The Paleo Diet

Green Lightening Shrimp

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.

A surprising find at the grocery store of two tuna steaks and two marlin steaks resulted in this tasty meal Adam prepared with some cayenne pepper, lemons, and limes.

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About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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3 Responses to The Paleo Diet

  1. John Rakestraw says:

    There is a lot of interesting discussion of the Paleo diet at http://paleovegan.blogspot.com.

    • Thanks for the link, John. I looked over the site and read a few of the articles. Despite the scientific arguments made on human history, I have read enough on the history of nutrition to not put to much stock in any particular viewpoint as they always seem to change. (At one point fruits and vegetables were seen as valueless once protein was identified since they didn’t contain any. Vitamins had yet to be identified as important in nutritional health. The Paleo diet, much like our month of no meat and our month on raw food shakes up our eating habits a bit, encourages us to try new things, and gives us opportunity to give up some things we previously depended on on a daily basis. And honestly, after a little over a week on it, we feel better. We’ll see what comes at the end of the month, but so far, we are enjoying it.

  2. Roxann Bockhorst says:

    Paleo diets are based on a simple premise—if the cavemen didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either. So long to refined sugar, dairy, legumes, and grains (this is pre-agricultural revolution); hello to meat, fish, poultry, fruits, and veggies. What you eat and how much depend on your goals or the specific program you’re on, if you choose to follow one.:

    Our favorite blog site
    <'http://www.healthmedicinelab.com/triglycerides-diet/

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