A whole-foods approach to eating
“Practical Paleo,” Victory Belt Publishing

Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food. This quote from Hippocrates is the first line in “Practical Paleo” and provides the backbone for the 415-page tome by Diane Sanfilippo, a certified nutrition consultant who specializes in ancestral nutrition — based on diets before processed foods. Unlike diet books that promise quick weight loss and six-pack abs, “Practical Paleo” focuses on nourishment. In other words, put down the frozen meal and diet soda, which leave you hungry and craving a cupcake. Sanfilippo, who runs the nutrition blog Balanced Bites and a weekly podcast, believes you can do — and feel — better. The book promotes a “paleo” diet, which shuns grains, legumes, refined sugar, pasteurized dairy and processed “food-like substances.” Sanfilippo says such items can cause blood sugar problems, digestive distress and inflammation. Instead, paleo eaters favor vegetables, fruit, animal protein, nuts and healthy fats. Using colorful images and creative graphics (keep an eye out for the “Poop Pageant” in the section on gastrointestinal health), Sanfilippo condenses the science behind why she believes most people should completely cut out such foods as bread, pasta, milk, beans and soy. “Practical Paleo” includes more than 120 recipes, with special notes about common food allergens, as well as a variety of customized meal plans that Sanfilippo says will help support immunity, blood sugar regulation, digestive and neurological health, athletic performance and fat loss.

Body-painting in the interest of science
‘The anatomy of sports,’ National Museum of Health and Medicine

A free program this Saturday will put a colorful new twist on clinical anatomy.

At “The Anatomy of Sports,” planned for the front lawn of National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, medical illustrators will paint the bodies of athletes to highlight key muscles and bones, offering participants a painterly, inside-out view of the human body.

Sports medicine specialists will demonstrate how to improve athletic performance and prevent sport-related injuries.

Among the amateur athletes scheduled to participate are a soccer player, a swimmer, a cyclist and a basketball player — and organizers expect one pro, a player from the D.C. Divas, Washington’s women’s football team.

Book cover, “Practical Paleo” by Diane Sanfilippo.

The event is designed to benefit experienced athletes, novices and weekend warriors, as well as sports lovers and anyone fascinated with the workings of the human form.

“The Anatomy of Sports” will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 301-319-3303 or visit the museum’s Web site.

Maggie Fazeli Fard