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Did anybody here actually grow up in a Paleo household?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2011 at 10:36 PM

I was just wondering if any PaleoHackers grew up in a household without grains or sugar. I would be utterly fascinated to read a brief account of childhood in a meat'n'veg environment. If you're out there, confirm or deny our idealized fantasy points of what might constitute a perfect paleo childhood:

  • Were you always in terrific, super-lean shape as a child, or did you ever have periods of being chubby like most other kids growing up in SAD?

  • Did you have a spotless dental record? How about vision?

  • Were you athletically-inclined and energetic?

  • When you DID get a hold of sugar or gluten do you remember becoming a demon child?

  • How did you deal with peers and their households having SAD food around? Did you scarf SAD like there was no tomorrow given the chance, or was there a point where you started deciding for yourself to stay on the paleo path?

  • Did you resent your parents or were you grateful for their efforts to keep eating healthfully?

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

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on February 01, 2011
at 04:21 PM

Since we had bread products, baked goods (flour & sugar) I did NOT have a good dental record. However, I feel that having less of the "processed" foods than the SAD, I am healthier today. BTW, besides having dental fillings, I have always flossed and my teeth are in excellent condition.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on February 01, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Plus moderate amiunts of red wine every day. Actually the one who did not make it to 90 was the very heavy smoker grandpa...

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 01, 2011
at 04:01 AM

"...jealous of...Twinkies..." My, how the tables have turned. :)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 01, 2011
at 03:34 AM

I'm envious of the nutrition you had growing up! In the '80s and '90s my childhood kitchen was fat free dairy, SnackWells cookies, etc.

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Ed79e4d6fa09dd4afc2e4b54cb07f7bf

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on February 01, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Let's say I was raised in a frugal home that shunned pre-packaged foods due to their wastefulness, not so much for health. However, I am from a family of ranchers so we always had a freezer full of beef and other ruminants and ate the "nasty bits". We ate real butter because the fake food was not considered worthy. Sweets were for special occasions only... birthday cake and care package cookies from grandma at Xmas. No soda. No sweetened cereal. No store bought cookies or Hostess cakes. If we wanted something we had to make it ourselves from scratch. I always scrutinized my friends' lunch bags and came up wanting.

I had no cavities at all. The family biked or walked most places, drove a car sometimes, and skied, hiked, camped often. I was very strong and fit and could play after school until called to come in for dinner. We didn't even have television reception all the time.

Consequently, I overdid the neolithic options from college right through my thirties. I didn't know any better, ate pizza and fried food and soda until it did affect my health by larding on thirty pounds. Now I am appreciative of the foundation I received as a child because I can get back to my roots with little lasting damage.

It was hard to give up the crap, but now I would rather not eat at all than to have junk food. If there is no real food, I just intermittent fast until something suitable is available. Makes travel and meals away from home a little easier because I am "adapted".

I didn't know it, but I had a non-traditional SAD that was pretty good for me after all. ;-)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 01, 2011
at 03:34 AM

I'm envious of the nutrition you had growing up! In the '80s and '90s my childhood kitchen was fat free dairy, SnackWells cookies, etc.

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95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

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on February 01, 2011
at 05:15 AM

I definitely didn't grow up paleo (I ate my fair share of kraft mac n cheese, spaghettios, birthday cake, etc.), but I did have a pretty good diet and lifestyle as a youngster, especially in the years before my parents got divorced and my mom had more time and money to cook healthy stuff. When I was little my favorite foods were venison burgers, clam chowder, mashed potatoes, my grandma's homemade lacto-fermented pickles, salads, and fresh fish (smelts in particular--heads, bones and all.) I disliked and refused to eat white bread, cereal, candy, and soda.

We lived on a dirt road in the middle of the Maine woods near a lake and most of my extended family. A good portion of our food came from our large garden and my dad's hunting and fishing. We didn't have television and I spent most of my time playing in the woods, riding my bike, swimming, berry picking and following bear and moose tracks. Oh, and my babysitter used to have me walk three miles with her up a steep hill to a small dairy farm with buckets to get raw milk, which was an exciting adventure. (And a delicious one, since my mom was a skim milk devotee at the time.)

I've never had a cavity, still have 20/20 vision and rarely got sick as a child. (And when I did we relied almost exclusively on home remedies.) It was only after I became a dedicated junk food vegan at the age of fourteen that a lot of my health problems started (migraines, ibs, chronic bronchial infections, joint pain, amenorrhea, elevated liver enzyme levels, and more.) Paleo has totally been an awesome process of coming back to childhood--relearning to like the foods that I once loved, connecting with family and ancestral traditions after years of rejecting them, playing like crazy, reveling in nature and not being sick all the time.

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on February 01, 2011
at 03:58 AM

We were not "paleo" by definition, but we couldn't afford processed food and everything was home made and home grown, including meats and veggies. I didn't have a big variety of fruits. But I did have beef liver, pigs feets, gizzards, stuff like that, fresh milk from the cow. I remember being so jealous of my friends with Twinkies and pop in their lunch. I was on the "free lunch" program.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 01, 2011
at 04:01 AM

"...jealous of...Twinkies..." My, how the tables have turned. :)

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on February 01, 2011
at 04:21 PM

Since we had bread products, baked goods (flour & sugar) I did NOT have a good dental record. However, I feel that having less of the "processed" foods than the SAD, I am healthier today. BTW, besides having dental fillings, I have always flossed and my teeth are in excellent condition.

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on February 01, 2011
at 01:45 AM

Nah, But I do remember seeing pictures of my mother in the 50s and 60s being thin and curvy. Maybe they were a bit paleo back then. Then as I grew up through highschool and college she got heavier and heavier as did my dad. And of course it all happened simultaneously with the introduction of processed foods that included wheat, corn and sugar. I'm old enough to remember that a treat was a small bowl of ice cream or a trip to Foster's Freeze. That didn't happen very often. I surmise they didn't spike their blood glucose much prior to processed foods.

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Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

on February 01, 2011
at 01:17 PM

My grandparents and great-grandparents were all raised on grass fed cattle, enjoyed lean and fatty meat cuts, had lots of vegetables, much olive oil and dairy, basically no processed foods, plus they did have bread and butter. Say 90% paleo or so...Most of them arrived very healthy to the age of 90 and lived between 90 and 100 years, although in their infancy they had had no antibiotics or modern medicine.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on February 01, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Plus moderate amiunts of red wine every day. Actually the one who did not make it to 90 was the very heavy smoker grandpa...

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on February 01, 2011
at 10:25 AM

No but I've always instinctivley eat loads of fat and I've always been slim, I don't know why but I've always eat every bit of animal fat I could get my hands on and butter. Obviously now knowing what I know the quality of that fat has risen due to me not buying shit meat. I wonder what my little girl will say when she is older as she is 3 growing up in a Paleo household.

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