For those of you who know our eating habits, it will not come as a surprise to you to hear we are again taking on a one month experiment into a new style of eating, this time the Paleo diet. This new diet is a hunter-gatherer type of diet, adjusted of course for the modern age we live in. In short, its characteristics involve the bounty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and pasture-raised or wild meats and the absence of grains, sugar, and dairy foods. We have completed our first full week on our new diet and it has been filled with lots of good-natured questions from the boys about what is and is not permitted on the new diet, which has become a guessing game of sorts. We have had lots of new breakfasts, such as scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and almost oatmeal, made with applesauce and almond butter, and dinners like salmon patties with cabbage and homemade ginger mayonnaise, bacon-wrapped dates, hamburger steaks, and others. Lunch, which the boys continue to make on their assigned day, has been more challenging but still successful with the making of many fruit salads, ants on a log, carrots, and other dishes. We probably went through three pounds of almonds last week, and Isaac asks almost daily, “Can we have more of that delicious almond butter?”
We started out with the intention of one free day off the new plan so we could eat things we really missed and today we have kept that day. Of course on the menu for what has been labeled “Exception Day” by the boys is pizza, popcorn, and grilled cheese as well as the suckers the mail man put in the mailbox this week. But honestly, I haven’t missed any of the grains or dairy as much as I thought I would, and Adam concurs. And after returning to regular exercise since December and seeing no change in size or scale, the bonus of seeing the numbers on the scale finally start to move makes any temporary cravings not so tempting.
If you are interested in eating some of the delicious food we have been enjoying, here are some recipes we have been choosing from.