It’s Sunday and it’s raining…again!
This article details a full week of our paleo meals: it gives an idea of what we are eating now with our family of three children – that’s those still living at home!
Fried in coconut oil: sausage (for children, gluten free) , bacon, egg, asparagus tomatoes
Lunch: Bacon, beetroot, walnuts
Bacon, egg, mince, fresh herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes courgettes onions (leftover from fridge)
Lunch (children only) chopped walnuts, yoghurt (greek style), banana
Tea: Roast chicken, roast butternut squash, sweet potatoes, spring greens cabbage and paleo friendly gravy
Liver, bacon bits, fresh green herbs
Lunch : (children only) omelette, bacon bits cheese, butter
Tea: minced beef, cooked with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, ginger, garlic chilli served with slices of roast butternut squash topped with cheese, grilled lightly and sprinkled with herbs
Chopped liver fried in coconut oil with tomatoes/mushrooms/herbs
Lunch: leftover mince and veg (nuked at work)
Tea: Roast beef and paleo cauliflower cheese, purple cabbage
Fried in coconut oil: tomatoes, mushrooms and strawberries: liver and bacon
Lunch: chicken salad, dressing (olive oil and drops of balsamic vinegar)
Supper: scrambled eggs, roast pork and spicy stir fried cabbage
Left over veg; tiny bit of steak; eggs fried in coconut oil
Lunch: tin of mackerel and small handful of walnuts
Tea: Slow cooker shredded beef, jacket sweet potatoes, buttery cabbage, squash
Scrambled eggs and mushrooms with butter
Tea: Roast pork, crackling, spicey cabbage, broccoli and roast ginger
We have three fit active sports mad and growing teenagers eating with us at home and our meals tend to reflect their needs and support their activities. We eat together morning and evening. If I’m hungry I eat the carbs but will always favour green leafy vegetable combinations over squash and sweet potato as this works for me. The kids like these better and tend to avoid green leafy vegetables if at all possible (you see nothing changes across the generations)!!We eat together as a family. No-one is singled out for special food because they are on a diet, no-one is treated different. We value the time together.
Make it simple, make it real.
Deep in thought with friends last night, the conversation turned to Jenni Murray and the open letter published yesterday morning. That letter was written in direct response to a dilemma which is familiar the world over to literally millions and millions of people: yo- yo dieting.
It is a very real concept a very real diet trap and it keeps millions of us unhappy and pre-occupied and, well, generally missing the point of life.
As each new commercial dieting program comes to us (Dukan, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Cabbage Soup, High-fibre, Low-fat, Zone, the list is endless), we sincerely believe it will make a difference to our mal-nourished bodies. And we try again for weight loss. What we forget, time and again, is that diets don’t work. At best, they are always a short term solution: most of us can lose weight if we set our minds to it but how many of us manage to sustain the weight loss? Short term gratifications (new clothes, new shoes, new hair cut, new man, new party) seduce us down the diet path but what is it that you want, long term?
If your long term wish is to be free to live life fully, to enjoy each day without waking up and venturing into battle with your self, to be “normal” around food and to understand food and the response it can trigger in our bodies then take a little education.
Take a look at the article Fat Storage Machine and learn about the relationship of sugar and insulin and the response it has on your body. Further reading here on exactly how our modern diet is fuelling the obesity epidemic and try this excellent item Bad Fat – Good Fat to open your eyes to thebenefits of eating saturated fat in our diet. Challenge your current behaviours, think Human Shaped! Be radical. Eat bacon. Stand up, stretch and take a look around. If you keep doing what you’ve always done you will continue to get what you’ve always got.
Do your reading, do your thinking and make good choices. Every day what you do defines who you are. Get a few recipes under your belt, understand what you can and can’t eat for optimal health , use our ancestors as your point of reference (did they eat it, would they recognise it as food) and never ever forget the fact that it is the food that is making you fat NOT some lack of will power or failing in you. It is the food that causes addictions and triggers behavioural responses such as overeating. Not you. It is a biochemical response. Chemistry. Not you. Clean up your diet and the bio-chemical reactions go, the behavior triggers go and now you have a fighting chance to achieve those long term goals.
And so, now we read that Jenni Murray has opted for Weight Watchers.
Do you think this is the answer?
- Open Letter to Jenni Murray (paleoworks.wordpress.com)