Since our family has gone Paleo we have noticed the usual changes, weight loss (for the adults), health improvements, more energy etc.
Most surprisingly our children (two boys ages 6 & 4) have since going on a paleo diet virtually lost interest in TV.
It seems almost too good to be true, and I think that maybe we are kidding ourselves that it can have such a big impact on their behavior?
Whilst myself and my wife are moderate-strict paleo the kids are on a pretty relaxed primal some carbs (though less than before) with porridge for breakfast along with meat and veg etc the rest of the time.
I am wondering if it is a coincidence or is it something that other parents have observed?
asked byBrewster (305)
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on August 08, 2012
at 04:34 PM
That's awesome to hear! We got rid of our TV 15 years ago and we view it as the best choice we made as a family. That said, the technology creep has made access to media ubiquitous so we've had to become creative with limiting access. Moving the wifi router into our bedroom and turning it off at 9pm is a pretty easy hack. We also have a box in the living room where all phones/tablets must be placed during "dinner and downtime". Kindle gets the exception for reading. No Xbox or Wii.
We've not really forced Paleo on the kids but asides from dealing with sleepovers and camps where food is out of their control they pretty much adhere to it. And they've learned some lessons. Last week at a camp our oldest ate two hotdogs and puked them up. They're starting to become pretty aware of foods that make them feel good and foods that make them feel bad.
We do feel a little smug in that over the years everyone has really started to notice and remark that our kids are the most energetic, sick the least, and do not have an ounce of bodyfat on them. They just run circles around their Slurpee chugging Doritos chomping friends.
The best part is when they freak people out by snacking on KerryGold butter. We've had many calls from parents "concerned" at their consumption of butter.
on August 06, 2012
at 08:56 PM
Decreased insulin increases the fat that can leave the fat cells, this increases the amount of energy available to the body.
When given drugs that stop insulin production obese sedentary people loose weight and spontaneously start exercising.