Who are you?
I am Emily, a learner and a thinker.
My heart belongs to God and I want to honor him through all the roles he calls me to fill. Right now, those include wife, mother, and part-time team member/coach/leader (employee - ha!).
Life is often messy, but I love wading through it with my family and dreaming of what may be on the other side of the mess.
I am a former athlete who likes to be fit.
I have an affinity for water and sunshine, and an appreciation for the muscles that come with lifting heavy things.
Also, I have a wide (albeit shallow) range of interest in art, books, and music.
Shopping, cooking, and taking care of my family give me satisfaction though sometimes at the expense of the laundry. As long as the house is clutter free and tidy by bedtime, I can deal. "A place for everything, and everything in it's place" is the mantra.
Now, to teach my children that with their bedrooms....
I never thought I'd be a paleo person. I honestly didn't want to be. But once I learned the science behind the paleo diet, it just made sense.
I've found that eating paleo helps keep me feeling even-keeled, out of the bad emotional-food cycle, keeps my joint issues at bay, and while I'm no where close to a fitness contestant, I can work out less than my pre-paleo days and get faster results.
Eating paleo also helps keep my husband in very good shape for his job. Anyone who knows him can attest to that.
My kids don't mind it much, either. We started when they were ages 3 and 1/2 years old and 18 months... simply offering only paleo/primal options at home and they ate them right up. At first we were not strict with them when we were away from home. At just over a year into our paleo journey, we began to educate them in the way we eat and how to make healthy choices.
Now, we ask them to at least stay gluten free when away from home, which is a huge step since they go to preschool many days per week. Occasional exceptions are made, and the results are usually a stomach ache and an ugly sugar crash, and we point those out to our children (call us fun-haters if you want). They are starting to take responsibility for their own choices and believe it or not, most of the time like to eat paleo!
It kinda helps that I make some specials desserts now and then :)
Why the blog?
You have to plan ahead to feed a family paleo style. And my days are full (and often spent away from home) which makes that plan even more essential.
I like to create, write, and problem solve. I like to use and apply things I've learned in ways that help others.
So, this corner of the internet is for me and you both. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy! And I love reading your feedback!