Posted: Apr 8, 2009 05:00
Is Your Child Sugar Sensitive?
Let's look first at your child's behavior
- Does your child ask for sweet foods all the time?
- Does your child have unexpected meltdowns that turn into tantrums or tears?
- Is your child impulsive?
- Does your child have a very short fuse?
- Is your child wildly dramatic and goofy?
- Is your child restless and in motion all the time?
- Is your child known as a motor mouth?
- Does your child have a hard time paying attention?
- Does your child lock into a task for a long time and forget to do anything else?
And check your child's health:
- Does your child have lots of allergies?
- Does your child still wet the bed?
- Does your child have persistent ear infections?
- Is your child overweight?
- Is your child constipated?
- Is your child always catching colds?
- Does your child come home from school exhausted?
- Has your child been diagnosed with diabetes?
- Has your child been diagnosed with ADD or ODD?
And finally, and perhaps most important are the emotional clues:
- Does your child cry at the drop of a hat?
- Does your child go from being absolutely charming to pouting and moody?
- Does your child have low self-esteem even though he or she is smart, skilled, and capable?
- Does your child feel alone, isolated, not a part of the in-crowd at school or in the playground?
If you checked three or more boxes, your child will benefit from a change in diet.
If you checked many boxes, do not be alarmed. The more boxes you checked, the more dramatic the results you are going to get by changing what and when your child eats.
You may have simply assumed that you have a moody child, or a little goofball who bounces around with motor mouth turned on. You may have just figured these things were a part of your child's personality or personal style and never considered that there was a biochemical basis and that they are connected. The truth is, all of these symptoms can be rooted in your child's biochemistry. The degree to which your child displays them is very connected to what and when she eats. You may be stunned at the positive changes in your child's behavior as you change the food.
Reprinted From "Little Sugar Addicts", ŠKathleen DesMaisons 2004. Submitted as a Public Service to Boundary County Mom's and Dad's, from Cathy Thompson-Lidster, Natural Health Improvement Center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 267-3022.