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recipes or blogs from high fat low carb families (or GAPS)?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

HI everyone, I desperately need some really good recipes particularly breakfasts, packed lunches and snacks.  We have been on GAPS for many years but we are slowly moving on from it but we will remain grainfree for the time being.  If anyone has any good recipes to get fat into kids diet that would be great.  My dd craves carbs and i'm sure its because she dosn't eat enough fat - the problem I have is that I don't find fat very portable - she is very fussy and everything involves cooking - which isn't easy for packed lunches.  She won't eat coconut oil its mostly meat fat or butter - and even then she won't just eat it without something on it.  I'd also love to read blogs of families who are eating in this way - would be great to see how others do things.


post #2 of 10

We've been on and off this type of diet for a while now.  We're currently transitioning back on to it.  I don't have a whole lot of posts on my blog about it yet but I probably will post more on it soon enough.  PM me if you'd like the URL.


My curiosity when reading your post - do you not like cooking?  Are you guys doing raw on purpose?  I'm just confused as to what the hangup is, and it might help me come up with better suggestions.  We incorporate a lot of fat into our meals when cooking - we usually use butter and add it to vegetables, soup, etc.  And as for packed lunches, we usually have leftovers.  What really gets me is that as long as I eat protein in the form of meat, I'm not hungry.  I round out the meal with other vegetables, nuts, broth, milk, kefir, a little fruit, etc.  But if I have those without the meat, I'll be starving no matter how much I eat.  You could even grill a bunch of chicken breasts at the start of the week and add pieces to your packed lunches if that was simple enough.

post #3 of 10
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Hi thanks tiqa for your repliy.  I will pm you.  Just to add as my post was confusing.  Yes we do cook our food and don't eat much raw food except salad, what I meant was that my dd wants hot food at every meal and I find it really difficult to do this when we are out because she won't eat soup or stew from flasks.  She won't really eat cold chicken so we end up spending a fortune buying rotissarie chickens while we are out or we go to a restaurant and it has to be a good restaurant to get quality food (not processed) so i spend a fortune on food if we go out.  We home school and lots of our activities are out!  Packed lunch is one of the biggest problems i have.  She is now saying she hates breakfast its boring and all our food is boring - but its because i just don't have time to be creative.  I have to cook simple food quickly.  What she is really saying is she wants to start having pasta, pizza etc all this has started happening since we reintroduced potatoes into her diet.  I also let her have some popcorn sometimes and she now just craves starches constantly - asking for more variety of sugar or starch.  She is 9 yrs old now and i don't really know what to do anymore because i do feel that our diet is restricted.  She won't eat many of the GAPS friendly foods.  I think she is always going to have to be on a version of GAPS because when she has eaten wheat and other grains her constipation problem comes back and then her behaviour goes out the window.  I'm also a GAPS type and food affects me very much, i'm a recovering carb addict.  My dd is training alot in ballet - vocationally now and using lots of energy.  The biggest problem we have is her blood sugar meltdowns after her classes or when she's very hungry between meals as she won't eat many of the snacks that i offer.  She just has terrible meltdowns with kicking and screaming.  She isn't eating a big breakfast becasue she says its boring and she dosn't like breakfast - so its not enough to set her up for the day.  I'm struggling to keep our diet going with such a very busy lifestyle going to ballet classes all over the place while having my 3 yr old in tow.  Sorry this turned into a bit of a moan!

thanks for any suggestions!

post #4 of 10

Here are some Paleo/Primal recipes from Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/marcirenee/paleo-primal-lunchbox-ideas/

post #5 of 10

Paleo/Primal breakfast recipes from Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/chowstalker/paleo-primal-breakfast-recipes/

post #6 of 10

Avocados?  They're fat and transportable. Use FF mayo on sandwiches--more fat.  Nuts are also fat and transportable.  Homemade salad dressings--more fat, but not really portable, unless you apply it before packing a salad for lunch.  Olives are both fat and transportable.  Coconut is a fat, and can be used in recipes.  Cooking in lard can also be done, and it leaves traces of fat in the cooked item(s).  Or you could just do the simplest and EAT MORE FATTY MEAT!

post #7 of 10

I think there are two sides to this... one is that it is fair for her to get to have some say in what she's eating because she is growing up.  Ask her advice within the parameters of "these are the ingredients we have to work with".  Maybe put her in charge of making some meals for the family herself, or making GAPS/paleo friendly treats.


OTOH I'm also wondering if you'd be willing to just say, "sorry, sweetheart, this is what we eat as a family" instead of trying to cater to her to the extent you seem to be.  If you're out and she doesn't want her packed lunch, tough - "you either eat the meat cold from your pack (or your soup from the flask or whatever) or you don't, but we're not going to a restaurant or stopping at the grocery store today.  This is what we have, and that's that."  I understand the blood sugar issues and the meltdowns but unless she's physically threatened with illness, maybe a few times with you not caving in will get her to just deal with it.  I understand her POV - I loved going to restaurants as a kid and I would seriously pout when my mom packed a cold lunch for the car.  It wasn't my favorite for sure but I never had a kicking and screaming fit because she'd rather give me cold rolls and sliced apples instead of stopping at a restaurant for a proper meal.  I'm not saying NEVER go out with her, but let it be you deciding instead of her kind of blackmailing you into it. Your daughter will live even if she isn't thrilled with what's in her lunch pack that day.  Or just have her pack it herself maybe?

post #8 of 10

Do you guys do almond flour or coconut flour? There are a TON of awesome recipes out there with those ingredients, especially muffins and the like for breakfast. Muffins might make for a good breakfast and for a good on-the-road snack? You can do savory and sweet.

post #9 of 10



http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-tart-crust/ (and fill w/ baked fruit w/ a small drizzle of honey)


making baked goods that aren't carby is important for traveling for us.  i have 4 small ones, and we're not all 100% GAPS (i make sourdough brown rice for the kiddos, though i don't eat it myself)


i'm lucky my kids eat whatever i serve most of the time.


i'd also second the cooking in lard- i use it for most things, especially baked goods, and it makes it stick to the ribs longer and also gives longer shelf-life.  i have a huge collection of recipes, and can't really give them all here, but these are what we're doing now to keep everyone happy!


the squash-bread recipe above could make great muffins.  

post #10 of 10

We are high-fat low-carb (I don't know what GAPS is, sorry).


We eat a lot of jerky & the fruit we eat is raw dried fruit most of the time. Both of those are portable; the dried fruit may help with low blood sugar after a ballet workout.


There will probably be a point soon where you will have to educate your daughter about why you adhere to the diet you do and then allow her to make her own choices. If she becomes constipated because of eating the wrong foods she may have to learn the hard way that her body is hers to care for. This lesson extends beyond diet - not to do what everyone else is doing just because it feels/tastes good.


When my daughter was a pre-adolescent it didn't work to simply say "no" a lot of the time because emotional modulation at that age is wildly uncontrolled. I tried to use persuasion, and shifting the responsibility to her, if she made demands I didn't agree with. For example, if your daughter still demands starches and sugars after repeated education about why they are unhealthy, perhaps you could ask for a monetary contribution from her allowance to buy them and expect her to help prepare them. Then as she eats them she will see that she is the only one at the table with these foods on the plate and that the other family members are not having a problem practicing good health. At age 9, the "peer pressure" of family culture is usually still active.

Edited by PumaBearclan - 11/20/12 at 3:18pm
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