I am SO, SO excited about this journey and am hoping that you are too. My husband was not in the least bit excited about our Paleo journey until he saw a change in me after my first two weeks. After two months, he is on the same train I am and it is wonderful to have my spouse and best friend reading from the same page of the same book.
How did I find success with a less than supportive spouse the first few weeks? A few things:
- Sheer determination
- The desire to be pain free
- The NEED to be migraine-free
- My desire to have more energy
- Those little dresses hanging in my closet
- I armed myself with knowledge
- The fact that my fat pants were becoming too small
8. I REORGANIZED
I’m an out of sight out of mind kinda gal. If I’m watching TV and see a bowl of ice cream, I crave ice cream, so I go get some from the freezer. Or if I’m digging in the pantry for a snack for the kids and see a delicious cheese-filled-cracker, I grab a pack and scarf it down. If I get the hankering for cereal, I grab the cereal because it’s generally in my face and screaming my name. If I wanted a cookie and didn’t have any cookies, I’d bake some up really quickly and have a freaking BATCH of cookies.
My kids are not 100% Paleo yet but we’re SLOWLY working our way there. Madilyn insists on having cereal for breakfast and cereal is one of my vices.
When I made the decision to go Paleo, I moved things around in the pantry, threw LOTS of stuff away, and donated even more. This left my pantry effectively empty. I moved the kid’s stuff to the very top shelf: a box of crackers, 2 boxes of cereal, some peanut butter, and Halloween candy.
The rest of the shelves are now stocked with spices and herbs, oils, nuts, nut flours, desiccated coconut, raisins and dates, and my Paleo granola stash.
When I open the pantry looking for something, I don’t see the “products” on the very top shelf, I see my yummy delicious Paleo food. Most things are housed in my refrigerator or on the counter top in our fruit and veggie basket.
I also found success by making ahead. When I have a free moment, I make a batch of almond flour, almond butter, some “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Hummus”, or Baba Ganoush. I also use free moments to chop veggies and store them in Tupperware in my refrigerator so that when the need arises, they are ready when I need them.
I did lots of research on the web, bought Mark Sisson’s “Primal Blueprint”, and tried to find people who were also living the lifestyle. I think that it is very important to surround yourself with people who are like-minded. If you can’t find someone in your town, link up on the web! THAT is what this RESOLUTION : Paleo is all about. To be connected by people who are in need of achieving the same goals you are, be they weight loss or pain relief.
There will always be naysayers but it is YOUR body, YOUR life, and YOUR lifeSTYLE.
I bought cookbooks which has been the most important factor in all of this. My first purchase was “Make it Paleo” by Bill Staley and Haley Mason. It has been invaluable to me. The recipes are both simple and complex. There were recipes in there that I was familiar with and could relate to that made me realize that Paleo is not so far estranged from a diet that my endocrinologist put me on several years ago. I fell in love with Paleo through this cookbook.
My next purchase was Mark Sisson’s “Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals”. I needed more ideas for breakfast and lunch and this book gave me just that. I LOVE the Primal Hot Cereal. I’m not going to lie, I’ve missed oatmeal and this “hot cereal” gave me just what I needed in terms of a warm, comforting, morning meal. I also fell in love with an eggplant & fennel salad. I make it at least once a week now.
I just got “Paleo Comfort Foods” for Christmas and we are THOROUGHLY enjoying the meals from there too. There’s a recipe for shrimp & grits. Need I say more?
There are plenty of other sites that provide recipes online if you are not in a financial position to purchase any cookbooks, and many of these cookbooks are available in e-versions for your Nook, Kindle, or other e-Reader. That said, I prefer a cookbook over using my computer in the kitchen so many of the dinner menus that I provide will be recipes from these books. If they are not already on the web, I will not be providing the recipes in order to protect the authors and my own integrity. My advice to you is to invest in at least one good Paleo Cookbook.
I think that if you stay with us and check in every week, you will find success with Paleo, despite any adversity you may face.
So now for my weekly DINNER MENU:
Saturday: Fish Tacos from “Paleo Comfort Foods” with Creamed Spinach
Sunday: Pork Tenderloin PB&J from “Paleo Comfort Foods” with Carrot Timbales from “Paleo Comfort Foods” and a salad with O&V
Monday: Primal Chili from The Foodie & The Family This will make enough for lunches too!
Tuesday: Chicken with Hayley’s Marinade from “Make it Paleo”, Haricots Verts (Green beans) with sliced almonds, and Dirty Cauliflower Rice from “Paleo Comfort Foods”. You can find an alternate recipe for Dirty Cauliflower rice here, at Elena’s Pantry.
Wednesday: Vidalia Onion Soup from “Paleo Comfort Foods” & Salad with CROUTONS!!!!
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Thank you for joining me on this journey. Good luck to you, and seriously…I’m HERE FOR YOU!