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This is gonna be a doozy, just warning ya. If you want the short version, I recommend 3 Phase Paleo to anyone and everyone. If you want to know why and what to expect inside the (virtual) pages of 3 Phase Paleo, read on!
If you want to skip ahead and just buy the book, you can do so here>>>Click here to learn more about 3 Phase Paleo. There is also a GIVEAWAY FOR A FREE COPY AT THE END OF THIS POST!
Since beginning my Paleo journey, I have looked up to Stacy and Matt tremendously and utilized their blog and recipes as go-to resources when I was in need of direction or inspiration. Now that I have been eating Paleo for over a year, I’ve gotten the hang of how I can make this a sustainable lifestyle, but only after much trial and error. Initially I tried going Paleo cold turkey, and it worked for me at first. It was all very exciting and I felt great! However, I soon felt trapped by all the restrictions of what was technically Paleo and what was not. I hadn’t properly educated myself on how to make the transition, and I hadn’t done my research on why certain foods are or aren’t Paleo. For a while I became more lax with what I was eating, because I hated the feeling that certain foods were off limits. Knowledge is power, and I truly believe I wouldn’t have struggled like that had I known the science behind why certain foods aren’t Paleo. Now that I understand how grains prevent the absorption of nutrients you need, and how dairy is often the cause of acne and bloating, it makes it much easier for me to turn down the breadbasket at dinner, or say “no, thank” you when someone offers me a cupcake.
This may all seem like a huge tangent, but what I’m trying to get at is that Paleo is a lifestyle, and not a fad diet. Diving headfirst into it without a proper understanding of the science and reasoning behind it is not the way to set a foundation for a sustainable lifestyle. So what is the right way to adopt the Paleo lifestyle? This is where 3 Phase Paleo comes in! Even though it is designed with a family friendly approach, the 3 step approach is applicable to anyone. 3 Phase Paleo is hands down the best resource out there for people who want to make the switch to Paleo but find it a daunting task. Stacy and Matt show that it doesn’t have to be a “task” but rather a natural and smooth transition.
The 3 Phases (Swap, Remove, Heal) break it down so that you can ease into the lifestyle. Phase 1, Swap, guides you on how to start small by removing gluten and refined sugar, and swapping out the processed foods with more natural ones. Phase 2, Remove, instructs you to remove all remaining inflammatory foods, such as dairy, legumes, all grains, and processed fats and oils. Phase 3, Heal, takes the lifestyle one step further by introducing healing foods and lifestyle choices to optimize your health. I LOVE the 3 Phase approach, it’s feasible, accessible, and logical. I’m a logical person. And let me tell ya. This is logical. Throwing away everything in your pantry and removing all gluten, grains, dairy and soy at once when you and your body are accustomed to consuming those on a daily basis? Not so logical. Your body and your mind need a chance to adjust with a deliberate transition, and Stacy and Matt have done all the work for you. So! Anyways, on to specifics about this wonderful eBook.
3 Phase Paleo begins with Stacy and Matt, a.k.a. the Paleo Parents’ story; they share how their switch to the Paleo lifestyle led to significant health improvements for their entire family. They also establish the basics about what Paleo is, and why you should try it. After this, Phase 1 is introduced. Stacy and Matt emphasize that to make this work for your whole family you have to make it fun and “pace the changes according to your own family’s needs.” At this point, they explain what gluten, refined sugar, and processed foods are, and why they are eliminated during Phase 1. Any sort of planning that you think it may take to start this transition is already done for you and outlined in Phase 1, including a grocery list, food swap list, and going out guide. They do all the thinking for you! Now you have no excuses.
Phase 2 is then outlined. Grains, dairy, legumes and processed oils are ruled out at this point, and substantial scientific reasoning is given for this. Need convincing for why foods like peanut butter are no-go’s? You can find that in this section! Next up is my favorite section. As a part of Phase 2, a handy “How to Stock a Paleo Pantry” guide is included. Stacy and Matt list and thoroughly explain the staples that they keep in their Paleo Pantry. They even include their favorite and the most trustworthy brands, and where you can find them (with clickable links!)
In Phase 3, nutrient density is emphasized, and they explain how their top 4 favorite nutrient dense foods can boost your health recovery. Something I really admire about the Paleo Parents is how much value they place in establishing healthy habits as a family, and they include the importance of this as a part of Phase 3 as well.
Throughout this first part of the eBook they include links to blog posts that relate to the topic being addressed, as well as helpful external resources. Products and terms that may be unfamiliar to some (i.e. Tamari) are hyperlinked where you can purchase the product and find out what it is. Oh the perks of eBooks! Everything is so accessible!
The next part of 3 Phase Paleo is the recipe section, with over 70 of the Paleo Parents’ favorite recipes, each one color coded depending on which Phase the recipe is relevant for. All of the recipes are easy to follow and obviously very nutritious (I mean, they’re the Paleo Parents, what else would you expect?) They’re all also very family friendly, so for anyone who thinks that getting their family to enjoy eating Paleo food will be difficult, all you need to succeed are these here recipes! I swear your family will not be missing pizza or bread when you start serving them the Paleo Parents’ Bacon Wrapped Meatballs and Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits. One of their recipes that has been on my bucket list is included too, Chicken Liver Mousse. When they first posted it on their blog I was intrigued, but I completely forgot about it until now, so I’m glad I came across is again because I’m making it pronto, because #organmeatsheal (am I right Stacy? 😉 )
To make your life even easier, they also included a recipe index by Phase, a nut-free recipe index, and an egg free recipe index! Pretty much all food intolerances are accounted for, which is awesome! The final bit of the eBook includes all of the Paleo Parents’ favorite resources, from bloggers to food products to kitchen tools to books (alllll with clickable links!)
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed 3 Phase Paleo, despite the fact that I, as a 20-year-old girl in college, am not the target audience! I learned so much from it and I know I would’ve benefited tremendously from this resource at the start of my Paleo journey. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone, no matter what your family situation is and no matter what stage you are at in your health journey. I think we can all learn a lot from Matt and Stacy’s story, guides, recipes and 3 Phase approach!
I’m fortunate enough to offer one lucky person a FREE COPY OF THE 3 PHASE PALEO EBOOK! Enter the giveaway below by subscribing to the Paleo Parents, liking the Paleo Parents Facebook page, and liking the Primal Bites Facebook page! This Giveaway will close Saturday night at 12 pm ET. Best of luck! Anyone who does not win the giveaway can purchase the book by clicking the link I provided at the top of this post that says, “Click here to learn more!”