A few weeks ago, I posted a series of questions on Facebook
about signs of possible food sensitivities. It resulted in several
personal messages to me. I thought I would post more on the
relation between hidden food sensitivities in toddlers and what
that looks like in terms of behavior and digestive problems. First
let us take a look at the major physical symptoms:
Now, an allergist, naturopathic doctor or other alternative
medical provider can often look at a child's face and immediately
see their allergies. I can see many allergic children on my
personal Facebook account (and yes I do keep quiet unless I have
been reached out too).
I recall as a child whenever my peditrician walked into the
room, she would say, "Oh you have dark circles under your eyes, are
you still having all of those allergies?" We did allergy tests and
mine were environmental at the time. She was progressive back then,
but not enough to relate it to food as scratch tests came out
negative (understand that scratch and blood tests are all not 100%
conclusive, a food elimination diet is the best way to determine
what is ailing you and your family).
I can often tell by a child's behavior now how that can be
related to food sensitivities and blood sugar issues. They are very
emotional children, chronic whiners, periods of hyperactivity and
aggression soon after eating the offending foods. They are also
sensory seekers and have mild to moderate
Sensory Processing Disorders. Other behavior
Well isn't that just part of toddler behavior and them exploring
their independence? Yes to a degree, but violent behavior that
wears the parent out is out of the norm. If we think about how food
affects our own behavior, it is ten times worse in a child whose
brain has not yet fully developed to cognitively be aware of their
behavior and control their behavior. Think about the side effects
of food additives such as MSG, which is considered a neurotoxin
(often associated with headaches, but also effects the brain in
different ways) In fact many years ago,
Gerber added MSG to baby foods after studies showed to cause
harm in the hypothalamus of the brains of infant mice.
Disgusting, I know.
Make a list of the top five foods you and your child eat the
most. Take a good hard look and look for patterns of what food
groups they eat the most. Is it gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar
and/or artificial sugars? Are there food additives, food dyes or
preservatives that are questionable? If it is high in carbs,
then it may be a blood sugar issue. Balance each meal and snack
with a protein and good fat. Try that route first.
Perhaps they LOVE bananas or another fruit or fruit juice (
which they don't need anyway). It is often the foods we love
and eat the most are the ones that cause us the most issues.
If you decide to remove the offending food, try it for 21 days,
however a complete elimination diet is important to really
determine what foods are setting you and your children off not just
one particular food group. The elimination diet could be a useful
tool if many of your issues go away after eliminating certain
foods. Just be sure to go to a qualified nutritionist to help you
properly go through this elimination diet program.
Now ask yourself: Do I want to feel better for life? Do I want
to help my kids feel better? What is stopping you from making
those changes? Permanently? Remember, it is not a 30 day program,
it is a program for life.
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