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    So my Grace is doing great on Primal, however, I have been tracking her macronutrients and I'm afraid she's not getting enough calories. She's getting plenty of fat, protein, and carbs, but she's coming up short daily at 600-800 cals. I'm just concerned cuz I know the USDA recommends 1000 calories for little ones. I am following her lead and feeding her when she tells me she's hungry, and allowing her to have free range among the food we have (since it's all good stuff-- fruits, veggies, dairy, meat). Does she need to be eating 1000 a day, as recommended? She is tall & slender for her age, according to her graph at the pediatrician's (90% for height, 20% for weight). She's 27 lbs, 34 inches tall (2-1/2 year old)
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    Trust your daughter to eat on her own schedule and by her own hunger cues. I swear some days my kid lives on kisses, unicorn farts and rainbows. Then others, she eats non stop.

    Gary Taubes said that kids grow not because they eat, they eat because their growing!
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    She'll be fine. Kids don't eat 1000 per day, they eat nothing, barely nothing, almost nothing, "how does a 27 lb kid eat more food than a full grown adult".
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    "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7

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    Thanks for your reassurance . Elora, love your unicorn farts comment.

    She did request some "papu" (what she calls meat) just now and eggs. She's working through 2 scrambled eggs with feta and seems pretty happy. She's also a bacon hound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    ...seems pretty happy. She's also a bacon hound.
    this says it all for me. happy, apparently healthy kid who eats plenty of bacon (but not ONLY bacon) sounds like she's just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elorajade View Post
    Trust your daughter to eat on her own schedule and by her own hunger cues. I swear some days my kid lives on kisses, unicorn farts and rainbows. Then others, she eats non stop.

    Gary Taubes said that kids grow not because they eat, they eat because their growing!
    Definitely! Some days my boys eat barely anthing and other days, HOLY! They don't stop!

    Some ways to sneak in extra cals easily are by adding fat. I just made my boys a smoothie and it had almost a cup of heavy cream. That's half a cup each! Butter soaked veggies, and even melted garlic butter to dip meat into. Sometimes I feel like the witch from hansel and gretel, cackling and rubbing my hands together while I fatten them up! lol!
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    yup, hawk is the same. yesterday, he had barely any lunch or dinner, and then was ravenous today. so, you know, ok.

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