A review of The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo

Book Reviews

Paleo and primal diet are becoming more mainstream. More people are talking about it, hearing about it, reading about it, following it, and curious about it. There are more blogs, books, and online resources now than at any other time.

If you live alone or have a supportive family or group of friends, if you’ve been eating a whole foods diet and planning and preparing meals for years, if you have a routine down, or you’re a very disciplined person, your transition to a paleo or primal diet may go very smoothly. However, if you’re like many, the road to adopting and sustaining a new way of shopping, cooking, eating, and living will probably include obstacles that can easily lead you off course.

Whether you’re struggling with a world, or office, filled with tempting junk food, with skeptical family members, friends, and co-workers, picky partners or children, planning and packing lunches, or dealing with the rigors of travel, dealing with a tight budget, limited prep time, holiday meals, or balancing work and home life, Alison Golden’s new book, The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo: Develop Your Skills to Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Take Back Your Health, can help.

6a00e552ad01da883401901cb158d2970b-320wiUnlike books that focus on what to eat, why to eat it, and how to prepare it all, Alison’s book focuses on suggestions and strategies for developing the skills you need to make this a sustainable way of eating and living. You won’t find recipes or scientific explanations about why to eat or not eat certain classes of foods. Instead, you’ll find practical tips you can begin to apply immediately as you go about changing your diet and habits.

Are you someone who likes the cold turkey approach to changing your diet? Or do you prefer a slow and steady transition? Are you good at getting started but more challenged with staying consistent? Do you need help creating structure and routine in your life and creating organization in your kitchen and cooking? Do you let holidays, vacations, or difficult emotions take you off track nutritionally?

Are you wondering how to create a paleo diet and life that operates on autopilot, how to resist temptation and stay motivated, how to shop, organize your kitchen, and stay on budget, and how to live alongside family and friends who don’t follow a paleo or primal diet?

Whatever your style and whatever dietary dilemmas confront you, Alison Golden’s no-nonsense approach will help you clarify where you need the most guidance, work, and support. She focuses on the skills you need to successfully navigate through the process of adopting a paleo or primal diet and lifestyle and on the skills you need to sustain it. With a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior, she’s good at helping people create systems that enable them to successfully change their habits.

You can take this compact, easy to read book anywhere and use it to help you get started and to stay on purpose. You can read it cover to cover, as I did, or flip to a chapter or section that focuses on whatever issue you’re currently confronting or most curious about how to deal with. Each chapter contains strategies, tips, bullet point lists, and chapter check lists that make it easy to find and utilize the information presented.

You know what to do, now you need to focus on how to do it. That’s where Alison’s book comes in. The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo would make a great gift for family, friends, and co-workers who are new to paleo and primal living or who’ve been at it for less and one or two years. It can help you, and them, make the transition and keep going after that.

Alison Golden, a writer, blogger, coach, author, wife, and mother of two has been an advocate of healthy eating for many years and following a paleo diet since 2010. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area. She blogs about living paleo in a non paleo world and on sharing the skills she’s found essential to the process.


  • Marjorie Hill
    July 22, 2021 at 06:44

    My challenges with preparing paleo foods include: baking with honey, the healthy organic kind that it gets hard in the jar and requires some heating to soften up for mixing in the batter, and occasionally missing grains and the satisfaction that eating grains provides.

  • Brook
    July 22, 2021 at 13:43

    Snacking! I struggle with creative and satisfying snacks! I’m tired of nuts 🙂

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