Does your child have a pattern of bad behavior in school or home? Have you ever thought about how your child is feeling on the inside? Yes, I fully understand that rules should be followed and adults are to be respected. However, what if there really is a chemical imbalance from your child’s diet making it more difficult to do what they know is right? The impulsivity, disruptions, inattentiveness, argumentation, and even temper tantrums don’t just come out of nowhere. Of course, we all have our days. Maybe they just didn’t feel like following that particular direction. This is more so for the parents who are often being contacted about their behaviors at school or even if your children don’t respond to you the way that you believe they should, at home. OR, maybe you’re just curious about how to improve your child’s diet. Either way, I can help.
The point is: if their diets can help to decrease some of these behaviors, relieve some of the stress that the child may feel because of their diet, and the stress that you feel from being frustrated by their behaviors, why not fix it?
It’s important to assess whether or not your child has been fueled in the proper way to take on the day, productively. I mean, think about how you feel when you don’t eat a nutritious breakfast? If I don’t eat breakfast, I’m a lot more irritable, aggravated, and impulsive. I’m just going to flat out have an attitude. If your child wakes up and has a pop tart for breakfast and heads to school, it should be no surprise to you if his or her morning is “off”. It’s not only about breakfast though. What did they have for dinner the night before?
So far this year, I’ve observed a great number of people working on solidifying a healthier lifestyle and switching their diets up. I love it! If you are one of those people and you have children, do you include your children in the lifestyle change as well? Or is it still okay to feed them processed and fast foods because it’s what they’re so used to and what they want?
Remember that children are moldable. Think about how much trouble you may have had with the lifestyle switch as an adult. It isn’t fair to not pass the knowledge down. If you let them grow up believing that nothing is wrong with consistently consuming the foods listed below, you are essentially setting them up to be sick, mentally and physically. Your children deserve nutrient-rich diets as well. They are the future leaders of our world. We need to train them up in the proper fashion. It’s important for their mental health; without this, it will be a struggle to progress in life.
5 Foods That Stimulate “Bad” Behaviors
1. Artificial Food Dyes – “In the European Union, foods containing artificial food dyes are required to carry this warning: ‘Consumption may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children’; Those SAME FOODS (stay with me) are routinely marketed to children in the United States without any such warning. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently holds the position that they have not found any conclusive evidence that food dyes cause behavior problems in children but that some children who are susceptible will notice increased symptoms of ADHD from consumption of food dyes.”
Point #1: Now, did you read that? Read it again. Stop waiting for something to go wrong for you to want to make a change. You don’t need the doctor to tell you to stop feeding your children garbage. Just do it. Love them that much, at least. And since you’re reading this, you can’t say you didn’t know 😉
2. Fast Food – “Sugar, salt and fat all add taste to food; cutting too much can mean cutting into a manufacturer’s bottom line when consumers don’t prefer their foods over the competitor’s. They are in the business of selling food, after all, so taste preferences guided by sugar, salt and fat are important to sales.”
Point #2: don’t believe the hype when the advertisers try to persuade you into purchasing from them by throwing “healthy” and “low fat” into one of the ingredients. Just because they removed soda as the default beverage in Burger King’s kids meals and replaced it with milk and juice, does not make the meal any more nutritious. These are visual advertising techniques put in place to make the sale, not to give you more nutrients.
3. Sugar – “When I finally came to realization that perhaps it’s the over-consumption of sugar that made her act the way she did I immediately stopped giving her anything that had sugar (she still continued eating fruits) and ensured that she was eating a super clean diet.”
Point #3: There’s more to think about when sugar is involved besides cavities and gaining weight.
4. Dairy – Meg Brannagan reports that “According to the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, there are many different types of foods that could cause hyperactivity among children if an allergy is present. An allergy to cow’s milk is one of the most common types of food allergies associated with hyperactivity. Milk allergies may also affect other aspects beyond behavior, including skin changes, headaches or runny noses.”
Point #4: It is possible to have a dairy sensitivity and not know it. 70% of people are affected by this. Nausea, diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Mal-absorption (nutrient deficiency like anaemia and bone density loss), mood swings, and depression are all symptoms of being sensitive to dairy.
5. Candy – explains: “The sugar from your sweet treat has made its way into your system, producing a state of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. While this is bad for your body in general, which has to store that excess sugar in fat or muscle cells to prevent it from poisoning your liver, research from the University of Minnesota has shown even short periods of hyperglycemia can mess with your attention span and memory.
Point #5: Too much candy can lead to diabetes.
Always remember, everything in moderation. If you are choosing to improve you or your child’s diet, do it in moderation. Don’t just take everything away at one time, it’ll never work! Does anyone have any input or experience with their kids that they want to share? I don’t have any kids (lol), and I’m curious! Do tell.
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