I try not to use words like “bad” or “good” in describing foods or declare some foods off limits but I am increasingly willing to set some into the category “not in my house”. We don’t buy white bread – it’s a treat food that isn’t part of our regular eating plan. Hotdogs are also on the list but once or twice a summer, I indulge. (I know, I know!) It’s a compromise I can live with – I remove the need to exercise willpower and parentpower without establishing forbidden foods. But then I wonder if it’s a cop out.
Another thing that isn’t in my house is a Whole 30 experiment with paleolithic eating. A friend in the Losing it Facebook group invited others to start with her and I thought it would be a good experiment. Anything is possible for 3o days, right? The paleo diet a popular approach with runners but I didn’t know the specifics – in a nutshell, you don’t eat sugars, grains (even quinoa), legumes or dairy. I understand the importance of eliminating sugar and wheat but I need quinoa. (Okay, maybe not need but I’m not quite willing to go there right now) Similarly, the idea of no legumes was hard to wrap my head around. In the end, I realize that we just don’t eat enough meat to support a switch to paleo. I can try to move that way but I’m doubtful. Or am I weak?
The paleo people did offer me a suggestion for baking sweet potatoes and having them with my breakfast. This week I’ve added half a roasted sweet potato to the scrambled eggs and diced tomatoes that have become my staple. It is so good and so filling. Yum! I’m going to read some more from paleo blogs like Nom Nom Paleo to find more good ideas.
Are there foods that aren’t allowed in your house? Have you banned anything outright? Have you made the move to paleo?
I’m leading a pace group at the half-marathon clinic for this session. It’s harder than you’d think to keep a group of people running at a specific speed. I got in my three runs, though, and that’s good. In fact, on Sunday, I ran 20 kilometres spread out over my pace group (7), Allyson (2.5), another friend (5) and solo (5.5).
Tale of the Scale
I’m down a pound. I think the eggs, tomatoes and sweet potato are a winning combination for me.