Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday Thirteen 10/13/2011

Happy early birthday to my nephew!  There's this one song by Babyface that was out the year you were born and whenever I hear it I think of you and how I used to take care of you.  You were so small.  Happy birthday sweetie.  I'm very proud of the young man you are becoming.  I love you.

Okay, *sigh* I'm done reminiscing.

Since I've been writing about eating Paleo here and there I thought I'd make this Thirteen ALL about it.  Here ya go:

1.  Meal planning is simple when eating Paleo/Primal.  Meat, vegetables, fruit and some food fats.  That's it.  I used to stress out about what to make 6 nights a week for dinner (I give myself at least one day off from cooking.  Sometimes two if I can get my hubby to cook at least one night!).  These days we stock up on meat and buy whatever veggies or fruit are on sale and in season.

2.  My kids are getting the hang of it.  I often tell them to Eat Like A Dinosaur a la Paleo Parents (info on their book: http://paleoparents.com/eat-like-a-dinosaur) .  While I've always limited their sugar, I let them have their whole wheat bread or pasta, beans and dairy periodically.  I can't make them go cold turkey and eliminate all those foods, but I have cut back on them, a lot.  My kids, my daughter especially, (she's young and more flexible) are starting to request more Paleo-like lunches.  My son is set in his ways at the ripe old age of 9 and requires a little more coaxing.  He eventually caves, as do I and a compromise is made.  I can only direct them and hope they continue to make good choices.  Diabetes runs in my family and anything I can do to prevent it helps.

3.  Dinner is always Paleo.  ALWAYS.  I mean, my husband and I eat that way all day, but making a Paleo dinner ensures that my kids are having at least one nutrient dense meal.  Plus, it exposes them to it.  I try to make them Paleo breakfasts but they love their pancakes or oatmeal too much.

4.  Speaking of eating all day...I often don't!  Seriously, eating this way has made it so that I wake up and can skip breakfast and sometimes lunch.  I'm rarely ravenous or feel jittery like I need to eat.  I'm not one who needs coffee to start the morning (it's more of a treat for me) but I like that I can pass on a meal or two and not feel tired or that I need a pick-me-up.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday Thirteen 10/06/2011

Aaaah, Autumn is already here.  Unbelievable!  Times flew, and I wasn't always having fun!  Still, this is my absolute favorite time of the year.  Let's get this blog rollin':

1.  First, please pray for my brother-in-law.  He is battling cancer and the past couple of years have been difficult for both him and his three young children.  Please pray for complete healing over his body and for guidance to get the assistance he needs.  Please pray that no matter what, his children are protected and nurtured.  Thank you.

2.  My son started school.  He has a new behaviorist and it seems to be going well so far.  It's still the "honeymoon" phase, but I'm praying that this is a year of growth, development and maturity for him.  We've read that with Williams Syndrome, ages 9-12 are the most difficult and we're experiencing some of those difficulties.

3.  I've been eating Paleo now for almost 3 months and I'm still loving it!  In my last post I forgot to mention a couple of my favorite websites that are a great source for information and/or recipes.  These are my favorites right now:
Awesome, easy recipes with the occasional f-bomb drop.
Recipes are great even if you don't
eat like a caveman.  Hee hee.
Great resource and tips for parents
trying to get kids to eat more Paleo.
Kid-friendly recipes as well!



I have a few more that I like, but I'll share those the next time I blog.  I don't want to overwhelm you.  Don't forget to check out Mark's Daily Apple as well.  It's a great resource for someone who wants to know a little more about eating Paleo but doesn't want to invest in the book just yet.  Also, every Friday he shares a success story of someone who's taken on the Primal challenge and the difference it's made in their lives.