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3/3/13 11:06 A

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thanks again! I'm trying to keep things simple right now, I don't really mind giving up the grains and such so I'm not looking for replacements right now- maybe someday!

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3/3/13 10:27 A

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I understand what you mean about Paleo seeming overwhelming. The reason for this is often that people try to recreate the same types of foods that they ate before they ate Paleo.
Things get a lot simpler very quickly if we take the focus onto simple foods: vegetables, nuts, oils, meat, eggs. All of these can be very simple to prepare without any recipes. Just mix a number of veggies for a salad, add olive oil and vinegar and some protein, either cooked meat or boiled eggs, and you have a meal. A piece of fruit is dessert. A handful of nuts are snacks.
Water with a few slices of citrus fruit or cucumber is a special drink.
Meat can be prepared in the oven as a potroast, soup can be made by dumping a bunch of veggies and some bones in a crockpot with a little water. Anything that is cooked can be cooked in larger batches so that you only have to cook once or twice a week.
In a pinch a can of tuna can fill in for a protein source and for some people raw dairy products, esp. those made from goat or sheep milk, are well tolerated.

If, on the other hand you are looking for paleo-versions of breads, pasta, sweets etc. things get a lot more involved.
Therefore I recommend keeping things very simple, especially at the start. This type of simplicity also helps counteract emotional eating and eating obsessions. emoticon


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3/3/13 9:53 A

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I find it somewhat overwhelming too. It takes a lot of cooking, which luckily I have time to do.

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3/3/13 2:24 A

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I have found trying to convert 100% of my diet to paleo overwhelming and unrealistic -- I have just accepted that I am going to have my "cheat" days. I also wanted to make it easy for myself so that I am not looking at a million blogs and having info overload - which honestly makes me de-motivated. I have used http://www.thepaleopath.com/ as my main resource (a very helpful start) and I am now building upon that and looking more to blogs and other recipe suggestions.



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3/2/13 7:55 A

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Thanks for all the info, I definitely need to sit down a do a bit more research! I've been doing pretty well so far aside from a bit of deviation yesterday. I was very lightheaded at work and none of the Paleo-friendly foods I brought were helping, so I had a few pretzels and a couple handfuls of Cheerios. It was the second day in a row that I've had a rough morning, so I need to do some more research. My older child (4 years) asked why I wasn't eating potatoes one night at dinner and I explained a little bit about how I don't want to eat things like that right now, and she seemed okay with that reasoning. My son constantly offers me his food (he's 2) and often, I need to take a bite of whatever is on his plate to get him to eat it. Even with these little deviations I'd lost 2 lbs the last time I checked the scale (mid-week) and aside from the mornings, I've felt better. I know there will be an adjustment period and I'm okay with that. I also know I'm doing something really good for myself! My husband also decided to give up grains so that's another plus!

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2/25/13 10:27 A

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Just a quick note. Welcome! You've got lots of great info!

I have a 3 year old who lives mostly paleo at home, simply because that's what we have in the house. However, I do have oatmeal for him for breakfasts if he wants it (since he loves it and it's easy for me to add in a veggie puree ;) ) and have been known to let him eat toast or even a chicken finger if we have to eat out (which we don't do often). We are already dairy free due to allergies, as well as food dye free and HFCS free. I don't see the need to limit him even further at this time (he is healthy, and eats a decent variety of foods, and is always willing to try something new) especially at preschool/daycare where he is already eating differently. So, at daycare/school he eats pretzels or crackers, maybe PB, rice or noodle soup sometimes. As he gets older, he'll see what WE eat and have at home, and he can make up his own mind about what to eat when not at home, as long as we don't have health issues etc.


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2/24/13 12:46 P

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Welcome!

Just a note. I enjoy grain free crackers and grain free pasta on occasion.

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2/24/13 11:32 A

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Hi Lissa and emoticon not much to add because you have gotten some great information. I would recommend the following website:

;Everyday Paleo: everydaypaleo.com/

I recommend this website because Sarah Fragoso has 2 young children and they eat paleo. She has several cookbooks, which I have, I highly recommend them: everydaypaleo.com/books/

- Everyday Paleo
- Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook: Real Food for Real Life

... from About Sarah in her EP cookbook: "Sarah Fragoso is a dedicated wife and a mother of three who has succeeded in helping her own family find true health and wellness through living a paleo lifestyle"

Her website also has loads of recipes and lots of information on the paleo lifesyle.

I wish you and your family the best of luck! ~ Dee emoticon

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2/24/13 11:16 A

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Paleo truly redefinies what healthy foods are. I agree to not force children to change because right now you could not give them good reasons why they should nor have they seen your example.
The Paleo or any low-carb diet is based on scientific evidence that grains, sugar and beans and in many cases dairy are not healthy at all. Sometimes the best way to find that out is to try it for a while and see the results. I've been grain, sugar and bean-free for over a year now and it only took one week until I had more energy, my belly fat starting dropping off, achiness and many low-energy symptoms disappeared and my mood improved.
Once all these symptoms had gone away and the bad carbs were out of my system I realized that I had indeed had a carb addiction that was just as hard to break as smoking.
For this reason it would be easier for you if you were not surrounded by non-paleo food while you try how this works for you. I can now easily be surrounded by all these things because they don't even tempt me any more. Bread is about as appetizing as cardboard to me, sugar is about the same. But when I first started, especially in the first week, the smell and the sight of these things were strong temptations.
So you may want to set it up to where your family can keep non-paleo foods in another room (get a small fridge and/or cabinet) away from the kitchen where you don't have to go. At the same time offer your kids lots of healthy paleo foods as snacks.
Part of the beauty of paleo is that you will likely not feel hungry between meals anyhow, so if you make paleo meals your kids will eat nutritious and healthy food that satisfies them until the next meal.
Paleo needs to be a lifestyle diet to work for life, but many people try it out for 30 days first to see how it works for them.
A major key is to have plenty of yummy paleo ingredients in the house, definitely a ton of different veggies, meats, nuts, nut butters etc. so there are always plenty of yummy things to eat. Also plan on a lot more time for home cooking. emoticon
One of the reasons I am so glad my daughter was exposed to this way of eating while she is young is that I know she will never experience all the detrimental effects that eating grains, sugar and legumes has on her body because she stopped eating them when she was young. I also know that she will be a much better athlete in high school (she's a swimmer) because of this healthy way of eating. Many ill effects of high-carb foods only become evident after many years of abusing our bodies with them.


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2/24/13 8:58 A

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thanks, that was interesting! I'm still not going to force my kids to give up the healthier snack options that they enjoy though. This is my lifestyle change, not something I need to force upon them.

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."

"If you really want more, scream it out louder,
If you're on the floor, bring out the fire,
And light it up, take it up higher,
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2/24/13 8:44 A

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Hi, About children and Paleo. I would suggest reading this article . Take care !
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2/24/13 8:15 A

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I don't feel the need to limit my children's diet as they are young and healthy. My 2 y.o. son is a picky eater who luckily likes fruit and yogurt better than just about anything else. He eats crackers as a snack and usually prefers healthier options over snacks like cookies, so I feel like he is fine eating crackers. I would not make the decision to change his eating unless he was unheathy- I don't feel it is fair to make my children eat what I'm eating just because I want them to. They both love pasta and I have a hard time getting my son to eat any "dinner" foods so I'm not going to force them to stop eating what they enjoy unless their doctor tells me otherwise. The choice to change my eating style is MY choice and I won't enforce it on my kids while they're still so young. But, thanks for the reply and the well-wishes! :)

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2/24/13 8:01 A

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I do think it works. It is how man ate for 2 millions years. It makes you feel good. If you are a sugar addict like I am the only solution is abstinence just like alcoholics with alcohol and I feel so very good and healthy when I eat this way too so good luck with it all, from the UK.

Also no reason your children's diet cannot be adapted to remove the crackers. I don't think children need crackers to live... although I have had a good few children myself and it can be hard to change how they eat. Although some of my children eat bread we basically have very few if any processed foods in the house so no one wants anything like that. If it's not there they cannot eat it.

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2/24/13 7:38 A

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Hello all! I'm Milessa (or Lissa for short). I have been a member of SparkPeople for what feels like a million years, yet I've never been at my goal weight. I've been close, and much happier and healthier, but never quite there. Two years ago I had a baby and my weight gain was quite a lot, and I am still trying to get it off. (I lost an initial 30 lbs after he was born- score! but then stalled) I really didn't commit myself to anything long-term so I've been losing the same 10 pounds off and on again for about a year.

In January I joined a program at the YMCA I work at called BeFit. It is a 12 week program consisting of 2 1.5 hour workout classes a week with a trainer, plus, if we needed it, help planning out a healthy diet. I lost 5 pounds in the first few weeks but have hit another roadblock. I have long been aware of -how- to eat pretty healthy, but have a hard time sticking to anything. I have had moderate success with both counting calories as well as doing South Beach, and I know that carbs and sugars are really my weaknesses and the roadblocks preventing me from losing any significant amounts. Three weeks ago a friend started eating a Paleo-styled diet and has lost 12 pounds. I'm not expecting her success, but I'm intriqued by the plan and I think it will work for me based on the fact that carbs and sugars seem to derail me.

I have two young (2 and 4) kids who eat a lot of baked crackers, cheese, yogurt, etc- so keeping myself on a Paleo diet will be tough as I'm a snacker, but I'm up for the challenge. My husband will probably not accompany me on this journey as he tends to have his own methods of dieting/losing weight that work for him. SO I am truly in need of support, knowledgeable allies, and motivators! I welcome all SparkFriends. I still have a lot of reading to do about the plan but would like to begin in the next week or so (today would be ideal, if the snow stops long enough for me to get to the grocery store).

Anyway- sorry for the novel! I'm just happy to be here. :)

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If you're on the floor, bring out the fire,
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Gonna push it to the limit, give it more."
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