Journal of a Primal(ish) Family
So I've been here a long while but just fancied starting a journal to put down random thoughts and reports on being Primal. I have a personal blog but don't really want to put off the friends and family that read it by putting this stuff on there.
There's three of us: Mummy, Daddy, and Baby. I'm the Mummy. Baby is 7 months old. We're all Primal for the most part; our 20% is the following:
1. Soy sauce. This is used as a condiment several times a week.
2. Jar mayonnaise made with rapeseed oil, occasionally.
3. The occasional recipe with flour in, usually only when we have guests (and not always then). Sometimes this extends even unto (very good) home-made pasta or pizza, but this is very rare.
4. Sometimes Daddy gets desperate for comfort food such as pastry or cake. (He finds cake things made with almond flour to be too stodgy.)
5. I'm currently eating about 50g of dark chocolate a day, and doing lots of snacking, which I excuse to myself on the grounds that I'm breastfeeding. I do feel I ought to cut down though.
Daddy has a problem with dairy, which seems to be getting worse. He used to be ok with A2 milk but he seems to be getting more sensitive. So we're quite a low-dairy household. None of us seem to have a problem with gluten, though I do note that when Daddy has a dairy challenge it often involves gluten as well. When he does have dairy he tends to have gut pains, and then reduced energy for several days. We're still trying to see if he can cope with non-cow dairy.
I'll be going back to work in a month or so. Baby is booked for two days a week into a nursery where food is not provided, so we'll need to batch cook some lunches (hot in a thermos, or cold; they won't reheat for us). The other days of the week she'll either be at home or at another nursery where food is provided and won't be too bad: pasta one week out of two and 'alphabites' (whatever they are) the other, but on the day she'll be in there's no pudding served, so at least there won't be a sugar overload.
We used to go to the gym three times a week, but since we've had Baby we've been too tired and busy. We have no car so we walk everywhere. I wear Baby. I have occasionally managed a short workout (a few planks or squats) at home, but that's about it. Daddy's job is playing the piano, which is surprisingly physical, even if it is done sitting down! My job is computer-based but I try to stand up much of the time.
That should do for an introduction. I don't know how often I'll update this. Certainly not every day, but I'll try and summarise what's been happening periodically. I don't plan on reporting all my meals and workouts; just some things as they happen, perhaps with requests for ideas on how to proceed.
Things I have learnt in the past couple of days:
It really is necessary to render suet to dripping, or it goes off.
Nasty brine-canned sardines can be partially redeemed by frying in bacon fat.
We've all been full of the cold here. Lots of hot lemon, ginger and honey drinks, except for Baby, who just gets more boobie. So I get less sleep.
Hi & welcome!
Cold in out house too, 1/2 of us!
Hope you feel better soon!
Farmers' market today! Only once a month, so it's a treat. We're unfortunately short of money this week though so only a chicken and some dressed crab. Dressed is more expensive than whole and they do put breadcrumbs in, but it takes so long to dress it ourselves and we don't have a lot of time. Maybe next time we have crab we'll do it properly. Baby loved the crab anyway.
Daddy's threatening to make puff pastry with coconut oil and do a beef pie with the spalebone we got. Ah well, I guess it's to be a gluten day today. He hasn't quite lost his taste for the gluten stuff the way I have, and still longs for pastries and pizza. His dairy problem means we don't get that stuff very often. I'm rather hoping coconut oil puff pastry will be a failure.
Forgot to ask for more suet at the butcher. Coconut oil and olive oil to see us till I'm next in town on Wednesday then.
I gave Baby an afternoon snack yesterday for the first time. It was a bit of a last-minute decision so I just grabbed a pear from the cupboard. Trying to suppress the feeling that I'm giving my baby a sweet tooth! But afternoon snack for her will hopefully push dinner time later (currently only 5pm) and hence a later bedtime, which will be good when I go back to work.
Orielwen, have you tried avocado with your baby? It is a great food for little ones, won't cause sweet cravings and has all kinds of nice fats to keep little tummies full (big tummies too).
She loves avocado! It was in the lunchtime salad today. Today's afternoon snack was red pepper with almond butter as a dip. I'd like to have more avocados, but they're more expensive than pears.
Having said which we worked out our total cost of eating today was about £40. This is not at all usual! Most of it was the insane amount of coconut oil which went into the puff pastry. It was delicious – didn't puff properly but lots of that lovely squidgy moistness that you get in the bottom layers of puff pastry – but now I'm tired and bloated. Trying to dissuade Daddy from further experiments on the grounds of cost, but also because it doesn't make me feel good in such large doses.
Urgh. Definitely ODed on the gluten. Belly ache all evening and today I'm headachy and groggy. (Maybe the glass and a quarter of red wine didn't help. After so many years of not drinking much for various reasons, I'm a real lightweight.) I saved two of my breakfast eggs and they will be afternoon snack. Looking forward to a decent stew for lunch!
Baby seems happy, though she did wake more often than usual in the evening. Just wanted a cuddle and then back to sleep again.
Daddy is also tired and headachy today, though he of course thinks he must be coming down with another bug. I'm biting my tongue hard. He's more likely to believe it if he figures it out for himself.
I'm feeling a lot better now, though not 100%.
Feeling much better today. Took Baby for her swimming lesson this morning, which she thoroughly enjoyed and had loads of energy for. Lunch (some of yesterday's roast chicken stir fried with leeks and mushrooms) a little inadequate, so Daddy had a slice of bacon and I had two sardines.
Baby's been trying (and failing) to poo all morning. TMI: it kind of starts popping out then goes back in again. I think it's just very large and dry. What can I feed her? I've received a suggestion of pineapple juice but again am reluctant to set the sweetness precedent, particularly for drinks.
Butcher today. Only a few quid left in our budget to the end of the credit card period, so I was secretly slightly relieved the butcher had forgotten to order in the pig liver. The homemade pate will have to wait till next week. Just got some chops and mince (which will be made into meatballs similar to these), and some free pig skin and beef fat, which is rendering in the oven as I type!
Baby's poo is much better; cutting out the banana at breakfast seems to have done the trick!