By Dr. Moshe C Bragg, PhD
What follows is an excerpt of Keto for Kids. Check on Amazon for the full version!
It goes without saying that as parents we love our children unconditionally. When my Robert was born it was the happiest day of my life. I didn’t know that degrees of ecstasy like this could exist. Robert was a beautiful healthy baby who emerged from his mother’s body weighing a completely standard 6 pounds. My wife Stephanie and I couldn’t believe the immensely beautiful creature we had brought into the world.
Robert at birth, healthy weight
We were overjoyed and overwhelmed with warm feelings of love…that is until Robert hit the dreaded ‘terrible twos.’ For us, the terrible twos weren’t terrible because of misbehavior, tantrums or crying. They were terrible because our Robert was beginning to get chubby and lose that slim, healthy façade we had grown to love so much. While my love for Robert was not diminished, I have to admit I was disappointed in the idea of having a fat child. You see, I have always been very slim and fit so I had no idea how to deal with problems related to being overweight or obese. It was around this time that I began researching dieting methods. I was completely unfamiliar with all of the phoney, false and outright wrong dieting techniques that are advertised regularly. And I was shocked and outraged to say the least.
Robert at 2, still cute but morbidly obese
It was my complete naivety that allowed me to adequately develop the system that you are going to learn about. The Keto diet is the latest craze in weight loss, but up until now it has been exclusively recommended for adults (currently the medical establishment only recommends a Keto diet for children who suffer from epilepsy…more on that later). So, what is the Keto Diet? Will my child lose weight on this diet? Won’t my child have to suffer and sacrifice eating the foods they love? Read on to find out all this and more! It could be the life-saving tool that you need to keep your child skinny forever! Obesity is an epidemic that threatens ruin the very fabric of our society. Do what you can to prevent it from infecting those that you love the most.
What is the Keto Diet?
Much like the infamous Atkins diet, the Keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. By cutting out carbs you force your body into a state of Ketosis. While in the ketogenic state, your body will begin to use fats as fuels. It is great for losing weight rapidly without sacrificing many of the delicious flavors you know and love. One study found that people on a ketogenic diet lost 2.2 times more weight than those on a calorie-restricted low-fat diet.
One of the complexities of the Keto diet is knowing exactly which food items have carbohydrates and which do not. All meats are low in carbs, as is heavy cream, cheese, avocados. But foods such as breads, nachos and sugars must be avoided at all costs. Even most fruits which we know and love are not to be eaten on the Ketogenic diet. Many vegetables are also restricted. A quick google search will tell you all you need to know about which foods you can eat…and which you can’t.
So that’s Keto in a nutshell. But how can we design a Keto meal plan for kids that works? Read on to find out.
Keto for Newborns
It is important to start your kids on Keto at a very, very early age…namely, the moment they are born. It would be a shame if you made the same mistake that Stephanie and I made with our Robert. One common misconception parents have is that breast milk is good for the child. This couldn’t be further from the truth. One cup of breast milk has 17 grams of carbohydrates, which is more carbs than are recommended for an ADULT on the Keto diet. Don’t bother yourself with the hassle and utter embarrassment of breastfeeding your baby high-carb liquid poison. As a great, keto-friendly alternative feed your baby heavy cream. It is available at any grocery store, it tastes great and is extremely low in carbs. Mainstream medical establishment doctors recommend feeding newborns breast milk exclusively for their first six months. This is an acceptable length of time to feed your child heavy cream exclusively. Once the child reaches 6 months and starts eating solids you can make quick and easy Keto friendly baby foods by mashing together common Keto ingredients into delicious pastes… use your imagination to create combinations. The babies are too young to communicate their preferences verbally, so really it could be anything…avocado, bacon, cream, cheese, asparagus, pork. It’s up to you. They will not be able to protest the way older children do.
Keto for Toddlers
As your little ones begin to grow they will develop their own taste in foods and drink. You will begin to learn which foods they love and which they don’t care for. There are a few common misconceptions that parents raising their kids have about exactly which items are Keto friendly. Don’t get caught in the trap! Kids seem to universally love a very specific condiment which is a Keto Dieter’s nightmare: Ketchup. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT under any circumstances feed your child ketchup. One tablespoon of Heinz ketchup has 5 grams of carbohydrates, which is far more than a Keto Baby should have in one day. Once they have the taste of ketchup on their impressionable lips, they will want it again and again. When they learn to talk they will complain incessantly about wanting ketchup. It’s enough to drive any sane person mad.
Our Robert spent his first few years eating Ketchup. When we transitioned him to a more Keto Friendly condiment (hot sauce), he cried nonstop for weeks. It was not only loud and annoying but also extremely pathetic. It was a sad sight to see. I blame myself for feeding him ketchup during his developmental years. With the help of a therapist and extremely frequent isolation time-outs we were able to teach Robert that Ketchup would no longer be a part of his diet.
So how can you avoid these complicated fixes? To start off, never give your child ketchup. Toddlers will love a fresh and warm hot dog served with no bun and doused in mustard. If they want a red condiment, hot sauce is a great option. Robert loves his bun-less hot dogs with a bit of mustard and hot sauce.
The Most Toxic Poison
Children are known to love one of the most toxic poisons known to man. It transforms little ones from angelic innocents into obese and cherubic ne’er-do-wells. What is this poison? SUGAR!
Sugar is extremely high in carbohydrates, yet many of the foods children love are chock full of sugar. Clearly the manufacturers of these foods did not have a keto diet in mind, and did not care about the health and physical appearance of all the poor children who now have to suffer with obese and grotesque figures.
Practically every treat that kids love contains loads of sugar; sodas, popsicles, lollipops, candy bars, ice cream are just a few of them. So how can we keep our kids from eating these poisons that will undoubtedly make them fat and unappealing in adult life?
Luckily there are a plethora of amazing alternatives. Start your kids early on artificial sweeteners. Skip the Coca-Cola and go right for the Diet Coke.
If you bake your child a keto birthday cake (remember, no wheat), make sure to use erythitrol instead of sugar. It is a type of sugar alcohol, which tastes 80% as sweet as sugar but does not metabolize carbs.
Avoiding sugar is the first line of defense in any child keto diet. The following pages are some great Keto meal plans.
Delectable Keto Snacks
One of the great pleasures of childhood is enjoying a good snack. But the sad truth is that most snacks are not Keto friendly.
Here are some simple, easy and delicious Keto-friendly snacks that your kid could will go nuts for:
-String Cheese: All kids love a good stick of string cheese. The great news? It’s naturally keto friendly!
–Meat Sticks: Meat sticks are delicious and available almost everywhere. Slim Jims are a yummy spiced meat blend which kids will not complain about!
-(No Cookies) Cup of Cream: Traditional wisdom says kids love milk and cookies. It goes without saying that cookies are out of the question because of the wheat and sugar, and milk is high in carbs. Why not go for a glass of heavy cream? It is rich, delicious and has a sweet aftertaste that kids will almost certainly prefer to cookies. Stir in some coconut milk and a hint of vanilla extract and BAM, your kids are instantaneously transported to an exotic island of flavors!
-Pork Rinds: It may come as a surprise, but pork rinds are 100% keto-friendly, kid-tested and mother approved.
-Deli Meats: Another great snack is ¼ pound of cold cuts. Almost any variety is perfectly keto friendly so it is up to the taste buds and discretion of the child.
–Diet Coke pops: Kids love popsicles, but they are always full of high-carb sugar. Why not make your own popsicles at home with Diet Coke? Simply fill an ice cube tray with Diet Coke, freeze, and give the frozen cubes to your kids. Robert especially loves these cubes on a hot summer day.
-(Better than Ice) Cream Cheese Sandwich: Cream Cheese is 100% keto and 200% delicious. It’s also solid when cold, but melty and viscous when exposed to heat, much like ice cream. Stick a smidge of cream cheese between two Keto Friendly Fat Based Snack Bars (available for purchase on Amazon). It’s just as good, if not better, than any ice cream sandwich.
SNACKS TO AVOID
It’s sad to say, but many of the foods we were told had great nutritional value are in fact a Ketogenic Nightmare. Do not, under any circumstances give your kids any of the following:
-Juice of any kind
-Chips (even Sun Chips)
The Lunches that Kids CRAVE
If you want to keep your child slim and trim, the following lunches will have them watering at the mouth while maintaining their ketosis:
-(Not Quite) PB&J- What child doesn’t love the perennial classic peanut butter and jelly? It’s simple, easy and delicious! The only problem? The bread and jelly are chock full of pesky carbohydrates, which will quickly kick your child out of ketosis and make them fat and undesirable. The good news is that organic peanut butter is actually quite keto friendly, with just 2g of net carbs per tablespoon. The PB is undoubtedly the most delicious part of a PB&J sandwich, so why not have it by itself? Simply scoop several tablespoons of organic peanut butter into a bowl and feed it to your child with a spoon.
–(Not Quite Macaroni) and Cheese-Kraft Mac and Cheese has been a staple of children’s cuisine for decades. It tastes great at any time of day–and is actually quite ok on the keto diet…if you subtract the macaroni. The powdered orange cheese and the added cream alone are fine–and the only components with flavor. Simply discard the flavorless macaroni from the box and prepare the orange powder and milk. Serve in a bowl with a spoon.
–Fish Sticks– Fish is a nutritious and delicious sea-meat. And kids love eating fish sticks. The only problem is that the breading on the sticks is very high in carbs. We recommend preparing your own homemade fish sticks. Grab a slab of cod and cut it into sticks. If sushi grade, serve raw. Otherwise, microwave for seven minutes. Serve with a Keto condiment like mustard, hot sauce, or mayonnaise.
Intermittent Fasting and Kids
Intermittent fasting is a very powerful weight loss tool which is also typically reserved for adults. But it is also effective for kids. While many approaches exist, the simplest is the so-called 16:8 approach. 16 hours of fasting per day, and an 8 hour window in which one should eat. Combined with the Keto diet, it’s an unstoppable weight los tool. In our case, we don’t allow Robert to eat dinner. A keto breakfast of heavy cream and a slice of cheese is served at 5am, and exactly 8 hours later at 1pm he has a bunless hot dog or a (Not Quite) PB&J, which is basically a bowl of peanut butter.
Stephanie, myself and Robert (in this pic he looks a bit fat, but he’s lost more weight since then)
Robert has managed to keep the weight off. He is now 10 years old and weighs 50 pounds. He looks great and feels even better. He is filled with the energy and vivacity that only a child could have, but without all of the toxic garbage that most kids eat corrupting his body. The intermittent fasting, ketogenic diet, and caloric restriction (800 calories per day) have made him into the intelligent, attractive and healthy child that he was born to be.
Don’t be A Fool; only homeschool
Is it any coincidence that our orphanages are filled to the brim? Many parents cannot deal with the embarrassment of having a fat child and other than murdering their child, adoption is the only reasonable option for getting rid of it.
Some parents (many of whom are themselves fat) send their fat kids into the school system to expose their bad habits to in-shape kids. It is of the utmost importance to exclusively homeschool your child so that they are not exposed to sugar, ice cream, soda, bread, crackers or any of the other carb-rich foods that fat children are undoubtedly carrying to school in their lunch boxes.
Homeschooling has many advantages. The curriculum you design for your child will prevent them from learning many of the farcical ‘truths’ that are presented as orthodoxy in most schools. For example, in a recent poll, 96% of Pennsylvania school teachers said that they believe vaccines do not cause autism. Of course, people are entitled to their own opinions, but when they are teaching our children we do not want these (frankly wrong) opinions to be exposed to our kids.
It goes without saying that most school do not provide satisfying Keto options in the cafeteria.
When you homeschool your child, you will also have far more control of the isolation time-outs which are so important in shaping their behaviors.
Isolation Time Outs
I cannot stress the importance of isolation time outs enough. Of course, they teach the child to do as they are told, but they serve another function which is perhaps more important. It is necessary for the child to get used to being alone. Our Robert looks out the window sometimes and sees the other children in our neighborhood playing with each other. He used to complain, until we put him in isolation time outs when he did. He didn’t understand it then, but if he is around other kids, who are almost certainly not practicing a keto diet, he will be tempted and perhaps pressured into eating carbohydrates which could make him fat.
Child in properly positioned isolation time out
The truth is, we want to be in complete control of our kids for their entire lives. Society, for good reason, doesn’t allow this. But it’s important to exercise your power and control over the child while you can in order to instill good habits in them. I’ve known too many parents, even some who practiced Keto, that allowed their children to mingle with non-keto kids. Can you guess what happened next? Sugar addiction, weight gain and nonstop crying were just the beginning for these poor parents. I can’t imagine how many isolation time outs they had to put their child in before he calmed down. When you let your child be around other kids who tempt them with carbs, they exit Ketosis. Getting them back into ketosis will then create the dreaded “keto flu.” Your child will suffer from headaches, anxiety, diarrhea and sleep deprivation as they transition back into ketosis. Is it really worth all of that just to allow the child to mingle with other children?
Pro Tip: A healthy regiment of isolation time outs must always be carried out in a space that is fit for sensory deprivation. Don’t send your child to a room with toys, windows, etc.
How to Deal with Kids
Dealing with the stress of child-rearing often requires external stimulus. There’s nothing more rewarding than being a parent, but it’s also the hardest job in the world. Sometimes it’s important to treat yourself to a tall drink to deal with all the stress little Robert has caused. It should be noted that many alcoholic drinks are extremely high in carbohydrates. Any beer and wine should be avoided at all costs. Many love the sweet taste of pina coladas and margaritas, but these are simply not Keto-Friendly. The great news is that all hard liquors lose their carbohydrate content in the distillation process. So if you want to have a shot of bourbon, rye, tequila or vodka while your child is in a lengthy isolation time out, it’s absolutely ok to do so! Just be aware that most juices and mixers that are standard ingredients in the cocktails we love will not work. Do be warned that alcohol should only be consumed in moderation. It has lots of calories and can be habit forming.
Here are some awesome Keto-Friendly cocktails to enjoy while your child is in an isolation time out:
(Not So Twisted) Tea- Twisted Tea used to be one of my favorite drinks before I went Keto. Now I know the dark truth..one 12 oz serving has 31g of carbohydrates. That’s a definite NO from me. Instead purchase some unsweetened tea and pour in a jigger of vodka.
High Ball– The High Ball is naturally Keto Friendly and tastes great! Just combine some seltzer water and your favorite bourbon. Spritz in some bitters to give it even more kick!
MoKeto– Who doesn’t love a mojito? Folks practicing keto don’t! because it’s loaded with sugar and carbs. Instead try my proprietary MoKeto. A jigger of rum, ice, lemon-lime seltzer water and a stick of sugar free mint gum crushed together in a blender is just as good as a traditional mojito but completely keto friendly.
Keto and Epilepsy
The wisdom offered in this book is unfortunately rather controversial. Mainstream medicine rejects the notion that children should be starved of carbohydrates. But we must keep in mind that the Keto diet was in fact created for children with epilepsy! The sad truth is that while we can shield our child from the outside world through homeschooling and social isolation, they are bound to interact with friends and family at times. If they let these people know that they are being fed Keto only, it may be considered controversial. It is not, however, controversial to tell people that your child suffers from epilepsy. No one will question it. If you find yourself being criticized for forcing your child into the Keto lifestyle, have a backup story prepared about the child’s history with seizures and how helpful Keto has been. My father, Moshe C. Bragg, Sr., always taught me that honesty was the best policy. So it hurts to tell a lie. But in this case, it’s absolutely necessary. Show your child videos of people having seizures. Instruct them to learn how to realistically mimic the symptoms of a seizure. It doesn’t have to be spot on. As long as the person they fake it in front of is not a doctor, they won’t know the difference.
Following the tips outlined in this book will guarantee the success of your child in losing weight and keeping it off. I wish that a book like this had existed when my Robert was born. Instilling your child with Keto values at an early age ensures that they will be a compliant and productive member of society. They will be fit and have the austere glow reserved for those in the best shape. For the Full version please go here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VRV1M73/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=keto+for+kids&qid=1564143694&s=gateway&sr=8-4