Since first hearing about LCHF a couple of years ago, I’ve done a lot of my own reading and research into this highly controversial lifestyle (for some, who haven’t bothered to research it & are firmly stuck in their indoctrination) choice. I saw the results that close friends of ours had but I was a little scared, having been fully indoctrinated into the “low fat is healthy/carb diet” I won’t lie, I was afraid. Hence the reading and researching and devouring of books I’ve done prior to starting us on this lifestyle. If you’re able to open your mind and are interested, Gary Taubes has written a brilliant book – Why We Get Fat, reading that book was the first step in opening my mind and embracing a not at all new way of thinking, banting has been around and used to treat obesity and diabetes for more than 100 years.
The more I have read and the more I have researched, the more I worry about what my children are eating. Over processed, sugar added foods that are doing nothing but acting as a precursors for diabetes, heart disease and obesity. All the cereals and quick meals that are punted to us as “healthy” choices for our children… I don’t want my children living on a diet full of over refined sugary foods filled with chemicals in order to make them low fat. I cannot, with good conscience, do that. LCHF is much more than low carb high fat, it’s also all about eating natural foods, free range products, grass fed, steroid and antibiotic free meats etc.
But I digress… back to my children! A lot of people have asked how we’re balancing our LCHF foods with what our children eat.
I’ll start with Hannah because she’s my eater and she makes cooking for her a breeze.
This child has LOVED food from the moment she started solids! She will gladly sit on my lap, while I’m eating my own dinner and pick olives, peppers, you name it off my plate and munch away at it. We stopped giving her baby food totally about 2 months ago, when she cut all of her molars and she’s now more than happy to munch her way through a plate of veggies and meat. Her daily diet now consists mostly of eggs & cured meats for breakfast, full cream unsweetened yoghurt for lunch a piece of fresh fruit and then her supper is pretty much mostly whatever I’ve cooked for Walter and I. She’s easy to feed, easy to please and young enough not to have learned about the delicious, highly addictive crap sugary foods and sweets marketed as healthy to children.
Enter Ava-Grace and it’s a whole other demon!
Ava has NEVER been an eater. Weaning her was hard! She has always been highly suspicious of food and aggressively resists trying anything new. She is, like most 4 years olds raised on the values of a low fat carb diet, obsessed with sweets and biscuits, she loves nothing more than a chocolate, her favourite foods include all the over processed kiddie favourites – vienna sausages, fish fingers etc. I want to have a heart attack when I think about what all this crap is doing to her body and her health. I want her to have the best and healthiest start and feeding her all that shit is not it. Interestingly, she does love the LCHF dinners and will happily munch her way through the various lchf stews and curries & egg plant “pasta’s” that I make, complete with cauli rice but breakfast is an issue as she literally has a melt down when she sees a boiled egg, so determined is she not to eat it, although she’s quite happy to munch her way through bacon, thank goodness for that! She is my challenge but I am determined to get it right.
Then I read Natasha’s blog post – An Open Letter To South African Restaurants From Kids and I whole heartedly agreed with Natasha. I saw some tweets which were obviously in response to the post, about how balance is key and it shouldn’t matter if kids want to eat this junk when going out to a restaurant or as a “treat”. And initially I was inclined to agree but then I saw something else… that made me stop and rethink….
It was during a discussion on a LCHF FB support group page where someone had asked how many people had converted their children to banting too and it went something along the lines of – we know smoking is bad so we wouldn’t let our children occasionally smoke a cigarette!
I am still on the fence about this entire issue. I want my children to follow the lchf because I believe that it is the healthiest chance they have but I am also realistic enough to realize that they are living in a world of birthday parties and sugary foods designed to appeal to children.
Somewhere in the midst of all that, there is a balance…. I’m just struggling to find it!