Paleo: AWESOME for Teens!
Written by Laurie:
I went paleo myself about 7 years ago and lost over 100lbs and reversed diabetes and a whole host of other ailments. But my youngest son is a vegetarian who eats little else other than grains. So after a miserable summer of food battles a few years back, I finally went back to ancestrally prepared grains for him. However, that means they’re available to ALL (3) boys and my 17 y/o had gotten quite chubby. Last year at Thanksgiving he asked me to help him change over to ”truly paleo” and has since lost over 40 lbs.
I really didn’t think he’d stick with it, I mean, a teenager turning down chips and sandwiches and ice cream? I just didn’t believe it. But he surprised us all- he is still going strong and getting leaner every day. He takes a ”personal fitness” class at school (which is a modified crossfit program) and he does a ”Combat Training” class twice a week with a similarly high intensity level- and with the exception of the first 2 weeks or so, his performance and energy are great! He is over 6’2” and down under 200lbs, and there is a new confidence in his step. The ’moobs’ he’d developed are gone and he no longer hunches over in his effort to disguise them.
Surprisingly, his friends take it in stride too and are supportive of his food choices and don’t give him crap about eating a Caesar salad with meat for lunch or a handful of almonds for a snack rather than a bag of chips.
He started off 100% compliant and is now somewhere around 85% I’d guess. He is able to have a pizza or ice cream with friends once or twice a week and still keep it all in perspective.
Today as I uploaded pictures from my camera to make room on the memory card, I was dumbstruck by what he looked like on the first day of school compared to now. We went outside so I could take another picture in the same place and he could SEE how dramatic the difference is.
Anyway, I just wanted to share a story that demonstrates that even TEENS who seem to have the most food challenges among us, can be VERY successful on a Paleo diet.