Her plate, my plate.
Here’s a little example of how we eat the same foods in our family but add or take away certain things to address our individual needs.
Nutrition is fluid. Truly listening to your body and nourishing it can look different from day to day. What my 16 year old daughter needs are the same foods I do, animal foods from healthy critters, but with modifications.
I’m an active menopausal woman with a physical job. She’s a powerlifting, competitive athlete. I’m done growing, she’s not. My hormones are little raisins, hers are throbbing, bulging grapes.
But then, there’s day to day variance, too. On her slower days, she drops the extra veg and carbs (from seasonal veg or fruit). Then there’s seasonality. She’s eating veggies out of our garden, but won’t be come winter. That’s when she plays on the boy’s and varsity hockey teams, sometimes a couple games a day, and power lifts. That’s when I will pull some winter squash out of the cold cellar and float it in a sea of raw butter.
Fat burning is the name of the game. Fat burning for sustained energy and mental clarity, for optimum hormonal balance, and to fuel a thriving young body in literally every biological function.
On the plates you can see that she raided our garden for extra veggies on the day she did a heavy training session with her Pops (they’re training for an adventure race) and then just some berries with raw cream on another day when she was waterskiing and being active but that was about it.
Filling out the rest of the plates are organic and pastured meats, smoked salmon, devilled eggs with bacon mayo, wild oysters, duck, smoked salmon, raw cheese etc.
This is the strategy we used in raising all three of our daughters. Our meals revolved around those nutrient dense nose to tail animal foods, especially those fats, free of grains and refined carbs, with good, seasonal carbs as a lever used to meet athletic and growth demands.
Worked for us. Our two oldest daughters, now in their twenties, continue to nourish themselves with these beautiful animal foods. They’re bright, healthy, intelligent, lean, vibrant young women, clear in mind, strong in purpose.