This baby is 13 months old, and she’s never had sugar.

Grace Cooper is 13 months old, and sheDaily Mail

Well, to be technical, she hasn’t had anything with added sugar; no cupcakes, breakfast cereals, candy, ice cream, or anything else that could raise her blood sugar levels dramatically.

She also hasn’t had too many carbs. Like her mother, fitness guru Shan Cooper, Grace is on a strict meat-and-vegetable diet.

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You could call it the paleo diet for babies, but Shan doesn’t like labels. She’s more compelled to talk about what she doesn’t eat (and what she won’t let her daughter eat) than what she does eat. The Coopers avoid heavily processed foods, sticking to a natural diet, and Grace Cooper is a perfectly happy and healthy little girl.

Shan frequently points out that she’s not going to force her diet or lifestyle on her daughter when Grace is old enough to make her own decisions.

“If she eats a piece of bread I’m not going to have a conniption,” Shan told the Daily Mail. “She’s going to go to kids’ parties and eat what’s there. I’m never going to go to Grace, ‘You can’t eat anything at this party, but I packed you some kale, here you go.'”

As for the benefits of the diet, Shan notes that she’s only been sick once in her life. Grace is frequently around other children her age with colds, but she doesn’t pick them up.

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However, some dietitians don’t recommend this type of diet for a young child. The Daily Mail spoke to one professional, Dr. Rosemary Stanton, who expressed concern regarding the lack of grains in Grace’s diet. Parents considering the paleo diet should consult with their pediatricians before making a change.


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