Paleo-where do I start?

A friend of mine recently sent me a message asking about paleo and whole30. My response was extremely long, and I realized I have a lot to say when it comes to food, so I decided I’d share it here in my blog  in case it can help someone else. Here’s our conversation.

Hi!! How are things? I wanted to pick your brain if you don’t mind.. Lindsey and I need to cut out gluten. We had her tested and thankfully she was negative for Celiacs but they are concerned she has a major gluten intolerance. I have been contemplating Whole 30 for a while, since I seem to be sensitive to everything, but now seems like a good time. We are already dairy free but my naturopath wants me to cut out sugar as well. I’ve done a bunch of research but am feeling super overwhelmed. You always post such awesome recipes and ideas! I am wondering if there are a couple cookbooks or books that you would recommend for a beginner? Any thoughts would be so appreciated ๐Ÿ˜Š
Hey! Man….I’m so sorry to hear that. But, the good news is once you convert your pantry and get in a routine everything will feel normal again. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

So whole30 is amazing, but it is extremely strict. It might be overwhelming to do 100% with a child, but the benefits are worth it if you can stick with it. The Whole30 cookbook is a must read if you want to do the program because it explains everything you need to know, including why you should do it. Plus it has a bunch of delicious recipes too. 

I love Juli Bauer from paleomg. She’s on social media and has paleomg.com She is my favorite paleo blogger/author. Her recipes are consistently delicious, but she does have a lot of tempting paleo baked goods and desserts sweetened with honey, maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar (which might be ok, but not sure if your naturopath wants you to cut out all forms of sugar?) She has The Paleo Kitchen cookbook and Juli Bauers Paleo Cookbook. (I have and love both!)

There are so many people out there that have healed their bodies with food. You might want to follow @livinglovingpaleo @daniellewalker aka Against All Grain (she has a great cookbook too. I don’t have it yet, but I asked Santa for it, so we’ll see ๐Ÿ˜‰) @rockinmomskitchen @thewholesmiths and definitely @paleomg for inspiration. 

If you decide not to go the Whole30 route, just google paleo recipes, pick one out that sounds good, and go buy all of the ingredients for it. You’ll slowly convert your pantry each time you make a new recipe. Also, don’t feel bad tossing the regular sugar, flour, chips, pasta etc. from your pantry ๐Ÿ™‚ once they are gone, you won’t be tempted to use them anymore! You can replace pasta with spiralized zucchini or spaghetti squash. And over time you’ll be surprised that you won’t really crave the chips and junk anymore. 

Ok, obviously I’m pretty passionate about healthy food, so please feel free to ask any questions anytime. 

I hope this was helpful for you! 

One last bit of advice, and this might be the most important, you have to be organized and plan out your meals. 

I make a menu/list and shop for everything on Sunday so that I don’t have to think about it at all all week. (Sounds time consuming/complicated, but I promise it’s worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) You have to plan ahead and shop, especially if you are going to do Whole30…otherwise you’ll be more tempted to eat “off-plan” foods. 

Ok, now that I talked your ear off….I hope everything goes well for you! Keep me posted on your progress and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help! 

And Merry Christmas!!! ๐ŸŽ„

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