I’ve started with the ketogenic lifestyle about 5-6 monts ago. Starting from January, my wife is also starting, kickstarting it with the 28-day step-by-step plan from Ruled.me. The same plan which also helped me kicking of this lifestyle.
There’s one thing though. We just had a baby boy, who is almost 4 months old now. By now he’s bottle-fed and receives the occasional mashed fresh fruit & vegetables. However, when he grows up we don’t want to ‘force’ this lifestyle on him as we think it’s practically impossible to have a child in the western world following ketogenic lifestyle (read: eating less as 20/50 grams of carbohydrates per day). When he’s playing with other kids, goes to school or some other activity, he will probably get some candy of sorts, potato chips, fruit, etc. In reality, it’s very hard to avoid such things.
We don’t want to police him on his food intake too much. We will ‘educate’ him on the ketogenic lifestyle, but as said, we figure it’s quite hard if not impossible to maintain this lifestyle as a kid. Especially very young kids who don’t understand that much yet. When he’s older he can decide by himself if he wants to go full-keto or not.
We ourselves were thinking on having him on a low-carb lifestyle, so he can have breakfast, lunch and diner with us. Maybe have him eat small amounts of bread for breakfast and lunch.
The thing we’re worried about is the amount of fat intake. We, the parents, are fat-adapted because of the ketogenic lifestyle. He probably won’t be fat adapted, because kids normally eat more as 20 grams of carbs per day. We can keep an eye on his carb intake, so he will not get a lot of sugars and carbs in his body. If this is a good idea of course.
Hope someone over here has any experience with this and can advice us on how to do it. We could really use some advice on the matter so we can go over some options and investigate on it.
Maybe having him on a paleo-like diet fits better for kids, so he can have more carbs per day. I’m writing paleo-like, because from what I’ve read getting dairy is good for kids growing up (to a certain age).