My daughter Sophie is a beautiful and brilliant five year old, with a wildly creative personality and witty sense of humor. She’s the light of my life. And until six months ago I could barely stand to live in the same house with her.
My husband and I have always struggled with getting a handle on Sophie’s behavior. It seemed that no matter what parenting style we used, no matter what consequences we imposed, nothing made a difference. Even when she was very young she couldn’t sit still. Her hands or feet were in constant motion. Later we noticed she had trouble following simple instructions. Her mind just bounced to the next thing before we could even finish a sentence. She never stopped talking - from sun up to sun down there was constant chatter.
I write a food blog, I live for food. I spend a lot of time researching and reading about food. Over the last year I’ve made some pretty unsettling discoveries about the food I’ve been buying. I learned what those weird words in the list of ingredients really mean, and most of them mean the same thing – petroleum. One morning I woke up and decided to clear my kitchen of anything that had petroleum as an ingredient – especially artificial colors or flavors - and focus on more natural foods with real ingredients, not ingredients created in a lab. Because of that decision I cook a lot more often, rather than buying those pre-packaged foods we used to depend on. Quite a commitment for a Mom who works full time to undertake, but I was determined to put our health above convenience.
And now I can say without question that it was the best decision I have ever made. Within 36 hours of getting rid of all those chemicals my daughter sat at the table and ate her dinner. She didn't stand on her chair, she didn't crawl under her chair, and she didn't run circles around the table or wander into the living room because something caught her attention. She sat there, ate her food, and talked to me about her day, for the first time EVER. Amazed doesn't even begin to describe the way I felt. I eventually discovered that Sophie wasn’t dealing with ADHD; she was reacting to the chemicals in the food she was eating! And it’s a common condition. I would have never in a million years predicted how drastic the before and after picture of our family would be. Even Sophie herself says that she feels better and can think better than she ever could before we cut out the chemicals. We finally know the real Sophie, not the artificially flavored one.
You may be thinking that eliminating chemicals from your family’s food is a pretty drastic change to undertake, but that leap of faith can make an incredibly important difference for your family. It’s not my intention to imply that the need for medical help isn’t real in true cases of ADHD. I’m simply sharing our experience in the hope of helping others. If you suspect your child has behavioral issues, take a look at what they’re eating every day. It may be the chemicals that are the problem, not the child.
What do you think? Have you had a similar experience?
Susan is a mom to two young children, with a full time job and a hungry husband. Her blog, Our Family Eats, began from a desire to help other overwhelmed families find easy and inspiring ways to get fun, wholesome meals on the table fast. She loves old school cameras, documentaries about useless information, and Bundt cakes, but she won’t tolerate chaos.
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