Believe it or not, it’s going to be easier than you think.
Step 1: Go here and print out Robb Wolf’s excellent Quick Start Guide. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Step 2: Go here and print out Robb’s Food Matrix.
Step 3: Now go here and download the indispensable PDF’s from Diane Sanfilippo at Balanced Bites. Let me know when you get back.
Step 4: If you’ve got a few extra bucks go here to purchase Diane’s excellent Practical Paleo Nutrition Guide.
Now follow the guides. Seriously. It’s that easy. Ok, the cleaning out of the pantry might be difficult particularly if you have kids or a significant other scowling at you as you box up the cereal and pasta for the homeless shelter. On this I can offer a suggestion. Before you get all gung ho and start re-hauling the kitchen, have a sit down with your family. Explain in very simple terms what you are planning. Make certain that they understand how important this is to you and how much you are going to need their support. Let them know that outside the house they can do whatever they are more comfortable with, but that you would appreciate it if they would keep non-paleo foods out of the house. Don’t start a war in your house because of your health choices. They have to live there too. But I have found that if you speak from the heart and ask for support that you will get it. Don’t get me wrong. You’re still totally using guilt and manipulation to accomplish your goals, and if you have a spot-on spouse they’ll call you on it! But you will get points for being calm, sensible, and determined. It’s hard to argue with logic!
In my case, my kids are full Paleo at breakfast and dinner. They eat school lunches (gak!) and they spend the weekends with their grandparents where they are bombarded with junk food. Once you begin eating food that makes you feel spectacular it’s really hard to watch your loved ones “poisoning” their bodies. The best thing you can do for them is to set an example, encourage them when they make good choices, and try not to say I-told-you-so when they come home from Granna and Pop’s feeling bloated, exhausted, and headachy from crap food. When my kids come home from my mother’s complaining about how bad they feel I just say, “You know why, don’t you?” Being a little smug and self-righteous on occasion is okie-doke. Just don’t overdo it or it’ll backfire!
One thing I will suggest in between #1 and #2 on Robb’s Quick Start Guide is this: Plan your menu for the week. I cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared. Ask any Boy Scout and he’ll tell you I’m right. Know what you’re cooking for the whole week and buy accordingly. Because the majority of your food is now fresh it will spoil fairly quickly and nobody likes to throw out food.
And that’s really it! Those guides along with a solid menu each week are all you really need. There are a lot of books and websites out there with a lot of information about Paleo, but the truth is you don’t need more than good food, a good skillet, and a good knife to get started and that’s all, so get to it!
The next step: Staying Paleo. Don’t worry, I’ll help you there too. There will be a lot of posts coming with tips, recipes, and links to help keep you motivated. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!