On feeding kids a real food diet in this topsy-turvy world
I’ve been listening to some podcasts lately where the topic of feeding kids a Keto/primal/paleo/sugar-free/traditional foods diet has been brought up. There seems to be some wonky theories out there whereby not feeding kids the fake foods of today results in creating social outcasts or kids who rebel by eating junk food on the down low.
I’ve raised three kids. Our youngest is soon-to-be 16, the other two are 25 and 21. I understand the challenges of birthday parties and school pizza days. I get it. But I’m here to tell you that you will not create little social pariahs or closet McDonalds hoarders by making your meals void of anything processed. What you will do is raise kids that know what it is to feel good in their bodies. Kids that can think clearly, that have level emotions, that rarely get sick. How many kids get to grow up even experiencing those basic things anymore? So, when they’re teenagers, and they eat crap, they feel like crap – and they actually know the difference.
Our two older daughters, both full-time students, use their meagre incomes to buy grass finished and organic meat and eggs from local farmers. They don’t eat cookies and hoagies and fast food because it makes them feel lousy. They ferment their own vegetables because it’s cheap and easy. They make bone broth and put whole roasts in the slow cooker because it’s quick and nourishing. They get it. They know they have to put effort into their health and they delight in doing so.
When they were younger, they ate liver slathered in ghee, all manner of fermented veggies, homemade soups made with bone broth, roasts, tongue, heart, venison, whatever! They ate what they were given or they didn’t eat at all. Period. Today, I don’t know that there’s a single nourishing food that they wouldn’t eat.
I’m not trying to sound sanctimonious. God knows I fucked up a lot of mothering stuff, too. I just wanted to say, from a mama whose been there with little ones, stick to your guns.