It's been a while since I've updated you on our adventure in primal living, but it's always on my mind. As part of my goal to be in 2011 I've been really paying attention to what I eat, drink, and do with my body. I want to be intentional about what I feed myself and my family and not just mindlessly through food on a plate. I want to be present with the kids when they're running and playing and laughing. I'm a work in progress.
At least I'm that, right? If I wasn't paying attention I probably wouldn't even be a work in progress, but whatever the opposite is.
So, what have we been doing? We've been getting out more. We've gone for several walks or hikes. I've found some local trails that are only a five or ten minute drive so that we can enjoy being outside, without having to worry about traffic or the tide coming in (or the kids running out into the tide!). Tyler really enjoys the "real trails" so that he can run free! We're up to about two and a half miles before Tyler asks to go home and Gracie complains that her feet hurt. I'm pretty excited about that. Jace, on the other hand, still wants to go further, and is going to have to wait for Dada on that. I don't think Gracie and Tyler are going to be ready for seven miles up and down a mountain anytime soon! But we're out and moving and that is a good thing.
We're also trying new things in the kitchen. We have our old favorites, like banana bread (made with almond flour), eggs and bacon, bison dogs, and such. But we also have a new favorite: meatza! The kids really enjoy that! Green smoothies are another item we've added to our repertoire. Jace and I really like them. Gracie says she does and then doesn't drink them and Tyler politely says, "Me get water?" Just last night we tried another new thing.
We were at a Super WalMart to pick up something for homeschooling and walked through the produce section to the register. Jace asked what something was, a red pummelo, and then if we could get it. I just wanted to get home and almost gave a quick "no" without even really considering his question. But I didn't. I stopped and and looked at it and said, "Sure, let's try it...maybe we'll find a new fruit we love!" So we got it. Jace did love it! I kept eating little pieces because I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. Gracie and Tyler decided quickly that they did not. But we all tried something new.
So, primal living is going well. And, one of my favorite benefits of primal living, I don't feel guilt about not always eating primally or staying in to relax and watch a movie when that's on the agenda. On the flip side, I really do enjoy the kids curiosity more and want to get out and about with them and try things I otherwise probably wouldn't.