Thursday, April 5, 2012

A week of preparation. D Day is coming!

The past week has been a lot of prep work. We got totally stocked in the kitchen and even bought a few new gadgets. The dehydrator arrives on Wednesday (wooty woot)! But the most prep work has been going on in my head. Attitude is everything, who can argue? If you expect problems…you’ll get problems. If you expect great results…you’ll get them. It goes along w/ the old saying…”Whether you think you can or think you can’t. you’re right”. The problem, one might think, is that I need to get my son’s attitude right. But I believe children feed off their parents. Kind of like how an animal can smell fear, so can little ones. Especially with their parents. 

I have been talking to Carlos about how food affects his health. I’m trying to plant little seeds and water them here and there. I wanted to make a list of health issues that I think will go away once he’s on paleo for a month or so..

Eczema- It’s not as bad as it used to be when he was a baby but he still gets weird rashes here and there.

Pee accidents- This has improved drastically in the past 8 months. He used to constantly be wet from leaks. On average I’d say he has about 4 accidents a week

Night time pee accidents- same thing as above. They’ve gotten much better but I’m usually washing sheets at least twice a week

#2 accidents- yup. He says he doesn’t know that it’s coming. And I’m not talking about something watery where you think it’s a toot but stuff actually comes out. I’m talking about the kind that are big and plenty.

Asthma- it’s not too bad and usually only acts up when he has a cold. He takes a Cingular every night and the inhaler as a preventative

Behavioral wise- he’s a good boy but he does lose his temper once in a while. And if you give him candy then you’re asking for trouble. It will be interesting to see how paleo affects him in this realm.

Leg pains- this started occurring just recently. I think it’s ‘growing pains’. Let’s see if we can get Paleo it kick those leg pain’s butt!

I’m a little late putting up this post today. Today is Thursday. D Day (Dinosaur Day). The little guy is still sleeping as it’s spring break and Momma took off today and tomorrow (yippie). I am feeling a bit nervous but I’m not going to let it show. For breakfast I’m going to offer scrambled eggs w/ this amazing homemade ketchup from the ELaD (Eat Like a Dinosaur book) and homemade waffles.  I’m going to pick up the dehydrator then the rest of the day is up in the air. We’ll probably go to the park and just relax. Tomorrow we were planning on visiting a beach. We moved to PA in May from Delaware so we need to find a new beach to frequent this summer.

I have to admit that I’m excited about the challenge because I think in the end it will bring the two of us closer together. I’m putting my faith and prayers in with my Savior knowing that he will lead me. If things don’t go perfect, which I’m not expecting them too, there is a good reason for it. Trust Him and it will all work out. Amen!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The beginning

Faith, family and food. Three things that keep me going.

This blog is to track our journey through converting my son from the standard American diet to a paleo diet.  I know it’s going to be tough at times that’s why I titled the blog ‘Paleo with Prayers’. By putting my trust in my Savior and taking some leaps of faith, we will get through this. Not only will we get through this but we will all become better from the experience. True character is built during the difficult times in life. We are more than conquerors.  I’ve never been a great writer and my speech  is less than eloquent but what I am good at is speaking from the heart.  So here we go….

I started the blog tonight as my step of faith that he WON’T be allergic to almonds. Almonds are so versatile and making paleo cooking for children much easier. I have to give a shout out to The Paleo Parents authors of Eat Like a Dinosaur. I ordered this book thinking it was just a story to encourage kids to eat healthy and read that it had some recipes. Whoa baby! When it arrived I found out it’s totally FULLY of kid friendly recipes.  I also ordered a copy of The Paleo Pals to start planting some seeds in that little brain of his.

Carlos’ diet now is filled with a lot of carbs. Cereal for breakfast, yogurt, peas or broccoli for lunch w/ noodles and a cereal bar for a snack at school.  I was able to get him to switch to coconut milk (So Delicious). That was surprisingly easy. I thought I was going to have to mix the coconut milk with regular milk then slowly, bowl by bowl, increase the coconut and decrease the milk. One morning we were out of regular milk so I filled the bowl w/ coconut milk but he didn’t say a thing. If only all things could be that easy J The vegetables he eats are broccoli, peas, carrots and string beans. Not bad for a 5 year old HOWEVER it could be much better. I feel guilty every time I go grocery shopping and see his Kashi crackers, Annie’s Mac n Cheese, gluten free noodles, yogurt and cereal next to all our meats, eggs, veggies and fruits. He will eat chicken but it can’t have anything brown on it. His Momma, on the other hands, loves hers a little extra cooked. We’ve also been relying on AppleGate chicken fingers and a fish stick made w/ potato as the crust.

I’m hoping the blog will also inspire me to try new things in the kitchen instead of always relying on someone else’s recipe. I have a lot of good ideas I just need to test them out (novice scientist at work here) J  ! I’m not very creative in the kitchen but I’m very good at following directions.

The biggest hold of why I haven’t transitioned him yet is I’m scared. I’m scared of the push back, I’m scared of how it’s going to hurt his feelings and I’m scared of the challenge. But you know what? I gave birth and nothing is scarier than labor! Besides, I love the boy and want the best for him. I don’t want him to look back and think, “wow, mom knew the healthy way to eat but she didn’t make me do it.” I know plenty of people that wish their parents would have been harder on them.  So I’ve just got to keep reminding him that this is good for him. Who knows? maybe it won’t be a difficult as I’m expecting.

I’ve  been eating a paleo diet for about 3 year. I first learned about paleo at the beginning of 2009, the same time I found Crossfit. Back then there was only 1 paleo book written by Loren Cordain and awesome Paleo blogs we all know now didn’t exist back then.  I was eating paleo for about 6 months then went back to a diet w/ grains and some standard American diet foods. In November 2010 I attended a Whole 9 workshop and life hasn’t been the same since. Did I mention better? I have more energy, a clear head and jut feel GOOD

This week I’m getting Carlos tested for food allergies. I know 100% that he has an allergy to walnuts, pretty bad too. I found out when he was 2 years old. I handed him a walnut to try. He touched it to his lips and started screaming. As I started racing to the hospital big hives started to form on his face. By the time we got to the hospital the hives were gone. Ever since that incident he’s been nut free. Prior to that incident he did have foods w/ almonds and cashews in it. I want to be 100% sure he can eat almonds before this journey begins.

My tentative date will be April 5th. This will give me time to get him allergy tested and do some prep work and research. Hopefully he picks his new book “The Paleo Pals” tonight as his bedtime story.