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    My kids (2 and 4) love the stuff. Only high quality, hard, Italian salami. They ask for it for breakfast and after school. They are fed pasta at school, which i can do nothing about. Brie cheese is another favorite. What's a primal mom to do? When does it become to much? And, another confession, they love hot dogs! I try to stick to only once a week at most. Am I going to hell? Just kidding, but really want everyone's feedback.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    What? Am I the only one with Grokling salami crack addicts?

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    • #3
      Its all good. Get the good stuff and let em go nuts. Try em out on some liverwurst from here U.S. Wellness Meats — Our Animals Eat Right So You Can Too.. I love the stuff.

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      • #4
        Thanks, Neckhammer! Is liver wurst like summer sausage? I think I remember the awesomeness from my own childhood, but not sure if they have an equivalent here in Italy. Will definitely look into it. Great idea to mix it up a little bit!

        How nasty are hot dogs, really? Are they really as bad as they are billed or is it CW? Clearly they are majorly processed but always a shoe-in with my kids. Should I avoid completely?

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        • #5
          I dunno how Italy is, but here in the US there are a variety of things you can call "hot dogs". On one end is a putrid mish mash of meat and chemicals and on the other is all organic/natural components made into links. For hot dogs its all about reading the ingredient list (hint: if its long thats a bad sign). I got two kiddos and one of em loves the dogs so we just get the best ones we can find.

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          • #6
            My inclination that neither are ideal as staples of the diet. Hot dogs can be quite "clean" if you find the right brand - but both hot dogs and salami and pretty salty and processed.

            Could you try using them as condiments? Chicken strips or beef wrapped in salami? Or hot dogs cut in pieces on skewers with some avocado or a little fish?

            It is certainly not the worst thing they could eat! But I would try to keep it in some moderation if possible.
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            • #7
              Thanks for the suggestions. I can easily find a butcher who makes the hot dogs himself which could be a cleaner version. But yeah, I tend to think that a little quantity and quality regulation is in order. Just today my father in law brought over a full, huge, salami, massive hunk of Brie cheese, packs of grocery store hotdogs and sliced prosciutto......enough to feed a football team!.....Mamma Mia!!! But at least it's a lot better than the sugary treats and pastries he usually brings them! I keep my attempts to primalize my kids on the DL, not ready to fight that battle any time soon! All Italians are convinced their Mediteranean diet is the healthiest in the world....

              Thanks so much for your input! This is an amazing community!

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              • #8
                Grace likes salami for lunch. I'll throw her 4-6 slices and she'll choke em down like I never feed her.
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                • #9
                  The problem is Primal in Italy, they confuse Cucina Povera with a mediterranean diet. As does the rest of the world.
                  Life. Be in it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Belforte View Post
                    The problem is Primal in Italy, they confuse Cucina Povera with a mediterranean diet. As does the rest of the world.
                    So, so, true. The Mediterranean diet has so much going for it (plentiful fish, seasonal veggies and fruits, local high quality meats, EVOO, etc.) but throw in all that pane, pizza, pasta....!

                    The Italians are definitely consuming more processed carbs than they were 10/20 years ago and it's starting to show it's effects.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jammies View Post
                      My inclination that neither are ideal as staples of the diet. Hot dogs can be quite "clean" if you find the right brand - but both hot dogs and salami and pretty salty and processed.

                      Could you try using them as condiments? Chicken strips or beef wrapped in salami? Or hot dogs cut in pieces on skewers with some avocado or a little fish?

                      It is certainly not the worst thing they could eat! But I would try to keep it in some moderation if possible.
                      +1.

                      This is the first that I hear of kids having to eat something at school with no choice??? Can't they take a packed Primal lunch to school? I always brought my packed lunch with me from home....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Primal in Italy View Post
                        ...They are fed pasta at school, which i can do nothing about...
                        You can't send them to school with their own lunch? That's crazy!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Primal in Italy View Post
                          My kids (2 and 4) love the stuff. Only high quality, hard, Italian salami. They ask for it for breakfast and after school. They are fed pasta at school, which i can do nothing about. Brie cheese is another favorite. What's a primal mom to do? When does it become to much? And, another confession, they love hot dogs! I try to stick to only once a week at most. Am I going to hell? Just kidding, but really want everyone's feedback.

                          Thanks!
                          Isn't salami processed food? Italian or not? How does one know it is good quality?

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                          • #14
                            Good salami preserved in a traditional way is terrific. Same can be said for "hotdogs".

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KathyH View Post
                              Isn't salami processed food? Italian or not? How does one know it is good quality?
                              Well, the two ways are to either know where it is made, ask and read the ingredients. You do not need all the nitrates and sulfates and such to make salami, and some folk still make it that way. The other option is to learn to make it yourself. It isn't as hard as many would have you believe.

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