What do you think of when you hear the words “baby food?" If you're like most people, you probably think of small jars of pureed sweet potatoes or oatmeal purchased from a grocery store shelf. Or, maybe you’re thinking of bread with the crusts cut off diced into little pieces. What you probably don't think of is eggs fried in coconut oil with roast veggies including sweet potato, carrots, potatoes, and steamed broccoli, plus a quarter of an avocado and a small scoop of sauerkraut. But that's exactly what fitness fanatic Shan Cooper's young daughter has grown up eating — and not everyone approves.
Before we get into that, it has to be said that a majority of people consume entirely too much sugar — even, or especially — young kids. The temptations are everywhere from candy and soda to cupcakes and even hidden sugars in things like spaghetti sauce and salad dressing. And while everything is okay in moderation, too much sugar can have seriously negative affects on your health.
Excess sugar in the diet can rot your teeth, overload your liver, increase your risk of diabetes, contribute to certain kinds of cancers, increase your risk of obesity, raise your cholesterol and heart disease risk, and leave you hungry and reaching for more sugary snacks. That's because sugar is also known to have addictive properties, which makes it an even more dangerous cycle. That's why Cooper knew that she had to take action.
Eat Drink Paleo
Cooper has a degree in agricultural science, has written an e-book of healthy recipes, and maintains her popular healthy-eating website, “My Food Religion.” She has long since followed the Paleo diet, and decided that when her daughter Grace was born, she was going to extend that lifestyle to her newborn baby. But what exactly does that entail?
Dr. Lane Sebring
The controversial diet, originally created in the 1970s, centers around eating the sorts of foods that “cavemen could scavenge for." Foods to avoid include those such as cereal grains, dairy, refined sugars, legumes, refined vegetable oils, and salt — basically anything that couldn’t have been hunted or scavenged by our ancient ancestors. Foods to include are grass-fed meats, fish and other seafood, some fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds, and a small set of non-refined oils like olive and coconut oil.
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Cooper adopted the diet when she read a book on the subject a few years ago. She had been suffered ongoing problems with food allergies for years and, as a result, had already imposed many of the Paleo diet’s primary restrictions on her diet, including avoidance of dairy, gluten, and eventually all processed foods — especially sugars. “I just got sick of not feeling great,” Cooper said. “That had been my normal and (I decided) that wasn’t going to be normal anymore.” But when it came to Grace, she made one exception — she violated the restrictive diet’s strict prohibition on dairy consumption by breastfeeding Grace twice daily.