I'm steering my 17 yr old son toward paleo and need help with:
- Breakfast: He can only eat a bowl of cereal or he feels nauseous. He would probably skip breakfast if I didn't insist.
- School lunch: He takes sandwich/apple/cookie but would prefer to buy lunch. (I tell him we can't afford it!) I can't send anything weird in his lunch or he'll just toss it. When he buys lunch he chooses pizza and chocolate milk.
- Strength training: Are there any books/websites that are geared toward younger teens? Any that have a more paleo approach? He reads/comprehends 4th-6th grade level.
- Branched chain amino acids: Could this be an alternative to whey protein powder (which gave him terrible acne)?
He is 6'2", 165 lbs, size 15 shoes (doc says he's probably still growing). He loves veg, fruit, meat/fish/eggs and doesn't eat a lot of sugar (at home). I can substitute GF bread (Rudi's) for his sandwiches but just barely because it's kinda weird. Peer pressure rules his life outside the home and I need to be particularly sensitive to this because he has FAS and some pretty interesting challenges. He won't take vitamins because he thinks they're medicine and he's not sick. He'll take Emergen-C in unsweetened fizzy water.
I'm particularly interested in the strength training info. Like many teen boys, his new passion is getting strong and building muscles. He won't go to a gym (they're for weirdos). He believes everything he reads on the internet and thinks I am paranoid. For example, he recently did a genealogical search based on his birth last name and discovered he's related to Vampires. No - really! Actual, real Vampires, Mom! (When I told my older daughter this story, she said: Good thing he's adopted!)
I'm curious to see if there are any improvements in his behavior and academics on more of a paleo diet; however, I can't control everything he eats and when he's with his friends, it's SAD all the way. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated!
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on July 17, 2011
at 11:16 PM
Let him skip breakfast. As long as his metabolism is in good working order, he???ll be fine.
For lunch, I don???t really know what you could pack that wouldn???t look odd to friends. You can still stick with a piece of fruit, but other than that you???ll want to get in some protein, and fats. Maybe some nuts, or pack in some cheese (if you do dairy, that is). If he???s really keen on the whole pizza flavor thing, you could make meatza, and pack that along, but that would be messy, cold (unless he can heat up his lunch), and maybe a little weird. I guess in short tell him to tell his friends to quit being such tools.
I???m a particular fan of Stronglifts, mainly because it???s a good place to learn about building strength for beginners, and it covers a lot of from ??? the main thing starting out is to make sure you???re lifting with proper form.
Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) would be one hell of an expensive way to get him aminos. Usually BCAA???s are used during a workout to supply energy to muscles. You might try a casein protein isolate (might not give an acne response), or an beef protein isolate. I???d suggest him just eating 50g (at a minimum) protein and 100g carbs (sweet potatoes) for post workout.
If you're having trouble convincing him to stick to paleo, you could tell him that in order to gain muscle, and do well in sports, etc., he needs to be different than everyone else. If he wants something, (being bigger than all the other kids), than he has to do things to get it done, and he can't expect something for nothing.
on July 17, 2011
at 11:15 PM
I agree with personman. Your son is a perfect fit for the Mark Rippetoe approach. Buy Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training.
on July 17, 2011
at 10:34 PM
The old-school recommendation amongst bodybuilders(or football players, etc.) was lots of butter and potatoes with a protein source(usaully steak/eggs/fatty meat). Check out 'Bill star' on the net or starting strength with mark rippetoe
on July 18, 2011
at 12:32 PM
Make gluten free pizza for his lunch and let him think its normal pizza.
Sneak supplements into his food, VIT A and K2 being the most important imo.
on July 18, 2011
at 12:24 PM
The main fitness proponents of the paleo diet are the CrossFit affiliates so I guess that could be a starting point.
Coach Dan John is/was(?) a High School coach and he has a couple of articles on coaching teens here: http://danjohn.net/?s=teenager which you or your son might find interesting.
Finally I love reading the blog of Strength and Conditioning coach Tony Gentilcore who is one of the owners of Cressy Performance in MA. http://www.tonygentilcore.com/blog CP is where some of the pro-baseball players go to train, apparently. Tony is not a 'paleo' coach or anything but he is a pretty funny guy and has lots of sensible advice such as 'eat real food'. Just try and ignore his obsession with Alicia Keys;-)