Thrust in to a paleo-like diet when my son was diagnosed with food intolerances thru breastmilk. So I'm dairy, soy, gluten free since November 2011. After successfully cutting dairy and seeing some positive results in his symptoms but not as much improvement as I'd like, I cut soy. When that didn't help much, I went to a very restricted total elimination diet. After about a month where I was eating only 12 things he got to about as close to a baseline as he was going to get, and I started trialing foods back in. That's when I found he reacted to wheat. So now I'm on a modified diet that resembles Paleo, however I'm still eating some grains (oatmeal helps with milk production). Some days I struggle to get enough calories to maintain my weight and produce enough breastmilk, but it's still a learning process. I haven't been exercising much because I was losing too much weight. Now that I'm mostly leveling off I've started some light exercise. Here's hoping that can continue!
I Studied Biological Anthropology and Human Evolution in college, so I learned about the evolution of human diet and of what early humans ate. I always thought it would be interesting to eat what we evolved eating, and wondered at the potential health benefits of doing so.
When I'm not teaching my little one about life, I teach others' little ones about life - as a Biology Teacher.
I have a passion for healthy, whole food eating, in particular I feel very strongly against the use of pesticides, GMOs, non-native foods for meat animals, etc, and I wish to find alternatives to make healthy eating affordable for low-income families.
I love baking, so I'm struggling with that. There are some decent gluten-, dairy-, soy-free recipes out there (thank you Vegans!) but some of them just aren't the same as the old standards. I'm probably fighting a sugar addiction, and I'm just not quite ready to quit it yet. It tastes so yummy.So I'm here to learn more about what people are eating. I'm c