Sarah is the National Bestselling author of Everyday Paleo, a trainer at NorCal Strength & Conditioning, and a mom to three boys. She's been paving the way for parents in the grain-free, paleo, and primal communities since she started blogging about her experience with changing her family's diet several years ago. I had a chance to catch up with her to chat about her new book, Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship.
And… Sarah has GENEROUSLY offered up a softcover copy of Paleo Pals to one lucky reader here! See details to enter to win at the end of this post!
1. Can you tell us what readers can expect to find in Paleo Pals that's different from what they found in Everyday Paleo?
Paleo Pals is a fiction story book for kids about 3 child super heros who travel the world, helping other kids who might not be all that excited about eating paleo. I wrote this book for families with kids who already eat paleo AND for kids who are just learning about paleo.
My hope was that kids who eat paleo would have something to relate to and that kids who are just starting to eat paleo would be encouraged and have fun! There is also a small recipe section in the back so that kids will want to get right into the kitchen and tips for parents as well!
2. What are your kitchen “must haves” for busy Paleo mom and dads?
A slow cooker, pressure cooker, and a food processor are all huge time savers for busy Paleo families. I also suggest that paleo families keep it simple, plan ahead, and most importantly, enjoy the process together and to get the kiddos involved in the fun! It's all about perspective and being positive. Children love to be involved and eating healthier together as a family does not have to be a negative experience. Yes, it can be difficult at best to transition a family to eating paleo but by working together as a team, letting your children help in the kitchen, plan meals, and pick out paleo foods, empowers and excites kids rather then focusing on negatives.
3. Lunch seems to be particularly hard for new Paleo parents to re-think. How did you get past the traditional sandwich, chips, and juice box?
Parents do have to think “outside the lunch box” when preparing paleo lunches but it's entirely possible! We use stainless steel bento style lunch boxes and insulated thermoses and having the right equipment makes packing a paleo lunch much easier! I have several suggestions on my blog for paleo lunches and in Everyday Paleo but an example would be: sliced chicken, celery sticks with almond butter and raisins and strawberries! Leftovers are great to send for lunches as well which is where having an insulated thermos comes in. I'll sometimes send leftover chili or meatballs for lunch!
4. Do you think Paleo has changed your family’s perception of quality time?
Oh my goodness yes! Paleo has changed our perspective on a lot of things but now we definitely spend our time together in different and more positive ways. We watch way less TV, we shop together now when before I used to dread taking the kids to the store, we explore farmers markets, we have joined a CSA and go to the farm together, we spend more time together in the kitchen laughing, cooking, and talking rather then going to loud restaurants or eating in front of the television, we workout together and we learn together. A blog reader once told me that families should approach this journey with hope and joy, and those simple words of advice are so true. Whenever I find myself frustrated or overwhelmed, I think about all the positive changes our family has made over the years and how much healthier we all are and I press that re-start button and once again approach our journey with hope and joy.
5. Can we expect more adventures from the Paleo Pals?
Yes! I'm not sure when, but my own kids are already talking about what the Paleo Pals will be doing next!
TO ENTER THE PALEO PALS BOOK GIVEAWAY:
Do the following, then come back here and add a comment letting me know which you did!
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Note: This contest will be open through 8pm Eastern time on Monday, April 2, 2012 and ONE WINNER will be selected using random.org and announced here on the blog, via Facebook and on Twitter. If you do not email me to claim your prize within 48 hours of the announcement, a new winner will be selected in your place.