Finding success is all about finding a community. You can’t do it alone, and if you can it will take a lot longer to get where you want to be. Paleo eating is no different. Whether you have been eating this way for a few days or a few years, there is always safety, and knowledge, in numbers.
There is safety because there are people there to keep you accountable and there is knowledge because each of those people has their own experiences to share. A great deal of your success depends on the community you build. But connecting with people and forming these new relationships can be hard, especially when you have no idea where to start.
Sometimes finding community is as easy as looking to your circle of family or friends. A simple Facebook post or email blast can be enough to find a small group of people who are interested in taking this journey with you. Even better, if just one or two people are local to you, you can have someone to make meals with, navigate the grocery store with, and even work out with. There is no better way to find a fast community than starting where you already are.
Still, at a certain point, you will want to grow your community. Instead of learning about the paleo lifestyle with other beginners, you will want to start taking advice from someone who has been eating this way for a while, someone that you can ask questions and learn new tricks. This is where Amazon and social media can be a lifesaver.
Start by going to Amazon and finding a few paleo books that you like. You don’t even have to buy the book, just look at the reviews and use the free preview to see the recipes listed in the table of contents. Then search Facebook for the author’s name or the name of the book, chances are you will be able to find the author’s community here. Now you will not only be able to connect directly with the author, you will also be able to connect with others in your new community. It is more than just recipes, you will also be able to ask questions and learn from everyone in that community, making more connections with others who share your paleo lifestyle.
After Facebook, you can search for the author and community members on Instagram and Pinterest. This will let you connect with other people that your new community follows. By doing this, your paleo community keeps getting stronger, and so do your chances of paleo success.
Once you get to a certain point, your paleo community continues to build itself. As your community gets stronger, your chances of finding success with the paleo lifestyle also get stronger.