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Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« on: September 22, 2010, 03:31:34 PM »
My boyfriend and I, are planning to start our family in a few years, when we'll both be at our bests physically.
We've been discussing how to keep our kids Paleo, for at least the first 18 years of their lives. After that, we'd trust them to make the best decisions for themselves.
It has occurred to us, to lie to them and just say "Oh, you're allergic to Grains, starch, etc etc etc", but that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I foresee no real problems keeping the Paleo lifestyle throughout childhood, and up to the pre-teen ages, since that is the easiest time period to keep your children eating under your control.

My current major concern when looking to the future, is what to do about Sleepovers, Birthday parties, and dinners eaten with other families. What do you tell the other parents? Not everyone is too supportive of a Paleo Lifestyle as many of you know. (In fact, I know people that would feed a Paleo child grains behind the parents back, because they feel he/she is being DEPRIVED!!!!)
I don't want to play the Allergy card, because many parents do not want to take that kind of responsibility for a child into their home. I also don't want my child to go to birthday parties, and not be able to eat anything. (Main foods of parties being, Pizza, Hot dogs, chips and cake!) I feel very discouraged already about the kids I don't even have yet!

How do you raise a happy, healthy, Paleo child in this modern day?! I don't feel ready to have children until I have a plan for their health and Paleo lifestyle.

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Re: Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 04:02:57 PM »
Honestly, you lose a lot of control when they get older. (Anthony Bourdain badmouths Mc+D's in a subtle manner so she won't think it's cool. I did that with some stuff and it worked.)If they eat 95% paleo and feel awful with "treats" they may self-regulate.


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Re: Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2010, 04:18:51 PM »
I completely understand that I can't control them forever, as much as I wish that were possible! haha I know this full-well, my mom always packed healthy lunches for me, most of which I threw in the trash, I spent, probably hundreds of dollars on junk food and other crap throughout junior high and high school, without my parents knowing. Thus, ballooning my way up over 230lbs. I don't want my kids to have to do the same, running around sneaking junk because of restrictions, that is just as bad as me force feeding them the junk myself. I just want to give them all the tools necessary to make smart, informed and healthy decisions, not only regarding eating Paleo, but in all aspects of life.

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Re: Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2010, 04:28:36 PM »
I never buy non-paleo food.
I am the supreme wet marketer.

My only compromise is rice. Rice being an idiotic Filipino staple food.
So I have organic brown and white rice.
I push sweet potatoes to make it more paleo.
Rice being the most benign of grains (luckily).
But combining rice with meat still makes for bad / hard digesting.
My first born can't hack it he has to take probiotics to be able to digest that dumb combo.

But the moment I see "cracks" or conditions, it's 100% paleo diet for you little buddies.

But when they are sick, I put my foot down and put them on 100% raw paleo so all illness is done in a flash.

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My kids are eczematic for the following foods:
- wheat based crap
- nightshades
- chicken (my 2nd boy) so we buy duck

My kids get mucus from pasteurized dairy.

My 9 year old almost died this year because of intususception - bad reaction towards wheat based crap that had him on severe diarrhea and telescoping of his large intestines. (Went on a 4 day vacation at his cousins.) Good thing my healer powers were strong enough we avoided surgery and death (50% chance the docs said).

That should make a mark in his mind that wheat crap is a no no and sticks like glue in people's guts.

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I have this idea of making kiddie t-shirts or pins that say:

Fill er up with Original Human Food only... etc etc.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2010, 04:53:38 PM by goodsamaritan »

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Re: Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2010, 08:06:36 PM »
If I had kids, I would follow this advice from Sarah of Everyday Paleo:

http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/08/23/news-my-kid-vs-the-food-pyramid-easy-steak-skewers-and-avocado-dressing/
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My kid is living proof that kids GET IT!!  I urge urge urge you all with children to be honest with them as to why we make the choices that we do – kids really do listen and really do understand.  There is no need to sugar coat (no pun intended) why we eat paleo and there is no need to scare our kids into eating healthy.  Simply offer paleo foods, talk about why these foods are healthy, involve the whole family with the fun and joy of cooking, and do not make a fuss about it.

http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/01/31/food-for-kids-what-to-pack-for-lunch-quick-breakfast-and-more/
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Don’t be neurotic, but be strong.  Remember, the food that enters your house is there because it was YOUR decision.  If my kids go to a friend’s house or to a party, I DON”T attach a note to their foreheads reading that they cannot eat gluten or sugar, I just rest assured that 95% of the time they have real, quality food, and I SEE that they are healthy, active, and overall pretty amazing kiddos….

Kids resent being manipulated and controlled (I know I did,) even if you have their best interests in mind.  I would teach them why we eat a certain way, only keep paleo stuff in the house, and not be so worried that I can't 100% control everything they eat.  If they understand why they don't eat cookies, etc. like their friends do and it makes them feel like crap when they do they might refuse such things when offered.  Really that's all you can hope for.


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Re: Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2010, 05:20:25 AM »
One couple I knew would never call foods good or bad.  Instead they'd tell their toddler that foods were weak or strong...as in what they would do for your body.  They'd sometimes give him choices, too, over whether he wanted the weak food item or the strong food item (making sure none of it was *too* horrible).  He chose strong the majority of the time.

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Re: Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2010, 07:25:19 AM »
If I had kids, I would follow this advice from Sarah of Everyday Paleo:

http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/08/23/news-my-kid-vs-the-food-pyramid-easy-steak-skewers-and-avocado-dressing/
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My kid is living proof that kids GET IT!!  I urge urge urge you all with children to be honest with them as to why we make the choices that we do – kids really do listen and really do understand.  There is no need to sugar coat (no pun intended) why we eat paleo and there is no need to scare our kids into eating healthy.  Simply offer paleo foods, talk about why these foods are healthy, involve the whole family with the fun and joy of cooking, and do not make a fuss about it.

http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/01/31/food-for-kids-what-to-pack-for-lunch-quick-breakfast-and-more/
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Don’t be neurotic, but be strong.  Remember, the food that enters your house is there because it was YOUR decision.  If my kids go to a friend’s house or to a party, I DON”T attach a note to their foreheads reading that they cannot eat gluten or sugar, I just rest assured that 95% of the time they have real, quality food, and I SEE that they are healthy, active, and overall pretty amazing kiddos….

Kids resent being manipulated and controlled (I know I did,) even if you have their best interests in mind.  I would teach them why we eat a certain way, only keep paleo stuff in the house, and not be so worried that I can't 100% control everything they eat.  If they understand why they don't eat cookies, etc. like their friends do and it makes them feel like crap when they do they might refuse such things when offered.  Really that's all you can hope for.

Those are great sites.  You can control what they eat at home but once they are at a friends house you just have to hope they  make sensible choices.

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Re: Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2010, 12:08:48 PM »
Take video of them when they're feeling awful from what they ate!  :D  Help them to remember how bad it made them feel.  That's what I plan to do is any time Kaiden wants to eat something I think he shouldn't  - him the videos I took for his pedi of his seizures.  I'm hoping that will make a big impact on him.

He's only 20 months now so he doesn't chooose his foods  ;D  But, I imagine I'll be making all his school lunches, providing snacks for birthday parties, etc.

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 06:15:09 AM »
Thank you Inspiro for the website for Sarah's raising kids paleo. I'm new to Paleo (going on 4 days now). I worry about my daughter's nutrition and I'm trying to slowly introduce her to Paleo. She's a VERY finiky eater. Likes most things plain and hesitates to try new things. She's 6 so of course some of that comes with age. I bought some Almond milk the other day. I hope that's Paleo. I loved it in my coffee. Couldn't even get her to try it. Is soy milk and other non dairy milks Paleo? If so, I suppose I could slowly mix it in with the organic cow's milk that I buy and get it used to the subtle change in taste. Any suggestions for any of you would be greatly appreciated. Thankfully, she doesn't like cheese. But she likes her sweets, yogurt, fruit, hot dogs, pasta. I was thinking of switching to gluten free pasta. Is that Paleo or at least considered better than regular pasta?
    Thanks again. Pebbles in MA

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Re: Raising Kids Paleo, how do you do it?!?!
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 08:04:07 AM »
Almond milk is arguably paleo; soy milk is definitely not because soybeans are a legume.  How does your daughter feel about water as a beverage?

Gluten free pasta is nonpaleo just as regular pasta is.  The paleo source of carbohydrate is fruit.  Since your daughter likes fruit, you're in luck there - give her as much as she'll eat!

What she needs from milk is probably the fat and to a lesser extent the protein.  What you probably want to do there is transition her gradually to fatty meat instead.  How does she feel about uncured bacon and pastured eggs?  Does she like hamburgers as well as she likes hot dogs?

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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 11:01:35 AM »
My husband and I just attended our niece and nephews baptisms over the weekend..so of course afterwards there was a "meal".  I say "meal" b/c it was one of those 6ft long Subway sandwiches with all the sides and then of course chips, etc etc.  So, I did the best I could.  Everyone was eating the nasty processed crap and I tried to stick to the veggies only.  Of course I kept getting weird looks for not eating the sandwich...whatever.

Then it was time for cake!  OH LORD...you would have thought the circus was in town.  There was sugar and icing and cake particles EVERYWHERE.  the kids had the nasty frosting all over their mouths and were asking for more..so of course the parents obliged!  I was like WTF  ??? ??? ???  SERIOUSLY!  I was disgusted.

My 2 yr old nephew was given a HUGE piece of cake that he ate the frosting off of.

I tell this story only b/c as I parent (which I am not) I could see where it would be really hard to keep your kids away from things like this.  Birthday parties, etc.  All that shit food is around.  How do you explain to people (b/c you know you will have to) that you don't feed your child things like that?  And how do you stop it from happening when you are not around?

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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2010, 11:21:15 AM »
I tell this story only b/c as I parent (which I am not) I could see where it would be really hard to keep your kids away from things like this.  Birthday parties, etc.  All that shit food is around.  How do you explain to people (b/c you know you will have to) that you don't feed your child things like that?  And how do you stop it from happening when you are not around?

Our kids may just grow up not going to much in the way of birthday parties and such.

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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2010, 07:10:12 AM »
I tell this story only b/c as I parent (which I am not) I could see where it would be really hard to keep your kids away from things like this.  Birthday parties, etc.  All that shit food is around.  How do you explain to people (b/c you know you will have to) that you don't feed your child things like that?  And how do you stop it from happening when you are not around?

Our kids may just grow up not going to much in the way of birthday parties and such.

Yeah, I see what you're saying but I don't think it's possible to keep them away from everything (social outings, parties, etc).  Like in my example, we were at a family baptism...some things you just can't avoid.  I guess when your own children are in your company you can "control" what is consumed.  If they are in the presence of others without your supervision then it gets tricky...

I'd be interested to hear how some of you handle situations like this.

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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2010, 06:00:13 PM »
My daughter likes hamburger, hot dogs. She eats some veggies as long as they are plain. She loves yogurt and pasta. Where would she get her calcium from if she doesn't drink regular cow's milk or soy milk. She takes a multi vitiman but I don't think that's enough to cover her required calcium. And she loves her cow's milk. She is a very finicky eater and I can't get her to eat spinach where she could get some calcium from. I may not be able to get her to go all Paleo. So I may just try to cut out the sugar as much as possible. She does love fruit and will certainly go for more berries anytime. I'd still like to try weaning her off of the cow's milk and onto the almond milk. That doesn't have as much calcium in it however, as cow's milk.
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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2010, 06:35:22 PM »
This is the very same as other eating restrictions due to allergies or religious issues.  Keep caveman in the home.  The kids will ask why we eat this way, explain it to them, do not lie to them.  Telling them that they have food allergies and they may get very sick......will be put to the test.   Then you will be found out, and discredited.  Honestly, I think I would just simply say at the schools and so forth, I'm sorry, our family does not participate in eating ------------------.  Then fill in the blank depending on how caveman you and your family are at the time.  You will of course get questions, you choose to answer or not and if you choose to answer the questions to what degree.

Yes the kids will sneak food,  peer pressure will encourage them to try the chips etc...  But you have to keep in mind, that by that time, they will have had no cane sugars or other sugars, let alone large doeses of salt, so they probably will not like the junk food any way.

I found that my in-laws (outlaws?!) were the biggest problem when it came to giving the boys stuff they should not of had, but I will leave your future in-laws to you.  ;)