I‘ve always loved being in the kitchen. Both of my grandmothers were/are great cooks. Growing up whenever I visited, I would spent most of the time in there watching. My Grandma Seppi cooked traditional Austrian dishes with lots of onions, garlic, and vinegar. My Granny, on the other hand, was from the South and whipped up the best fried chicken and okra. My Stepmother encouraged me to experiment in the kitchen, too. I loved looking at her Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks; so, she got my my very own kids edition. I made pears that looked like mice with whiskers and tails, and perfected snicker doodle cookies.
Once I had Rory though, I had to learn how to cook in a different way, making meals that were healthy and introducing him to wide variety of foods. I filled a notebook with a hodgepodge of recipes culled from magazines, my Mom, grandmas, and the odd food label. Some were hits, chocolate angel food cake, and some were misses, cilantro – macadamia pesto; but, I was never afraid to try something new.
With spring almost completely sprung, Chris’s pain this year had kept him from the golf range, one of the few sports that doesn’t cause compression his disks. We both had gained some weight over the winter too, with all the holiday baking I had done. I decided it was time for a change. We were going to try eating paleo and cut grains, dairy, and sugar from our diet. Chris has the biggest sweet tooth I have ever seen, so the last was the hardest.
A couple weeks ago, Chris had an appointment with a new VA pain management specialist. His doctor sent home a couple articles listing 10 foods to avoid — like sugar, dairy, and processed foods– and 21 foods that reduce pain and inflammation: almonds, berries, and fish. Most of what was on these lists we’d already been doing and was in my paleo handbook Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. This book has been a great resource with detailed information on ailments that can be helped by following a whole-foods lifestyle and tons of easy to make recipes. I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know.
It’s been four months now eating paleo. Chris has lost almost 40 pounds and we’re both feeling better. I feel like everything I make is just as good as before, and Chris isn’t missing out on dessert either. I’m still experimenting with new recipes I’ve found online and I’ve got a new “notebook” I’m working on, my Pinterest file of Paleo Picks.
If anyone knows any blogs or recipes I should try, please, let me know 🙂