How To Get Started Eating Paleo

We are all brought to eating paleo for different reasons.  For some of us, eating paleo is a way to alleviate our symptoms.  For others, it is simply a way to eat healthier or lose some weight.  No matter what brought you to paleo eating,  the hardest part can be getting started.

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How To Get Started Eating Paleo

We read little tidbits, here and there.  We research the rules of eating paleo.  We go out and purchase tons of fruits, veggies, and grass fed meats.

But, then, what do we do? 

For me, the greatest help, was finding a program I could easily follow.  I also wanted a program that would address my carb cravings.  Although I had gone gluten-free months before,  I was eating lots of gluten-free breads, corn chips, pretzels, and pasta.  I would also need a paleo program that would work with my special autoimmune needs.

Through my research, I found the perfect paleo program, The 21-Day Sugar Detox, by Diane Sanfilippo,Buy hereeating paleo How To Get Started Eating Paleo ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a 1936608111
.  Her program had everything I needed.  I ordered her book from Amazon immediately.

Every month, Diane begins a new group to do The 21-Day Sugar Detox, together.  If you like group support, I highly recommend starting your program with one of these groups.  She posts daily motivation, check-ins, and updates through emails and Facebook.  I’ll provide the links at the end of this post.

I began my group program on January 6, 2014.  Every day, I posted about my experiences on Boho and Mo, my holistic lifestyle blog.  In case you haven’t read any of these posts, but, would like to,  I’m giving you links to each day’s post.  I highly recommend reading them, to get a sense of how the program works.

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Reading these posts can give you a sense of what it’s like to follow a paleo program.  It’s much easier than trying to go about eating paleo on your own.  And, following this particular program, can help you get rid of those sugar and carb cravings.

My decision, after following The 21-Day Sugar Detox, was to continue eating paleo.  The fact that I felt so much better made it a pretty easy decision for me.  It is so much easier to follow a pre-set program, than to try to do things on your own.

I would like to let you know that I do not receive compensation for this opinion.  It’s simply the method I used to begin eating paleo.  I understand that not everything works for everybody.  But, I truly believe, this program will make going paleo so much easier for you.

Resources:

http://www.the21daysugardetox.com

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Facebook Page

Order the book on Amazon

Did you have success with a different introduction to paleo eating? I would love to hear about your tips and successes. Please Comment!

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I Can’t Afford To Eat Paleo!

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How To Afford Paleo

This is the complaint I hear most from the people I talk to about going paleo. I simply can’t afford paleo! And, they have a point.  If you look at most of the information out there, you get the impression that the only way to go full paleo is to only buy and eat grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free-range chickens, blah, blah, blah.  In a way, it makes you feel inferior if you can’t always afford the elite meats and vegetables for you and your family.  Paleo, in my opinion, is about feeling better, not worse.

Well y’all, allow me to let you in on a little secret.  It is not necessary to purchase and eat only organic, grass-fed, free range, and pastured produce and meats.

In the beginning, when I first started eating paleo, I drove myself crazy, running from store to store, trying to find all of the products recommended through various sites and blogs.  Then, the foods I did find were so expensive, I had to purchase only enough to get me through the week.  It was a vicious cycle!  And, all that running around was stressing me out to boot.

Now, when my pocketbook gets a little tight,  I make a few concessions.

Those fruits and vegetables listed on EWG’s Dirty Dozen, I always buy organic.  But, anything on their clean list is fair game.  It is important to wash all of your produce, organic or not, in a bath of vinegar and water.  Just add a couple of spoonfuls of vinegar in a sink of warm water.  I’m also very careful about not purchasing GMO (genetically modified) foods.  If you’re unaware of the dangers of GMO foods, here’s a great resource.  Should your town or city have a farmer’s market, try to get out there and get to know your local farmers.  It is always better to buy local, if you can.  Where I live, the farmer’s market is closed all winter.  Even during the seasons it’s open, it’s pretty small.  Luckily, we have a couple of grocery stores that sell locally grown produce.  The key is to shop smart! Buy organic or locally grown when you can.  If it’s on EWG’s clean list, feel free to purchase standard.  Just make sure to wash it.

Okay, let’s get into meats and eggs.  I have found it close to impossible to find grass-fed meats, pastured pork, and free-range (not fed any grains, corn, or soy) poultry in my neck of the woods.  The best I can get my hands on are a couple of grass-fed beef items at my local Trader Joe’s.  Other than that, I’m S.O.L., unless I order online.  There is no way I’m placing an order online every time I want pork chops!  So, here’s what I do.  I set a budget every month on how much I’m willing to spend on meat.  Staying within that budget, I order the items I eat the most, bacon, beef liver (cause it’s really cheap), ground beef and a nice beef roast.  If I have a little extra money, I might purchase a couple of ribeye steaks and some pastured pork loin.  For my poultry, I purchase organic chicken legs and thighs, which are cheaper than breast.  Once in awhile, I’ll buy a whole organic chicken.  Usually, I’ll roast the chicken and make broth with the bones and organs.  For chicken breast, I usually buy a bag of frozen from Trader Joe’s.  It’s not organic.  But, I do trust them as a retailer.  I know they try to sell the highest quality products.  As far as eggs is concerned, I buy organic.  I know it’s not optimal that they are fed a vegetarian diet (corn, grains, soy); but, it’s all I can get out here.  So, there!  It’s really not a problem for me right now; because, I can’t eat eggs while I’m on the elimination phase.  But, when and if I can add them back, I will buy the organic ones.

There are plenty of times when I need certain foods, after running out, that I just try to make the best choice possible.  Pork is a big one.  Sometimes, I just want pork chops or a nice steak.  When this happens, I try to make the best decision I can.  I typically go with companies I trust.  I purchase leaner meats. Just an FYI, the fat of an animal usually contains the most absorbed toxins.  The leaner the meat, the less the chance of contamination.

Bottom line, you don’t have to be rich to eat paleo. Everyone can afford to eat paleo.  Most of us have been spending money on take out, fast food, and restaurant meals.  Now, hopefully, you’re making more of your meals at home.  You are going to receive the benefits of eating paleo, even if your diet doesn’t consist of all organic, grass-fed, elite meats and produce.

So, go out, to your regular grocery store, and get some meats, produce, and eggs.  Start eating paleo!  Don’t let anyone scare you away with their tales of grass-fed, la-de-da meats.  Do what you can!  You and your family will reap the healthy rewards.

If you need any help or encouragement, please leave me a comment.  I love helping people fit paleo into their lives.

RESOURCES:

Online Meat Sources-

US Wellness Meats

TK Ranch

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Two of My Favorite AIP Paleo Snacks

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Coconutty Bacon Wrapped Dates- Favorite AIP Paleo Snacks

Snacks are great for when you need a quick pick-me-up! I’m not a big snacker.  But, when I want one, I want one! One of the most difficult aspects of the elimination paleo diet, is finding allowable AIP paleo snacks. I mean, you can’t have chocolate, nuts, or almond flour (which is used in most of the paleo baking I’ve seen).

So, as usual, I had to get creative.  I actually have three recipes for you, two are with dates. The one I usually make depends on my laziness or busyness when I want a snack. The third recipe is for “ice cream”. I probably didn’t need to put that in quotes because it does use cream, coconut cream.  Without further ado, here are my recipes for my favorite AIP Paleo Snacks.

Quick Coconut Stuffed Dates

You can make as many of these as your little heart wants. All you do is grab a date, slice it in the middle, remove the pit, stuff it with coconut oil, and sprinkle the inside with dried, shredded coconut. That’s it! You just eat ’em up! I warn you though, they’re very rich. Usually, I can only eat two.

Coconutty Bacon Wrapped Dates

Again, you can make as many of these as you want. I’ll just give you the how-to for four.

4 Dates, pitted

2 Slices Bacon, cut in half

1 Tbsp Shredded Coconut

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Wrap each date with a half bacon slice. Place on parchment paper covered pan. Sprinkle each with coconut. Bake in oven to crispness level you prefer. I usually bake mine for 45 minutes. Remove from oven when done. Let sit for a few minutes before eating.  They tend to be really hot inside! Once you can eat them, they are delicious. They’re a great combination of salty and sweet.

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

1 Frozen Banana, cut into chunks (I freeze mine in chunks to make it easier)

4 Frozen Strawberries

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. If your blender has an ice crush setting, use it.  Check your blender’s manual to see which setting to use for frozen foods. Use the setting specified. Blend until you get an ice cream like consistency. Mine is usually done in 30 seconds.  Even my hubby likes this recipe! And, he’s an ice cream connoisseur!  You can also mix different fruits in if you like. I’ve made blueberry as well.

I hope you enjoy these simple AIP paleo snacks!

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Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

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