What kind of meat and eggs you buy matters in how healthy your eating plan is. The lower quality sources of animal protein can be “Franken-foods,” where the manner in which the animals are raised so alters the nutritional composition of the food that it is not particularly healthy or downright unhealthy.
An organic egg, for instance, is pretty much a perfect food. It has the perfect one-to-one ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fat, and it’s packed with protein and other nutrients. But a factory-farmed egg contains as much as 19 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids, making it downright unhealthy. Remember when eggs were vilified as dangerous for your health? That was true, but not because of the cholesterol. It was and is true because of the imbalance of fatty acids, which is brought about by the way in which the chickens are cared for. (Feed Your Kids Well, p. 84).
Similarly, grass-fed beef and dairy products derived from grass-fed cows are better for you than grain-fed, because cows evolved to eat grass, not grain. The meat from a grass-fed cow is nutritionally different from the meat from a grain-fed cow.
Mainstream advice generally is against children or teenagers going on diets. The worry seems to be that calorie or nutrient restriction can interfere with healthy development. You will frequently see the advice to try to stabilize weight first, because it is assumed that doing so will require less calorie restriction than actually trying to lose weight. By preventing more weight gain, children can “grow into their weight.” This recommendation makes no sense on its face for children who already weigh more than a healthy adult weight, of which there are many, including Juliana when she started her low carb eating plan.
The unspoken assumption is that a weight-reducing diet must be calorie restricted and therefore nutrient restricted. But a low carb diet is neither. Children can and should eat until they are satisfied. It is better to call it a low carb eating plan, since diet seems to be synonymous with calorie restriction in most people’s minds.
Our eating plan consists of high quality meats, organic eggs, a little cheese, tree nuts, and vegetables. It is not calorie-restricted. It is not nutrient-restricted. There are no essential nutrients available in grains that are not available from other sources. See Epilogue of : Taubes, Gary (2007-09-25). Good Calories, Bad Calories (Kindle Locations 9085-9089). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition, for a review of the evidence demonstrating that 1) the brain does not need ingested carbohydrate for fuel, but can manufacture what it needs from ingested fat and protein and 2) there are no essential vitamins and minerals in carbohydrate that are not available from meat and fat.
Moreover, we usually eat more than the recommended 5-9 servings of vegetables (not fruit) per day, unlike the vast majority of Americans.