Primal Eating: Toddler Style

 

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables (Photo credit: nutrilover)

 

As many of you Frontdive Fitness fans know, I am a big advocate of primal/paleo eating.  Primal eating is the elimination of all processed foods such as bread, rice, pasta, beans, sugar and basically anything that comes from a package.  I believe if you want optimal health you need to only eat foods in which come from the earth or you can kill.  Your key players to eat are: fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and nuts (excluding peanuts).  It is a very simple, basic way to eat and live and it sets you up for success throughout your journey in life.  Eating this way will dramatically reduce your chances of coronary heat disease, diabetes, obesity and any other medical condition.  I have fully adopted this lifestyle and for the most part my wife has as well.

 

The challenge begins with what and how to feed our 18 month old daughter Devon.  We are both firm believers in eat as I do.  If your child sees you eating healthy decisions like fruit, vegetables and meat, then they are more inclined to eat that way as well.  If you are eating crappy garbage food and are trying to feed your child healthy food then good luck with that.  You have to set the example.  I know getting children to eat sometimes can be very challenging, tiring and frustrating.  I’m a dad so trust me, I know.  Just be patient and have them try all the different things you like to eat.  Sometimes Devon is more interested in what is on my plate then what is in front of her.

 

Alright, now on to what we feed our child.  In the morning for breakfast, Devon really loves eggs.  She eats 2 scrambled eggs almost every morning and let me tell you she gobbles them up.  She usually eats her eggs plus whatever fruit we have available in the fridge.  She really loves blueberries,  grapes, strawberries and bananas.  Sometimes my wife will blend together a smoothie with banana, blueberries, strawberries, avocado and half and half.

 

Lunch and dinner become a little bit trickier.  We try to give her a source of protein in which she can feed herself, like ground turkey, bits of chicken or deli lunch meat.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  If it does not work we resort to feeding her a baby food jar of some kind of meat like turkey or beef.  She generally eats and enjoys cheese, yogurt and almond butter.  One of the greatest inventions out there now are the organic squeeze pouches.  They make these squeeze pouches which are made of organic  pure’ed fruits and vegetables like: pear and mango, apple carrot, and blueberry and spinach.  A great way for your child to increase her fruit and vegetable intake.  Because she is teething, we also give her crunchy vegetables to chew on such as carrots, celery and cucumber.  She also enjoys sweet potatoes, almond butter and has recently been eating broccoli.

 

We do not keep a lot of junk food in the house.  I am not a fan of it, but we do give her some crackers and cheerios occasionally.  My wife says she is a kid and she is going to eat that stuff.  Some battles you just are not going to win.  I know it may seem like she eats a lot of fruit and she does, but I would rather her eat fruit then any other type of processed food.  We generally stick to fruit, meat, eggs, some veggies and cheese.

 

Here is list of what she does eat:

 

  • Eggs
  • Fruit ( all kinds)
  • Vegetables
  • Yogurt
  • Coconut Milk
  • Cheese
  • Meats
  • Squeeze Pouches

 

What she does not eat:

 

  • Breads
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Juices
  • Soda
  • Pastries
  • Chips

 

This is just an example of what WE feed our daughter.  It works for us and it is not an outline by any means.  We try to do our best job to feed our child the best food possible.  Hopefully this will continue over to her to make good healthy decisions as she grows up.  We do let her live and are not extremely strict with her diet.  If mom and dad are eating dessert like cookies or frozen yogurt then we let Devon have some bites too.

 

For the most part I believe we as a whole family eat really well.  I believe a family that eats well together, stays together and lives a long life together.

 

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