It’s 9:00 on New Years and the kids are asleep. I hear the comforting- things are moving forward- sound of the dishwasher while Bill charts out his goals. I’ve already written my goals out in my shiny new planner. I have lots of goals but one BIG goal. I am eating super clean for real this time. My whole family is. You see I’ve done it before and stopped and started and stopped. It’s truly a game changer for us. It’s just hard. It takes time time, self- control, planning, and a lot of energy.
Energy isn’t something I’ve had a lot of in the last couple of years. I am coming out of the daze of the toddler years. Henry is turning 4 this month (how is that possible? ) and Ella is a fire cracker 18 month old who thinks she should be driving the show. So of course I have time to spiral zucchini’s and make almond flour pop tarts!
But Paleo could help with the whole energy thing….If I could stick with it. Every time I do Paleo or have a super clean diet, I feel great. I have some auto immune health stuff and diet is one of the major ways I control pain. I gave up gluten (wheat) 5 years ago and that was a game changer. Recently I found out that I have a soy allergy as well and my daughter is lactose intolerant. Paleo truly makes sense for us. When my kids eat well,I see it reflected in their moods and sleep patterns. My husband even prefers it and says he feels so much sharper and on top of things when we eat clean as a family.
I think of eating clean as an investment I can make in myself and my family. We all hear of the wonderful results but not necessarily the day to day of paleo. I’ve read a million paleo pins and beautifully crafted paleo alternative recipes with about a gazillion steps, but I just haven’t read much about paleo in the REAL world where you can’t go buy a long list of ingredients you’ve never heard of or have to prepare breakfast, get the kids dressed, and actually shower. And then there’s the other side of the coin, the super, easy, plain, eat a salad, every meal kind of plan. Whenever I read those I think, “Go them! I wish I could I do that but that sounds kind of depressing.” I am more of a live to eat gal than a eat to live. I grew up in a super foodie family culture. I love new recipes. Our holidays are filled with wonderful foods. This year for Christmas Eve everyone prepared dishes from around the world. It was amazing. So I am here to find the middle ground and to find out if it can exist.
I am putting my family on a 6 week experiment. Every time we’ve done paleo I’ve tried to do a total overhaul of diet immediately and I haven’t been able to stick with it. I think it’s just been too much too fast. In general, we are pretty healthy eaters, but taking out grains, dairy, and sugar takes a lot of brain power.
My plan is to start with 2 weeks of paleo dinners, and then on the beginning of the 3rd week add in paleo lunches, and on the 5th week add in breakfasts. We are going to be more paleo-ish. I am okay with small amounts of oats, quinoa, and limited dairy. I’ve learned to listen to what makes my body feel bad and I can handle those. We also won’t eat refined sugar or dyes. We are going paleo-ish 80% of the time. I want this to be a long term thing. If we are eating super healthy Monday-Friday, then I have no problem with us enjoying a delicious non-paleo meal at Dinner Club. I also don’t want my kids to feel deprived. When we go to birthday parties ( or have them for that matter!), I want them to enjoy cake. I don’t want to keep them from some of the special things. I think having this plan will help us be more intentional about sweet treats and pizza dinners.
Looking forward to blogging through our Paleo-ish journey!