Here is my problem.
I have a family of 4 kiddo and a husband. Sometimes, they were eating paleo when it was a meal that everybody liked (ex: salmon in oven, with grilled veggies and salad)...BUT they needed their bread, their dessert. I am not a salty tpe of girl, but I bake my own bread, do my yogurt etc. I have a lot of difficulties to cut bread wich I know it is probably the biggest stomac problem. Also, difficult to always think 2 plates every night or almost....
I am following ¨the big red kitchen¨but there is something I am missing....
And sometimes, I have these huges sugar craving....
Now, it is 2 months I am eating ¨normally¨and I hate it. I feel so much better on paleo.
Any trick anybody?
There are some great recipes and shopping lists that you can download all over the net. Just google it and experiment.
What are the paleo things that your family likes? Perhaps we can come up with alterations and modifications to expand on those themes.
Actually, I cannot say that my girls don't want to eat pale. Actually, Since are eating habit were really diversify, they are use to eat all kind of different meal from different countries and different style. But they want to eat bread and they like rice and my husband is kind of an old fashion type of guy. he needs bread, and pasta etc...but he doesn't like eating meat all the time. he likes legumes lot. So I have to cope with this. But again, the potuck kind of meal can solve a bit. For the rest, I will have to prepare in advance so if I have to cook something with pasta, at least I will have something for me in the fridge.
Congratulations on taking charge of your health and experimenting to find what would work for you!! I also feel MUCH better on a mostly-paleo diet, and so does my family, but it took us some time to all get to this place.
Are you familiar with the Weston A. Price Foundation? (They have a great website, http://www.westonaprice.org, if you want to check them out for yourself). They have Paleo-ish foundations (though they were around long before "paleo" became "cool."), emphasizing healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins. But they are very family-focused, and they give instructions for soaking/sprouting/souring grains and legumes to make them more digestible. Since my family also loves bread, rice, and desserts, we've been able to sort of compromise by choosing soaked, sprouted, or extra-nutritious versions of these foods so nobody has to give them up, but we are still nourishing our bodies.
For example, I don't want my kids to be the only ones in town who don't get to eat sandwiches, but instead of Wonderbread, we only eat real sourdough bread. Instead of normal dairy from the grocery store, we only drink raw milk, and we choose fermented/cultured dairy products (like aged cheeses or yogurt), which are much more digestible. We sprout and cook legumes at home instead of buying them canned. And we choose desserts that are made with less sugar or honey, little white flour, and plenty of healthy fats.
We used to eat a "normal" diet, but we have gradually changed a few things at a time so that now it seems totally normal for us to eat the way we do. If we are out with friends, we realize how differently we are eating now from most people, but at home, the kids think nothing of having yogurt and sardines for breakfast. It just had to happen gradually.
Also, especially with growing kids, having plenty of healthy carbs around can be very helpful - like instead of offering the kids animal crackers and pretzels for a snack, offer them sweet potatoes or home made fries or something. Many Paleo experts even allow white rice occasionally. We even occasionally enjoy rice pasta when we're really missing pasta!
Best of luck to you! I know how difficult it is to try to prepare two separate sets of meals for your family...I hope you'll be able to find some healthy compromises that work for the kids and husband to make life easier for you!
BUT... sometimes I get cravings in an insane way. I noticed this is often the case when I've got a sinus cold or something similar. I just NEED sweet stuff.
Craig, I've noticed that too, and I wonder if it might be the body's way of asking for more Vitamin C? Or more carbs in general? Have you ever tried satisfying your cravings with fruit or safe starches? Just curious, because the times I am most strict about sugars/starches are when I'm sick, and I tend to miraculously recover from everything within about 12 hours since going Paleo while my non-Paleo husband is sick for days... It just seems a pity to feed a cold with sugar when you've worked so hard to eliminate it from your diet, you know?
Isabelle Gendron wrote:...But they want to eat bread and they like rice and my husband is kind of an old fashion type of guy. he needs bread, and pasta etc...but he doesn't like eating meat all the time. he likes legumes lot.
My husband is like that except about the legumes. He really needs meat at every meal - and eggs & bacon don't count, apparently.
I make this work occasionally by making the main dish (let's say steak), we can all have salad, and then they can have regular potatoes & I can have sweet potatoes. Or if its rice, brown rice. I've put quinoa in my meatloaf though hubby doesn't like it. So I tried it with nuts and he liked that better.
I did stop baking bread though.
For dessert, frozen berries with some cream.
Whip a couple of cups of heavy cream to a point where it's thick but doesn't have too much air in it. It should just barely move if you tip the bowl on it's side. If you can tip it upside down and it won't come out, you've gone too far.
Then fold in some crushed berries and a little vanilla if you have it.
Cover the bowl and chuck it in the freezer for an hour or so. At this point it's just like a semi-frozen mousse. Airy but really rich. If you leave it to freeze completely, it's more like a dense gelatto (sp?).
If you whip too much air into the cream it freezes too hard and it's difficult to deal with. Still tastes fine though.
Also if you add a little cocoa powder... mmmmmmmmmmm
If you have people who need it sweeter, use honey.
I've hogged out many times during berry season doing this.
Katya Coad wrote:If my understanding is correct, Paleo focuses on lean meats and no dairy, so not a lot of fat.
I think that was Paleo 1.0.
2.0 gives a thumbs up to all the good fats, including animal fats. Even Robb Wolf blog talks about animals fats but I think his book talks about lean meat so he should probably put out a revised version of his book.
Gary Taubes, Peter Attia, and Mark Sisson are in the pro animal fat group, for sure.
Maybe you are right. But I have to be carefull. I have a tendency to eat more meat and less veggies....I love meat. I have to reverse the machine.
My biggest challenge is not during the day, but in the morning for breakfast. When I wake up, I am hungry and I want my toast and nut butter....got to work on that. it is easy when I have left overs to reheat, otherwise...ouch!!! problem problem.
Isabelle Gendron wrote:
My biggest challenge is not during the day, but in the morning for breakfast.
Funny, that's my easiest meal. Eggs with cheese and/or bacon is a no brainer, especially since I'm just feeding myself. I can only do this with my own eggs though. Eggs ordered in a restaurant are wayyyyy to heavy. I can see why they got a bad rep, esp after WWII when agriculture changed for the worse.