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    Me make fire, hunt for meat *grunt* forage for yummy berries, oog...

    But first, a little about us:

    Name: Jenny
    Age: 26
    Height/Weight: 5'4, 118-120lbs
    Likes: Reading, Art, Walking, Yoga, Camping, Cycling, Chocolate, Small-town living
    Dislikes: Running, Stress, Mexican food, The new Batman movies
    Strengths: Committed, Strong-willed, Energetic, Positive
    Weaknesses: Completely addicted to sugar, loves to feed people delicious, but unhealthy baking, Has trouble saying "no".
    Reason for becoming Paleo: To break my sugar addiction, to stop relying on wheat as a main food group and to be healthier.

    Name: Remi
    Age: 29
    Height/Weight: 5'10, 280lbs.
    Likes: Walking, Cycling, Hockey, Being a Computer Tech, Board games, His wife's cooking, Chips and all salty/starchy food.
    Dislikes: Most seafood, Lamb, Musicals, Viruses
    Strengths: Real desire to be healthy, Perseverance, Easy-going,
    Weaknesses: Poutine, Get-up and go, Procrastination, Loves his wife's cooking
    Reason for becoming Paleo: To lose weight, to become healthy and bring blood sugar levels, and heart pressure down. To have more energy.

    Name: Ella
    Age: 2
    Height/Weight: 2ft(ish)/28(ish)lbs.
    Likes: Putting stuff in her mouth, Teasing her cousins, Jumping on daddy when he's napping, Milk, Most pureed food.
    Dislikes: Green beans, Bedtimes, Being put on the naughty chair, Coming inside.
    Strengths: Endless energy, Constant amazement, The ability to run into a wall and 'shake it off', Throwing balls at people's heads and/or groins
    Weaknesses: Going to bed calmly, Eating what's for dinner, Sharing, Not colouring on the couch with a stolen pen.
    Reason for becoming Paleo: Mum and Dad said so.

    We've been married 5 years, and look forward to changing our lives for the better and really hope that the Paleo lifestyle is the way t do it.

    Cheers,
    ~ Jen,Remi & Ella
    Last edited by Jendara; 07-19-2013, 07:18 AM.
    The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
    "It Takes A Village"
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

    "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

  • #2
    Jen

    Well, I just returned from the grocery store, and I don't think I have ever bought so many vegetables, fruits and nuts in one go.
    Do you ever get 'shopping cart pride'? When your shopping cart is loaded up with good healthy food, and you're struttin' down those aisles pretending like these are your "normal" groceries?
    And you swear you can see furtive glances from other shoppers as they put down their cola, chips and cookies on the belt after they checked out your healthy haul?

    I felt like a complete poser.

    Oh, I wanted my shopping cart of godly healthiness to be something I do "every other week", but instead I felt like I was carrying around a knock-off Prada insisting it was real.
    These people weren't seeing my previous purchases of buttery crackers, goldfish crackers, ice cream, 2 liter bottle of pop, chocolate and a bag of chips.
    So kept my head down and continued with my little shopping session.

    I also had the revelation that when you cut out the crap from your diet, you only basically need one aisle and two sections to shop in:
    - The Butcher section
    - Fruit and Veg section
    - The milk/cheese/egg aisle

    This really cut down on my shopping time and I was a little amazed to be walking past whole aisles where I just knew there was nothing down there I could eat.

    How can we have such a large store and so little actual food? I wondered.

    After replacing the box of raspberries my two year had ejected from the shopping cart, and having wiped up the mess with bum wipes, while looking around to see if anyone noticed me stash the mess of what was now raspberry jam and wipes on a chip shelf, I paid for my 800lbs of food and hefted it all to the car.

    Finally I got to my next stop.

    I was there for only three things:
    - Coconut flour
    - Macadamia nuts
    - Unsweetened coconut

    Ella was accepting the fact that she was going to be in yet another buggy, and was helping by pulling anything within arm's reach off the shelf, while I asked a young gentleman where the Coconut flour was.
    He pointed it out to me, then did was I was so horrible dreading.....tried to make conversation.

    "So what is coconut flour for? Can you just, like, replace it for regular flour?"

    I stared at him for a moment, I opened my mouth and was appalled to realize that I was completely bullshitting my way through my answer!

    "Oh, well, it's better for you because it's gluten free, and you can use it in most things. But not everything...like cakes."

    What the hell...
    Why would I say cakes? Why on earth would it work for everything BUT cakes? The complete truth was that I saw a recipe for Paleo Pancakes that called for coconut flour, so here I was buying the freaking flour! I have 0 idea of it's nutritive power or it's ability to makes cakes rise.

    As quickly as I could I hauled ass out of there and finally made it home.

    Remi greeted me at the door and helped me carry the bags in.

    "Holy crap, that's a lot of fruit." He sounded stunned.

    I ignored him, and started washing and re-bagging the fruit.

    Remi has been irritable the last few days as he's going through his wheat withdrawal, so I was trying to be particularly patient.

    "i just didn't know this was a fruit-only diet." He grumbled.

    I bit my tongue. "It's a meat, fruit, vegetable, anything but grains and crap diet." I said slowly, enunciating each word carefully. "What the hell do you think cavemen ate anyway?! Peanut butter sandwiches??"

    Ok, so I was mostly patient.

    Finally it was bedtime for the munchkin, I finished packing Remi's lunch and told him I'd be downstairs, when he caught me by the arm.

    "Hey, I'm really thankful for everything you're doing." He said quietly.

    "Are you thanking me because you're actually thankful or because you know you should?" I raised an eyebrow.

    "Probably a little of both."

    I grinned, I could still see all the grumpy, tiredness all over his face.

    "You're welcome, I appreciate it either way."

    Go team.

    Remi's Lunch

    Baked Chicken, Quinoa, Steamed Cabbage
    Raisins, Walnuts, Almonds, Raspberries, Blueberries

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    Last edited by Jendara; 07-19-2013, 04:52 AM.
    The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
    "It Takes A Village"
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

    "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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    • #3
      Jendara... I know exactly what your talking about when it comes to shopping cart pride. It makes me proud to walk up to the checkout with all my veggies, meat, and almond milk! Such a change from how I used to shop. I almost feel kind of snobby though looking at others pushing around all that JUNK I used to call food.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Emofedom View Post
        Jendara... I know exactly what your talking about when it comes to shopping cart pride. It makes me proud to walk up to the checkout with all my veggies, meat, and almond milk! Such a change from how I used to shop. I almost feel kind of snobby though looking at others pushing around all that JUNK I used to call food.
        Oh yeah, I definitely get that snobby feeling, but I know that I'm just as likely to mess up or slip up again, and be pulled towards the nearest bag of Reese Peanut Butter cups only to eat them 'pig in a trough' style.
        So I try not to judge too much.
        But I figure, at least I'm trying to be healthy, so that's got to count for something!

        ~ Jen
        The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
        "It Takes A Village"
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

        "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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        • #5
          I am so going to enjoy reading this journal.
          "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."-Winston Churchill

          "Keep Calm and Carry On"-British Wartime Poster

          "Don't Panic"
          -H2G2

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          • #6
            Hi,
            I thought I'd come over and visit your blog! And yes, shopping cart snobbery is one of my new deliciously wicked vices now!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KotikBegemotik View Post
              I am so going to enjoy reading this journal.
              I'm glad you think so! I'm just going to be telling it like it is, the goods, the bads, the crazy. The latter being easy as we're all kinda crazy here..

              I need to head over and start reading through yours, thanks for stopping by!

              ~ Jen
              The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
              "It Takes A Village"
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

              "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tigger View Post
                Hi,
                I thought I'd come over and visit your blog! And yes, shopping cart snobbery is one of my new deliciously wicked vices now!
                It is deliciously wicked isn't it? Glad you wandered over!
                ~ Jen
                The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
                "It Takes A Village"
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

                "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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                • #9
                  I like to grow things.
                  Particularly fungus, and more specifically fungus in old food containers in the back of my fridge.
                  I hear people complaining about how they've got 'black thumbs', and I just can't relate to that.
                  Crap grows in my my fridge all the time, and I don't even have to try!
                  Just throw the container in there, forget about it for a month, and I've grown the fucking garden of eden back there.

                  That was pretty normal for me, as until now there's never been that pull to use all the fresh veg or fruits I would buy in a fit of crap-eating guilt.
                  I thought maybe if I showed my devotion by buying the food, and letting it rot in my fridge, the god of healthy living and wash-board abs would look upon me in favour.
                  (Of course then I'd try to hide my bag of M&M's under my sacrificial offering, so the other shoppers wouldn't see it.)

                  I opened a container of god-knows-what today, and turned to Remi: “Aww look how fuzzy it is!!” I shoved the container under his nose.

                  “That is disgusting” He gaged, trying to get away.

                  “No! Look! It's blue! And it's smiling at us!!”

                  He quickly vacated the kitchen lest I find any other 'adorable' mold, while I continued to scrape it all into the rubbish bin.

                  I did pretty good though today, I made the mancub a healthy paleo lunch, which consisted of a hardboiled egg, berries, cheese, raisins and a coconut date square thingie that looked remarkably like something a small animal could have left on my lawn.

                  She tasted the eggs and berries and pronounced them: “Mmm!” The cheese and raisins I knew would be a big hit, the date-square turd...not so much.
                  Still 4/5 ain't bad!

                  I, myself wasn't quite as good. I'm still weaning myself off of wheat, so for lunch I had one piece of toasted rye bread with the last of my crap peanut-butter and bananas.
                  But other than that I have been wheat/sugar free! *pats self on back*

                  So tonight for dinner I was going to make a bolognese spaghetti sauce over my first ever try of spaghetti squash. I was proud, I was ready, I was going to OWN THIS.
                  At around noon I dug into my freezer to grab my ground beef, except that I couldn't because it wasn't there!

                  Oh no, you've got to be kidding! I was so sure I had some left!!

                  But no, there was none to be found.
                  The obvious answer was to run to the store, but we're what I call a “one-car family” which sounds a hell of a lot better than “we're too poor to have a another car.”

                  In fact I play that card a lot; the “eco card.”

                  You think shopping cart pride is bad? Oh, no, no, it gets so much worse.

                  Yeah I use the “eco card” all the time and it works for so many different situations.

                  Observe:

                  “Oh no, we only have one car, because we care about the: environment/carbon footprint/global warming/OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE!!”

                  “We don't use a dishwasher, I wash everything by hand. We save money that way and I use less water.”

                  “Oh no, we have a dryer, but who wants to use it? Clothes-line hung clothing smell SOOooo much better, and then we're not absorbing those horrible chemicals from laundry softener!!

                  See what I mean? It's a multi-use card, it makes you sound so eco-concious that no one figures out you're just too damn poor to buy the second car, dishwasher and dryer (that's constantly breaking).

                  Protip: Use the “fair-trade sweat shop free” card when you need to defend buying all your clothes second hand. Ain't nobody gonna look at your 3rd hand Silver Jeans with disdain after you tear up about the kids working in sweat shops. **

                  Where was I? Oh yeah, the dinner that should'a been.

                  So there I am, beef-less and figuring out what the heck to make for dinner.
                  I was feeling so proud because I had just put 4 chicken breasts in the oven to bake for 'good protein snacks and lunch.' This chicken was NOT for dinner, and besides, we had chicken yesterday.

                  Finally my hand rested on a box of hamburgers. We had a tornado / severe thunderstorm warning for our area so I knew BBQing wasn't happening...still it IS what I had on hand..

                  Long story short, I pan fried the burgers, made mock mashed potatoes with cauliflower and a big ass salad for dinner.
                  Remi liked it, Ella tried it all, made a face and ate basically the greek yogurt and feta cheese from the salad.

                  So all in all, a good day. Not a great day, but a good one.

                  ~ Jenny

                  Eloise's Lunch:

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                  A happy girl:

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                  ** Disclaimer: I actually do care very much about sweat shops and the abuse of children within. So whenever you CAN afford it, it's worth the extra money to make sure you're not supporting one of these factories!!
                  Last edited by Jendara; 07-19-2013, 06:49 PM.
                  The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
                  "It Takes A Village"
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

                  "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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                  • #10
                    Love the way you write!
                    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                    • #11
                      Hi Jen, I too have roamed the aisles asking myself "WHERE is the food?" and indeed I do get "shopping cart pride" when wheeling round a trolley full of the most wholesome foods I can find.

                      But yesterday it was more a case of "shopping cart shame" when a pile of non primal items found their way into my trolley - packaged muesli, rice crackers, a loaf of bread, tomato sauce, lemonade, two blocks of chocolate (only one of them was dark). I was even looking askance at the supermarket brand milk.

                      I'm not intending to eat this stuff myself, I said to myself. But what sort of primal wife and mother am I to feed this sort of ... stuff ... to the people I love the most in this world? Even if it's what they want?

                      So I paid up and made my way to the video store, where there is a whole new section devoted to American candy - Reese's Cups, Lucky Charms, Pop Tarts, etc etc etc. All the names that I have heard about on here and been thankful not to have met until now. The ingredient lists (I couldn't help myself) made me gag. Corn syrup. Unpronounceable additives and colours, and on and on and on. Daughter and friends - who have been to US - were oohing and aahing, and comparing prices. But fortunately did NOT buy anything (too poor, haha).

                      After that my shopping cart didn't make me feel quite so shameful.
                      Last edited by Annieh; 07-19-2013, 10:33 PM.
                      Annie Ups the Ante
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Annieh View Post
                        Hi Jen, I too have roamed the aisles asking myself "WHERE is the food?" and indeed I do get "shopping cart pride" when wheeling round a trolley full of the most wholesome foods I can find.

                        But yesterday it was more a case of "shopping cart shame" when a pile of non primal items found their way into my trolley - packaged muesli, rice crackers, a loaf of bread, tomato sauce, lemonade, two blocks of chocolate (only one of them was dark). I was even looking askance at the supermarket brand milk.

                        I'm not intending to eat this stuff myself, I said to myself. But what sort of primal wife and mother am I to feed this sort of ... stuff ... to the people I love the most in this world? Even if it's what they want?

                        So I paid up and made my way to the video store, where there is a whole new section devoted to American candy - Reese's Cups, Lucky Charms, Pop Tarts, etc etc etc. All the names that I have heard about on here and been thankful not to have met until now. The ingredient lists (I couldn't help myself) made me gag. Corn syrup. Unpronounceable additives and colours, and on and on and on. Daughter and friends - who have been to US - were oohing and aahing, and comparing prices. But fortunately did NOT buy anything (too poor, haha).

                        After that my shopping cart didn't make me feel quite so shameful.
                        You know, sometimes those non-primal foods have a way of sneaking in!

                        So last night, after I had posted about how 'good' I had been and giving myself congratulatory pats - my brother-in-law came by with some board games and to chill with Remi and I for the evening.
                        (Ella was already asleep.)
                        As he unpacked his bag, something caught my eye - it was a big bag of Oreo's! I almost pointed a finger at him and yelled "JUDAS!" but I knew that probably wouln't help the situation.
                        Now, brotherInLaw has a huge sugar tooth, just like me. He's always got chocolate stashed somewhere, and refuses to stop eating so much processed crap because he was blessed with an above-average metabolism and does hardcore physical labour for his work. So no weight issues = no diet change.

                        Anyway, I told myself I wasn't going to have any. But then, somewhere between my shot of Malibu and losing at "Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards; Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre" (look it up, it's a hilarious fun game) I lost my resolve and downed not one, but 5 (to 7..) Oreos.
                        Now I could blame it on several things, and I could point out that my resistance to chocolate was at a monthly low *cough* but in the end I made that decision.

                        And I regretted it immediately.

                        I felt so sick, I thought I was going to throw up. I actually felt dizzy and shaky, it was just such a sugar rush after having cut it cold turkey that my body seemed to go into some sort of sugar shock!
                        The only bright side of this whole ordeal was that it has convinced me that this crap really does make you feel horrible.
                        That the feeling I was having is a normal reaction to putting that much junk into my body.
                        It really takes the desire to sugar binge, I'll tell ya what!

                        So today I did my best, we had a family get together and there were bags of chips and buns, and pops. And I avoided all of it!
                        I actually made my extended family try my Lemon Quinoa Salad (which is to die for) and most of them really liked it.

                        Anyway, that's just my short little update for today!

                        ~ Jenny
                        The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
                        "It Takes A Village"
                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

                        "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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                        • #13
                          Ooh, pretty please post Lemon recipe??

                          Isn't it interesting how going primal can help tune you in to your body's reaction to foods. I am so much more aware now.

                          We do like board games too, I will have a look at that one.
                          Annie Ups the Ante
                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                          • #14
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                            Jenny's Lemon Quinoa Salad

                            Lemon Quinoa Salad
                            1 medium onion, diced
                            1 bell pepper, diced
                            3 garlic cloves, minced
                            1 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
                            3 cups water or chicken stock
                            1 1/2 tsps. dried Italian seasoning
                            tsp. ground cumin
                            1/4 tsp paprika
                            zest and juice from one lemon
                            1 can garbanzo beans (optional)
                            1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
                            1/2 bunch scallions, white and light green tops only, finely chopped
                            1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
                            1 1/2 Tbsps. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
                            1 1/2 Tbsps. fresh parsley, finely chopped
                            ~ Salt and pepper to taste

                            Saute onion and bell pepper in a good splash of olive oil, until tender. Add garlic and heat until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add quinoa to onion mixture and stir around and toast for about 2 minutes. Add water, a large pinch of salt and spices. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Quinoa is done when it doubles in size, becomes slightly translucent and spirals appear on each grain.

                            Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, scallions, almonds and fresh herbs (if you have other ingredients you want to add, now is a good time). Season with salt and pepper.


                            Here you go Annie!
                            This recipe is fantastic, and is a great way to introduce Quinoa to someone who has never eaten this seed before. Plus it's extremely versatile you can add almost anything to it!
                            I like to refrigerate it after it's made, but it can be eaten right away if you don't want/or can't chill it.

                            Well, I successfully avoided the sugary snackies at church today and put one little packet of sugar in my coffee, I skipped breakfast (wasn't hungry) and went for a relaxing bike ride when I got home (both the hubby and the baby were napping, there seems to be a cold going around..)
                            Anyway, I was famished and made myself a bowl of this!

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                            Now I feel energized and full again. Wow when you cut sugar, fruit really does start to taste like candy, and I'm noticing my cravings are diminishing a LOT. At church I almost picked up a cookie without thinking, it was like a reflex.
                            I realized what I was doing and moved away from the snack table, but I really noticed how much eating has become habit, mindless.
                            If it's there, you just shove it in your mouth!

                            Hmm, all sorts of interesting things I'm learning.

                            My 2-year old and I are just starting the Star Wars series (never too young, right?) and while she's not big into it, she likes the lightsabers and all the funny looking aliens.
                            I saw this online, and I just laughed my ass off:

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                            Many things to look forward to, she has.

                            Have a nice Sunday everyone!

                            ~ Jenny
                            The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
                            "It Takes A Village"
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

                            "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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                            • #15
                              Love reding your journal! I lol'd at the date turd description and read it out loud to hubby as he is used to seeing many such experiments in my kitchen. I have found that round balls go over better and that you can dip a turd in dark chocolate and everyone will still claim it is delicious.

                              Keep on writing and keep it real because you are hilarious!

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