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Will part time paleo harm someone?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2013 at 2:08 AM

My New Years resolution was to start a Paleo diet. I was struck down with strep throat and survived on only yogurt for the first 4 days of the year, but now I'm ready to go. I will have lots of questions I am sure but my first question is about my husband and daughter.

If they continue to eat their typical breakfast and lunch but I give them a more paleo dinner involving things like coconut oil will it mess them up? Our daughter is a very active 7 year old (gymnastics, ski team and indoor soccer) so I'm not too worried about her. But my husband is about 15-20 lbs overweight and already complaining of man boobs and basic middle aged changes.

Thanks!

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on January 11, 2013
at 11:31 PM

I agree. Dont know why I got a -1 tho :(

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on January 11, 2013
at 02:33 PM

Pre-cook bacon, put the eggs on the plate and put in oven on keep warm setting. Thats way its grab and eat. I find if I do this for my family they'll eat it because of the convenience (commonly associated with cereal). Also fruit (coconut milk smoothies, so much variety) easy to put in glasses and stash in fridge for grab and go. Lastly, sweet potato in the crockpot, top with a fried egg or some ground beef is pretty easy for breakfast.

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on January 11, 2013
at 05:41 AM

A bit forward, no. I'd say, you SHOULD go all in. Do your best. You control the food, so you can do small changes day by day, or just do the entire overhaul. Either way, you're the master cook. I think, if Paleo dinner, why not Paleo lunch and breakfast? Real food always tastes better.

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at 03:58 AM

I was thinking that. I've just done so many silly diets in the past that claimed that if you ate something carby one meal and something fatty another you would burst into flame. Thanks.

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on January 11, 2013
at 03:56 AM

Thanks for that helpful comment!

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at 03:55 AM

I'm out of the house for work before they get up. They are in a cereal rut. I make a big fritata a few times a week and they are welcome to eat some of that but never do.

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at 02:13 AM

part time good is better than no goods... just like a part time job is better than no job. I really don't see how it could mess them up.

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on January 11, 2013
at 03:00 AM

A little Paleo... is better than no Paleo.

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on January 11, 2013
at 03:58 AM

I was thinking that. I've just done so many silly diets in the past that claimed that if you ate something carby one meal and something fatty another you would burst into flame. Thanks.

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on January 11, 2013
at 11:24 PM

The real question is: 'Will part-time SAD harm someone?'

And the answer is, technically, no. Millions of people go through life just eating whatever horseshit falls into their mouths. For the most part... they're fine. Sure, they end up with a little cancer here, blown-out knee there... but, they're fine, functional, etc...

What people involved in Paleo, veganism, bodybuilding, bio-hacking strive for is to be BETTER than normal... MORE than healthy. Endurance, longevity, immunity, efficiency... these are the things you're missing out on if you half-ass your health.

But, you'll be fine.

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on January 11, 2013
at 09:57 PM

Well, the best luck I had with my SAD family was just letting them do their thing and me start eating paleo. As my energy levels increased and the weight came off they began asking questions.

Then it's time to shine and really talk about it but just say its really easy to do. List the benefits and leave out the negatives (there arent much!)

My favorite is paleo is actually a lot cheaper because you are less hungry so you end up buying less food which leads to weight loss. It's like a chain reaction.

Just always be wary of the corporate beast and the need for profit.

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on January 11, 2013
at 05:31 AM

You might not be able to make them go paleo but nudging them from corn flakes or wheat flakes into unsweetened rice crispies would be a start.

I saw some recipes online for omelettes that are baked in muffin tins. They are supposedly grab and go and can be done paleo friendly. Since you're not there, providing options that they can toss in the microwave, or grab off the shelf is probably the best bet. Cereal rut may be more due to sucky morning energy and laziness than anything else. Shoot for quick and easy.

Perhaps a breakfasty nut & berry mix?

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on January 11, 2013
at 02:55 AM

i think any step towards paleo is great... even if it's just that one meal a day, you know they are eating a little healthier.

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on January 12, 2013
at 12:15 AM

I am nearly 100% Paleo, my cheats are wine, cheese, and occasional nuts and corn and such. The health benefits for me have really been enormous.

My wife is very non-Paleo, she eats a lot of grains and sweets. Overall she is quite healthy and comes from a long line of very healthy people that live into their 90's. She really has no interest in Paleo.

We have 2 kids aged 7 and 9. As you know, a typical kid's diet is about as un-Paleo as it gets. When I first went Paleo, I didn't really force it on them or anything and just did my thing. For dinner I made sure that there was a Paleo protein option of some kind (quality meat, seafood, etc) and one or 2 servings of vegetables. We often made pasta, rice, or some other starch. I'd just skip the starch and have everything else, my wife and kids would eat a mix of everything. During the day the kids would have kid's diet, including a fair amount (too much IMHO) of crap food snacks and such.

Over time, my diet remained nearly 100% Paleo, and the kids' diet slowly changed to be closer to mine. It was easier for my son to have some of my eggs in the morning rather than make something else, so he started to skip the starchy breakfasts. We all love vegetables so for dinner we started to make 2 or sometimes 3 vegetables and everyone had that. Over time, they would sometimes skip the starches and not miss them. My son started to prefer his hamburgers without a bun. We now never have any kind of processed or boxed food for dinner besides very occasional pasta, it's 100% fresh made meats, seafood, vegetables.

Today, I would say my son is at least 50% paleo, maybe 75%. My daughter somewhat less, but a lot more than you would think. She used to eat a bowl of wheat thins, but now she'll have an apple with peanut butter -- not 100% paleo but a lot closer.

My wife is still a lost cause from a Paleo perspective, and has Eggos for breakfast most days, but is still thin, strong, and healthy. Go figure.

I think it can totally work in a family as long as everyone is flexible, and over time everyone's diets will probably converge.

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on January 11, 2013
at 11:34 PM

I feed my niece about 2/3 Paleo. I cook her breakfast and pack her lunch. Dinner & after she's with my mom. All I can do is give her advice on which choices to make. She seems to understand the effects food has on her energy, mood, etc.

She's also pretty smart about food groups, and we've kind of worked out a carb-lite version of the food pyramid. Understanding that a lot of the foods people think are healthy (or don't think about at all) are equivalent to stuffing cake down your throat all day might be the most valuable thing I teach her.

There's a fine line to walk trying to educate a 6-7 year old on nutrition. I have a lot of fear about instilling an eating disorder of one type or another.

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on January 11, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Why don't you feed them a paleo breakfast too?i make eggs and bacon every morning and the love it. Your hubby's love handles will be gone and he'll be sold.

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on January 11, 2013
at 02:33 PM

Pre-cook bacon, put the eggs on the plate and put in oven on keep warm setting. Thats way its grab and eat. I find if I do this for my family they'll eat it because of the convenience (commonly associated with cereal). Also fruit (coconut milk smoothies, so much variety) easy to put in glasses and stash in fridge for grab and go. Lastly, sweet potato in the crockpot, top with a fried egg or some ground beef is pretty easy for breakfast.

200e6f18de702d410d123ce9dcd4df31

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on January 11, 2013
at 03:55 AM

I'm out of the house for work before they get up. They are in a cereal rut. I make a big fritata a few times a week and they are welcome to eat some of that but never do.

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04a4f204bc2e589fa30fd31b92944549

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on January 11, 2013
at 03:19 AM

no u gotta go all in

200e6f18de702d410d123ce9dcd4df31

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on January 11, 2013
at 03:56 AM

Thanks for that helpful comment!

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on January 11, 2013
at 05:41 AM

A bit forward, no. I'd say, you SHOULD go all in. Do your best. You control the food, so you can do small changes day by day, or just do the entire overhaul. Either way, you're the master cook. I think, if Paleo dinner, why not Paleo lunch and breakfast? Real food always tastes better.

04a4f204bc2e589fa30fd31b92944549

(975)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:31 PM

I agree. Dont know why I got a -1 tho :(

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