Nothing will change your life faster than your child getting sick. Telltale signs may present themselves to you but you really don't think those signs are a disease…you have them in the back of your mind but aren't overly worried.
some signs to pay attention to… I'm no doctor (this is my personal experience) and pay more attention if all these signs present themselves at the same time.
-Diarrhea ( ask and tell your children diarrhea is not normal on a everyday basis) people don't necessarily talk about this, but it is VERY important to know this!
-energy levels- If your child is getting tired on a regular basis and it's out of character, take them to get their blood checked for iron levels and a poop sample to check for blood or parasites
-weight loss or overall skinny minnie- doctors can chart their weight and if they are off the charts their could be something wrong…key word "MIGHT"
My daughter is 10 almost 11 and she had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and ulcerative Colitis. I can't tell you how many tears I shed, but that is over..It's time to whip this girl back into vibrant health and take a fast course in food.
This is a new journey. Let's back up just a bit..I have been buying organic food exclusively for at least 5 years, meaning no cheetos, goldfish, fast food, sodas, etc…I did however buy "organic" processed food and well I am learning those are no good either. Look at the sugar content!! It's unbelievable!
I've decided to follow the SCD diet…and let's say it is challenging and time consuming but as most mothers, I am up to the challenge for my child. And to be honest Meg is up to the challenge as well! She has taken to copying and pasting recipes, making grocery lists and helping make most of the food. Right now she is downstairs making her own pizza crust..AMAZING!!
I highly recommend you to take a look at this bookhttp://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info
and this sitehttp://comfybelly.com
I will start regularly posting recipes we have made together and have liked or loved. This picky eater is becoming a great eater in less than a week… She missed desserts the most so we have baked several. I love the fact that the ingredients are super foods (think coconut, almonds and honey)
A delicious apple piehttp://comfybelly.com/2008/12/apple-pie/#.VOIp-97fvHg
Vanilla cupcakes http://comfybelly.com/2011/06/very-vanilla-cupcakes-using-coconut-flour/#.VOIqud7fvH- the vanilla frosting was way too sweet(too much honey) so we are experimenting with that.
More to come…but until then please post comments with great foods/desserts that use no sugar, dairy or wheat! Or let me know about your journey…