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  1. birthdance

    What is a protein 'serving size' for young children?

    We've tried meatballs on toothpicks, chicken nuggets, letting him choose meals (he'll happily pick out something to cook from Eat Like a Dinosaur but then won't eat it), he helps cook (but won't eat what he's cooked), we garden, but he won't eat what we grow. We've always eaten relatively healthy (we used to follow the Weston Price Foundation guidelines) and he's never been fed processed or convenience foods at home. We always cook from scratch. My husband and I are food lovers and eat a wide variety of foods. We've done all the 'right' things and he just will.not.eat. His diet is basically plain yoghurt, peanut butter, banana, apple, mushroom, the occasional white rice or rice pasta, and he'll eat a decent serving of meat once a week when I cook mince so I can get some protein into him. He'll sometimes eat a boiled egg. He's a tall kid with lots of energy - I don't know how he survives! He's been really picky since he was a toddler - wouldn't eat pretty much any food at all until he was two (he was still breastfeeding, so it wasn't too much of a concern) and has never been open to trying new foods.
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    What is a protein 'serving size' for young children?

    I'm just wondering because I find it hard to get my 5 year old to eat any protein at all. I'm always happy to let him eat as much as he wants, I was more looking for a minimum standard to aim for! The only time he'll eat a decent serving is if I cooked minced beef, then he'll eat a whole bowlful. Anything else I'll be lucky if he has more than one bite, and that one bite is because I make him. I can sometimes get him to eat a whole boiled egg. He eats a lot of plain yoghurt, and I want to try cutting out dairy, but I'm worried about where he'll get his protein from. He also doesn't eat any vegetables apart from mushrooms. Hmmm, maybe I should start a new thread?
  3. Do the serving size recommendations for protein in It Starts With Food apply to children as well? Should I be encouraging my 2 and 5 year olds to be eating a portion the size of their palm? Thanks
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    WHOLE 100 - DONE!

    Thank you for sharing, your story is amazing and inspiring! And congratulations for sticking your whole100 out and reaping the rewards of such a huge life transformation.
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    I'm pretty well speechless :(

    Wow, that sucks. Coconut flavoured milk?? I didn't think we had products like that in Australia! What section of the supermarket did you find that in? I guess all you can do is take it as a lesson learned in always reading ingredient lists and move on. Have you tried using the Ayam brand of coconut milk? It's just coconut and water, no additives and both Coles and Woolworths carry it in the Asian food section.
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    Starter from Sydney

    Hi AussieBelle, I'm in Aus too, but I live in Victoria just north of Melbourne. I'm on Day Nine of my first whole30 and quite enjoying it! I'm finding the emails really helpful too. All the best for your next 28 days!
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    Prolapse

    Thought this article I saw today might be of interest to you regarding the surgical mesh repairs: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/legal-firm-warns-of-mesh-used-in-pelvic-surgery-20121007-2778l.html
  8. Hi Casey, this was my third. I had a little boy on the 5th, at 18 days over. I was lucky I had a home birth so I didn't have any pressure to induce. And yep, we've been stocking up the freezer for months!
  9. I'm only on Day 4, but I've found that one decaf coffee a day with coconut milk really has stopped my dairy cravings. I don't want to drink more than that either, I'm quite satisfied with one serve.
  10. I'm actually finding it a lot easier than I thought. I assumed I'd really struggle with being off sugar, as I've been comfort-eating quite often the last few weeks, and it's always something sweet, but I'm not really missing the sugar. A serve of fruit a day is keeping me happy. I was craving dairy, but I've found a cup of decaf coffee a day with coconut milk is enough to keep me satisfied. Good luck with your whole30 - I did think about doing it earlier this pregnancy but couldn't face it. I had a strong egg aversion and didn't know what else I'd eat for breakfast! Thankfully I'm okay with eggs again now.
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    Breakfast Ideas...

    I really enjoyed my day 3 breakfast this morning - 2 eggs fried in coconut oil, sliced mushroom fried in coconut oil with thyme, and mashed sweet potato with coconut milk, cinnamon and blueberries.
  12. Hi Everyone, I'm on Day Three now of my first Whole30. I've eaten Primal for the last 1 1/2 years or so, but I've gotten slacker and slacker during this pregnancy (my third) and really needed a proper detox to get me back on track. I had set October 1st as my start date a while back figuring that would give me a few weeks to adjust to having a newborn again before I changed my diet, but found myself at 1st October still pregnant. So I've started anyway, my husband is on board but pretty unenthusiastic about giving up dairy! I've had a pretty constant headache the last two days, which I'm pretty sure is from sugar withdrawal, but apart from that I'm feeling pretty good. The biggest struggle for me is not being able to eat dairy. I had a decaf coffee last night with coconut cream which helped with the cravings. I'm a bit worried about not eating enough fat now - I used to consume a lot of raw milk and yoghurt. I'm really looking forward to having this baby so I can get back into doing some more exercise. I'm feeling pretty unfit.
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    Butter Oil as a supplement?

    Thanks everyone
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    Butter Oil as a supplement?

    In the past I've taken Butter Oil along with my Fermented Cod Liver Oil capsules, as recommended by the WAPF. Is butter oil essentially the same as ghee and therefore allowable on the whole30? For that matter, is supplementing with FCLO recommended? Sorry if this is covered by the book, I've ordered a copy but haven't received it yet.
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    Starting October 1 2012

    I'm starting for the first time on the 1st October. I've eaten a Primal diet for the 1 1/2 years, but I've gotten slack during my pregnancy and really need a proper reboot of my diet. I've also never cut out dairy, that's going to be a challenge for me! I've been planning this October 1st start date for a while figuring that I'd be starting with a newborn, but here I am still pregnant and I'll be 42 weeks tomorrow! Going ahead with it anyway, and have roped my husband in.