Whenever I'm asked about Paleo, or if people comment that they doubt Paleo would help them with their health issues, my response is always “try it”. I think everyone should try Paleo for 30-days and then assess how it’s working for them. If it doesn't work, then nothing is lost (yet I've never heard of anyone not experiencing some positive benefits after a month of Paleo)
30-days is a good length of time, as it’s long enough to see some changes and to get things like gluten out of your system. It’s also enough time to come out the other side of carb-flu, which a few people experience for the first week or two.
After the 30-days you’ll be in a good place to evaluate how it worked for you, and to slowly start re-introducing foods back to understand exactly what you should and shouldn't incorporate in your Paleo diet.
As well as using a 30-day Paleo plan as a way to get into Paleo for the first time, it’s also a great way to refocus once you've been following Paleo for a while. When you realise you’re stuck in a repetitive recipe rut, eating more and more “Paleo cookies”, or allowing more cheat meals than you ever would have before – it can be the perfect time to go strict Paleo for 30 days and get full back on board.
I think organisation is the most important factor in committing to a 30-day strict Paleo plan. If you plan, buy and prepare your food in advance it will be easy to follow and not get caught out. I also find it helps to set a date to start your 30-days and tell people about it (perhaps they’ll even join you)
I really like the Whole-30 program, as it focuses on why Paleo is so beneficial and covers all of the common pitfalls and questions; it’s a great guide to support you during the 30-days (particularly if it’s your first Whole30).
I'm really excited to see Bill and Hayley, the authors behind the beautiful “Make it Paleo” recipe book have just released their first ebook “The 30 Day Intro to Paleo”! I've found creating a month of beautiful, varied meals to be the key success factor in winning people over to a Paleo diet – and this book promises to do just that. As well as the impressive, yet simple Paleo recipes (over 90!) that you’d expect in a book from Bill & Hayley, their ebook also explains Paleo – and why we should eat this way. They include a 30 day complete menu planner and shopping lists – and even cooking videos!
I'm looking forward to trying out these recipes and will report back on my favourites!
Did you start your Paleo adventure with a Whole30? Do you occasionally challenge yourself to a month of following a strict Paleo diet – with no cheating?