right times. Stephanie’s book is very efficient in explaining the whats and whys involved in pre and post workout nutrition. It’s also helpful that it’s written from a woman’s perspective. She understands the special needs of a female athlete.

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The AIP Athlete: Combining Fitness & The Autoimmune Protocol

With the information in The Paleo Athlete, I was able to plan my AIP athlete diet. For inspiration, be sure to check out my Instagram feed. I always post my meals for the day, including any pre and post workout meals. The trick is to be sure you’re feeding your muscles properly with the necessary mix of proteins, fats, and carbs. It isn’t as hard as I thought it would be to keep my diet AIP while training. In fact, it’s been pretty darn easy.

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Perfect Post-Workout Meal, Tuna salad over greens and a baked sweet potato

Obviously, I’ve been working at becoming the ultimate AIP athlete since the beginning of May. Since then, I’ve followed my plan and adapted to different situations my autoimmune disease presented, like joint pain, bloating, and other fun stuff. The important thing is, I didn’t quit. I kept going. Because I kept going, I am so happy to announce that I will be starting Crossfit next month! That’s right lovelies, I’ve reached such a great place in my healing, I am able to go back to Crossfit!

See, it can be done! You too can reach and even surpass your fitness goals.. Don’t let your autoimmune disease, or any illness, stop you from reaching for your dreams. You just need to formulate a realistic plan to attaining your fitness goals. Perhaps, you don’t want to be an AIP athlete, you just want to get a little yoga in every week. Or, maybe you were a runner before your diagnosis; and, you want to try to start running again. No matter what level of fitness you want to succeed at, you can’t do anything if you don’t take that first step. Make a plan. Stick to it. Adapt where necessary. Succeed! That’s it!

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Reach your AIP fitness goals!

Now, it’s your turn. I want to know what you need help with. I’m not going to take you by the hand and do everything for you; but, I can lead you in the right direction. Are there any other AIP athletes out there? Have any of you had fitness success on the AIP? If so, how? I want to know it all! I’m planning on devoting a few posts a month to fitness, Crossfit, and AIP sports nutrition. Is that something you’re interested in, or is it just me? Let me know!

As always, I wish you good health…….and, good food!
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*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thanks for helping to support my blogging efforts here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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