I reposted CaveMomma’s post on this topic on Facebook and needed to say more, specifically on feeding a family.
Look, feed your children. Feed them the BEST food that you _can_. Feed them the freshest food that you can, made from as little grain as possible. Buy it as locally as possible, even grow your own. Examine your food from a Good, Better, Best perspective.
First, DON’T EAT GRAIN (or grain oils or legumes) avoid dairy and minimize your exposure to High Fat, Corn Fed animal products in general. Then, take your fishoil and follow the G<B<B rules:
Good < Better < Best
Frozen (Fruits) Veggies < (Well, Marginally <) Non-Organic Fresh < Organic
Lean Corn Fed < Grass Fed < Grass Fed and Finished
Normal Eggs < Free Range < Cage Free, Free Range, NOT Vegetarian Eggs
Food is fuel, and you don’t put Diesel in a Ferrari. If all you can do is Good, then eat good food. Eat as high on the scale as you can afford. Higher Quality Protein is worth more to your overall health and longevity than fruits and veggies, so use your dimes wisely toward good health. We distribute costs by buying good food in bulk. CSAs, cow shares and local farmer’s markets. Through these practices we have made friends with local farmers and artisans and started to take a hand in how that food is grown and delivered.
Cost is relative. If paying a little more money in food meant that my child didn’t have to take an inhaler anymore, I’d do it. If it meant that I got off Lipitor, Zantac, Prednisone, RA Meds or whatever, I’d be all over it and happily spend every dime saved NOT buying drugs on more Grassfed beef, wild caught fish and local, organic produce. If it meant that I will live longer, got to play with my kids more and play with them in sport, then it’s worth it.
Sure, it takes longer to cook food. We see it as an opportunity to involve our children in the rhythm of our home. We believe that it is important for them to see the care we take in feeding them so that they will consider food with the same respect and understanding when they AREN’T in our home and make healthy decisions because of it.
I WON’T feed my children things that I believe to be poison; things that I KNOW to have a negative impact on their behavior and health, and that I know cause them physical distress. I won’t suggest that you to do it for my reasons. I typically suggest that people try it for thirty days. REALLY try it, and if it doesn’t work; if you aren’t healthier (that is, your bio-markers of health aren’t improved), go back and eat grains, legumes and dairy and forget my suggestion. But I’ll tell you this. My children’s behavior and health are improved, my wife’s addiction to eating is broken, her mental health improved and everything about my health is improved. Everything.
The food might cost more in the short run (I don’t buy the argument), but the the savings speak for themselves.
- More Resources
- Paleo is EXPENSIVE!!! by Robb Wolf
- Cost Effective Shopping at WholeFoods Market by Robb Wolf
- Paleo Poor: Your Guide to the Grocery Store from Whole9
- How to Eat Wild on the Cheap from Hunter-Gather
- Best [Paleo] Strategies on a budget on Paleo Hacks
- Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?, NyTimes