Start the school year OFF SWEET!!!
School is right around the corner! Back to packing lunch, and managing the nutrition of our kids from a far. In many cases parents may choose foods out of convenience instead of nutritional density leading to a large amount of sugar consumption by kids during the school day. High sugar consumption and processed foods, all be it organic can cause issues for our kids during the school day and beyond!
If your child suffers from:
Stomach aches, Constipation and diarrhea
Fatigue, joint pain, and muscle pain
Frequent infections, especially of the ears and throat
Skin irritation and rashes
ADD/ADHD or other problems with concentration
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Frequent bed wetting
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Take a look at the diet and their lunchbox selections before making a battery of provider appointments and planning extreme measures with the school.
A good list of things to avoid include:
Sugar and fake sugar substitutes
Preservatives (like BHT, TBHQ, MSG, etc)
Food Dyes (red #40, Yellow #5, etc)
Of course, dramatic changes in diet, especially for a picky eater can seem overwhelming. Every parent wants their kid to be healthy and fit in, but sometimes “special diets” (even if they are sugar-less and not processed) can make a child feel left out.
Some easy tips to help your child (and the rest of the family) adjust:
Empower your child- have your child help with the shopping, teach them how to read labels, or better yet choose foods without labels, like fruits and vegetables. Teach your child which symptoms to look for and how they can articulate or recognize them in their own bodies. Remind kids that food may not affect just their belly that food can affect their brain, skin, and sleep cycles too. And remind them that there is not often a direct ‘eat the food>> have a symptom” relationship.
Emphasize all of the delicious foods that your child CAN eat, instead of focusing on the few they can’t.
Eat what they eat. As parents we have an awesome opportunity to set the exact example we want our children to follow.
Explain to kids about the food industry processing, how sugar (and other substances) can actually change brain chemistry and cause “addiction”.