Just a quick PS announcement and a request.
A little background: I have two children. My son has "issues" at school. Sometimes at home, but mostly at school. Strictly for school purposes, we have an ADD diagnosis which gets us a little leniency when it comes to his behavior. It does not excuse it but, without going into too much personal detail, in order for it to be dealt with effectively, there has to be a medical "reason" on file. I think it's total crap, but whatever.
Anyway, as most parents of children with these problems, I am always, always looking for a reason. There HAS to be a reason why some days are hell and some days are not. Well, I think we have finally had a break through and it's one of my greatest passions. Food!! Children prone to ADD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, etc. can have hyper sensitivities to certain ingredients in their favorite foods and treats. Mostly the artificial additives and chemically altered foods. Huge shocker, right. LOL
After conducting my own little experiments, we have eliminated any and all high fructose corn syrup and red dye 40 from his diet and monitor his salt intake. Now this is not easy as both of these ingredients are showing up in so many of the kid's favorite things and all those super attractive convenience foods are loaded with sodium. I have had to go through every single thing in our home, right down to the nestle syrup I use to make hot chocolate every now and again, and yes, that had to go - full bottle right in the trash. The last thing to go were the Triaminic dissolving cough medicine strips. Never thought to look at those ingredients and the three evenings that I gave them to my son were followed by three of the worst ever days he had at school. What is the second ingredient in those strips you ask? That'd be red dye 40. This has what to do with suppressing a cough?
Is all this a coincidence? I'm not so sure. I won't post links to all the various websites I have viewed to support my theory, but a quick google search will bring up TONS of info if you are interested. To go into detail on everything I've gone through at home to support this claim, well that would make this one seriously long blog post and I won't bore you with more words than I usually spew. You're welcome. :-)
So my request is, please look into the ingredients in the foods you feed your family. With the introduction of all these chemically altered ingredients, food additives and convenience foods, we have a growing epidemic of childhood obesity, psychological problems and recurrent illness in children, reliance on medications for school age children, etc. Conduct your own experiments, introduce your kids to new, healthier foods and treats - they do exist. They will stop complaining and just eat it eventually, I promise.
I cannot tell you the difference eliminating these items from my son's diet have had on his behavior and entire emotional state. It is immeasurable! We are not looking forward to sorting out all the "bad" stuff on Halloween, but I am planning to have plenty of approved treats on hand to trade with him. It does take a bit of extra work and planning, but look at the end result. So well worth it if you ask me.