Book Review: Paleo Cleanse

Are you curious about the Paleo diet? Do you wonder if it is something to be looked into so as to improve your general and overall health? If so, then the book Paleo Cleanse by Camilla Carboni and Melissa Van Dover is a good place to start.

The book begins with an easy-to-understand discussion of the rationale behind, and the purported health benefits of, the diet. The Paleo diet is an attempt to try to eat the way that our earliest ancestors did. The diet involves the restriction of grains, dairy, and refined sugar and emphasizes the consumption of animal products, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruit. The diet is thought to help to improve any symptoms associated with inflammation within the body, provide consistent energy, and promote optimal weight.

Paleo Cleanse also provides you with tools to support you in following a 30-day program to help you to establish good Paleo eating habits. It includes week-by-week recommendations for making the change to Paleo eating, including menu plans, recipes, and coping tips.

About the Authors

Camilla Carboni and Melissa Van Dover are the founders of the website, The Paleo Pact and the authors of Quick & Fantastic Paleo Cookies. Their site offers recipes and resources for those following a Paleo diet.

Strong Points

  • The book is well-written, well-organized, and easy to follow.
  • It offers a lot of practical support and tips to help you to switch to a Paleo way of eating.
  • The book will clear up misconceptions that you may have about the diet.
  • You are offered lots of options for choosing meals that are appealing to you.


  • While the suggested meal plans look like they are quite nutritious, they look like they might not be filling enough for someone with a strong appetite.

Is This Book for You?

I think that this would be an excellent starter book for anyone who is interested in trying the Paleo diet. It provides lots of practical support, information, and healthy recipes. 

Remember that you should always discuss making any major dietary change with your doctor before embarking on a new style of eating.

If you have IBS, the diet does seem to hold some potential for being of benefit due to the reduction of inflammatory foods, however, there is little research on the subject. If you have IBS, it is strongly recommended that you get tested for celiac disease before starting the diet. People who have IBS are at increased risk for celiac disease. However, in order for the testing to be accurate, you need to be eating gluten at the time of the testing. Since the Paleo diet involves the restriction of gluten-containing grains, you should be screened for celiac before starting the diet.

Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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