Today, my girls and I went to the Family Fun Farm Day (A benefit day for Ghana) held by Grow International. You should really check them out, they are doing some amazing things over there! http://grow-international.com/ Their Farm in a Barrel is going to do great things!
All of the proceeds from today went to their Ghana project. They had many free projects and crafts for the kids to work on. My 3 year old had a blast running around, making butterflies at the craft table and making friends with… everyone. My one year old is much more shy and stayed glued to me almost the entire time. This made it pretty much impossible to get pictures of them! While Taevia ran around and charmed all the adults and played with all kids, I bought some photography prints (remember all the proceeds go to Ghana!) I just couldn’t bring myself to leave without these.
I was also able to talk to the owner, Jerry, about his projects and got to hear about how they started and all of the amazing things they are able to do. Then he surprised me by saying he has read my blog (my ONE post!) and proceeded to ask me questions about Paleo and where I see this going. I have to tell you, it really helps to talk with someone who doesn’t already know you, to clarify what you already know and feel.
The idea behind Paleo is that our physiological bodies have not evolved as quickly as the rest of the world. Technology and science have raced forward. It is simply impossible for our bodies, as complex as they are, to evolve and change at that same breakneck speed. Except, in this time, we have added a ton of foods that we had never eaten before! Grains, dairy passed the age of 5, additives, food dyes, preservatives, the list goes on and on. And now, we are watching as food sensitivities, allergies and disease steadily go on the rise.
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Maybe it’s time to turn back and go back to eating whole foods. Grass fed meats from ranchers who are local, vegetables and fruit from local farmers (or from our own gardens!), organic foods that aren’t grown with pesticides or have been genetically modified. I know this statement is probably very overwhelming for some people. It can be hard enough to feed our families without that kind of pressure! We can only do our best and sometimes our best is just to move towards a goal. Choose organic when you can, shop your local farmers markets, call your local ranchers and talk to them! It’s amazing how many friends we can make when we simply reach out to communicate!
There are a lot of complicated issues in this post, along with a lot of future posts to expand on these ideas! Don’t be overwhelmed! If you are thinking about “going paleo” the best beginners advice I can give you is to just cut out grains and dairy to begin… we can complicate things later. 😉