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Baby weight, Grief, and Paleo...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM

I started eating Paleo 2 weeks ago. My starting weight was 225lbs. I'm 30 yrs old, 5'10, just had a baby, and grieving the loss of my younger sister who just pasted away. I got a lot on my plate with a 2 yr old toddler and a 2 month old baby and trying to grieve. I've lost 7lbs so far and feeling great. I started taking a class at the gym everyday to clear my mind. I would like to get down to around 175lbs. I have been this before and this is when I felt my healthiest. I am just curious how to transition my family into eating Paleo as well...especially my toddler. She eats alot of grain throughout the day. We don't eat processed food so that transition isn't an issue...but her easy sandwiches, muffins, crackers...things of that sort. I am up to my ears in trying to stay above water at this point, so what are some quick and easy meals to make for us during the day? I usually make a big family dinner and eggs for breakfast.

Also, what is the best sweetener for my morning coffee? I used to do 2 scoops of white sugar but now only do one scoop. I ordered some liquid stevia to try.

Thanks!

B6f67db02819f9d418e20beee9915be1

on October 22, 2011
at 07:31 PM

I have a grain grinder...I used to grind my own wheat before Paleo....I need to check to see if I can put almonds in it. Great idea...I was wondering about that. We don't have a Trader Joes near us but I have found a huge bag of almonds at Sams for a good price.

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(2830)

on October 22, 2011
at 04:31 PM

Trader Joe's is the best price I've found so far, or you could buy bulk raw almonds and make your own in a blender or food processor - just stop before you end up with almond butter (although you can use that for baking too).

B6f67db02819f9d418e20beee9915be1

on October 22, 2011
at 03:39 PM

oh thank you! I'll definitely have to make those!!!

B6f67db02819f9d418e20beee9915be1

on October 22, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Thank you! I am trying to take it slow. We have been eating by Weston A Price standards for 2 years now. Cooking has always been my "therapy" so I enjoy it. This past month my church has been cooking for me, which has been awesome but very non-paleo or WAP. I bought some almond flour on Amazon...wow, it's expensive. Where do you get yours at?

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8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

on October 22, 2011
at 01:27 PM

My suggestion at this time is to do the best you can, take it easy, and not to sweat any major changes - you've just had 2! If you're feeling better being paleo, that's awesome, but if it's at all stressful to recalibrate your family's food habits, just hang on to your toddler's bread and crackers for the time being.

However. If you're really committed to the transition and it gives you joy rather than stress, there are bread and muffin recipes using nut flour - but you don't want your kid to go overboard eating them with the same frequency that we typically eat grain-based bread (i.e. several times a day). Elana's Pantry is a great resource for paleo baked-good recipes.

2 months postpartum, you're still experiencing hormonal readjustment. You have a toddler and an infant. You've suffered a major loss. Please be gentle with yourself.

B6f67db02819f9d418e20beee9915be1

on October 22, 2011
at 07:31 PM

I have a grain grinder...I used to grind my own wheat before Paleo....I need to check to see if I can put almonds in it. Great idea...I was wondering about that. We don't have a Trader Joes near us but I have found a huge bag of almonds at Sams for a good price.

B6f67db02819f9d418e20beee9915be1

on October 22, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Thank you! I am trying to take it slow. We have been eating by Weston A Price standards for 2 years now. Cooking has always been my "therapy" so I enjoy it. This past month my church has been cooking for me, which has been awesome but very non-paleo or WAP. I bought some almond flour on Amazon...wow, it's expensive. Where do you get yours at?

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on October 22, 2011
at 04:31 PM

Trader Joe's is the best price I've found so far, or you could buy bulk raw almonds and make your own in a blender or food processor - just stop before you end up with almond butter (although you can use that for baking too).

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on October 22, 2011
at 03:25 PM

I find Michael Rose's point compelling re kids and diet:

Children and young adults with predominantly agricultural ancestry are well adapted to agricultural conditions of nutrition and activity, but children and young adults without agricultural ancestry are not adapted to such conditions.

Rose suggests this tolerance lasts until 30 or so, depending on your actual ancestry. Just thought I'd offer this in support of the other great suggestions to take it slow ... you have time on your side and a lot on your plate.

That said, products made out of safer flours (like rice and/or nut flours ... not soy) might be good alternatives for now. Be careful of gluten-free products that may substitute regular wheat flour with lots of other sugars and junk.

BTW, I'm a stevia fan ... it's a crutch I use after weaning myself off a life-long Diet Coke habit (I use it in iced tea). Liquid should be good, as the biggest issue with dry stevia is the bulking agents used to make it work in packet form (you need very little actual stevia to sweeten things).

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on October 22, 2011
at 02:28 PM

I cook Paleo and then serve bread or pasta on the side for the family.

This year we have removed all vegetable oils and we use pastured butter and the best eggs we can find. I have stopped buying fruit juice and sports drinks to reduce sugar.

I look at it as one small change at a time. Take it slow is the way I am going.

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on October 22, 2011
at 02:21 PM

You might also try egg "muffins" - you can find recipes everywhere online - marksdailyapple.comis a great resource. Essentially, mix eggs, cooked meat & veg, and put it in muffin tins. Bake at 350 about 45 minutes. Easy for toddlers to eat and healthy, too. Plus as quick and easy to make as a muffin.

Good for you to make these changes for your health and your family's, despite the pressures you are dealing with.

B6f67db02819f9d418e20beee9915be1

on October 22, 2011
at 03:39 PM

oh thank you! I'll definitely have to make those!!!

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