Wednesday, April 18, 2012

All Roads Lead to Paleo

I often don't get to my blog because I am too busy cooking for my kids. Instead of writing about cooking--I am actually cooking. One day I should log the number of minutes I spend cooking and do a graph of how much time I spend in my kitchen and the different activities. I love to cook--so it's all good. But, the real reward is knowing I am doing everything I can to make sure my kids have nutritious meals and snacks. I find that cooking and baking is the most effective way to get everyone to eat healthy food. Often, the menu is quite simple--a piece of meat or fish with steamed broccoli or cut up cucumbers. Lately, we skip the starch in our meal as I figure desert is pretty starchy.

"All roads lead to Paleo" is an expression I love. Paleo is a prehistoric way of eating that cuts out modern food and returns to the food that was available to our paleolithic ancestors--lean meats, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts are included in this super simple eating plan. I say all roads lead to Paleo because there is something ideal about going Paleo and turning your back on modern processed food whenever possible. According to The Paleo Mom
"A paleolithic diet avoids all grains, legumes (including soy and peanuts), dairy (except maybe butter and heavy cream), modern vegetable oils (like safflower and canola), and processed foods."
Our breakfasts and dinners are pretty paleo because the food that get sent to school includes chips and pretzels and typical kid fare. To offset school food we do more protein and fruit and veggies at breakfast and dinner. It is a nice balance that seems to work.