toast some coconut flakes and serve with heavy cream (and fruit if she likes fruit on her cereal). Voila! Primal cereal.
So, my husband and I have been primal for over a year now. Our 2 kids (6 and 3 1/2) are mostly primal. Lunches and dinners are primal. Breakfast just became primal for our 6 year old. Now it's time to get the 3 1/2 carb queen off of the cereal.
We decided that once the cereal was gone, that was it. No more. So, we told our girl about it. She doesn't quite get it. And she's quite, um, vocal, when she doesn't get her way and I'm just not looking forward to that meltdown at 6:30 about no cereal. I've gotten her to also eat a coconut flour and applesauce muffin, so she's eating less cereal.
I'm thinking that on the day that the cereal is gone that I have a bunch of options in front of her to choose for breakfast: eggs, coconut muffin, banana with almond butter.
What do you YOU think?
Have YOU done this before?
The cereal is gone in about two days I think.
I have a 5 1/2 and a 3 year old.
We ate a ton of cereal before switching to primal. Mind you, it was old fashioned oatmeal and grapenuts, but still. And we used to make so many zucchini muffins (which I secretly miss)
It actually wasn't a huge deal. I tossed it out one day and the next began giving them eggs and sweet potatoes for breakfast, or yogurt and apples. My five year old loves to have tuna for breakfast too. Or a bowl of cottage cheese.
My five year old was addicted to the zucchini muffins, and they were extremely low sugar too. I told them that the wheat in them hurts our bodies and that we can't buy that stuff anymore. They whined about it for about a week or so and haven't asked much since.
I think most people who switch to this way of eating and who have young children go through a rough patch initially. And from what I've seen it's a matter of empathizing with their feelings- they feel gyped, they don't really understand why their favorites are gone, and it's really hard to change once you've become so used to something- and just getting through it. Kids are really adaptable- they'll make it, though I know, it's not very fun in the process.
It really isn't hard to switch kids to primal. Easier for kids than adults in many cases. Just get rid of the crap, tell your kids they'll look like (name fat person they know) and that's it. They may ask for some of the old foods, but after a little while they'll get over it. The thing about kids is for a 5 year old kid a year seems like 10 years to a 50 year old. Keeping that in mind, after a week or two they should get over it.
I usually disagree with this philosophy, but don't budge at all. She can be as vocal as she wants.
I just swapped out the cereal for the plainest, driest gluten-free version available - 2 mornings of that, and they're Primal for breakfast! My youngest told me it was like eating corrugated cardboard, and she wasn't going to do that ... Now they choose between eggs and bacon, omelettes, berries and cream or yoghurt, banana walnut muffins - just about anything except cereal. Having said which, mine are 16, 14 and 11, so maybe it's easier. Also, eldest and youngest are coeliac, so I had the excuse to start with.
You tell her no more cereal and that's it.
When I was 7 years old and the war broke out, I didn't throw a fit because there were no more chocolate bars to be had. I understood that there is no more, and that's it.
I don't understand these kids that throw fits and always get their way. I really don't get that crap.
Last edited by dado; 09-28-2011 at 04:23 AM.
Just do it. Let her whine in her room. Be the parent. :-)
I'm not a parent, so I may be off here, but I am an early Ed teacher, so that's where my advice is coming from. I think the many choices idea may be tricky. It may feel overwhelming to her and give the impression that she has a great deal of control in the matter, which will work against your cause. I would suggest serving something you know she likes, something yummy and with enough carbs to not totally throw her metabolically, and just commit to letting her complain without budging. Also, she should see you eating the same thing. Preschoolers are hesitant to new foods for an evolutionary reason. It's a very reasonable from a survival perspective to stick to the tried and true. Just think, if 2-5 year olds did not have a tendancy to avoid vegetables and new foods, their natural curiosity would lead them to eat poisonous plants whenever you turn your back on them.
I know it's next to impossible to let your child go hungry, but if she balkss at what you offer for breakfast, you could try saying, "I want you to have some breakfast, because you will get too hungry if you wait for lunch.". This casually sets the parameters: there's the option of eating this food, or waiting until lunch. Meanwhile, you're happily eating it. She may skip it, her prerogative really. She won't be harmed by missing one meal. You could also let her pick a favorite lunch item (from a primal list of choices) as a bribe for having some breakfast.
Finally, a menu suggestion: noatmeal. Mash up a banana with a heaping tablespoon of almond butter. Season with cinnamon, coconut flakes or anything else you like (maybe leave hers plain). Mash well and heat in the microwave. This is sweet, and has a very cereal vibe to it. You could have breakfast with your daughter and tempt her to try the very special porridge and see if she can guess what's in it. Give clues -yellow, peel, loved by monkeys, etc. I've never tried it, but this could work with peanut butter too, if that's something she likes. This maybe less than ideal primally, but at least it's not cereal!
Last edited by grablife; 09-28-2011 at 04:57 AM.