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    i need help with my teen daughter!

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    I have been primal for 5 weeks and have realized amazing changes. My 12 year old daughter has been primal for 3 weeks. She is freaking out as she has gained two pounds. Please give me some advice because I am not sure what is going on. The hormones are in full bloom (lucky us) and she is a club soccer player. I do not think exercise a concern. Please let me know if we are not being patient, is it different with a developing girl, and so on. I truly appreciate your advice and thoughts. Please help!

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    Tell her to grow up about the weight gain. Weight is just a number until it dives into the realm of fat gain, and for a girl her age and activity level... there's little point freaking out about two pounds.
    Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

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    I think it is unrealistic to think that your daughter is "going primal" because you are, if that is indeed your thought. She's probably doing considerable carbs outside the house. Of course, if going PB is her idea, then that might be wrong. In any event, two pounds is within the weight of water drunk recently (a pint's a pound the world around, and so on). If that's all that is freaking her out, have her weigh herself before breakfast. She'll probably be back where she was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galeldor View Post
    Please give me some advice because I am not sure what is going on.
    It's possible that your 12 year old daughter might still be growing.
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    I'd take away the scale. I know I don't want my daughter to ever get focuses on a number on the scale, especially when she's still growing and developing. She should be focused on her game, her energy levels, and how she feels. Make sure she sees pictures of strong, athletic women, so she understands what "healthy" looks like. Let her know why you eat the way you do, but don't make it about weight. It should be about health, strength, being able to play hard and enjoying life. She needs to understand that this is not a diet.

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    She's still growing, lol!

    I had my biggest growth spurt at 13.

    Tell her to chill and get rid of the scale (if you have one.)

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    I grew from 5' 7" to 5' 11" between the ages of 12 and 14, the scale shouldn't matter at that age.
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    If she's primal at home and carbing at school or behind your back that would certainly explain the rapid weight gain... And female cyclical weight fluctuations?

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    Well, she can either realize that two pounds isn't the end of the world (I can fluctuate two pounds in a day, easily), or she can give into her fears and go back to her previous eating habits. It can be a very difficult lifestyle to wrap one's head around, and for a hormonal teenage girl, I would not try to force her into it or become disappointed in her if she doesn't want to continue right now.

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    Under the age of 18, you only need to be seeing a scale at the doctors office. JMO.

    She could be gaining muscle (especially with all that great soccer cardio)
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