I discovered the paleo diet a little over 5 years ago when I joined a Crossfit gym. My daughter was 6 months old and I was desperate to find a way to lose the baby weight and hopefully more. I thought the paleo diet sounded a little crazy, but I likely would have done just about anything to shed some pounds. I’d seen countless before and after photos and figured that if I continued to Crossfit and eat a paleo diet that everything would just fall into place.
That didn’t work at all for me. I had some major hurdles to overcome. To start, this journey coincided with my return to work and the overwhelming stress that came with that return. After being away from my daughter all day, I wasn’t super psyched to trade time with her for time in the gym. We were already leaving the house at 6 am, so working out before just wasn’t a reasonable option. Additionally, I was still breastfeeding and had the added stress of pumping at work and managing my supply. Making a major dietary switch was adding a major stressor to an already stressful situation I am sure many of you are familiar with.
Also, the people around me were not on board and rather than slowly making changes, I took a dogmatic approach to the diet which ultimately turned my husband off to the entire thing. I also had to deal with other family members and daycare providers who had no idea what a paleo diet was, or what the potential benefits were. The health benefits I was seeing were dismissed as anecdotal, especially because I had stopped losing weight.
When I started, there weren’t nearly as many resources available and there were fewer resources written by moms who had successfully managed this transition or fully disclosed their ups and downs. Its taken me all this time to find a way to do it without having to cook multiple different versions of dinner for my family.
This blog was started to help with that transition.
Here are my goals for the blog:
- Share easy paleo recipes that my daughter will eat in hopes that maybe your kids will too.
- Share quick tips and tricks to help you create a kid friendly (and perhaps husband friendly) meal from the meal you wanted to make for yourself without spending much extra time. I DO NOT want you to have to make multiple meals. Lets face it… NOBODY has time for that.
- Share meal planning strategies.
- Help you learn from my missteps so you don’t have to make them.
Here is what the blog was NOT intended for:
- Cutesy kid dishes, bento boxes or things that take a LOT of time.
- Health or medical advice. I am just a working mom, not a nutritionist or medical professions.
- Suggesting or encouraging you to decide to make your kids follow an exclusively paleo diet. My daughter doesn’t. She eats snacks at school, oatmeal and pancakes with my mom, and white rice with me.
- A dogmatic paleo approach or opinions. This isn’t a religion. It’s not black and white. I am not here to argue if potatoes are paleo or not or just you for eating gluten free pasta. There is plenty of that, and its only a google search away.
I look forward to writing for you!