We have a guest post today by Sandy Alicea. She is a love and relationship expert, and I am so glad to have her here to talk about managing your kid's health!
Lore is preparing to host a workshop next month on the topic of nutrition/diet and it’s effect on kids with health issues, so I thought I’d set the tone with this blog.
When my son was young, we spent every weekend (or so it seemed) in the local ER. He suffered with asthma from an early age. He was given all sorts of breathing treatments, and meds (including steroids) that caused him to bounce off the wall! Well at least this is what I thought. As he aged and participated in sports, his asthma attacks reduced in frequency, but his level of bounciness equaled that of Tigger. He drove me to the brink of insanity with his very active self; all I could do was get him to play outside and join other activities with the hope he’d expel his excess energy.
No such luck! (Insert sad face with frazzled hair here). I chalked it up to him being a boy, having a zest and zeal for life, and a desire to be one with nature. I left it alone and allowed him to run like the wind. It helped he enjoyed baseball, track and scouting. He grew to be an active and healthy adult (thank the universe) with no long-term concerns in the area of personal success.
Cut to today. Many parents are concerned about the level of activity their kids present with, or are frustrated with other conditions such as asthma, chronic allergies, and frequent colds.
Frankly, modern society promotes processed fast-er food, and plenty of TV and video games. Gone are the days where kids play for hours outside, burning energy. Gone are the days of nutrient dense foods and meals cooked from scratch. It isn't really surprising that more kids now than ever are diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, and/or have multiple allergies/illnesses. And most of these dis-eases are strongly associated with gut health. (If you missed Lore's gut health post, you can read it here.)
So what can you do now if your child is experiencing any of the above mentioned?
- Turn off the TV and video games – get them moving!
- Encourage outdoor play and join in with them to build a better parent-child relationship.
- Eat real food in your home, limiting boxed and packaged products.
- If you have to buy a boxed product, avoid ones with ingredients you can't pronounce.
- Avoid dyes in food and body products.
- Chose organic fruits and veggies, and high quality protein.
- Avoid the highest inflammatory foods: wheat, soy (the fake kind..not fermented tofu or tempeh), dairy, and sugar (the worst culprit).
Please keep in mind that making changes in health is a work in progress. You will most likely not see a huge difference overnight. It takes several months in most cases to notice an improvement in health, especially if you have been dealing with a long-term issue. So be patient and allow for 2 steps forward and 1 step back!