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Help me substitute something for my son's breakfast

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2013 at 4:45 PM

My nearly 4 y/o son has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. One of the symptoms is texture issues with food. One of the few things he will eat are the Jimmie dean delights. Egg white, turkey sausage, cheese and whole wheat bun. I know this isn't paleo but baby steps. Can someone suggest something to replace the bun with? The is at least gluten free. We will slowly move him to whole foods but like I said baby steps

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on September 07, 2013
at 04:38 PM

Your terribly misinformed. Genetics have some play into it, but a trigger has to be in effect to cause it (vaccines, stress, trauma, poor food etc.) And it definitley is not an urban myth, I have experience in my own family, get them off the drugs and the bad food- go paleo and you have one functioning, happy child and stress-free family.

Aeea0dc81d7c2f3d1b43767030bf0273

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:48 PM

Attention deficit is hereditary. My dad had it. It has nothing to do with food; an urban myth. And my mother did not give us junk food as children. She taught us both to cook, and with real food. However, studies have shown a strong correlation between ADHD and low birthweight (<5 lb). More to the point, the syndrome we now refer to as ADD/ADHD (it's been called a number of different things such as minimal brain dysfunction, juvenile hyperkinesia, etc.) has been attested in medical literature for over 100 years, which is long before most of those things you're talking about were an issue.

Aeea0dc81d7c2f3d1b43767030bf0273

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:35 PM

Attention deficit has nothing to do with food; that's an urban myth. And I'll have you know, my mother did not give us bad food as children. She taught us both to cook, and to cook real food. However, studies have shown a strong correlation between ADHD and low birthweight (<5 pounds), as well as with maternal smoking during pregnancy.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:23 PM

Not to mention the chem trails in the sky, the vaccines they get from birth, the barium and aluminum and other toxic chemicals in the environment. Not making for a very good start but making for excellent patients on the health care system.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:20 PM

That's not my point- people consider ADHD a form of acting out (just look at any school) which they than heavily medicate the child for. Really its just the shit food they eat.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:24 PM

Very true. Plus one!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:28 PM

And calling the concept of feeding your child whole foods "Punished for my actions" is ridiculous.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:27 PM

Also, I apologize for not reading your mind and only using what you have written on this post.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:19 PM

Cook for him, make paleo loaf, have him use a fork, work with a psychologist, feed him oatmeal -- yes all condescending and not helpful.

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on September 06, 2013
at 06:44 AM

He is 4 and will eat what he is given. What we really need to work on is to ensure bad habits are never started (and I am a parent too so know all about this). If the only foods int he house ever from birth are good foods the child never eats badly. If the only thing everyone drinks is water they can't ask for a coke because none is in the house. The traditional English breakfast in the UK is bacon and eggs and sometimes kippers (fish). That was pretty good. Modern foods basically make children ill.

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 06, 2013
at 03:55 AM

Right, but his parents have made some mistakes in the past, so he is having to adapt. I may be wrong, but those appear to be words from someone who doesn't have kids. I had many thing I said would never happen when I have kids... Then I had kids, things change

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 06, 2013
at 03:50 AM

The food he was fed until recently was my decision, not his. He should not be punished for my actions. I don't think the spanking comparison is applicable in this case. Surely you haven't always been on a paleo or primal diet. So that change was probably a decision you made, it wasn't forced upon you. Remember, he's a little kid, you can't always force a change on him. As a parent, I have to chose my battles wisely. This is a change I want him to be on board with

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 03:31 AM

He is a 4 yr old, he will eat what his parents give him.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 03:30 AM

Sometimes change is a negative experience to begin with. Sometimes a kid needs a spanking, and that is negative. I know I needed them as a child, and it made me a better person.

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:37 AM

Sustained, define act like one? I'm looking for help not an arm-chair quarterback. You don't know anything about my situation other than the fact that I'm trying to change my kid's diet -for the better and you make the jump to I am not acting like a parent. Is this how all new members are treated when they ask for assistance?

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:27 AM

He will eat gluten free chicken tenders. I'm working on more items he'll eat. Thanks for the suggestion.

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:25 AM

This is the plan. Definitely not limiting due to the diagnosis. It's trying to learn what his triggers are.

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:22 AM

He will eat gluten free chicken tenders. I'm working on more items he'll eat. Thanks for the suggestion.

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:20 AM

CD, I am making efforts to move him to whole foods. I used the example of offering him a mcmuffin to demonstrate how this is a texture issue more than anything. I understand the benefits of a whole food diet will make it a better situation, but I don't want to make eating or changing his food a negative experience. At this point in the conversation all of your comments have been condescending and have not provided any suggestions to assist. This is all new to me and I'm fairly new to paleo, but in my encounters so far your comments have been the least helpful.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:04 AM

@Beth, so you applaud his intentions, not his efforts. He hasn't made any efforts yet. The only efforts he's made is to offer McDonalds...

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:19 AM

@EricC, *He is funny a out getting his hands sticky* -- Couldn't he just use a fork?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 11:27 PM

CD...Sounds like you are being the parent, unlike many that just want to make their kids happy even to their detriment.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:54 PM

Not sure this diserves negative votes...

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:54 PM

Also I asked about the psychologist because there are appropriate psychological treatments for SPF, and I would not want to present anything that would go against a doctors plan.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:50 PM

Let me be clear. I have never deprived my children food. But if I offer chicken salad for lunch and she won't eat it. She gets it again for dinner. If she still doesn't eat, it's available for breakfast. It kills me, but you cannot just give noodles or chicken nuggets every night.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 10:23 PM

Beth....Would you let your baby cry in hunger if all they wanted was something like candy, and you were giving them real food? Or would you bow to the kid's wishes and feed them candy to keep them from being hungry?

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:50 PM

"We will slowly move him to whole foods"

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 09:22 PM

"as a result of his mother's patronage, he grew up with a slew of health problems." Worth repeating.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Where is the reference to healthy eating?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Apparently he doesn't if he is just trying to substitute one part of an unhealthy meal. He is the parent, he should act like one.

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:21 PM

You're not being helpful SUSTAINED... He clearly understands that the meal is unhealthy and is looking for an alternative.

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:12 PM

you're letting your kids cry in hunger????? And you're asking HIM if HE sees a psychologist?

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:11 PM

au contraire...oatmeal or cereal are not better, from what I'm reading. If you're watching them cry in hunger, that's abusive. Baby steps, like the guy said. And YOU are asking if HE is seeing a psychologist?

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:09 PM

sensory issues are very difficult to deal with...I applaud his efforts to incorporate healthy eating.

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 05, 2013
at 07:37 PM

We make arepas sometimes (wife is Venezuelan) I may try it, he's not been interested so far, but it's worth a try.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 07:23 PM

Let him go hungry long enough and he will eat healthy food. Would you treat him the same way if all he wanted to eat was candy?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 07:22 PM

But the bread isn't the only non paleo item. That whole thing is garbage. You owe it to your son to do better than that.

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:37 PM

hell, oatmeal or cereal would be better than the jimmy dean delights... None of my kids have SPD, but are/were very picky eaters -- it is gut wrenching seeing them crying in hunger. The food they can eat is on the table, even if its not what they wants, eventually instincts take over. Are you seeing a psychologist?

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:07 PM

He is funny a out getting his hands sticky, so I need some sort of "bun" to get him to eat it. To show how picky he is, I can buy him a mcmuffin with the same ingredients and he won't eat it b/c the textures are different. I'm working toward this but I need something in the interim

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:58 PM

As I stated in my question I know that the Jimmie dean is t paleo, I'm looking for suggestions to replace one part of the equation. Posting the ingredient list isn't helpful. Honestly, if you haven't dealt with a child with SPD you may not have a true picture of what we are dealing with. I know that getting him to a whole food diet will probably help his SPD. We just have to take baby steps to get there. I don't know many adults who went paleo cold turkey much less a small child.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:24 PM

In all honesty. With three young kids of my own. Kids can be very temperamental eaters. one with a sensory processing disorder can be more so.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:23 PM

that's a bit rough. Water is definitely paleo.

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Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:46 PM

Making your own turkey sausage from ground turkey, if you can get ahold of a Weston A. Price cookbook there is a good recipe for the spices-maybe even look online for a recipe. Otherwise Jones, I believe, has a natural sausage product that is nitrate and MSG free. You could do your own eggs or eggwhite and a find some real cheese that he likes. Udi has a gluten free bagel and there are likely others around. Otherwise maybe a muffin made with coconut flour might suffice for the bun.

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on September 05, 2013
at 08:54 PM

From my own research sensory processing disorder can be directly linked to a food intolerance/allergy that the body reacts to (different strokes for different folks). Some people get wheat belly, others act out (called ADHD) or have issues relating to their peers/dealing with their emotions due to an imbalance in the body. Your best bet is to remove these allergens and to go 100% cold turkey paleo (even dairy free for a while too). Nom nom paleo has some great childrens lunch ideas, once your child tries real food there is no going back. Use the paleo gateway foods-BACON! Coconut flour pizzas and buns, recreate the sausages using organic and pastured pork with spices. Having your child learn to cook would be a fantasic idea! Bring him in the kitchen with you. It will be a trial and error and learning experience for the both of you. Have your child try two bites of each item and than he can choose what he wants to eat from than on but on a paleo list. Purchase Eat like a Dinosaur from the paleo parents and go through it together. Also go on chowstalker and desserstalker and let him pick out some recipes he wants to try. Don't limit your self or your child by some diagnosis. All the best xxx

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:25 AM

This is the plan. Definitely not limiting due to the diagnosis. It's trying to learn what his triggers are.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on September 06, 2013
at 06:22 AM

http://www.amazon.com/My-Kid-Eats-Everything-Adventurous/dp/0984684700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375299458&sr=8-1&keywords=my+kid+eats+everything+susan+roberts

This is a book by a pediatric occupational therapist who has a lot of experience with sensory processing disorder, and she has very good, concrete suggestions that will be helpful. I also recommend the book *Eat Like a Dinosaur". The authors have a good website, Paleo Parents, with helpful suggestions.

SPD is not a behavioral problem, and the behavioral approach others suggest can be counterproductive. You are absolutely right that baby steps are needed.

Good luck and hang in there.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:23 PM

Why not cook the breakfast for him, rather than going with a microwavable product.

Turkey Sausage, Egg Whites, and cheese are a good choice. And once he's used to your cooking, you can try to throw in the yolk or some other breakfast meat.

No need for a bun, but if you want one you can make one of the "Paleo" breads/ nut loafs.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:37 PM

hell, oatmeal or cereal would be better than the jimmy dean delights... None of my kids have SPD, but are/were very picky eaters -- it is gut wrenching seeing them crying in hunger. The food they can eat is on the table, even if its not what they wants, eventually instincts take over. Are you seeing a psychologist?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:54 PM

Also I asked about the psychologist because there are appropriate psychological treatments for SPF, and I would not want to present anything that would go against a doctors plan.

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:11 PM

au contraire...oatmeal or cereal are not better, from what I'm reading. If you're watching them cry in hunger, that's abusive. Baby steps, like the guy said. And YOU are asking if HE is seeing a psychologist?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 10:23 PM

Beth....Would you let your baby cry in hunger if all they wanted was something like candy, and you were giving them real food? Or would you bow to the kid's wishes and feed them candy to keep them from being hungry?

A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:12 PM

you're letting your kids cry in hunger????? And you're asking HIM if HE sees a psychologist?

8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:07 PM

He is funny a out getting his hands sticky, so I need some sort of "bun" to get him to eat it. To show how picky he is, I can buy him a mcmuffin with the same ingredients and he won't eat it b/c the textures are different. I'm working toward this but I need something in the interim

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 11:27 PM

CD...Sounds like you are being the parent, unlike many that just want to make their kids happy even to their detriment.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 05, 2013
at 10:50 PM

Let me be clear. I have never deprived my children food. But if I offer chicken salad for lunch and she won't eat it. She gets it again for dinner. If she still doesn't eat, it's available for breakfast. It kills me, but you cannot just give noodles or chicken nuggets every night.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:19 AM

@EricC, *He is funny a out getting his hands sticky* -- Couldn't he just use a fork?

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Aeea0dc81d7c2f3d1b43767030bf0273

on September 06, 2013
at 01:53 PM

I just wandered on to here, and I'm really appalled by what I'm reading. Why are so many of you being so nasty and rude to this young dad who is asking for HELP and SUGGESTIONS? Putting him down or insulting him is not going to help him, or his kid, make the changes they need to make. And very small children do not understand what this trendy buzzword 'paleo' means, or why they suddenly can't have the one thing they like. Most kids, even without SPD, react to changes in food like cats react to getting a bath.

EricC, are there any fruits that he likes? Most kids I know like grapes and strawberries. (I DO get it about having texture issues; I've hated cantaloupe for years because of that). But a lot of kids do like cantaloupe or other melons. Peanut or almond butter on apple slices might be an idea, or "Ants on a log" (i.e., celerysticks stuffed with PB and raisins). If he's really stuck on the egg and meat patty wrapped in something, would he accept wrapping the egg and meat wrapped in leafy things like lettuce?

Another idea might be to engage him in "pretend" play -- let's be a caveman today, or let's be a dinosaur (I like the idea of that book someone mentioned)... that might help him get on board with it.

(And to the earlier commenter, ADHD does NOT mean "acting out" -- do some research and learn what it really is. I'm 52, an educator, with ADHD, and I've never 'acted out' in my life.)

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:23 PM

Not to mention the chem trails in the sky, the vaccines they get from birth, the barium and aluminum and other toxic chemicals in the environment. Not making for a very good start but making for excellent patients on the health care system.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on September 06, 2013
at 02:20 PM

That's not my point- people consider ADHD a form of acting out (just look at any school) which they than heavily medicate the child for. Really its just the shit food they eat.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on September 07, 2013
at 04:38 PM

Your terribly misinformed. Genetics have some play into it, but a trigger has to be in effect to cause it (vaccines, stress, trauma, poor food etc.) And it definitley is not an urban myth, I have experience in my own family, get them off the drugs and the bad food- go paleo and you have one functioning, happy child and stress-free family.

Aeea0dc81d7c2f3d1b43767030bf0273

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:48 PM

Attention deficit is hereditary. My dad had it. It has nothing to do with food; an urban myth. And my mother did not give us junk food as children. She taught us both to cook, and with real food. However, studies have shown a strong correlation between ADHD and low birthweight (<5 lb). More to the point, the syndrome we now refer to as ADD/ADHD (it's been called a number of different things such as minimal brain dysfunction, juvenile hyperkinesia, etc.) has been attested in medical literature for over 100 years, which is long before most of those things you're talking about were an issue.

Aeea0dc81d7c2f3d1b43767030bf0273

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:35 PM

Attention deficit has nothing to do with food; that's an urban myth. And I'll have you know, my mother did not give us bad food as children. She taught us both to cook, and to cook real food. However, studies have shown a strong correlation between ADHD and low birthweight (<5 pounds), as well as with maternal smoking during pregnancy.

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A6b7afacdb512b861716bca9e9226ad3

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:13 PM

EricC, kudos to you for your patience and I get it about taking baby steps. All the best to you as you make the incremental changes your son will accept.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:08 PM

My son had lots of texture issues too. Scrambled eggs + cheese in a tortilla was something he was usually willing to eat. I can find decent white spelt tortillas locally -- they still have gluten, but at least they don't have the gluten profile of modern wheat.

Good luck!

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on September 07, 2013
at 10:15 PM

I applaud you for trying to help your son through diet. SPD is not fun to deal with but hang in there. Try allowing him to help with his breakfast, crack an egg into a bowl and let him scramble with a fork before you pour it into a pan, let him select the cheese and put it on the muffin, or even form the sausage patty that will go onto his sandwich. Getting my son to try things that in the past would have him on the floor throwing a fit was as easy as allowing him to do it himself. Since yours is not even 4 yet let him help with what a 4 yo would be capable of and he may be more apt to eating it than pushing it away. Some good kid friendly recipes are in Eat Like a Dinosaur by Paleo Parents.

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on September 07, 2013
at 08:59 PM

You could try making a bun out of almond flour? I do this nearly every morning: Handful of almonds in the coffee bean grinder turns them to flour right quick. Then I put the almond flour in a bowl crack an egg on top (I sometimes swallow the yolk raw if my wife isn't watching and just use the white on the flour) then add a splash of water. Mix it and you've got a ball of dough you can fry or bake into whatever shape you like. My two year-old eats these all the time. :)

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on September 07, 2013
at 08:58 PM

You could try making a bun out of almond flour? I do this nearly every morning: Handful of almonds in the coffee bean grinder turns them to flour right quick. Then I put the almond flour in a bowl crack an egg on top (I sometimes swallow the yolk raw if my wife isn't watching and just use the white on the flour) then add a splash of water. Mix it and you've got a ball of dough you can fry or bake into whatever shape you like. My two year-old eats these all the time. :)

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on September 07, 2013
at 06:41 PM

We've been through food allergies with our son, and the best approach is to figure out right away what he can not eat, use an elimination diet: for example, remove all milk products from the diet (do it for everyone in the house) for a week, then give him a glass of milk first thing in the morning. Trust me, you'll know in a few minutes whether his body has issues with milk ;-)

We did this with our son, and eventually figured out he's gluten intolerant. Since then my wife has removed all forms of gluten from our house, and spent years learning and using home made alternatives. Almond flour! It turns out we are both sensitive to it.

Keep a notebook.

Talk to your son about it, he will understand much more than you believe. Trust me, having a 5 year old who knows what the words"gluten intolerant" is, and when to use it, will keep him from eating the wrong things.

Our son is now 10 years old, and refuses food that he fears has gluten in it (when we/he is out and about). He knows the consequences and can live within the choices he makes. Yes, we've had a few amusing conversations.. no son, fruits do not have gluten ;-)

We insist he has to try new things, and there are a few things he does not like. We don't worry about it.. as his likes have changed over the years.

Last, but not least, bring your son into the kitchen and have him help you cook. You'll be surprised that he will eat everything he helps make. How's that for incentive?

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on September 07, 2013
at 06:26 PM

I feel for your issue. I know how tough it is to get a favorite food past a child with only the slightest change to it. We have some local food producers who sell GF bread and rolls which seem to be acceptable to my kids. I've not personally tried them as I have no need for bread or substitutes. Obviously those are not actually Paleo. I've done some Portobello mushrooms in place of buns and I'd think if you crisp them up in the oven with a bit of Coconut oil or butter brushed on you might have a winner. However not sure if a 4 year old would go for it. Best of Luck !

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on September 06, 2013
at 06:40 AM

IN the UK I think we'd just call this a fussy eater probable made so by his parents. Surely if the only foods there are to eat at breakfast are eggs and bacon he will eat that as the other choice is starving. If there are no fake foods in the house young children cannot eat them.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:24 PM

Very true. Plus one!

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:25 AM

Maybe if you could share some of the other foods that your child eats others could come up with other breakfast ideas rather than trying to recreate this Jimmie Dean creation. I would also consider thinking outside of the "breakfast" box and possibly serving healthier preferred lunch/dinner items. My kid with autism now practically begs for a plate of spinach to accompany her breakfast meal. This is coming from a kid who previously only ate dry Cheerios for breakfast. It is a long, slow road and I applaud you for taking steps to improve your son's diet. Best of luck to you.

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:27 AM

He will eat gluten free chicken tenders. I'm working on more items he'll eat. Thanks for the suggestion.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:25 PM

I saw that said he has problems with even the Egg McMuffin version, so this might not work, but what about building your own with a true sourdough english muffin? That will at least be a gluten reduced meal.

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:27 PM

I don't have any good suggestions other than thinking outside the box: maybe you should try a completely different meal instead of a paleo version of what he's eating now. The texture of smoothies, for instance, can be varied and micromanaged Paleo or not. Does he do okay with spuds, Mashed or whole?

Just FYI, a close friend of mine was a VERY picky eater as a child (who knows maybe he had SPD too?) and as a result of his mother's patronage, he grew up with a slew of health problems. The worst is the allergies but the list goes on and on and on. The poor man can hardly eat anything without getting deathly sick. I fear he won't live beyond his 30's...

So keep at it. Don't give up! Your son needs this more than you probably realize. It could go far beyond poor health and bad habits.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:22 PM

"as a result of his mother's patronage, he grew up with a slew of health problems." Worth repeating.

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:32 PM

How about corn meal arepas in place of the biscuit/bun?

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on September 05, 2013
at 07:37 PM

We make arepas sometimes (wife is Venezuelan) I may try it, he's not been interested so far, but it's worth a try.

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Jimmie Dean delight is not even remotely paleo. Per their website "INGREDIENTS: WHOLE WHEAT BAGEL: WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, SUGAR, WHEAT GLUTEN, BROWN SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: HONEY, YEAST, RICE FLOUR, SALT, CALCIUM PROPIONATE AND SODIUM METABISULFITE (PRESERVATIVES), DISTILLED VINEGAR, WHEAT FLOUR, DOUGH CONDITIONERS (MAY CONTAIN ONE OR MORE OF: MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, CALCIUM IODATE, POTASSIUM IODATE, ASCORBIC ACID, ENZYMES, AZODICARBONAMIDE), GUMS (CELLULOSE, GUAR), MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CORN STARCH, SOY LECITHIN, SOY FLOUR. FRIED EGG WHITE PATTY: EGG WHITES, MODIFIED TAPIOCA STARCH, CARRAGEENAN GUM, SALT, NATURAL FLAVORS. COOKED TURKEY SAUSAGE PATTY: TURKEY, WATER, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, DEXTROSE, SUGAR, SPICES, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, BHT, CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR. PASTEURIZED PROCESS AMERICAN CHEESE: AMERICAN CHEESE (CULTURED MILK, SALT, ENZYMES, ARTIFICIAL COLOR), WATER, CREAM, SODIUM CITRATE, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVE), LACTIC ACID, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, ENZYMES, SOY LECITHIN."

There are practically no paleo ingredients in the whole meal. No wonder your kid has eating problems.

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on September 06, 2013
at 03:31 AM

He is a 4 yr old, he will eat what his parents give him.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Apparently he doesn't if he is just trying to substitute one part of an unhealthy meal. He is the parent, he should act like one.

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:24 PM

In all honesty. With three young kids of my own. Kids can be very temperamental eaters. one with a sensory processing disorder can be more so.

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:21 PM

You're not being helpful SUSTAINED... He clearly understands that the meal is unhealthy and is looking for an alternative.

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on September 05, 2013
at 07:22 PM

But the bread isn't the only non paleo item. That whole thing is garbage. You owe it to your son to do better than that.

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on September 06, 2013
at 03:55 AM

Right, but his parents have made some mistakes in the past, so he is having to adapt. I may be wrong, but those appear to be words from someone who doesn't have kids. I had many thing I said would never happen when I have kids... Then I had kids, things change

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on September 06, 2013
at 02:37 AM

Sustained, define act like one? I'm looking for help not an arm-chair quarterback. You don't know anything about my situation other than the fact that I'm trying to change my kid's diet -for the better and you make the jump to I am not acting like a parent. Is this how all new members are treated when they ask for assistance?

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:23 PM

that's a bit rough. Water is definitely paleo.

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on September 06, 2013
at 06:44 AM

He is 4 and will eat what he is given. What we really need to work on is to ensure bad habits are never started (and I am a parent too so know all about this). If the only foods int he house ever from birth are good foods the child never eats badly. If the only thing everyone drinks is water they can't ask for a coke because none is in the house. The traditional English breakfast in the UK is bacon and eggs and sometimes kippers (fish). That was pretty good. Modern foods basically make children ill.

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:58 PM

As I stated in my question I know that the Jimmie dean is t paleo, I'm looking for suggestions to replace one part of the equation. Posting the ingredient list isn't helpful. Honestly, if you haven't dealt with a child with SPD you may not have a true picture of what we are dealing with. I know that getting him to a whole food diet will probably help his SPD. We just have to take baby steps to get there. I don't know many adults who went paleo cold turkey much less a small child.

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:54 PM

Not sure this diserves negative votes...

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