Paleo Principles Review

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This is the book our movement needs!

Paleo has yet to be taken seriously by the mainstream media and conventional medicine for a variety of reasons, but lucky for us, our movement is closing in on one enormous barrier: scientific validity. With the release of her new book, Paleo Principles, a comprehensive, research-based guide to every angle of ancestral eating and the lifestyle changes that commonly go with it, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne is pushing our movement light years into the future. BAM!

If you aren’t familiar with Sarah’s work, her superpower is translating many thousands of medical studies into clear, actionable guidelines for both reclaiming and maintaining our best health. Her work is a gift for both those who crave the “whys” of every tenet of this movement, as well as those who want to rest easy knowing the changes they are making are guided by scientific research.

We all thought her first book, The Paleo Approach was incredible (and many of us, including me, are healthy today because of it!), but Paleo Principles is simply the most impressive book we have ever seen on nutrition and lifestyle science. Not only does it contain a thorough scientific discussion of every tenet of ancestral eating and lifestyle, but it contains everything one needs to implement them, as well as over 200 recipes. It is the new go-to resource for anyone looking to learn more or get started with a Paleo lifestyle.

So, what are our favorite things about Paleo Principles?

  • Its focus on nutrient density. You know this is one of our favorite topics here at Autoimmune Wellness, but really, this book is just set up to help you understand the science in this area, and the endless charts and graphs help you visualize the content of what is on your plate.
  • It isn’t dogmatic. In the last few years, Paleo has outgrown a lot of the strict rules that took hold in the early days of the movement. We’re super appreciative of Sarah for including a whole chapter in her book dedicated to the areas where science isn’t so clear about what we should or shouldn’t be eating, and how to make a best informed decision with these foods. She addresses areas like grass-fed dairy, legumes, rice, and alcohol, all big reintroduction questions in our community.
  • It supports an individual approach. This book supports the idea that everyone comes to diet and lifestyle changes from a different place, and that one person’s journey may look very different from another’s. Sarah discusses the ins and outs of each potential change, helping her readers decide what might be right for them instead of making blanket recommendations. Her troubleshooting section is an absolute goldmine for those who have been eating this way for a while, but are still experiencing difficulties.
  • Did we mention the recipes? Oh, and there are over 200 incredible recipes in this book, along with meal plans for specific situations, shopping guides, and other implementation tools.

In short, this is one ground-breaking and game-changing book, and we can’t wait to see how it impacts the legitimacy of this movement as a whole.

If you are looking for a comprehensive reference to all of the science behind an ancestral diet and lifestyle, make sure to pick up your copy of Paleo Principles today!

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a cook and one of the bloggers behind Autoimmune Wellness. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, a guide and recipe book for the autoimmune protocol, and AIP Batch Cook, a video-based batch cooking program. You also can find her on Instagram.


  • Suzy says

    I love the autoimmune paleo cook book and can’t wait to get paleo principles! Thanks for all you do! Love to you and yours

    Suzy N

  • Nina says

    Yay, I am sooooo looking forward to get this book. I love Sarah, I loooove all her books so far and I can’t wait to get this gem, hold it in my hands and smell it 😀 and most importantly get all the info in <3

  • Priit Joonas says

    I was considering to buy the book named Paleo Approach. But I got confused when I saw the book named Paleo Principles. What are the main difference between them. Is the Paleo Principles more advanced version of Paleo Approach? If I should buy one of them, which one would you recommend?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Priit,
      The Paleo Approach is about AIP, and Paleo Principles is about Paleo. If you are interested in diet and autoimmune disease, get the first one!

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