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Apr. 2, 2013 12:22 pm 
Updated: Apr. 5, 2013 5:45 am
I have been toying with the idea of changing my diet the paleo way for a few months.  I have been hesitant because I was not sure if I could really commit to eating a hamburger wrapped in lettuce leaves without cheese instead of a cheeseburger on a bun or not making our traditional Christmas cookies anymore.  I am having a hard time getting my husband and kids on board as well.  Due to annoying, not life threatening health issues, I have decided that I have to try.  I know that dairy, grains, and refined sugar are all horrible for people and I know that if I do not buy pasta anymore, my family will not eat it.

I know I can do this.  The truth is, I have been making my own food since I was a teenager.  I never liked the taste of processed or canned foods because there was always too much salt or sugar in it for me.  The first pumpkin pie my parents ever had that came from an actual pumpkin was one that I made when I was 17 years old when I was old enough to drive to the farm myself to buy the pumpkin.  We had apple trees in our yard growning up so I made applesauce from the apples instead of buying jars of it from the grocery store.  I started making my own bread around 25 when I had a back injury that prevented me from sitting or laying down for too long.  I guess I have been practicing for this for a long time now.  I do not have many "convenience foods" in my pantry to start with so it is just a matter of making better decisions at the store.  Nuts instead of popcorn for movie night snacks, celery instead of corn chips for quacamole, things like that.  It will take some practice and planning but I want to do this.  I feel like I have to do this.

I am starting small. We are having real polish kielbasa from the local butcher for dinner tonight. I plan to stir fry it with plenty of colorful veggies and "forget" to cook the rice. It is a start.  After dinner is cleaned up, I am getting myself on the treadmill.  I plan to walk for about 30 minutes tonight and build up to an hour of jogging.  I have no set time frame in which to accomplish anything because I want to make it a new way of life, not just another "diet" which will inevitably end in failure.  Wish me luck!
Apr. 2, 2013 12:48 pm
I'm definitely wishing you luck! You can do this. I really believe if this is the only way you cook, your family will eventually come along. Good job starting with small steps. I'm cheering you on!
Apr. 2, 2013 2:46 pm
Paula, thank you!
Apr. 2, 2013 4:51 pm
Best of luck to you. I would suggest you discuss removing dairy and grains totally from your diet with a doctor or nutritionist. Or at least have a blood workup done in 3 months to be certain you are getting all the nutrients you need. This is especially true with children. ~ I also shun processed foods and am even at the point of making my own condiments (have you ever really looked at the ingredients?) I refuse to buy any GMO produce and will stop buying salmon if that assault on our rights goes through. It is more expensive and time consuming, but so worth it.
Apr. 3, 2013 6:12 am
What BSM say's & I wish you the best of luck.
Apr. 3, 2013 6:47 am
What the ladies say above,wishing you luck.
Apr. 3, 2013 7:58 am
Joey Joan, manella, thank you. It was a doctor who suggested cutting out grains, dairy, and sugar. I have horrible eczema on my hands. Now it is showing up on my oldest daughter as well. Medications do nothing to help me so that is why we decided to try adjusting diet. The pediatrician is okay with the diet as long as the kids come in for regular check ups and I agreed to have bloodwork done for them. I have to make sure they get enough to eat and are actually eating the food they are given. I'm sure they will still have pancakes and treats at Grandma's house that and I have no problem with that.
Apr. 3, 2013 8:05 am
BigShotMom, thank you! I stopped buying most GMO products a few months ago. There are things that my husband says he won't give up but I don't eat it and rarely do my kids as I am the one preparing their food most of the time. It is very possible that GMOs are why my eczema is so bad. I buy as much organic as I can and usually from our local organic farm. They have their own cows, pigs, chickens, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. I talk to them all the time. No GMOs there.
Apr. 3, 2013 11:58 am
JENN_BEAN Celery with peanut butter spread in them is a good kid friendly snack, add raisins for a change of pace.
Apr. 4, 2013 8:30 am
Echoing previous. Another thing to try for skin is goatmilk soap. Windrift Hill is a good cheap(er) place if you buy unlabeled bars. Made in Montana. Small family company. Also, Derma E has something in the Skinbiotics line (blue label). The healthfood stores often have it on sale, + coupons online and I believe free samples. Oregano oil and burdock are among the ingreds. Hope it helps!! Oh and if cracks are a problem check out MadeOn beesilk bars. safe for cooking- all ingredients are edible and very soothing to cover cracks.
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