Raising Paleo Kids
When I started my Paleo journey nearly 6 years ago, I took my family along for the ride. My two boys, Jack and Sam were 9 and and 7 at the time, and firmly entrenched in the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) way of eating. Let’s say they weren’t thrilled with our new diet plan. It’s hard for any of us to give up addictive foods, sugar, flour….sugar and flour together! But when you’re a kid and could care less about the eventual toll of your poor eating habits…well good luck with that.
I started off slow, allowing foods that weren’t Paleo and slowly substituting them with Paleo knock-offs. It hasn’t been a flawless process, but today my kids eat about 75% of their diet real food. They don’t complain much, okay Sam will still sometimes complain, but not much. The 25% of non Paleo foods they eat are restricted to treats and what they eat outside our home. I will also say that I had to get tough, I adopted the attitude that eating good nutrient dense foods was not a punishment, that I was growing my children’s bodies and minds….and that I had one chance to get it right. For years supper was served with a side of my saying, “I’m not running a restaurant, you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”. Which worked, mostly.
Over these six years I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen, and we’ve spent a lot of time at the table (or living room floor) as a family…eating nourishing, comforting foods. And I’m pretty happy with that, and if you asked my kids, they’d tell you they are too.