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    Parents - Primal for young athlete?

    OK, I'm looking for a little input from other primal parents trying to get their kids on board, my 12 year old son is a hockey player and in great shape, also a damn fine defenseman...but he balks at primal

    I've been primal for about 5 months now and have been slowly removing the non-primal items from our house, as I'm the only one... The problem is my son would probably leave home if I took away his eggo waffles and syrup - ARGH! As well as some of the other non-primal foods he eats.

    I cook most of our meals at home and he eats well when we eat together - it's the school lunches, after school snacks and breakfasts! I can't get him to eat eggs and bacon in the morning...or really anything besides eggos - and he literally had a meltdown when I told him in the store I was no longer going to buy him poptarts.

    I've discussed it with him and he's pretty rational for a 12 yo, but he just said, "mom, I'm healthy - why do I need diet food?" I told him that it's not diet food, eating better would make him a BETTER athlete, faster on the ice and he would grow bigger and stronger...(he's on the smaller side of normal but really muscular and lowwww body fat)

    I need suggestions on how to approach it with him - he's already a hell of an athlete, plays AAA travel hockey all over the midwest...??? I'm kind of stuck!

    Anyway, I am picking up groceries today and of course he requested strawberry poptarts and I have a mental block against buying them...but when I come home WITHOUT them AGAIN - this conversation is going to happen....

    any ideas are appreciated!

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    You are not alone!

    I don't have a magic bullet remedy but I will share my gradual approach to getting my kids to eat real whole food over processed junk. I have 2 active athletic boys (13 and 16) living at home. We are a family of athletes and are all in good shape and no one is really trying to lose weight. I've been preaching a 'whole foods' approach to eating for quite some time and have slowly eliminated many of the staples that were once in the pantry. The crackers and pretzels are gone, the vegetables, nuts and fruits are plentiful but I still get the 'why can't we eat pasta for dinner like everyone else' complaints.

    I decided to approach this as a long-term project without expectations of something happening overnight. For example, I have gradually decreased the number of Cheerios boxes in the pantry and have increased the local, fresh eggs that are in the refrigerator. I tell them their stash is all I will buy for 2 weeks. I have challenged them to eat eggs more days of the week than Cheerios and it's working. I also offer last night's leftovers as an option and they are a bit apprehensive to have dinner for breakfast but sometimes they bite and eat chicken. Slowly, they are viewing the Cheerios as a treat and they are eating more eggs especially when there's bacon on the plate, too. I haven't said they can't eat cereal but I've been striving to give them better choices which has resulted in having them eat less cereal. I'm constantly telling them about why real, whole food is better than processed food and slowly it's sinking in but I don't expect them to change overnight or completely and I can't control what they eat at their friend's houses.

    Be patient and keep up the great example. I can't help to smile and know that something good is happening when they have come home from practice and eat a salad of organic mixed greens while I cook dinner because as they put it, 'there's no good food in the house.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbj View Post
    OK, I'm looking for a little input from other primal parents trying to get their kids on board, my 12 year old son is a hockey player and in great shape, also a damn fine defenseman...but he balks at primal
    12 years old? Here's a better reason to eat this way than just athletic performance: Health Correlator: Looking for a good orthodontist? My recommendation is Dr. Meat

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    Quote Originally Posted by js290 View Post
    12 years old? Here's a better reason to eat this way than just athletic performance: Health Correlator: Looking for a good orthodontist? My recommendation is Dr. Meat
    I'm sure that matters at a certain age but not 12.

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    Wondering how it's going?

    We have the same issues here re: social stuff. Also, they do still like to have treats. We talk a lot about blood sugar and how it's not good to have that spike so much with grains AND sugars combined. So cereal, in our house, is a Sunday afternoon treat... AFTER the good protein filled breakfast.

    I did about the same as one of the first posters said, gradually reduced the junk while gradually increasing the good stuff. Occasionally, when we ran out of something, I would say, "I'm not going to to the store to buy *just* that junk food. I'll get some next week with our next big grocery shop. It won't kill you to go a week without it."

    That said, we rotate a lot of foods in and out of our regimen. For example: we'll do a very heavy week of eggs, then take a week or two off, then do a couple of egg heavy weeks maybe. It's not strange for our kids to hear: "We're doing a _________-free week this week just to give our bodies a break from digesting it."

    We also explained that it is like exercising the same body part hard every day. We don't do that because our 'parts' need rest time. We approach the digestive system the same way.

    When we make big changes re: treats (which can tend to climb up gradually without notice), the second week is generally the worst... then life takes over and the focus shifts to something else.

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    Thank you for replying - I was afraid the thread got moved off the front page and then no-one would ever reply! lol

    Anyway, we cook at home alot, and my son is now having healthy afterschool snacks as often as his beloved poptarts. Breakfast will be a struggle though - he does like eggs / bacon and I think we will start with one day a week and weekends for non-cereal/no-eggos breakfast.

    my husband is kind of on-board with primal so he backs me up...well we back each other up regardless! That makes it easier to make changes.

    From the eating out standpoint, we almost never do - our son would always rather eat at home.

    I guess there aren't huge changes that need to be made - I just feel so awful purchasing crap for my son that i wouldn't touch myself....
    I would gladly give my life for him...but I'll by him crap to eat?
    frustrating - but small changes are being made, and slowly we'll get rid of those damn pop tarts!
    lol

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    You could meet him halfway and make Paleo pancakes with real maple syrup. Using nut flour however really isn't much healthier. You can make Oopsie pancakes out of just eggs and cream cheese, though.

    If he is anything like a young me, though, I'd just feed him tons of steak. I could never complain about steak. Nothing wrong with steak for breakfast. It's a bit expensive, though.

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    I recently made coconut flour pancakes for my 2 and 4 yr old and they loved them. I let them have syrup, but I ate mine with honey. I also made a double batch and refridgerated the left overs. Still good, and my kids took them to daycare.

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    If he gets allowance tell him he can buy Pop Tarts with his own money if he wants them, but you won't be buying them anymore. Then offer some Paleo desserts as an alternative to spending his money.
    Maybe also see if the coach would be willing to talk about how sugar impacts performance.

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    Sugar or carbs are needed so.

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