In this episode, Stacy and Sarah discuss how to help kids who have issues gaining weight.
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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 217: Underweight Kids
- Intro (0:00)
- News and Views (0:40)
- Sarah spent time in the woods in a place with no internet access! It was crazy!
- She pet an alligator and a snake! Very cool.
- Then she went to White Plains to a health conference Fitness Expo 2.0
- She got to do a talk and do a cooking demo on her Perfect Paleo Pancakes
- It was a good opportunity to share Paleo with a diverse crowd!
- Sarah might be becoming an American citizen!
- Australia does have a compulsory election system that seems to be fairly accurately described by Sarah!
- Question from Megan (22:02): “My son was born at 31 weeks and was growth restricted in the womb. The doctors told me to deliver so he would grow more and because I was having other complications. I was never able to breastfeed but did pump breast milk for him. They told me to fortify with formula so I did so but stopped when he was 6 months. He is still not growing as they would like but has no health issues. 2 months ago I was told to fed him pediasure and I hate it. The first ingredient is water and the 2nd is sugar. What are your recommendations for Paleo foods an 18 month would eat that would help him gain weight?”
- There are nutrient dense Paleo foods and calorically dense Paleo foods
- Sarah had a daughter that was borderline failure to thrive and was recommended to give her heavy cream instant pudding
- Sarah thinks this led to lots of food issues because she became used to eating food dense with fat and sugar and made her picky
- This issue can be caused by nutrient deficiencies. Macronutrients, obviously, but also things like zinc, retinoic acid, iron, vitamin D and calcium.
- Amino acid deficiencies, as well. Especially from animal sources.
- Eating animal foods is better than using nutrient supplements.
- Meat in North America isn’t considered a first food, but this isn’t the case in other countries
- Eating meat was always a challenge for Sarah’s daughter. She didn’t have the jaw strength and was afraid of choking. Occupational therapy and constant reassurance helped her.
- Once she started eating muscles, she hit a giant growth spurt and started putting on muscles.
- Micronutrient analysis might be a good idea for a underweight child.
- Perhaps it could be an allergy leading to not absorbing nutrients.
- Stacy recommends M&H Naturals Beef Protein powder, though that’s not available anymore.
- Dairy is definitely a growth promoter. Especially whey protein, which is much less likely to be allergenic.
- Stacy’s smoothie (liver, spinach, vital proteins, beef protein, coconut milk powder, coconut milk with water, and a frozen banana)
- Hot Chocolate Squares from Real Food RN
- For more on why Sarah doesn’t like Stevia, see this show or this post.
- Feet powder is unflavored BCAA powder.
- Chicken Liver Mousse
- Outro (52:35)