- 3 eggs from Jacob’s Acres Farm
- scrambled w/tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 avocado
- sundried tomato pieces
- Trader Joe‘s salsa (not pictured)
- frozen strawberries
- organic blueberries
- fresh mango
- sliced banana
- cacao nibs
- shredded coconut
- 1/3 c coconut milk (not pictured)
Breakfast is easily the hardest thing to change when adjusting to Paleo because everything we used to eat had grains in them. But, adding some fun toppings and mix-ins to eggs and fruit can really spice them up and make them taste even better. With all of this good fat (see: coconut, avocado), I was left satiated and feeling alert and energetic the whole morning.
Our oldest daughter, Bree, isn’t even 4 yet, but she’s getting to the age where her food allergies come into play in social settings and it becomes a great opportunity to teach her about consequences. We are her parents and we know what is best for her, but soon she’ll be at friends or relatives houses when we’re not and different foods will make themselves available. Lucky for us, she doesn’t have any anaphylactic allergies, but she has differing levels of intolerances for (at last count) about 30 different foods.
This past weekend she was at a birthday party at Sky Zone where there was pizza and cake. Jill planned ahead and made a really yummy gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate dessert, so that covered the cake part. However, when Bree saw everyone was sitting down to have pizza together, she wanted to have some too (can you blame her!?). We haven’t had many moments like this, so we were curious what would happen too.
Bree ate the pizza and did like it, but within an hour she said she had a stomach ache and later on that night she was in the bathroom a few times. Everyone likes the taste of yummy foods, but when you eat those that harm you, you start to learn, no matter how young or old you may be.
This situation reminded me of a very apt and accurate article written by the Paleo stud, Mark Sisson. Below is a quick summary of the article, but I highly recommend you read the whole thing here in order to understand the details:
- You’re missing something from your diet and your ancient genes are misinterpreting the modern cravings
- You’re missing something from your diet and your modern self is misinterpreting the ancient cravings.
- You’re addicted to wheat
- You’re addicted to sugar
- You’re stressed out
- You’re training too much without adequate fueling
- You’re not getting enough sleep
- You fear being socially isolated due to your food choices
I think #1 and #2 are really fascinating, biologically. Most people would deny #3 as being crazy, but the biology behind that supports it too. In fact, I think all of them are fascinating from one perspective or another. #8 is what Bree has to deal with at parties, but I know I deal with it at work too. I’ve heard comments that Paleo as “interesting”, but I’ve met very few (bordering zero) people who are willing to take the leap and find out how much it really helps them. My only hope is if I keep writing about our successes that it will encourage others to give it a shot.
As I’ve written on this blog numerous times, we are a different type of family for many reasons. Well, tonight we made a purchase that many other Paleo people have made (as well as many other people who aren’t afraid to be different) that makes us even more weird.
I am pumped about this new purchase because I read a very interesting (and very long) article about them on the New York Times. I’ve heard so many people say that once you go down this path, it’s hard to go back. Only time will tell.
So for the past few months I’ve been experimenting with standing while I work. Yes, I feel like I bit of an odd-ball, but then again I also feel good. Sitting all day drains me and I feel really lethargic because of it. Not to mention, standing while working seems to keep the blood flowing better and I swear I am more productive and have better ideas when I do so.
Granted, I didn’t come up with this out of thin air. I’d heard rumblings of people standing at their computers for a while now. Famous tech-blogger, Gina Trapani, was the one I heard talk about it first. She wrote about it on Lifehacker and since then they’ve had a number of posts regarding it. For instance: How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body and How You Can Counteract It. Gina recently blogged how she’d reached the One Year point of standing at her desk.
Converting to standing isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Obviously most offices aren’t equipped for it and most people think you’re crazy (probably because it’s not “what everyone else does”). But, you need to find boxes or books or something to raise your keyboard, mouse, and monitors. Otherwise, there’s no point in standing if you’re going to kill your neck and back trying to hunch over or look down. Also, you’ll either want to invest in a mat to stand on like Gina did, or just take the easy route like I did and just throw on some more comfortable shoes (eg. Crocs). Also, I only stand a few hours at a time, otherwise it’s hard on the back. From what I’ve read, standing all day is just as bad as sitting all day, so it’s good to mix it up.
Finally, to further motivate myself, I printed out this 5-page infographic and have it posted at work. It’s nice to point to when people look at me funny and ask why I’m standing too! Or, they may be looking at me funny because, in order to stand, I need to jury rig my desk with an Amazon box:
I love the title of this post for many reasons. It’s a great tagline for Paleo, it’s a good summary of what it’s like to eat Paleo, and it’s a shoutout to my favorite radio show, The Dan Patrick Show.
Anyway, I recently wrote an article for our employee newsletter at AAA Western and Central New York regarding Paleo. I’d like to think I did a good job of summarizing the problem Paleo looks to solve as well as a brief overview of how it works. I’m hoping to get some feedback because so far I’ve gotten very little. What do you think!?
This article was recently shared with me by a family friend who is going through the same thing our family is going through. We’ve all learned a lot about gluten and allergies and intolerances and how dangerous “common” foods can be. It’s still crazy to me because a little over a year ago I was completely oblivious to all of this. I felt and looked healthy, but now that I know what I know, I know that wasn’t true. You know?
I recommend everyone read this article and pass it along because this “ignorance is bliss” viewpoint most people have about food needs to come to a stop. Whether they choose to act on it is unfortunately in their hands, but the best we can do is help educate the masses.
I recently came across this video and it does a fantastic job of explaining why Paleo is the correct approach for humans to take with their diets. It also answers many common questions people have (I know I had them too at first).