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Paleo for the teen athlete?
« on: November 17, 2013, 07:37:19 AM »
We are new to Paleo eating.  I want to be clear in the beginning that our reasoning behind going Paleo was because we were looking for something that would be low glycemic. This is kind of the extreme form of that from what we can tell. And really very easy.

Well, really, it isn't that different from what we were already eating - fish, chicken, some steak, some fruits and a ton of vegetables were already typical - except we now (for the most part) don't eat brown potatoes, pasta, rice and wheat type breads.  So far substituting cauliflower for rice and mashed potatoes has been a great success. We had "pasta" using spaghetti squash recently - again, a big hit.

My husband and I are doing really well with the starchy, wheat, rice type carbs. Switching from Peanut butter to Almond butter or Sun butter wasn't an issue at all. However, our son seems to be struggling - especially with is Peanut butter sandwiches. These are his go to snacks and he eat SEVERAL a day with carrots or apples in between meals. Having him eat Almond butter instead isn't that big of a deal except it's expensive. And baking bread with almond flour makes it very dense and unappealing for use as a sandwich - never mind that even when we find a "deal" on the almond flour it's $5-$6/lb!

We wouldn't be as concerned about this, but we have a growing teenage boy who eats A LOT, and he's an athlete - year round baseball and skateboarding - deep conditioning for the new school semester has started, and we want to be sure we are not only fueling him with appropriate foods, but ENOUGH of them without breaking the bank.

Anyone else run into this yet? Any advice or suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Paleo for the teen athlete?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2013, 07:41:36 AM »
ALSO!
Our son suffers from digestive issues, bed wetting,  mild Tourette's Syndrome and ADD - These are also issues that we are hopeful will be alleviated (even if just a little) by this diet modification, and we are monitoring closely. Already, there has been an improvement in the bed wetting issue.


Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Paleo for the teen athlete?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2013, 09:16:50 AM »
The ideal snack for him would be full fat meat.  For example, you could make a sirloin roast once a week - get the butcher to leave 1/4 inch of the fat caul - and slice it thin and bag it up for him, maybe with a bit of salt.  Most teen boys love deli meat as a snack when it's available, so this should work well.  Actual deli meat tends to be very lean, but leaving the fat on will help him fill his appetite while keeping the expense down a bit - 1/3 of an ounce of fat will provide about the same energy as a slice of bread.  Keep the fruit, of course.

If you are going to use almond butter, spreading it on apple slices might work.  I wouldn't use almond butter at my age - I like to limit my intake of nuts - but it could be okay for a teen.

To fully address any neurological issues, you might need to prefer meat to almond butter because the meat fats have better omega 3 to omega 6 ratios.  Grass finished meat would be ideal, but it's more expensive.  Most of the digestive issues should go away gradually once the nonpaleo foods have been removed, and you said the bed wetting has improved already.

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Re: Paleo for the teen athlete?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 02:53:24 PM »
Thanks, Warren! Appreciate the response :D
We are big on pork roasts, too. To have one avail for in between meals each week is a great idea.

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Re: Paleo for the teen athlete?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2014, 11:58:10 AM »
I like the idea of having a roast to snack on.  I need to try that out in my home.