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Are you implementing any of Dr. Kruse's ideas with your kids?

Discussion in 'Optimal Kids' started by trishalinn@gmail.com, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Just wondering what you guys are doing with your kids? I want to raise strong healthy kids that have good habits. Unfortunately my 7 year old and 3 year old are already little carb-monsters. I've really tried to seriously slash those things out of their daily life, but they still get mac n' cheese, pizza, cookies, candy, and happy meals when they're out with friends/family. I'm not keeping any bread, pasta, chips, crackers, or other types of highly carby foods around the house. Though, I do still keep fruit and homemade yogurt around.

    My 7 year old is old enough I can talk to him about why I'm not buying a lot of different foods and he is doing pretty well wrapping his mind around it despite the fact that I'm contradicting everything the sacred food pyramid has taught him.

    Not sure how far to go with the diet and my kids. Also, how in the world would you go about implementing CT with your kids?! And at what age?
  2. jeepifer@gmail.com

    jeepifer@gmail.com New Member

    My kids do their own type of CT, in the snow in winter. ;) Not that we had much here this year, but they would happily go out and play in it! I have one swimmer and one hockey player. Maybe spending 6 months of the year in an ice rink will help? ;)

    As for my house, I've been Paleo/Primal a while, and my kids eat what I eat. I can't control what they eat outside my house, but I'm still hoping for the 80/20 rule and trusting that it's way better than them eating the typical SAD diet 100 percent of the time, you know?

    Mine are 6 and 8, and I'm trying to lead by example and hope they make good choices as they grow.
  3. tweety

    tweety New Member

    Mine are young enough that we initially limited grains and indulgences to when they were with friends and family. But over time as I got more concerned about what it was doing, we just eliminated it completely. I do make them occasional treats with coconut or almond flour, but its not regular. And it happens mostly when I see them starting to wonder why they don't eat like their friends. It keeps them happy and puts them back on track.

    It helped too (in a weird way) when their dad's bloodwork came back high to gliadin. We just explained to them that the family history was strong enough that if he didn't handle it well then the chances were good that they may have trouble too. Library books on celiacs were so helpful- more than I even thought! Now the kids are on board and they always ask if they can eat somethingbefore they eat it (when they are out).
  4. fabbecky

    fabbecky New Member

    I am slowly eliminating grains and starches and wheat for my kids. It is hard though. They are toddlers at the tantrum ages (2&4). I suspect my oldest has ADHD if not a mild form of Aspergers and goes to a special ed pre-school. I know cutting wheat and dairy out of his diet would do wonders for him, so I really want to move him down that spectrum.
  5. Shijin13

    Shijin13 Guest

    The kids are ~80% primal due to not having control over what they get fed at daycare - Fed/State have mandates they eat certain foods...thought dd is starting to turn those foods away :)

    today they were home from dcp - b/c dd had lice on monday - and we have to keep them out for 3 days - she asked for my special hamburgers - made w/pureed lamb liver, grass fed/finshed ground beef, turmeric, cumin, maca, garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper... 2nd time this week the kids have asked for my liver burgers and tried to finish off mine.... do what you can the earlier you get them the better
  6. Lahrie

    Lahrie New Member

    My 11 y/o son is tall for his age, but is also at the top of the weight recommendation for his height. Spring break started on Monday this week, and he decided to go Paleo with his food, and has done cold baths every night this week. He loves them! No ice yet - he's working up the courage to do that.
  7. Robin

    Robin New Member

    I'm so jealous. lol. My granddaughter is the.biggest.carb monster you've ever seen and is uber picky too. But... since she doesn't live w/ me I have no say in what she eats except when she's with me. I fear she'll need to be "fixed" when she is older. :(
  8. MJ*

    MJ* New Member

    I wish this level of awareness was around when my kids were little. It is much easier to control what your children do and help them form good habits when they are young. My kids are very athletic, so their interest was piqued from a performance perspective, and they have always listened to the advice of their coaches, which sadly has been to eat healthy from a conventional standpoint - low fat and on game day high carb! Yikes, but who knew?...so this is going to be very challenging for us with teenagers, (and when I say us, I really mean me, as my husband is not interested in any of this). My 17 year old is very interested in the theories, but said this will be impossible to do at college. I think I will have more luck with my 15 year old. She's ready to at least try the diet and is dabbling with CT by slowly cooling her showers to start, and drinking lots of ice water. I look forward to following along with you all!
  9. I guess I will continue to gradually cut carbs out of my kids lives as I've been doing over the past number of months. It's been quite interesting as my mentality about carbs has changed over the past year. I had been low-carb for weight loss off and on for a number of years, but didn't realize the benefit that it had for everyone. I think my change in thinking came with reading Gary Taubes books. Helped me see the damage a high carb diet could have on a person...even children!

    It's been great hearing what you guys are doing with your kids... hope to hear from more people!

  10. I wish I could do that, but I know when/if I get to that point that it will be hard with my foodie family! Kudos to you!!! I'm sure it's not easy.
  11. nyika

    nyika New Member

    The first thing I did when we went Paleo is to check out what sort of cakes/muffins/treats we can make because I knew that if we won't find a healthy substiture, we won't be able to control them when we are at somebody else's place.

    So I experimented with almond cakes, friands, coconut flour made banana bread, different nut balls and it was a huge hit. Much bigger hit actually than regular stuff, but that might be due to the fact that I didn't bake before (for the sugar/flour reason). And they only eat a small amount of these, as they are quite full of fat so they are very filling.

    So as soon as we sorted that out, I felt really good about changing all their other foods as I knew my efforts (and all their health benefits) won't be ruined with sweets at other's places.

    Giving them more protein was much easier than I thought (we were vegetarians before), getting off rice and pasta was much easier too.

    I just made sure I made their favourite foods Paleo and there were very happy. I always made something new, so that was exciting and they helped so they were willing to try...and one less bad choice was gone that way. One day at a time and now we are fully Paleo without them noticing it. (if they are eating something when we are out, I don't make a fuss about it, most of the time we are eating Paleo. soon they will have a palate for it and not for the other stuff, and when they are old enough, they will understand anyway)

    It is actually much easier to do then as you imagine it before you start.
  12. Mud Flinger

    Mud Flinger New Member

    I only have primal foods at home so that helps and we don't go out very often, but they will eat bread when we are out. At home we only have pastured organic meat that I buy in bulk (bison, beef and chicken) and wild caught salmon. You typically can not get that kind of quality when going out, so why bother!

    As far as CT goes, I no longer tell my teen or 4 yr old to put on a jacket when going out. If they get cold, then they get cold (not very often) and I let the other parents think what they will (they already think I'm a little nutty to raise our own chickens and turkeys).
  13. tweety

    tweety New Member

    Well my family has a hard time with what we are doing. But the biggest advantage I have had is that most of them are vegetarian. So I phrase it like this: no one offers your children meat out of respect for your choice to become vegetarian, please don't offer my children grains out of respect for our choice.

    They have been much more considerate since that comment. I still have a friend though who offers to share all her cookies, cakes, and other grainy items despite the fact that we don't eat it and she knows my husband is celiac. I think she just doesn't understand the disease fully.

    It also helps that we homeschool so their exposure to these situations is much reduced.
  14. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

    I have three elite children athletes.....im going to have their mom post here so you can see what she does. Her name is misty
  15. zzzcjr@comcast.net

    zzzcjr@comcast.net New Member

    I'm anxious to hear from Misty. This motivated me to register rather than just lurk since I expect to have questions for her.

    I've been trying to communicate your blog info to my sons (15 & 19), but haven't done it well. It's hard to be patient enough to wait until they can get motivated by changes in me.
  16. donkjellberg

    donkjellberg Silver

    It is a hard process for me. My wife believes they need carbs but she is coming around after seeing some of the changes. Carbs and starches are so ingrained in our culture. We have to prepare foods every time we go to a social event in order to keep on track. All the tempting foods offered to the others kids can be heartbreaking.

  17. Awesome! Can't wait to hear from her.
  18. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

    Misty is posting today on my FB wall. Her daughter just won the National Championship tonight.........pretty awesome stuff. Maliya Stone is on her way to monster accomplishments
  19. Going to check out your fb wall then! Thanks for the heads up.
  20. MistyStone

    MistyStone New Member

    Wow those are some hard ages...if you want to change their eating habits than try not to make a big deal out of the transition. It all starts at home anyway so alter what their options are to choose from.

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