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Ease Your Way into Paleo Plan for New Year’s!

Posted Dec 22 2013 8:11am

New Year’s is right around the corner. Do you have a health or wellness goal? Last year mine was to get more sleep. I had just finished reading Light’s Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival when I finally understood why I wasn’t hitting my body composition goals; I wasn’t getting enough sleep. I had no idea why CrossFitting 4-5 times a week and eating a strict paleo diet wasn’t working. I implemented a few changes to my nightly routine and lo and behold I started sleeping more and waking up more refreshed. I also noticed that my belly was finally getting smaller. Just when I was ready to accept that I would always have a bit of a leftover baby belly, I decided to try something new, something I hadn’t tried before. I stepped out of my comfort zone and made a hard decision-I gave away the TV in our bedroom and returned our cable box to Verizon. I changed my bedtime from 9-9:30 to 8:30. This meant practically giving up any weekly time with my husband as I was getting ready for bed right after the kids. Getting up at 4:30 to CrossFit or “sleeping in” until 5 to exercise at my school’s gym was taking a toll on me. If I skipped morning exercise altogether, I would still have to wake up at 5:15 in order to get to work on time based on where I live and the roads I need to take to get there. I basically hit all the Boston traffic if I leave my house too late. So for me it makes more sense to work out in the morning before school.

So again I will ask you, do you have a health-related goal for 2014? Would feeling better, sleeping better, looking better, having more energy and stamina be a part of your long-term wellness goal? I’ve posted before about giving paleo a try:

Last New Year’s I proposed a Whole30 challenge for New Year’s that you can read here . If you know anything about a Whole30 you know it is pretty hard-core. You basically go from your regular way of eating one day and the next day immerse yourself into a strict paleo diet. For many, this is just too much to handle. I compare it to jumping into a cold pool all at once. Last year I decided to create a more “dip your toes into the water” approach to implementing a paleo lifestyle for our first blog anniversary. You can read that post here .  I created a “slow & steady wins the race” paleo plan. I call it the Ease Your Way into Paleo Plan. This plan takes the 5 basic tenets of the paleo diet: grains, dairy, sugar, legumes, & alcohol and removes them slowly and one at a time over the course of 15 weeks. If you start this plan with us on January 6th, you will be done by April 20th. There is an old expression in the fitness industry

found on Pinterest

found on Pinterest

So what do you say? I know we have a sold week and a half of holidays, parties, get-togethers, etc. and I want you to enjoy yourself, I know I will. I’ve already made a bunch of my home-made peanut butter cups and home-made Irish Cream as gifts. I even experimented with making a batch of Irish Cream non-dairy so I could have some. I’ll keep you posted on how that one came out as it has to refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. My point is, I plan to enjoy the holidays like it’s my job, but when January 6th comes rolling around I will be back to my regular healthy way of eating.

So what do you think? Will you join me? Will you give this a try? Grab some friends and do this together so you can support and motivate each other. Share this post with your friends and family letting them know what you are about to do so they can support and help you. Open up your mind, step out of your comfort zone, and see why so many people eat this way. Each week I have linked back to my original post from the summer where I go into detail behind the week’s goal. Please go back and read the posts each week as it will help you understand more about the science and practicality of the paleo lifestyle.


15 Week Ease Your Way into Paleo Plan


Week 1: January 6-January 12

Breakfast with no grains

Week 2: January 13-January19

Breakfast and lunch with no grains

Week 3: January 20-January 26

All day with no grains

Week 4: January 27-February 2

Cut down to a maximum of 3 dairy servings per week

Week 5: February 3-February 9

Cut down to a maximum of 1 dairy serving per week

Week 6: February 10-February 16

Eliminate all dairy and substitute coconut or almond milk products

Week 7: February 17-February 23

Reduce added sugar consumption to 3 servings per week

Week 8: February 24-March 2

Reduce added sugar consumption to one serving per week.

Week 9: March 3-March 9

Eliminate all added sugar consumption from diet

Week 10: March 10-March 16

Substitute nut or seed butter for all peanut products.

Week 11: March 17-March 23

Reduce legume consumption to 3 times a week

Week 12: March 24-March 30

Eliminate all legumes

Week 13: March 31-April 6

Reduce alcohol consumption to Friday & Saturday only

Week 14: April 7-April 13

Reduce alcohol consumption to Saturday only

Week 15: April 14-April 20

First week of full strict paleo! (maintain for 30 days if possible)

Let me know if you have any questions! Happy Holidays everyone from Pam & Dani!


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