Defending the Caveman

Flirting with Paleo   

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The Hubs can attest to this:  I am a flirt.

I flirt all of the time — with various notions.

I flirt with the idea of exercising more.  I flirt with the idea of saving more money. I flirt with the idea of posting on this blog everyday. Fail. Fail. Fail.

And now I’m flirting with the idea of going caveman, and trying the Paleo Diet.

Sorry if this is TMI but I have a lot of friends who, like me, are becoming ‘women of a certain age.’  We all complain about the same things: weight issues & health issues.  My friends who have made the switch to Paleo swear it’s made differences in their lives.  Some post amazing pictures of their physical transformations all over Facebook.  Others talk about how it’s helped improve their overall health and well-being.  It’s pretty inspiring. 

Still, I can’t help but imagine how difficult it must be to change one’s diet so radically, especially when children are involved.

I haven’t posted in a few days because I haven’t had much to write about. My son turned 7 the other day, so there was a lot of celebratory eating going on during his week-long birthday bonanza:  pizza, chicken nuggets, ice cream cake.  You know the drill.  Not to mention the fact that we’ve been at the pool almost every night and taking a lot of fun day-trips, so we’ve had our fair share of (gasp!) fast-food.  (I know, I know… Bad Mommy. Slapping my wrist right now for you.)

But I’m intrigued. So I gave a Paleo-inspired meal a try. Not too bad: 

Paleo-Inspired Slow-Cooker Coconut Chicken

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  • Put a bag of baby carrots into slow cooker.
  • Put 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs on top. 
  • Cover with a can of coconut milk
  • Add 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Add any herbs you feel like and have on hand: I put some thyme, oregano, basil and garlic.  (in hindsight, I wish I had thrown in a pinch of garam masala instead and made a coconut curry.)
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours until chicken is done.

I served it with fresh chopped tomatoes tossed with basil (Paleo) and brown rice (not Paleo, but keeps the kids happy.)  

My husband really enjoyed this and 2/3 of my three birds enjoyed it too.  The chicken was so moist and tender. The carrots were so sweet — almost like candy.  My now-7-year-old was the one who complained. But I think if I made it again, he’d enjoy it.  And I think he would have liked it with the curry seasoning.  

So what do you guys out there in blog-land think?  To Paleo or not to Paleo?  That is the question.  Would you do it?  Have you?  Any tips you can share on how to get started? Any websites you would recommend that wouldn’t require me selling my daughter in exchange for some recipes and advice? Reply if you can… and help a girlfriend out.  🙂 

In the meantime… happy eatings!  

Sharon

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2 thoughts on “Defending the Caveman

  1. Do it! I no longer define my diet as Primal/Paleo but 90% of the time this is how I eat. I always feel so amazing when I eat clean, I feel like crap when I don’t. My husband never gets heartburn when we are eating clean, I am in love with it. Sometimes I think that its to hard to keep doing it but then we stop for a month and I gain weight, feel like crap, get bloated, my kid starts becoming a completely different angry and defiant little dude and go right back to Primal/Paleo and he goes back to “normal”. I think the work is completely worth it! I would start with blogs like paleomg.com, health-bent.com, primalparents.com is the best if you have kids, think caramel apples! MarksDailyApple.com is a good site, but I stay away from the forums because they bring me down, you might have better luck than I did, I am not much of a people person. Good luck!

    • Thank you so much Pogo! And you raise a really great point about the impact it has on your son’s behavior. I’ve noticed that different dietary changes can impact my son too and often wonder if a change this drastic might also help our family. Thank you so much for reading! I’m new to blogging and sometimes think it’s just my thoughts being thrown out into the universe. It’s so nice to know someone is actually with me on this journey. 🙂

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