With this journey has come quite a few surprises, though. Five years ago, I committed to learn to cook from scratch. I
Well, it wasn't. Despite purging the processed foods, using whole grains, and serving my family home-made meals rich in vegetables, we were struggling to maintain healthy weights. Our energy was erratic. Our sleep wasn't restorative. Frankly, we weren't thriving the way I, as the mother, wanted us to. But I was out of options...I didn't know where to turn next. So, I did what ever self-respecting blogger does...I searched the blogosphere for help.
I started reading more and more about food...First, I found Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon introduced me to a new way of looking at food and health, but I wasn't a devotee...it didn't quite feel right. Don't get me wrong, I learned a lot that I still apply, but it just didn't fit. I was using "good fats" and I was trying to make sure we had clean food whenever I could. Nothing really changed. We were still bordering on chubby. We joined Gold's Gym and kept at it. Nothing really changed. I didn't want to raise chubby children...I felt like I was failing.
I kept reading. Eventually, I came across Mark's Daily Apple...a blog by Mark Sisson, the author of the Primal Blueprint. I was so confused. Primal living? What was primal living? Could this really be the answer I was looking for? I kept reading and found myself even more perplexed. The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet? Going paleo? What had I stumbled upon? I kept reading...
That was in February and since then, we've turned our lives upside down. We've given up all grains...all of them. Even the kids have jumped on board. So, all those recipes I spent these past five years learning? I can't use them. Whole grain vs. all-purpose? Irrelevant. Corn, Quinoa, Rye, Barley, Oats? None. Fusilli or spaghetti? No, thanks. Dairy is pretty much gone, but we still have cheese.
So, what do we eat? Meat, Eggs, Fat (Coconut Oil, Ghee, Avocados), Vegetables and Fruit. In February, we bought a Blendtec blender...we have a lot of smoothies... We eat a lot of stuff that we've been told would make us fat and yet, we're not pushing chubby anymore. In fact, I'm thinner than I've been in forever. Buttercup is no longer complaining about her 12-year old body, and Valiant is quite trim. My skin has cleared up. My hair looks better. Oh, and I'm sleeping really well. (Hey, a good night's sleep is priceless!)
My results seemed almost miraculous...too easy to be true. No counting calories, no crazy workouts (in fact, we barely went to the gym until three weeks ago, but that is another post), no weird food combinations. We just gave up all grains and upped our protein intake and the weight came off.
I was so jazzed, I told my friends. Two of them decided that they'd give it a try. I like to think my results were visible, but I know my enthusiasm and energy was persuasive. One friend has lost seven pounds in roughly a month (with no exercise) and another friend has lost four pounds in her first week.
All of this sounded so crazy to me, I didn't even know how to blog about it. It seemed too much like a trick, like magic. it is not...it is just a new/old way of looking at the way we fuel our bodies. It might not be right for you, but I'm convinced that for my family, this is the answer we've been looking for. The war I've been waging with my body is over, and it won. I'm giving it the fuel it wants and it is rewarding me by giving me the shape I want...at 47! 35 years of body war over in three months.
Now we'll be sharing new kinds of recipes...sharing the successes and failures...especially sharing what works with kids, too. We're looking at food in a whole new way...definitely turning our lives upside down. I hope you'll come along for the ride.