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  • Tips for converting your kids' diets to Primal

    I wanted to start a thread to get ideas on how to convert my kids' diets from SAD to Primal. My own diet is 98% Primal and I've been making slow but steady changes to my children's (ages 9, 8 and 3) menus, with the intention of having them eating Primal in the next year or two. I am making small changes at a time, and mostly not telling them, or sneaking it in . So what tips do you have to share with me? What are you doing to change your kids' diets? Here are a few of the things I've done so far:

    1. Breakfast- I make chicken nuggets on weekday mornings, if they're still hungry after that, then they can have cereal and milk. Most days they don't have the cereal, and if they do, it's much less than before.

    2. I've eliminated dessert in their packed school lunches and replaced it with fruit. They still eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but the "PB" is a thick layer of almond butter with a thin spread of PB on top.

    3. I've replaced their dinnertime juice drink with a fruit smoothie (full fat Greek yogurt, cream, milk, banana and frozen blueberries).

    4. Baked treats and pancakes are now made with almond meal and coconut flour.

    5. Snacks are now hard boiled eggs, turkey, nuts, cheese sticks or fruits.

    I'm looking forward to hearing ideas from other parents whose kids are resistant to giving up grains and eating a Primal diet.

  • #2
    I am so envious your kids eat much less eat real food at all. My daughter has seen how I am eating, she is intrigued and in the "want to be like mom" (she is 9). However, she took herself pretty much off meat a while back- no clue why, she will NOT eat eggs, seldom eats veggies unless they are canned peas and of course loves her legumes (bean burritos) pasta and cereal. I have told her that once the ucky snacks were gone, that is it. I will not buy more but will send in its place carrots, celery etc. (She cried-and yet I am unmoved)

    So last night she says she wants to be primal. I got a little excited before she told me "sometimes". We agreed last night she would do dinners as primal (ummmm... if she will eat.. she often does not eat much of anything).

    I will be watching this post.. need ideas.. picky eater?? She is the definition. (oh and before someone says something like, you are the parent, you control this- know this.. you do not have all the facts).
    Karin


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    • #3
      I put my kids on primal cold-turkey when I went primal full-time. They do whine and want bad foods and there are a lot of foods they just won't touch, so I do put a lot of thought into each meal for them.

      For breakfasts: I have one that won't touch an egg, two that are so-so, and one that devours them. So, we add cheese to the eggs and make sure there is plenty of bacon. They all love bacon and the cheese helps them eat some of the eggs. For the one that really doesn't go for the eggs, he loves soup, so I let him have homemade soup some mornings. It's quick and easy, so I don't mind. We do eat other things, that's just an example

      For lunches: I have a very, very picky eater among the school-age kids. He pretty much hates all food. At least that's the way it seems. So while the other kids have carrots and apple slices, he gets some extra cheese and a primal muffin. The only fruit he will eat is a banana. Not perfect, but I'm working on it. I post their daily lunch boxes on my facebook page if anyone is interested.

      For Dinner: They eat what is on the menu or don't. I do try to make veggies and add stuff I know they like, but if it's fish night, it's fish night. I finally got my picky eater to try salmon and he was surprised to find he kind of liked it. You just have to keep offering things and be patient.

      As far as snacks go: I don't snack, but I keep white grapes, apples, carrots, beef sticks, and cheese sticks on hand and they are welcome to them anytime. We also make a batch of primal cookies or muffins once a week for a treat or I'll whip up some heavy cream and they eat it like it's ice-cream.
      Start of PB weight Aug/2011: 217
      Start of Leptin Reset end of Aug/2011: 202.4
      current weight: 199.6

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      • #4
        Also, I think it helps to watch shows like Food Inc. and the like with them. They sometimes understand things better coming from what they view as an authority on the subject rather than a stupid diet mom is on I know it has helped with my older three. They now know that conventional food is bad, even though they still miss it and do cheat. lol
        Start of PB weight Aug/2011: 217
        Start of Leptin Reset end of Aug/2011: 202.4
        current weight: 199.6

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        • #5
          Well, I start with the fact that they can't eat what's not in the house, so not buying crap to begin with is a start. Beware that it took us months before the crackers and stuff was finally gone (amazing how my teenager just kept finding the long lost crap)! I make primal goodies like almond/coconut flour bread, muffins and cookies. My family will still eat non-primal food when we go out (which is rarely) so they look at it as a big treat. Just keep trying new things and find non-food rewards when they choose the right thing. It takes time, be patient and creative. Cook from scratch to control ingredients. My 3 yr old does not eat veges that aren't cooked very often, but I just keep trying new ways to get him to eat them. Don't stress about it and make it fun - hopefully we will succeed - eventually!

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          • #6
            oooooooooooooooook! Crap.. we talked about this.. last week.. talked again tonight and the tears flowed, I thought the house was going to flood (ok I exaggerate but it was not pretty). We are doing Primal nights M,W,F. She is buying into it... barely. So instead of cookies for dessert she is having grapes. The meat did not go over well and she did not touch much veggies.
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            • #7
              Karin, I have 5 kids, so whining, crying, fits, screams, tantrums, etc. don't really move me. lol I think spending 17 years with short people screaming about one thing or another has jaded me.

              Maybe try some positive re-enforcement? When she does eat a good meal, praise her and let her know how proud you are that she chose to eat good food. Talk to her about how bad certain foods are, or even explain that it's not really food. Let her keep some of her favorites and don't give up on offering primal foods at every meal. And like another poster said, if it's not in the house, you can't serve it. Good luck
              Last edited by jenni; 09-28-2011, 05:50 PM. Reason: spelling
              Start of PB weight Aug/2011: 217
              Start of Leptin Reset end of Aug/2011: 202.4
              current weight: 199.6

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              • #8
                Thank you!! Starting slow she is flipping out.. but BONUS.. got her to try the meal tonight (major accomplishment) and she ate grapes.
                Karin


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by athomeontherange View Post
                  Thank you!! Starting slow she is flipping out.. but BONUS.. got her to try the meal tonight (major accomplishment) and she ate grapes.
                  Start of PB weight Aug/2011: 217
                  Start of Leptin Reset end of Aug/2011: 202.4
                  current weight: 199.6

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jenni View Post
                    I put my kids on primal cold-turkey when I went primal full-time. They do whine and want bad foods and there are a lot of foods they just won't touch, so I do put a lot of thought into each meal for them.

                    For breakfasts: I have one that won't touch an egg, two that are so-so, and one that devours them. So, we add cheese to the eggs and make sure there is plenty of bacon. They all love bacon and the cheese helps them eat some of the eggs. For the one that really doesn't go for the eggs, he loves soup, so I let him have homemade soup some mornings. It's quick and easy, so I don't mind. We do eat other things, that's just an example

                    For lunches: I have a very, very picky eater among the school-age kids. He pretty much hates all food. At least that's the way it seems. So while the other kids have carrots and apple slices, he gets some extra cheese and a primal muffin. The only fruit he will eat is a banana. Not perfect, but I'm working on it. I post their daily lunch boxes on my facebook page if anyone is interested.

                    For Dinner: They eat what is on the menu or don't. I do try to make veggies and add stuff I know they like, but if it's fish night, it's fish night. I finally got my picky eater to try salmon and he was surprised to find he kind of liked it. You just have to keep offering things and be patient.

                    As far as snacks go: I don't snack, but I keep white grapes, apples, carrots, beef sticks, and cheese sticks on hand and they are welcome to them anytime. We also make a batch of primal cookies or muffins once a week for a treat or I'll whip up some heavy cream and they eat it like it's ice-cream.
                    Sounds very similar to the things I feed my 3 year old, although she still eats occasional bread, pizza, and noodles. I would love to be your friend on FB so I can see your daily lunches.
                    Jaime, wife to Phaedrus and primal mama to A (4) and X (1).

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                    • #11
                      Jame, I updated my sig. line with a link to my page I'm actually having a quandary about what to pack tomorrow. lol
                      Start of PB weight Aug/2011: 217
                      Start of Leptin Reset end of Aug/2011: 202.4
                      current weight: 199.6

                      Follow me and see what my kids are eating for lunch.

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                      • #12
                        I too have 5 kids and am trying very hard to improve their diet.
                        Breakfast alternates eggs, almond flour scones and smoothies. (almond milk/milk ice cubes, coconut oil, choc. power greens, raw protein powder) We switched from daily pb&j in the lunch boxes to a mixed schedule of turkey slices or ham slices and ONE day per week almond butter and jelly on gf bread. Plus a fruit or two (banana, blueberries, strawberries, apple) and a box of choc. coconut milk. No cookies unless we've made some from nut meal or coconut flour. Occasionally, hummus chips. For treat days, dark chocolate chunks. They complained a lot the first few weeks but now they say they love their lunches.
                        When available I buy wild salmon and grill it. Most of the kids have taken to it over time and we explain how the omega 3 will help them be super smart in school. Dinner tonight was baked wild cod, greens, grapes for dessert. One kid hates cod. Her choice was to eat it or go to bed early...harsh...but she ate it and then feasted on grapes. Tomorrow night will be spaghetti squash, meat sauce, salad and a fruit for dessert. Everyone LOVES that meal. Over the weekend we had meatloaf, another success from my Everyday Paleo cookbook. I try to alternate the "liked" kid foods with the "gross" but there are no other choices. They've come a lonnng way in a few months. My husband and I refuse to buy the processed foods anymore so the secret pantry raids are over. My husband is a physician and often tells them the gory stories of eating poorly...that helps my plight with all but the 5 year old. She could care less! My best tip is to have them try new foods when they are starving! They are so much more open minded when they are reallly hungry.

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                        • #13
                          I like the Everyday Paleo book too, I just made the meatball recipe and that went over fairly well, I thought it was delicious. The kids complained they wanted the store bought frozen ones, and I explained that this is how food is supposed to taste. They have carrots and celery in them, but I chopped them very finely in the food processor. The older 2 asked if they could have less next time, and I said that would be fine. I also like that the sauce is Paleo, so no added sugar or chemical crap.
                          My oldest son is the hardest, he does not like eggs, cheese, sandwich meats. The only thing he wants for his school lunch is PB and J. I told him that next week, he is going to have to try a different lunch just one day a week. I'm not sure what that is yet though. Jenni, I'll be following your FB page for ideas.
                          Also, I make fruit custard popsicles that they really like, it's made of eggs, cream, vanilla, banana and fruit puree (usually blueberries). They love those for dessert, and I've offered them for breakfast at times.
                          I think I'm going to make scrambled eggs and bacon one day a week for breakfast, the bacon will make the eggs go down easier for my oldest son. It's going to be a battle though.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jenni View Post
                            Jame, I updated my sig. line with a link to my page I'm actually having a quandary about what to pack tomorrow. lol
                            Thank you! I liked your page on FB

                            We also own Everyday Paleo and love love love Sarah's simple yet delicious recipes!
                            Jaime, wife to Phaedrus and primal mama to A (4) and X (1).

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                            • #15
                              We just switched cold turkey. They whined for a couple of weeks, but we talk soooo much about what we have to do to keep our bodies healthy that now they're starting to ask me about more things they can do to stay healthy. They're only five and three and they notice the difference between how we eat and how other people eat and they wonder why others eat unhealthy foods.

                              My five year old occasionally reminisces about bread but I remind her that it hurts our bodies and makes us sick. We make home made pizza as a treat once a month, that's it. Something fun to look forward to.

                              They love tuna, eggs, steak, chicken, salads, yogurt and cheese, veggies and fruit, nuts. Most of our meals are just a combination of a few simple foods- I'm a minimalist cook. Broiled steak cut up with sliced raw mushrooms, carrots and cheese. That's an average meal.

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