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Parenting / Re: What to do when your child hates meat?
« on: December 28, 2011, 08:05:04 PM »
my son wasn't a huge meat eater until he was older, he only really became interested after I finished breastfeeding him ( about 5 and half). He seemed to prefer white meats like chicken and fish when he first started eating meat, and occassionally sausage, I didn't worry about it too much but each meal time would offer a little on his place. It seemed to be a texture thing for a bit ( anything too chewy was rejected), but just like the *odd* veggies I persist by asking him just to have a mouthful or a "taste".  Persistance is the key :)

Introductions / Re: 3 bears in the cave
« on: December 28, 2011, 07:59:43 PM »
I should add we don't do dairy because both myself and son are lactose intolerant, we only have a little butter but mostly substitute with coconut oil. I also can't eat bread because it does weird things to my stomach and I feel sick from it. So I have kind of fallen into a diet that has few grains/dairy anyway. I'm worried about diabetes which runs in my fathers family, as well as chrohns, lupus and arthritis which runs in my mums family. My husbands family have heart problems and diabetes.  Obviously we would like to avoid these health problems and hope that paleo is the way to go.

Introductions / Re: 3 bears in the cave
« on: December 28, 2011, 07:53:52 PM »
thanks for the warm welcome,  we eat mostly sweet potato ( well not even that much lol), my son has reflux which is triggered by potato and I can't eat them because they give me nightmares ( really..I can't sleep when I eat them). Will be hardest for hubby in terms of potato chips which he eats about once or twice a week....I wonder if I could make sweet potato chips in the oven ?

For myself, I think I might eat a little too much fruit to be honest, I have a real sweet tooth, but I guess its better then reaching for sweets, I am going to try and up my veggies.

I am grateful that my family have some paleo friendly favorites that they won't have to give up, hubby love bacon and my son loves brochili  which is considered odd amongst our friends because he's 7, but he loves it, today for breakfast he requested brocholi and sliced apple! So I ate it as well ;)

We are going to need some ideas for sweets and snacks - its where the challenge lies for us I think, our main meals are pretty much meat and veg, or fish and salad which we are happy with...just have to cut out some of the takeaway specials - pizza...might give paleo pizza a try if we get desperate for it :)

I'm trying to learn more about grass fed meats vs organic (which I usually buy) not quite sure where I would source it. We are going to do the 30 day challenge just to get guidance and support, I've seen a few places online that might be helpful.

Recipes and meal photos / Re: whats in your kitchen?
« on: December 28, 2011, 07:39:16 PM »
thanks paleo dude, thats alot cheaper then a thermomix   :)

Recipes and meal photos / Re: whats in your kitchen?
« on: December 28, 2011, 03:49:46 PM »
I said a few recipes (namely the coconut flour/almond flour pancakes that my family enjoy on the weekend, and I also use the nut meal as a base instead of pastry for a fruit thing I make for parties), I don't really consider myself obsessed about them but will reconsider that as it seems to be so concerning lol - or quite possibly I have joined the wrong forum :/

I was just curious to know what was in everyone elses kitchen and as most of my friends have been raving about their thermomixes I wondered if anyone had one or something similar. Thanks for the replies anyway.

Recipes and meal photos / whats in your kitchen?
« on: December 28, 2011, 01:30:31 AM »
I'm not sure this is the right place to put this..newbie..anyway.

I've been using coconut flour, almond meal and hazlenut meal for a few recipes, but its a real pain to get the flour where I live. We are selling our home and thus I've sold/moved on alot of kitchen equiptment. Quite a few friends have recommended that I get a thermomix, but I'm yet to be convinced that I should spend that much the foods they eat are nothing like what we I'm not sure it would be that great.

I'd really like a great foodprocessor I think, something that I could make my own nut flours in, but also for green smoothies.  We use the electric frypan alot for cooking our meats in winter, but often we just cook on a fire out the back ( fun for the kid).

What has everyone else got in their kitchen?

Parenting / Re: Sleeping arrangement
« on: December 27, 2011, 06:08:05 PM »
we have always co-slept, we did have issues but the main ones were people being judgemental, actually that was probably the only issue. When we didn't have enough space we got a bigger bed, actually we had mattresses on the floor for a while, which was nice, never had to worry about my son falling off them.

He's 7 now and we sleep with a single bed pushed next to a double, we are happy with it :) I expect he will go to his own bed when he is ready too. 

Parenting / Re: Food ideas when sick
« on: December 27, 2011, 06:01:12 PM »
my little boy caught a cold from his nan and I just fed him chicken bone broth. I use 1 onion diced, 3 cloves of garlic diced, half a bunch of celery diced, a handful of mushrooms sliced  (and any other vegies that might be left in the fridge). I use the left overs from one whole chook that I've roasted. It goes into the stockpot whole. I fill with water ( about 6 cups and add more if necessary later as it boils down). Before boiling I add 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and let it rest for an hour. I then put it on a slow boil for about 3 - 4 hours. This was as recipe a friend gave me and I think its the best one I've had so far.

When sick I just scoop the fluid so its easy to sip, my kid loves it and its really easy to digest. I always freeze leftovers for emergencies but you can use it as stock for anything as well (stir fries, other soups etc).

Introductions / 3 bears in the cave
« on: December 26, 2011, 10:46:18 PM »
hi,  we are new :)

We are a family of 3. My hubby has has weight issues since he was a child, but has lost quite a bit since we have been together and after some changes to his diet - his background is malay/english so there was a westernised diet with helpings of curry and rice and lots of sweets and potato chips. We cut out the rice alot ( I refused to cook it every night). He is also more active now which is great, coz we'd like him to be around for a long time :)  His father has had a triple bypass (clearly the diet wasn't the best) so we are keen to eat healthy and play happy.

My diet as a child to young teen was lots of veggies, white meats mostly with a little roo and lamb, plenty of fruit and fish (I was in a tropical climate at the time - and I would easily go pick fruit if I didn't like what was for dinner). It changed significantly when my family moved and suddenly fastfood, high carb meals were on the menu. My family put on weight quickly, and like the my grandmother and others, my parents developed health issues including lupus, diabetes and a myriad of other things ( arthritis abounds). Of all my family I have had the least health issues, my main ones beings a little fatigue and fertility issues ( well that could be both my partner and I ). I generally have good energy through the day and I am not a lover of bread or pasta but have eaten it due to other family wanting me to cook certain meals.

After quite a bit of discussion and some research I came across the paleo diet, it fits perfectly with what I had been calling " our traditional diet" and being able to find this info online has been vital in my being able to convince family members to at least give it a go.

So here we are, I am personally hoping to see changes in allergies ( hayfever and gastro problems), for some weight changes and for more energy. Also for ..a level of happiness or well being...I think.

We are looking forward to reading about other families on here, and getting some great recipes and ideas. Our biggest challenges will be ditching the sugar ( myself and my son) and for my hubby, curbing those carbohydrate cravings.

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