Today is February 1, and that means that my family has just made it through one whole month of a lifestyle change with regard to food. Yay! I can’t say it’s been easy, but it’s definitely been worthwhile. We’re still on a learning curve, so I was very pleased to receive a preview copy of the new book from the Paleo Parents, 3 Phase Paleo. Since I have 3 kids, the Paleo Parents’ website was one of the first ones I discovered when I began researching “how to go paleo” back in late November/early January of last year. Little did I know that a blueprint was right around the corner—and this is it! I spent the entire month of December piecing together the type of information that you can read in their book in just a few hours.
The simple philosophy behind the e-book is that transitioning your family to a Paleo lifestyle can be more easily accomplished if you look on it as a 3-stage process: Swap, Remove, and Heal. This is what I knew instinctively when I started to implement this for my own family, so it was encouraging to read that it really does work (Stacy and Matt have lost over 200 pounds together and their whole family has experienced better health as a result of their dietary changes). I don’t know that my family will ever reach the point where we are as entirely paleo as them, but if this is your goal, this book will provide you a blueprint to follow.
- Food Swap Chart. I love a good chart and this one, in particular, was very interesting to me. Organized in a “better/best” type format, it starts with the standard American diet item (breakfast cereal) and then provides a better substitution (gluten-free ceral) and a best one (grain free granola). In that example, it even provides the page number for the recipe for grain free granola that’s included in the book. I like this because it echoes their philosophy that this is a process.
- Checklists. From what to stock in your pantry to a basic shopping list for various types of markets, this shows you the basic staples that you’ll need to keep on hand in order to prepare paleo meals.
- Color-Coded Recipes. This is the payoff for reading about the 3-phase system described at the beginning of the book: over 75 pages of color-coded recipes for each phase. At a glance, you’ll be able to tell whether a recipe is appropriate for phase 1, 2, or 3 (or a combination thereof).
- Helpful Resources. Not only are the recipes color-coded by phase, but they also include super helpful indexes in the back that group the recipes by phase as well as Nut-Free and Egg-Free for those with additional dietary restrictions. Also, there are links to recommended products, books, kitchen tools, other paleo experts, and even some coupons!
The book itself is an e-book, which means that you can instantly download it upon purchasing. The pages are sized 8.5 x 11 for easy printing if you wanted to print it out and put it in a binder.
The book sells for $22.95 (you can purchase a copy directly here) but I am happy to be giving away a copy for free! To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below. The contest will end on Friday, February 7. If you want to read more about the book from the Paleo Parents themselves, click here to read more about 3-Phase Paleo.