30 Days of Yes
Just a few days into this 30 day food challenge, I can already see the challenge evolving. The kids were initially receptive to eating strictly Paleo for 30 days, but then they started asking questions:
"Can we still have . . . ?"
"Is . . . Paleo?"
"Will you buy us . . . at the end of the 30 days?"
I can tell you from first hand experience that googling, "Are (insert food in question) Paleo?", is a complete buzz kill and effective appetite suppressant.
Add to their questions the online and in-print flack I've received for feeding my children vegetables and meat. I've been called Obsessive Compulsive and, in effect, irresponsible for eliminating certain major food groups from my children's diets (never mind that the food groups I've eliminated, grain and dairy, are two food groups my children shouldn't eat due to food sensitivities).
The point of the challenge, for me, is to feel positive about my food choices. I want the same for my children. I leave many food choices up to them. Just yesterday morning, Grandma came over and offered Aidan a donut. She asked my permission first, but I shrugged my shoulders and said, "It's up to him."
Thankfully, he said, "No, thank you."
YES! Score one for the irresponsible, OCD mom using her children as guinea pigs!
This is not a Whole 30 Program or Primal Blueprint Challenge or 30 Day Total Transformation.
This is not about following somebody else's list of acceptable foods.
This is about celebrating where you are in your transformation.
This is about taking control of your own diet (and your family's diet too).
This is about loving food.
This is about saying yes.
This month, I'm saying yes to as many vegetables as I can get on my plate. Yes to beef, pork, chicken, and trout. Yes to eggs. Yes to foraged fruit. Yes to bacon and avocado. Yes to sweet potatoes slathered in butter, post work-out. Yes to coffee with coconut milk in the morning and herbal iced tea in the afternoon. Three to five times a week, I will say yes to fruit from the farmer's market. Once or twice a week, I will say yes to a glass of wine or a tequila spritzer, and maybe a treat such as coconut ice cream or nut flour baked good (recipes for some of our new favorite treats coming soon). On a rare occasion, I will say yes to protein style hamburgers from In-n-Out.
I will not say yes to ice cream or fro-yo, so kids, don't even ask me.
Yesterday, I said yes to smashed potatoes, one of my daughter's favorite foods, and also a Paleo no-no. I said yes because volunteer potatoes were literally popping out of the ground in our garden, begging to be boiled and fried to a crisp in butter. I said yes because it was a rare treat. I said yes because I knew it would make my family happy. I said yes because I'm in control of our diet. I said yes because I love saying yes to food.
"And yes, I said, yes, I said, yes."
Posted by Molly at 12:36 PM