My kids eat a lot of meat and veggies now - primal more or less, on and off for about 6 or 7 years - since age 1.5 and 3. But I was a vegetarian ;( during both pregnancies, extremely vitamin D deficient, got nowhere near enough zinc and we have all of the 'stuff' to show for it: ADHD, LD. Prevention is always easier than the treatment.
Fwiw, temperment is largely genetic and I have a difficult temperment as well - but, as we know, various nutritional and environmental factors control gene expression. It about kills me to think about what I ate during the pregnancies - but even worse: how vitamin D deficient I was.
The three biggest growth components for infants are calcium, phosphorus and protein: I'd keep that in mind when meal planning. Typically, in a traditional society, soft organ meats are the first things a baby eats - liver and brain are the biggies so I'd try to replicate at least the liver.
I wish I'd have started plain yogurt around 10 months....egg yolk around 4-6 mos along with grated liver.
I wish I'd have started fermented foods early(ie traditional sauerkraut etc) to get them used to the tangy, sour taste that is often *so* good for us.
I'd start dark green stuff now - even if you have to pulverize it. Salady stuff too.
Bone broths are extremely important.
Be sure he gets 400 IU vitamin D per 10 lbs body weight per day on days that he doesn't get midday, *summer*, full body, unprotected, sun exposure to the point just before a burn.
Avoid cod liver oil - stick with fish oil on days when he doesn't get fatty fish or grass/pasture finished meat. There's just too much A floating around in CLO:
From The Vitamin D Council newsletter
Seventeen experts—many of them world-class experts—recently recommended:
""Until we have better information on doses of vitamin D that will reliably provide adequate blood levels of 25(OH)D without toxicity, treatment of vitamin D deficiency in otherwise healthy children should be individualized according to the numerous factors that affect 25(OH)D levels, such as body weight, percent body fat, skin melanin, latitude, season of the year, and sun exposure. The doses of sunshine or oral vitamin D3 used in healthy children should be designed to maintain 25(OH)D levels above 50 ng/mL. As a rule, in the absence of significant sun exposure, we believe that most healthy children need about 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily per 11 kg (25 lb) of body weight to obtain levels greater than 50 ng/mL. Some will need more, and others less. In our opinion, children with chronic illnesses such as autism, diabetes, and/or frequent infections should be supplemented with higher doses of sunshine or vitamin D3, doses adequate to maintain their 25(OH)D levels in the mid-normal of the reference range (65 ng/mL) — and should be so supplemented year-round (p. 868)."
Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2008 Nov;117(11):864-70.
Cod liver oil, vitamin A toxicity, frequent respiratory infections, and the vitamin D deficiency epidemic.
Cannell JJ, Vieth R, Willett W, Zasloff M, Hathcock JN, White JH, Tanumihardjo SA, Larson-Meyer DE, Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Lamberg-Allardt CJ, Lappe JM, Norman AW, Zittermann A, Whiting SJ, Grant WB, Hollis BW, Giovannucci E.
Department of Psychiatry, Atascadero State Hospital, Atascadero, California, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Those are some serious heavy hitters in the D world. Serious stuff this D:A ratio.