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Old 11-08-2011, 09:58 AM   #1
Brad Gerbrandt
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Too young for Paleo/Zone Diet?

I have a question regarding the Zone Diet. I was wondering if there is an age cut off for those contemplating the Zone Diet. While preparing food for my 6 month old daughter (just starting solid foods) I did some quick calculations and found out she is on a pretty strict paleo/zone diet with about 3x the fat blocks.
Her meals over the last 4 days have been:
Day 1 Breakfast
chicken
pears
avocado

blend, eat and smear on everything she touches

Day 1 lunch
chicken
pears
avocado

blend, eat and smear on everything she touches

Day 1 dinner
chicken
pears
avocado

blend, eat and smear on everything she touches

Is 6 months too young for the zone? She appears to be doing well on the diet and if she continues to gain weight at this pace she will be a 300 lb monster by the time she is in middle school!
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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Re: Too young for Paleo/Zone Diet?

6 months is too young to restrict calories. Personally, I wouldn't recommend anyone younger than 25 follow any kind of calorie-restricted diet unless they have a clear weight problem, which she won't if you establish good eating habits from the beginning.

As long as she's getting a variety of foods -- and therefore the full spectrum of micronutrients -- I don't see why paleo wouldn't be okay.

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Old 11-08-2011, 12:01 PM   #3
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Re: Too young for Paleo/Zone Diet?

growinguppaleo.com (WFS) this is a blog by a woman who had a paleo pregnancy and has been raising her son paleo. i think he's 2 now. good information contained therein...
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:09 PM   #4
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Re: Too young for Paleo/Zone Diet?

I have two boys, ages 2 and 4 (soon 5), and I feed them fairly well and they're super healthy and doing great. I of course don't restrict calories or even entire food groups, just try to minimize certain foods, and try to avoid some others, but nothing like 100% Paleo or even remotely close. I think if they're fed like this from a young age the body can tolerate much more than if you're 30 and obese and with a screwed up metabolism... the latter person would probably need to be super strict to stay in shape.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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Re: Too young for Paleo/Zone Diet?

1. Your pediatrician, as routine, will probably run blood levels at 9 mos. Be sure to discuss any special diet concerns you have. Nutrient deficiencies can show up on this bloodwork.

2. Your baby would benefit from nursing for at least another 6 months. It doesn't get more "paleo" than the real thing...

3. There is some interesting commentary here (at minute 37:42) - http://*************/2011/10/25/the-...n-episode-103/ (might be a little "adult language")

Edit- as Katherine said, do not restrict calories... Believe it or not, some overly body/ fitness conscious adults actually do this.

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Old 11-17-2011, 02:32 PM   #6
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Re: Too young for Paleo/Zone Diet?

Or you could do like I was subjected to and have the clean plate club to encourage over-eating.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:13 AM   #7
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Re: Too young for Paleo/Zone Diet?

Oh man................
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