Just like any other mother, Shan Cooper from Brisbane, Australia, only wants the best for her child. Her daughter Grace is now two years old and at first glance she looks like a normal child. She is very bright and likes to play with other children.
1 year ago today my very favourite human came into the world like a whirlwind and my life has never been the same. Since that day everything has changed, some things I knew would and others I could never predict. I can't believe it's been a year but it also feel like you have always been here. You have taught me strength when I felt I had none, you have taught me patience where I lacked it completely, you taught me what it means to love with every piece of my being, you taught me that sometimes just a smile fixes even the darkest of days. You are my saving Grace, my whole heart and the very reason I am the person I am today. Every child is a blessing but this one is especially rad. Happy Birthday Squishy. #babyg #1stbirthday #tutusalldayeveryday
But unlike the other kids, Grace has only once come down with a cold. “She plays with many children who have runny noses and coughs that easily spread germs. But unlike those children, Grace doesn’t come down with these ailments,” said the proud mother. But how is it that this child has a much stronger immune system than the other children?
Shan put her child on a somewhat unusual diet from the day she was born and firmly believes it’s what has been keeping her daughter so healthy. Shan herself had many food allergies until she changed her eating habits. Now she feels much healthier and doesn’t suffer from food-related problems like she did in the past. If changing her diet helped her so much, she was convinced it would also benefit her daughter.
Dripping. Literally. ? The great thing about living on the surface of the sun ☀️ (aka Queensland) is that you can do a workout, barely do anything, and still sweat your arse off hence feel like you have actually had a massive session. It's a small win but I'll take it. Meanwhile, I'm going to be filming a session with @thehealthandfitnessguy in a few weeks for his upcoming program and so I'm trying to avoid puking on camera by getting some training in a bit more frequently. Nothing like the fear of a public spew to get your arse into gear ?? #seriouslythesurfaceofthesun #30degreesat6am #fitness #training #hiit #primalmovement #mobility #startplayingstayplaying
Both mother and child adhere strictly to the “paleo diet.” This diet, also called the “caveman diet” or “stone-age diet,” focuses on foods that prehistoric humans would have eaten and is generally heavy on meats, vegetables, fruits, and eggs. It cuts out grains and dairy entirely, along with sugar and anything processed. Avid fans of the diet strongly believe that lifestyle illnesses such as diabetes and heart diseases can be avoided with such a regimen.
Grace doesn’t eat any processed food, candy or bread and there is no cow’s milk in her diet either. Her mother does breastfeed her twice a day though. A typical meal for Grace might be chicken grilled in coconut oil, a sweet potato, and broccoli, for example. Even though Shan is convinced that the nutrient-rich diet is responsible for Grace’s strong immune system, some nutritionists warn that a diet like this may not be best for all children. Without dairy products, grains and legumes, a great many vitamins, nutrients and fiber, which children need for healthy development and a balanced diet, may be lacking. Shan realizes she may need to introduce dairy into her daughter’s diet at some stage, but for now she sees the major benefits of the paleo diet and has chosen to pass it on to her daughter.
All this plate is missing to make it perfect is some good starchy carbs but luckily I have Thai Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup bubbling away for later. This lunch mash-up is proudly brought to you by a sad-looking fridge contents. Brocollini that was starting to look incredibly sad, capsicum that was in its last day and the remains of some bacon fried up with some eggs, kraut, sardines and leftover mayo. Kinda weird but all kinds of tasty. #realfood #leftovers #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo #primal #cleaneating #jerf #omega3
Shan can’t understand why some people are so critical of her daughter’s diet. At the end of the day, she is feeding her child “real” food instead of processed food. It makes no sense to her that people criticize her for giving her child a plate of vegetables, but no one thinks to criticize a parent who gives their child a plate full of bread, sweets and processed food. She knows the time will come when her daughter will be invited to birthday parties and be offered cakes and treats and she will not stop her from trying it. She only hopes her child will learn to self-regulate how much of it she consumes.
While Shan speaks highly of the paleo diet and urges all parents to consider what they’re feeding their children, she doesn’t begrudge anyone the food they choose to feed their families.
The thing about sugary and processed foods is that they often taste good, and when Grace is exposed to such foods she will undoubtedly pig out on these at first. All that Shan hopes is that she will quickly realize it doesn’t make you feel good. We all know that sickly or queasy feeling after binge eating. It is far healthier to encourage balanced diets and a healthier lifestyle. Kids will thank their parents for it in the long-term!