Kids Chow and Other thoughts
What are the kids going to eat? When I first started researching and contemplating what meals would look like, I had a hard time picturing them eating differently.
That one up there sustains himself entirely on pancakes, corn tortilla chips, carrots and bananas and anything smothered in chocolate.
But there was this prevailing thought that if it's good for us, it's better for them. I was a kid, I knew what was good for me and what tasted better. So do they.
I thought I would hit a ton of resistance during this, but I eased them in slowly and am still easing them in. So far the resistance is minimal, but with bacon and strawberries anything is attainable.
I actually did tell them that our meals are going to change a little. I let the oldest know exactly what I had I read, what I used to think and why we needed a change. I told him what were good choices of things to eat, and what we no longer will be eating on a regular basis.
I told them they were free to make their own decisions at school or other peoples house and I would never expect them to turn down a birthday cupcake, but it was completely up to them. I think they get way too many sweets at school for all of these "special occasions" so it became even more pressing that food at home be ... better.
I let them choose their favorite vegetables and I try and ask them if they have any ideas or cravings. I made them these egg muffins from Nom Nom Paleo and they were excited. I think I added some bacon to smooth out their concern.
They have still had some cereal because it was in the pantry and I have made some regular pancakes because they've been very accepting of every dinner and have tried everything.
I'm not saying that they'll eat it all, but they've tried. They will eat a salad, and the meat, but they are sometimes unsure of the other vegetables. I'm just going at it as a process and I don't expect them to hop on board to everything I make.
They are loving this breakfast bread from Elana's Pantry. In fact, I made one this morning and I need to make more because there isn't going to be any left when the 2 get home from school. The small amount of honey doesn't bother me, I know it's not entirely "Paleo" that's why I'm not going to say I'm eating Paleo. So I don't keep defending things I eat or don't eat.
The other reason I'm not saying "we're eating Paleo" is because of the kids. I don't want to inundate them with restrictions, rather I want them to learn and make choices and to want to know and eat what is healthy. I don't want them constantly questioning and thinking they are doing something bad if they eat something outside of Paleo. I don't want to create neuroses and that's why they are still allowed an occasional pancake, and ice cream cone.
I will still look for information from Paleo places and books because I think they have great ideas, but I will probably not refer to this site or our diet as Paleo.
I'm going to check out this book from the library today. I'm thinking I'll end up buying it because so far everyone has great things to say about it and really good recipes. I'm expecting a lot of good advice for feeding the kids.
So far, I'm just going to continue the honest, this is what we eat approach. I have no idea what the future birthday dinners and holidays will look like. I'm going to just keep on this path and look for new ideas ahead.
On another note:
I had an anonymous comment yesterday that for some reason didn't publish. It was a good one too:
I'm finding this really interesting and can't wait to look into it more. However, I'm not sure that I can make it work with our vegetarian lifestyle. Maybe that's the point- that they are at odds. I don't know if I can bring myself to eat meat again though. What do you think?
I think that it's perfectly ok to not eat meat especially if you can't bring yourself to do it. I totally get that. I was a vegetarian for about 12 years and was repulsed by meat. Then I got pregnant and had dreams of cutting in to a steak and everything vegetarian wen't out the door.
I think that Paleo can mean a lot of things, and I'm certainly eating way more vegetables than I ever did on a vegetarian/vegan diet. But beans don't like me and as I said I was looking for a cow to mow down with my car.
I've found a couple sites for you anonymous that I hope will help. No Meat Athlete looked really good. This page looked very good and with more links.
And certainly if you feel great on your diet, than it works for you - change nothing.
Unless all you eat is donuts. Maybe you should stop to listen to your poor heart trying to tell you to eat a carrot.
Ok, that's my last post of my food plan explanation. It was long and I'm glad I said it. I don't entirely know what it means for my site. I won't say there will never be another cookie post, and I can't say there won't be a lot more vegetables and meat recipes.
As long as I still am making food worth snapping pictures of and sharing recipes I'll post it. I'm open to any questions and comments and ideas. Even if you think I am a wackadoo that's ok too. You can take a gander at all posts preceding Monday April 9th 2012. I cannot guarantee that you will not still think I'm a wackadoo, but at least there's sugar there.
***also I just realized my recipe page is way messed up. I'll fix it up this weekend good as new and all the pre-my-new-revelation recipes will be at your fingertips.