Of course the best time to go Paleo is right after Easter when the kids still have all their Easter chocolate hanging around right?
What’s interesting about having tweens is no longer can I simply decide that we’re going to try more raw veggies, or have fish 4x per week….well I can decide that, but they can also decide to put up a revolt. And I have no interest in instigating an insurrection.
So we’ve been talking about sugar and it’s impact on how you feel, the work you can do at school, whether you get hungry or hangry etc. We’ve been talking about how there’s been more and more dairy/wheat creeping in since we moved into short-term housing. We’ve been talking about how much they like being self sufficient in the AM. Can you say raisin bran with cow milk? (don’t judge…. we’ve all made the easy choice on occasion).
We were so busy talking about this gluten free, dairy free, low sugar experiment – that it was easy to say “let’s start April 1”. So easy in fact that I forgot to prepare. I did spend one evening tossing any of the old food. And I might have bought more veggies than normal, but I did not meal prep or plan for the first week. Big mistake. It’s one thing to have more veggies, or less processed food. It’s a whole other level to go 100% in — 3 meals a day from home, no processed food. Can’t emphasis the need to plan ahead enough.
Week 1 was bumpy. Week 2 was better as I spent most of Sunday afternoon prepping breakfasts, school lunches and post swimming snacks. Week 3 is next week. I need a full meal plan and shopping list. And I will need to get smarter about the time it takes — no way I’m spending every Sunday locked in the kitchen.