Can My Kids Follow A Ketogenic Diet? - Dr. Mindy Pelz
July 25, 2017


Can My Kids Follow A Ketogenic Diet?


I get this question a lot.

Once someone sees how effective the ketogenic diet can be for themselves, they want the same for their kids.

But..
Should you restrict carbs for kids?
Can they fast?
Is all that fat good for them?

Here are my top 3 recommendations for applying the ketogenic diet to your kids:

1.TEACH THEM WHY

I have always believed that my job as a parent is to teach my kids WHY it is important to make your health a priority. So I am talk about health with them a lot.

If you look at the wave of different diet crazes that have been popular in the past few decades (paleo, atkins, whole 30,) they all have one thing in common: low carb.

There is a reason for that. When you lower your carbohydrates you:

  • lower inflammation
  • lower blood sugar
  • increase ketones

Bottomline: The ketogenic diet is a HEALING diet.

Explain to them that their brains love all the good fat they are eating. I teach my kids that if they have a big test coming up, increase their avocado & egg consumption (two of their favorite foods). If they have an important sporting event, I remind them that sugar can make them more prone to injury.

It’s that simple.

2.LOWER CARB, HIGHER FAT

I highly recommend you don’t start counting carbs with you kids. But what I do recommend is that you teach them that there are good carbs & bad carbs. It’s as simple as saying this:

Good carbs come from nature, like an apple.
Bad carbs have sugar, like a piece of cake.

Good carbs energize you.
Bad carbs make you sleepy.

Good carbs fill you up faster.
Bad carbs leave you hungry a few hours later.

With the concept of fat remind them to eat some fat with every meal.

My son is a carb lover. He often reaches for a carb filled treat first. After years of struggling to get him to stop eating so many carbs, I switched the conversation to add fat in. I discovered that he liked avocados. So with almost every meal I slice open an avocado and make sure he has some on his plate. He also loves smoothies, so I pour brain octane in his smoothie and he doesn’t even know it.

The minute I took my focus off his carb load and put it on increasing is good fat, his carb cravings improved.

Butter, eggs, avocados, raw whole milk, raw nuts these are staples in our household.

3. SKIP BREAKFAST

What???

I know this a controversial thought. Have your kids skip breakfast? Isn’t it the most important meal of the day. Well, actually it’s not.

When I am coaching a patient back to health, one of the first concepts I teach them is to skip breakfast. The most common response I get when I tell them this is “Great! I hate eating in the morning anyway”. People are often relieved.

Now I know what many of you are thinking, “if my kid doesn’t eat, they will have a melt down”.

This is because they are eating a high carb diet. Especially at dinner. Once you switch them to lower carb, higher fat you will notice that they can go longer periods without food and be just fine.

My son hates breakfast. So I don’t push it. But you better believe that he gets a high fat dinner so that he can handle the morning in school without food.

Remember our bodies are chemistry. You can really manipulate your mental clarity, energy, metabolism by working with the QUALITY of food that is going into your body.

Teach that to your kids and you will find that one day they become healthy adults.

Hope that helps! I know this a controversial subject; I am here to simplify it for you. Reach out if you have any questions.

Have an awesome day!

Mindy Pelz
Mindy Pelz

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