I'm a paleo guy married to a non-paleo-but-trying girl. We've dialled our 7-year old daughter's diet in to what I would consider a paleoish diet - maybe 75% for you paleostatisticians out there. Although we've come a long way, we haven't gotten all grains out of her diet. As many parents do, we run up against external forces (grandparents, friends, lunch swapping on the playground...), as well as our own challenges (poor planning, respecting the non-paleo views in our home, our daughter's sad sweet eyes...). She's more on-board than we imagined she'd be, but her day includes one serving of grains on average, almost always at lunch.
My question is: understanding that lots of healthy fat is an important part of our paleo (human) diet, and accepting that the odd sandwich or plate of pasta will be thrown into the mix, how do you combine fat and grainy carbs? My conversion to paleo involved getting comfortable with eating lots of butter, animal fat, ghee, coconut cream, and olive oil. My daughter is completely down with the increased fat calories, but my fear is that combining all that delicious grease with the amount of grain she eats will lead to metabolic derangement of some kind. Would you keep the paleo side a constant and allow the grains, or would you dial down the fat on days of higher carb and grain consumption?
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on August 08, 2011
at 01:51 PM
Since fat is more satiating and sustaining, I would focus on including more so that she desires grains less. Our boys love bacon but they also devour black olives, avocado, tuna and salmon salads with homemade fatty mayo, etc. At first we used glutenfree bread, and eventually we noticed them eating the meat and avocado out of the middle and tossing the grains aside.
Since kids need more energy foods than most of us, there bodies will drive them to eat what works. Hope you can get the whole family on-board soon!
on August 08, 2011
at 12:29 PM
See I get really confused on these sort of "how much fat" posts. I guess my parents and I completely missed out on the fat scare of the 80's and 90's. We stuck to full fat milk and real butter, so when I see "My conversion to paleo involved getting comfortable with eating lots of butter, animal fat, ghee, coconut cream, and olive oil" I keep wondering if everyone means your like drowning in this stuff, or are you just using it to cook in and what not? I would say use fat and butter the way your great grand parents did and don't stress about one serving of grains a day. If you can make that serving not wheat based then that would be even better, but use the fats normally.