Yes, I am doing it again! Even though I pretty much sucked at my other blog (Kickin' It With the Kiddos), which I haven't posted to since November 2011, I have decided to start another blog in an attempt to chronicle our journey as a family into the realm of the Paleo lifestyle.
Why, you ask? Well, it's quite simple, actually. This truly is a journey for us. We are learning so much, every single day, about what it means to live a Paleo life. What better way to keep track of it all and have a testament of our progress than a blog?
Now, the more pressing question for many of you (especially our families) is: Why are we doing this in the first place? Again, at the risk of sounding redundant, it's quite simple. So simple, in fact, that it can be summed up in a single word: HEALTH.
As many of my family and friends know, I have been on a quest of sorts for natural healing modalities that would help my family. It is my belief that allopathic medicine and natural healing should work together, not against each other, to affect the health and well-being of each individual.
Because of my tireless quest, I discovered Young Living Essential Oils, which I firmly and without a doubt believe contributed to the degradation of my 9-year-old son's pituitary tumor. In other words, I used Young Living Essential Oils' Frankincense (known for its tumor eradicating properties because it is able to pass through the blood-brain barrier) on my son, and now his tumor is GOING AWAY. He had a MRI in May, and the tumor had decreased in size by about half and had hemmoraged, which is good when it comes to a tumor - it means it's dying. I am so confident in the ability and efficacy of these oils that I became a distributor. You can find my website at: http://camano.younglivingworld.com/ for more information and to embark on your own natural healing journey.
That being said, my son, Troy, still has trouble with migraine headaches. And, though we use YL Peppermint oil for the headaches and it does make them go away, we all would like it a lot better if he didn't get the headaches in the first place... which led me to the Paleo lifestyle.
My almost-6-year-old daughter, Zoe, and I have gluten intolerance, I used to have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (It has corrected itself after my first pregnancy which occurred while I was on a low-carb diet.), Troy has migraines, and my almost-4-year-old son, Devon, has extensive vitiligo (where melanin patches in the skin dies causing white spots). All of these issues are auto-immune conditions. Auto-immune is, of course, when the body attacks itself, causing problems. So I did some research.
I found countless references to Paleo when dealing with auto-immune issues. Many people have had great success in decreasing - if not completely eliminating - symptoms by changing the way they eat.
After discussing it with my husband, Jason, we decided it would be a good thing for everyone in our family, since both Jason and I are wanting to lose some extra body fat and gain strength, and Paleo has the added benefit, when combined with exercise, of creating lean bodies.
Now, I am by no means a Paleo expert! I want to make that perfectly clear, which is why this blog is called Fumbling Toward Paleo. We are total NOOBS! And, I also want to make clear that we are doing what works for our family. So, if we occasionally let our kids eat popcorn, don't be a hater. We do cook it in coconut oil, and if it needs it, add ghee instead of straight butter! ;-)
We do try to stick to Paleo as much as we can. We have a very busy schedule and aren't always home to make the wonderful recipes that I have found in Sarah Fragoso's Everyday Paleo book and online at such places like fastpaleo.com/ , paleoplan.com, http://www.health-bent.com/, www.elanaspantry.com, and others. Occasionally, though, we do eat at Red Robin. Again, no Paleo Police, please.
So, that's why this blog is called Fumbling Towards Paleo and not Paleo Perfect! =)
I plan to post experiences that we have figuring this whole thing out, great recipes we find or augment, and any other musings about this lifestyle that my husband, my four kiddos, and I have along the way. Feel free to comment, just, please be kind. REMEMBER, WE ARE NEWBIES! Hopefully, some of you will get something of value from this blog. I know we will.
And, so here begins our journey, Fumbling Towards Paleo...