Is Your Kid’s Diet Turning Him into a Butthead?

Hundreds of thousands of children in our so-called civilized nation go to school hungry. Millions of children are fed via drive-through windows too, and if they don’t get what they want, the parent knows there will be a scene…so they get what they want.

Other busy parents have been brainwashed into thinking that a pack of expensive multi-colored cereal with sprayed on vitamins and minerals will keep their child happy all morning, plus a few heaping spoonfuls of sugar.

 

Wrong.

All these things add up to poor nutrition. Healthy growing bodies need a complex and constant supply of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and trace elements and those don’t come in boxes.

Those are Unhappy Meals.

More and more we hear about the bizarre behavior of children in school, dreadful academic results and poor attention spans. The sugar, colorings, flavorings and chemical additives in food designed specifically to appeal to busy moms and dumb kids are definitely to blame.

It’s a hard cycle to break but it can be done. It comes down to education and a complete change of habit. Yes little Johnny probably is going to have a fit if he doesn’t get his multi-colored jujubes for breakfast, but YOU are the parentYOU should be in charge.

As a parent you want the best for your child don’t you?

Thankfully many school cafeterias are now offering healthier lunches and snack choices. Soda machines have been banished to the scrap yards and nutritionally savvy people have been brought in to ensure that children get a good balanced meal.

Make sure that your children start and end the day with an equally nutritious meal and you’ll probably see little Johnny’s grades improve. He won’t be bouncing around all morning because he’s full of sugar and asleep all afternoon because he’s crashed!

“The result? A calmer less hyperactive child who may just be able to get down to some learning and concentrate – and he or she may even become like able again.”

Did you know that the average American child consumes over 150 pounds of refined sugar every year? Next time you’re in the supermarket add up all those 5-pound bags of sugar on the shelf and see what that looks like. It’s garbage, poison.

Did you know that during the processing of most cereals, all the good parts of the grain are removed and then sprayed on afterwards, plus color and flavor enhancers? They are chemicals; stuff the human body is neither used to nor needs. It’s no wonder all those kids are being diagnosed with autism, Attention Deficit Disorders and all the rest.

Start weaning kids off this stuff. Give them fruit to eat, even if it’s a banana in the morning. A boiled egg and some whole wheat toast and a glass of milk doesn’t take too long to prepare. In those 4 things you’ll be giving your child a laundry list of essential calcium, vitamins, proteins and minerals.

And the cost?
About the same as a drive-through sandwich. And the time it takes to prepare? Less time than you spend burning gas and waiting at the drive through window.

The result?
A calmer less hyperactive child who may just be able to get down to some learning and concentrate – and he or she may even become like able again.

Healthy foods do not have to be boring.
Indeed some of the most nutritious foods are very colorful – carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, and peas to name a few, so find ways of introducing better quality food into your family’s diet.

Read the labels on packages; avoid all artificial colorings especially Yellow No. 5 and Red No. 40 and avoid anything that contains sucrose, fructose – basically anything ending in -OSE. Buy plain sugar-free yogurt and add fresh fruit to it. Use honey or agave nectar as a sweetener.

Okay fries now and again isn’t going to hurt and a squirt of ketchup, despite all its sugar content won’t do too much harm. The fast food window can be a treat, a reward for good grades and achievements, believe me that tactic works! The point is, make the BULK of your child’s diet nutritious, NOT sugar and grease laden JUNK.

A revised shopping list may just mean you end up with a genius…and not an anti-social drop-out.

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Comments

  1. Maybe this article is bringing to light a very good point. I often hear parents complain about how children have become more unruly – far more than in past generations. Maybe, just maybe, this has to do with the proliferation of processed foods which too many working parents, who are short on time, choose to feed to their children. I think it is fair to call it an epidemic.

  2. It is no wonder kids today are diagnosed with ADHD and things of that nature, they are simply trying to stay awake or they have a sugar high going from the processed quick breakfast food like donuts that they have been eating before school. This article makes a lot of sense and I hope that a lot of parents will see it and take it to heart, take time to feed these kids properly.

  3. Humberto, yes I believe doctors are failing us in this way as well, kids don’t need to be put on drugs for hyperactivity they need to be fed right and they need to focus that energy into something else. I have read that they are even giving hyper children exercise balls to sit on in class because it allows them to expend energy but still focus on their work.

  4. If we go by the way some children behave in school or in other public places, I would say their junk food diets are making them knuckle heads. It really is tragic that so many American parents do harm to their own children by passing down a legacy of junk food and sedentary lifestyle. I know a friend who is obese and so is his mother. It is a legacy of obesity.

  5. Humberto, yes I believe doctors are failing us in this way as well, kids don’t need to be put on drugs for hyperactivity they need to be fed right and they need to focus that energy into something else. I have read that they are even giving hyper children exercise balls to sit on in class because it allows them to expend energy but still focus on their work.

  6. James I understand what you are saying here, I think doctors are failing us when it comes to things like this because they want the money from the visits and the sale of the medicine. Because with Aderall don’t you have to go in for a check-up every three to six months to find out if you need a larger dosage? I have a kid that was hyper active but now I am wondering.

  7. Stephanie, thank you for posting that you did this and the results you found were positive. I read advice like this and wonder to myself if anyone has ever tested it or not, so it is really nice to finally see that someone did and took the time to post a review or results of the test. I will definitely do this now because of your post. Thanks again.

  8. Stephanie says:

    I actually read your article a few days ago and decided to test what you were saying because quit honestly I had no idea if you were actually right or not (no offence). So I tested it for about a week both not eating and eating breakfast and there was definitely a difference in the way they paid attention and their level of energy. Great advice thank you.

  9. My son never did eat breakfast when he was in school unless I forced him to so it is no wonder he had problems concentrating in school and he would just get up and roam around the room when he wanted to or they couldn’t keep him quite, he was trying to stay awake. Because he was great after lunch, it was just mornings were bad.

  10. I find it ridiculous that many parents cave in to a child’s careless wishes and feed their children junk food that is high in calories and sugar. It is parents who are culpable for America being one of the fattest countries in the world. If only people would strive for a balance of good diet and regular exercise, we would reduce heart disease as the top cause of death in the U.S..

  11. I really like your writing style, wonderful information, thanks for posting : D.
    I will try it with my children….

  12. I had no idea that this was the problem with my sons attention level and his energy. He was loaded up on sugar and couldn’t concentrate on the teacher. I actually put him on Aderall because the doctor said it was ADHD, why don’t doctors tell you to try this much water and food and see if things don’t change, take the sugar foods away.

  13. How do you get your child to eat when he’s not hungry? I’ve always been told not to force them to eat anything because it can cause eating disorders later in life, but he won’t eat breakfast no matter what it is, he says when he gets up he isn’t hungry right away. I understand that because it’s the same for me but I’ll make sure to eat because I know what it does.

  14. When I was raising my son nutrition wasn’t something that was talked about a whole lot so you did what was fast and easy, now I realize that was his problem in school, a lot of times he wasn’t hungry in the morning so he wouldn’t eat anything, I had to force him. He is twenty two now and I still have to. I wish I had known then what I know now.

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    Nice read… posted it to my blog




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