or the food one eats or neglects to eat, can often influence a person's
behaviors. The effect of diet (whether good or bad), food sensitivities
and allergies can be more pronounced in a younger child than an adult.
Eliminating or minimizing the use of:
carbohydrates (highly processed or refined foods)
be helpful. Why is this true?
Sugar frequently comes in the form of empty calories.
The food may be tasty and filling for a short while, but it doesn’t
take long for the body to burn it up. The
rebound affects afterwards can be irritability and distractibility as the
child moves into a hypoglycemic state.
Eliminating soft drinks is a good start (this can minimize or
eliminate calcium leaching and discourage cavity formation as well).
Substitute filtered water, which can taste much better than tap water
(the best are the Brita System [low volume] or the Amway Water Treatment
System [high volume]). Do not
switch to "Diet" drinks containing NutriSweet® (Aspartame) or
Equal® as chronic high usage may lead to Multiple-Sclerosis like symptoms
or Lupus (an autoimmune disease). When
Aspartame enters the blood stream, and warms up, it breaks down into several
components which include methanol which cannot be made nonpoisonous. Some people cannot secrete this methanol effectively
(especially in volume), with the resultant poisoning effects.
White flour, mixed with moisture, as any school age
child will know, turns into glue. Ingested,
white flour turns into glue in the stomach.
(Compare this result vs. mixing water with whole wheat flour.
Glue is NOT formed.) The
intestinal glue can clog up food absorption for a short while, until it is
broken down. And then it breaks
down into sugar which gives energy for a short time, but then disappears,
giving the eater a hypoglycemic “let-down”.
Simple carbohydrates, frequently the main component of
highly processed foods such as donuts, “kids” cold cereals, PopTarts and
common jams, again break down very quickly into sugar in the body.
Hypoglycemia happens too soon and restlessness and distractibility
Especially for breakfast, we recommend a good whole
grain food such as hot cereals (steel-cut Oats, corn-meal, brown rice,
etc.), whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a low sugar jam, substantial
low-sugar cold cereals such as a granola, brans, or Cheerios™, and orange
juice (with the pulp). Whole
wheat pancakes and waffles with fruit are a tasty alternative.
If you’re trying to minimize milk usage, use a rice or soy-milk
product such as Rice Dream™, It’s Soy Good™, or Better than Milk?™
For lunch, avoid the use of white or mostly white flour
sandwich bread. Use whole grain
breads as a base.