TPV Podcast, Episode 173, Defending Your Food Choices

Ep. 173, Defending Your Food Choices

On this episode of The Paleo View, Stacy and Sarah share ideas on how to discuss your food choices (and the food choices that you are making for your children) with others. Sarah also shares a science segment on sugar consumption and the role it plays with nutrient deficiencies.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 173, Defending Your Food Choices

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:56)
    • Stacy has been cooking out of The Healing Kitchen this week as part of her weekly meal planning, which has been great since Stacy is trying to get closer to an autoimmune approach
      • To see all the meals they have been enjoying from Sarah’s new book, check out Stacy’s Instagram
    • Sarah’s feelings towards the great feedback that is coming back on The Healing Kitchen, and all that people are enjoying from the book
    • The Healing Kitchen will be in bookstores on Tuesday, and on Amazon the book is currently on sale for 40% off, and will be shipping early so it arrives on Tuesday
    • On Paleo Parents weekly ‘What We Ate Wednesday‘ post, next week will feature look at all that Matt, Stacy and family loved about The Healing Kitchen
    • On this week’s show Stacy and Sarah will be sharing ideas on how to discuss your food choices (and the food choices that you are making for your children) to others, and how to protect your kid’s food choices on their behalf when they aren’t with you
    • These topics are important all year long, but are especially important to discuss around the holidays, as our food philosophy is typically tested and pushed with travel, gatherings, etc.
    • See this older episode of The Paleo View where we also discussed this topic
    • Stacy doesn’t deal with this challenge often anymore, as the kids are older and know how to handle situations, and family and friends know the kids limitations as well
    • What Stacy’s and Sarah’s youngest children know, and what they are still working to teach them when making food choices when in public
  • Science with Sarah (19:50)
    • Nutrient deficiencies that are caused by high sugar intake
    • For more on this topic, see this post from Sarah
    • These deficiencies are different than nutrient displacement (choosing this over that)
    • There are 5 essential nutrients in particular that are impacted by sugar consumption (both natural and processed)
    • The direct link between chronic illnesses and nutrient deficiencies
    • High sugar intake depletes:
      • Vitamin D
      • Calcium
      • Magnesium
      • Chromium
      • Vitamin C
    • What happens within the body with each of these nutrients when we consume sugar, and the vicious cycles that these deficiencies tend to domino effect
    • The video ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth‘ that talks about how fructose is inflammatory
    • Sarah’s message is not that we need to give up sugar forever, but that added sugar should be occasional and consumed in moderate amounts
    • Try to focus on nutrient dense sources of sugar like whole fruit and black strap molasses (see Sarah’s post for more details on this sugar here)
    • Stacy has cut sugar from her diet for the time being – it is a mental reset and not a challenge
    • The snowball effect that happens with sugar intake from Halloween to New Years
    • How nutrient deficiencies impact Stacy when she consumes sugar
    • The foods and lifestyle factors that help Stacy when she is reducing her sugar intake – reminding herself why she is making the choice to not eat sugar, getting enough sleep, getting in physical activity
    • Sarah still fall’s into the sugar craving cycle, but she knows how to manage the cravings with lifestyle choices
    • Being able to recognize when the cravings are present, is the big win for Sarah so that she can pull herself out by managing stress, going to be early, and getting a workout
    • Self-awareness and self-respect, how these go hand in hand when managing a craving cycle
    • These nutrient deficiencies are more common than we choose to believe
  • Questions & Answers (39:52)
    • Mandy – any suggestions on how to make a snack recommendation for our church to provide to all the kids?
    • Don – what to do when you send your child to a USDA backed school and you can’t find a doctor to support the paleo diet, providing you with a note to exempt your child from receiving certain foods?
      • Switch schools if you can
      • Find a different doctor that will be more firm with the school
      • Opt out of the program and pack your own lunch
      • Talk about these choices with your child to understand how this is making them feel
      • How Matt and Stacy frame the conversation when talking with care providers
        • The behavior you see in your child when they eat x
        • How these foods impact your child’s well-being
        • “What can I do to work with you to make this right”
        • Provide suggestions that put the responsibility on you
        • Work with them on transition
      • How food intolerances are diagnosed in children
      • How Sarah worked with both her daughter’s doctor and the school to make it clear where the lines are
      • Sarah’s suggestions on how to handle:
        • Get a letter from your kid’s doctor detailing what your kid’s intolerances are – which is based on what you are reporting
        • Enforcement – educate the school or take ownership on label checking
        • Respectful assertiveness to work with the school
        • Discuss all these points with the grandparents as well – it doesn’t have to be confrontational
    • Laura – suggestions on how to handle son’s daycare to ensure that they do not serve him dairy or wheat?
      • Understand the Balanced Diet and what food can be subbed in to meet that nutrient requirement
      • Get a note from your son’s doctor
      • Discuss the suspicion of a food allergy and that you would like to put your child on an elimination diet to figure out the source of the problem
      • It starts with the respectful conversation of – I would like to work with you on this
  • Thanks all – we will be back next week!
  • Outro (1:05:01)

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