TPV Podcast, Episode 242: Children and Food Intolerances

Ep. 242: Children and Food Intolerances

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk about food intolerance and babies. How can you tell if your baby is sensitive to something and how do you introduce his or her first foods?

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 242: Children and Food Intolerances

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:40)
    • Sarah is done with Crossfit Open! Let’s celebrate!
    • All of the workouts were difficult, but especially the last one with thrusters and double-unders
    • But she was able to manage her workout well and completed 9 rounds!
    • Managing your exertion is important! There is a immune system depression that comes from exercising too hard! Protect your health.
    • Sarah tailors her level of exercise to how she’s feeling and how stressed she is to preserve her health.
    • She also loves the Oura Ring as a tool to manage her exercise. It gives you great accurate data on sleep and other wellness markers. She uses this data to determine how hard to workout with the Readiness score
    • Today we’re following up last weeks podcast with this show about First Foods!
  • Alexa asks: “Hi ladies! Thank you so much for all your work over the past few years. I’ve been listening to the podcast since the beginning and love your books! I am wondering how to approach feeding my daughter solids when I have a number of food intolerances. I get an arthritis type reaction from nightshades, almonds, eggs, dairy, and gluten. My husband has celiac disease. I understand how to give one food at a time and wait to see if there is any reaction but I’m concerned about whether or not I would detect a reaction. For me, when I eat those foods I don’t instantly break out or flare up. My husbands gluten reactions aren’t instant either. Is it safe to assume if there isn’t a skin reaction or noticeable digestive discomfort that a food is okay? How much of a connection is there between a parents intolerances and their child’s? Is it a high or low likelihood that I have passed these on to my daughter? My family, who are wheat farmers, voiced concerns that by not introducing her to gluten and dairy soon that I may be setting her up for an increased likelihood of reactions. What are your thoughts on how to proceed with this? Thank you for your tremendous wisdom!” (15:08)
    • When people express concerns, remember: it’s because they care.
    • Explain to them that you are avoiding because of husbands condition and that there is no nutrition in wheat that can’t be found in other foods. That there is serious consequences to celiac sufferers continuing to eat gluten
    • There are great changes in digestion as a baby grows and at about 6 months they tend to be ready for food.
    • Introduce foods one at a time every 4-7 days and look for reactions on the skin, in the digestion and in the mood
    • For intolerances, look for any GI symptoms, reduced energy or fatigue, pika, trouble sleeping, headaches, mucus production, coughing, muscle soreness, skin issues, pink bumps, dry nails and hair, and irritability.
    • Look for anything unusual in your baby and see if you can link it to new food. Yes, this can be difficult! Err on the side of caution.
    • Stacy started with chicken liver as a first food because of advice from the internet.
    • Don’t shy away from meat! The protein in meat is easier to digest that the protein in vegetables.
    • Breastmilk is high in fat, even saturated fat. Meat is much closer to that than fruits and vegetables.
    • Try adding fat to your baby’s foods too.
    • Even if something is a recommended food, it’s not necessarily completely safe. Even bananas can cause a reaction!
    • Sarah’s daughter had a bad reaction to gluten and was significantly constipated as a baby. In hindsight, she did notice that the introduction of wheat corresponded to the constipation
    • Her other daughter had sleep apnea from dairy and gluten and it was hard to link it to the food.
  • Special guest next week! Holy cats!
  • Rate and Review us! Goodbye!
  • Outro (35:58)


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