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Offline samjohn

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Tell your kids they have allergies?
« on: August 05, 2010, 06:00:22 PM »
Warren Dew, curious as to how you are planning to keep your kid Paleo once he's old enough for it to be an issue?

Are you going to tell him he is deathly allergic to a whole host of things?

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2010, 06:03:50 PM »
I imagine once he's old enough, he'll be able to make his own decisions, and preferably an informed one.


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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010, 09:17:26 PM »
I don't plan to have any nonpaleo food in the house.

Once they're old enough to go out alone, as Woopy says, they'll get to make their own decisions.  I will explain the benefits of paleo and hopefully they will understand.

Edit:  is this question really only for me?
« Last Edit: August 05, 2010, 09:19:08 PM by Warren Dew »

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2010, 09:55:02 PM »
I don't plan to have any nonpaleo food in the house.

Once they're old enough to go out alone, as Woopy says, they'll get to make their own decisions.  I will explain the benefits of paleo and hopefully they will understand.

Edit:  is this question really only for me?

Nope not only you, just most relevant to you at the moment.

If I had a kid I'd want him to stay Paleo until he reached full growth.

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2010, 11:12:06 PM »
If I had a kid I'd want him to stay Paleo until he reached full growth.

Oh, I definitely want that too, but it's not always what the parents want that goes.

In our case, my wife and I are both pretty stubborn, so we figured we could be firm enough to get the kid to do what we wanted.  What we forgot was that the kids could inherit the stubbornness from both of us.  The result is that our daughter almost always gets her way, even at only 2.


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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2010, 05:34:01 PM »
Big <GRIN> Don't they always???

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2010, 03:47:29 PM »
We have a hard time keeping my oldest paleo.  He is a stubborn bugger, and at 11 thinks he knows everything.  Unfortunately, he would benefit the most from being paleo too :(

The younger ones it is much easier because I have more control over the food they eat.  No, we don't have non=paleo foods in the house most of the time, so at home he eats well, but at school not so much.  I have considered getting a doctors note so that they are not allowed to serve him any type of grains, etc.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2010, 07:34:20 PM »
We need to form a religion so we can claim it's a religious restriction.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2010, 08:35:13 PM »
We need to form a religion so we can claim it's a religious restriction.


Seriously!!!  I should have had his pediatrician at our last base do the paperwork for us  She was pretty understanding.  Not sure how they will be here.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2010, 09:41:25 PM »
My children have experienced real allergies from:

pasta / bread / noodles (intususception, almost killed my 1st boy)
nightshades
honey when young
chicken (my 2nd boy)
crabs (my 2nd boy)
too much sweet fruit (1st child and 3rd child, 3rd child had sugar high and low with apple + orange)

So they are pretty much aware of the dangers.  Plus I blog about our experiences so they never forget.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2010, 11:51:45 PM »
I don't think it's correct to tell them they have allergies, like they were sick, while it's the food that is sick. They'll feel different and defective from the other children, while it could be a choice to eat paleo food, they can always try the regular food and feel sick and decide to stick to paleo.
But I'm totally against inventing they are allergic, that's an excuse they may want to use later in life if they want to cut discussions short, but as for having them to believe it, NO.

I don't plan to have any nonpaleo food in the house.

Unfortunately that isn't always the trick.
When I was a kid my mother was obsessed with low-fat and low-calories and I was always on a diet, moreover there was a lot of shouting, blaming and prohibited foods involved.
I grew up sneaking at the store to buy pizza, candies and chocolate which were so off limits at home but so much more of a comfort rather than my mother's fad diets.
If the same thing happens at your house (and I hope not), it won't make much of a difference to have only paleo foods at home.

To complete the story...growing up I put on weight, ended up obese and walking with a cane (I was 21 at the time). Then I changed my food choices, put down the weight and I am now an athlete. But I can say that the only thing that worked was conciously making a CHOICE to eat paleo, no restrictions would ever apply to me at home.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2010, 12:07:00 AM by PaleoRainy »

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2010, 01:29:20 PM »
I totally agree that telling a kid they are allergic to something when they ar enot is a bad idea.  We have four children and one most likely does have some type of gluten issue, so for him I could get a doctors note for school.  The purpose of that is when he went to get extra food at school, besides the food I send him with, they would be forced to make sure he only had things without grains.  Yes, he would still be able to have yogurt and cheese sticks, but he wouldn't be able to have cookies and cheeseburger buns.  Since I am 99% sure we will qualify for free lunches here, that means they can't deny him a meal if he wants it, even if I send him with food.  We had that problem last year and they said the only way they can restrict him is with a doctors note.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2010, 10:38:47 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.


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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2010, 09:25:54 PM »
I allowed mine to have candy on holidays, and never taught her that food was a source to feed emotions. I never said the word "diet" when I dieted - I said healthy. It helped that we lived south of Denver for many years & they're generally a slim, active bunch.

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Re: Tell your kids they have allergies?
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2010, 09:47:16 PM »
My kids are 29 and 30 and haven't listened to me in about 17 years . . .