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  • #16
    Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
    Kids are also growing at a very rapid rate and so their bodies can put the carbs to excellent use, even if they aren't running a marathon. Watching my 2.5yo though, I think he might come close to running the equivalent of a marathon for his little body every day. He doesn't stop moving while awake!
    Absolutely! Imagine that everything in your world was 2-3x bigger than it is now and you still had to get around in it at your current size. I'm amazed that toddlers don't eat and sleep more than they do.
    50yo, 5'3"
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    CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
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    • #17
      Originally posted by The Scientist View Post
      Of course you are correct that children don't need to be on a low carb diet, but just be careful with the sugar reference. The lactose (glucose + galactose) in milk is entirely different than the sucrose (glucose + fructose) that most people think of when you say sugar. Children clearly don't require fructose to do anything, and there is very conclusive evidence showing that too much of it can lead to serious problems.
      Nateal fructose from fruits and some veg is perfectly healthy and has some positive effects that glucose does not. I would never limit childrens consumption of ripe fruit or beets, carrots, etc. even honey and maple syrup have health properties.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Zach View Post
        Nateal fructose from fruits and some veg is perfectly healthy and has some positive effects that glucose does not. I would never limit childrens consumption of ripe fruit or beets, carrots, etc. even honey and maple syrup have health properties.
        Of course you would limit it at some point. There are plenty of children that would sit down and eat a giant bowl of pineapple, peaches, etc... for a whole meal if you let them. Aside from the terrible diarrhea, that is just too much fructose for the liver to deal with in a healthy way. A few hundred grams of fruit a day is not a big deal, but there should be a limit. The fruit we eat today has several times the sugar content compared to wild fruits before humans selected them for sweeter taste.

        Also, what health benefits are you talking about? I would not be surprised if there was some small benefit to eating small amounts of fructose (similar to the benefits of moderate ethanol consumption), but I just haven't seen the data.

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        • #19
          I wouldn't restrict carbs in a little person. My pediatrician gives the best advice on diet: you control the quality, they (the child) controls the quantity. Some days my 4yo is a vegetarian/fruit-a-tarian, others she's really well rounded. Try not to sweat it.
          --Trish (Bork)
          TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
          http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
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          • #20
            We don't restrict our son at all. He eats like a grown man (as in that number of calories per day). I think he gives his dad a run for his money. And always has. He's a good eater.

            And lean and muscular and tall and active. He's currently on 3 eggs in butter with frozen berries, raw yogurt and cod liver oil, with chopped raw veg for breakfast; lunch is pumpkin pancakes (savory) with cheese and venison sliders with an apple and cut veggies; for snacks he has whatever is around such as hard boiled eggs, left over meats, veggies, or fruit while at kindy he'll have GF buns with butter or rice balls; for dinner he has whatever we are having which is usually steamed veg, meat, and then we'll make him sweet potato or regular potato some days as well (when he asks for them). And he finishes off with a dessert of frozen berries and yogurt with flax oil and chopped brazil nuts.

            It's definitely more than I eat.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by zoebird View Post
              We don't restrict our son at all. He eats like a grown man (as in that number of calories per day). I think he gives his dad a run for his money. And always has. He's a good eater.

              And lean and muscular and tall and active. He's currently on 3 eggs in butter with frozen berries, raw yogurt and cod liver oil, with chopped raw veg for breakfast; lunch is pumpkin pancakes (savory) with cheese and venison sliders with an apple and cut veggies; for snacks he has whatever is around such as hard boiled eggs, left over meats, veggies, or fruit while at kindy he'll have GF buns with butter or rice balls; for dinner he has whatever we are having which is usually steamed veg, meat, and then we'll make him sweet potato or regular potato some days as well (when he asks for them). And he finishes off with a dessert of frozen berries and yogurt with flax oil and chopped brazil nuts.

              It's definitely more than I eat.

              Our kids need to have an all day lunch/food date! Your boy could teach my girl to eat. Some days she's got a hollow leg like daddy (growth spurts), but mostly she grazes.
              --Trish (Bork)
              TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
              http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
              FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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              • #22
                The boy used to nurse constantly, too. Long bouts of nursing (a combination of eating and pacifying). Still. . .

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                • #23
                  That's awesome. I was unable to nurse Grace past 3 months. She had reflux and latch problems. In hindsight, I think it was early indication of her gluten sensitivity. This time around should (hopefully) go a lot better.
                  --Trish (Bork)
                  TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                  http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                  FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                    He's currently on 3 eggs in butter with frozen berries, raw yogurt and cod liver oil, with chopped raw veg for breakfast; lunch is pumpkin pancakes (savory) with cheese and venison sliders with an apple and cut veggies; for snacks he has whatever is around such as hard boiled eggs, left over meats, veggies, or fruit while at kindy he'll have GF buns with butter or rice balls; for dinner he has whatever we are having which is usually steamed veg, meat, and then we'll make him sweet potato or regular potato some days as well (when he asks for them). And he finishes off with a dessert of frozen berries and yogurt with flax oil and chopped brazil nuts.

                    It's definitely more than I eat.
                    Sounds great. Does your son like the raw yoghurt, it can be quite sour can't it. Do you always sweeten it with fruit to take that edge off? And how does he take the cod liver oil? Thanks x

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Kookie View Post
                      Sounds great. Does your son like the raw yoghurt, it can be quite sour can't it. Do you always sweeten it with fruit to take that edge off? And how does he take the cod liver oil? Thanks x
                      He prefers our raw yogurt to other kinds (and hates kinds with sweetener in it, but he can handle plain yogurts from other, pasturized, brands if they are in fact plain). He will drink it or just have it plain, but he usually has it with frozen berries and then cod liver oil or flax oil poured over the top of it. Usually CLO at breakfast and flax at dinner.

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