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“Where are you finding unsweetened cranberries, I can’t find any without sugar?”
“You say you like Trader Joe’s sunbutter, but it has sugar in it – why are you eating that?”
“My unsweetened almond butter has 2 grams of sugar, should I not eat that?”

Here’s the thing. Sugar is everywhere. No matter what you do, how you live your life (unless you move to the bush and slaughter your own dinner), you’re going to have some sugar in your diet. Even then, that wild strawberry growing in the field is going to tempt you.

We moderate sugar in our home. We never consume HFCS and avoid foods with added sugars higher than 5-10 grams, depending on what it is we’re eating and how much of a “treat” it is.  Dark chocolate with 4g per serving, yes please. Trader Joe’s infinitely more tasty sunflower seed butter with only a couple grams of added sugar over the other brand with none? Absolutely. Organic quick & easy ketchup with 2 more grams of sugar than the unsweetened one next to it that my kids won’t touch? Yup. Paying 50% less for cranberries with sugar added that only increases the content by 3g? Deal.

Think about how much of the sugar is going into your body, what affect it may have on your children’s liver and overall behavior in the situation you’re in and make an informed decision. We can’t do that for you – but, we’ve officially shared our strategy.

“Sugar, Sugar, Sugar, Dates, Maple Syrup and more Sugar”

I don’t quite know why we’re a lightning rod for it, but we get a relatively high number of comments and emails about our use of sugar. Perhaps it’s because we’re active in both the paleo and gluten-free communities and our baked good posts attract a lot of attention from the gluten-free folks. Maybe it’s because we actively share our family and giving kids sugar is a little unseemly. Maybe it’s because people have crankies in their pants from not indulging their sweet tooth every once in a while.

I will admit, about once every week or two we will post something that is a dessert and is therefore higher in sugar. Most of our posts, however, are about making dinner, or breakfast or often do not involve recipes at all. Also, you’ll also notice all of our “sugar” posts have less sugar than you’d normally expect from a similar food. None of our recent recipes include (controversial) stevia or agave, either.

Remember: sugar is not inherently bad for you. Your body runs off of sugar and, correct me if I’m wrong big nutritional geniuses, converts your fats and proteins to sugar in order to use them. The problem is overindulgence and addiction to sugar. Sweetness has such a euphoric effect on the brain that it makes you need to eat more and more of it. Few people overindulge in steak, many overindulge in chocolate. The evolutionary hypothesis is that sugar used to only mean fruit, which goes bad or gets eaten quickly. If you’re tasting something sweet, your brain says you better eat as much of it as you can because it won’t be around for long!

There are many ways to live a paleo lifestyle.

It’s doesn’t make you not paleo and only grain-free to eat dates mixed with eggs and ground almonds. Not everyone needs or wants to do a full low carb paleo diet. Stacy does great on low carb, where I have a much easier time retaining muscle eating more. The kids are very active, they can’t go very low carb. Heck, you’ve seen some of the beasts who advocate paleo talk about eating higher carb, because they know it’s what their bodies need.

So, here’s the thing. If you don’t like sweets and have a hard time resisting our recipes, we understand if you can’t follow us anymore. It’s your choice, and we appreciate every moment you chose to spend with us here. But, it’s not fair to us and other followers if you don’t like something to have a tantrum about it. Do what we do in other aspects of our lives, use your consumer feet to go in another direction.

This is a family blog.

We’ve got plenty of strong opinions on a lot of topics, and we do our best to share our stories, recommendations and experiences in a way that as much of a broad population, as is possible, can identify with. Because that’s what’s important to us – getting the world on-board. We ask that you respect this tone and not create unnecessary drama by instigating arguments in comments of recipe posts – just don’t read them anymore.

We’ve found that what a lot of people need isn’t more meat or veggie recipes… although we love making and sharing those. What people can’t figure out in their own kitchen is how to replace wheat flour and white sugar with healthier alternatives. Nut flours don’t work the same way, it’s a science and a lot of people need a guide on how to approach it. We’re thrilled that in sharing those recipes, people report that it helps them succeed in this lifestyle and that they are using them to help craft memories with their family.

If treats are not for you, we absolutely understand.

We ourselves have given up sugar for 3 weeks because we (by our own definitions and standards) were eating too much. Dessert was more regular than occasional and our family (by our own definitions and standards) needed a reset after the holidays. It’s important you listen to your body, and we did just that. (p.s. it’s not to late to join us – get the guide and join the facebook group!)

When we do use sweeteners, we’ll use a more healthy sugar than is usually used.

Each baking site we visit is different, we have personal favorites because their choices or tastes are similar to ours. When you’re using our recipes, these are our sweeteners of choice and why.

Dates

Often, we’ll make a date paste by pureeing some medjool dates. Now, dates are high in fructose sugar, but are accompanied by an incredibly high fiber per gram content (one date has 1.6 grams of fiber, which is pretty crazy). The fiber helps you process your sugars, so the effect approaches neutral. This is similar to our use of ripe bananas, apples and applesauce.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup, which I grew up with in New England, is not the same as Aunt Jemima’s. Stacy was shocked to find out the other day that those products contain exactly no natural ingredients and are, instead, sugar with flavorings. Maple syrup is boiled maple tree sap and is about the most delicious thing ever discovered. The best part is that it is solely sucrose (which, in turn, means it is equally balanced between fructose and glucose).

Honey

The seemingly most obvious paleo sweetener, raw honey is simply filtered from bee hives. We love it because it actually has the potential to help with seasonal allergies, something we used to suffer from (bees & pollen – science, people – it works!). Of course “regular” honey (pasteurized) can be used as well, it has nutrients and a relatively close profile of fructose to glucose. We find it’s about the same sweetness as table sugar, so we can use much less and gain nutrients in the process.

(Coconut) Palm Sugar

We’re sorry! Before we’ve been telling you about how palm sugar destroys coconut trees, which is what we’ve been told. Well, turns out that’s probably not true. So, we’ve switched back to using this lower glycemic, vitamin and mineral rich, unprocessed granulated sweetener.

 

If you’re looking for more information on our ingredients, why we use them and where to find them, be sure to check out our relatively new page: Our Funny Ingredients, which include links to our favorite sources for these and other products.

For more information on sugar and paleo, here are some other great posts:

The Dish on Sugars and Sweeteners by Balanced Bites

The 21 Day Sugar Detox by Primal Palate

Added Sweeteners by Fast Paleo

 

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  • Lauren Graham

    Hear, hear. Well,said and all so true. With three little ones and a food budget that doesn’t always allow for “just the right thing” I do best with it all.

  • Love this! Thanks for putting a practical spin on Paleo! It’s definitely a struggle to identify healthier alternatives.

    • Glad it’s helpful, m’lady!

      • gwen

        you handled that so well! thanks for your info and letting us take a peek in your family life. (:

  • Great perspective.

  • The Urban Poser

    Finally! A balanced perspective. LOVE it!

  • Deb

    Thanks for this! It’s important to remember that even with the addition of a gram of sugar here and there, our kids’ food is still a lot lower in sugar than that of the vast majority of their peers. Helps keep a perspective on what we do, why we do it, and how extreme we need (or don’t need :-)) to be about it.

  • Anna

    I love your blog, I love your balanced approach, and I love that you include recipes for “paleoish” treats.  I refuse to expect my kids to be completely paleo, it’s not practical and like it or not, most of their school functions include treats! They are both allergic to wheat and milk, and I try to limit their sugar intake so I’m thrilled with your recipes! Lower sugar is better than the crap the other kids are eating!
    I do best on a low sugar/low carb paleo diet (I have celiac disease) but I don’t expect that my kids will be as strict as I am. 

    • Aww, thanks Anna! I have all the classic symptoms of celiac but have never been properly tested. Every body’s bodies are different and we feel strongly that the best thing you can do is learn what works and doesn’t and enjoy life where you can. Thanks for your support!

  • Thank you for the sensible voice.

  • Love this and love your site! As someone who has slowly (by many standards) lost 50 pounds over the past 11 months, I have been amazed and thrilled that my efforts weren’t sabotaged by including the kinds of treats I found on your site. Being able to have them now and then makes this feel like a sustainable way of life. Even with the more-than-occasional Paleo-ish treats this Holiday season, I still managed to lose 5 lbs since Thanksgiving which was an amazing accomplishment in my own eyes considering how NOT deprived I felt! That being said, my approach is definitely from a low carb Paleo perspective and I, like you, have decided to pull back on the sugar for a bit to reset my taste buds after the holidays. From my own research I’ve come to understand that keeping carb grams at 5 or under flies under the radar and insulin isn’t released within that threshold. As a result, I will still have limited items like sausage or bacon with a bit of added sugar as long as the carb grams are under 5 for the amount I’m eating. This seems to work for me!
     
    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences through this site. It is so helpful and appreciated!

    • Fifty pound is awesome regardless of how long it took! So glad you’ve had so much success!

  • Lea

    Great post. You KNOW I agree with you on this stuff. 🙂 It is absolutely true that some of the most useful posts are ones for dessert/treat recipes that use ingredients most people are not skilled in using. There simply are not a lot of mainstream resources on how to cook with coconut or almond flour. I do not believe I have seen it on the Food Network. There are so many people with families trying to get everyone on board. Having treats now and then can make all the difference in getting kids (and husbands or wives!) to comply. Personally, I avoid sugar for the most part – in spite of some of my own recipe posts – mainly because I feel better on low carb paleo. But I would never judge anyone else for how they choose to manage their diets because everyone is different. And honestly, I’m not interested in living a stoic existence just so the “Paleo Police” don’t nab me.

    • Thanks for backing us up on this, truly! Hope you, too, stay out of Paleo jail. I hear they have you eat raw liver there and make you wash it down with blood!

  • I love this post and your treat recipes – I haven’t made any yet, but I love knowing that they are there. And I agree sometimes a “faileo” treat is WAY better than the alternative. Instead of a massive binge on PB Cups, I made cocoa covered walnuts. When the taste wasn’t what I needed, I ground them up, added about a 1/2 tbsp of honey and made it into a nut butter like paste and ate it with a spoon. Chocolate craving satisfied, no binge required 🙂

    • That’s exactly how it ought to be done! Do what works best for you!

  • People can be goofy.  You guys have figured out what works for you and your kids and are doing your best to live healthy lifestyles and provide the best nutrition you can.  I don’t think there is anything to get nasty about.  This is supposed to be a welcoming and inclusive community for people who choose to adopt specialized diets.  No name calling or labeling necessary.  Keep on doing what makes you happy and what works for your family!  And it’s true- most people are not looking for another meat and veggie recipe, they’re looking for some kind of treat that won’t send them into gluten/sugar shock!  I say keep it up Matt and Stacy!

  • I totally prefer your honesty.  There are many shades of paleo/primal eating–it does not have to be paleo or faileo.  There has to be flexibility, especially when the whole family is involved.  I love your baked treats.  I certainly allow the kids to eat more than I myself eat (but I DO eat them), but either way, a grain-free, home-made naturally (and only lightly) sweetened treat is 100x better than a cookie from a store, and eating these kinds of paleo-friendly treats has allowed me to stay on-track far better than denying myself anything at all.  I DID go overboard with the treats over the holidays, both with paleo’ish treats and good old chocolate, and am now going a month extra-strict, but it is hard to find everything you need made with no sugar at all.  Sometimes you just make the best choices with what’s available to you and palatable to you.  Keep up the awesome posts!

    • …And I forgot to mention–you are right that people really need the most help with translating safe baking recipes using coconut and almond flour.  We can handle steak and veggies (but sometimes need a bit of inspiration) but the baking is hard if you’ve never done GF before!  It’s those treats that keep the kids onboard and the family from revolting! 

      • Exactly. Rachel Ray can teach you to cook a steak. You need someone else to teach you coconut flour!

    • That is our approach exactly. Thanks!

  • Sarah

    I really enjoy your site, and love your recipes.  We are about to have baby boy #3, and I enjoy seeing how another real-life paleo family with VERY active little ones handles feeding everyone in a realistic (read: not strictly, perfectly paleo all the time) way.  Still being able to bake yummy treats for my family (I love to bake!) has helped make this whole transition so much easier.  My husband and I can eat a couple goodies without feeling like we are “cheating” and my kids still get to feel like they have treats.  Win-win!  We all do this lifestyle slightly differently, and it’s important to take what you want or can use and leave the rest.  Keep up the good work!

    • Sarah, our boys are indeed very active! I think it’s a healthy and normal amount of energy and gauge their progress by being able to concentrate when they want/need, like circle time at school, extracurricular activities and when we read or watch TV.

  • Renee

    The reason I love your blog and recipes is that I am Paleo and I have a 15 year old daughter that has been diagnosed with Celiacs disease. She was recently very sick and lost 12 pounds, she doesn’t have 12 pounds to lose! Your treats are perfect for her. She still gets the gluten free treats, calories in her body and they are healthy enough for me to feel like she is getting some nutrition and not just empty calories. I have had to adjust my way of thinking. She (and the rest of my family) don’t need or want to be as strict as I want to be most of the time.  So please keep up the excellent work, I feel I am getting the best of two worlds!

    • Renee, we’re so honored to be able to contribute to your family so positively. Thank you for your feedback!

  • Dawn

    I’m definately giving you a “rah rah” on this end of the cloud.  I’ve actually been meaning to email you guys and ask how you deal with the higher energy needs of growing kids.  I’ve been trying to switch my 1.5 yr old over with me but it seems like she doesn’t grow if she doesn’t have gf alternatives.  It’s like she needs baked goods to grow.  It’s kind of disconcerting.

    • Matt exercises the kids. Like dogs, almost! I mean, if we see their energy rising he’ll take them on a walk to the park or hike through the trails in our neighborhood looking for toads. Most days they play outside with neighbors, jump on our trampoline (EXCELLENT investment) or wrestle each other on the padded mat in the playroom. They’re a wild and wiley bunch, we just try to work with them – instead of against.
      Have you tried coconut milk smoothies for your daughter? My kids LOVE any combination of frozen fruit, banana and coconut milk and it has a ton of good fats and calories. Also, if she needs muffins to grow don’t feel bad about it! Try to balance out the nuts with adding in seafood or grassfed beef for more Omega 3’s – but even at that, you’re doing so much better than “normal” so get her on track whatever way you can with wholesome ingredients 🙂

      • Dawn

        Thanks.  We play a lot of hide and seek inside which turns into tag, lol.  She used to love her smoothies but I stopped doing them for awhile because she started getting TONS of allergies-for example she can’t have citrus fruit, berries, or apples and can only consume nightshades in limited quantities in the mornign or else she won’t sleep.  She can’t have any dairy that doesn’t have good bacteria in it (she can have sour cream, butter, buttermilk, cheese, and greek yogurt but nothing else) and can’t have wheat or anything gluten whatsoever (only an issue at the grandparents houses).  Her grandma (my mom) is really big on the “she has ot have grains, remember what the doc said when I went with you, so look at all of the GF food I made her!” so that’s a big issue for me right now.  Mostly I give her GF foods because it is gifted to us and almond flour is expensive.  :/  Sorry about unloading on you all just then. 
        Thanks for your blog.  My DD and I LOVE every recipe we have ever tried from your site and it is such an amazing source of help.  Someday I hope to be able to afford your book for her!

  • Flexibility in any eating plan is important, if it is too restrictive I know I start feeling deprived and I want to go eat an entire pizza or coffee cake to revolt.  By adding your paleo(ish) treats into my eating, I find it much easier to stay strictly paleo the rest of the time.  Also, I am about to start training for my first triathlon, and I know that I will have to incorporate more healthy carbs and sugars into my diet to be successful and to not “bonk” during long training runs and rides. 
    Thanks for everything you post to keep me on track!

  • Dmnestor

    Love the line, “correct me if I’m wrong, big nutritional geniuses.”  A lot of them running around blabbering.  Refreshing read.

  • Shirley @ gfe

    Bravo!!! Special thanks for clearing up that matter on coconut sugar. I questioned that from the beginning. If I use coconut sugar, even small bags will last for months all the while providing satisfying treats from time to time. If I use real sugar, there is NO moderation. Great post! Keep up the wonderful work!!!

    Shirley

    • The palm sugar is amazing stuff and definitely glad to have it back in our lives! Thanks Shirley!

  • Hi…I’m new to your blog. After reading this post I’m wondering why you don’t use stevia or agave (I use raw blue agave nectar). Any info would be helpful because I use both sweeteners. Thanks!

    • Bleached and processed Stevia is the issue. If you’re using a natural extract, no problems. In fact, some studies show a lasting decrease in insulin response due to stevia. Frankly, I genuinely dislike the taste of stevia anyway. Tastes chemically and gross to me even in its most natural form. And there’s something that feels unculinary about using a sweetener you add by the drop. But if you like it, feel free to use it!

      Agave is ALL fructose and thus has a deleterious affect on the liver, even if it has less of a insulin response than other sugars. Also, agave ought to be fermented and its sugar converted to alcohol, as that is the best use for it!

  • Kristy

    Thank you so much for this open, honest, vulnerable, heart-felt post. This is the first site I send parents/friends who inquire about Paleo. I enjoy all the recipes and nutritional information you provide as parents, first and foremost. Excellent post..please keep it up 🙂

  • Being able to make paleo treats is one of the few things that helps us stay on track. My kids want a cookie? Well ok, I’ll go home and make them something with dates and bananas in it instead of white sugar and flour from the grocery store. And I’ll even let them have a few because who cares?! It’s not like they’re eating them all the time, every meal of the day, and once in awhile you need to be able to kick back and relax. Eating Paleo can be hard enough, especially on the little ones. It’s nice to be able to make fun food too for the kids (and me too sometimes! :))

    Keep up the good work guys.

    • Thanks! We definitely will. It definitely makes it easier on the kids when they don’t feel completely left out all the time.

  • Becca

    I have been thinking about some of the negative comments you get on your blog in regards to ‘sugar’ and feel terrible about it because I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your blog and the time you put into it to keep us blog readers informed and provided with amazing recipes! Thank you so much. It’s unfortunate that people have the audacity to publicly be so negative. One thing I was thinking about over the past couple weeks regarding your recipes is the recipes that have honey or such in it that I cook/bake eat myself still keep me going all day. I never hit a high and then crash like I would on refined sugar or HFCS. That tells me something BIG TIME! Thanks again!

    • Honey and Maple don’t affect your body as much because they have less fructose! Don’t feel terrible, because we don’t. We’ll keep doing what we do and writing about it regardless of what anyone else says because of comments like yours that make it worthwhile!

  • I absolutely LOVE you guys BECAUSE (well, for many reasons) you are not afraid of “treats”.  I was a sugar-addicted FREAK before starting Paleo and some of the recipes on your site helped me bring my husband on board, and lessened the initial shock for me.  I love to bake and knowing that there are alternatives to bake with eased me into my transition into Paleo.  It also allowed us to have some dessert for Christmas.  I definitely think that people have crankies in their pants from not eating enough sugar.  I’ve lost over 30 lbs in 2 months doing what I’ve been doing which includes fruit, dates, and the occasional treat.  Thank you for being authentic and for “sticking” to your guns.  

    • Maybe they do have low carb mood difficulties! One of the symptoms of too low glucose is depressed mood, after all. Thanks for your support and we are so happy to have you on our team now!

  • Shaina Alexander

    I absolutely love your blog as well and am sad that others can’t always find the positives in it. Me and my 2 girls are gluten intolerant/possible celiac and struggle with casein allergies as well as many other food intolerances. The paleo lifestyle is perfect for us, I can follow the recipes “as is” and rarely need to alter them. It’s so nice to follow another family with young children and see how you all make it work for you, it inspires our young family!

    I just read one of Dr. Mercola’s articles today talking about the paleo diet and glucose consumption, you might find it interesting http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/07/dr-paul-jaminet-interview.aspx?e_cid=20120107_DNL_art_1
    Just proves that everyone is different and you have to find what works for you!

    • Glad to have inspired you. That’s what we aim to do: show people that it is possible to lead a healthier lifestyle with children!

  • Celita Eden

    Great blog and explanation of “sugars”.  I like that your blog tag line explains it all, “pratically approaching the Paleo lifestyle.” I believe you are just that. Thank you for ALL your recipes and practical approach. 

  • GREAT post!  I follow a very similar philosophy with our 2 year old daughter.  We have used a number of your recipes at our house, and I agree with many of the previous posters – it helps keep me on track too!  I think of all the stuff i grew up eating, and feel happy that although we’re not “perfect” primal/paleo all the time, she is miles ahead of where I was at her age!  Thank you again for your contributions to this community, and my kitchen!

  • Teoma Court

    Hi! Just wondering what the “controversy” is over stevia? And I don’t mean Truvia or the FDA’s problems with it…but stevia made by companies like Wisdom Naturals.

    • Bleached and processed Stevia is the issue. If you’re using a natural extract, no problems. In fact, some studies show a lasting decrease in insulin response due to stevia. Frankly, I genuinely dislike the taste of stevia anyway. Tastes chemically and gross to me even in its most natural form. And there’s something that feels unculinary about using a sweetener you add by the drop. But if you like it, feel free to use it!

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  • Molly T.

    I follow your blog even though my kids are grown and flown.  But I like looking at all aspects of paleo blogs.  As you said, if it involves little kid stuff I just pass on it but I need to know how to cook paleo using the alternative sweetners you list above.  It is indeed a science as I have painfully learned after trying to batter chicken in coconut flour.  UGGHH what a mess I had.  More power to you guys and keep up the informational blogs.  It helps all of us.

    • Let me tell you, frying chicken is incredibly hard without wheat flour! I must have done it a dozen times trying to make chicken nuggets for the book. Thanks for your support!

  • jj

    I’ll come out and say it, Kids Need Carbs.  Growing kids frankly need fuel of all kinds. I’m all in favor of keeping a lid on the total sugar and being judicious about the amount of added sugars. But healthy active kids need fuel to grow.  I totally support you on the few things where there’s a few grams added if they make a difference in generally keeping your kids on an overall healthy path.

    Then again, my 3 year old has suddenly had a year where he suddenly jumped from the low end of the height chart to the high end (in a year he went from still wearing 18month pants to needing a 4T) and believe me, that didn’t happen without a whole lot of clean fuel. 

    • Agreed. If you’re eating a grain-free, no processed food diet, it’d be really hard to overinduge a child in carbs. We just don’t worry about it that much.

      • Aulii Margeth VanBoskerck

        AMEN!

  • Stephanie Diamond

    This is a great post. I know I shouldn’t worry about what other moms think I’m feeding my kid, but I do get frowns from the no-sugar moms when my daughter has a bit of sugar. She and I are gluten-free but not paleo. I like that I can give her a yummy baked treat every now and then, since she doesn’t get to indulge in treats as often as the other kids, due to the gluten. She’s an active 18-month old and in observing her, a little sugar doesn’t seem to make a difference in her activity or mood.

    • We’re all trying to do the best we know how and you just have to have confidence that you are doing so. Our 20 month old is obsessed with fruit and can obtain and peel a banana by himself in zero time. So, he’ll be eating bananas for now. And that’s not a problem to me.

  • I found cranberries w/o sugar.  In Canada.  You can contact me and find out more if you like.

    • I’m intrigued. I enjoy cranberries, but wouldn’t they be intensely sour without sweetener?

      • They are very sour.  But I like them in baked goods and we’ve gotten accustomed to the taste.  Now my son eats them out of the bag :-).

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  • Lilyjae

    I have to say that your website has been the most influential in me trying to convert my family to the paleo diet.  I am 45 years old and have two teenagers.  I feel like your website represents the best of what “real life” eating can be.  Thanks for helping my family make these changes to a healthier lifestyle!  I so appreciate your honesty and your goals! 

    •  Thank you so much! We’re very happy and proud to have helped you!

  • jake3_14

    Just a small technical comment regarding this statement: “…correct me if I’m wrong big nutritional geniuses, converts
    your fats and proteins to sugar in order to use them.”  I’m not a nutritional genius, by my reading has led me to believe that most parts of the body (and especially the voluntary muscles) can run directly off of ketones, the intermediate breakdown product of fat.  I’ve read that even 60% of the brain can run efficiently directly off of ketones — no conversion required. 

    The conversion of protein to glucose through the process of gluconeogenesis is very inefficient, and your body won’t usually do it.  It will convert the protein to glucose if (a) it can’t excrete excess intake fast enough or (b) if energy demands are quite high and there’s insufficient glucose already in the body to meet that demand. 

    The body’s conversion of fat to glucose has been considered impossible in the past, but new research suggests that it’s possible in rare circumstances (sorry, I don’t have the research summary handy).

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  • Caro

    Everything I’ve been reading says to load up on good fats when you get cravings for too many carbs. Good fats never made anyone sick, but too many carbs have. Of course it’s better to eat ‘safer’ carbs than the baddies, as everyone doing Paleo tries to do. I’m still working on my diet, but eventually I’ll try to keep the carbs under 50g per day. I appreciate all the recipes you post. Sometimes you just want a treat, but I hope to someday not feel the need. Btw, I’m coming from reading mostly Gary Taubes and http://eatingacademy.com/

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  • Regina

    Thanks for consistently inspiring me. Stacy – you’re the reason I finally started CrossFit. I find all of the posts here to be down-to-earth and honest. There’s really no point in beating ourselves up constantly about how “less than perfect” our diets are. They will *always* be less than perfect, because seriously – there *is* no perfect. Kudos to both of you for remembering that.

  • Stephanie

    I’m sorry if you’re getting nasty comments. That stinks. I do however remember being shocked at how much sugar was in the recipes when I first got ELAD (My copy is being lent out at the moment, so I can’t go back through now to check out if I was crazy). I could have had that thought because I was sugar free at that moment. That could be why you get comments. When you have a bunch of people doing 21 Day Sugar Detox in the mix it starts to not make sense for new comers to Paleo. All that to say – people don’t have to be nasty, but I can understand why it would be said more to you than to some other bloggers in the movement. Probably because of the intentional kid food. Kids have to eat too though 🙂

  • Jillian

    Love your blog! 🙂

  • Kristi

    I think you guys are awesome and I hope to be as awesome of a parent as you guys when I have children.

  • Aulii Margeth VanBoskerck

    Thank you thank you! They only way I am going to get my kiddos ( 2 boys 6 and 9 ) on board is by slowly replacing their treats with things that seem familiar but that are just as , if not more, tasty. LOVE your pancakes! Ice cream! It’s all good. I find I can more easily stay on track if I also have occasional treats I can “indulge” in. Thank you for all that you share!

  • Sarah

    My kids love baking with me, and I consistently make your recipes because they always turn out delicious. Sometimes I don’t eat what we make, since I try to stay on the lower side of carbs, but they love their baked goodies that we make together. I don’t understand why people have to come after you for your sweeter recipes – if you don’t want to make them then don’t make them! It’s not like you’re forcing everyone who reads the blog to make every single recipe you post. But I know this is a site where I can come get a great recipe and spend some time in the kitchen with my kids making a treat I feel good about them eating. So, thank you for providing awesome recipes that have a bit of healthy sugar in them!

  • Renee

    I love this. Thank you. It was everything I already knew that I knew but it is so helpful to see it from a blog I respect so much. Thanks again for all your hard work. We love your family and find all of this so inspring for my constant search for great health.