I’ve had quite a few people asking me about feeding kids, if I fed my kids vegetables, what we ate etc. Well, here’s a pic of my food cellar a couple years ago. A good clue, no?
We raised our children on an organic, traditional foods, Weston A Price style diet without grains because none of us did well with them. Our meals prioritized animal proteins, fats, and organs with vegetables as sides, not the main focus of the plate. Fruits, locally and in season, eaten in moderation.
There is nothing wrong with eating veggies if you’re a healthy human. My caveats are that the veggies are local, in season, used as small sides not the main event, foraged is even better, grown properly in healthy soils and amended with compost from healthy animals, and cooked appropriately. How many people eat veggies like this? Not too many. Maybe this is part of the problem.
If there are health issues or problems with digesting vegetables, I could understand the need to remove them with other hard to digest foods to heal, but that is unique to each person and I have no experience with doing this with children.
What I can tell you is that we raised three healthy kids that drank raw milk, ate nose to tail animal foods, and yes, ate winter squash in winter, cucumbers and berries and all that good stuff from the garden in the summer. The joy of a healthy body is being in the world, able to handle some slight stressors because you have that healthy body in the first place.
We went to Europe when our kids were younger and you better believe they ate crepes in Paris and crunchy sourdough with hunks of cheese in Germany. And no, they didn’t get sick. A little hormetic pulse is a good thing for a strong body. And isn’t that what we want for our kids? To set them up to be robustly healthy? To not be the shrivelled up kid in the corner with the runny nose, black circles under their eyes, sucking on their juice box and munching on their dunkaroos?
My personal approach of just eating animal products is a beautiful, delicious solution to get out of my body’s way while it heals because it’s a sick body. Where it all goes from here I don’t know but I plan on sticking around to find out.