“If You Call Yourselves Paleo, Why Are You Growing POTATOES?!”

A funny story here… we haven’t eaten white, red, Yukon, or any other variety of white potato since 2012 (on purpose – sometimes, when other people cook, those kinds of things get “snuck” into food). Be that as it is, for some strange notpaleopotatoesreason, people keep giving us seed potatoes for planting! What else is there to do with seed potatoes besides, well, PLANT them?

So, that’s just what we did. We have a patch in the front, next to the chicken yard that has one, solitary russet potato plant growing (as is seen in the picture) and some red potatoes.

Did you notice I said, “next to the chicken yard”? You know what that means, right? We only actually have a couple of potato plants left because those silly cluckers have dug up and gnawed on a lot of them. Between the hens and the wild bunnies, most of the potatoes (and my sugar pie pumpkins, for that matter) didn’t stand a chance.

What are we going to do with them when they’re ready to harvest, you ask? Feed them to the kids. Yep. We will be feeding white, non-Paleo potatoes to our children. Before you blast me for subjecting my children to the evils of white potatoes, please read on to find out why. 😉

I’ve been struggling with this a little bit because I, out of all of us, am the one who knows the most about the “whys” of a Paleo diet. So I did a little bit of investigating…

Here’s what I found that makes sense to me: “Are Potatoes Paleo?” by Bill Staley. In this insightful article, Bill Staley of Primal Palate discusses his reasons for eating white potatoes, even though he and his wife are experts in the Paleo community, and white potatoes are generally frowned upon by the same Paleo community.

For Bill, white potatoes provide him with much-needed carbohydrates for sustaining his active, hard-training lifestyle. My kids are VERY active, which, I’m sure, is the equivalent of hard training. They are constantly climbing trees, chasing chickens, doing cartwheels and round-offs, picking up giant rocks, and many, many other way-too-physical-for-my-taste things. Plus, there are their dance classes to consider. The two middle kiddos are taking 2 classes each, and the other two at home are each taking 1 class.

They are on the thinner, smaller end of the doctor’s growth chart, and, in fact, my mother (whom I love very much, mind you) has questioned whether feeding my kids a Paleo diet may have contributed to their “skinniness” and small statures. Nope. I have a theory about why they’re slim and not Amazonian tall – not eating much processed and hormone-laden food, and LOTS of outdoor exercise. Simple, and it works for us.

When I read Bill’s article after watching these potato plants growing in my garden, I breathed a sigh of relief. True, I don’t need anyone’s permission or approval to feed whatever I want to my family (nor do any of us), but, at the same time, I did feel more justified in my decision to plant, grow, harvest, and cook these little tubers for my babies. They’re growing, crazy-active kids and need fuel for their bodies and minds. Potatoes can help provide some of that needed energy.  And they were FREE! 😀

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