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Paleo kids and salt

Asked on March 13, 2016
Created October 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

So my kids aren't 100% Paleo all the time, but they're pretty close. I pack lunches for my first grade son on a daily basis and usually pack him things like jerky, good quality salami, ham roll ups, etc.

For breakfast the kids usually have bacon or sausage and eggs. Dinner is what we're having.

My mother asked me whether I thought I was giving them too much salt. Mothers have a way of annoying you with questions about how you're raising your kids but I actually had to stop and think about it. Am I?

For those of you with kids, do you get concerned about how much salt they are eating? I know we all talk on PH endlessly about how fat and cholesterol isn't horrible for you, but am I killing my kids slowly with elevated BP levels?

I'd love to hear thoughts. Thanks!

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on October 25, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Interesting! Thanks for the linkage :)

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 25, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Exactly - it wasn't critical, but more of a "hmmm, I wonder". I'm in the same boat!

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 25, 2012
at 01:29 PM

That reminds me of when the schools were trying to become "healthy" and so they got rid of whole milk but kept the diet soda. *headdesk*

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 24, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Worse, I would need a note for WATER!

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on October 24, 2012
at 07:58 PM

A note from a DR for COW MILK?? Wow!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 24, 2012
at 07:25 PM

O....M....G....That is horrifying.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 24, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Ha! My daughter wants to buy food like the "older kids", so we let her indulge twice a month. The school switched to soy milk, when I asked for her to have regular dairy or water, they said I would need a note from her doctor!

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 24, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Nice! I'm always looking for more ideas. I haven't heard anything related to opinions on his lunch, but that might be a good thing that the school hasn't sent home a pamphlet on how low fat dairy is good for you.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:36 PM

haha, sounds like my MIL. Well then direct yourself to the article. This site really helped me get a concept of what to give my daughter at school -- http://everydaypaleo.com/2012/04/03/school-lunch-ideas/. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how many parents comment on how healthy my daughter eats! I was sure I'd have to deal with all sorts of comments. These are great for field trips when they need more finger capable foods -- http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.cfm/2010/9/29/coconut-flour-tortillas

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on October 24, 2012
at 02:29 PM

Thanks! FYI - This isn't so much "convince my mother it's okay" but more "crap, are my kids becoming water soluble?" My mother will move on to the next thing I'm doing wrong tomorrow and it will probably be related to warmer socks for the kids. If I sent her an article on everything she complained about, she'd have an encyclopedia.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:27 PM

My kids are always asking to eat butter. And I totally let them!

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on October 24, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Oh, she would never get it! But as long as I have the information that I know makes sense for my kids, I feel justified.

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B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on October 24, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Salt itself is healthy and necessary.

The problem today is that most people eating SAD get tons of sodium from processed foods. From what you described it seems like your children are eating healthier than 98% of their peers, and so there's a very very small chance they're even getting more total sodium in their diet than the average child.

Now, whether or not you could explain this to your mother, and have her understand... that is the real question. Good luck!

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 24, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Oh, she would never get it! But as long as I have the information that I know makes sense for my kids, I feel justified.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on October 24, 2012
at 07:58 PM

A note from a DR for COW MILK?? Wow!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 24, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Ha! My daughter wants to buy food like the "older kids", so we let her indulge twice a month. The school switched to soy milk, when I asked for her to have regular dairy or water, they said I would need a note from her doctor!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 24, 2012
at 07:25 PM

O....M....G....That is horrifying.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:36 PM

haha, sounds like my MIL. Well then direct yourself to the article. This site really helped me get a concept of what to give my daughter at school -- http://everydaypaleo.com/2012/04/03/school-lunch-ideas/. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how many parents comment on how healthy my daughter eats! I was sure I'd have to deal with all sorts of comments. These are great for field trips when they need more finger capable foods -- http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.cfm/2010/9/29/coconut-flour-tortillas

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 24, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Nice! I'm always looking for more ideas. I haven't heard anything related to opinions on his lunch, but that might be a good thing that the school hasn't sent home a pamphlet on how low fat dairy is good for you.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 24, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Worse, I would need a note for WATER!

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:29 PM

Thanks! FYI - This isn't so much "convince my mother it's okay" but more "crap, are my kids becoming water soluble?" My mother will move on to the next thing I'm doing wrong tomorrow and it will probably be related to warmer socks for the kids. If I sent her an article on everything she complained about, she'd have an encyclopedia.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 25, 2012
at 01:29 PM

That reminds me of when the schools were trying to become "healthy" and so they got rid of whole milk but kept the diet soda. *headdesk*

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on October 24, 2012
at 08:43 PM

Here's something I posted a while ago why salt isn't bad.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/85057/does-high-blood-pressure-low-salt-intake/85061#85061

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 25, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Interesting! Thanks for the linkage :)

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47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

on October 24, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I recently had a friend pose the same question after I was talking about some of my kid's typical lunches. She wasn't being critical, but more curious. It did make me stop and think. I too had never considered it :-) I'm happy to read these answers.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 25, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Exactly - it wasn't critical, but more of a "hmmm, I wonder". I'm in the same boat!

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 24, 2012
at 02:24 PM

I pack the same types of things for my kids. I think you're doing great. It's always hard to know, as a parent what do to but I our alternatives to the salami are seed oil-laden crap wrapped in plastic. If I could get them to eat pats of grass fed butter in their lunch I would.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on October 24, 2012
at 02:27 PM

My kids are always asking to eat butter. And I totally let them!

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