Hi, my name is Melanie Sullivan and I am the mom behind Yum, Yum, Mum! I started this blog for a couple of reasons. I am very passionate about eating healthy nutrient dense foods and love discovering new foods and recipes. I also like learning and understanding WHY we should eat certain foods and not others. I want to share the recipes, the answers to the WHY’s and the techniques I use so others can learn to eat healthier nutrient dense foods more easily. I am also a finance guru and keep our family on a strict budget while eating healthy. I am a mom of two beautiful children (daughter Samara 7 and son Kesler 5) and a wife. I follow a pretty strict Paleo diet and the kids and my husband, Chris are semi-Paleo. I am not worried about whether or not they eat Paleo but I do want the food they eat to be real nutrient dense foods 90% of the time. Our family still has lots of room for growth and improvement but we have come along way in the past 2 years. This is our journey.
Back in September 2014, my family and I did a 30 day challenge. It wasn’t exactly the Whole 30 challenge but it was pretty darn close. I actually didn’t know about Whole 30 at that time. It was the end of a very fun summer of weekends at the cabin, eating lots of yummy summer foods and enjoying drinks. Both Chris and I were a couple pounds heavier. I had just finished my first 4 weeks of training for a Marathon and was finding my weight wasn’t going down which usually it does when I train but I am getting older and the metabolism is slowly down. I figured we had to make some changes which was how I got started looking into doing a 30 day challenge. I decided to enrol the entire family into the challenge. We agreed to eat no sugar, no flour, or processed foods and of course no alcohol for 30 days. I actually purchased the Practical Paleo cookbook for a guideline. Looking back now I had no idea how this challenge was going to change our lives. The family was amazing. My daughter was my sidekick and she was constantly on her dad to not cheat and to stay strong. My husband and my son were more on the same page and would be secretly discussing what and where they were going to eat once this challenge was over. It was definitely a challenge. I was trying the recipes from the new cookbook and only having a so-so response from the family as everything was just so different from how we used to eat. We ate healthy but that version of healthy included rice, bulgar, cousos, quinoa, beans, whole wheat bread etc. It was a big change. Once we got over the hump and I learned how to plan our meals I really did enjoy the challenge. About half way through my husband would say “at the end of the challenge let’s go eat this” and I started to respond with “it’s not going to end, this is a lifestyle and I really like eating this way”. That wasn’t the response he wanted to hear but since I am the cook he really didn’t have much choice.
From that first challenge, I lost the 5 lbs that I wanted to lose and was able to maintain that weight by following the Paleo diet platform. I continue to cook and eat Paleo for my family. I will bake muffins and cookies for the kids and my husband and the kids will have wraps in their lunches but 75% of the time the kids and Chris eat a Paleo diet. I am 100% Paleo because I love the way I feel when I eat real whole foods.
In the past 7 months, I have completed 2 Whole 30 Challenges (September 2015 and January 2016). I love theses challenges for a check-in and re-set. It’s so easy to let the sugar demon get into your system; sugar is so addictive. During these past two challenges I have started to challenge myself even more to discovering new foods, experimenting more in the kitchen and wanting more answers about the food we put in our bodies.
This blog is my journey. It is the adventures of a mom that is continually striving to push out the yucky processed food from my household and incorporate the best possible real whole foods we can afford.