How we Eat

What is Paleo?

Well, you can find the technical, theoretical, historical definition all over the internet and in just about any book that has Paleo in the title, so I'm just going to give you the Tiff's notes version.
Basically it just means to eat as close to our paleolithic ancestors as possible...which means that most of the things in the "Standard American Diet" or SAD are out. If you are reading all the awesome books out there, you can get the scientific research on why our bodies just haven't evolved to be able to eat and digest all the garbage we put into them. 
As a result we can become sick, overweight, depressed, tired, infertile, cancerous, diabetic and even die. 

Eating Paleo is very simple once you get everything out of your house that does not fall into the Eat This category.

Eat This 

Meats (grass fed preferably)
Healthy Fats (avocados, coconut, good oils)

Don't Eat This

Grains (including corn and pseudo grains like Quinoa)
Legumes (including peanuts)
Processed Foods
Unhealthy Fats (vegetable oils, canola oils and other super processed oils)

If it has a list of ingredients that has words that would have neanderthals scratching their heads. You probably shouldn't eat it.

*Every definition of paleo or primal is different and some diets include small amounts of dairy as long as it is good dairy from grass fed cows. Butter and cream can be acceptable and so can raw milk and cheeses, it all depends on how your body handles it. Emit all dairy from your diet for 30 days before re-introducing it to see how your body tolerates it. 
**Sugar is sugar, whether it be in fruit form or table sugar. Our bodies digest it the same way. Obviously fruits have more to offer than just the sugar though, so fruit in moderation, or if you are not trying to lose weight can be beneficial to your diet. Processed foods full of sugar are no-no's but if you are making a paleo-ish treat and need to sweeten it, read this...

Now my family and I try to stick to this as much as possible while we are at home. I try to stick to this as closely as possible no matter where I am, but I let the rest of my family make their own choices when they are away from home. 

When we do eat something that isn't necessarily the best choice I make sure that the kids "listen" to how their bodies feel afterwards. 9 times out of 10 they realize that they feel tired, or cranky or have upset stomachs after eating things on the Don't Eat This list. 

Hopefully this will help them choose the healthier options as they grow up, but I want them to make their own food choices, so that they can have a healthy relationship with food. 

I am working on changing how our family looks at food. Rather than rewarding with treats, I reward with extra punches on their punch cards, or with activities. So now instead of saying, "Eat your dinner and you can have dessert..." I tell them to eat their dinner and we can go for a walk, go to the park, watch a movie, play a game, stay up a little later or have an extra story at bedtime. At the store rather than telling them I will get them a treat if they be good, I tell them they can spend a few extra minutes looking at toys.

I try not to be a zealot about being paleo or primal, but try to stick to the guidelines as closely as I can. I do make desserts...I just use better ingredients to make them healthier and try not to make them too often. ;)

The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. – Robb Wolf