I have a special interview for you today, and this one will not disappoint. Since many of you loved their take on having a mom who runs, I decided for today’s Thinking Out Loud, to find out exactly what my kids really think about Paleo.
As you can see from the pictures above, I do not insist that they eat “paleo” 100% of the time. I’ve come to the conclusion over the years that moderation is best, and forcing a certain set of dietary “rules” on children just doesn’t make sense in the long term for their physical, mental, and emotional health. To check out some of my thoughts as I’ve come to this conclusion, read this post, this post (picky eating) or this one (a follow up.)
All of that said, they DO eat what I cook, and therefore eat many paleo meals and snacks.
At the ages of 4.5 (Drew) 6.5 (Emily) and 8 (Diana) they each have different thoughts on what it all adds up to for them. Let’s get started!
Drew – (Hysterically laughing) “NOTHING!” Me – “Do you know what it means?” Drew – “NO!”
Diana – “Healthy Eating” “The Best Food in the World!”
Emily – “I was gonna say that!” (Pouting) “Healthy Eating.”
Lesson – Paleo is healthy.
Drew – (While eating applesauce) “I don’t know!”
Emily – “I like the food” Diana – “That’s a lie! You could say you love the desserts.” Emily – “Fine, I love the desserts!”
Diana – “That I can still have organic bacon, and you make sweets every day. Plus we don’t eat a lot of pasta.” (She’s not a fan of pasta.)
Lesson – Treats make anything fun.
Q3 – What is not good about Paleo?
Drew – “Don’t eat it if you don’t like it!” hmm, okay? That’s what I say when we have dinner, so somewhat related.
Emily – “The only thing not good about paleo is that I don’t like dark meat.” (On chicken) “Is dark meat paleo?” Diana – “YES!”
Diana – “This is hard because paleo is my life! I guess that milk chocolate is not on it (the paleo diet) We can have dark, but I also love milk.”
Lesson – Paleo restricts some foods and includes some you might not like. If you don’t like it, don’t eat it.
Q4 – Do your friends know about paleo?
Drew – “I think they do.”
Emily – “Nope!”
Diana – “Well, the only ones who know are the people I tell. They only know because of that.”
Lesson – The people who know about paleo probably heard their friends talking about it.
Drew – (Does not miss a beat) “Chicken thighs and sweet potato fries.” So he maybe sort of knows what it involves?
Emily – “That’s a hard one. Burger with white rice…wait, is rice paleo?” Me – “Some people think it is.” Emily – “Okay burger with rice and peppers. And plantain chips!”
Diana – “Bison burger, roasted potatoes, and broccoli.” Bison. She totally fits in with the paleo crowd.
Lesson – Paleo dinners are winners. And no one knows if rice is “really paleo”.
Q6 – What’s your favorite non-paleo meal?
Drew – “Roasted potatoes!” They’re all laughing.
Emily – “Oh I know what that is. Hmm, can’t decide between mac and cheese or pasta.”
Diana – “Chicken fingers, fries, and ketchup.”
Lesson – Drew really has no clue what paleo is and isn’t. Good for him 🙂
Drew – “Cookies! And chocolate chip bread!”
Emily – “Those raisin chocolate chip cookie dough ball things are my favorite paleo treat. My favorite for not paleo is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream topped with chocolate chips and whip cream.”
Diana – “Favorite paleo treat is chocolate chip cookies” (This is a recipe I’ve been working on that I’ll post soon!) “Favorite not-paleo is a milk chocolate candy bar. Like twix or snickers.”
Drew – “Wait! I like vanilla ice cream with whip cream!” Diana – “Ooh can I say cookies and cream with whip cream?”
Less0n – All treats are yummy, but we’re more passionate about the non-paleo ones.
Q8 – Why does mommy eat paleo?
Drew – “Cuz you love it!”
Emily – “Before, she ate junk and got a tummy ache, then started to do paleo.” Me – “Is that it?” Emily – “Nothing else.”
Diana – “Because you used to eat gluten and it hurt your tummy. You did that 30 day thing…I forget what it’s called, blah blah blah. Then started eating it all the time and then blogged about it.” Dang. Did she rip that straight from my “About Me” page?
Lesson – Paleo helped my tummy, nuff said.
Drew – “Yes!”
Emily – “Yes”
Diana – “She likes it but misses cheesecake, and blah blah blah…bagels” Emily – “Stop saying blah! Just say she likes cheesecake and bagels!”
Drew – “I miss bagel donuts! I miss donuts!”
Lesson – I like cheesecake and bagels, Drew sadly doesn’t know the difference between a bagel and a donut.
Q9 – What do you think other kids and grownups should know about paleo if they’re thinking of trying it?
Drew – “They can’t eat junk!”
Emily – “Just try it! The food’s good!” She’s being half sarcastic, at least as half sarcastic as a 6 year old can be 😉
Diana – “That it’s healthier than what they’re eating now. Probably. I’m not sure. I think so. Also that it takes away bagels. We used to eat bagels every day before paleo.”
Lesson – Try something out for yourself to see if it works and makes you healthier. And a gluten free bagel is starting to sound like a good idea to me right now.
Now you tell me –
What’s you favorite paleo treat and favorite non-paleo treat?
Do your kids ever teach you lessons about nutrition?