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How can I help our toddler gain weight with a Paleo diet?

Commented on January 25, 2014
Created January 25, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Long story short, our 2 year old has been having some health issues the last few months. We aren't sure what it is, neither are the doctors, but it involves some type of chronic hives. We have a theory that it may be histamine intolerance, and I wouldn't be surprised if all of this leads back to a leaky gut somehow...but anyway, we are still trying to figure it out.

The problem is, he's never had much meat on him to begin with, and he has lost a little bit of weight as of late. Which I don't understand because he has been eating food CONSTANTLY the last couple weeks and quite a bit for toddler. But he isn't gaining weight. He has plenty of protein, lots of carbs from fruits and veggies, lots of healthy fats...what are some good ways to stay Paleo but to add some extra something into his diet to help him gain and keep weight on? I'm about ready to resort to him drinking Ensure =( We are just worried about him and our doctor's these days don't have the answers, especially since they all think we are wacky for being on Paleo anyway.

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on January 25, 2014
at 08:54 PM

Lots of veggies that we give him are high in starch and carbs, especially sugar. He's not on a low carb diet.

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on January 25, 2014
at 07:46 PM

We used to do probiotics all the time, but that is now a bit tricky because most probiotics cause a rise in histamine production, which is what we are trying to avoid. It's kind of a circular situation because we need to heal his gut with healthy bacteria from fermented foods, but we also have to get his hives and histamine production under control. And fermented foods are CRAZY high in histamines.

88dfec6a41f12fba90e542a018a8fc08

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on January 25, 2014
at 07:44 PM

Well obviously lol. Children grow rather quickly =) He is definitely growing up, just not out. He's very tall for his age, but he's skin and bones.

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on January 25, 2014
at 05:02 PM

If that is your suspicion a lot of broth would go in the right direction. you should also try krauts and potatoes too (probiotics and prebiotics). Or broths with potato starch mixed in. I make beet kraut, and the bits go very well as salt on top of meat, or inside potatoes or grated carrots. You could do the same by mincing good sauerkrauts.

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on January 25, 2014
at 04:14 PM

We used to go through a TON of raw milk with him. He tolerated it well, up until recently. Which makes me suspect that there is something going on with his gut bacteria. Thanks for your input!

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on January 25, 2014
at 04:13 PM

That's what I was thinking. Sweet potato plus coconut oil or rice with some homemade stock and chicken...there are just so many rick and dense foods that he can't have because of the high histamine content. Which is what we are working to get out of. Thank you for your answer!

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on January 25, 2014
at 04:11 PM

Carbs and starch, fat, and some protein. Protein needs aren't as high as paleos think and energy needs for children are pretty high.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 25, 2014
at 08:50 PM

"Lots of carbs from fruits and veggies…" you say. Except, it's very likely this is the problem, overfeeding low-energy foods, and not providing high energy foods. Kids need carbs - rice, starch, potatoes… heck, even sugar! Low(er/ish) carb paleo is not the answer.

88dfec6a41f12fba90e542a018a8fc08

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on January 25, 2014
at 08:54 PM

Lots of veggies that we give him are high in starch and carbs, especially sugar. He's not on a low carb diet.

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on January 25, 2014
at 07:35 PM

He should be growing at that age (although some weight charts are based on bottle fed babies - they certainly were in the UK when my children were small and mine were not big babies because they exclusively breastfed).

88dfec6a41f12fba90e542a018a8fc08

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on January 25, 2014
at 07:44 PM

Well obviously lol. Children grow rather quickly =) He is definitely growing up, just not out. He's very tall for his age, but he's skin and bones.

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on January 25, 2014
at 04:03 PM

I'm no expert but I would make the most calorie dense food I could. That and carbs+ fat usually equals overeating and that sounds like something you want him to do. High fat high carb meals might be something to try.

88dfec6a41f12fba90e542a018a8fc08

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on January 25, 2014
at 04:13 PM

That's what I was thinking. Sweet potato plus coconut oil or rice with some homemade stock and chicken...there are just so many rick and dense foods that he can't have because of the high histamine content. Which is what we are working to get out of. Thank you for your answer!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 25, 2014
at 04:11 PM

Carbs and starch, fat, and some protein. Protein needs aren't as high as paleos think and energy needs for children are pretty high.

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on January 25, 2014
at 04:19 AM

I'm in a similar situation where my baby just has trouble putting on weight. What I'm doing is adding butter to almost everything. And when it's not butter, it's coconut oil. I am also feeding her raw milk, which I know is not precisely paleo, but it's really working for her with regard to putting on weight.

88dfec6a41f12fba90e542a018a8fc08

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on January 25, 2014
at 04:14 PM

We used to go through a TON of raw milk with him. He tolerated it well, up until recently. Which makes me suspect that there is something going on with his gut bacteria. Thanks for your input!

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