Well Fed on Food and Money?

Iryna Yeroshko

Money and gluttony go together like peanut butter and jelly, which is, in a round-about way, what I’m writing about today: FOOD.

I figured I’d review a book and trying convince you to purchase it.

The cookbook Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat may just be their saving grace. With more than a hundred recipes following the Paleolithic diet – composed primarily of meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds – this collection by Melissa Joulwan allows access to a wide array of healthy and easy to digest home-cooked meals.

Patterned after the eating habits of Stone Age humans, it is believed that these foods are those that are best suited to the body. The paleo diet avoids unnecessary calories and fat often found in grains, dairy, legumes, soy, sugar and alcohol, which are often believed to be among the causes of obesity and medical risks in present time.

Before anything, Joulwan opens the book by providing the readers with a walkthrough to paleo dieting. She even shares her personal experience adapting the lifestyle to aid everyone in preparing a paleo-ready kitchen and pantry, listing the necessary tools and food lists to serve as guides.

This book is also a good way to get acquainted with the basics of paleo dieting, as it gives a bird’s eye-view of its concepts and practices. The cookbook reflects the simple and straightforward logic of the paleo diet, as reflected in each of its pages.

Well Fed serves as a written testament that dieting does not always mean ruining eating habits, such as skipping meals or reducing food servings.

In fact, it encourages regular and speedy food preparation to sustain a person’s daily activities through healthier food options.

Unlike most diet programs, the paleo diet remains relaxed towards snacking in between meals. This cookbook even provides various options to choose from, should you feel your stomach growling for some food.

Joulwan’s cookbook is generous with the number of recipe options, ranging from sauces and seasonings, proteins, vegetables and salads, hot plates, and fruit mixes.

What’s notable here is that it also lists variations for preparing each meal, suggesting other food items that can be used as substitutes to the original meal components.

It leaves room for home cooks to improvise, especially if some food elements are not easily available. This further expands the reader’s selections in terms of meal planning and preparation, and provides an exciting play for the taste buds. Dieting does not always mean bland and lifeless food, and Well Fed effectively gets this message across.

A very kitchen-friendly feature of this book is The Weekly Cookup, which serves as a how-to in running a paleo diet kitchen like a restaurant.

The pantry is stocked with various protein and vegetable options on a per-week basis, which makes it exciting for home managers to play mix and match with various ingredients for exciting meal choices.

Using this method also improves meal planning skills and effectively shortens prep time, leaving more room for other activities. This is convenient particularly for people who are always on the go.

Cooking becomes less of a burdensome deed and more as a simple daily task, as the recipes are also very simple and easy to follow.

Following a diet plan does not always mean that you have to starve yourself in order to remain in good shape. You only need to choose healthy foods every time you feel the urge to eat.

Being equipped with numerous yet still healthy choices are probably one of the world’s best gifts to all health buffs, and it is embodied by this very friendly cookbook.

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