Posted On 02 Nov 2018
It’s story time … with the rising popularity of the carnivore diet I know there will be parents wondering if this is an okay diet “for childrens”. While I wouldn’t recommend limiting your child to only animal foods, I do have a child who self-limited to almost all animal meat( carnivore) as a toddler and absolutely thrived.
Back in 2009, when we started the GAPS diet for autism recuperation, I had my preschooler with autism and a nursling 2 years younger.
As we transitioned onto GAPS, I induced GAPS food for all of us, so that meant that as the little boy started solids, “hes been gone” right onto the GAPS intro diet, which is mainly is soup and meat and more soup.
Because I was a maxed out mama, and I knew that GAPS was plenty nutrient dense, he pretty much simply had access to nurse+ GAPS foods as he started solid foods. I also was merely serving 3 meals a day( no snacks ), because, once again, I was pretty overwhelmed with life. I now know that not serving snacks is a marvelous way to prevent picky eating, but at the time it was because I could only wrap my head around cooking/ providing/ cleaning up three times a day.
Meat meat meat
Anyway, this little son LOVED his flesh. He cut teeth on beef ribs, and would cheer when he saw the cod liver oil coming. Pureed soup induced with chicken inventory( booze from my coffee cup) was a favorite as well.
And, more than that, though I’d serve both kids a provide of vegetables, flesh, and a fruit if we weren’t doing’ Keto GAPS ‘, half way through their sheets( above ), the kids would get up and trade spots.
When they traded, two daughters had scarcely touched her meat, and my son had not touched his vegetables. Then they finished the other’s veggies and flesh until it was all gone.
Naturally, they gravitated to meat for my son, and vegetables for my daughter.
Again, I think that I merely* didn’t care* because I had so much other material going on in my life actually contributed to them being able to follow their instincts for what they needed on any rendered day.
Young toddlers will make healthy options
Because I had read a study( source) about how, when given access to only nutrient dense foods, young children will choose what they need for optimal growing and evolution I wasn’t too worried.
I was kind of fascinated by the whole process, with their own children begging for cod liver petroleum and blithely devouring patties of meat and cultured sauerkraut by the bowl.
Self-Selecting Carnivore Toddler Food
Looking back, our dinners were pretty simple, these are most of the foods that he devour. Remember, I did set fruit and veggies( specially fermentings) on his dish, and he only opted out of eating them for “the worlds largest” component. At the time we didn’t eat shellfish or pork, so he feed predominantly chicken and beef.
Hamburger patties( we feed a lot of those! We had acquired a huge quantity of grassfed ground beef at a steep discount that time) Meatballs( I did sneak the veggies in there) Scrambled eggs Chicken or beef stock from my coffee cup( he adored the salt !) Chicken thighs with the skin on Beef ribs The flesh from around beef marrow bones( osso bucco) Liver, both cooked with onions and as a pate that he would devour with a spoon, given the chance Cod Liver Oil Fresh caught trout Salmon Patties Later into toddlerhood: Plain 24-hour yogurt( we were mostly dairy free when we first started autism convalescence) Raw milk Breast milk
Growth& Immune Systems
Both children were growing( we were on WIC- a food assistance program for young children- at the time, with quarterly load checks) and had amazing immune structures; it’s a story for another time … but when I tried to get them life-long immunity to chicken pox, it was quite the ordeal to actually get their immune systems to let them catch it!
This boy wasn’t completely carnivore, as he adoration sauerkraut, and peeled onions cooked in chicken inventory( which you are able to recognize from GAPS Intro day 3, start at 23:40 for the recipe ), but the majority of his diet came from human milk( me! my olders were slow to wean) and M-E–AT.
As you can see from the picture to the right, he has now turned into a strapping young man.
Together we are stimulated to share the encouragement that only offering your children nutrient dense meat is enough.
Between him evading veggies, and my daughter scaping protein for many meals, I was seriously questioning whether my grand nutrition experimentation would work at the time.
But you can benefit from my small-minded case study by knowing that they did indeed grow into healthy vibrant children.
Mention about child-directed feeding:
I do let my young toddlers to choose from the nutrient-dense food that I give, at specified dinner occasions. To accommodate rise spurts, I still wet-nurse at-will at wakeup and sleep times. For us, this looked like 4 nurse sessions a period, another in the middle of the darknes *, and 3 meals. As they cut back on nurse sessions, we just keep the 3 meals a day.
* I’ve always relied on a 3 a.m. feed to keep my milk production up. I established plenty of milk to feed my children, but I noticed that my product would go down if my little ones skipped their darknes nursing conference. Sleeping through without wet-nurse was never national priorities for me.
As toddlers develop into preschoolers and wean, I transition more into a parent-led approach, with the kids being allowed to ask for seconds of whatever they want after finishing what I put on their plateful. I put small portions of each a vegetable, protein, and fat on their dish to start.
Young vs older children
Young toddlers are controlling nearly completely out of instinct, and if they are in a’ health meat foam’ where “theyve never” savor sugar or refined carbohydrates, they most likely will choose what they need.
As they become more strong willed( this is developmentally appropriate as their psyche develops !) and notice all the other food-like products out there the growing children typically benefit from a parent-led approaching to eating.
You can see more of my picky-eating prevention or solution protocol to keep parents sane and kids devouring( even if they have sensory issues) in the free Picky Eating Solution webinar.
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