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10 Tips for Raising a Superhuman Kid w/ Paul "T" Tijerina, Nutritional Therapist

Learn this and more from Ganesha Center's nutritional Therapist pracititioner.


1. eat a protein and fat-based breakfast.
kids need consistent energy, consistent fuel, and consistent nutrients. a protein-based meal is the most nutrient-dense option there is. giving your children something to fuel their bodies besides sugar is optimal, and the best sources of energy are healthy fats such as butter and coconut oil.
• eggs, omelets, or egg quiches are optimal. eggs are nature’s perfect food. cooked in butter of course.
• don’t hesitate to use meats such as steak, chicken, and ground beef.
• leftovers are also a great idea.
• coconut oil can be mixed with any other oil for cooking such as butter or olive oil.

2. eat cholesterol and saturated fatty foods for the all important
fat-soluble factors.
the most crucial nutrients for children are what I call fat-soluble factors. these are the animal versions of vitamins A, D, K, and all their different derivatives, AND the cofactors found in the foods they are contained in. these fat-soluble factors are crucial for proper brain development, and bone, tissue, and muscular development. over 25% of the body’s cholesterol is stored in the brain and this is because the presence of cholesterol is crucial for proper synapse formation between nerve cells. a growing child needs these nutrients on a daily basis, in plentiful amounts.
eggs, meats, organ meats, real butter, and Fermented Cod Liver Oil are great sources of these fat-soluble factors.

3. avoid grains in all forms except white rice.
one of the biggest misconceptions in modern “nutrition” is that whole grains are healthy. and yet we are continuing to see scientific evidence to the contrary, especially with infamous grains such as wheat. gluten is an anti-nutrient found in wheat. the reality is that all grains contain their own anti-nutrient profile.
• avoid: pasta, breads, pastries, breakfast cereals, and anything labeled as whole grain.
• opt for safe starches: sweet potatoes, yams, taro root, white rice, squashes, and even white potatoes.

4. opt for water over juice.
juice = sugar. that’s all there is to it. one of the biggest misconceptions with child nutrition is that juice is somehow healthy and sodas need to be avoided like the plague. although it can be argued that sodas are more toxic than juice, THEY ARE BOTH LOADED WITH SUGAR. and both are also diuretics.
active children need constant hydration. to make your water a mineral-rich electrolyte drink, try adding a pinch of unrefined Himalayan sea salt to all drinking water. Himalayan sea salt is intact with trace minerals electrolytes.

5. practice good digestive habits.
• don’t drink sodas around meals. sodas inhibit natural HCl production.
• don’t drink iced drinks around meals. opt for lukewarm water.
• say grace, be thankful, sit down, and chew slowly. use meals as a time to converge, talk, catch up on the day, and share experiences.

6. choose full-fat soured and fermented dairy products over homogenized milk.
does your child suffer from allergies, ear infections, upper respiratory infections or similar ailments? get rid of the milk. pasteurized milk is a processed food. homogenization takes it to another processing level by oxidizing and rancidifying the fats, all in an attempt to make the milk look “pretty.”
instead, choose wholesome, full-fat dairy products such as full-fat cheeses, yogurts, and creams. opt for quality upgrades such as hormone and antibiotic free, organic, and/or grass-fed.

7. use natural sweeteners such as fruit, raw honey or grade b maple syrup.
kids are gonna want sweets! heck, adults want their cake and want to eat it too! but most “desserts” aren’t only loaded with sugar, but they typically come packaged with a borage of other chemicals and preservatives, esp toxic oils such as vegetable oil, soybean oil, and worst case scenario, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
sugar = sugar, no matter where it comes from. but when it comes packaged with everything mother nature included, it functions differently in the body.

8. get your kids involved in shopping.

9. get the kids involved in making at least 1 meal per week.
kids love to do things, and kids love to feel like they are contributing and/or in control. no matter what the meal, get your kids involved, and while you’re at it.

10. when it comes to exercise, do not specialize.
for more information on this, talk to experts in child exercise, physiology, and functional movement, the guys over at Bio-Mechanics of Las Vegas. but in a nutshell, specialization = boredom, repetitive motion injuries, and stagnation. get your children involved in as many activities as you can, in as many sports as you can, and watch them break though boundaries, and start to excel in all areas of life.

About Paul "T" Tijerina

My name is Paul Tijerina.  My friends and clients call me “Terina” or “T.”  I am a U.S. Military Academy graduate, an Army Master Fitness Trainer (MFT), a Certified Health Coach & Personal Trainer (CPT), a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) certified through the Nutritional Therapy Association, a barefoot runner, a natural movement enthusiast, and I am Powered by REAL FOOD.

Together with the people I’ve worked with and learned from over the years, we’ve developed a unique concept that we call being Powered by REAL FOOD.  It is based on Ancestral Wisdom, modern science, the experience of my clients and the clients of other practitioners that I follow, as well as a hybrid of truths from several other specific methodologies, all of which have characteristics that are therapeutic for certain situations:

  • Paleo
  • Primal
  • Weston A. Price
  • Gut And Psychology Syndrome
  • Chris Kresser
  • Paul Chek
  • Ketogenic
  • Alternative Cancer Therapies

I’ve pulled the truths and consistencies from each of these methodologies to form guidelines for eating in a way that works in synchrony with our genes, and allows for optimal gene expression.  This broad knowledge allows for specific recommendations to treat specific system dysfunction and/or nutritional deficiencies.  it also allows for plenty of flexibility for bioindividuality.

Regardless of an individuals goals, whether improved health, improved performance, or addressing specific dysfunction, EVERYONE can benefit from this REAL FOOD approach.

Services Offered through the Ganesha Center

Please visit my Individual Services page to learn more about my ability to work with individuals.  Message me to setup your FREE initial interview and goal-setting session to see what we need to do to begin changing your life!

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