I’m just a modern mum (with some old fashioned values) who is trying to cook meals for my family that meet the paleo guidelines. Lately I have heard a lot of talk of what’s paleo and what’s not. Now, I know that sweets and treats really aren’t technically paleo, BUT I’m pretty sure those cavewomen who came across a bee hive would have got stung a few times trying to get a little ‘treat’ of honeycomb for their babies. Its what us mums and dads like to do for our kids.
I think that each individual needs to make the paleo template work best for them. Each persons body will have different requirements to another. I will need to eat differently to my husband and children. Personally, I try to make sure that the ingredients in the meals or treats I’m preparing for my own children are made from real food ingredients, haven’t been highly processed, and don’t contain any hidden nasties. So yes, I will share meals that are aimed at the modern busy family, with ingredients that are paleo approved, but I’m under no illusion that my cavewoman ancestor didn’t whipped them up exactly the same.
Sometimes, I think that we can get caught up in trying to perfect this style of eating and forget why we chose to follow it in the first place. I’m not wanting to carry on about it here, I just want to remind you that its ok to make a dessert using paleo ingredients. Its ok to make a meal that looks like something common in a western diet with paleo ingredients….if that’s whats going to keep you on the path. We are faced with fast food and convenience food just about everywhere we go, and if you need to eat a paleo bar to get through that temptation then do it. If you need to bake a paleo cookie or cake so that your son or daughter doesn’t feel left out, then thats ok. After some time eating this way, you will find that you naturally don’t need those things as much or at all.
Our lifestyles will never let us live exactly like the cavemen did. We don’t have open plains that wide game roaming around that we can hunt. We have bills, work, school, houses, etc. You want to just try to follow the principals and a more real food approach. Try the best with what you have to follow the lifestyle choice you made, for whatever reason. If you can’t source an ingredient at the local farmers market, find someone that sells it from your country at least. If your child will only eat one thing this week, make it using real food ingredients. It doesn’t have to be hard and it shouldn’t be a chore. We want to come together and support everyone that is trying to make a positive change, no matter how small, rather than tell people they aren’t living ‘true paleo’.
I didn’t want to start a rant today. Actually, this just started spilling out in the middle of another post. I think it is important to remember though, that we have outside pressures constantly trying to undermine the choice we have made to eat and live this way. Don’t let them influence you. Don’t listen to the arguments, that if your not doing it 110% its not worth you having a go at all. Any positive change, no matter how small, is a change. Just do the best you can!