I did not get my awesome husband ANYthing or even make him a meal. Of course, what my husband always wants for Valentine's Day can't be purchased at the card store or the candy store. I slacked not because I don't love them...'cuz you know I do...it's just because I have stuff going on.
But after I got everyone out of the house and had some space to chill, I realized that I actually like doing stuff for Valentine's Day...so I made this...
Mmmmmm...'all-natural' and gluten-free...with Betty Crocker frosting
(yes, the kind with partially hydrogenated soybean oil as the main ingredient)
Unfortunately, the bottom layer wasn't cooked all the way ... oops.
But everyone was really excited to be having cake...
...even though I made them go around the table and say something loving to everyone else
before I would let them have any :)
My kids like to eat crappy food. Doesn't even matter if the cake is only partially cooked. I wish they hungered for vegetables and quinoa...but they don't. I've been a little indulgent in terms of mealtimes in the interest of getting whatever I can that has some remote nutritional value into their bodies. I know why I've done this, and I also understand why many people frown on it. Whatever. It has definitely been in reaction to how food was approached when I was a kid.
Don't get me wrong...they are not plowing through Big Macs, a supersized fries and chocolate shakes...EVER. But they do eat hot dogs and merguez sausage, pasta with butter (sometimes gluten-free, sometimes not), pizza frequently...I strive to make the 'healthful' choices within the crap framework, and I know we need to make some changes.
After watching the video below, I am more inspired to make these nutritional, dietary changes...because I love my family too much to not make these changes. Or at least try them.
While I'm not sold yet on the idea of an entirely Paleo diet, my lunch today was inspired by Dr. Wahls' presentation...
A box containing half a pound of spinach...
it was two-thirds full when I started...
...now it's completely empty and I'm done.
I think if I approach the boys with the fact that some of the dietary changes are 'hunter/gatherer' based and they can be like cavemen, I might have a fighting chance.
I've given Big G the lowdown on drinking CocaCola (click that). He is so bummed and told me that he wishes he were still in the dark, but I have noticed that he no longer seems as interested in begging/sneaking/drowning himself in Coke.
I'm pretty sure Coke isn't Paleo because of the sugar. But what about Diet Coke? I guess the cavemen didn't have aspartame, so it's probably out, too.
How hard would it be for you to take Dr. Wahls' challenge? What is your stance on nutrition and health? How do you decide what to eat and what to not eat?
– I am going to try this challenge. I don't expect to be fully successful at first, but it makes a lot of sense to me. I've been working actively on deciding to eat things that are good for my body as opposed to tasty yet nutritionally unsound. I've developing some very unpopular opinions on the subject of 'treats' but I do not preach nor do I judge because I, myself, do indulge in 'treats'...even knowing what I know.