"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
- Mark Twain
In my practice, I regularly see kids who've been diagnosed with attention deficits, asthma, social & mental processing problems, autism, and emotional issues improve dramatically when we get their food choices straightened out. Most parents realize that sugar is a universal troublemaker.
What many may not know is that some of the "Right Foods" may not be right for a particular child. Identifying and eliminating foods that create trouble in tummies and brains can help our kids perform at much higher levels in school, sports, and creative activities.
Food sensitivities can be immediate or delayed. Immediate ones are easier to identify since the symptoms they create, like fatigue, rashes and congestion, happen right away. Because symptoms from "delayed sensitivities" can take 3 hours to 3 days to show up, these are often harder to detect even though they may be most important since they also last longest. Not to worry, though. There is a simple, inexpensive lab test that can tell us which foods we have delayed sensitivities to. Once we know what those are, it's easier to choose foods that don't cause problems. Then we see a lot of symptoms go away and performance gets a healthy boost.
Eating smarter can also include a rotation diet. This is a program that plans meals so you don't eat the same foods more than once every four days or so. Not only does this help kids become more adventurous about food choices, it also prevents new sensitivities from developing from overexposure to a particular food. Since changing your family's foods can be a challenge, I recommend working with a Cooking Coach who can show you how to keep it quick and simple and still make meals healthy, fun, and interesting.
If you would like to be tested for food sensitivities or receive a free CD or book about the subject or a referral to a cooking coach, please call our office at (310) 445-3350.