I have 6 year old boy/girl twins. I started them on a Paleo diet plan (not DIET though, more "nutritional," I hope) last week. I made TONS of yummy snacks from the PaleoParents' ebook and How to Eat Like a Dinosaur. I was thrilled that they didn't complain about much of what I fed them! They had "high octane" carbs on Thursday for lunch, but nothing else otherwise.
Yesterday they started with the loose stools and today as well. I checked with Ketostix and sho-enuf, they're both in ketosis. I was so surprised by how fast and "painless" it was for them but I surely don't think I want them living there!
Neither is overweight. Both are active on a normal level. Not super athletes but not super sedentary. My "plan" is to make sure to add as much banana, sweet potato, or high starch/carb things into their menu (they don't care for those things plain yet but plenty of recipes, like waffles, call for them and they eat 'em) and don't deny any hunger pangs. Is that about all I should be concerned with? I am not really wanting to provide the grains if I can keep from it so they don't get "addicted," unless they wind up with chronic ketosis!
UPDATE: I've added white and sweet potatoes and peas (which they do like!) and we're doing much better here. No keto.
Please give your kids lots of good carbs and fish and meat and an abundance of great food.
There are some absolutely off the deep end crazy people in the paleo community who use carbohydrate as a bogeyman and an excuse for why they were fat/diabetic/unhealthy, but the truth is they overate and thats why they are now messed up.
Children should not be in ketosis, they should have lots of carbs and lots of healthy varied whole foods. Also putting kids on an eating protocol screams of setting them up for eating disorders in later life. Why not just let them be kids?
Hmm.. Ketogenic children? Eating lots of banana / starches / waffles.. snacks.. what? Haha.
Aren't you not even a couple weeks into paleo, and not even keto-adapted yourself?
I found it took at least a year to get the Paleo thing down, and it might take just as long to figure out how to make that work in a keto setting. Then.. the research for children in nutritional ketosis just isn't there yet.
I think this would be a better situation for them:
I need to make sure everyone understand I do not *want* my children to be ketotic. I DO want them to get off processed grains. I don't think I indicated that I thought it was good for them to be ketotic. I did say I was glad they didn't have melt downs without the grains. All I was asking for was advice on how to keep them from being ketotic while keeping them off grains. I'll check out the link on Mark's Daily Apple. Thanks.
Ketostix are quite inaccurate and the method of using urine strips has been debunked by many people. So I wouldn't put much faith in what you're seeing.
Kids have greater carb needs than adults. High-carb is not necessarily a problem, especially if they're coming from whole food starches.
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