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Eat Like a Dinosaur and a Giveaway!!

March 9, 2012  |  Life  |  Share

I have to start this off by saying thanks to the Paleo Parents for letting us review a copy of their awesome book “Eat Like a Dinosaur“. We are honored.

When we received the book in the mail we immediately read it to our 2.5yr old son Nolan. I think we read the story 3 times in a row. I had to stop there so we could make dinner. After dinner we sat down again and looked through the recipes and Nolan kept saying over and over, “Eat that one”. Lets just say the food looked appealing to Nolan. Now what happened next was priceless. Nolan found his pad and paper and asked me for a crayon. I asked why and he said he wanted to write a recipe.

The he handed me the  recipe. Not sure what it says though. Probably bacon and eggs.

After the kids went to bed that night it was my turn to dig into the book. I have to say I was really impressed with their approach to the book. Everything is laid out so it is really easy to understand and in an order that makes sense. I LOVE (yes all caps) that the recipes aren’t broke out by breakfast, lunch and dinner. This type of thinking just makes things harder. We love to put a big hunk of meat in the crock pot before bed and wake up to stew in the morning. The introduction to the family is great. You feel like everything they are writing is honest and from the heart. This dietary lifestyle change has permanently changed their lives for the better and it is awesome that they are sharing it with all of us.

I also, love their approach to switching the family over to a new diet. No holds barred. Just do it all at once. Rip the band-aid and get rid of all your crap in the kitchen and if they don’t want to eat it, well then they don’t eat. This is our approach with how we feed our kids too. Kids will not starve themselves. They just want to eat what they are used to or eat fruit all day. I mean can you blame them. They also mention getting your kids involved. This can be anything from picking out food or helping stir in the spices. Having our 2.5 yr old help in the kitchen can be messy and slightly dangerous (for him) at times. But, he loves helping us cook and that makes us so happy. It is amazing how many people don’t know the basics of cooking. I could go on a rant for days about this but I will save that for another time. Start them young.

I was joyed to see the section on projects. They run you through things you can do with your family, like the Farmer’s Market, U-Pick farms, Gardening and Yard Sales & Thrift Stores. These are great ways to get your family out together and show the kids how food is grown and what it tastes like fresh. Also, how to save a little money along the way.

Now to the important part. The recipes. I am honest in this review and want you all to know. This is not a recipe book where you are going to be overwhelmed buy the time or ingredients. All this food isn’t super fancy, ooh la la type of stuff. This is real food that people eat every night. BUT, I love their twists on some of the recipes. This is stuff I never would have thought about. Its funny because there are now a few really good Paleo/Primal recipe books out and for me I try not to look at them much. Believe me I use them and love each of them, but I like to come up with my own recipes. Why am I telling you all of this? Because, this book makes me want to use these recipes and get my kids into the kitchen and have them help even more. This is a very inspiring story. They have turned their lives around and they are showing you how simple it can be.

And yes, we did try some of the recipes. We had the 50/50 burgers with the sweet potato fries. This burger might have been the best burger I ever ate. No joke. I could have ate all six of them. My wife and oldest son had two each. Man I need to buy more bacon this weekend. Nolan already has plans for us to make the waffles and the anytime cookies.

So go out and get this book. I hear that they already have to reprint more copies and the book hasn’t even been released yet. Crazy good stuff.

Now for the giveaway.

We will be giving away a copy of “Eat Like a Dinosaur” and one of our SAT FAT Shirts in your size.

So, how do you win?

1. We need to get to 400 likes on our facebook page. So please share and like the page.

2. Follow us on twitter.

3. Like Paleo Parents on facebook

4. Follow Paleo Parents on twitter.

5. Once you have completed all of these items add one comment below saying you are done.

Oh and the deadline for entry is March 15th, 2012 at 12pm PST.

Thanks and good luck.


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  1. Did all 4 steps!!! Love the review!!!!

  2. Done. Followed and liked. =)

    Great site, BTW. I’m enjoying poking around on it. =)

  3. Done! Would love this book for me and my daughter. She was just diagnosed with ADHD and she is already gluten and dairy free.

  4. Wow. I couldn’t be more thrilled about this review. Your family got all the aspects of the book we cared most about. And your child wanting to write his own recipes and cook with you is warming my heart. That is sincerely what we hoped for with ELaD.

    Thank you much, Kyle. I guarantee you’ll get to those facebook followers before you even know it 😉


  5. All steps done! :)

  6. All done! Fingers and toes will remain crossed! Thanks for the chance to win truly awesome stuff. I have 1 husband and 5 kids going paleo strong! This book will help so much :-)

  7. Did all 4. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. All done!

    I’ve been following Stacy’s journey with this. My husband and I eat mostly Paleo and while my girls eat pretty healthy. I haven’t been strong enough to rip the processed crap band aid off completely. I need to just do it! Hopefully I win this awesome giveaway!

  9. Hi there, love your review! I following all on Facebook. I don’t have a twitter account but hope I can still enter the comp! Love your site. My family is much better off for it. Cheers Karina

  10. Entered your contest. Awesome shirt, BTW!

  11. Did it all!! Thanks for the giveaway!! :-)

  12. I have completed all these steps. In one week, My family and I have started the Paleo lifestyle due to my children’s doctor trying to put them on medication for ADHD which I do not believe in. I have been looking a new lifestyle change and when I learned about Paleo I new this was it. We are currently going Chemical-free too. I am just learning about this so I have just heard about the Paleo Parents. I would love to have their book just to learn more on how to help with my kids. This has been a huge adjustment but so far so good.

    Looking forward to reading your facebook site as well.

  13. Like and followed everyone – I cannot wait for the book to come out, thanks for the giveaway. And I love having a new paleo family to follow. Makes me feel like I am not alone while I change the way my family eats/lives.

  14. Done! Thanks :)

  15. This is so awesome! I’m excited about the paleo summit too! I did all 4 steps. Thanks!

  16. Happy to like, share, and follow…and glad to have found another family paleo resource!!

  17. Completed all the steps, thanks for the giveaway!

  18. All 4 are done. Thanks for doing the give-away! :)

  19. Done! Please enter me in the draw.

  20. So exciting. We are trying to transition into full paleo/primal but it can be challenging. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ps. I don’t have a twitter account so I couldn’t follow you, but I did the rest.

  21. Did all the steps. Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. Kyle and stacy I will love the shirt and the book haha but if I win I am giving away the book too awesome review!

  23. Done, done, done and done!

  24. Done! Great review! Hope to win!

  25. Done! Love the adorable pics along the way up above 😉

  26. I followed for FB! Thanks!

  27. My husband and I are new to the Paleo life. I am loving it! I can’t wait to get my hands on your cookbook!!
    Thank you for sharing!

  28. Did all the entries! Would really LOVE to win this, I need all the help I can get with paleo meal ideas for my kiddos that they will actually want to eat and not whine about… my goal is the get the entire family fully paleo as soon as possible!

  29. Liked you on fb

  30. Done 2 of the 4… sorry dont have twitter account… But pinned it instead :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

  31. I have done all steps but Twitter…do not use it. Hope I still qualify.

  32. All steps done! Thx for the giveaway!

  33. All done! Thanks!

  34. I did all the steps. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. This would be sooo wonderful. Need to make a switch! I do not have twitter, hope I can still be included! :)

  36. Done! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  37. Complete all 4 steps!!! Thanks!

  38. Done! Thanks for the chance to win

  39. Completed all the steps!

  40. All Done!

  41. Completed the steps.

  42. I have completed all the steps I could (I don’t have a twitter account). Thanks!!!

  43. Done!! Thanks!
    The burger and fries looks so good!

  44. Liked on FB. Sorry, I don’t use twitter.

  45. I liked both of the Facebook pages.

  46. I happily did all the step and am sharing this great Paleo giveaway. People need to become more aware of what they are putting in their body!

  47. Completed all the steps for the ELaD giveaway!

  48. Done!!! :)

  49. I’ve done all steps!

  50. I have done all the steps and shared your post with potential paleo families.

  51. Done!!! Thanks for the opportunity! Here’s to hoping!!

  52. MJ (from Preschool ;)

    Done, aaand done!
    Love this post, Kyle. We have lots of issues getting Thomas to eat the right things, and we do sneak in too much crap on the side ourselves, so this book would come in real handy. I’ll buy it if I don’t win it, ha. 😉

  53. What a great book review! I am already excited about ELaD and you just added to my excitement! I know my boys are going to love this book! My 4 year old already loves to cook with me and our 2 year old loves his play kitchen! :) I follow all but twitter. Havent joined the twitter world yet!

  54. Completed all 4 steps! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  55. This is a great opportunity! I can’t wait to try out these recipes!
    Steps complete! Thanks again!

  56. done and done.
    I would love to get my kids on the paleo bandwagon. they are a bit older, but still need a way to get them in the kitchen and more responsible for their own food choices. heck maybe i could get the wife on board too! :)

  57. done, done, done, and done! (Sara McHanson on facebook and @smchanson on twitter)!

  58. “Liked” on FB. I don’t use Twitter. LOVE your blog!…just found it today.


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