Parenting is hard, there is no doubt about it. Many people love to give their unsolicited advice to you, no matter what the subject, no matter how unqualified they really are. For one mom, Shan Cooper, this unsolicited advice on her parenting style starting coming from all around the world once her decision to keep her child on the Paleo diet went viral. But she never gave in, and years later, we get to see the effects this decision had on her daughter.
It was time for young Grace to start kindergarten, an exciting time for any parent-child duo. Grace was much different than the other kids, she had never tasted sugar or processed foods her entire life–something extremely foreign to most households. Shan always knew her decision was one that would benefit her baby, but she didn’t realize just how much until she noticed Grace looked very different than her classmates.
So what is a Paleo-diet? Paleo refers to the Paleolithic era, a diet that follows the logic of only consuming foods available to humans during this time period. That means no sugar, no processed foods, no dairy, and no grains or legumes, basically no foods that were only available after the invention of farming. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts, and seeds, make up the majority of the diet because they’re all foods that were available from hunting and gathering.
It follows the discordance hypothesis, a theory that human genetics aren’t made to thrive on the modern day diet.
Long before baby Grace was born Shan had adopted the diet in hopes to cure her health problems related to certain foods. When she realized the benefit it made in her life, it was no question she would do the same for her child when the time came. She explained how she felt after eliminating processed foods, “I just got sick of not feeling great. That had been my normal and (I decided) that wasn’t going to be normal anymore,” according to Life Buzz.