Meet Shan Cooper, an avid health nut and fitness guru. Shan has kept her 13-month-old daughter Grace on a meat-and-veggie-heavy diet since birth. Shan claims that, due to her diet, Grace has fallen sick only once since the time of her birth, which is quite impressive. While Shan may believe it is beneficial, dietitians warn other mothers that following her footsteps may not be a wise choice.
Shan Cooper and her daughter Grace
Shan states that her opinion is her own, but that she is always in the pursuit of nutritional knowledge. Among her thirst for knowledge, Shan has acquired her certificate IV in fitness. She believes that feeding Grace a strictly paleo diet helps boost her immune system.
Teaching a cooking class
While she loves fitness and nutrition, Shan is also thrilled by cooking. She teaches cooking classes, and in her classes she teaches ways to eat that she believes are both satisfying and nourishing.
Baby Grace munching on some broccoli
From the plethora of pictures that Shan posts, Grace seems to be thoroughly enjoying her diet. (A baby eating broccoli?!)
Eating some meat off the bones
Shan is even comfortable giving Grace some meat and bones to chew on, and she doesn’t seem to mind it at all. Grace’s diet consists mainly of eggs, meat, fish, fruits, and veggies. The idea of a paleo diet is to essentially eat a “caveman” diet (removing processed foods and the like).
Why the switch to paleo?
Shan Cooper’s switch to paleo, according to her, was a response to her struggle with food allergies. They bothered her, so she decided to try paleo out. And now she swears by it — but she also states that she doesn’t want to be associated with any food approach in particular. She says she is more anti-processed food than anything else.Her positive reaction to the diet is the reason she put Grace on a similar diet.
What about when Grace inevitably has sugar?
Shan believes that there won’t really be any future consequences. While she knows her daughter will inevitably consume large quantities of sugar in things like candy and cake (birthday parties, anyone?), she says she feels that Grace will quickly learn her lesson. Shan said, “She’ll probably come home jacked up on sugar and cake and say, ‘mum I don’t feel very well’. And next time instead of eating 12 cupcakes she might only eat three.”
A loving mother and her daughter
Shan emphasizes that she doesn’t want to control Grace’s diet forever. While she believes her current diet is optimal, she stated that she wants Grace to be able to experiment and figure out what works for her. She doesn’t want to be the kind of mother who tells her child what to eat and what not to eat; instead she wants to leave the choice to Grace and let her choose what she feels is appropriate.