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TPV Podcast Episode 217: Underweight Kids

Ep. 217: Underweight Kids 

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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)

 

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  • Joyce Dicks

    Stacy, I enjoyed the podcast! My 16 mo old granddaughter is underweight; breastfed but refuses to swallow solid food. She has been evaluated by speech pathologist, OT’s with no problems detected.
    Her appetite is poor and we are trying puréed grass fed meats, extra egg yolk. Will eat eggs though it’s hit or miss. Loved broccoli cheese soup tonight!
    We started making shakes and are adding your chicken liver mousse to it with success! Now considering adding the protein powders you add to your smoothie. How much powder do you recommend for a 16 mo old? We are tracking her daily food intake. Thanks so much!

    • Joyce,

      I’m so happy to hear about the successes you’re having! I can’t advise on how much to give, but for me I’d consider the serving size noted vs. what is being consumed. For our boys we usually do about a scope (half a serving, a serving is 2 scopps) for 8oz of smoothie. One frozen banana will make two smoothies worth for us.

      • Joyce Dicks

        Thanks for your insights.