We have three more days left in our Whole30 journey as a family, where we have forgone all grains, legumes, dairy & sugars for 30 days. And I can honestly say that I have felt so much more invigorated since the arrival of Caprice.
She is still not anywhere close to sleeping through the night, and around Day 4-6, I got this peak of energy. No 2:00-3:00 slump. I wasn't in need of caffeine. Rather, my body was responding from the sugar coma I had stupified it with.
Our girls have asked for candy at daddy's work (there's a candy dish) or milk. But our answer, "No, you can't." They've asked why? To which, "because we're not eating sugar, milk, or any of that right now as a family. We are saying no together."
It seems like we are vigilant by other's standards; but, I liken it to teaching our girls (and us) how to recognize our bodies cues. How to know when one is satiated. How to distinguish between a good eating choice and a poor one. How to view food not as evil, but very good.
Where are we going to go from here?
Well, I plan on creating an eating plan, similar to a menu plan. My body responds really well to eating Paleo. In fact, my milk production is better. Caprice is less fussy (except the bedtime hour). Although I am not working out at Jogo, I am already back into my pre-pregnancy jeans. I plan on continuing to eat this way by adding in planned concessions through the week.
Think about it. It's like a food budget. If you had $50 free spending money once a month, decisions of spending would be done more conservatively. Same goes with the food budget, in order to not slip back into patterns that create aches, anxiety & weight load. I'm convinced that the food we put into our bodies can either fuel it to run the marathon or cause us to peter out in a sprint.
All that to say, the hardest part of eating this way for the whole family is the extra food prep & cooking load put upon me. I am constantly thinking of new ways to do snacks for the girls, as raw veggies in the winter are unappealing and not as accessible locally. What I have discovered is Apple Sandwiches. The girls LOVE them! In fact, when I have forgotten to defrost the meat for dinner, which meant no leftovers the following day...these sandwiches have saved me for V's lunch.
Apple & Sunbutter Sandwich Donuts (printable recipe)
I use Once Again Organic Sunbutter, which has no salt or sugar added from Azure Standard.
One apple (or however many you'd like), washed and sliced into 1/4 inches
Various fillings: coconut, raisins, cinnamon, chopped cashews,
Thinly slice the top and bottom off the apple (discard from sandwich making, or when you're not looking your child grabs to eat). Slice the apple into 1/4 inch slices. Take a corer and remove the middle of each slice. Spread generous amount of sunbutter on one side. Fill it up how you like. Top with the other slice. Slice in half like a sandwich, remove the top of one and eat them separately like Tay does.
Eat them as a lunch, snack or breakfast accompaniment.