Well my books arrived Monday and I have been immersing myself in them.
Yesterday afternoon I lay on the couch following school pickup, with my books & notebook and let the kids jump all over me while they watched a little TV. Its been a long time since that has happened & its one of my most favourite things. I get a lie down & an interesting massage all at the same time.
Anyway, I wrote a post recently on my excitement & enthusiasm for these Paleo books & the philosophy behind this way of eating foods. Tons of brilliant recipes that I would be happy to cook or adapt just slightly to suit my tastebuds and/or my kids.
As the evening rolled on and after the kids went to bed, I grabbed a few other books that I have been really been interested in to help try and get me in the right headspace with nutrition. Livwise by ONJ - a beautiful book & one I hold in high regard. The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone which is also a beautiful read & makes me want to jump head first into a Vegan lifestyle. And then some others which I regularly flip through, Michelle Bridges books, Tiffany Halls book, Jessica Seinfelds Deceptively Delicious and then the mouth watering River Cottage Veg book. And then there's Sweet Poison.
When I get into my research mode, my mind works overtime & just doesn't slow down. Thinking thinking.... I try to solve the worlds problems but usually I come to the conclusion that I can't and a simple non-nonsense approach will will most likely be best.
I did a fair bit of googling last night and looked for Paleo Vs Vegan discussions. There were some insteresting ones but really at the end of the day, like religion, many have similar general philosophies with just a few differences.
I think finding a happy realistic medium is just what has been in front of everyone, all along, just like what I said a week or so ago. No surprises here & no prizes for guessing the obvious.
1] Maximise wholefoods
2] Minimise processed foods
As for the tussle over to-grain or not-to-grain. Even the so called experts can't agree so I figure while trying to lose kilos, grains, particularly processed grains should be in the minimised category. If I want to eat some beans or legumes, well really, I don't think they are going to push me into diabetes. Bread gets minimalised.
And dairy.... again, experts cannot agree so I think while trying to watch the types of calories I put in, I need to cut down or cut out cheese. I'll put it in the treat category which means it'll be had maybe once per week.
I think working towards a far less processed pantry is a good thing as is using almond meal rather than white flour to bake healthier snacks for the kids. A bit of tweaking on family meals to remove some processed seasonings to hebs & spices is a positive thing.
I haven't quite decided how full on I will go with this Paleo thing.... its intriguing thats for sure.
But my kids LOVE breakfast and will happily eat cereal any time of day. That is going to take some time to change. But I'm thinking of ways to be creative. There are some fabulous ideas in both these books. Jeff & I have cornered a huge amount of recipes to try already.
And we all love bread here but I'm thinking Jeff and I will miss it more than the kids.
Apart from Jeff, the rest of us aren't keen on eggs unless they are hidden in something else. I can keep hiding them for awhile I guess. But it would be good if we could mature a bit.
Dairy.... hmmm. All my kids drink milk or soy. I cannot imagine that Georgia will ever give up the yoghurt we buy. That will take some effort. We all love cheese. How to do homemade pizza is going to be a challenge but I can see there may be work arounds. I wonder how they will taste?
It would be easy to just say nup, it's all too hard, everything in moderation is easier BUT I almost want to prove that it can be done. And 'fussy me' is thinking I can make some little improvements & slight alternatives to what I'm reading.
I think my friend Jessica Seinfeld may be quite helpful too. She crams all sorts of nutritious foods into regular looking/appealing to children food. I'll just have to do a bit of switcheroo with certain products.
Goodness me, what am I embarking on? Just can't help thinking it makes a whole heap of sense. I'm coming around to it, thats for sure. It's certainly not going to happen overnight, I'm obviously not going to waste a whole pantry worth of seasonings, pasta, sauces & cereals but as they are used up, perhaps my skills may be at the point where the processed varieties no longer need to be replaced. There will also need to be a realistic percentage of paleo & then when we are out & about, making good choices yes but living life & enjoying what is on offer. I guess.
Just maybe, rather than go bull at a gate about this, I can go slow, one thing at a time and make small positie changes each week. Sounds far too sensible & not like me at all. But I think thats the way I'll approach it. Do it properly, without causing huge stress to anyone.
Step one: changing many of our regular meals slightly so they fit. I think for many meals, that will happen with very little fuss.
Step Two: Don't know... I'll let you know when I figure that out.