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I didn't begin the Paleo diet the way most people do. Instead of making a conscious decision to learning Paleo diet basics before I started out, I arrived here through a different route.
Through elimination diets, food journals, and cutting out foods that made me tired, bloated, gave me low energy, or some other negative affect.
And then one day I realized...there's a name for this.
This is Paleo!
And now I'm able to find helpful resources on Paleo diet basics (like the resources listed below). Just by having an accurate phrase to search on Google, the world of information was opened up to me.
What is The Paleo Diet? And How Does It work?
If you've been misled to think the Paleo diet is about nibbling on berries and foraging for food like cavemen, keep reading.
Don't worry. I was in the same place not too long ago. But...then I found this definition.
The Paleo diet is a nutrient-dense whole foods diet based on eating a variety of quality meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and healthy fats. It improves health by providing balanced and complete nutrition while avoiding most processed and refined foods and empty calories.Dr. Sarah from The Paleo Mom
If you've been around here for any length of time, you know I've been talking about cutting refined and processed foods (remember this article?), and the importance of healthy fats (here's that oils article I wrote a while ago).
So guess what guys? I'm Paleo and I didn't even know it. But now that I have a word to go with it, I’m just going to stick that big fat PALEO label on me and own it. Who's with me?
In one of my recent google searches, I stumbled upon The Paleo Mom website. Of course, I was super excited. Because Dr. Sarah uses her research background to teach others the science behind the Paleo diet.
Because it's not a fad. It's a way of eating that's based on science.
And I realized that maybe there are other moms out there who wish they had some helpful beginner resources for the Paleo diet.
5 Resources For The Beginner Paleo Mom
It’s one thing to transition to Paleo for yourself. Sometimes bringing your spouse on board can be quite the feat.
But kids? Now that's a whole other ball game. It can be daunting thinking about changing the way your kids eat (think Mt. Everest type daunting). But it's totally do-able. Especially with a little help from the pros (aka people who have been there before).
Here are five awesome resources for moms getting started with the Paleo diet.
1. 30 Day Step By Step Program By Primal Palate
The 30 Day Guide to Paleo is a foolproof guidebook for your first 30 days (and more). Instead of feeling overwhelmed by these new rules and restrictions, use this guidebook to feel confident.
You'll get two 30-day meal plans (that's 60 days of planned meals WITH shopping lists), tips and tricks to Paleo, encouragement on this new journey, online support, and all the information you need to start Paleo today.
2. Prep Dish Meal Plans
Prep Dish is a subscription based meal plan service developed by chef & dietitian Allison Schaaf.
Prep Dish meal plans were created by Allison to help save you time and put home-cooked meals on the table. No meal time stress. No more answering the question, “What’s for Dinner?”.
When you subscribe, you'll get a Paleo meal plan each week! Get $10 off the annual subscription with my code: SCRATCH10 here.
3. Plan to Eat - A Meal Planning App
Plan to Eat helps busy families get healthy dinners on the table.
Instead of providing recipes, Plan to Eat provides a place to store YOUR recipes.
Use their app to collect recipes from anywhere (any websites, cookbooks, or recipe cards) and plan your meals for weeks or months to come.
4. How to Whole 30 Meal Plan For the Whole Family - by Laura At Momables
Okay, so this is a blog post that's technically about the Whole 30 diet. But, did you know that the Whole 30 and Paleo are VERY similar?
Whole 30 is just a little more strict, and is designed to only be done for 30 days. Sort of like an elimination diet. And Paleo is a diet you can do for the long haul.
This blog post has some really great information about how to make such a drastic diet change with kids in the house.
Use Laura's tips as your family transitions to Paleo.
5. Free Meal Planning Templates
During my healing journey, every time I started a new diet, the one thing that saved me and helped me stick with it (with minimal stress) was making a meal plan every week. You can grab the free meal planning template bundle here.
Also, I have a 2-week Paleo meal plan that has tasty Paleo recipes, and grocery lists too. You can get that here!
Transitioning Your Family To Paleo
The transition to Paleo can be tough. And certainly there are obstacles to overcome. But with a little help from people who have been there before you, you'll be able to make the transition as smooth as possible.
In addition to these incredible resources, check out all the Paleo recipes here on Scratch To Basics.