Raising healthy kids is a great effort, and a great responsibility, and a great value at the end of the day. We have been blessed with healthy kids. But the blessing comes from the fact that we have worked our butts off, and the reward has been healthy kids. Blessed that what we thought would work, has worked.
In my practice, I have blessed with endless stories of children with croup who have been healed, children with asthma, who no longer have asthma, children with chronic ear infections, who are free from ear infections, children with eczema, who are free from eczema, and the list goes on and on and on.
We adjust spines, we free nerves, and healing begins. We test food allergies, we desensitize those allergies, and children are healed. We push good nutrition, we focus on building that, and children are healed. The body works well when given a chance. Most parents don’t know what it means to really give it a chance. I find myself holding my tongue on a weekly basis, sometimes a daily basis, because I am confronted with a moment where a parent is describing an unhealthy/sick child. The treatment of the child, and ultimately the lack of healing and health.
I am not saying that I would just rip into every parent’s story, but in so many cases, if you pull back and listen, you can see that the family is in a trap. Treat with a NON curing medicine that is addressing the symptom. The body gets used to that medication, and needs it sooner and more often. Steroids are such a good example; assist the body in such a significant way, how could it not want that the next time?
But the topic of my Sprout is about eating. My wife and I are writing some material to assist the focus on healthy kids, but more specifically, healthy eating kids.
The sad truth, is that it is easy if you start at 6 months or so. That first bite of food… your doctor says cereal. I say no. I say low glycemic vegetable… you know, the one that is going to get spit out of their mouth 11 times before the 12th attempt finally sticks. If you don’t have patience in this arena, your child will end up with apples in their diet first, just because they eat it.
“Look honey, she is eating apples! Oh my…. get the camera, this is so great!”
Of course they are eating apples, besides the texture in their mouth being an issue, it is the sweetest thing they have ever had in their mouths. But this is where it all starts.
It moves to raisins and cheerios.
High glycemic carbs become the mainstay.
Your kids are now ruined for healthy foods.
So the point is not that they are ruined forever though, it is just that they now need a path back. And you sadly made your job twenty times harder… but you made it more urgent than ever. You really need to be sure you get your kids diets fixed. A healthy home is built on the food being eaten. I love Juice Plus as a supplement for the kids, and the reason I say so, is that the only change that it made in my kids (well, only obvious or measurable change), was that it increased the range of raw vegetables that they enjoyed eating.
But supplementation is just that, it is not the end, just a means to an end. An assistant along the path. So if your kids do not eat healthy foods, and they are 5-6 years old or older. You now have to take daily steps and win battles. At least one time a day, every day, you need to introduce a food that is new or newer. Dinner – broccoli. Let me give you the words.
“On your plate there is some steamed broccoli with grass fed butter and sea salt. Next to that there is some raw broccoli. I want you to take a bite of the steamed broccoli now. You don’t have a choice, you are going to eat it. If you spit it out, there will be a consequence.”
“Great, though you looked like you were dying, you got that down ok. Now, the raw broccoli, do the same. Good, not to bad. So which do you think is better? Now eat two more bites of that.”
And just like that, the battle is won. You need to fight it again the next day, and the next. Eventually, you are going to need to control the high glycemic carbohydrate as well. The same concerns that I preach about for adults, begin with children. Insulin receptors begin downgrading.
The CDC efforts from 2009 have demonstrated that at least 191,000 children in the US have type II diabetes. The type that develops from poor diet. And the research suggested it was growing.
It is all very serious, and we need to change this. You are my target market, your kids can be health leaders, and they can influence the children around them by making wise decisions in front of other kids… PARENTS. Yes, in front of their parents is the key.
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Be blessed and be well! – Dr. E