Baby Steps to Paleo

Paleo quad

I was going to call this post “Taking the Paleo Plunge,” but that wasn’t the experience we had. We sort of tiptoed around it, stuck our toes in the water, spent some time on the beach, used every flotation device we could find, and then we jumped in.

My husband tried to throw my baking-obsessed, carb-loving self in at the beginning. That didn’t go well.

(If you don’t know what “paleo” is click here. Or click here for a better, albeit longer, version.)

If you’re new here, you might not know what I’m talking about

Let’s back up for a minute.

From the birth of this little blog we, as a family, have been changing our eating habits. We wanted to stay healthy and active for as long as possible, and we wanted to teach our kids the best way to care of their bodies. As we researched nutrition, physiology, and the source of our food we were faced with a lot of decisions. We started new habits, tried to break bad habits, and postponed some decisions until we were ready.

Want to know how long this transition took?

Five years, my friends. FIVE YEARS of gradual, comfortable changes. And although we may veer off occasionally depending on the situation (and time of year), those changes have stuck as far as our everyday, at-home eating is concerned.

I agree with the philosophy behind the paleo diet (It’s not just a list of “eat this, don’t eat that” — it’s truly a philosophy and a lifestyle.), and I knew that I felt better when I avoided grains, ate clean meat, good fats, and lots of fruit and vegetables. However, for the past couple of years I hadn’t felt comfortable jumping in completely. Also, I was afraid of using the “P” word too much on my blog (especially in my header) in fear of replying to emails that said, “Paleo? You’re not paleo. You have cake and tortillas and bread and cheese on your blog. How dare you!”

Consequently, my blog has had a fuzzy, vague, “healthy-ish, but sometimes not” focus the past few years. Or lack of focus, if you will.

In the last month, triggered by a much-needed after-holiday detox, I’ve finally felt comfortable closing the gap that I had held open for so long between where I was and where I wanted to be, nutritionally speaking. I never thought I would ever get to the point where I’d be perfectly fine living 90% paleo about 80% of the time, (I will never give up cheese. Ever.) but I have. It feels like something just “clicked” inside of me. I’m ready to pick a side, and I want to extend that focus to my blog.

So.

After a lot of thought I decided not to toss out every non-paleo recipe. Those posts represent a lot of my time and energy, but they also represent the journey we’ve made as a family. And for those looking to make that transition as well, I think many of these non-paleo recipes were very helpful stepping stones to get where we wanted to be.

Some of those posts are just ridiculous desserts. And I’m OK with that.

So here on out…

Perry’s Plate is officially a mostly paleo-focused blog.

What does that mean?

Well, not a whole lot will change, actually. The majority of the meals I post will be paleo or pretty close to it (like they have been for some time). I won’t be posting anymore ridiculous dessert recipes, though, but more not-quite-as-bad-for-you, naturally-sweetened treats — something I used to scoff at, but recently began to love. There are hundreds of blogs that post ridiculous dessert recipes. I really don’t need to contribute any more.

I would love it if you would share with me any questions or concerns you have if you plan on going paleo as well.

I love and value your opinions (obviously, I can’t even decided on a brand of flip flops without asking you… thanks, by the way!) and I’m anxious to hear your thoughts!