Last weekend, when we were visiting my parents, my mom was boiling pork ribs. I asked her if I could have the broth that came out of it, and ended up heading home with two plastic containers of gelatinous yellow gunk that looked like pee samples. Yum!
I thought about including a picture but…do you really want to see that? I’m sure you can visualize.
Here’s a totally unrelated picture of the lilacs in our backyard instead:
They smell amaaazing. And the best part: they’re STILL ALIVE, even after 3 years under my care. (!!)
Anyway. So I’ve been wanting to introduce more bone broth into my diet for awhile now, but have so far been too lazy to make it (partially because it would involve me going into a store and buying animal bones)…
In case you aren’t familiar with the accolades of bone broth, here are 5 reasons it’s awesome for you. Not only have I been hearing a ton about it from the Paleo world, but I’m even more interested in it now that I’m preggo. One of bone broth’s big claims to fame is its ability to boost collagen production, and plenty of collagen = healthy skin = less stretch marks.
Um, say no more.
I still have the large pee samples sitting in my fridge, and I need to figure out what to do with them. Soup doesn’t really sound that appealing in the summer, so my only real plans for it so far are to use it for cooking (in place of water). But who knows…maybe I’ll get really bold and drink it…are you ready for this…RAW.
So you’ve heard me talk about kombucha, and now bone broth…does this all mean I’m going Paleo??
Probably not. At least not anytime soon. I am a little conflicted about this, though, because:
–I believe Paleo is very likely the most healthy way to eat.
–When it comes to nutrition, I trust the Paleo perspective first.
Here are my hold-ups…
I can’t argue with the nutritional quality of the Paleo diet. But I don’t just eat for nutrition. I eat for enjoyment too.
For better or for worse, humans have come up with some pretty dang tasty things since the caveman days (lookin at you, pasta and cookies), and I don’t feel very inspired to give those up completely, especially since my body’s not giving me any indicators that I might need to. I don’t mind eating gluten-free versions of those things, but again, it’s not something I feel passionately enough about to go full boar on. (Is that a pun? Like a really weak one? I’m never sure.)
Paleo eaters seem to have made their bodies very sensitive. The smallest invader (gluten/dairy/etc.) leaves them wracked with symptoms. I don’t want to suffer after eating a handful of chocolate chips or drinking a glass of wine just because my body’s so used to a perfectly clean diet. Also—I’ll be honest—I don’t want to deal with the extra complexities of travel and social outings that come along with being Paleo Perfect.
Maybe it’s just the specific podcasts I’ve been listening to, but so many people in the Paleo community seem to have horror stories of the turmoil their bodies were in prior to going Paleo. We’re talking massive, undeniable problems with skin, digestion, energy, etc.
If I’m not having those problems, does it mean I don’t “need” Paleo?
All that said, I do think we could all use a little Paleo influence in our diets. You don’t have to be full-on Paleo to borrow some of the ideas it teaches, like:
–Eating real, nutrient-dense foods like eggs (including yolks!) and beef and seafood
–Not shying away from fats (which are actually very good for us and do nottttt increase cholesterol or the risk of heart disease, contrary to popular belief)
–Going after high quality foods that haven’t been loaded with antibiotics and chemicals
–Not letting our diets revolve around sugar and carbs (the typical cereal for breakfast/sandwiches for lunch/pasta for dinner cycle)
–Incorporating “traditional” powerhouse foods like my new buddies, bone broth and kombucha
So while I definitely don’t call myself Paleo, I would say that I’m Paleo-influenced. Who says it has to be an all-or-nothing thing? (As nice as it is, sometimes, to have a strict set of rules that save you from having to make too many decisions.)
Lately, I’ve been curious about trying full-on Paleo in a sort of “detox” approach. Not as a gateway to full Paleo, but as an occasional reset thing. Goals would be to:
–Help beat down sugar cravings
–Change the body’s expectations (you crave what you eat, so the more healthy foods you eat, the more likely you are to crave healthy foods)
–Give the digestive track a little break/reset by loading it up with the easiest-to-digest foods
My plan is to pick a week in the next month to be Paleo Week. All Paleo foods, all the time.
I know the hubby wouldn’t complain if we started eating more red meat with butter on it. (Grass-fed, of course.)
Stay tuned for more about my plan!
What do you think of Paleo?