1 The first reason I was attracted to paleo wasn't because the paleo advocates allege our ancestors didn't eat grains. From what I can gather, it is a hard task to deduce exactly what Paleolithic man did and didn't eat. This, to me is irrelevant. My attraction to paleo is because I like the avoidance of all things processed. It appeals to me that the food we eat has had as little done to it as possible. That's it.
If you stick to meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, there is nothing in that list that is going to mess with you or make you fat. It's all undeniably good stuff! And it stops me having to think about it.
I'm not a big fan of cooking. Actually, I'm not a big fan of thinking about cooking. I'm the sort of person who looks in the fridge and knows there's a meal there but cannot for the life of me come up with one. By limiting my choices so much, it's actually made meal times a lot easier to plan!
2 The second reason for my attraction to paleo is the removal of sugar from the list of acceptable foods. I have always thought sugar should be avoided, ever since my children were babies. Mainly from my eldest son's clear hyper reaction to sugar and subsequent lows. I have always tended to choose foods for them that were low in sugar. It is clear to me that sugar is the biggest reason people are overweight and feel lethargic. It is hidden in so many processed foods that you wouldn't expect - cooked chicken breasts, cereals you would add sugar to, pasta sauces, pizza toppings, low fat yoghurts and so many of the foods you imagine to be health foods! By limiting our food to meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts we avoid all added sugar! We still have some fruit and we sweeten some things with honey but these sugars don't give you the same sudden blood glucose spikes that processed sugars do and they aren't mixed with the dreaded trans fats that processed sugars tend to be.
I don't get sleepy around 2 o'clock like I used to. getting out of bed in the mornings is less of a chore and I don't feel so tired in the evenings as I used to.
And it isn't just me! My kids are better on it. They are less grouchy in the mornings than they used to be and they have adjusted to the paleo way really well. My daughter recently went to a birthday party and ate loads of junk. She came home from the party feeling sick. My friend's reaction to this was to wonder what I was doing to my kids that they couldn't eat 'normal' food any more without feeling sick. My reaction to her was: what is in these 'normal' foods that makes my kids feel sick!
|Byron Skinny Burger with avocado|
I am eternally thankful to my own mother for bringing me up without any food hang-ups and I am conscious of doing the same for my own kids. So we talk about what we are eating and why a lot and we let them decide what they eat when we are out so that they still have some control. I don't want them to leave home and go mental with McDonalds and sweets so they aren't banned, we just don't have them in the house or for their packed lunches. My youngest two do very well at self-regulating - my eldest needs a little more guidance and discussion over how he makes his choices but we do discuss this and he is free to make his own choices.
|Coconut cream instead of yoghurt|