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Food Diary? - Tom and Julie Meekins -

When is a good time to consider a Food Diary for my child?

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I seeing behavior that is less than desirable in my child?
  2. Are any of these regular concerns?
  • meltdowns,
  • whining,
  • mood swings,
  • hyperactivity, and
  • negativity
  1. What could be at the core of my child's
  • foggy thinking,
  • frustration with lack of focus, and
  • seeming laziness?
  1. Could my child's
  • frequent respiratory illnesses,
  • ear infections,
  • skin irritations,
  • stomach problems,
  • achiness, or
  • allergies

be attributed to a compromised immune system?

  1. Could the compromised immune system be caused or contributed to by the food my child is eating?

If those questions give you pause, then we encourage you to pick up the battle of ruling out nutrition/food related things as the culprit.

Our first recommendation is a food diary. A food diary could open up the world of awareness to you about your child's system.

It can be a very powerful tool and you can create one very easily.

The left column can be where you record the time of day. The middle column is where you could record what your child eats (get specific). The third column is a place to describe any behavior you see in your child that gives you pause.

For example:

Time......Food........................Behavior
7:00.................................................Eggs and Toast (white [name brand]
7:30
8:00................................................unusually sleepy
8:30
9:00
9:30
10:00 ....Snack: goldfish crackers [brand]
chocolate milk
10:30
11:00................................................a little hyperactive
11:30
12:00 ...Lunch: fruit drink [brand), crackers (brand)
tuna [brand], banana
12:30................................................total meltdown
1:00
1:30
2:00

Once you have done a food diary for a few weeks, you may see a pattern develop. The next step is "what to do about it".

You may already know that there are certain food allergies in your child. There are many different ways to deal with allergies. Obviously, if you have a life/death allergy you avoid that food at all costs.

But it may not be that obvious that a particular individual food is creating a problem for your child but you may suspect so because of  frequent illness, behavior, academic struggles, brain fog, hyperactivity, the symptoms that come with ADHD, Autism, or other labels.

We would like to suggest that these struggles could very likely point to a compromised immune system. That is what happened with our son. He was developing just fine and then his health and behavior started a downward spiral.

Thus began our journey of building that immune system back up again.

We found out that Josh was deficient in magnesium and some other trace minerals. We were given advice to cut out all nitrates from his diet. Nitrates are really not good for any body. We began to read labels and educate ourselves on what foods are nourishing for the body. We began to supplement with good quality supplements from practitioners we trusted.

Consider doing a Food Diary for your child. It may explain some things.

As parent coaches and mentors, we would love to support you in your parenting journey. Email us about our private coaching programs.

Warmly,

Tom and Julie
www.MarchForthFamily.com

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