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  • My Kids Won't Eat

    Ok, it's a slight exaggeration that my kids won't eat. But since we've transitioned to primal eating, our kids are turning their noses up at primal food and opting to just go hungry. They're not in danger of malnutrition, but it's frustrating. We bought several primal/paleo cookbooks, even targeted towards kid-friendly foods. Every time I read a recipe where the author talks about how her kids gobble it up, I just want to tear the page out and burn it I'm so frustrated.

    We slowly moved towards primal over this year by eliminating non-primal foods one by one... cereal, bread, cookies, chips, etc... and then about a month ago we threw out the rest of the bad stuff from our pantry and have nothing but good primal stuff around.

    We've been pretty realistic about this I think, knowing that we'd need to try lots of different recipes/experiments, and have lots of different kinds of primal food on-hand so that nobody is feeling deprived. We don't have any restrictions when we go to grandma's and she has cookies, cereal, etc. When we have birthday parties, we still have cake. I don't think we're being too stringent or too relaxed about being primal.

    Part of the problem is that unless they just absolutely love something, they will write it off and never try it again. And I feel like we're running out of options and not making much progress.

    Their friends come over to our house and they eat what we have on hand, so that's encouraging.

    So what is going on? Have we done something to make them so picky? Is it possibly hereditary (my wife is pretty picky and sensitive about smells/textures/etc). Do we just need to give it some time and hope their taste buds adjust?

    --
    Ryan

  • #2
    Feed them non primal foods.

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    • #3
      How old are they?
      Mine are 4 and 19 months, and had their fair share of crap food before we went primal.
      It took weeks before they really began to wanted to eat everything I was offering.
      You have to persist, and they will eat, giving them something else will make it harder. It helps when I give my 4 year old choices, and asking him to help me decide how to cook it.
      Some days they do refuse food, but I just keep offering and they eat eventually

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jimhensen View Post
        Feed them non primal foods.
        Is that a joke?

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        • #5
          don't listen to him he is our resident troll.

          I think you just have to encourage them to keep trying foods and they will develop a taste for it. You need to work on their mindset keep saying it over and over how good it is for them and how stron git will make them and how good they are being when they do it. Reward them for eating primally... I know it seems like they arent listening but they do..it just takes time and lots of repetition.
          Primal since March 2011

          Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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          • #6
            They are trying to get you to cave right now so that they can go back to eating crap.. It's a tactic kids use.. You can do it be strong!
            Primal since March 2011

            Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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            • #7
              Just keep offering and they'll come around. If they don't after a few more months,, go very severe and then slowly reintroduce foods. I PROMISE they will eat then.

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              • #8
                Oh I forgot to mention.

                Get them involved in cooking!! Kids like to eat stuff they make. Make fun shapes out of primal food too. Give them Primal Options! Do you want broccoli or spinach tonight? If they say neither then say...ok then I guess I'll pick.
                Primal since March 2011

                Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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                • #9
                  I think kids see "diets" or "healthy" as negative connotations, and as a limit on flavor, enjoyment, etc. Just keep making primal foods. Don't force them into it, just simply don't offer them CW junk food. After a while of not eating their regular sugar-filled/artificial flavor foods, their tastebuds will grow an appreciation for regular food.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
                    I think kids see "diets" or "healthy" as negative connotations, and as a limit on flavor, enjoyment, etc. Just keep making primal foods. Don't force them into it, just simply don't offer them CW junk food. After a while of not eating their regular sugar-filled/artificial flavor foods, their tastebuds will grow an appreciation for regular food.
                    Not all kids think this way from my experience. Although I wouldnt mention diet per se... but would more go on how they feel and how they will grow. Most kids do care about growing to be strong/smart and be able to tackle the world. Why do you think kids like pop-eye and tony the tiger?

                    I do agree with the latter.
                    Primal since March 2011

                    Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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                    • #11
                      Yep we don't mention diet, we just talk about how some foods are not good for us, and don't make us feel good.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by handieman View Post
                        Part of the problem is that unless they just absolutely love something, they will write it off and never try it again. And I feel like we're running out of options and not making much progress.
                        What have they absolutely loved so far?

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                        • #13
                          How old are they? I think that makes a big difference in what tactics you should use. My son is 5. I don't force him to eat primally all the time. If he wants a sandwich, I let him have a sandwich, and I let him eat alot more fruit than I allow myself, because he's so active and growing so much. But we don't keep junk food in the house, and 9 times out of 10, he eats what we eat. He's seeing our example of healthy eating, and watching how active and healthy we are, and learning from it.

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                          • #14
                            Read Everyday Paleo by Sara Fragosa. She has a blog if you do not want to buy the book. She has three boys, one is a teen who is a bit more of a challenge, but she makes it work. For my granddaughter I taught her to cook. Sara took that approach. Kids will eat stuff they fix, even if it turns out bad.

                            Start here. http://everydaypaleo.com/2012/01/01/...t-rocket-ship/

                            This new book is specifically for paleo kids.

                            -- grandmother of 13 year old budding chef
                            Last edited by Snauzoo; 01-03-2012, 03:42 PM.

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                            • #15
                              One thing that has helped me in the past is to honestly not say anything at all to mine. The bigger deal it seems to be, the more my daugther would fight it. If we were sitting down at the dinner table and there were not any grains, she might ask but I would just say that I didn't make any. I never made it an issue with her.

                              Now of course she is older so she eats as primally as I do at home but for lunches and things like that, I am sure there are some grains that she eats.

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