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.