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I am thrilled to be able to read and review The Paleo Parent’s new e-book 3 Phase Paleo.. I’ve been following Stacy and Matt on Instagram, Facebook and I also listen to her podcast weekly and am a big fan. When I heard about the e-book 3 Phase PaleoI thought it was a great idea, because so many people I try to tell about Paleo say “I could never give up all that.” It just seems like a lot for someone eating the SAD to just cold turkey give up grains, alcohol, sugar AND dairy. The 3 phase approach helps a newbie easily transition. It’s kind of an innovative approach to the Paleo lifestyle. But in all honesty doing SOMETHING is always better than doing nothing, right?
Step 1: Remove gluten, processed foods and refined sugar foods
Step 2: Gradually eliminate grains, dairy, legumes and processed oils
Step 3: Try introducing healing foods like bone broth and organ meats
I like this approach because when someone who eats a SAD (standard American diet) sees you cooking up your sardines with lard, or frying up some turkey livers, naturally they will be scared off. But when you give people options to transition in without feeling like they need to be “perfect” to do it right. I think the thing that frustrates me the most when I try to pitch the Paleo lifestyle to people (no it’s not a diet) is that it seems like if you’re not perfect, there’s no point in doing it. That’s not true at all. You can make small changes gradually and still make a difference. For instance, I’ve been doing this for about a year and just recently have started becoming curious about organ meat. I also have not cut everything out at once. Transitioning to this type of lifestyle is a process, not something that happens over night, and I think Stacy and Matt have now made this process seem practical, less elusive, and do-able since it is now written down on paper. They even include handy guides on different ingredient swaps, similar to the 21 Day Sugar Detox, product recommendations and Nut-Free and Egg-Free recipes.
The only qualm I had with the book is it seems like A LOT of the recipes included bacon (duh- these are the Beyond Bacon people…they’re pork experts). Not that I don’t love bacon, but in my area it is hard to find nitrite & hormone free bacon and when I do find it it isn’t cheap. Plus pastured, hormone free or not, it’s not the greatest to be loading up on bacon 24/7 in my opinion. And I feel like Paleo gets a lot of crap for being the “bacon” diet. So I don’t want to contribute to that false perception.
Not that I’m doubting all the recipes that include bacon would be absolutely delicious- it’s just that I can’t afford bacon that’s worth it and if you omit the bacon in many of the recipes I’m assuming they wouldn’t be as good (obviously).
Bacon woes aside, this book is highly recommended for ANYONE trying to dip their toes into the Paleo lifestyle. If it scares you, this book may be the place to start. You don’t have to do everything at once! Anything that will convince people that living and eating this way is WORTH it I am a total fan of!
The recipe that I made last night from the book DID have bacon! I couldn’t resist. I found some Whole 30 compliant bacon at a local organic food store and decided to use it. Although the recipe calls for beef bacon I used plain ‘ol pork. It was yummy! We had it for dinner last night but I could easily see it making a great brunch recipe.
Disclaimer: If you choose to purchase the e-book through one of my affiliate links, I do receive a portion of the sales. The e-book was provided to me free of charge, however all opinions and recommendations are my own.
What do you think the most challenging thing about eating Paleo would be? (or is)