So we move onward and upward in our “diet” (really, not the correct term) change. I’ve heard “lifestyle changes” and I think it’s apropos. It really has changed our lifestyle: we rarely eat out anymore, we make everything by hand, planning and time management are essential, and we are seeing the health benefits.
*It’s important to note that every now and then I have fun little pity party and refuse to cook and clean my kitchen twenty-one times a day and we all just eat plain chicken and raw fruit for a meal because this is just. plain. hard. And I miss brownies from Chick-Fil-A. Sigh.
Let me start again…
So we move onward and upward in our “lifestyle changes.” After speaking with the nutritionist again, we are going completely grain-free. Our hope here is to further help G’s tummy issues (I’m preserving his dignity by reserving the details) and Chris and I also noticed our own tummy issues when we tried new grains, namely quinoa. And frankly, believe it or not, it’s just easier to go grain free. I know it sounds strange, but the massive amount of available grain and starch flours available and the complexity of mixing them was mind-boggling. Grain-free? You can easily stick with almond and coconut flour. As long as we don’t react to almond and coconut…we are testing those individually now, starting with almond flour. *Since I started writing this post, we have tested almond flour and it is not friendly to our family tummies, unfortunately. Moving on to coconut flour.
I also learned that we have been drinking a little too much juice. It was even healthy juice! But too much fructose does not do a body good and we have to cut it back to 1-2 servings a week. I love juice so this will be a big adjustment. A BIG adjustment. Really big. The kids do, too, but day 1 of no juice and they are doing pretty well.
What it boils down to is what is called a SCD diet, or specific carbohydrate diet. Or as I like to call it, Paleo Extreme. (That’s not really a term, Paleo is a real term, but not Paleo Extreme.)
The new “rage” out there is this Paleo Diet. You can google it and it’s everywhere. As a Christian and a firm believer in “young earth creation”, I certainly cringed when I first heard the term and their philosophy behind it, but I believe in the nutritional value of it for a variety of reasons (and I have researched it to the nth degree, it’s what I do). And I won’t bore you with those details. Plenty of other bloggers have hashed it out from various angles and I’m not going to recreate the wheel. I can tell you it is working for us. We feel better, tummy issues are getting resolved, we have more energy, etc.
For the two of you who are reading, I’m mostly going to post this list of resources for myself, but here are my favorite sites, including our nutritionist:
- elenaspantry.com (I think?)