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I am putting together a paleo meal plan. I wanted to know what kind of recipes would help a Paleo newbie transition? I am including snacks and desserts as well.

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I am putting together a paleo meal plan. I wanted to know what kind of recipes would help a Paleo newbie transition? I am including snacks and desserts as well.

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on September 11, 2013
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Old eyeballs = poor typing, you are correct I meant meatballs not pasta !!

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on September 11, 2013
at 10:28 PM

I agree with this as well. I learned this lesson back when I first tried to go "gluten free" and found that the replacement options were pretty nasty IMO. There are a few good ones. I made some AMAZING paleo banana bread but it left me constipated and gassy. I suggest cooking things that are Paleo to start, though many non-paleo foods have good paleo analogues.

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on September 11, 2013
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Spaghetti and salad and broccoli!?!? Why not meatballs and salad and broccoli? Or even meatballs and spaghetti squash?

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on September 11, 2013
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I love chicken curry. I roast a chicken, cut it up and add it to an already simmering pan of veggies, small bit of vinegar, curry powder and coconut milk/beef or chicken stock. I just wing it on quantities as that is how I cook. Pre Paleo I would have added potatoes and used canola oil instead of coconut oil to fry veggies.

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on September 11, 2013
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I agree 100% that getting rid of desserts is a good idea to start. In fact I rarely do desserts, although you can make some fine tasting ones that will satisfy as you have tuned your body and senses to no longer want that super sweet rush nor do you really miss the wheat flour, etc. My only dessert is a small bit of 90% dark chocolate a few times a week.

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on September 12, 2013
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This is great! Could you give me some fail-proof recipes?

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on September 12, 2013
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I decided to avoid all sweet things for the first six months. No natural or artificial sweeteners, no fruit as a sweetener, nada. Best decision I ever made as it really cleared my palate. I began to taste the natural sweetness in foods (Brussels sprouts are like sugar, who knew!), and food began tasting so good to me, at the same time very satisfying because I wasn't constantly chasing my sugar cravings.

Try it!

Do have snacks at first until you learn to adjust your meals for satisfaction and nutrient density. You'll eventually find you don't need to snack, but until you get there DON'T let yourself get too hungry or feeling deprived. But no pretend SAD foods, just eat real food. Set yourself up for success.

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on September 12, 2013
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I started in May, so far 25 pounds down on a heavy short body. My philosophy is Good, Better, Best. If it is good great, If I can afford Better, Yeah! and when I can find the Best, like grass fed beef at a good price, even Greater. I started with crustless quiches. Add what you like. I added broccolli, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, cheese and of course eggs. Omelets for anytime.

My favorite thing is stew meat (beef),onions, tomatoes, pineapple, mushrooms. Place on a skewer and BBQ, so good and filling. Of course, keep lettuce clean and ready for anytime and just add what you like.

Chicken, beef, sunflower seeds, chia seeds. etc. There is the smoothies and my favorite thing when I am craving something sweet, frozen bananas placed in my cuisinart with 1 or 2 strawberries, presto!! strawberry ice cream. top that with slivered almonds. yum. It really is fun creating new things. Look on Pinterest...put Paleo in and it comes up with all kinds of ideas. Good Luck!

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on September 11, 2013
at 10:39 PM

One thing I frequently include is steamed broccoli and cauliflower with loads of butter. Buttery potatoes with vinegar or plain whole yogurt are another staple so long as you're not VLC. Salmon and chicken often make up the meat portion but I'm trying to switch for more grass fed beef. There are tons of amazing Paleo breakfast smoothies but I stick to a few simple ingredients: coconut cream, banana, something tart or not. I usually include cinnamon and vanilla in mine, and like the addition of carrot, though they're usually more on the strawberry/blueberry side. You can put raw eggs in there if you're not scared.

Oh! and squash! I love squashes. Pork rinds or macadamia nuts are good snacks.

I like to keep it simple. Paleo dishes are delicious and simple if you let them be. Look up "paleo" this and "paleo" that... but try not to make, say "paleo cake" or "Paleo [insert-doughy-item]" because you'll probably be disappointed. You could make a damn good casserole but I haven't tried it yet.

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on September 11, 2013
at 05:49 PM

I like Dianne Sanfillipo's book for this. Practical Paleo, meal plans and recipes.

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on September 11, 2013
at 01:32 PM

I just veto'd desserts right off the bat. Now that I've been Paleo for 3+ months I've started cooking with Almond flour and trying to make healthier desserts. I'll admit they haven't turned out that great so far. But, I'll keep trying lol

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on September 11, 2013
at 12:45 PM

I found that trying to emulate known foods is frustrating: replacing wheat flour by almond or walnut flour in desserts is often disapointing, and leaves you craving for the real thing.

I think it's better, at least in the beginning, to get rid of desserts and snacks altogether.

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on September 11, 2013
at 10:28 PM

I agree with this as well. I learned this lesson back when I first tried to go "gluten free" and found that the replacement options were pretty nasty IMO. There are a few good ones. I made some AMAZING paleo banana bread but it left me constipated and gassy. I suggest cooking things that are Paleo to start, though many non-paleo foods have good paleo analogues.

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on September 11, 2013
at 01:26 PM

I agree 100% that getting rid of desserts is a good idea to start. In fact I rarely do desserts, although you can make some fine tasting ones that will satisfy as you have tuned your body and senses to no longer want that super sweet rush nor do you really miss the wheat flour, etc. My only dessert is a small bit of 90% dark chocolate a few times a week.

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on September 11, 2013
at 05:22 AM

Thanks! When I asked my friends, they are all worried about the same thing - desserts, and breads. So I was looking to include interesting dessert options. And like you said, everyday food tweaked to be made paleo. Also, if anyone here woul like to share a recipe for my meal plan, i would be happy to include it and link it back to your food blog.

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on September 11, 2013
at 01:28 PM

I love chicken curry. I roast a chicken, cut it up and add it to an already simmering pan of veggies, small bit of vinegar, curry powder and coconut milk/beef or chicken stock. I just wing it on quantities as that is how I cook. Pre Paleo I would have added potatoes and used canola oil instead of coconut oil to fry veggies.

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on September 11, 2013
at 05:20 AM

Best transition would be to learn the good vs bad foods and take your old recipes and change them to suit your new plan. If you like spaghetti and meatballs, now you should like spaghetti and salad and broccoli. I didn't attempt to transition at all, just went cold turkey, meats, eggs, fish and loads of veggies with a bit of fruit and nuts. Easy for me to change, whereas many people can't do it. I accepted it as a challenge to beat the bad health and fat. Since I do the cooking I dragged my family along with me for the most part.

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on September 11, 2013
at 11:00 PM

Old eyeballs = poor typing, you are correct I meant meatballs not pasta !!

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on September 11, 2013
at 10:19 PM

Spaghetti and salad and broccoli!?!? Why not meatballs and salad and broccoli? Or even meatballs and spaghetti squash?

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