What goes on our plates everyday?
Mr. Mockingbird and I are mostly Paleo which basically means we eat meat, veggies, fruit, and healthy fats day in, day out. We limit our sugar, grains, gluten, & legumes due to experiencing positive effects on our bodies after eliminating them following the Whole 30 program.
Our children are somewhere between whole foods and paleo, meaning they still eat grains, legumes and sugar, but we are working hard to reduce and replace things in their diets to better quality grains, less refined sugar, little to no packaged/processed items, and increasing their fruit, veggies, and protein. It’s of course a work in progress for all of us as we learn what makes our bodies feel and work the best!
Here’s how we build our plates:
Protein- Beef, Pork, Chicken, Wild Caught Fish, Venison, Lamb, & Eggs preferable organic, pasture raised and grass fed whenever possible. Mr. Mockingbird hunts and helps to fill our freezer with venison. We have found that buying other types of meat in bulk (like splitting a grass-fed cow with a friend) is the most cost effective way to always have quality protein on hand.
Vegetables & Fruit- Any and all types preferably organic and local, but I use the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen chart when shopping at the grocery store. We are also part of a CSA which provides us with local, organic produce once a week for the months of April to December.
Fats- Grass-fed butter, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, seeds, nuts & nut butters (limited for Buddybird due to his allergy). The kids also eat peanut butter. We don’t use margarine, canola, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, grape seed, soybean, or corn oils at home. When shopping I read the ingredient lists on products and tend to put them back if I see these oils listed. I look for organic, unrefined forms.
Dairy- Cows that graze on green grass make our milk! And we don’t mess with it too much…we drink raw, full fat organic regular milk and chocolate milk from a local farm. It gets delivered to my front door once a week! We also like cheese & the kids eat yogurt on occasion. Again, grass-fed organic whenever possible. I personally love milk & cheese, but they don’t love me…so I limit my dairy.
Grains- We do a little bit of white rice, wild rice, oats, sourdough or whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, some gluten free cereals & granola. Organic, local and with very short ingredient lists when buying from the grocery store. I use almond & coconut flour to make waffles, pancakes, muffins & other bread like treats from scratch to control the quality. We are working hard to break habits with both children here…they like goldfish & graham crackers!
Sweeteners- Local honey, grade B maple syrup, coconut sugar, dates, brown sugar & fruit juices are all “acceptable” sweeteners in my house, but we use them sparingly.
We drink water, coffee, tea, milk & nut milks on a daily basis. Occasionally you’ll find orange or other fruit juices, kefir & kombucha tea in our fridge. Mr. Mockingbird and I also enjoy a good bottle of pinot noir with our grass fed steaks!
Also, we do eat out at restaurants, and I realize they are probably using conventional (not organic, grass-fed) meats, dairy, eggs, & hydrogenated oils. We do the best we can, but also don’t sweat it too much if someone wants french fries and chicken tenders for supper!
We love to entertain and have friends over to share food and laughs, usually no one ever asks why I didn’t serve rolls with supper. Real food is filling and you feel satisfied, but not stuffed after eating.
We didn’t get to this in a day, week, month or even a year…it took about 5 years actually! Wherever you are on your journey, I hope you find yourself seeking nutritious foods that help your body function at its best.