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    ALWAYS Hungry (Attn: Primal Parents)

    So my mom jokes that my husband has hollow leg syndrome (like many men do-- can eat and eat and eat and never gain). My Grace (who will be 4 in July) is hungry ALL. DAY. LONG. She's constantly eating, no matter what I give her. Our whole family is primal, so she's getting raw milk for breakfast, eggs scrambled with grass fed heavy cream, pastured pork jowl bacon, cheese at lunch (often with loads of lunch meat and fruit), dinner is almost always paleo. Tonight we're having grass fed t-bone and veggies. She can knock out 3 BIG chicken drumsticks no problem. Not to mention snacks in between meals.
    Anyway, point is... is this constant hunger normal? She's growing well, seems to have daddy's metabolism (Thank you, God), and is otherwise happy. Just always hungry! I feel like every 10-20 mins she's asking me for something to eat. She's 38" tall and around 30 lbs (def less than 35)
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    I think its normal, mine are like that some days, but other days they won't eat at all. I guess they know what they need, and if we give them the right food its all good.
    Growing is a lot of work for their bodies, and they need the food.

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    My 4 kids are constantly eating too. If I deny them a snack, suddenly you'd think I'd been starving them for a week- oh the tears! She sounds healthy and happy. Your mind can rest easy, even if your wallet can't! Dang, kids are expensive to feed!!
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    In my experience completely normal. My kids cycle. Few days of feast and a couple days of little food here and there. I actually try to emulate them.

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    That's a relief. Should be highly entertaining to take her to Disneyland in the fall (hoping she'll be 40 inches tall. Maybe if she keeps up this ravenous style she will be). I wonder how many larabars my camelback can hold....
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    I do think you can tell kids no sometimes, even when they are asking for food. I don't think there is anything wrong with making them wait for a meal upon occasion, especially if they eat well at said meals. They won't actually starve, even if they say they are lol. It won't hurt them to be patient and wait, within reason of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tumbleweed View Post
    I do think you can tell kids no sometimes, even when they are asking for food. I don't think there is anything wrong with making them wait for a meal upon occasion, especially if they eat well at said meals. They won't actually starve, even if they say they are lol. It won't hurt them to be patient and wait, within reason of course.
    No this is not right. If they are hungry they should eat, they are growing. If we are giving them good foods, what is wrong with letting them eat? I don't believe you eat when not hungry until much later in life, its something you learn somewhere, but I don't think kids do it.

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    my guy is like that too -- particularly when he is in a growth spurt. we up the carbohydrates for him with kumara, potatoes, quinoa if he wants it, and rice (with his sushi!). He also gets bananas. All of this, of course, served with fat, protein, or both.

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    do you find your children go a bit crazy if having fruit like grapes or watermelon?
    I think we will stick to bananas and berries for fruit. My 2 go nuts on all that sugar from grapes and watermelon.

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    Our kids are excellent hunter gatherers. At least, they know where the fruit is on the bench (and can climb up to where the jerky tin is).

    I wouldn't worry. Little kids are much better at knowing when they are hungry and when they are not. (Except my 2 year old, who is 'all full up' on veges and can't eat another bite, but then has a sobbing fit when he wants seconds of pudding and we offer him his veges instead)

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