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Explaining Paleo Eating to Children

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 02, 2012 at 2:02 PM

(Forgive me if this has been asked before, I did a search but couldn't find what I was looking for)

I have been wondering lately as to how I will explain the Paleo/Real Foods way of eating to my daughter as she gets older? My gorgeous baby is only 14 months old at the moment but I know the time will soon come when she asks why? Why do we not eat bread? Why do we not drink/eat like her cousins/friends?

My baby girl has been a 'real food' baby since birth (I find the term 'real food' suits us better than 'Paleo' when explaining to family etc), She is still breastfed and I feed her a diet free of sugar (even natural sugars like honey etc so far) grains, packaged food, pasteurized dairy etc. I feed her more akin to Weston Price guidelines in that once she is weaned I will likely do raw dairy/goats milk cheese etc :)

What do other Mum's and Dad's out there tell their children when they are old enough to question, why we eat the way we do?

Do you say some foods are healthy/unhealthy or good/not so good or do you phrase it like 'this food will make our bodies strong/this food won't'

If you have older children how did you explain why the government tells people to eat grains, bread as the majority of their diets or why the majority of the western world eats so darn unhealthy?

It worries me as a (first time) Mum that there are so many negative outside influences.

Thanks in advance :)

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on December 03, 2012
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Thanks :) I have put this on my 'want' list.

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on December 02, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Thanks for your answer. Definitely makes a lot of sense. I love the idea of taking them to a field and telling them to eat all the grains they want :)

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on December 02, 2012
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Tell them to look outside and tell you what food they see. Do they see a skittles tree? If they can see it outside and get it and eat it then it's probably okay, as long as it's not poisoness. You probably don't want them to eat grains, all you need to do is take them to a wheat field and say, okay, have all the grains you want. They'll look at you and be like, I'm not gonna spend the next hour picking grass seeds just to get a handfull of seeds, which I then have to break up with rocks, make a paste, add water then find yeast to levy the bread and eat it.

But show them berry bushes, an orchard, take them hunting, fishing, or show them where carrots and potatoes come from and they'll be like wow this is easy.

That's what I'd do anyways.

F0a6753a33958f392dbc245b2a59cfd0

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on December 02, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Thanks for your answer. Definitely makes a lot of sense. I love the idea of taking them to a field and telling them to eat all the grains they want :)

F0a6753a33958f392dbc245b2a59cfd0

(55)

on December 03, 2012
at 11:44 AM

Thanks :) I have put this on my 'want' list.

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