Are we making our children sick and crazy?


“natural and artificial colors and flavors”

I was walking through the grocery store the other day with my youngest daughter. We walked through the middle aisle to get to the back of the store, and she saw the “Kool-aide Man” on the side of a pack of  ‘juice’ boxes. She stopped, pointed, and said, “mommy, why can’t I have purple juice boxes like my friend?”  I asked if she didn’t like the water bottle anymore. She said, “no, I like water, but I would like to have purple juice.”  “It is bad for your body, Kris” was my reply. “Where would you find purple in nature?”  She looked at me thoughtfully for a few seconds and said “Grapes?”  I agreed, then we read the side of the box together. “Did you hear mommy say grapes?” She said she did not, and asked me what HFCS is. I explained the best I could, but we agreed that those things we can barely pronounce are not things we want to put into our bodies. “That had lots of greedience, too mom. We only eat things with one or two greedience”. This satisfied her, and we moved on. My mind, of course had just begun racing. I asked her to show me what else her friends brought in their lunchboxes, and she was more than happy to lead me up and down the aisles pointing and explaining. My stomach started turning, my eyes welled up with tears.  As I was reading the boxes, I could totally see why parents would feed this stuff to their kids. It’s easy, cheap, and hey, it says “made with real fruit” or “lower sugar” or “”made with whole grain! Low fat! 10 essential vitamins and minerals!”  One example of this craptastic marketing is General Mills Fruit Rollups (TM). Check out the ingredients on these babies. More like “corn syrup food coloring chemical sh*tstorm Rollups”. UGH.

This set into motion my asking the kids to give me a full report of what their friends ate and drank day to day.  I gathered information from as many people as I could, then began doing nutrition information research. I also asked questions about their grades, relationships, skin, hair, and behavior.  The results are staggering. One mom, a patient of mine, said that she had “no idea that cereal was bad for you! I feed that to them for breakfast and snacks!”  She is diabetic. Her children are headed there too. It seems to be an endless cycle.

The RDA of Carbohydrates in one day for a child is <130 grams. Children should have less than 6 tsp of sugar (14-28 grams/day)

Here’s the typical day for a Standard American Diet eating child:

CHILD ONE:

Breakfast: Pop-tarts (Note: there are 2 in each package. Nutrition info is for 1.) Assuming this child only eats one, He’s already consumed 37 g of carbs (28% of the daily recommended)  and 15 grams of sugar (2.5 times his daily intake. at 7 am.), and only 2 grams of muscle-building protein.  His pancreas works hard to release enough insulin to get the glucose under control, and by 9 am, CRASH. He’s grouchy, shaky, hungry and ready for a snack. Good thing it’s snack time!

Snack: Granola Bars! Super healthy whole grain snack! 29 carbs, another 12 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. SWEET. Another round of insulin release, sugar high, and another crash…right at LUNCHTIME!

Lunch: Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich, Apple, Fruit  Gushers, chips, and a Capri-Sun.   Assuming it’s whole wheat bread (That’s an argument for a later post), it totals approximately 122 g carbs, 63 g sugars, and 13 g protein. HOLY BLOOD SUGAR, BATMAN.  Have you been doing your arithmetic? So far, We’re at 188 g carbs, 90 g sugars, and a whopping 19 grams of protein. How many artificial colors and dyes were in those gushers? EEEEK. You could not pay me enough to be a teacher. It’s not the kid’s fault. He is just eating what is given to him, and reacting the way his body is telling him to based on crazy ups and downs and metabolic processes. The child doesn’t want to be a trouble maker, but he just cannot sit still. He’s pissy, but doesn’t know why. Another Crash.  Must be..

Afternoon Snacktime! : Goldfish crackers. Well, the good news is these are pretty low in sugar and have a moderate amount of protein.  They do, however, pack in the carbohydrates at 20 g, and are full of processed flours and commercial (read: inflammatory) oils. Holy moly, that’s a whole other blog. We haven’t even sniffed dinner, and we are over 200 g carbohydrate and 92 g sugar for the day.

Dinner time comes, and tonight they’re having Spaghetti, garlic bread, and a side salad. Woo hoo, a vegetable. Iceberg lettuce (zero nutritional value), cucumber (same), some carrots, and commercial salad dressing (we’ll go with Italian). 1 cup noodles, half cup Sauce, 2 tbsp dressing. Can of soda.. Carbohydrate count for dinner:  113grams. 54 g sugar, and 13 grams of protein. If there was meat added to the sauce, add in 20 grams of protein. At least we’re getting that in.  Assuming we don’t eat dessert, snacks, etc for the rest of the night, he has eaten 321 grams of carbohydrates (skyrocketing his blood sugar in huge waves), 146 grams of sugar. ONE HUNDRED FORTY SIX. I’ll wait while you scroll back to the top to remember how many a child is supposed to have. This is almost 25 times the amount this child was supposed to have for the day, the equivalent of 34 teaspoons of sugar.

The amount of sugar kids are getting every day. 34 teaspoons.

Too extreme?  I wish it were. This is data from personal sources. Let’s go with Example 2. Breakfast is a bowl of cereal (Honey nut gluten free Chex) with Lowfat milk and a glass of 100% orange juice. Hell, let’s go all kinds of health-nut crazy and say Soy milk. (For the record, Soy milk is HORRIBLE FOR YOU..but I digress…)  For snack, sally brings a Nutrigrain Bar. Lunch is a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat, strawberry yogurt, an apple, and a fruit rollup with organic chocolate milk. Afternoon snack is a cheese and peanut butter cracker packet and a 100% juice box. Dinner is Meatloaf, corn, mashed potatoes, a roll, and 2% milk. Total carbohydrates: 304.  Sugars: 132 Protein: 46.  Still no real vegetables, rarely any plain water, all processed food. Tons of peaks and valleys in the blood sugar/insulin department.

We’re not talking about kids getting fat, although childhood obesity is out of control. We are talking about kids getting a disease that used to be referred to as adult-onset diabetes. Now, it’s “type 2″ because kids are being diagnosed younger and younger. According to the American Diabetes Association,” Type 2 diabetes has been described as a new epidemic in the American pediatric population that has been coincident with the overall 33% increase in diabetes incidence and prevalence seen during the past decade.” (http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/20/4/217.full)

The kids in these examples are the ones struggling with school work, emotional issues, skin problems, and some are on medications already to control their behavior or health. yikes.

I am not for one moment suggesting parents would intentionally harm their children for the sake of convenience. We have been beaten and badgered by ads, brightly colored packaging, and misinformation for years. Kids want things that look awesome  and that cartoon characters say is good for them. Once they are hooked on the sugar, it is a downward spiral. No parent wants to fight with their child at every meal and snack time. It’s not fun to be the bad guy. I’m telling you right now: they are worth it. They WILL be OK. In fact, they’ll be SO MUCH BETTER. Sugar overdose causes behavior issues, ADD/ADHD, tooth decay, insomnia, diabetes, and daytime sluggishness. There are studies that prove artificial colors can be a contributing factor to ADHD. Real, nutrient dense foods do not have these side effects.

“low fat! whole grain!” *facepalm*

Here’s what a Cavekid eats on the daily. I give them options, but all clean, healthy options.

Breakfast: Egg muffins, Bacon,  or coconut milk/spinach/banana smoothie

Breakfast!

Snack: Apple

Lunch: Turkey lunchmeat (Boar’s head or applegate with no fillers or nitrates) wrapped around a piece of cheese, organic baby carrots, celery with almond butter, and a fruit (usually grapes or banana). Sometimes Gluten free Kettle chips.

Snack: macadamias, almonds, seeds

Dinner: Seared pork, salad, sweet potato. or Meatballs over spaghetti squash.

Dessert: Not often. Sometimes a bowl of fruit, or some homemade cave-treat.

My kids drink water. all day. every day. I haven’t given them fruit juices or sodas, and they don’t ever ask.

Totals: 128-135 g carbs, 36-40 g sugar (all from whole fruits/veg), and 48-60 g protein. They also get adequate amounts of fat for brain growth as I cook in grassfed butter or organic coconut oil.

KaLynn loves her shrimp on the barbie!

I used to be the “healthy” example. EEEK! Now, I spend less, and definitely have less environmental impact by not buying all the packaging and processed nonsense. My kids VERY RARELY get sick.  It’s been over a year since we have purchased bread, milk, cereal, pasta or other packaged stuff, and I can tell you truly we don’t miss it.  If I can feed my family of 6 this way, so can you. I promise. It can be a tough transition, but if you stick to your guns, it becomes easier, almost second nature.  One awesome resource for this is Everyday Paleo.  Sarah is a mom who threw her whole family on the Paleo wagon and hasn’t looked back. There are so many other resources, too: Paleo Parents for advice on kids nutrition – their book, “Eat like a dinosaur” has saved my life many times. Fastpaleo. com and CivilizedCavemanCooking.com for some amazing and easy recipes, and even here, on this blog, you might just find something useful 🙂

Good luck, I’m here if you need me. ~Cavemomma

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Day 30….AND COUNTING ;))


WOW! That went SO much faster than expected. I have a lot to tell you!  This is the first time I’ve gotten through 30 whole days, no Paleo “treats”, no cheat days, nothing.  Pure, perfect, clean eating. That is such an amazing victory, especially since I have had MANY dangerous opportunities to give in “just this once”. Brownie-weilding drug reps, company lunches, birthday parties…all the things I used to use as excuses…”I’ll start over after (insert ‘special’ occasion here)”.  After this month, all I can think is, “why?”  This isn’t some diet you go on and off. Vegans don’t eat meat “just this once”. People with peanut allergies don’t indulge in vats of peanut butter for just this one birthday party. Why the hell would I eat something, even just once, that I know will lead to bloating, stomach pain, and self-loathing? I won’t. That’s the greatest thing that has come of this month. I have learned my relationship with food was a crazy one, and I’m ready and ABLE to jump off that train.

I had a set of ground rules and ate accordingly. Every time I came across something that could have temped me (brownies and pizza are my biggest nemeses), I made a concious choice. I asked myself some questions. “Are you really even hungry right now?”  Most of the time the answer was no. I wasn’t hungry, but the food was whetting my APPETITE. If the answer was yes, I grabbed my lunch box and ate something -real food- that actually SATISFIED MY HUNGER and kept me full.  Victory. I have learned the difference between hunger and appetite. This is such a big deal I’m finding it hard to put into words. I truly believe with all the convenient stuff we somehow label as food surrounding us at all times, it is so easy to mistake that salivation of appetite for actual hunger, which is a built-in mechanism to tell us we need to refuel. I have also learned that this machine of mine runs much better on clean, pure, whole fuel. MUCH better. Here are some of the other ‘side effects’ of learning how to properly fuel:

I have fingernails-and I didn’t have to pay for them. I grew them all by myself. :O) This is a first for me and I’m pretty darn excited about it.

I fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. This helps momma function happily and properly. We all know what happens when momma aint happy…

I have my energy back. If you’re familiar with my daily routine at all, you’ll know this is vital. If you’re new here, THIS is my day to day…

My skin is clear. WOW!!! I have received so many comments about how great my skin looks. I have STOPPED WASHING IT. I lay a hot wet washcloth on my face at night and in the morning, I don’t use soap at all.It isn’t perfect, but it is 99% better in just one month of eliminating grain, sugar, and dairy.  I am stunned.

I have learned to use one of the greatest God-given gifts: The power of self-control. This is HUGE, and it has so many effects past just food consumption. It has spilled over into my daily life in things like how I choose to react to daily situations.   I could write a whole post on this….hmmmm….

My mood swings have all but left the building. Even when I do feel like getting upset, I am better able to control my responses. This has to do with the self-control, but also with the fact that I am down to one cup of coffee a day, and I don’t feel that bubbled up overwhelmed feeling anymore. What a freedom.  :))

I almost don’t even feel like posting my final “stats” for the Whole30, because the other things are so much more important, so much better than weight and measurements!!  But, a promise is a promise, so here they are:

Height: 5’6″            Weight: 124.5 (-7lb)       Waist: 27″ (-2″)        Hip: 31.5″ (-2.5″)       Thigh: 20″  (-1″)   Bodyfat %  Before was 25%.  Bodyfat now is 19.9%. SCORE.   In case you didn’t see the DAY 1 Post, here  it is

Yeah, not to shabby for 30 measly days. I still think that’s beans compared to all the other amazing effects. And I don’t plan on stopping. Bring on February birthday parties, Valentine’s day and all. I’ve got this.

I’d love to hear your Whole30 success story!!  Drop me a line here or on my Facebook page!  ~Cavemomma

A “Dear John” letter from Cavemomma…


Dear “I can’t”,

We have had a long and difficult relationship, and we’ve been through a lot together. Arguments, fits, and hatred for each other. I believe it is time to draw the line in the sand and just move on. Enough is enough. I know you are holding me back and I am tired of it. You have come between me and my goals too many times, and it doesn’t seem to matter to you what the goal is; working out, eating nutritious food, studying to get good grades, getting up at 5am to get things done, etc. You’re always in my way. NO MORE.

This relationship is nothing but a LIE anyway. It turns out, when I choose not to listen to you, I end up feeling a thousand times better. I accomplish feats of greatness and I believe in myself. I am stronger. I know you’re going to try to come back time and again, that’s just your nature. You should know that I have something new in my life. I’ve left you behind for “I CAN and I WILL.” These are your enemies, I know, but they lift me up and give me courage while all you do is hold me down. ~

So, “I can’t”, this is goodbye.  Because I can. and I WILL.

~Cavemomma

A little preparation goes a long way!


So, how do I feed a family of 6 a fully clean, paleo diet while working full-time and going to school? With a little planning, preparation, and of course, help from my cavekids 🙂 They love to be in the kitchen with me, and it’s my time to teach them to cook, talk about why certain food is healthy for our bodies, and just spend time hanging out with my favorite people.  Throughout the week, I see recipes here or there on sites like fastpaleo.com, everydaypaleo.com, civilizedcavemancooking.com, and many others (all on the “likes” section of my Facebook Cavemomma page) and I bookmark them – usually because I’m really busy going between job sites, so I’ll get them together later and print them.

Sunday morning, while we’re cleaning the house,  I take note of what we already have in the freezer, pantry, and fridge, and begin making a meal plan from the recipes I came across mixed with some favorites of ours. After I have about 7-9 meals, I begin my grocery list, always including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. I do NOT want to have to stop at the store every night for this or that – it’s time-consuming and expensive. We spend the day Sunday at the pool, beach, park, or just hanging out around the cave.  Sunday evening, I go to 2-3 stores, depending on the week and the needs. I also stop by the local farmer’s market first for good local produce. I know this sounds awful, but if you have a plan, it truly isn’t. I make lists by store – Costco for the bulk items (mostly our business supplies, paper products, and bulk wild caught fish and chicken), then to whole foods for grassfed beef, local organic eggs and nitrate free uncured bacon, coconut milk, lunchmeat, and some on-sale organics, then SuperTarget for less expensive organics veggies and staples if need be. Sometimes I don’t need to go to Costco, and sometimes I only go to Target because it is closest and they do have a pretty great organic section where I am. Total trip: usually 2-3 hours. I can hear it now, in the worst whiny, nasal voice “but I haaaaaatttteee shooooopppiiiinnnnngggg” Yes, pumpkin, I know. Me too. But if you take the kids you can make it another fun learning experience – and mine keep me laughing and having a ball the whole time. Hey, I never said “a little prep is super easy!” I just said necessary. K? Good.

After we get home, we wash, cut, dry, and put away the veggies, bake the chicken, and start making some of the recipes we can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze. I bake and store spaghetti squash, make some meatballs, some sauces, etc. I post the meal plan on the fridge so there’s no decision-making or mind-changing. In my house, we live by  “you get what you get, and don’t throw a fit”. Besides, we decided on these meals together, making it a bit easier. Today, I cooked 6 chicken breasts, a spaghetti squash, a big batch of meatballs, and a bunch of egg cupcakes. We can grab the eggs on the way out the door in the am, have turkey rollups, salads, and grapes for lunch, and I’ll plug in the meatball-filled crockpot before we leave and set it for 12 hours. Now, when I get home all tired, dirty and sweaty from work (sexy, right?), I will pull that spaghetti squash out, throw it in the micro, and pour the meatballs and sauce over. BAM! Dinner is done in less than 5. Maybe, just maybe,  I’ll have time for a shower before the kids baths, dishwasher, and washing machine use all the hot water. Score! (Plus, if I have school that night, my classmates prefer I have time to wash up;))

All that prep gets 6 people through about Wednesday. Perfect, because Wednesday nights are youth group nights for the kids, so I get 2 hours to myself to get a good solid workout and prep for Thursday and Friday without the “help”. Saturday we eat small meals through the day and we prepare a big dinnner together or go out to eat. We have been solidly Paleo/Primal for about 2 months (We weaned into this over about 6 months), and I can tell you it gets easier every week. I notice that we eat SO many different meals now, keeping it fun and tasty instead of the same tacos, spaghetti, and meatloaf week after week. We try at least 2 new things every week and we’re having fun with it. This lifestyle has become part of us. Tradition. We’re reaping the benefits in health, learning, AND time together. Yay!!  I hope this helps you and your family! Soon, it is my intention to help families meal plan and make grocery lists..so, if you need help, hit me up! It’s why I’m here!

A day in the life of a Cavemomma


Very related to the “I can’t afford to eat healthy” and “I don’t have time to do this” is the “you just don’t understand MY life” excuse. One may be correct in saying I don’t live in their home or deal with their situation, but I have a pretty full existence. I would like to share with you a page from my book, if you’re interested.

Monday morning, 5:30 am. My very calming, gentle alarm rouses me from dream state. Then, my husband’s alarm puts the local lightning alert system to shame. Ok, let’s go.  Off to the kitchen, pour two cups of black coffee (which I pre-set the night before), and begin the lunch-making process. Turkey wraps made with nitrate free no-filler Boars Head turkey, shredded carrots, and hard cheese. Tupperware containers full of grapes, celery with almond butter, an apple, or whatever other Paleo-friendly treasures my children have picked out the previous evening. A water bottle in the side pockets, and 4 lunches are ready to go. Then, I pack the big people cooler full of pre-made chicken salad, organic romaine lettuce leaves, tons of water bottles, some apples and 2 large salads and olive oil on the side. Time for the herd to rise.

5:45 am: I drop off David’s coffee and gently remind him it’s time to rock and roll, which is met with “but I’m sleeeepy!” Yeah, me too kiddo. By the time I get to the girls’ room, my oldest daughter is already dressed and in the kitchen helping make breakfast. I dress the 4 year old before she wakes up to avoid a wardrobe conflict and remind the 8 year old to make her bed. As I walk into my son’s room, he grunts “yeah, mom, I’m up”. “Looks like it” I reply (this is an every morning ritual.) I throw the eggs on the table and remind the kids to rinse the dishes when they’re done and double check their rooms to make sure the beds are made and rooms are clear of dirty jammies and such.

6:00 am: I pour the remaining coffee into the to-go thermos and head toward the shower, which is currently taken by the sleepyhead. Good thing he makes the bed every morning. So, I run in and start a load of laundry and put away the clean dishes from the dishwasher and throw a roast, baby carrots, and onions in the crockpot . Gotta fly through my shower so we can be out the door by 6:40. 

I drop the 3 big kids off at their dad’s house where they’ll wait for the bus, then the little one across the street at her daycare. Off to clean our first couple retail stores before they open, usually 2 before 8:30. Then we run off to a construction project or our residential regulars, depending on the day. This usually includes 2-4 houses, ranging in size from 1500-5500 square feet. We work scrubbing, dusting, cleaning windows, pressure washing, and mopping all day til 3 or 5, grabbing bits of this and that out of the cooler for lunch and snacks between jobs. It’s HOT here in South Florida, so we drink gallons of water throughout the day. When we’re all finished and completely sweaty and gross, we run around collecting the kids and head home for dinner – right after we stop at Target because “I have a project for geography..due TOMORROW”. Awesome. We’re still working on that planning thing.

 Lunch boxes collected on the counter, everyone grabs a plate and we sit down for 20-30 minutes for dinner. (Unless, of course, I have class, then I grab a handful of whatever, maybe get a quick shower,  and run out the door yelling instructions they’ve already heard a million times.) After dinner, the table is cleared, leftovers stored, kitchen cleaned, dishwasher started, coffee pre-made, and lunches set up for tomorrow. The three older kiddos get their showers and set out their uniforms for the next day and I bathe the 4-year-old. Tonight, all three girls need their hair braided for tomorrow. Oh, wait, no, the 8-year-old wants a blow dry and straighten, the other two want braids. Oh, and can you paint my nails, mommy? Of course. Right after I switch the laundry. Hey Zac, dryer’s done. Fold it and put it away 🙂 KaLynn, while I dry Alyssa’s hair, I need you to run the vacuum around the table and get whatever that is on your bedroom floor while you’re at it.  At around 8pm, I read the littlest ones a book, the rooms are cleaned up, and we get ready for bed. This is where I’ll get to the gym some nights, for about 45 minutes.  Lights out for the littles at 9:15.  Then I sit down to check my email, Facebook, and blog before catching up our business and personal books, send invoices and estimates, and reconcile accounts. David is busy checking on our stocks, making sure the fluids in the cars and work van are good, doing our business scheduling, returning business calls and emails, and if I’m at school, doing everything else. Thank God for him.

Now, there are days that vary. Some days, we start by 6 am and are finished by 1, giving me time to do the books and get a workout in there before getting the kids. Some days, there is no working out at all, because I have class, Zac has hockey, the girls have gymnastics, there’s a band concert, or I have to study for an exam, But there is very rarely a day we don’t eat to fuel our bodies correctly. Could you imagine keeping up with 6 people if I weren’t properly fueled? I have tried it, and I don’t recommend it.  We try to be in bed by 10 most nights, because I recognize the value of sleep. Trust me, NO ONE wants to deal with me if I have fewer than 7 hours. Our room is completely dark and cool, and we rest well. This is vital to a healthy life. I repeat: VITAL.

So, what’s my point? My point is, I have 4 kids. I own a business, go to school, have kids in extracurricular activities, work out, and still manage to feed my family 95% Paleo nutrition. I see my family as a REASON, instead of an excuse. I do not watch TV, because I feel it’s a mindless waste of precious time. I like to spend time with my family at the dinner table, on the weekends at the pool or park, or the beach.

So, That’s a day in the life. In my next post, I’ll talk about how I prepare for the week ahead of time, making this whole process a little easier. Thanks for stopping by. I encourage you to subscribe, comment, and keep me on my toes. ~Cavemomma

Brother Aaron, an update….:) (Major critic to loving the Paleo life..)


If you haven’t read my earlier blog about my very skeptical-about-paleo younger brother, Aaron, I encourage you to go do that now. I’ll wait……NO? Ok, I’ll repost it. Along with his 30 day update.

My ‘little’ brother, Aaron, and I got into a bit of a back and forth recently about the Paleo diet (diet, of course, meaning nutrition plan, not temporary weight loss fad). I was ranting on about watching a certain TV show regarding food in schools, and he was quick to point out that “we survived” which got me thinking. Did we? Looking around at my generation and our children, I would say “survived” might be about it. We are certainly not thriving, and we are only in our early 30’s. How long til we are the ones at the doc’s office getting our blood pressure and cholesterol meds, and testing (and being positive for?) Type 2 Diabetes? At the rate we’re going, not long. But that’s “a normal part of aging” right? Common, unfortunately, but not normal. We spit arguments back and forth ranging from school lunch to whether or not sugar addiction was real, to the ongoing and over-used “everything in moderation” debate. I finally decided to just let it go. My brother and his wife are extremely healthy people, they exercise and feed their kids well, and if carbs are still working for them, I just need to back off. Fast forward 2 weeks. I was at a bookstore looking for the book “Everyday Paleo” when I ran across Robb Wolf’s book “The Paleo Solution” instead. I sat down with my tall cup of black coffee and read the first chapter. Then the second. Then the third. I was hooked. This wasn’t some crazy diet book zealot. This guy was legit. He’s got a Masters in Biochem. He gets it, and he explains it well. Sweet.That evening, I downloaded the rest of the book on Kindle, then something made me think of my bro. He’s so super-logical. I’m so easily sold. If I could get him to just read a few pages, maybe he’d show me where I was overboard. Maybe I was missing something because I was sold on how I felt. Maybe it was all in my head. So, I took a chance and sent him a text. “Would you humor me? Download the free sample of this book on kindle. It’s the first 2 chapters. Then tell me what you think”. He came back with “ok, but I’m coming at this very critically.” I knew that was coming. He had already told me he doesn’t believe in any diet that eliminates a whole ‘food group’. Well, I guess I’ll know soon…it was worth a shot. So, the next afternoon, I got a text from my brother that said “interesting”. ..oh boy. Then he went on to tell me he bought the rest of the book and he and Sarah and the girls were going to try it for the 30 days. Well, that’s a victory. Now, to see how they feel after 30 days..still wondering if this is all just me…Within a day, I was getting texts and Facebook messages from both of them. They had always eaten what we’re led to believe is healthy, but cutting out sweets, dairy, and grain had already made a difference. Now, it’s day 6. I’ll let them tell you in their own words:

Aaron: “Basically, we eat fairly healthy, and thought we were doing well. Always skeptical of diets, I read the first chapter of “The Paleo Solution” at your request. The sections on depression and inflammation caught my attention,(as well as the guy’s credentials)..so we bought the book and decided to try it for 30 days. We’re a couple of days in, and my joint pain is gone, the kids moods have improved, and everyone is sleeping better.”

Ummm…WOW. So, I asked Sarah to write me and tell me how it was going in her eyes.

Sarah: “I’ve always been a bit of a health nut. I knew all the “rules” of healthy eating and, for the most part, I followed them religiously. However, lately I’ve been wondering where my energy went after 3 P.M. I would drink coffee with cream and sugar and eat high carbohydrate foods to try to combat my energy slumps – to no avail. I’ve also been noticing a marked difference in the attitudes and behavior of my daughters after they ate sugary treats. My husband and I read The Paleo Solution and decided to try it for 30 days. We’re only 6 days in and the difference it’s made has been remarkable! My husband has had chronic back/neck pain and achy knees for a long time and all that pain and discomfort is completely gone! My energy is through the roof and I no longer feel the need for caffeine in the afternoons. Also, my daughters cleaned their bedroom without being asked! Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. All I can say is, if these past 6 days are an indication of what Paleo living is about, we’re IN!”

That was 30 days ago. Last night, I spoke to him again. He told me he emailed me the 30 day update pictures a day early because he just couldn’t wait. Mind you, he wasn’t extremely overweight to begin, but the pictures after only 29 days were incredible. He told me that the pain is all but gone throughout his body, especially his chest. That the depression bouts he dealt with were gone. His focus improved. It wasn’t about the weight loss, In fact, he hadn’t even added any exercise. He just felt…better. I can’t tell you how happy I am for him and his family. Sarah is cooking all kinds of new paleo recipes, and the girls are learning healthy habits they can carry into their future.
I have just added the photo: 60 days Paleo, as an update!

I hope this encourages you to try this for 30 days and see the awesome changes you can have in your own health and the health of your family!! Please send me any inspiring stories! ~Cavemomma

Between a cave and a hard place…


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!

CaveKid speaks: A note from my kiddo :0)


 I am the oldest kid of thee CaveMomma, the first CaveKid! I’m writing this because my momma has noticed a bunch of complainers about how your kids wont eat the food you give them. REALLY?!?!?! I honestly am confuzzled. I like the food a lot. Except the spaghetti, I hate spaghetti,(even WITH noodles instead of squash)  but that’s just me.

The reason why I don’t freak out over the food is because I feel a lot healthier around my friends. Ever since I’ve been eating healthy I’ve noticed something. Whenever I eat corn, pizza, pancakes, or bread, my stomach hurts and its hard to sleep, so I usually I eat healthy around them and they sometimes do the same. What about the sugary foods? They don’t seem good at all to me. (but I do have a weekness for ice cream).

For the adults who are afriad, or wont feed their kids CaveMomma foods: THEY. ARE. KIDS. They eat what’s in front of them or they can starve. It’s really that simple. Start feeding them at least the healthy stuff twice a week then three times a week, and so on. That’s what my CaveMomma did. Now look at me. (;

That’s really all there is to say. Now you know what it’s like bein’ a CaveKid, not that bad.

BYE!!! ❤

BUT what do I feed my KIDS???


*Warning* I am not one to “sugar coat”. I will give you practical tips that WORK if you’re willing to do that – WORK. Still with me? Good…

SO, on the subject of “I can’t get my kids to eat *insert vegetable here*”  or  ” My little Joey won’t give up *insert processed junk food here*” – WHAT??  I am all for teaching children independence and how to make choices for themselves. I am not a big mean mom who runs around screaming at my kids like some crazy food nazi. Quite the contrary. We go outside and play.  We talk on the phone when they’re not here. We love each other very much. We spend time together in the kitchen and learning together… I just believe that it’s my JOB as a parent to shape them into whole, smart, good-choice-making adults. If they don’t learn from me, from whom will they learn? So, here we go…

If you have processed food in your house, it’s going to look like a better option to children (and adults) who haven’t switched their palates yet. Change is hard. But just like dealing with any addiction, you have to remove the temptation. In my house, you will NOT find a processed food. Not one. So, what DO we feed them? Well, I do give them choices. They help me meal plan for the week. We choose foods together. With 4 kids, they’re never going to like all the same things. So, we make concessions. They’re aware that they eat what’s on the table or they don’t eat- end of discussion. (NO, something isn’t always better than nothing. They won’t starve. They’ll eat when they’re hungry. The first time you give in, they’ll know the option is there if they wait long enough.) All that said, when they leave your home, they’ll have the choice to eat what’s available “out there”. The best thing we can do is remind them they have a choice, and to just take mental note of how they feel after eating junk food.

For Breakfast: We do scrambled or hard-boiled eggs, or we do Everyday Paleo’s egg muffins.If we have extra time (on the weekends) we throw some bacon in the mix. This is also a place to get creative. We are just about the only country that separates our “breakfast food fare” from the rest of the day. You’d eat pizza for breakfast in the past, right? So grab some leftovers from last night’s pork or steak. There are so many options out there. Google some Primal/Paleo friendly breakfast foods, or, civilizedcavemancooking.com  has a cereal and some pancake recipes that are amazing. Yes I COOK. That’s the WORK to which I was referring at the beginning. It takes about 5 more minutes than putting cereal on the table. Sometimes, my older 2 do it for/with me. It really isn’t too much extra. We have to be out the door by 6:30am, so, no excuses. Plus, If you boil the eggs, or make the “cereal’ or “pancakes” ahead of time, It’s grab and go.

 I pack their lunches every day. The kids do this with me the night before – and they choose what goes in (here’s another place where there are no bad choices.) Typical choices are: Rolled up Turkey or chicken (nitrate free, no fillers),baby carrots, broccoli slaw, celery and a side of almond butter and golden sugar-free raisins,or Romaine leaves with Chicken salad (see recipe on this blog). I also just found that for my son, who was obsessed with PBJ, if I make caveman pancakes, I can spread on some homemade almond butter and sliced or smashed strawberries and roll em up..lifesaver.  My oldest loves green bell peppers and avocados. I know this because we experiment with different things and decide which things they like. This will also save me money, because I’m not buying a whole bunch of stuff that they unanimously hate.  They really don’t miss the bread. It’s better when THEY choose because then it was their idea, not something I forced.  I don’t feel like I am depriving them. Actually, I feel that’s what I was doing before. Now, I think they’ll get through their day full and focused.  WIN!

 Dinner: Tacos on Romaine with homemade salsa; Crock pot pork tenderloin with Civilized Caveman BBQ sauce and sweet potatoes (My babies LOVE sweet ‘taters!), Spaghetti (made with ground turkey, or grass-fed ground beef, or bison) served over spaghetti squash, White chicken chili soup, (see my recipe!) the list goes on.   This food is cheap to make (see my previous blog), easy to pre-make and reuse for the week, and MUCH tastier than that flavorless processed junk .I have actually found that without all that extra bread/wraps/etc you can actually TASTE THE FOOD. Take all the money you’re saving by not buying bread, cereal, pasta, and the like, and use it toward upgrading your cuts of meat and organic produce.

Snacks are Fruits, cut up veggies, Paleo-treats like cinnamon apple bars and apple flowers with almond butter dip. Smoothies – you can throw in a handful of spinach and they’ll never know the difference, especially if you’re using coconut milk and fruit. Really, When I first heard that I was like “GROOOOSSSS!” but I tried it today post workout, and it was DELISH! This can also be used at breakfast if you’re going to put a protein with it.

I will be having the kiddos help me this week posting Kid-friendly recipes they come up with now that summer break is here. I would also suggest checking out EverydayPaleo.com (she is my HERO) and also fastpaleo.com and civilizedcavemancooking.com, which are some of the best recipe sites on the web.

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From major critic to loving the Paleo life..


My ‘little’ brother, Aaron, and I got into a bit of a back and forth recently about the Paleo diet (diet, of course, meaning nutrition plan, not temporary weight loss fad). I was ranting on about watching a certain TV show regarding food in schools, and he was quick to point out that “we survived” which got me thinking. Did we? Looking around at my generation and our children, I would say “survived” might be about it. We are certainly not thriving, and we are only in our early 30’s. How long til we are the ones at the doc’s office getting our blood pressure and cholesterol meds, and testing (and being positive for?) Type 2 Diabetes? At the rate we’re going, not long. But that’s “a normal part of aging” right? Common, unfortunately, but not normal. We spit arguments back and forth ranging from school lunch to whether or not sugar addiction was real, to the ongoing and over-used “everything in moderation” debate. I finally decided to just let it go. My brother and his wife are extremely healthy people, they exercise and feed their kids well, and if carbs are still working for them, I just need to back off. Fast forward 2 weeks. I was at a bookstore looking for the book “Everyday Paleo” when I ran across Robb Wolf’s book “The Paleo Solution” instead. I sat down with my tall cup of black coffee and read the first chapter. Then the second. Then the third. I was hooked. This wasn’t some crazy diet book zealot. This guy was legit. He’s got a Masters in Biochem. He gets it, and he explains it well. Sweet.That evening, I downloaded the rest of the book on Kindle, then something made me think of my bro. He’s so super-logical. I’m so easily sold. If I could get him to just read a few pages, maybe he’d show me where I was overboard. Maybe I was missing something because I was sold on how I felt. Maybe it was all in my head. So, I took a chance and sent him a text. “Would you humor me? Download the free sample of this book on kindle. It’s the first 2 chapters. Then tell me what you think”. He came back with “ok, but I’m coming at this very critically.” I knew that was coming. He had already told me he doesn’t believe in any diet that eliminates a whole ‘food group’. Well, I guess I’ll know soon…it was worth a shot. So, the next afternoon, I got a text from my brother that said “interesting”. ..oh boy. Then he went on to tell me he bought the rest of the book and he and Sarah and the girls were going to try it for the 30 days. Well, that’s a victory. Now, to see how they feel after 30 days..still wondering if this is all just me…Within a day, I was getting texts and Facebook messages from both of them. They had always eaten what we’re led to believe is healthy, but cutting out sweets, dairy, and grain had already made a difference. Now, it’s day 6. I’ll let them tell you in their own words:

Aaron: “Basically, we eat fairly healthy, and thought we were doing well. Always skeptical of diets, I read the first chapter of “The Paleo Solution” at your request. The sections on depression and inflammation caught my attention,(as well as the guy’s credentials)..so we bought the book and decided to try it for 30 days. We’re a couple of days in, and my joint pain is gone, the kids moods have improved, and everyone is sleeping better.”

Ummm…WOW. So, I asked Sarah to write me and tell me how it was going in her eyes.

Sarah: “I’ve always been a bit of a health nut. I knew all the “rules” of healthy eating and, for the most part, I followed them religiously. However, lately I’ve been wondering where my energy went after 3 P.M. I would drink coffee with cream and sugar and eat high carbohydrate foods to try to combat my energy slumps – to no avail. I’ve also been noticing a marked difference in the attitudes and behavior of my daughters after they ate sugary treats. My husband and I read The Paleo Solution and decided to try it for 30 days. We’re only 6 days in and the difference it’s made has been remarkable! My husband has had chronic back/neck pain and achy knees for a long time and all that pain and discomfort is completely gone! My energy is through the roof and I no longer feel the need for caffeine in the afternoons. Also, my daughters cleaned their bedroom without being asked! Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. All I can say is, if these past 6 days are an indication of what Paleo living is about, we’re IN!”

Still not convinced? I encourage you to do some research. Try it out. What’s the worst that can happen? There are SO many websites and Facebook pages with TONS of great recipes and people who’ve made the switch. If you do try it, let me know so I can journey with you! Thanks 🙂:)

I don’t have TIME to eat healthy….


Here’s another hot-button issue I deal with all the time. I work, I have kids, the kids have sports, the dog has to go to the vet, the phone is ringing, the baby is crying….Ok, you get it. We’re busy. Who isn’t? That does not mean there’s no time. I would be willing to bet my house to your pocket change that if you stepped back and looked at your day, you could fit in an extra 20-30 minutes, and one day per week to do some planning and cooking ahead. Skip your “shows” perhaps? There is some good news for all of us: My friend George from Civilizedcavemancooking.com (genius) has offered to collaborate on some ideas that we can all use to make it a bit easier. Easy is good, right? (my comments in bold)

George:

Well after reading my awesome friend Nichole’s rebuttal to the most common reasoning regarding avoiding a Paleo diet or eating healthy in general, I got inspired to fight excuse number 2. Can anyone guess it? Wait for it….it really is epic: “I just don’t have TIME”. In the world we live in, everything is about convenience; worst part about that, it always seems more convenient to stick with what you are used to rather than making a change to benefit yourself. This is where I start to get angry; if your single or live alone, your choices and lack of interest in your own health (luckily) only affects you. If not, I do not have words to describe my disappointment. That 10 minutes everyday that you refuse to sacrifice to ensure you or your family have proper healthy nourishment and not overly processed or preservative ridden food can easily result in them or you losing 10 years off of your life. Personally, I would never want to be responsible for instilling bad habits or contributing to the health demise of anyone especially my family. (I get up about 15 minutes earlier- yes only 15- to make breakfast.)

Now, I understand that there are always going to be times when there really isn’t enough time or things come up, I understand and fully support that. For all the other times the biggest solution is to just plan ahead. I am such a huge fan of so many amazing people in the Paleo community that awe me with their dedication and drive to keep themselves and their families healthy and they manage to do it with a wide array of circumstances. Let’s start with the author of this blog post, Cavemomma. She is rocking out with a family of 6 and making it happen cheaper than she did with processed $H!T.(I would also interject: I own and operate a full-time business, go to Nursing school full-time in the evenings Aug-May, and work out 6 days.) My awesome pal Nom Nom Paleo who is a mother, wife, and works the graveyard shift and has time to blog every second of her meal journeys while getting her children to help her cook. Next one I am sure everyone knows is the awesome Sarah Fragoso from Everyday Paleo who is also a mother, wife, trainer, and Paleo goddess. I could continue to rock this list out until you are blogged out and your vision has deteriorated from the repetitive reading. Only reason I listed all these people is because, they all have 2 things in common: They wish there were 28 hours in the day to get everything done they need to everyday, and they all make a plan for their meals, shopping, cooking, etc. and stick to it. I am not saying you have to get all extreme couponers on it, but writing something down sub-consciously forces you to stick to it and helps you avoid those drive thrus and take out menus.

Here is my recipe for success whether you are single, married, or driving the Duggar bus to the grocery store with your 19 kids and counting.

  1. Look at your overly busy schedule and set a block of time to sit down and do a meal plan for the week, that’s right – you have to sit down and plan at least 27 delicious meals that you actually have to cook (this is my favorite part). In all actuality, this normally ends up being more like 15 meals with lots of leftovers and easy to go breakfasts so don’t let that number intimidate you.
  2. Cavmomma interjectionI sit down with the kids on Sunday afternoon and go over the options. We look at what we have in the fridge and what we want for the week, then make a plan. It works out well in that they learn how to plan and how to give and take (not everyone likes the same things)
  3. From your meal plan, make a grocery list and separate it from where you are going to get it, i.e. meat already in your freezer, farmers markets, etc. Making a list and forcing yourself to stick to it alone will save you TONS of money and time. You won’t waste those precious minutes aimlessly aisle wandering putting no good shelf shopping junk in your cart. Cavemomma int – if you have kids with you, they can hold your list and remind you as you remind them we have to stick to the list. In our budget, I only bring enough cash to cover what we have on the list. I’ve done this enough times to know how much I need. It takes some time, but budgeting is crucial.
  4. Now that you have established your meal plan and list, set a day aside for your food preparation.(Cavemomma does Sunday afternoon/evening and Weds night while kids are at youth group.) As you do this over and over again the day turns into a couple of hours but it saves you so much time and hassle. After you return home from your grocery trip once a week, prepare all your ingredients for your next 4 days of meals. Chop up fruit and vegetables and freeze them, portion everything out and that will make your normal 45-minute meals 20 minutes of just cook time. (I highly recommend reusable BPH free plastic or glass containers. genius.) After this all you have to do on a Wednesday or Thursday is prepare 2-3 more days of ingredients until you shop again. (I heart leftover days)
  5. BUY A CROCK-POT.(Seriously. Do it. It’s an investment you will not regret ) They will save your life and as I am learning as I use it more and more, you can make almost ANYTHING in a crock-pot. The one I use is 6 quarts and is a true set and forget it, when completed cooking it automatically goes to warm so even though my food finished 8 hours before I got home, it was still delicious and warm. Having a crock-pot will make your meal planning even simpler than it already is and it will cover more than one meal. You also don’t have to worry about cooking at 5 o’clock in the morning; I place my entire crock-pot meal in the pot minus whatever liquid ingredients and place in the fridge overnight covered. I wake up at 0430, take 5 seconds to pour liquid in, cover and hit on and I am out the door. (I’m out the door by 6:30 with 4 kids most days.)
  6. Always make leftovers, you don’t have to finish everything you cook since you are no longer giving in to insulin spikes or carb commas so utilize one meal cooking session to make 2 or 3 meals and that frees up even more of your precious time. And one thing I have learned on Paleo, dinner makes great breakfast too, especially in the absence of time. (Here, you have to change your perception of Breakfast. I also take the leftovers for mine and hubby’s lunch the next day)
  7. Keep it simple. One of the reasons everyone spends so much time coming up with all different crazy concoctions when cooking is cause they are using junk meat which tastes like crap and pesticide ridden produce. Source your food from a trustworthy and reliable source and enjoy the taste of it, you will be surprised how easy your meals will be when all you have to do to season anything is salt and pepper and it always tastes amazing

I hope someone is still reading at this point, you learned something or could take something out of this, and most of all that you will continue to strive to live a healthy lifestyle and spread that wealth to the world. It only takes 1 to make a difference and by staying positive and being supportive of anyone’s interests in a positive lifestyle change we can touch so many lives in such a positive way. Stay healthy, keep spreading Paleo love, and keep it simple. Your body (and your children’s bodies) will thank you.

-George at www.civilizedcavemancooking.com – Nichole the “Cavemomma”

Thank you as always for visiting. PLEASE ASK ME QUESTIONS. THAT’S WHY I’M HERE!!

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Healthy eating is too expensive :(


This is a touchy subject I meet every day. How are we supposed to feed our family healthy food? It’s sooooo expensive to eat like that..I always wonder: how much of that is what you’ve heard, and accepted, and how much is research? Most people see the price of organics and just say “too much” and move on to the Hamburger Helper and Cola aisles. Oi Vey. Our bodies and our children deserve better.

As most of you are aware, I have children, so we feed a family of six. I own a cleaning company. Not a stock brokerage, a cleaning company. Our family doesn’t believe in debt, so we save every penny and buy only what we need and can afford in cash. I tell you all of that to tell you this: I feed this family the same way I feed myself. It’s not “mom’s on a diet, this is my food, you eat that garbage”. My passion is teaching children habits that they’ll take with them into the future. It’s about spending a little more now, if needed, to not pay huge healthcare costs. Our immune systems are better than 95% of all our peers, and our future is not going to be full of medication and dr. visits. It’ll be full of outdoor playtime. Because we make great choices now.

I went to the grocery store this weekend, just after a debate on Facebook about the so-called “high cost” of feeding a family healthy food. I walked around the store looking at all the processed crap that I literally haven’t laid eyes on in quite some time. I was expecting to have a real fight on my hands. I don’t. One pound of bananas was 54 cents (on sale, normally .69). Frosted Flakes were 3.99 per box.  Free range organic eggs were 2.69 per dozen. (Frosted flakes surges blood sugar, and leaves kids hungry in about an hour. Eggs have healthy protein, fats, and vitamins to fuel the brain, and leaves kids and adults satiated for hours.)  Sweet potatoes were $1 each for HUGE potatoes (I fed three of us on ONE tonight.)  Organic Romaine was 3.99 for a pack of 3 stalks, and Organic baby spinach was 4.19 for a giant box.   Conversely, One Digiorno Pizza and cookies in a box (enough to feed 2-3 of most of us) was $8.19 Um, gross. I got a whole Pork Tenderloin (fed 6) for 7.99. I bought 24 distilled waters for 2.99. How much was that 12 pack of coke again?  I made a crockpot full of pulled port tenderloin, sweet potatoes, and fresh picked green beans for $11.89 this evening. There are enough leftovers for David and I to have for lunch tomorrow. That’s 2 meals for $11.89. But the poor kids!!! Yeah, cuz their poor little pancreas and livers are screaming “I need a pop tart! Chicken nuggets too!” Not likely.

I made a salad today for the two of us from 1/2 organic romaine stalk, a handful of spinach, organic tomato, avocado, and olive oil with half a chicken breast. In my estimation, it cost about 5.00 for lunch for the two of us. I challenge you to take $5 to your local fast food restaurant and attempt to feed two people…then also factor in those blood pressure pills you’re going to be on after eating like that for a week. I used to feed my family the same “cheap” grocery store food. When I switched to Primal, I spent a bunch. Then I realized that I had to simply plan better. So, after making a meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) for 7 days, I set out for the grocery store. I spent exactly $11 more than the budget we’d set before, that I had been keeping with the sugar-filled, processed, gluten-laden, JUNK. While standing in line, I got up the courage to ask the lady in front of me how many people she was buying groceries for. She said 2, herself and her husband, and that her grandbaby comes over twice a week.  She had the usual: Soda, bread, hamburger, buns, Cereal, yogurt, spaghetti sauce and noodles, mac and cheese, etc.I asked if it was for the whole week, and she said yes, do you think it’s enough? (insert bitten tongue here)…Her total for 2 people + 1/2 was $89.94. WTFREAK?? My total for the week for 6 people was $129. .This is where I also decided to make a couple of sacrifices in other areas to make up for the extra $11…Because this ‘temple’ and my children are worth it. Every. time.