I have questions relating to feeding my family.
I have been Paleo since the end of May. I continue to educate myself and fine tune and find it impacting the way I want to feed my family-- Which is a great thing, but a hard sell :-) I'm married and have 3 kids (6, 4.5 and 2)
Having to do with my husband: There is no way that he has the mental or emotional fortitude (or the desire, for that matter) to go Paleo at this point. He has a good amount of weight to lose and I think would benefit from the mental and physical benefits apart from weight loss. But I'm not into trying to make him do anything. He's open to being conscious of carb intake, but not in limiting any particular foods (grains, dairy, etc). He's probably scared by what he sees me doing (Strict Paleo with Autoimmune restrictions). He has been open to eating what I give him and hasn't complained at all, but he supplements heavily with SAD treat food. Generally I can fix him breakfast, sometimes lunch and I mostly prepare a Paleo Dinner for everyone. What I don't control is snacks and what he eats when he's not home. My question is not how to convince him to eat Paleo, but HOW to feed him to his benefit given the fact that he's eating what he wants a good portion of the time. I've been wondering about the impact of feeding what I'm preparing, as what I'm making with myself in mind is high fat and moderate protein... Will it be bad for him (weight gain or otherwise) to be eating my higher fat foods (animal fat, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil) alongside his mish-mash die? Should I try to limit his fat or figure the good fat will help balance things out?
For the kids: I am trying to slowly make adjustments to their diet. By no means do they eat the SAD for kids. We homeschool, so they are with my most of the time with the exception of trips to granparents and friends homes. So I'm pretty well in control of what they eat (unless they are with Daddy). I have long been on the quest to prepare real foods from scratch... I made/make my own bread, granola, yogurt, pizza dough, ice cream, and almost all meals. We eat little processed foods and I have long been sweetening things with Maple syrup and Honey in place of sugar. So I'm past the stage of eliminating the obvious kid "junk", well, with the exception of cereal (though they don't eat sugared cereal). What I'm having trouble with is determining what would be the best things to tackle first and to what degree. I know dairy and breads will be hard for them to give up. Thus far I've been limiting how much of it they have and making substitutions when I can, but I have not taken those things out of their diet completely. They love their milk, bread, hot cereals, beans and pasta. I don't think a cold turkey jump would be good for them, but I'd love some input into the best way to make a gentle transition. In case it's useful information- They are all in good health. The oldest has some reflux issues, but we've been seeing a chiropractor over the last few months and that has really helped her. My older two are girls and they both have a petite build. The 2 year old is a boy and definitely has a different body composition... Think a brick :-) They were all breastfed. Two of the three have pretty broad tastes in foods. They like meats and veggies alike. The other child is pretty picky. She'll eat things, but it's a fight because there are a lot of things that she doesn't care for... I feel bad for her that meals are often disappointing and emotionally tense.
Thanks in advance for any input!