If you spend any time in the online RV community, you will probably discover that we are a passionate group of people. Most of the people we talk to are passionate about something: religion, travel, green living, healthy eating…
And some just like to stick their tongues out at society.
…we do too.
Recently, I asked a question about food in one of our groups. That led to types of food, ingredients, and autism. Our family is more than touched by autism—we’re swimming in it. Our oldest has aspergers, our second is ADHD, our third has autism, and our fourth is too young for us to know. Autism rules a huge part of our life. Or tries to. We’re too strong to let it just take over.
We’ve known for awhile now that the foods we’re eating as a family just aren’t that great for us. We eat what’s known as SAD (the standard american diet). You know: sugar, carbs, and endless amounts of diet pop. Oh, and the occasional piece of fruit to chase the guilt away. It’s awful, really. I’m ashamed to admit it. But, this journey is all about improving our life and our way of eating is definitely part of it so I want to share it with you.
I spent hours online the other night reading, jotting notes down, and comparing my research with things I already know. And, it came down to a simple answer: We need to strip down to the basics again, start over from scratch, and figure out what (if anything) is leading to the meltdowns, the dark circles under our toddler’s eyes, and the glassy eyed spaced out look. It’s a known fact that issues in diet can increase autism behaviors and we’d like to start working on that before we leave Minnesota.
So, we’re going Paleo—another idea originally by my husband that has taken me more time than it should to agree with. Just like RVing. What is Paleo? It’s the idea that the human diet has evolved a lot more than the human body. We are not designed to eat processed foods like grains, sugars, and dyes. We are designed to eat only what you can hunt or gather: meat, plants, nuts, and seeds. You know, the stuff we ate when the human body was first created.
Kinda makes sense, right? But, I refuse to let it get boring since all 6 of us will be eating this way and we are natural foodies (oh, we love food). So, I spent over an hour at the store today with my grocery list and menu plan in hand…
- greek yogurt with fruit
- eggs topped with salsa, bacon
- scrambled eggs
- egg salad lettuce wraps made with homemade mayo
- hard boiled eggs, asian broccoli slaw
- chicken nuggets, fruit salad
- M: asian pork meatballs, veggie salad with homemade ranch
- T: fauxtisserie chicken, carrots with leftover ranch
- W: fajita chicken salad in lettuce wraps
- T: bunless BLT burgers, sliced oranges
- F: orange chicken, veggie salad with homemade ranch
- S: grilled salmon, roasted sweet peppers, baked potato for kids
- S: smokey roast, carrots with homemade ranch
If you want to be inspired by more weekly menus, visit Organizing Junkie.