Let’s get something straight here. The Keto lifestyle is NOT bacon, cheese and hot dogs all day every day. It is NOT eating pork rinds dipped in cheese or eating blocks of butter (at least not all the time...although I’ve been known to eat a small pat of butter as I’m cooking LOL).
The Keto lifestyle IS an ultra low carb, moderate protein and high HEALTHY fat diet. It is a diet with therapeutic values and has been used as a therapy for CHILDREN with epilepsy since the 1920s (Can you tell me of another “diet” that has been/is being prescribed to people as a therapy and treatment??) It IS a diet who’s emphasis is on WHOLE, NATURAL and FRESH, NOT processed food. It IS a diet who’s main source of carbohydrate intake comes from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and nut flours.
So my question is, what is so wrong about that? Lately I've seen and heard other people guilting parents into thinking that "going keto" is wrong and unhealthy. I believe that keto and low carb is lifestyle that can most definitely be adopted by children as long as you, parents, use some common sense and best judgments. Here's what I mean.
Children need nutrients to grow, yes. But what they DON’T NEED is processed and refined sugars. They don’t NEED processed carbohydrates or inflammation-causing ingredients like highly processed “vegetable oils” [canola, soybean, etc], dyes, artificial flavors, antibiotics, fillers or any other food garbage that's traditionally present in the Standard American Diet foods.
Children NEED nutrients, I whole-heartedly agree. Just let those come from good, natural, wholesome, non-gmo, all organic ingredients. This is what Keto has done for our family. We focus on these real foods and avoid anything "food-like" or in the words of Michael Pollen, "fake food."
I am actually so tired of people commenting to parents who’ve adopted this lifestyle that they are “hurting” their children. And I’m sorry, giving your children gold fish and fruit rollups with processed garbage is giving your kids the “right” nutrients for growth?? Some of these people claim to be the “experts” yet they actually know very little about the principals of actual Keto.
So if you are a Keto mom or Keto parent looking to bring healthy foods back into your home, then YES! Ketofy your kids! It can be done.
We certainly are not the "experts", but we've done it—we're still doing it (progress over perfection, right?) If we can do it, I have no doubt you can too. Here's some things we've learned.
Here’s just a few things to keep in mind:
More and more families lately are making a conscious decision to reduce or remove processed and refined carbs from their diets. I applaud you mamas (and dads). This is not something you should feel guilty for. Use your best judgement and what works for your family. I have no doubt if you incorporate the right carbs and foods, you’ll find your own success. Even family is different—so do what works for you. Keto-On!
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Arlene Santos is a Certified Health & Nutrition Coach and works with women and families to implement achievable nutrition plans centered around primal, nutrient dense foods that are easy to prepare, kid-friendly and delicious. She believes that every woman and mother deserves to feel energized, focused, healthy, lean, happy and confident. As purveyors of nutrition within our own households, mothers have a unique opportunity to change the definition of "healthy foods" in their families. Arlene empowers women to take back their own health, fill and strengthen their cups, so they can advocate for wellness in their families.