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HELP! We are new to Paleo and desperately want to succeed.

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My husband and I are new to eating and living Paleo. He is 6'0'' 300 lbs and I am 5'9'' and 230 lbs. We have 2 kids and we want to start living a Paleo lifestyle. Any and all suggestions I can get are greatly appreciated. I am currently reading The Primal Blueprint and will move on to The Paleo Diet next. Thanks!!

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8140 · March 06, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Have some other things around to offer them instead--kids love black olives, pickle spears, veggies to dip in something. Try to stay positive--instead of "no, you can't have gold-fish crackers" try, "sorry, we're out of gold fish crackers, but we've got black olives or you can dip things (veggies) in this yummy dip."

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15 · March 05, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Excellent post. I would like to reiterate: YOU MAY FEEL A LITTLE YUCK THE FIRST WEEK. If you've lived your whole life eating 80% carbs and sugar, you will feel bad at first, and it may be more than a week. Supposedly, it can take up to 3 weeks to overcome "carb flu" so hang in there.

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0 · March 05, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Thanks for the advice. I threw out all the SAD food in my house - which was difficult considering I have young children addicted to gold-fish crackers and pretzels.

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8140 · March 06, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Have some other things around to offer them instead--kids love black olives, pickle spears, veggies to dip in something. Try to stay positive--instead of "no, you can't have gold-fish crackers" try, "sorry, we're out of gold fish crackers, but we've got black olives or you can dip things (veggies) in this yummy dip."

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8140 · March 05, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Don't read too many books right at first or you'll find yourself really confused by the variance in details from one author to the next. The only other thing that you might want to read right now is "Eat Like a Dinosaur"--this book is for families with kids. It has kid-friendly recipes, a kid-friendly story to help them understand paleo, and lots of support and suggestions for you as parents making the transition. BTW, make sure you have the latest version of The Paleo Diet. Cordain has changed his recommendation that the meat must be lean (although grass fed meat tends to be lean anyway). Later, once you get the hang of the basics, you can read everything else out there and tweak your diets as you go along.

Right now, your job is to get rid of the SAD stuff in your house (all products containing grains, industrial seed and nut oils, and crap ingredients (natural and artificial flavors, sugar and artificial sweeteners, anything a five year old can't pronounce, anything with more than 3 ingredients on the label, etc.).

Plan a few week's worth of menus from the books you have on hand. Plus, there are TONS of recipes on Paleo sites online. Try to plan simple meals, not fake paleo versions of SAD foods. Some simply prepared beef and a few veggie sides cooked with plenty of fat is better than a fake paleo pizza, for example. But of course, do what you have to do to ease your kids into this.

Then go shopping--preferably at a Farmer's market--to buy fresh, organic vegetables, nuts, and fruits, grass fed meat, pastured eggs, wild caught fish. Stock up on natural fats--butter and ghee if you decide to keep dairy, real olive oil, and coconut oil.

NOW, you are ready to begin. You may feel a little yucky the first week, but hang in there and prepare to feel AWESOME!!!! And pat yourself on the back for doing something extremely healthy for yourselves and your children. They may not immediately appreciate it, but you are giving them a huge gift that will help them be healthy for a lifetime.

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15 · March 05, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Excellent post. I would like to reiterate: YOU MAY FEEL A LITTLE YUCK THE FIRST WEEK. If you've lived your whole life eating 80% carbs and sugar, you will feel bad at first, and it may be more than a week. Supposedly, it can take up to 3 weeks to overcome "carb flu" so hang in there.

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245 · March 04, 2014 at 11:55 PM

No processed foods, gluten and no/limited fruits. That's like 99% of paleo right there, do whatever else you like until you get acclimated, then feel free to optimize.

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15 · March 04, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I would recommend reading those books, then asking any questions afterwards. I would imagine those books will answer most of your questions.

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