Wow! This thread got interesting. Good for you OP for trying to make positive changes in your daughter's diet. What's done is done. You can't go back and change the fact that your daughter was given soda, etc. I do find some of the posters' holier than thou, somewhat militant attitudes off-putting, btw. Any positive changes you make from this point forward will add up. Your daughter has a long time to grow taller so if she quits gaining this situation will work itself out. It would be great if your wife was on board with a primal approach but sounds like she's not, so do the best you can.
I recently started back on a more pure primal path and my husband is not primal. He will eat most of what I cook, though. I would say he's maybe 50/50 at this point. So, I try to set a good example and I try to have lots of primal options available. Breakfast was easy. I got my daughter off of her flax/wheat waffle in the morning with an egg (boiled or scrambled) and bacon(!). I also make her a little "pie" with almond flour, grassfed butter, apples and/or blueberries, cinnamon and a little drizzle of maple syrup or honey. She loves this and asks to have it for lunch. You can also "hide" lots of nutrition in a smoothie. (yogurt, fruit, stevia, whey protein, perhaps fish oil and probiotic powder and some vit D). I have even frozen the smoothies and put them in a thermal container for lunch. I do suggest that you try to get her to take her lunch. I have worked in schools for a long time and school lunches are far from primal/healthy. You can make gradual changes here like putting in more fruit, any raw vegetables she likes, water to drink, etc. My daughter has been accepting of my manipulations to her lunch. I haven't totally banned the ubiquitous sandwich that she loves because I don't think prohibition always works; it sometimes backfires. I also don't want to make her feel like she can't partake of non-primal food at parties, etc. I take a "moderation in all things, including virtue" stance. One of my next projects is to make a poster for the fridge called "Haley's Healthy Habits". It will have pics of primal food, exercise options, and other healthy habits I'm trying to instill.
The most important thing is to educate our kids about nutrition and help them learn to make good choices. Like it or not, the vast majority of us are not totally in control of everything our child eats and they are likely to resent us if we even try. Ultimately, she will have to decide her own path in life, as all of our children will. I wish you well on this journey.
Last edited by TornadoGirl; 03-10-2013 at 08:47 AM.
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