If you’re a Paleo Parent, I know from experience you’ve gone through this. People who don’t yet understand the Paleo lifestyle (or maybe even health in general) telling you that your kids “need a break” and you need to just “let the poor kid have some cake, geeezzz” or my all time overused favorite – “EVERYTHING is ok in moderation!!” Really? Would you give your children poison, drugs, or alcohol – even in moderation? We now know that exposure to gluten just once in a while starts the inflammation and healing cycle all over again.
When an alcoholic gets sober, everyone rallies around them and tells them how proud they are. “Great job on your life change! We’re with you all the way, so proud!” Then, understanding the person needs the support, his/her good friends will not drink around the recovering friend. They create an environment to support the life change. They don’t say things like, “awww, you can’t just loosen up and have a few???”
What about the girl who quit smoking? (This was me 10 months ago)…The support is overwhelming! “Wow, Cold turkey?? How’d you do it? Great job, good for you, way to go!!” There was a time that smoking and drinking were so commonplace and socially acceptable that almost everyone did it, and it was allowed everywhere. No one questioned it. Then, the health effects began becoming apparent, and the warnings were out. Over time, smoking became a health hazard and was banned inside airplanes, public buildings, etc. (I do remember people smoking in the mall…) More recently, the effects of second-hand smoke were revealed, and we found that everyone around the smoker was at risk, prompting further bans on even open-air smoking in public places. HOORAY for doing something right!!!
So what is so different when someone makes a lifestyle change involving nutrition? I cut sugar and grains from my family’s diet and I get quite the opposite effect. “WHAT? Why would you do that to your poor kids? Or yourself for that matter? Cutting out a whole ‘food group’ is BAD for you! Well, what CAN you eat? Oh, relax and get off your DIET for one day! Just one can’t hurt!” I really think if I were diabetic or allergic to wheat products, the response would be so much different. I have a better question: Why on earth would I wait until I already have a disease to switch my diet? Why not avoid the diabetes in the first place? Why does that not make more sense?? I am not eliminating essential anything from my diet. I don’t know where the ‘food groups’ came from, but I do know there are 3 macronutrients: Protein, fat, and carbohydrate. I don’t cut any of those. I eat lots of protein, fat, and carbs. I just get mine from Grass fed animals, nuts, and organic veggies and fruit. I get so many carbs from veggies, in fact, that I am able to keep up my extremely tough work and kid schedule, AND workout 6 days a week (3 days of cardio), AND prep meals in advance. I have more focus and energy than I’ve ever had. What is it that me or my growing children are missing again? Sugar crashes, fatigue, cavities, illness, respiratory illness from inflammation? Yeah, keep it.
I hope against hope to make a difference in the lives of families who desperately need it. Look around next time you’re in public. Over half of all Americans are at least 23 pounds overweight, and 33% are OBESE. Health is an issue. Dare to be different, to eat better, to take some flack, and know you’re doing what’s right for your family. I’m with you all the way!