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Is it safe to be paleo at 13 years old?

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Created May 01, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Hello. I just turned 13 and my name is Wynter (female.) I am not at all unhealthy, in fact I am really petite (145 cm. tall, aka 4 foot 9,) and weigh about 99 to 105 pounds. The heviest I have ever been is 108. I eat very healthy and was raised in an organic-eating family; however no pressure was put on me to "be thin." Although the usual treat was dark chocolate, I still ate ice cream, cake, etc. when I felt like it. My main diet consited of simple meats, fruits, salads, but also potatoes, bread, and sugary peanut butter. Now that I am older, I am showing interest in the Paleo diet after my parents started it two years ago. However, it is hard for me to quit on sugar - mostly mango popsicles, lol. I am not a soda drinker so I stick to coconut water, unsweetened Tazo tea and good old fashion water. Any tips on being Paleo? And is it safe to Paleo when I am so young? I don't feel like it's a "fad diet," rather a lifestyle and my parents agree. Is it safe? Will I suddenly drop to 60 pounds or something?

xoxo Wynter

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on June 19, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Hey:) How do I get your email.

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:56 AM

Hey email me or check out my blog! I'm also 16 and 5'2"! And I'd love to chat with other paleo teens :))

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:37 PM

I say go for it. I've been paleo since i was 13 with a minor stint away in high school when I incorporated both protein powder and oatmeal to gain weight. Eat enough calories and you're golden!

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Just introduced my 7 year old step son to kombucha and he loved it! I'm hoping he will go to prefer it over sprite (his mom lets him have - not at our house!). It's hard when we only have him on every other weekend, but I figure all we can do is all we can do.

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I disagree with keeping carbs hi. keep them healthy and reasonable. I raised my 2 boys (and myself) on what is now called a "paleo" diet. basically it is a natural way of eating without some food items such as grain. I have never been afraid of fat or meat.

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:44 PM

I know a couple who are raising their kids on Paleo. Those are two of the most robust and healthy kids I've seen! They are also willing to try any food put before them. I say as long as you are eating a wide variety, getting enough to eat (calories of the right kind), and growing/thriving properly, there is no reason NOT to!

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on May 01, 2012
at 09:12 AM

I think it'd be a good idea to keep your carbohydrates high. Milk and fruit seem to be a good idea, IMO.

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on May 01, 2012
at 09:11 AM

+ 1 for xoxo ...

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:25 AM

+ 1 for turning paleo into a verb... "and is it safe to paleo when i am so young?"

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:02 AM

I would say yes of course safe (and likely ideal) to eat paleo at 13. My personal opinion is that there would be no reason to do low carb paleo (not sure if you were planning to). I would keep the fruit, keep the potatoes, etc. There will be some dissent here on this, but I would also do white rice if you tolerate it well.

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Don't be afraid of following Paleo 80/20 or 85/15.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:58 AM

I would say yes of course safe (and likely ideal) to eat paleo at 13. My personal opinion is that there would be no reason to do low carb paleo though. I would keep the fruit, keep the potatoes, do white rice if you tolerate it, etc.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:52 AM

Be sure to eat plentifully. Be an affluent cave girl since you're still growing.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Agree. Real question is: is it safe to NOT eat paleo at 13 years old?

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:44 AM

It's basically asking is it ok to be eating the natural human diet at 13 years old.?? OF COURSE IT IS! lol. I wouldn't worry :) As long as you are getting adequate calories from a variety of nutritionally dense plant and animal sources you will be fine :)

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Agree. Real question is: is it safe to NOT eat paleo at 13 years old?

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:37 PM

I say go for it. I've been paleo since i was 13 with a minor stint away in high school when I incorporated both protein powder and oatmeal to gain weight. Eat enough calories and you're golden!

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(556)

on May 01, 2012
at 02:52 AM

Be sure to eat plentifully. Be an affluent cave girl since you're still growing.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:49 AM

It's completely safe for a 13-year old. Plenty of people are now raising their kids paleo from birth. Now, I don't want to step on any toes here, and if this is something that you really want to do, I would most certainly talk to you parents about it. There's nothing unhealthy about eating meats and vegetables. But if your parents are already on board, I'd talk to them about it and enlist their help. As far as dropping 60lbs, no, you won't, your bodyweight will level out at what is natural for you, and you'll probably have more energy.

So talk to your parents, and if you have more questions as you begin this journey, your parents and this board are there for help! Welcome to a healthier life! :)

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Wow, your parents are awesome.

Just sayin'.

Go for it! :)

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Is it safe for 13-year-olds to eat real, whole, unprocessed foods? For all of human history, at every age, yes, yes it is safe. ;)

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on May 01, 2012
at 08:10 AM

Just don't go fall for the low carb/anti fruit/anti starch dogma and you'll be perfectly fine. Keep eating potatoes, fruit, yams and rice. etc

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:48 AM

My son is 15 and he has been Paleo for 3 years now. It has been great for him, has cleared up a lot of chronic issues he had. He now prefers homemade kombucha to soda any day.

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(1804)

on May 01, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Just introduced my 7 year old step son to kombucha and he loved it! I'm hoping he will go to prefer it over sprite (his mom lets him have - not at our house!). It's hard when we only have him on every other weekend, but I figure all we can do is all we can do.

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on May 01, 2012
at 10:20 AM

Hey I'm 16, 5'2 and I absolutely love paleo. I too have always lived in an organic-eating family and it was just a natural progression (especially after getting really sick from being a raw vegan). I'd love to connect with more youth on here. I've been doing it for a little over two years and I can't begin to tell you the benefits. It just makes you feel wonderful, stress-free and healthy. Skin stays clear, you have a ton of energy and you get to eat such amazing food ( anything from ribeyes, to bison, to llama to elk, eggs, coconut milk, eggs Yum!!!!!). Of course make sure your in for some carb withdrawal (for me that was about 3 weeks-month of being a little more irritable, lightheaded or stressed but once your body switches to fat-burning bring on the serenity). Best of luck, Chelsea:)

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on June 19, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Hey:) How do I get your email.

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:56 AM

Hey email me or check out my blog! I'm also 16 and 5'2"! And I'd love to chat with other paleo teens :))

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Keep the meats, fruits, salads and potatoes. If that's what most of your diet is, then you'll be fine with the odd mango popsicle. You can also try making your own mango popsicles without added sugar by blending up chopped mango and coconut milk and freezing it in your own popsicle mold. You could even add some ripe banana to make it a little sweeter and creamier.

Also, unless you have celiac disease or serious digestive problems, it's much more important to eat nutrient dense animal foods and home cooked meals than to avoid things like bread. So start your new focus on good food by getting in the kitchen!

Learn how to cook bone-in meats and whole birds and fish and how to make soup from the leftover bones. Try to eat two whole eggs everyday and seafood at least twice a week. If you are interested in trying organs, they are also a great source of nutrients and a fun opportunity to do some interesting cooking (like wrapping chicken livers in bacon strips!).

Make sure you spend some time outside in the sun each day and go for a quiet walk once in awhile without your headphones, texting, etc. Just let your mind wander and enjoy being in the world without any obligations for that time.

Happy eating!

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:24 PM

If you can realize at the age of 13 this choice without any pressures, let me say that you must be proud of your pondering question!

Anyway...save your health as soon as you can! so for me the answer is yes!

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:35 PM

My 18 month old eats paleo and he's totally healthy. You're doing a lot better than me as I was a vegetarian, boderline- vegan at your age. Just make sure you don't go the low-fat Cordain style paleo and don't drive your parents nuts with your new found food passion. It will raise their cortisol levels. :-)

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:28 PM

As a young athlete in my early teens I was very tough, dedicated and strong willed, that was while i was eating mcdonalds, fried everything and junk that i wouldnt go near now. I can only imagine how crazy of an athlete I wouldve been if I was on paleo during that time. So to say the earlier you start the sooner you feel the impact of unlocking your true human potential.

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on May 01, 2012
at 10:44 AM

I don't see how it could be harmful, fair play for being interested in health at such a young age, usually people are spurred here by health problems so you are a good position, just don't get too obsessed with health as it can become unhealthy in itself.

I often feel that if I could go back to when I was 18 and start this diet and lifestyle then I would be almost unstoppable!

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Heck yeah! Just make sure your folks are really involved so they can help with making sure you are getting enough of all the stuff you need as you are growing. Although, at 13 I think you can probably figure a lot of this stuff out for yourself.

I wish someone had told me when I was a kid that I was eating my way into constantly operating at about 60% of my potential. Imagine what amazing physical and mental advantages you will have starting this young!

Good luck. Since it sounds like you are a pretty healthy girl, I think the hardest part will be the peer pressure from your friends. Stay strong!

EDIT: Just had a thought - I hope you feel comfortable being really open with your parents about any changes in your body that don't seem normal. Any time you make a big change in your diet it is a good idea to pay attention to any differences, even if they're kinda embarrassing (learn from the people here who have no shame in asking thousands of people about their poop!).

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:57 AM

First off, congrats to you for being so mindful and health conscious at 13!

It is my opinion that as long as you are eating a variety of foods; good healthy fats, proteins, all kinds of veggies, especially greens(kale, collards, broccoli, chard, dandelion, arugula etc.) you will only continue to improve your health. You are a developing young women and need healthy fuel I really see no reason why a paleo lifestyle would not provide adequate nutrition. Nutrient dense foods would only increase and shouldn't be depriving you of any essential nutrients.

I actually think you would be making strides compared to the majority of youth today. You sound to be at a healthy weight, so if you are not restricting yourself I don't see a reason why you would loose. Usually when young girls diet or overexert themselves amenorrhea is of concern, however, since healthy fats is a cornerstone of the paleo diet, fat= estrogen= menses, this shouldn't be an issue.

Cheers!

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on May 01, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Of course it is safe...but don't put too much effort into it. Aging is simply an observed decline in your body's ability to recover. At 13 you have a ways to go until you have an observable decline in your ability to recover. Don't go crazy trying to be super healthy but don't just go all junk food. Enjoy your youth. Eat some ice cream, have some french fries...your metabolism will only get worse as you age. You are 13!!!! I'm 31, different equation for me.

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