Me Sized Portions
Having watched the film you will be struck by the irony that the portion featured is a mountain of mashed potato. That is SUGAR to you and me. Even the Change for Life people know that sugar is bad - and suggest 'sugar swaps'.
Sadly, even this advice shows someone swapping Sugar as in products made from refined/table sugar for a smoothie - which undoubtedly contains a lot of erm......fructose. If any of them are reading this I will let them Google 'lipogenic')
But back to the film. We see little 'Timmy' being given adult portions and the message is that this is making him fat. Timmy hands the excess to his dog - but hell, he still eats enough to turn himself in to a little fat bastard.
What this whole piece misses is the issue of HUNGER. Timmy gives half his meal to the dog, when clearly he has had enough. I'd bet on other occasions he would eat the whole meal if he had worked up an appetite.
Even if he force fed himself, I'd doubt he could manage to eat excessively at the next meal, and like most of us would either eat a smaller portion or go longer between meals to adjust for the excess imbibed.
The other side of the coin is that if a 'me' sized portion does not fill Timmy he is likely to pester for a snack. Snacks by definition are inclined towards quick food. For quick, read carbohydrate. REFINED carbohydrate. In my experience as a parent, clearing your plate of food (which is VERY much likely to happen if the portion is small/me sized), the child is indulged with a treat. For treat read carbohydrate. REFINED carbohydrate.
Anyone see where this is going yet?
Here is the money shot:
- Why shouldn't we let our children respond to their hunger?
Paleo diets are nutritionally complete, very hard to gain weight on and conducive to fat loss, good health and facilitate a calibrated response to one's hunger rather than some vague notion of how much food a child should eat. These conditions allow parents to relax about their child's relationship with food and prevent food from becoming a battleground and all the anxieties and issues this can bring.
Making a child persist in a state of hunger, or arranging the environmental conditions for snacking is bizarre. The reheating of the 'eat less, do more' or 'calories in, calories out' corpse is pointless. These are failed models. They don't give us a usable framework in which to work.
What does work is letting people address their hunger. We just need to know how. We can't live our lives counting calories consumed and calories burned. Eating is not maths and shouldn't be a memory-trick. Evolution gave us hunger to do all that for us.
Paleo-Spielberg & And a Candidate for a 'Wild Oscar'
Here is a second film by Methuselah. In five minutes, most of your questions about 'Why Paleo', will be answered. You might scream 'consipracy theory' or 'simplistic', but it is simple and there are conspiracies out there. Dr Briffa and Dr Eades have both posted on several occasions about the business of sickness. This business needs sick people. Industries like the diet-industry is profitable because of failure. YOUR failure.
It is human nature that guys making money in pharmaceuticals and agriculture would want keep on making money. It is humand nature that guys making money in pharmaceuticals and agriculture would want to protect and grow their markets.
All I am saying is here is that we should respond to that little bit of human nature that governs our intake of food. Hunger.