**This post is sponsored by Paleo Parents, however the thoughts and opinions are all mine. Paleo Parents are not medical professionals, and neither am I. This is a post about a lifestyle that I follow, and a book written about that lifestyle. Before starting any new health regimen, please consult your regular care physician. Thanks.
I know this isn't your typical Wednesday post, but I get a lot of questions about what I eat. For three years I have been eating food that is free of grains, sugar, dairy, and caffeine. Crazy right? So the question that pops up the most is, "what on earth do you eat?", and my simple answer is chicken and avocados. But there is a lot more to my diet than that. Today I'm going to share with you the Paleo Lifestyle. I say life style because it's so much more than a diet, and with the help of a new ebook, 3 Phase Paleo, understanding and committing to the Paleo Lifestyle has never been easier.
Last fall I discovered Paleo Parents on Instagram, after following Danielle Walker. The Paleo Parents are amazing and have written two cookbooks, Eat Like a Dinosaur for your celiac/paleo kid, and Beyond Bacon, which is literally filled with Bacon/Pork madness. I bought it for my mom for Christmas and there is something in there called "Bacon Jam" that you can dip apples in... Hello! Following them on Instagram is a lot of fun and very informational because their entire family eats paleo, even their young boys! What started out as a mission for better health for Stacy, has turned into a lifestyle for the entire family.
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3 Phase Paleo is completely different from any other Paleo book I have purchased. This book introduces you to the Paleo Lifestyle in a way that looks at whole health. Do you or someone you know suffer from an autoimmune illness? Do you suffer from seasonal allergies or food allergies? Are you looking for a way to cut out unwanted chemicals and preservatives out of your family's life? This book will give you information that can answer any and all of those questions.
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But in addition to answering questions on the whys of the Paleo Lifestyle, 3 Phase Paleo takes it a step further by helping you transition into Paleo in three phases. In Phase One you start by cutting out all gluten, refined sugars, and chemical laden and processed foods. The book includes (printable) shopping lists, and a chart to show you just how to move from over processed foods to "paleo" foods. For example you go from pancake syrup, to pure maple syrup, to grade B maple syrup. You can move from regular cold cuts, to organic cold cuts, then finally to proteins made at home, cutting cold cuts out completely. This information in Phase One is extremely valuable, especially if you'd like to move your entire family, kids included, over to a Paleo Lifestyle.
Phase Two includes cutting out grains all together, dairy, processed oils (corn, vegetable, soy, canola), and legumes. They give you substitutions for each, and let you know where to find the recipes later in the book. Cutting out all grains and processed oils is difficult, I know that for sure, but what this book does is give you clear guidelines, products they favor (and not because of endorsements), and ideas on how to eat a Paleo Lifestyle at home and on the go. This includes a list and photo on how to stock a Paleo Pantry, and a guide on how to eat at some choice restaurants on the go.
Finally in Phase Three, you will get an introduction to healing foods, bone broth and fermented foods included. As someone who suffers with a few autoimmune illnesses, this information is informative and invaluable. I'm a firm believer that food can heal you from the inside out. In Phase Three you will find out how to use healing foods to do just that and more. This is a major part of the Paleo Lifestyle because many of us who follow it, rely on it to keep us healthy.
Now for my favorite part... The Recipes!
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I'll be honest with you, going from a Gluten Free diet to a Grain Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free diet was scary. Three years ago I cried that I had to give up rice and my Starbucks Ventis. Today, I grateful for the discovery that the majority of foods I was eating, while they were gluten free, were causing me major health problems. In discovering that I was allergic to most grains, whether they were gluten free or not, I felt like I would never eat anything but chicken and avocados. I couldn't have been more wrong, but it has take me three years to feel like I'm eating good food again, and not just rabbit food. Recipes like these in 3 Phase Paleo make it easy and delicious to maintain my Paleo Lifestyle. From the very basic, but delicious, Easy Peasy Pancakes, to the amazing Spaghetti Squash Alla Carbonara, you will not go hungry without free reign on fast food. I promise.
What I liked about the recipe section were the easy to follow directions (since I'm not the best in the kitchen) and the beautiful pictures of food that made my mouth water. Most of the recipes require ingredients that are easy to obtain, nothing crazy that you may or may not have to order on Amazon. And many of them are kid friendly, or can be made that way, since this is a book for the entire family.
This book grabbed my attention immediately because it is a fool proof way to make a major lifestyle change. Eating this way is not easy, it takes prep, it takes commitment, but with this book, you could be on your way to a chemical free, preservative free lifestyle in just three easy phases. If you have been thinking of eating the Paleo way, or if you suffer from an autoimmune illness, take a moment and check out 3 Phase Paleo. It's a great way to start out the year, to jump start your health, or make that change that you have been thinking about.
I'll admit that there are some days that I really wish I could just drive thru and order my dinner. There are days when I wish I could just grab a bagel and a coffee and go. But I can't, not without seriously getting sick. I get that choosing a Paleo Lifestyle seems like a simple choice for me, and on most days it is. But I'm grateful for finding a way to stay healthy, not just for me, but for my family. I can't be mom if I'm sick and in pain, so I've committed myself to this lifestyle. After reading this book, I'm even thinking about phasing my family into a more Paleo way of life. If you have ever wondered what I eat, or why everyone is gaga for Paleo, this book will give you all the details. Recipes included.
To purchase your copy of 3 PHASE PALEO click here.
**This post was sponsored by Paleo Parents
***Absolute Mommy is now a proud affiliate of Paleo Parents
If you didn't read last weeks post, I've found a new mantra.
Last Tuesday I spend the entire day drowning in girl scout obligations.
It wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't run out of printer ink.
Or if I would have gotten then chance to shower.
Pony tail and extra deodorant for the win.
Oh, and don't forget the dry shampoo.
You can laugh all you want, but this was set as an event and an alarm in my phone.
I bought my ticket so fast that my confirmation was sent at 9:02.
Tickets went on sale at 9:00.
Now, I've requested the days, so lets all pray it goes according to plan.
I put my heart out there again, and you all were so kind and generous in your comments.
I'm sure not everyone would agree with my post, but having the support of such
a rich blogging community means so much to me.
Thank you a million times over.
The same day I posted my scary post, my oldest gal made me a loom bracelet.
Our neighbor and friend gave Caitlin a loom and now we are in the thick of it.
If I could just figure out how to finish the bracelet without it falling apart!
Google and YouTube here I come!
It's cookie time for us Girl Scouts in Fresno.
And all I can think about is Troop Beverly Hills.
Where on earth is my shopping patch???
Wore my Lisa Leonard necklace and then proceeded to snap a photo of my ugly bedroom.
I swear it looks like me and the Hubbs live in a Fraternity house!
The rest of the house is good.
Our bedroom is bits and pieces of whatever people were getting rid of.
Except for the bed.
We got a Cal King a few years back!
I'm a little sad this project has taken a back seat.
I'm trying to really make it a priority and hammer out some writing time.
It's hard to post original content here, and then more original content somewhere else.
But I'm working on it.
The other night when I got home from work, this little miss was still up.
I went and got in bed with her and she asked if we could
take some pictures with my phone.
We took about eight, but I like this one best.
Sometimes you just have to surrender to the selfies.
Saturday night I had every intention of writing and blogging.
Really pumping out some posts, getting set up for the week.
I had an entire evening to do it too, but I had zero motivation.
Then I sat down and watched an episode of Girls.
What is it about Girls that motivates the writer in me?
This quote was one of the best of the half hour.
After she yells that at Adam her boyfriend, she says something like,
I'll be here living my truth, you go on and live yours.
So here is a little bit about our life lately. It's been busy and full and messy. So not much has changed except Mommy wears more make up, she can't always be home for dinner, and she's going to need a little more time to settle in.
For the record I didn't wear the jacket or scarf at work.
But I kind of like the way this all goes together.
I look like one of those people on Pinterest who are walking carefree in the park,
holding a coffee, and an awesome tote bag. But I'm not because,
I don't have anyone to take my pictures.
Also I'm wearing my wedding ring again, because now I have somewhere to wear it.
Scarf: Eddie Bauer Outlet (this year)
Denim Jacket: The Gap (circa 2001)
Actual outfit worn for my return into the wonderful world of retail.
Lace shirt: Kohl's, Lauren Conrad (fall 2013)
New Black Skinnies: Ann Taylor Loft (after Christmas sale 50%off)
Layering tank: Target
Brown Boots (my old stand bys): Kohl's (2012)
I had this mapped out in my mind for a few days, but with a denim shirt.
The denim shirt wasn't dressy enough for my taste so I added a mustard cardi.
Same boots as Monday, and a layering tank to make sure my boobs didn't fall out.
I mean no one wants to see those, I promise.
New gray trouser skinnies: Anne Taylor Loft (this year, 50% off at their clearance sale)
Lace tank: Target (summer)
Layering tank: Old Navy
Boyfriend Cardi: Target (last year)
Lets have an honest talk here. The pants I'm wearing, I found them in a bag
marked garage sale, no joke. The Hubbs brought in the bag from the last garage sale, I went through it again and found these brown pants from, wait for it, 2001. They were bought the same day as the denim jacket in picture one. Cardi, blouse, and nude flats are new purchases. I liked this outfit because it was comfortable, but looked put together.
Cream cardi: Target
Polka Dot Shirt: NY and CO
Brown trousers: Gap (2001)
Nude flats: Payless
Let's talk dirty mirrors for a moment. Didn't notice it until I was ready to post this picture. Shameful.
Skinny trousers again, but only because my other pants are getting alterations.
Wine and leopard is a combo that I just love. Brown boots again, but they are hard to see.
Those babies are from Kohl's. Also the leopard sweater is from Mervyn's (moment of silence for dead retailers), and its from the girls department because I'm kinda short.
So remember that giveaway from Kiki La Rue I won? Well I indulged in this gold and black cardi called the Gatsby. The gold is fantastic and has some shine to it. I'm not usually a fan of gold and shiny, but it's super glamorous. I paired it with a different lace shirt that has sleeves (that you can't see), and black trousers I found hiding in my closet from my former life as an escrow assistant. New black flats that aren't as comfortable as my nude ones, which sucks because these were twice as much!
Gatsby Cardi: Kiki La Rue
Lace Shirt: American Eagle (2012)
Black Trousers: Ann Taylor Loft (circa 2006)
Black Flats: Aldo
All in all a great first week at work. Did my feet hurt? Yes. Was I exhausted? Absolutely. Did I have fun? Yeah, I really did. Being out in the world is kind of fun. Did I miss my bloggy world and Instagram friends? So much. But by posting my outfits everyday, I felt like I wasn't totally in the dark. And look at this selfie, I even wore earrings. It says a lot about a person's new adventure in life, when it requires her to do her eyebrows and wear earrings on the same day. Snort.