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The Food Diaries – You Wouldn’t Let Your Child Smoke A Cigarette Occasionally?

designLike most families with more than one child, we have the classic combo, one child who eats and one child who is a non-eater!

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.

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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!

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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!

 

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply Natasha Clark

    I agree with you Sharon. My kids do eat junk sometimes, but I don’t want them to associate JUNK (Spur kids menu) with FUN. I think that bothers me more than anything. Why can’t we do FUN, face painters, jumping castle, family, friends, restaurant, outing (yayayay) with vegetables instead of chips, you know? Or a butternut lasagne or veggie bake? In my Talk 702 interview yesterday, a well known food distributor came on the line and said the entire issue is around cost. Restaurants buy whatever is cheapest so they make more money – to the detriment of our kids. As soon as I see processed, deep fried chicken nuggets on a menu, I know they don’t care. It’s our responsibility what we do at home, and we’re not perfect, but I don’t want my boys brainwashed in to bad habits by retailers and franchises.

    May 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Exactly!
      And I am more than willing to pay a little extra for a healthy kids meal when we do go out (which is almost never because the food options for my kids are just terrible).

      May 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply amberdaddyandmummy

    Although not strictly lchf, smoothies are great for kids, and if they have them for breakfast even with some natural sugars in them at least they burn off the sugar during the day! You can keep fruits in the freezer (strawberries, mango, raspberries etc) and blend with full fat yoghurt and nut milks, or even a bit of water and a touch of honey, bananas or a spoon of peanut butter etc.

    May 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply amberdaddyandmummy

    On the occasional Monday night we go to Spur for buy 1 burger get 1 free, I usually have the patty with salad and no roll. My 3year old doesnt seem too fussed having the same, although she cannot resist the fried onions! A few places also dont mind substituting the potatoes/chips with veg instead (butternut, chard etc.)

    May 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply amberdaddyandmummy

      We go as hubby enjoys himself a Spur burger and I wont ever be able to change that 😉

      May 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Laura-kim le Roux

    I have so much to say on this! Wether you agree with lchf or not the fact is it has raised awareness about what crap goes into our food and people are demanding healthier, natural options – which even if you eat carbs – is not a bad thing.

    I try very hard to limit the crap the kids eat but I find lunches the biggest challenge. Lunch is probably the most unhealthy meal all 3 of my kids eat (except maybe Kiara – she has popcorn and biltong) but finding convenient foods they will eat is a challenge – not impossible I know but a challenge!

    I have cut out all store bought sauces and as much processed crap as I can but it’s still a daily challenge especially when schools still have Cake and Candy once a month!

    May 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I think there needs to be a balance. Having said that, I now regret giving Nicky so many biscuits because he is addicted to them and less interested in the fruit I am trying to give him now. He is also very slow to wean and it is driving me nuts to still bf him. But he really is eating a lot more than he was.

    May 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Fatima

    I don’t do lchf but I do try to keep my 2yr old away from processed food and refined carbs (and it’s totally frustrating that family members will still offer him all sorts of rubbish to eat!).

    We do organic rolled oats/quinoa/polenta with honey and cinnamon for breakfast, blocks of organic cheese, double cream plain yogurt with nuts and fruit, oats and rye or quinoa bread with cream cheese or macadamia nut butter. Maybe some of these options would work for Ava? You could even skip the bread and do bananas with a nut butter?

    May 22, 2014 at 7:06 am
  • Reply wannabepoet

    I absolutely agree with you; unfortunately M-L has been brought up with today’s lifestyle of sweets and chocolates etc, and I must admit that Strawberry Pops and Oaties are my morning lifesavers! But the treats generally happen over the weekends, and only if she’s been exceptionally good, like eating her food! M-L is also an incredibly hesitant and fussy eater, and it is literally a fight every single night to get her to eat. The crazy thing, is that once she’s had the first bite she normally munches it down. It’s just getting her to have that damn first bite! Vegetables are not her friend; L and I are still trying to get her to eat her veggies first, and then her meat and/or carbs. We aren’t on any diet; we eat whatever we have in the cupboards. But after reading and SEEING your amazing success with the LCHF diet, I am very, VERY interested in it.

    May 22, 2014 at 8:57 am
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