Giveaway: The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking

The giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to all who entered!
So, you guys know that I’m a health coach, right?  I help people who need to or want to lose weight, learn to eat more healthfully, and generally turn their lives around from not-so-healthy habits to ones that will hopefully aim them towards longevity, health, wellness, and happiness.  I do this by educating my clients about ancestral eating (Paleo, primal, Weston A. Price) and by teaching them how to cook, grocery shop, food quality, sleep, stress management, goal setting, etc.  This is my jam!
Well, last year Practical Paleo came out.  You know, the book by Diane Sanfilippo that pretty much put into book form my entire health coaching schtick.  I mean, it’s not like I had original ideas or had done cutting edge research on my own, but I assembled a TON of material in the form of handouts and links and emails and documents.  And then gosh darn that Diane! She went ahead and wrote a book that so perfectly and succinctly summed up nearly everything that I try to teach my clients over the course of their three months with me, AND she added a fab cookbook, AND it looks way better than my collection of handouts, AND it’s a New York Times bestseller.  I’m sarcastically shaking my fists!!!
I kid.  Kind of.  I mean, I love Diane.  She’s a friend and all, and I looooooove seeing my friends succeed and kick butt at life.  She’s definitely doing that.  But you know that feeling when you have a smashing good idea and then you find out that someone has beaten you to the punch and taken your good idea and turned it into an epic masterpiece a hundred times better than you ever could?  It’s a womp-womp of major proportions.
Well, tonight I’m having that big ole womp-womp feeling again.  You see, I have sitting next to me a copy of Hayley Mason and Bill Staley’s The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking.  I’ve had it here on my desk for a few weeks now.  Being friends with The Food Lovers has its perks.  I got me an advanced signed copy, thankyouverymuch.  And then I opened it and took a look at the content and then MORE FIST SHAKING!!!

30 day guide to paleo cooking

THIS!!!!  This is the other book I wish I could have written for my clients.  This is the book that is for anyone and everyone who is just entering into the world of ancestral eating and needs a guide, a hand-holding guide that will take you through what it means to eat well, eat responsibly, and eat healthfully.  This isn’t some complicated science book that will confuse you with all kinds of biology lessons.  This isn’t some kind of anatomy book that will outline all the enzymes and hormones in your body.  This isn’t some kind of fancypants cookbook that is full of dishes that are just out of reach of the average home cook’s skill set.
My friends, this is a book for the masses.  This is for those of us who are regular work-a-day people who are trying to eat well, who are trying to learn more about the quality of our food, who are trying to put good, clean meals on the table for ourselves and our families.  And to boot they throw in some success stores for inspiration.
This is the everyman’s (or everywoman’s) guide to eating Paleo.
A month’s worth of meal plans and recipes.  Shopping lists, page after page of info on what’s in season, what flavors go together, what fats and oils are recommended, how to grow your own food, what to drink, how to answer Paleo FAQs, snacks, quick meal fixes, and of course the recipes all with gorgeous photos.
Why didn’t I write this book?!?!?!  I’m kicking myself!!!
But!! If I didn’t write it, I’m beyond thrilled that my friends did. And let’s be honest.  They have done a better job with it than I ever could.  AND! I now have a beautiful book to use with my clients.  Looks like we all win.
Speaking of winning, I just so happen to have a spare copy of The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking.  Yes I do.  And I’m going to send it off to a lucky reader.
Here’s the scoop on how to score this hot little number for your very own. A random drawing is in the offing and here’s how you can enter:
1. Leave me a comment and tell me how you started down the ancestral eating path.  If you haven’t yet started eating Paleo, primal, or Weston A. Price, tell me what has attracted you to this way of eating.  Share your story with me!
2. Sign up for my newsletter for an additional entry. I swear there will be no spam or excessive letters from me clogging your inbox.
3. Come on over and join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for even more entries.
4. One bonus entry if you pre-order the book I did write, Fermented: A Four Season Approach to Paleo Probiotic Foods.  Just forward along your pre-order confirmation to me via email and you’ve just earned yet another shot at winning The 30 Day Guide.
Here is the fine print:  Because I think this book is so great, I’m going to leave this giveaway open for 5 days.  You have until Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at noon EDT to enter.  I’ll then pull one name at random, and that person will be the winner.
Get on this one, folks!  You definitely want to win this!
And just as a disclaimer, I am friends with Hayley and Bill, but these opinions are my own and brutally honest.  I really do love this book this much, and I really do wish I had written it myself.  Whenever I write about a book or product on this site, know that the opinions expressed are always my own.  Here is a link with my own personal rules and promises about reviewing anything on  Honesty will always come first whether it is flattering or not.


  1. Amy Ayers
    June 13, 2013 10:17 pm

    I’ve been eating Paleo for about 9 1/2 months now. I inquired with a friend of mine about an article from Mark Sisson that he post on Facebook about giving up grains and the benefits to your body by not eating them. I thought it sounded like something that I could do, so I decied to give it a try. I did it slowly….started out by cutting down the amount of bread I was eating and cutting out dairy (except for the soy latte I loved from Starbucks). This went on from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Labor Day weekend last year brought about a birthday party for my husband. I decided to eat and drink whatever I wanted. I will say that I had a great time and enjoyed everything I consumer. HOWEVER, I felt beyond awful for the 3 days following his birthday. I decided then and there that I was going into Paleo 100% and nothing less. I started 100% Paleo by doing a Whole30. And I haven’t looked back!!
    Since I went 100% Paleo, I’ve been able to go off the 6 medications I was taking daily (for asthma, allergies, and IBS). My overall health has been fantastic! The exczmea I’ve dealt with for more than 21 years is 99% gone. While I haven’t lost weight (that was never my intention), I have leaned out and feel a lot better about my body. I am SO greatful for what Paleo has done for me that I’m starting to get a lot of inquires from friends about going Paleo. YEAH!!

  2. renee bertola
    June 13, 2013 11:59 pm

    I just got Practical Paleo in the mail. I heard about Paleo through some of my FB friends and got curious. Started following several Paleo FB pages and it seems good just want more info before I start and I have NO idea how to cook Paleo so winning the cookbook would be incredible!

  3. Heidi
    June 14, 2013 12:09 am

    I did the Whole 30 in January after much research at the end of last year. I was astonished how good I felt, all the time. I did lose a couple of kilos, which was icing on the cake. Even better, I re-discovered my love of cooking and creating things that my family and I could enjoy. I’m having so much fun with the experimentation – even the complete flops! We’ve recently moved to a new country, so I’m on yet another journey to find some of the special things I “need” in my pantry (like coconut oil), but it has increased the fun-factor and the exploration of the new environment. It’s brought a whole lot of enjoyment to me!!

  4. Joan
    June 14, 2013 12:10 am

    I found this great doctor who started my on and eating plan. I didn’t know there was a name for it at first, but then a friend told me it sounded like Paleo and I’ve been doing more research and finding more ideas. I am so thankful for blogs like this! I lost 52 lbs in the first 6 months. I’m at a lull now, but definitely feel so much better.

  5. sandra pierce
    June 14, 2013 12:22 am

    I am still trying to figure it out. it’s scary. right now, I don’t eat bread, drink milk, or eat eggs. just don’t eat the right things, and often eat way too much of anything I do eat. last year I lost 70 pounds on Medifast and then promptly gained back 60 of it. feel like a total failure and don’t know how to get off the diet roller coaster….I’ve dieted my way up to 100 pounds over where I should be…still trying, just don’t know where to start… thanks

    • Jill
      June 14, 2013 6:23 am

      Sandra, making changes to your diet and lifestyle takes a period of adjustment. But stick with it! You will be amazed at the changes you can make if you stay determined. Paleo or other ancestral eating paradigms are not a short-term fix for anything, but in the long run you will definitely reap the rewards. I’m rooting for you!

  6. Monica
    June 14, 2013 12:43 am

    I’ve flirted with paleo just to see how it tastes. I know I’d see greater results if I really gave it a chance. It was crossfit where I first heard of it.

  7. Rachel
    June 14, 2013 12:53 am

    I am new to the Paleo way of life. Today is my 3rd day. So far I have kept everything simple but could really use help with recipes. This book would be a great resource. I’m a retired OIF Army veteran and after 2 back surgeries I found Robb Wolf’s book and am tryi g to get my life back. Thank you to all of you who have taken your passion for health and shared it with those of us getting started. It has sure helped me. 🙂

  8. Tina Bremer
    June 14, 2013 1:09 am

    Would love to get this book!! <3
    Thx for the opportunity 🙂

  9. Lorna W
    June 14, 2013 1:18 am

    My husband and I started Paleo about 2 months ago. We have quite a few different friends that have been trying to convince us to try it for about 2 years. We finally have in. We feel so much better! Glad we have pushy friends! 🙂

  10. Heather B
    June 14, 2013 1:18 am

    I was introduced to the world of Paleo when I did the 21 Day Sugar Detox this past January. I had wonderful results in my skin, focus, energy level and even weight loss. I wanted to stick with Paleo afterwards, but have had a very hard time doing so on my own. In two days, my son, who is 6, is going to start a summer of gluten free living to see if it will improve some health and hyperactivity issues he has been experiencing. Our family Dr. recommended that the whole family go gluten free for four months to see what it could do for all of us. I am actually looking forward to this new healthy plan for my family, but I definitely need ideas and advice for family meals!

    • Jill
      June 14, 2013 6:18 am

      Good luck this summer, Heather. When I started eating Paleo over three years ago, giving up gluten was tough. But now that I’ve done it, I haven’t looked back. It is worth the initial adjustment period!

  11. Danielle
    June 14, 2013 6:23 am

    I knew I always ate fairly well, but I knew something just wasn’t right, why was I always tired, battling adult acne, and carrying a little too much weight!? I’ve tried a few diet plans just to lose a little weight, but always fell off the wagon. Eat this, not that, count this, low fat, sugar free…yuck! I’d look at the labels on the food I was instructed to eat and it was just impossible to figure out what I was adding to my body!! Then came paleo! No counting, no unpronounceable food ingredients, delicious food-count me in!!! I’ve been primal/paleo for about 5 months now and I just can’t say enough positive things about it. Once you make the commitment to eat REAL food, there is nothing else that compares to it! I can’t help but share this with everyone who asks. Yes, sometimes it’s difficult explaining it to those skeptics, but the outcomes speak for themselves! I would love to add this cookbook to my collection to keep the yummy recipes flowing!! Thank you!

    • Jill
      June 14, 2013 6:26 am

      I’m right there with you, Danielle. I could have written your comment myself three years ago. Thanks for your entry!

  12. Laurie
    June 14, 2013 6:27 am

    My husband and I are new to paleo. I just got my daughter started preparing meals for her family and am wanting her to be as successful as possible, especially for her two young sons. This book would definitely be helpful for all of us!

  13. Stephanie McAllister
    June 14, 2013 7:37 am

    I’m looking for ways to easily adapt to the new lifestyle of Paleo cooking. I was trained by the food guide pyramid in the 90’s for a degree in nutrition & I’m trying to learn this complete different way of cooking, especially needing week-night meals the family will all love. I’ve been GF for 6 months, but cooking mostly the same traditional foods for the family, it’s time for us to get all on the same page…I need good recipes! 🙂

  14. Kelly F
    June 14, 2013 8:01 am

    I initially got started on the Paleo path to clean up my diet and lose weight. I still struggle a bit with it and this book sounds like a great tool to help!

  15. Lee contreras
    June 14, 2013 8:23 am

    I first found out about Paleo from the fat burning man podcast. I stumbled upon this podcast after getting tired if my playlist and needing to hear something different while i sit chained to my desk. I have not started paleo but have been doing major “google” research on it. It’s a bit overwhelming all the info. this book would be great way to start into paleo. I have tried a lot of other diets and I have lost a lot of weight I still have more to lose. I had never felt like those diets were healthy way to live. After finding paleo I realized this was what I wanted to do. This is the healthy lifestyle change I needed. Win or lose, I’m still getting this book and in 30 days I’m gonna be lighter and on my way to a healthier rest of my life.

    • Jill
      June 14, 2013 8:25 am

      Good for you, Lee! This book is definitely for folks like you who are just looking for a way to start and a guide to get them going. Good luck!

  16. Grace
    June 14, 2013 9:42 am

    I have been trying to start paleo recently but I’ve been having some trouble due to a lack of ideas, preparation and knowledge.
    I’m an expat living in Tokyo so living a paleo lifestyle is kind of difficult since rice or noodles is a part of most meals here.
    I want to change my lifestyle for weight loss and overall better health and well being. I love the idea behind the paleo lifestyle because its clean, healthy food and it includes all the foods that I love.
    I’d really love some more inspiration and guidance to help me succeed in a healthier life! 🙂

  17. martine
    June 14, 2013 9:51 am

    I’m eating paleo to maybe abble to walk again (I am in wheelchair)
    I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest

  18. david
    June 14, 2013 10:54 am

    Just getting started and I am in learning process.

  19. Greg Ripley
    June 14, 2013 11:15 am

    I came at paleo/primal/ancestral eating through my exposure to MovNat a few years ago. I was attracted to a healthy natural lifestyle with diet as one piece of the mix. I am also now a MovNat trainer and recently finished a masters in acupuncture.

    • Jill
      June 14, 2013 1:13 pm

      Wow! Acupuncture is something I’ve never tried, but I’m sure it would help me out with a few little aches, pains, and anxieties I have. Good for you!

  20. Liz
    June 14, 2013 11:20 am

    I started eating Paleo about a year ago; A friend of the family had mentioned this book they read that made a lot of sense. I went to the bookstore, curious as I was studying to be a Personal Trainer at the time – and picked up a couple of books about the Paleo eating plan. I decided to try Paleo then and haven’t looked back since then 🙂

  21. Hayley
    June 14, 2013 11:39 am

    I discovered this lifestyle when I was looking for ways to recover from autoimmune disease and hormonal imbalance. It has been several months and I’m doing a lot better. I really hope my health continues to improve! Could always use more info and recipe ideas.

    • Jill
      June 14, 2013 1:12 pm

      Hayley, autoimmune diseases are rampant in my family which is one of my reasons why I’ve stuck with paleo. Good luck! And thanks for entering.

  22. Shannon
    June 14, 2013 2:58 pm

    I don’t eat paleo but I try to eat as cleanly as possible. I pretty much live at the farmer’s market and I looooooove veggies 🙂 The hardest (but most impactful) part was cutting out white bread and white flour as much as possible from my diet. I’m interested in the cookbook because I’d love to get more ideas for healthy meals for me and my husband and would love to try throwing some paleo meals into the mix. I bet he won’t even notice!

  23. Teresa Toten
    June 14, 2013 3:08 pm

    I have not yet started on my paleo way of eating yet. I have been researching different books on the subject and I keep coming back to your facebook page for advice. I am 60+ pounds overweight and I have tried every “diet” out there with some successful until I strayed from the restrictive of the “diet”. I hated counting calories or points or carbs… I always lost weight on each diet but gained it all back plus some as soon as I strayed. Everything I have seen you post on facebook and all the websites I have visited regarding the paleo lifestyle, I believe that I can do this. I plan on ordering several books and would love to win this one. I want to regain my health…for myself and for my family. I want to lose weight and become the me that I know is in there and not just the me that everyone sees. Why? Because I am worth it.

    • Jill
      June 14, 2013 3:33 pm

      Teresa, you ARE worth it! And I know you can lose the weight you want to lose. Health is within reach for everyone. Thanks for entering!

  24. Katherine
    June 14, 2013 3:57 pm

    I found Paleo right after I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, during an extremely stressful period of my life. I am happy to report that I have not had to use any medications to manage my illness!

  25. Amy
    June 14, 2013 4:31 pm

    My friend turned me onto Paleo. The meals were easy to prepare and very tasty. I definitely feel better when I can stick to that style of eating and I want to share it with others.

  26. Ashley
    June 14, 2013 4:34 pm

    I already follow you on every possible social media site!
    I started eating ancestrial or clean because I was put through test after test my senior year of college, food tracking and every allergy test there was with no outcome except what I called ‘stomach attacks’. I was also told I was probably pregnant and it was too early to tell, which is just hilarious. #fail
    Shortly after being put on medication that I was strongly against taking, my sister and brother-in-law started the whole 30. I thought they were crazy not eating brownies and pasta. Then I read It starts with food and I’ve been mostly clean ever since. Oh, and stomach attack/medication free unless I have a cheat that reacts poorly!

  27. Kim Bolton
    June 14, 2013 6:10 pm

    I started eating paleo about two months ago, so I REALLY need this book to help me get started!! It has gone well so far, and I feel healthy and happy about what I am putting into my body! I follow you on facebook and just signed up for your newsletter.

  28. Micah
    June 14, 2013 6:10 pm

    I have not tried the paleo diet, but I have read some of Weston A. Price’s research. I would love to start incorporating paleo meals into my diet and see where I end up!

  29. Brianne Strong
    June 16, 2013 1:41 am

    We are working on transforming our diet into 100% Paleo. I have PCOS, and need to eat less grains/carbs, and am lactose intolerant. My husband and son both have a gluten intolerance, so this is the lifestyle that just made the most sense!

  30. Janet
    June 17, 2013 2:30 pm

    I started following a Paleo/Ancestral diet after being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The specialist I was seeing put me on a diet that cut out all starches, sugars and processed foods. I discovered in my quest to find recipes that worked with the diet that most of them were ones I found on Paleo/Ancestral blog pages. Eating this way helped me lose about 50lbs and got my liver back into shape.

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    June 17, 2013 2:32 pm

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  35. Jennifer
    June 17, 2013 8:09 pm

    I suffered from ill health after fifteen years as a vegetarian. So, recently adopted a more traditional diet.

  36. Jennifer
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    June 17, 2013 8:23 pm

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  40. Jon Darnes
    June 17, 2013 9:55 pm

    My wife has rheumatoid arthritis, so we try to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet.

  41. AliciaVB
    June 18, 2013 5:34 am

    My loving husband dragged me into the box last summer, I was “in shambles” according to him. After doing CrossFit for a couple weeks, I felt a million times better. I wanted to feel 10 million times better, though. The hubs talked about paleo and clean eating and that everyone in the CrossFit world was doing it. I ate strictly paleo for about a month, saw some amazing changes and felt so much better it was unreal. Since then I’ve been 100% paleo, 80% of the time 🙂

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