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Family diet change...advice for kids and dad.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 24, 2013 at 7:10 AM

We are converting to primal and paleo in our family. There are 5 of us, husband has t1 diabetes, daughter struggles with weight. (12 yrs), 3yr old needs behavior adjustments, I am nursing a baby with severe dairy, soy, possible gluten allergies (waiting on gluten results). So needless to say this fam needs it! Bit how do we allow our kids to still enjoy youth outings, bday parties, ect w/out getting sick or having to not partake? Also, and t1 diabetes paleo advice?-insulin dependent.

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on April 09, 2014
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I love it. It's so hard to start this type of diet family wide. I love that you let them eat what they want while out. I too am allowing them one freebie meal on Saturdays. Like we are going to Scout Fair on Saturday and they will have cobblers cobblers and more cobblers. I can refrain. But, they need to see what it does for themselves. I haven't packed their lunches yet. It's still only a week. I am making smoothies (almond milk) for breakfast and trying that.

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on August 24, 2013
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First off, teach your children good principles about food and health. Then remember that they are kids. If they have been eating SAD for their entire lives so far, then any changes you make will be an improvement, and the occasional birthday cake will not kill them. I assume you are not doing birthday parties and social gatherings every day. If you begin to instill in them a taste for real foods, then junk food will lose its luster over time anyway.

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on August 24, 2013
at 08:31 PM

I transitioned our family of four to Paleo about a year ago when I discovered that I had a severe gluten allergy and my hubby was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. My kids were 16 (girl, socially active, and not overweight but maybe 20 lbs heavier than she wanted to be) and 12 (boy, very athletic, thin but also a little short for our family, lactose intolerant) at the time.

Here's what I noticed: 1) a month or two into Paleo, I noticed that my kids weren't getting dehydrated easily or become super flushed in the face when they played sports. I've since read that this was called sports induced rosacea where the cheeks turn bright red for several hours. My husband was always headachy and dehydrated after being out in the heat for a few minutes. Much less so now, after Paleo.

2) 3-4 months in I noticed that my kids stopped getting random patches of rashes all over their bodies and their backs (bacne) completely cleared up. My daughter also started to slim down significantly, losing about 5 lbs and 2 Jean sizes. Her waist becomes a lot more defined even though she quit her sports team in order to focus on academics. My son was starting to grow taller and looked really ripped for a 12 year old.

3) a year later, we measured that my son grew 6 inches! Not sure if it's Paleo or just his time to grow, of course. He's taller than most of his friends and no sign of flab on his body. My daughter lost over ten lbs and 3 jean sizes and looks great in a bikini, with about a fifth the amount of exercise she used to do. Her girlfriends have all cut down on bread as a result.

My husband lost 30 pounds early on but has since gone back to eating grains everyday at lunch so his weight and problems are creeping back. :( I've lost 15 lbs and 3-4 inches around my waist. Don't have anymore digestive problems or dermatitis so I'm happy.

I pack lunch for my kids everyday, usually a salad with some kind of meat for my daughter and rice and stirfry meat/veg or gluten free sandwich for my son. My son prefers high carb. When my kids go to parties or out with friends, they eat whatever they want. But once they notice rashes or stomach issues, they know to cut back. I would like for their diets to be cleaner but I don't want to be dictatorial about it. We fight about so many things already and this has to be something they want to do to take care of themselves. My daughter recently decided that she can't eat more than a couple of gluten meals in a row. She travels abroad often without me and has learned to care of herself, which makes me proud. My son was so resistant to Paleo in the beginning but is now completely on board with it.

My son eats a lot of rice, gluten free breads, and drinks large amounts of lactose free milk. He eats gluten meals 2-3 times per week when at his friends house or out. He's always been very thin so that's not an issue. My daughter tries to stay low to moderate carbs to maintain her nice figure but will eat a cheat meal of pizza or pasta once or twice per week, mostly when at parties, out with friends, or at her boyfriends house. I never bring anything with gluten into the house so I figure that this is the best that I can do. The rest, what happens outside the home with my hubby and kids, is their choice. They are all old enough to understand the why.

Good luck to you ! I think you will be pleased with the results.

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on April 09, 2014
at 10:42 PM

I love it. It's so hard to start this type of diet family wide. I love that you let them eat what they want while out. I too am allowing them one freebie meal on Saturdays. Like we are going to Scout Fair on Saturday and they will have cobblers cobblers and more cobblers. I can refrain. But, they need to see what it does for themselves. I haven't packed their lunches yet. It's still only a week. I am making smoothies (almond milk) for breakfast and trying that.

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on April 10, 2014
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Check out a book called "Eat Like a Dinosaur". The book has great tips for parents and recipes to make the same types of treats typical kids eat, but Paleo style. For kids, there's a cute little book about why it's important to "Eat Like a Dinosaur". Each recipe is coded by allergen, and there are tips for getting your kids involved in the cooking process.

If you're up for it, you can pack your kids a snack sack when they are going to a party or kids activity, so they have snacks that they can eat.

For your older daughter who doesn't appear to have any food sensitivities (though you may find she DOES as you eliminate things from the family diet), it may be OK to let her eat the standard food at a party under the 80/20 principle. And she may find that the food doesn't taste all that good anymore, as she will be used to REAL food.

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on April 10, 2014
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There' a book called Eat Like a Dinosaur

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on April 10, 2014
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I'm married with two young kids. Husband and kids want to eat whatever they want and I don't wish to battle them. However, none has any major health issues, so I don't feel the need to push it. I do 99% of the grocery shopping and I often don't take them. That way I buy mostly paleo foods and very little treats for them. I also don't make a big deal about it bc I don't want them to rebel. I simply make my delicious food and serve it up to them. They've come along way and don't feel like it is being forced on them.

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on August 24, 2013
at 11:28 AM

I could pretty much have written this, except no nursing baby and my 7 year old has ADHD. :)

Nice to meet you!! My son (12 in Nov.) and I are gluten sensitive. My 7 y.o. Has eczema and I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, hypoglycemia, and neuropathy. I also have ibs and will most likely be tested for celiac. I am looking to adopt a healthier food lifestyle for all in my family. I will be eager to see the advice for your husband.

I know one piece of advice would be to bring dessert with you to outings. That way you won't have to worry about that. Most barbecues and dinner parties can be adapted to the paleo lifestyle. I say that after being gluten free already for 4 mos.

Anyway just wanted to say hello and nice to meet you Jenn! Email me on my blog if you want more support!

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