Friday, February 24, 2012

It's Happening, People

First Paleo breakfast:
Eggs scrambled with onion, spinach, tomato, and turkey served with a almond meal & banana muffin.

Of course, Kid ate it and LOVED it. She was born to go Paleo.

Baby had this:

She was born to eat cookies off the floor.

Although, this afternoon even she helped herself to one of the muffins, and ate the whole thing. It's basically just banana, almonds & eggs... and seeing as she won't eat eggs or almonds... it's a win! Must make more.

This has been something I've thought about for quite awhile. I have long felt that the Paleo diet might make me feel better. I've been pretty sick lately & I'm just sick of breakfast causing serious digestive ailments every. single. morning. (for nearly 20 fucking years) and the migraines. I'm not going to be pure, though. My take is: no grains, no dairy, minimal unrefined sweeteners (just got some coconut palm sugar)... but I'm not ruling out legumes. I think they are too healthy & convenient to give up. Potatoes, corn, grains, sugar?... sure, I'm a believer... but lentils? hummus? black beans? No, I don't buy it. I don't over do the beans (and I'm actually anti-soy already) so I don't think the potential negatives out weight the positives. I'm also not going to make red meat a main protein, I'll stick with chicken & lean pork. I've never digested red meat very easily... and I'm trying to get better not worse. I'm taking a couple of weeks to ease into it, going for as many Paleo meals as possible each day (breakfast, dinner & snacks today... still using up existing food at lunch) while researching more recipes. I think the key to success will be stocking up my freezer over the next couple of weeks so that I'll be able to easily have lunch food & snacks at the ready. I think dinners will be pretty easy for me to adjust and still serve a grain for the kids.

Mr F claims he's going to go Paleo. I'm not holding me breath.

Maybe I'll also lose 15 pounds.

(Pretty please)

P.S. I'm loving THIS SITE for Paleo recipes. And just over all design.

11 comments:

Courtney said...

WOW! Very impressive. I have gone gluten free and that is pretty damn hard and still T-Tapping for exercise. I have looked into the Paleo diet but don't know if it would fit into my lifestyle. I work outside the home and bad about not planning ahead for myself.
Good luck. You will do great!
Courtney

Mrs Furious said...

Courtney,
I've never heard of T-Tapp. Just spent some time on the website watching some short videos. Have you had good results?

trifitmom said...

lot's of folks going paleo, my prob is younger allergy to peanuts and when i see almond meal in all things i figure i should not go there. also i would like to hang with baby, she sounds so darn cool.

Courtney said...

I have had wonderful results! I have been tapping for over 9 years. When I first started I went from a small 8 to a 4 in about 2 months. It is a right brain/left brain wkout, works the core, among other things. What I love so much about it is 15 (or longer if you want) minutes a day for 6 days or less if you are maintaining and depending on what wkout you do.
She also has a series called Tapp Core that alot of home schooling parents use. Ck. the T-Tapp message board....alot of home school moms are on there.
Feel free to email me if you want to know anything else.
Courtney

Mrs Furious said...

trifitmom,
I don't think I could do it without the almonds... I can see that that makes it a deal breaker for you.


Courtney,
Oh, thanks for the heads up on the school program. It features a Bichon (that's what our dog was) and the kids are extremely excited about it! We might try it :)

HL said...

Good luck on the Paleo! It has changed my life and especially my allergies and asthma.

Andrea said...

I like a lot of paleo recipes, since my husband started crossfit a few weeks ago we've been incorporating a lot of paleo recipes into our menu.Get on pinterest I've found a lot of really good recipes there.

Smitty said...

So I started reading this post asking myself where I might find information on what this Paleo diet is. The way I pronounced it in my head - puh-LAY-o - I had it pinned for some South American diet!

Um...no, Smitty, it's PAY-lee-o. Derp. Once I clicked that link you provided, it all became clear.

I checked out your link for a while. Seems like the folks who put that site together have found a way to make the diet presentable to modern palates. Eggs with a side of nuts is a hard diet to grasp. But incorporating Paleo-style ingredients in modern dishes seems a great way to handle this diet and acknowledge that we as a species have moved well beyond campfire cooking and nomadic gathering!

Anyway, I kinda want to look more at this diet. As I step-up my physical training to be able to compete in the upcoming warrior dash and modify my diet for less total calories and less total *junk* I am looking for viable alternatives to give me the protein and energy I need but recognize I can't have the carbs of an Olympian. I only have a couple hours a day to train, not all day.


Rambling way to say: I want more info on this diet, how it's constructed, what's the science behind it. Any e-books you can recommend on it?

Mrs Furious said...

HL,
Oh, good to hear! Really hoping it helps my migraines.

Andrea,
I'm scared of crossfit ;)

Smitty,
Here's what I've got so far...

This is one of the founding books on the subject (I have it on hold at the library, so haven't read it yet):
Primal Blueprint

That author's website (major paleo site):
Mark's Daily Apple

Other big paleo authors' sites:
Robb Wolf
Everyday Paleo

book for athletes:
Paleo Diet for Athletes

HL said...

The Whole 30 is also a 30-day detox and if you search for migraines on Robb Wolf's site, I'd bet he talks about it in his book (The Paleo Solution) or podcast). It truly is amazing - I was straying and started feeling bad again. Re-committing...

Smitty said...

I did some research on the interwebs about this, and asked a dietician buddy of mine. On your comment:

but I'm not ruling out legumes. I think they are too healthy & convenient to give up

they agree: People who eat diets high in whole grains, beans, and low-fat dairy tend to be healthier because these foods are nutrient-rich and there are mountains of research about the health benefits of diets that include, not exclude, these foods,” says Keith Ayoob, EDd, RD, an assistant professor at New York's Albert Einstien School of Medicine.

Advice from the web article they sent me to: A diet that includes whole, unprocessed foods is the basis of most all healthy diet recommendations. But so are whole grains, low-fat dairy, and legumes.

Including these food groups will help meet nutritional needs and contribute to a well-balanced diet plan. You can satisfy dietary requirements without these foods, but that requires careful planning and supplementation.

If the Paleo or Caveman diet appeals to you, be sure to supplement the plan with calcium and vitamin D.


Fair enough. At least on some research I didn't see anything that was like OH GODS ALARM BELLS YOUR FACE WILL SLIDE OF YOUR SKULL!! In fact, most everything I saw was some derivation of that last bit from WebMD; this diet works, has a healthy foundation, eating beans is good, have some milk.

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