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Offline Chelles

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2010, 09:53:25 PM »
Mine is 17 and she's um...willful. I still have to  remind her about facial sunscreen and getting enough meat. I doubt I'll ever stop.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2010, 12:05:54 PM »
I wasn't brought up paleo but was not allowed much at all in the way of sugary foods (and never juice or soda).  I was always skinny as a kid and remember as a staving 15 year old buying packs of digestive biscuits and eating them in my room, because they were cheap and calorific, and there were no snacks in the house.

I left home at 17 and started cooking for myself.  I cooked probably 50% of my stuff from scratch.  I didn't eat as much fruit or veg as I had been forced to as a kid but I still ate better than most of my peers.

However, I did end up eating a semi vegetarian diet with a considerable amount of sugar (e.g. one chocolate bar or cake serving per day)
Eventually, at the age of 23 and fed up with chronic dry skin and and belly fat that would not shift, I went paleo.

My guess is that a lot of kids who were brought up paleo will stray from it quite significantly once they leave home.  But eventually they may well find they end up putting on weight in their early 20s and (fingers crossed!) come back to paleo...


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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2010, 08:48:08 PM »
Eh I'd do it if I had a kid, don't really care about the right or wrong of it. It wouldn't be a lie, as in my mind we are all allergic to neolithic food.

There might be a more extreme option.  You could just omit ever introducing nonpaleo foods to the kid as a baby.  That might actually cause the kid to be allergic to those foods later on.

Whether you'd actually want to do that is another question.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2010, 09:37:52 PM »
Eh I'd do it if I had a kid, don't really care about the right or wrong of it. It wouldn't be a lie, as in my mind we are all allergic to neolithic food.

There might be a more extreme option.  You could just omit ever introducing nonpaleo foods to the kid as a baby.  That might actually cause the kid to be allergic to those foods later on.

Whether you'd actually want to do that is another question.

I thought you were already doing that?

See that doesn't sound extreme to me at all, but I suppose I'm at the point where I don't even see nonpaleo as food anymore.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2010, 10:04:45 PM »
For Margaret, we started her on solids on the regular schedule, which has cereals early, because we weren't really thinking about enforcing paleo on kids at that time.  But she was never going to be 100% paleo anyway, as we had to put her on formula to work on having Duncan.  We've now gone to almost all paleo solids for her, but she throws a tantrum if she doesn't get her bedtime bottle and her wakeup bottle, which are still nonpaleo milk.

The reason her solids are only "almost" all paleo is this.  We both work and don't have time to handmake foods for her, so we use prepared baby foods.  The only fully paleo baby foods are pureed fruit, but we wanted her to have more meat and fat.  The only palatable flavor of baby food we've found with significant amounts of meat and fat is Earth's Best tender beef spinach, where the top half of the ingredients list is carrots, beef, and spinach, but the bottom half of the ingredients list includes bean flour and wheat flour.  Sigh.

And Duncan sometimes steals little bits of it, so he's probably gotten enough wheat to prevent allergies, assuming lack of it could cause allergies.

My concern about being truly allergic to neofoods is basically a variation on the zombiecalypse.  We're due for a sociological crisis in a decade or two.  The previous ones have all involved wars - the Revolutionary War around 1780, the Civil War in 1860, World War II in 1940 - you see the pattern.  If food gets rationed again as it did in WWII, it could be hard on people who can only eat meat and fruit.


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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2010, 10:34:47 PM »
Globalisation may make nations too intertwined with each other to have any serious wars.