cooking for my mother

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 07, 2013 at 1:55 PM

My mum has health issues including very high blood pressure, really bad joint pain, gout, arthritis etc etc, so I thought I could try convincing her to try going paleo to see if it would help her health a little

The problem is that she's Algerian and has been mostly eating couscous and lentils daily her whole life, as well as beans and various types of bread.Currently she is willing to try it for a little while to humour me, she can't see it being a long term thing though and has said she can't give up couscous and cesra...not even for fake cauliflower couscous and lettuce wraps

Apparently if you soak the lentils overnight most it's alright to eat it? Correct me if I'm wrong

But a good alternative to couscous would really help convince her to make it a lifestyle change, or maybe a way to convince her to give it up

Any suggestions? Thanks

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on May 07, 2013
at 04:29 PM

You could suggest rice as a substitute. Something life a 'whole30' idea could be persuavive too- suggest that she go along with your ideas/a whole30 for a month to see if symptoms are reduced. Commit to shelve your attempts to convince her to change if she doesn't feel better after 30 days :)



on May 25, 2013
at 02:28 PM

What you could try is to incorporate the couscous, but MUCH lighter amount, and cook an amazing Paleo meal around it! Be smart, if you don't keep saying it's Paleo, she'll probably just see it as another dish and may even start experimenting herself. Stopping habits cold turkey is hard for a lot of people, and it's even harder to ask of them. Most people don't have that willpower or desire/motivation.

I say, create a whole menu around her favorite things, but be smart and make the ratio of that stuff to the Paleo stuff much smaller. One day she may stop eating couscous all together. I hope this helps and that she feels better! :))

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