Saturday, January 14, 2012
What day is it again?
I think it's day . . . six? Here's how I feel about it: ARGH!
Though, to be completely honest, I feel healthier, so I am going to say it's been worth it.
The girls and I started our day at the hotel breakfast nook, which was surprisingly fresh and yummy. There were *fresh* bear claws, blueberry cake donuts, and freshly made waffles. So. Delicious. Looking! (and smelling).
We, however, had the hard boiled eggs, bacon, yogurt, and grapes. Two of the kids had some milk, the others had to wait it out since all they had was juice or coffee (no water?!).
All of us made googly eyes at the pastries. "Please, can't we just share a donut? That way we'll just have one bite!" Nice try, kids.
So here I feel I should defend myself from all of you now thinking "oh my gosh, like one bite of a donut is going to really hurt them!" -- Actually, it would.
I suppose I haven't explained it very well when in comes to Primal and the girls, so here goes!
All of my kids (ages 2-8) have some sort of food problem. Whether they have one issue, or several each, it's incredibly difficult to manage.
Some parents say they don't have the time to deal with food issues and simply do not. Others spend their life searching for a cure so little Johnny can once again chow down on a peanut butter sandwich. Me? I accept that they have allergies/intolerance/what have you, and I do my best to come up with meals that is pleasing to the family as a whole, and yet does not exclude any one member. When you have to cook around at least six different food allergies, it gets ... well, overwhelming. That in itself is a full time job. Now add to that a constantly crying 2 year old, a huge house to maintain, and a husband who forgets to eat and drink on a regular basis... it's kinda hard, people!
Not that I'm complaining. For the most part I'm good at it, and while it can be annoying, I enjoy it. So keeping all that in mind....
When Tom found The Primal Blueprint, my first thought was "Yay, we can finally get healthier together!" and then it was "Hey, this is the kind of diet that is said to help heal/minimize allergies. I'm in!"
There's a lot of medical speak and gross-out factors and what not when it comes to allergies, but some allergies are caused by holes in the lining of your intestines, which allows small food particles to get through, and then your brain tells your body to invade the foreign suckers! So it does, and voila! you have allergies. Kinda cool in a Scientific sense, but not so much fun to live with.
What helps repair these holes? I'm glad you asked! Lots of good probiotics. Going off the offending foods for a while. Annnnnd, staying away from grains, carbs, and sugars. Why? Because grains, carbs, and sugars feed yeast (you have good yeast and you have bad yeast. A yeast infection is the result of your good yeast being outnumbered by the bad yeast. And that, my friends, leads to your worst enemy: Candida (click the word to get a brief description of this beast.)
According to all of my readings, talking with people, and with some doctors, I have found that you must, must, must refrain from eating grains and sugars for at least two weeks (maybe longer if the overgrowth is terribly bad) for the bad yeast to die off.
If, during this time, you eat a bagel, or cookies, or whatever else, you have just given a life line to the dying yeast. So, YES, I have to be sure the girls are staying on track and not just prolonging their suffering by sneaking foods. Heck, I'd much rather have one bite of a donut than nothing at all, but I wouldn't do that to my kids.
If my kids were completely healthy and had no food issues, then I would revamp what I'm doing. I would absolutely give them some type of carbs (not overload them though) every day. Kids are growing and can handle things we as adults cannot. So once my girls get past the first 21 days of Going Primal, they will be allowed to have things (in moderation, of course) that they cannot have now.
And we fully intend to make use of the 80/20 rule. Once a week I intend to have whatever it is I want to have that day... but you really shouldn't do any cheating within the first three weeks of the "diet", so my family will not.
If your kids are not overweight, and have no food issues, I would suggest you maintain some form of carbs in their daily diet (whether it's whole grains, sweet potatoes, bread, etc. is up to you), and give them fruit! It will satisfy their sweet tooth in a way that candy is unable. Just do you research and come up with what works for your family best.
Anyway... we went to the Children's Science Museum with Aunts Mary and Beth, and had a great time (until we couldn't find two kids. but that's a story for another time)! Then, the dreaded "I'm hungry!" came. I haven't been able to get to a grocery store, so we've been eating a lot of what I had packed for the car trip. I didn't know I could bring food into the museum, so we had to eat at the cafe. I was really kind of scared given that it was a kids place...what could I feed them? Turns out, there was a grilled chicken salad so I ordered two and a cup of veggies (turned out to be just carrots. hmph) and since Amy hates chicken. I ordered a hotdog, and gave it to her without the bun. It wasn't Primal approved in the sense that none of it was organic, home grown, or clean, but we stuck to no grains, and only water to drink. I think we earned a few points for this.
Dinner was very enjoyable. We went to a Chinese food place with my lovely grandparents. It was the biggest spread I've ever seen in a Chinese restaurant. I had warned the kids before hand that they could have rice, noodles, anything fried, and only water to drink. We all went in thinking "what can we have?!" Turns out, there was plenty of fresh food, without MSG, and it was really great tasting. The kids didn't complain once about not having grains/carbs. I was really very proud of them. And it showed me that while I may not be able to be 100% on target with being Primal, that I could make the best of what I had and still feel good about it.
We had a late night snack of apples and beef jerky. Kids are weird. Why they like that stuff, I don't know. And now all kids are in bed sound asleep. Thank the Lord!
Now I still have the same headache I've had for five or six days now. I'm really achy. And I just want a piece of cake. Honestly, the only thing that is getting me through this is the support I've received from everybody and hearing from those who have been down this road and have told me it does get better. I hope so! It's a lot of work. And I'd rather not feel like a zombie, but if it means in two more weeks I'll feel and look better. I can stick it out that long.
The upsides so far: Sleeping better. More patient throughout the day. I feel happier (most of the time). And I can now get out of bed and stand up immediately without the "Oww, I'm so sore!" feeling in my back. So... must be doing something right.