Thank You for Your Patience

May 2, 2013 in Categories: by

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The Paleo Approach by Sarah BallantyneUgh.  Writing a book while being a full-time stay-at-home mom with young kids, an active blogger and podcaster, and while being focused on healing from an autoimmune disease is hard work!  Especially because this book is rapidly entering encyclopedia territory in terms of size and scope.

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I want to thank all of you for being so patient with me while I frantically try to finish my book.  I know I haven’t been posting as frequently on the blog as I did pre-book (and the frequency has been even lower in recent weeks).   And it will probably remain low for a couple more months.  And for the next two weeks, you might not be hearing from me much at all!   Although, I won’t be completely dropping off the face of the planet — I do have some great guest posts, some great recipes of my own, some product reviews, and more teaser excerpts from the book coming soon.

I have about 2 weeks left to finish all of the writing (ack!) and draw sketches of all the medical illustrations, and then two weeks after that to type up the well over 100 recipes (haven’t counted lately, but there’s more than I had initially planned… I think about 120 with about 20 still in development that I may or may not finish on time) and go through all of the recipe photos (huge job).  Frankly, I’m not sure how I’m going to finish (but, I will).   And when I do finish the writing and recipes, I will be going immediately into the editing phase.  Normally, authors get a bit of a break between when they turn in material and start getting edits back from the publisher.  I won’t because the first half of the book is already being edited and graphics elements are already being created.

I hear that editing is even more demanding than writing, although frankly, I can’t even imagine how that is possible.  I don’t even have a good idea of what this process involves.  I know my book will go through at least two editors (and I think it might be three).  I know that there will be a lot of back and forth in terms of design elements, the medical illustrations,  other graphics and actual edits to the text.  I’m hoping that the experience of writing 14 peer-reviewed scientific papers during my time as a medical researcher, as well as writing a PhD thesis, will have helped prepare me for this.  After all, how can editing a book possibly be worse than editing a paper published in a top tier journal?  Don’t answer that.

This book has taken a toll on my health and on my family.  I am stressed.  I am not getting enough sleep.  I’m not experiencing a flare or anything (phewf!), but I have been very emotional and tend to lose my patience uncharacteristically easily.  My kids miss my attention.   I miss paying attention to my kids!   My husband and I joke that we’ll have to start dating when the book is over so we can get to know each other again.  Frankly, I am greatly looking forward to being done with it.

So, where am I at?  I have three written chapters left to write (although bits and pieces of two of them are done) and two weeks to write them in (just to compare, Chapters 2 and 3 each took me over two months to write).  Two of these chapters should be fairly straight forward (I tackled this book with the hardest parts first, and boy am I ever glad I did!!!).   The other will require some research on my part, which means it will be a fair amount of work to finish.  I’m at 180K words (granted 15K of that is references and 5K is instructions for illustrations and graphics elements)–not including recipes which are all still just written in notebooks–and we are starting to push the boundaries of what we can physically bind (the backup plan is to go with a slightly lighter weight paper rather than cut out any important information or go with a small font, which I am adamantly against doing).  It is unfortunately too late to switch to a hardcover binding… maybe for the revised edition.

I greatly appreciate that so many of you have expressed such excitement over this book.   I know you will not be disappointed!   The Paleo Approach going to be a tremendous resource and guide and it is definitely a project that I am immensely proud of.  Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered (your pre-orders help boost book store orders, so they are very important!).  And, thank you so much to everyone who has shared my blog , podcast, and my book with your friends and families.  Thank you to everyone following me on facebook, twitter and pinterest.  And a VERY BIG thank you to everyone who has donated through PayPal and supported me by linking to amazon from my blog (remember, you don’ t need to buy the item you link from!).   This makes such a huge difference for me, I can’t even begin to thank you enough.  Every little bit counts.

And, thank you for your patience.  I hope that by mid-summer, I will be back to my prolific self on the blog.  And hopefully, sooner rather than later, I will back to my normal self at home!  And hopefully I will someday look back on this time and feel that it was all worth it.

Once again, thank you for your support.

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No need to reply to this because I know how busy you are. But you are DOING SUCH A GREAT THING! I know it is hard, you will get through it and have a little respite in there to do something fun with your family and get things back on track. This book is going to help so many people. I cannot wait for it to be released and I just want to thank you for your sacrifice in getting this book out there for all of us to learn and benefit from.

I third!!! Thank you for all of your time and effort writing the book. I am very new to this- just over a month doing AIP and I read your site almost every day for ideas and knowledge. Thank you for doing this! I would love to write a testimonial if you need more- I have type 1 diabetes and hashimoto’s and have seen some really good things since I started eating this way- and I have learned so much about my gut! keep you rchin up and know you have so many people like me out there who appreciate you!

Hi I’m kinda new to Paleo Diet and the Paleo Mom . Congratulations Sarah on your book and like Tara said in last comment no need to reply to this but would like it to spin to your readers perhaps I can get feed back from them.
Im at a crossroads in my world of food. I’ve actually have been eating for my blood type O for 3 yrs with great success until recently have developed issues w my health such as food allergies-itchy skin and labs that indicate a autoimmune issue .To heal my gut some foods on list are according to the blood type O way of life a Avoid Ex: Anything coconut . So with that said I am having a hard time with my eating things I have completely avoided for 3 yrs. although I’m willing.
The O blood type foods have mostly meat fish and veggies and fruit very low grains and legumes so it is somewhat similar to the Paleo.
I’m not here to say one is better than the other or start a posting war . My intent is sincere and I just want to heal my gut and get better. I’m slightly confused as to the food list for the autoimmune protocol .For example sweet potatoes are a night shade and according to info here it’s on the list for Avoid. I purchased the other cookbook the autoimmune cookbook that is promoted on this sight and they have sweet potatoes in recipes . I’m very new to this and have been on overload with the info I’m reading. I could have missed something but can some one help me out ?
Thank you all for any info that might help me .

Hi Sandra–I know it’s a whole lot of information. I’m making sure to include detailed food lists in the book to make it easier for people. Sweet potatoes are actually from a different family from all other potatoes and are not nightshades. So, you can eat yams and all varieties of sweet potatoes (japanese, purple, etc.)

Hey Sandra, welcome to Paleo. I tried the blood type diet myself a few years back. I think some of the basic principles are good but I think there is a lot of personal variation and there may be no need to restrict foods because they are on your “avoid” list when you don’t feel any reaction to them. So if coconut doesn’t seem to bother you, might as well try and see how it works for you. Incidentally I am type A but I feel really good eating lots of meat and no grains/legumes – I think when I ate a lot more carbs I felt “loaded down”, like it was difficult for me to process it all.

Hey Sarah, don’t worry about the blog – you have so much great info and recipes here already! Your fans will be here for you when the book is done. And quality is better than quantity when it comes to blog posts IMO ;-p Just post on FB and let us know whether you had a good day or a tough day – the book writing process is really interesting!

I’ve been a fan of your blog for several years now and can’t wait for the book to come out. I know it will be really helpful with my autoimmune issues (lupus and sjogrens). You didn’t mention an index in either your trying schedule or your space allocation. I hope you’ll be able to include a good one so we can use the book as a reference. I’ve been a professional freelance indexer for many years. If you need any help with the indexing side of it, I’d be glad to contribute to your monumental effort. Be kind to yourself during the last few bits of the process.

In your book “The Paleo Approach” , is there scientific peer reviewed references? My son was asking me questions about how I manage my RA, through diet and lifestyle, but him being a scientist ( in Astrophyics) wants to see scientific research.


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