B and I have been feeding Matthew based on the paleo lifestyle, with the exception of a little bit of oatmeal early on and sweet potatoes. Paleo allows sweet potatoes for those who need extra calories (like tri-athletes or NBA players), but we figure that Matthew is a growing boy and sweet potatoes are a nice source of some important nutrients (iron being one), so we let that one slide. I quit with the oatmeal after the geothermal incident, so he is very much a paleo kid with the exception of his beloved sweet potatoes. We have run this lifestyle by our pediatrician who is 100% on-board and says that he’s getting everything he needs from what we’re feeding him, and that humans are consuming way too many carbs so it’s just fine to cut all grains completely before he even gets started (have I mentioned that I LOVE this doctor?).
Matthew is a tremendous kid who eats everything you put in front of him. All of his food is 100% natural and hormone-free, and most of it is organic (I subscribe to the thought process that you buy organic for at least the dirty dozen). We only use 100% grass-fed beef and free-range poultry. Thanks to Cathy, I think we’ll be making Matthew’s yogurt once all of his YoBaby is gone. I slave away in the kitchen so that he has healthy food that we know is good for him. If we are out-of-town and can’t take his homemade food with us, we buy organic baby food and read the labels closely to ensure that all he’s getting is the veggie/fruit, and water. No additives. I’m fanatical about it. When people offer Matthew baby puffs, I politely say, “no thank you,” but think to myself, “are you kidding me? There is nothing in that of any nutritional value!”
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, you would think that B and I are tremendous, healthy eaters as well, right?
Not so much.
B is much better than I am – but even he isn’t a poster child for healthy eating. He tries really hard to eat well, but how can he when he’s married to me? I have been a poster child for pathetic eating habits my entire life. I will feed my baby his 100% natural lunch, and then put him in the car so I can go to Mc.Don.alds. I’m serious. I kid you not. French fries are a food group to me and I love nothing more – NOTHING MORE – than Diet Pep.si. I would be perfectly happy if you hooked me up to an IV of DP and fed me French fries all day long. The worst part? I’m not even ashamed to say it!
I was never able to get away with this lifestyle without serious repercussions. I have always been heavier than I should be. In 2006, I decided to make a change and got my ass into shape. SERIOUS SHAPE! I ate healthy, gave up the soda, and exercised like a crazy woman. I kept this up for 3 years. I was, for the first time in my life, lean and trim. Then – IF happened and I got depressed, I couldn’t run or exert myself too much during IVF cycles (due to my huge ovaries), and I was just totally and completely over it (my health kick, that is). I thought about nothing but getting pregnant. I gained 25 pounds. I was at my highest weight EVER when I finally got pregnant with Matthew.
Today, I am almost 30 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight. No – it’s not due to exercise. Or healthy eating. I think it’s due to A) not being on fertility drugs, B) breastfeeding, and C) being insanely happy with my life! I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight 8 days after giving birth – but let’s face it – that’s not hard to do when you were at your highest weight ever when you got pregnant. Dropping the weight has been effortless. I hate saying that, because so many people struggle to lose weight after having a baby, but it is the truth.
So what did I do when I dropped all of that weight? I started eating like crap again. I went to McDon.alds 2-3 times a WEEK, indulged in Blizzards from D-Q because I needed somewhere to drive to keep Matthew asleep in the back seat, and found that Wend.y’s new fries are REALLY GOOD! I took for granted how easy it was to drop the weight after having Matthew and I kept this manner of eating up for 9 months.
That all ended on Sunday. It’s time for us to live the lifestyle we’re expecting our child to live. It’s time to stop being stupid with food and get back to smaller meals, healthy meals, satisfying meals! We started Paleo on Sunday. We started it two days after my farewell lunch at McDon.alds didn’t even taste that good (but the one at Cul.vers the next day did!).
I am relieved. I am relieved that I’m taking control of my body back.
I feel great. I’m never stuffed to the gills. I’m not experiencing caffeine highs and lows. I’m not missing French fries (yet). I’ve already dropped some weight. I will admit – I had a Diet Co.ke today out of weakness and it was divine – but I will be better tomorrow.
I made a Paleo dinner tonight – out of ingredients we had in the house and without a recipe. It was satisfying and really, really good!
I feel like I’m off to a good start – and for the first time in the past 9.5 months, I don’t feel like a hypocrite when it comes to food!
April 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm
Well done… I always find it hard to eat healthy but always feel so much better when I do. You’re right – it makes such a huge difference 🙂 Great that he’s such a good eater :)) xo
April 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm
Good for you! I used a chocolate wrapper as a bookmark in the Baby Led Weaning book and thought, “Hmm, maybe the baby shouldn’t eat what I eat.” BUT, I’m not as awesome as you. Good luck and let us know how the Paleo diet for all plan is going!
April 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm
I am not awesome – I am just working on getting my eating habits UNDER CONTROL. I was totally, 100% out of control.
April 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Okay…we TOTALLY used to drive to DQ for blizzards to ‘get HGB to sleep’. But really, it was for blizzards! 🙂
Seriously, this is just what I needed to read. I have been feeling terrible lately, and I know that it is because I am not taking care of myself. I am slightly below pre-pregnancy weight as well, but it is because I just don’t eat. I cannot live on toast and coffee, then be mystified when my milk supply starts tanking again. I wonder why I feel run down, fatigued and achy when I have a child that has slept through the night for months. I need to get back to managing PCOS with diet and exercise. We have been toying with the idea of going gluten-free, and then I read this this morning:
“It’s time for us to live the lifestyle we’re expecting our child to live.”
YES. This. HGB eats beautiful food that I prepare but don’t eat. I am not setting a good example. I am not practicing what I preach. It’s gut check time! I will need to be reading along with you to keep it up. 😉
April 22, 2012 at 7:06 am
I think a big part of being a parent is wanting bigger and better things for our kids than we have for ourselves. And food is so central to everything we do as human beings. Good for you for feeding your child the very best, and for realizing that you deserve that great nutrition too. Although, I think a Diet Coke every once in awhile is just fine- I know my world would be a sad, sad place without the occasional DC 🙂
April 23, 2012 at 4:06 am
Good for you for making your health a priority. Beyond weight loss and sticking with a speciifc “regimen” and all that is how it makes you feel. “I feel great. I’m never stuffed to the gills.” It’s amazing how we get into a dynamic where we forget what actual hunger (in the first world way, of course) feels like.
December 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm
Check me out, stalking your old posts. SRB (I think) said you had some paleo stuff on your blog and I’m hunting around for it like a creeper– is there anything else I should read here, or elsewhere, if I’m interested in learning more about paleo? So far I’ve found the main paleo site and the sites of the two women who run the Paleo View podcast, which I just discovered and LOVE.
December 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm
Email me – I will send you the name of our cookbook, etc. I’m not at my computer so it’s hard to look it all up… and… I’m supposed to be organzing stuff right now 😉