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Paleo breaky for very very very fussy kids (no exageration here extremly fussy).

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Created May 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM

OK, so my son is Gluten and Diary intolerant, so we have gone Paleo completely. My hubby hates me right now and is having a harder time than the kids.

But my kids mostly my 7 year old boy is SUPER FUSSY! He is scared to try anything, his relationship with food is shocking to say the least.

Im finding breaky to be the hardest one to get him to eat. Before this big change he loved cornflakes or rice bubbles and milk, but he cant have any of that now and is craving it and Im pulling my hair out trying to feed him other things.

Is there a way to give him a paleo friendly cereal? I use almond milk now but not sure what i can put with it thats safe. He hates smoothies, not a vegg fan but looooves fruit as well as nuts and meat.

Please help with recipes, links and info to get him to try new things without the time consuming effort attached to it that leads to tears.

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5802 · February 07, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I have a breakfast sausage I make my kids out of ground chicken. It is much milder flavored than the store sausage. We make patties, or breakfast meatballs (simmer in chicken broth). http://kennedycircusunleashed.blogspot.com/2011/04/breakfast-sausage.html

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468 · September 09, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I also like to give my daughter grass-fed hot dogs and ketchup. They are imo minimally processed and nitrate free. Some are even organic. She can feel like she's getting what she likes and wants but its still healthier.

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468 · September 09, 2012 at 12:41 AM

+ 1 for being patient!

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468 · September 09, 2012 at 12:40 AM

I don't see any problem with the occasional pancakes as well. My daughter loves pancakes. You could make them with tapioca flour. Its a safe starch. A little maple syrup isn't going to kill him. Maybe mix it with water or something. You can definitely up the egg content of your pancakes, and use coconut milk instead of regular milk. Maybe just don't tell him that part ;)

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468 · September 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM

I made omelettes with fruit in them. They were much tastier to me than regular omlettes with only vegetables in them. Those are too... eggy? I put a banana in them, yum. Also I put in strawberries, mango, pineapple, anything else I could find. Bananas and pineapple seem to work the best, but I am going to try blueberries too. In addition, I just got my daughter to be more excited about rice by steaming beets over the rice - turned it pink! Of course she loved having pink rice. Is there anything else you can do to make it more kid-friendly? Add fruit or safe coloring to some dishes?

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604 · June 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I also don't see any problem with safe starches for the young ones.

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5381 · June 21, 2012 at 2:21 AM

I kinda agree with the him helping make food idea, seems regardless of diet, a lot of kids get fussy about food these days. Its probably partly cause they dont understand how its made, or where it comes from etc. If someone gave me something I didnt know about, where it came from, or what it is, how its made, I might be a bit suspicous too. Thats natural to fear the unknown in foods, its self preservation...

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5381 · June 21, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Oh right, so all hes missing is his routine. Fair enough.

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11571 · June 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It sounds like his "reward" comes from getting you rattled. I'm not really assuming that you are rattled. Your frustration is coming through in every word. And that is normal and understandable. The point though is to learn not to show that frustration. Just be very matter of fact. Set the plate down, pick the plate up and put it away. Eat your own meal. If he screams and hollers, tell him that isn't polite table manners and send him away from the table. Be patient; it takes time for adults and children to break habits. Making yourself crazy with worry won't help .

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:42 AM

does react with. I will not subject my children to medical tests that are not life saving ones, if something makes you feel like crap, you just dont eat it right? well it makes perfect sense to me :)

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:41 AM

i am considering going to a pill form of live bacteria, as its stronger like inner health plus. I will test him again with the dairy after a month on it. Im doing much the same thing as i did to confirm it was gluten stuffing his belly up, took it all away, added one thing at a time, like giving him bread one week and then giving him pasta the next to see if it was yeast or gluten, he reacted to both so it was the gluten, im doing the same with dairy, taking it away giving him a different type each week to see which one if not all he reacts to. then its just a case of avoiding the stuff he

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:36 AM

we have decided that if he wants puffed rice for breaky with his almond milk then we will just live with that, i have taken corn flakes out of the equation though due to the over processing and that i cant guarantee there not genetically modified. who knows what they put in the things really., I believe it may be the Casein (hope thats correct) not the lactose thats playing around with his gut. since taking dairy out he is pooping better no tummy upsets either, I have been giving him a live culture fermented milk drink every day, and i am hoping like mad that this builds his flora up again

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:32 AM

I love how people make up there own information from no where, i didnt state i gave him more than 1 choice lol. i make one thing for all, always have, he still wont eat it and the food i cook gets waisted, im over the fighting to get him to eat, or the will he eat it this time struggle with myself. The whole is there even a point in serving him a plate at all, only to get a i dont like it and it pushed away.

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:29 AM

these sound easier than the last ones i made from girl gone primal, i just cant get them right. not enough moisture i guess, thanx will try these ones out tomorrow.

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:23 AM

no he is not addicted to sugar, he has his cereal without sugar. I have NEVER allowed sugar or artificial colourings (try to limit preservatives) in his diet. I dont eat the stuff my kids dont either. We have always eaten healthy too, just changing things around from gluten diet to gluten free and from dairy to dairy free is all.

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:21 AM

oooo, saturated fat for breaky stops hyper activity, will try this theory out for sure.

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:18 AM

Just another note. I have never allowed sugar or artificial colours (try to limit the preservatives) in his diet from day dot. he is not a sugar junky because he does not get it.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Btw it shouldn't come out like soup, more like chicken alfredo pasta sauce.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Here's another idea, cook shrimp with garlic, onin slices, red pepper slices, on cocout oil. When done add a tiny bit of japanese red curry paste, for flavor. Add enough coconut milk to make a nice sauce, not too thin not too thick. Keep cooking until warm, turn off the heat and add a little basil. For some reason his tastes very sweet, children seem to love it ^^

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720 · June 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I agree. I know the food allergy is an annoying issue but I watch parents constantly struggle with their kids eating habits. Too many choices is a bad idea, in my opinion. When I was a kid my mom made dinner and we all ate it, otherwise there was no dinner. There was no choice. I've been around my sister and her kids when she asks them (3 and 4 yrs old) what they would like for dinner and then rattles off some list of food choices. Then they can't decide or when they do they don't want it. I say make 1 thing and that's what they get, period.

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2022 · June 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Yeah, I hope that comment was a joke too. I was determined to be sure my girls weren't picky eaters. About a year ago I told my daughter to take a second bite of something she didn't like and she threw up. Not my proudest parenting moment there. Respect is a two-way street and we cannot expect a child to have a healthy relationship with food if we don't allow them to trust themselves. Kids are picky by nature. Some even believe there is an evolutionary component to that. I find it hard to believe someone making such an ignorant comment as the one above has children of their own.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

If he acts hyper make sure he eats lots of saturated fat for breakfast.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Now that I saw the lactose intolerance; you can substitute bacon grease when frying. For the vegetables, duck fat would be nice.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Just got this thread confused with another one so didn't notice lactose intolerance. Would ghee work? Otherwise you should really do GAPS diet while he's young, children heal from food intoleraces much quicker than adulds, with Gaps diet, plus by healing him he'll be less likely to get other health problems down the road.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

acorn squash sliced into quarters, tablespoon of butter in each quarter with a few drops of water, a tiny pinch of salt, microwave until very soft. I love this more than ice cream! Has a similar texture to ice cream.

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8953 · June 19, 2012 at 7:01 AM

I really hope *"Teach the little shits to respect their mother and eat what you tell them to."* was a joke, as my mother had the same way of thinking when she forced me to eat 'healthy bread'.

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971 · May 09, 2012 at 1:02 AM

It is hard to make the switch, Cristy, I'm still struggling. I'm not dealing with major food intolerances here, but ADHD (inattentive) and just general bad habits. My suggestion is to be strong, don't allow the no-no stuff in the house for quite awhile and keep a lot of "acceptable" foods around. Then you can just say "hey, this is whats available" and feel good about it. You are doing him a favor and I agree, your husband needs to get on board as a grown up. Eventually they'll start begging you for pineapple instead of fruit loops.

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2024 · May 07, 2012 at 3:18 PM

@sara--You make good pointsBut it sounds like he's wanting the stuff he's allergic to. So while there may be a grain of truth there, I don't think it's the entire story. Also, for the record, I am not a proponent of forcing kids to eat something they hate, but I am also not a proponent of mollycoddling, which I see a heck of a lot of, and think is evident in the sheer numbers of people who feed their kids separate meals from what they're eating. The way the food industry targets children is horrific. I'm not targeting the OP here, just saying that sometimes fewer choices is better than more.

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843 · May 07, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Whatever you do just remember children do need a lot more energy, than adults. Compare how much milk a baby will take in with respect to his/her size. Also protein content of mothers milk is just 7% of energy, the rest is lactose and fat in nearly equal proportions. Trying to force what you think is ideal may not be. I would expect that he would do better on more carbs. Also boys generally make more trouble than girls. also his allergies would be responsible for his bad relationship with food. Make interesting and tasty food, which is non allergic, rather than chasing some ideals.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 7:02 AM

sounds like a plan gydle :)

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Im hanging on tight lol

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 7:01 AM

thank you sunny beaches.

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5043 · May 07, 2012 at 6:53 AM

SO great! a few strips of bacon and a banana and you're good to go, right?

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5043 · May 07, 2012 at 6:51 AM

And remember.. this too shall pass. Hang tough.

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5043 · May 07, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Can't you just give him a banana?? He's not going to die of starvation. maybe some almond butter on a gluten-free cracker? You say he hates smoothies, what did you put in them? You could make him coconut/almond flour pancakes with banana circles on top ... that would be awesome. And a little maple syrup won't kill him either.

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5509 · May 07, 2012 at 4:49 AM

Oops, sorry for the yogurt suggestion...I must've missed the "no dairy" part. Haha, the "A or B" scenario works wonders for some kids, but some kids can read minds and don't fall for it:). You sound like a wonderful mom who is doing her best! Good luck with everything!

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 4:07 AM

hmm yes,the ol A or B thats all we have scenario lol I get a I dont want anything then response which = a big blood sugar drop and a very over active hard to keep entertained child. Mr Chef for the day..love it!

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 4:04 AM

my kids loves bacon, not cooked and cooked :)

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 3:41 AM

He does have food intolerance's. I was "forced" to eat foods i didnt like all it got my parents was a fight and in my Dad's case a permanent resentment that continues to today (not just food related but it was a starting point).

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 3:37 AM

tried egg and bacon muffins...no go. I will take on the, get him involved more, thats a great idea, maybe a try a new veg of his choice a week. go to the store get him to pick it out and cook it and try it.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 3:33 AM

we have been gluten free for over a year now. Im a little confused by these comments. Im going to see how he goes with cheese and yogurt one by one without milk in his diet. Kasar, I wasnt being rude, just wanted more info behind your answer, I like hearing other peoples points of view.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 3:28 AM

he wont go for any root veg except carrot and potatoes. But thats ok i will give him time.

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1471 · May 07, 2012 at 3:19 AM

if they are just switching to Paleo, i am sure her child, Kasra, is not ready to IF. Unless typical breakfast foods are not necessary. THEN yes but you probalby could have clarified.

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7275 · May 07, 2012 at 3:14 AM

@zoomia: more often than not, in the cases I've seen, the kids have food intolerances or poor digestion. My sister was a picky eater growing up. It turns out she's allergic to just about everything. In preschool, I was forced to drink milk, but it made me really sick. I cringe when I hear people wanting to force kids to eat things, when they may be legitimately sick from it. Don't you think the increase in picky kids could be related to the increase in food allergies and intolerances?

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6087 · May 07, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Well you guys are all just swell. And no thanks firestorm, but I appreciate the offer.

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724 · May 07, 2012 at 3:11 AM

oh my gosh you just made my day :) I love donuts, they are my weakness. I will have to try this soon!

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1040 · May 07, 2012 at 1:36 AM

If they like nuts and fruit... Sounds like a perfectly good breaky to me. We usually give our kid some breakfast meat and a banana. Regarding picky kids & food: I think kids have different needs than adults. Very little ones aren't spoiled by years of bad food and advertising. My belief is that they are listening to their bodies needs. While you should not buckle to every whim of a kid, they are people too.

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12540 · May 07, 2012 at 1:35 AM

I make my own almond milk -- it's really quite easy, if a little time consuming. Let me know if you want a recipe, Kasra.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Yum, sound delightful thanx.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 1:30 AM

You know you are probably right there, I have even pulled him up on his bad attitude and how the kids are picking up on it too.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 1:28 AM

thats what i already do, One choice, but he doesnt eat and goes to bed hungry, only to wake up in a foul foul mood. So I would like to avoid the food waist by finding what he will eat.

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2024 · May 07, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Oh and it also sounds like if your husband hates you right now, the kids may be taking cues from him. IMO, that would be something to nip in the bud. I would do it by saying here's what there is to eat, and if you don't like it, you can cook your own meals. I applaud giving people options, just think that maybe the options you're giving your picky son are the wrong ones.

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2024 · May 07, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Not to be harsh, but it seems like there are tons of really picky kids these days, and I can't help but wonder how much of it is mollycoddling. What's wrong with: "Here's your meal." "I don't like it." "Well, that's what there is."

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2949 · May 07, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Just what the world needs: spoiled brats building entitlement before they even know how to spell it. No wonder western society is falling apart. I know, I know, I'm done here.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 12:41 AM

lol, respect is a 2 way street, I respect my son who has these allergies and dont feel I should have to force him to eat what I want him to s is he does not like it, thats not respect that is dominance, but each to there own. I would like him to at least try things without a fight. Im an Aussie so breaky is the norm lol

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 12:38 AM

But any grain including rice and corn is not paleo its neolithic., why is breakfast not necessary? my son experiences hyperactivity if he does not eat prior to school. I make my own almond milk :)

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675 · May 07, 2012 at 12:36 AM

I think for a seven year-old, breakfast is important.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Awesomeness. thanx

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2949 · May 07, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Teach the little shits to respect their mother and eat what you tell them to.

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6087 · May 07, 2012 at 12:06 AM

I know; it was just an unsettling acronym

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1794 · May 07, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Breakfast = Breaky

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6087 · May 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I'm not sure what to think of "breaky"

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12540 · May 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Here's a Paleo option for breakfast -- comes out a lot like cereal. I think the youngster'll like it.

  • Organic apple, pear, berries or organic banana, chopped into small pieces
  • Raw walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut manna
  • Organic raisins
  • Hemp seeds (no, not those kind), or hemp protein
  • Shredded coconut
  • Almond milk

Stir to mix. Because it's kids, as long as they're active you don't have to worry so much about the calories here -- and it's a decent breakfast that most kids will really enjoy, even if they're picky.

For a special treat, you could also make Paleo donuts:

Ingredients (makes 10-12 mini-donuts)

Paleo Donuts

1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon celtic sea salt 2 eggs (room temperature) 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons coconut oil (liquid) 1/2 cup warm apple cider 2 tablespoons ghee (or butter or coconut oil), melted ??? for coating cooked donuts Cinnamon Sugar

1/2 cup granulated coconut sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon

In a small bowl whisk together coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, oil and honey. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Add the warm apple cider to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated into the dough. Scoop the donut batter into pre-heated coconut oil (or, if you have one, you can use a mini donut maker -- but I usually just drop mine into coconut oil -- they don't come out with holes, but that's ok). A cookie scooper makes it easy. (About 1 1/2 tablespoons for each donut) Cook for 2-3 minutes. Carefully remove cooked donuts from the pan. Either brush donuts with melted ghee/butter/coconut oil or dip them in to cover both sides. Roll in cinnamon sugar to serve.

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724 · May 07, 2012 at 3:11 AM

oh my gosh you just made my day :) I love donuts, they are my weakness. I will have to try this soon!

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Awesomeness. thanx

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964 · May 07, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Toast pepitas, sunflower seeds and shredded coconut in fairly equal proportions. I spray the nuts lightly with coconut oil and toast 10-15 minutes at 350F turning every 5 minutes, the coconut a little less. Toss this with a little ground cinnamon and clove. Sprinkle liberally over berries and drizzle with coconut milk or white fatty liquid of choice.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Yum, sound delightful thanx.

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145 · May 07, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Aside from the great recommendations for paleo breakfasts, I encourage you to think of fussy eating as a habitual behavior that you CAN conquer. There is a fantastic book called "Parenting with Love & logic" that has helped my husband and I immensely.

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724 · May 07, 2012 at 3:15 AM

well if he likes meat and fruit that sounds workable. Keep in mind also that breakfast doesn't have to be your typical breakfast fare (eggs, cereal, etc.). I have this mindset as well and usually have things like bacon or sausage, a couple eggs, and fruit for breakfast, but I've also had meats that would be more likely served for dinner and broccoli for breakfast (not that your son would probably eat broccoli for breakfast (: ) I would stick to meat and fruit and maybe some nuts too if he likes those, then maybe you can fix something else a little more creative and make a deal with him that he will try at least a couple bites at each breakfast. His tastebuds may need some adjusting and this might help. Also, sweet potatoes are yummy, have you tried those with him? They make good breakfast-fare too. Good luck!

(I'm off to add paleo donuts ingredients to my shopping list lol!)

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468 · September 09, 2012 at 12:41 AM

+ 1 for being patient!

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 3:28 AM

he wont go for any root veg except carrot and potatoes. But thats ok i will give him time.

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5509 · May 07, 2012 at 3:26 AM

I think you should try to involve him in making his meals. Children his age are in that stage where a feeling of independence is important and feeling "grown-up" might given him a more positive relationship with his breakfast.

Tell him that YOU need HIS help in making the breakfast delicious. Let him be Mr. Chef of the day and pick out certain fruit for yogurt (just an example). Or let him pick out his own omelet ingredients.

Children that age are often overwhelmed with changes and too many choices. It helps to let him feel like he can control his choices. Keep it simple. Don't keep offering five million things at breakfast until he says yes. Tell him that today, "You get to pick! Would you like A? Or B? That's all we have."

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5381 · June 21, 2012 at 2:21 AM

I kinda agree with the him helping make food idea, seems regardless of diet, a lot of kids get fussy about food these days. Its probably partly cause they dont understand how its made, or where it comes from etc. If someone gave me something I didnt know about, where it came from, or what it is, how its made, I might be a bit suspicous too. Thats natural to fear the unknown in foods, its self preservation...

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 7:01 AM

thank you sunny beaches.

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5509 · May 07, 2012 at 4:49 AM

Oops, sorry for the yogurt suggestion...I must've missed the "no dairy" part. Haha, the "A or B" scenario works wonders for some kids, but some kids can read minds and don't fall for it:). You sound like a wonderful mom who is doing her best! Good luck with everything!

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 4:07 AM

hmm yes,the ol A or B thats all we have scenario lol I get a I dont want anything then response which = a big blood sugar drop and a very over active hard to keep entertained child. Mr Chef for the day..love it!

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25 · May 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I feel you! I have a very picky toddler. My site www.againstallgrain.com has a ton of kid friendly recipes. There's a few with Dairy in them, so just make sure you look at all of the Paleo Recipes in the recipe index. Try the Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes!! My son loves them!

http://www.againstallgrain.com/2012/04/05/grain-free-pancakes/

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30 · June 19, 2012 at 6:39 AM

We make paleo waffles a lot. one banana, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1/4 C coconut cream, 1 t vanilla, 4 eggs, whizz it all up in the food processor and cook as pancakes or waffles. The other recipe I use is 1/4 C almond butter, 1/2 C applesauce, 2 eggs, 1 t vanilla and 1/2 t cinnamon. They are both delicious!

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:29 AM

these sound easier than the last ones i made from girl gone primal, i just cant get them right. not enough moisture i guess, thanx will try these ones out tomorrow.

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346 · May 07, 2012 at 1:42 AM

First of all, don't listen to the haters. Suddenly removing a kid's favorite breakfast foods will naturally make them upset, regardless of whether or not they have entitlement issues. I've found that eating paleo-friendly versions of things I once loved just makes me crave it more. Try to give him something new. Egg muffins are great, think frittata in a cupcake pan. They're great for filling with vegetables. Make them on a Sunday and give them to him throughout the week. I like fried plantains for a quick breakfast or snack. Get him involved! Ask him to help you cook. Take him to the store and tell him to choose a produce item or two and come up with a creative way to make it together. Give him a little control over a situation where he probably feels powerless. And tell your husband to stop acting like a child and educate himself and realize that being paleo is the healthiest choice for your family.

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468 · September 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM

I made omelettes with fruit in them. They were much tastier to me than regular omlettes with only vegetables in them. Those are too... eggy? I put a banana in them, yum. Also I put in strawberries, mango, pineapple, anything else I could find. Bananas and pineapple seem to work the best, but I am going to try blueberries too. In addition, I just got my daughter to be more excited about rice by steaming beets over the rice - turned it pink! Of course she loved having pink rice. Is there anything else you can do to make it more kid-friendly? Add fruit or safe coloring to some dishes?

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Im hanging on tight lol

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5043 · May 07, 2012 at 6:51 AM

And remember.. this too shall pass. Hang tough.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 3:37 AM

tried egg and bacon muffins...no go. I will take on the, get him involved more, thats a great idea, maybe a try a new veg of his choice a week. go to the store get him to pick it out and cook it and try it.

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8953 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Reading the above comments it looks like people think it's a good idea to force children to eat whole food. If 'the little shits' or 'the picky kids' don't feel like eating meat, why would you force them? How would you like it if someone told you you had to eat crap because it's full of vitamins and good for you?

Apart from making them eat a nutrient-dense diet with limited gluten and PUFA, I wouldn't decide for them what to eat. Some coke, chocolate, ice cream, sugar, potatoes, orange (or other fruit) juice,... won't harm them. I wouldn't be surprised if most people here do better with any of those than with nut butters and flours.

I would basically ask the kids what they want to eat, give them some alternatives and try to meet them in the middle.

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10 · February 06, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I am horrified at the lady who called your child spoilt. How rude and unsupportive. Would you say something so rude to a person's face. I am sickened the "wisper" is giving advice on how to teach respect! I find with my one year on a mix platter is best for him in the morning. I might do bacon or sausage or silverside with berries and a few crushed nuts. I have also made up chucky soups for him. He love the meat and veggies swimming in broth!

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2904 · June 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Cristy, I feel your pain. Getting your entire family on board with your healthy lifestyle is like pulling teeth. Even if they're aware of the health benefits, most people are too stuck in their ways to simply cut certain things out of their diet that they've been accustomed to eating for years.

You should check out the GAPS Diet for your little one.

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11571 · June 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM

"Hunger is the best sauce."

Don't keep struggling to fix him something that he'll like. Fix what you and the rest of the family are having. If he doesn't eat it, he'll be hungry later. He won't starve. Kids eventually learn to eat what is available, so long as they don't get rewarded for pushing parents around.

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11571 · June 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It sounds like his "reward" comes from getting you rattled. I'm not really assuming that you are rattled. Your frustration is coming through in every word. And that is normal and understandable. The point though is to learn not to show that frustration. Just be very matter of fact. Set the plate down, pick the plate up and put it away. Eat your own meal. If he screams and hollers, tell him that isn't polite table manners and send him away from the table. Be patient; it takes time for adults and children to break habits. Making yourself crazy with worry won't help .

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:32 AM

I love how people make up there own information from no where, i didnt state i gave him more than 1 choice lol. i make one thing for all, always have, he still wont eat it and the food i cook gets waisted, im over the fighting to get him to eat, or the will he eat it this time struggle with myself. The whole is there even a point in serving him a plate at all, only to get a i dont like it and it pushed away.

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720 · June 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I agree. I know the food allergy is an annoying issue but I watch parents constantly struggle with their kids eating habits. Too many choices is a bad idea, in my opinion. When I was a kid my mom made dinner and we all ate it, otherwise there was no dinner. There was no choice. I've been around my sister and her kids when she asks them (3 and 4 yrs old) what they would like for dinner and then rattles off some list of food choices. Then they can't decide or when they do they don't want it. I say make 1 thing and that's what they get, period.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

From what I've read, GAPS Diet changes fussy children, special.y those with food sensitivities, into children who will eat anything. I'm on my phone so i can't add refences for that, I'll update the post when i get home.

Hmm as for breakfast, try pretty cubes of sweet potato pan fried with lots of butter and a bit of wate- Keep stirring and adding watere as it cooks. At the end add a pinch of ginger, clove or nutmeg. It should really be vey buttery. If he doesn't eat it add chopped good quaity bacon.

How ablut whipped cream, no sugar, with sliced strawberries on top? If you cut the strawberries the night before they will form a syrup! Yiu can add sliced almomds. It taste swewet and dwlicious but it's healthy.

Homemade bbq pulled pork, if he won't eat that, he's hopeless! On the side serve julliene carrots fried in lots of butter... sliced apple fried in butter would be good with the pork too.

Hey how about meatballs, what kid doesn't like meatballs. Serve with paleo spaghetti squash, search it on google. Cook the "spaghetti" in butter just for a little bit so it's not raw!

Would he eat sliced chorizo pan fried in bacon grease? The slices are so cute and you can eat it like crackers.

My favorite pancakes, 1 banana, 1 egg, 2 tablespoon butter or coconut oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons tapioca starch.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Btw it shouldn't come out like soup, more like chicken alfredo pasta sauce.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Here's another idea, cook shrimp with garlic, onin slices, red pepper slices, on cocout oil. When done add a tiny bit of japanese red curry paste, for flavor. Add enough coconut milk to make a nice sauce, not too thin not too thick. Keep cooking until warm, turn off the heat and add a little basil. For some reason his tastes very sweet, children seem to love it ^^

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Now that I saw the lactose intolerance; you can substitute bacon grease when frying. For the vegetables, duck fat would be nice.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Just got this thread confused with another one so didn't notice lactose intolerance. Would ghee work? Otherwise you should really do GAPS diet while he's young, children heal from food intoleraces much quicker than adulds, with Gaps diet, plus by healing him he'll be less likely to get other health problems down the road.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

acorn squash sliced into quarters, tablespoon of butter in each quarter with a few drops of water, a tiny pinch of salt, microwave until very soft. I love this more than ice cream! Has a similar texture to ice cream.

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5381 · June 19, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Sounds like he addicted to a sugar high (sugar and cereal). The buzz of high sugar is not entirely dissimilar to the buzz of cocaine. When I was a kid, there was more sugar than cereal in my bowl. I was a sugar junkie.

A young child with little higher reasoning, taken off a overly high pleasure (whether it be cocaine or a sugar/carb laden breakfast) is going to be very upset. Just like someone taken off their drugs, there is misdirected anger, and withdrawl.

I bet he wont starve if all you give him is nutritous breakfasts though! (hunger beats pleasure withdrawl). Then again, you cant protect your kids from a drug-like food all of society is addicted to, and treat like water. You can only hope to prevent them from getting too hooked at a young age.

But, if you want him to eat healthier, you might want to ease him off the sugar by using fruits for breakfast. Banana is very high sugar. So are peaches. Dried fruits are more concentrated (like raisins). Through in some macadamias too?

Of course, eventually hopefully your kids can get through breakfast without expecting a sugar high. Then you can do meat only sausages, eggs, tomato and bacon (who doesnt love bacon)

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5381 · June 21, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Oh right, so all hes missing is his routine. Fair enough.

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:23 AM

no he is not addicted to sugar, he has his cereal without sugar. I have NEVER allowed sugar or artificial colourings (try to limit preservatives) in his diet. I dont eat the stuff my kids dont either. We have always eaten healthy too, just changing things around from gluten diet to gluten free and from dairy to dairy free is all.

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971 · May 09, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Before school and while snapping at kids and running around anything easy is good. Celery with almond butter and raisins (ants on a log), Avocado slices and apple slices (ups the calories, plenty of food there), bacon and eggs, bacon and fruit, deli turkey slices and orange juice, apple/banana slices with almond butter,

ohh..lately i like fried rice... trader joes frozen organic brown rice in the microwave while sauteeing up some diced veggies (asparagus,carrots,broccoli-tiny pieces) in butter/coconut oil, then add the rice to the pan, stir it up, crack two or three eggs over (no extra bowl needed) and stir some more.

Leftover steak cubes or chicken and some blueberries/blackberries. Heck, even rice noodle spaghetti with tomato sauce and leftover chicken. My friend said something recently about an avocado in the oven with an egg in it where you take out the pit. Sounds neat. In a pinch some refrigerated hard-boild eggs diced up and a snack pack of organic apple sauce works fine.

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1288 · May 09, 2012 at 12:31 AM

I hear you! I have fussy eaters but its probably my fault because I cant stand the whining from them and make sure I cook something they will eat. ( not saying its your fault its just my situation) Thankfully my kids are hungry and if I can put up with the degrading remarks I get from them all about veg - after a few days of not eat enough food they give in - but it goes in cycles as wear me down again - if only I could be stronger - hey I am human and there is only so much abuse that I can handle doing the meals for ungrateful kids - but I suppose my message is hang in there - if they are not given a choice and they also get involved in the process of picking the meals and help cooking them - it will turn around - IT WILL!

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6087 · May 07, 2012 at 12:05 AM

There's a lot to be said here.

  1. Breakfast is not necessary.
  2. Eggs and bacon.
  3. Omelette.
  4. Any "paleo" food that you would eat for lunch or dinner.
  5. Almond milk is conducive to bad health in my experience, likely due to the liberal use of thickening agents like guar gum in these products.
  6. Rice and corn based cereals are the most paleo cereals, and I wouldn't necessarily be so concerned about restricting safe starches.

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468 · September 09, 2012 at 12:40 AM

I don't see any problem with the occasional pancakes as well. My daughter loves pancakes. You could make them with tapioca flour. Its a safe starch. A little maple syrup isn't going to kill him. Maybe mix it with water or something. You can definitely up the egg content of your pancakes, and use coconut milk instead of regular milk. Maybe just don't tell him that part ;)

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604 · June 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I also don't see any problem with safe starches for the young ones.

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:21 AM

oooo, saturated fat for breaky stops hyper activity, will try this theory out for sure.

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2954 · June 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

If he acts hyper make sure he eats lots of saturated fat for breakfast.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 3:33 AM

we have been gluten free for over a year now. Im a little confused by these comments. Im going to see how he goes with cheese and yogurt one by one without milk in his diet. Kasar, I wasnt being rude, just wanted more info behind your answer, I like hearing other peoples points of view.

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1471 · May 07, 2012 at 3:19 AM

if they are just switching to Paleo, i am sure her child, Kasra, is not ready to IF. Unless typical breakfast foods are not necessary. THEN yes but you probalby could have clarified.

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6087 · May 07, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Well you guys are all just swell. And no thanks firestorm, but I appreciate the offer.

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12540 · May 07, 2012 at 1:35 AM

I make my own almond milk -- it's really quite easy, if a little time consuming. Let me know if you want a recipe, Kasra.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 12:38 AM

But any grain including rice and corn is not paleo its neolithic., why is breakfast not necessary? my son experiences hyperactivity if he does not eat prior to school. I make my own almond milk :)

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675 · May 07, 2012 at 12:36 AM

I think for a seven year-old, breakfast is important.

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997 · September 09, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I see this is a fairly old question, but... My son is a picky eater and I have learned to pick my battles. First, he wasn't diagnosed with his celiac disease until he was already 7 years old (like yours) but likely had it from birth. Therefore his relationship to food was already effed up. He ate tons of wheat-based foods, it was much like what people describe as the addiction to wheat, but he was also glad to find out the cause of his not feeling well and mood disorders so quite willingly eats glutenfree. I did not know about paleo when we first went glutenfree though I had given up processed glutenfree foods myself since I just felt better without them but for him I started down the path of glutenfree bread and pancakes etc... oops. Fast forward to today and he has added in a few veggies, eats lots of blueberries, and will eat salmon whereas he wouldn't even touch fish three years ago. He is not full-on paleo yet. Basically I have his waffle/pancake recipe to be about half almond flour and we teach him to limit his refined carbs. I bought the "Eat like a Dinosaur" cookbook because he is always willing to try a food that he picks out. That's another thing, when shopping I let him pick out a new veggie or fruit to try. He may not always like it but he will try it. This is not perfect but overall his diet has improved over time. Also, fried potatoes, om nom nom...

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5802 · February 07, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I have a breakfast sausage I make my kids out of ground chicken. It is much milder flavored than the store sausage. We make patties, or breakfast meatballs (simmer in chicken broth). http://kennedycircusunleashed.blogspot.com/2011/04/breakfast-sausage.html

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0 · September 08, 2012 at 10:41 PM

We are a mostly paleo family of 6. I get most of my recipes from WellnessMama.com, or fastpaleo.com. I also was a huge breakfast fan and was famous for my pancakes before going paleo. Here is my new version, paleo.http://fastpaleo.com/pancakes/ We do use real maple syrup. I also sometimes add in everyday chocolate chips which are soy, gluten, and dairy free. With that being said, I make one thing per meal and that's all there is period. When we leave the house I have very few restrictions, it gives all my kids the sense of freedom in their food choices. However we don't eat out ever! This freedom is birthday parties, relatives house, or sporting events. I also always have a snack on hand in case the food isn't what they wanted. Your husband needs to understand this is for everyone's health not a punishment. I had to explain the reasons for our switch so my husband could be on board. He now eats this way by choice even when at work or out with friends! He feels so much better he doesn't want to go back, plus he loves all the bacon and meat he now gets to eat. The begining is always the hardest but we are on month 10 and going strong.

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0 · September 08, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Eggs and bacon are an easy one but here some of my favorite breakfast recipes for when the kids get bored.

http://paleoforkids.net/paleo-breakfast-bread/

http://paleoforkids.net/paleo-pancakes/

Hope they enjoy them!

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1241 · June 19, 2012 at 2:21 PM

For your son's breakfast, have you considered something like puffed rice and raw milk? Puffed rice, unlike grain cereals, is low in toxins and contains no gluten. Raw milk contains lactase, which has been known to help with lactose intolerance (I don't know if you ever said what kind of dairy intolerance your son has).

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:42 AM

does react with. I will not subject my children to medical tests that are not life saving ones, if something makes you feel like crap, you just dont eat it right? well it makes perfect sense to me :)

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:41 AM

i am considering going to a pill form of live bacteria, as its stronger like inner health plus. I will test him again with the dairy after a month on it. Im doing much the same thing as i did to confirm it was gluten stuffing his belly up, took it all away, added one thing at a time, like giving him bread one week and then giving him pasta the next to see if it was yeast or gluten, he reacted to both so it was the gluten, im doing the same with dairy, taking it away giving him a different type each week to see which one if not all he reacts to. then its just a case of avoiding the stuff he

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20 · June 20, 2012 at 6:36 AM

we have decided that if he wants puffed rice for breaky with his almond milk then we will just live with that, i have taken corn flakes out of the equation though due to the over processing and that i cant guarantee there not genetically modified. who knows what they put in the things really., I believe it may be the Casein (hope thats correct) not the lactose thats playing around with his gut. since taking dairy out he is pooping better no tummy upsets either, I have been giving him a live culture fermented milk drink every day, and i am hoping like mad that this builds his flora up again

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20353 · June 19, 2012 at 7:28 AM

You could try milk or cream over berries. Milk over white rice.

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9402 · May 07, 2012 at 3:03 AM

What kid doesn't like bacon?

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468 · September 09, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I also like to give my daughter grass-fed hot dogs and ketchup. They are imo minimally processed and nitrate free. Some are even organic. She can feel like she's getting what she likes and wants but its still healthier.

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 7:02 AM

sounds like a plan gydle :)

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5043 · May 07, 2012 at 6:53 AM

SO great! a few strips of bacon and a banana and you're good to go, right?

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20 · May 07, 2012 at 4:04 AM

my kids loves bacon, not cooked and cooked :)

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