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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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