The more I learn about the effects of gluten on the brain, the more I am asking and pondering if ADHD and Autism, and so many other diseases are indeed food-related ailments that are plaguing our kiddos and loved ones? I’m obviously no doctor and am simply soaking up a whole lot of knowledge right now as it relates to the body and what we are putting in it. But the question is one worth considering.
My family has always been one that has made attempts to live without the ding-dongs and twinkies that I grew up indulging in as a child. We mostly eat whole foods. But when I’m not feeling the desire to cook and meal plan or I have lazily foregone my trip to the grocery store, we most often opt for eating out. The result? A semi-healthy lifestyle with a side of Sonic.
Recently, however, I have been on a journey to learning more about the toxins that our bodies are inundated with through the foods we buy in our grocery stores and the environment within which we live. We’ve all heard this. And I would even bet we all believe much of it to be true.
But does knowing that our foods are laced with harmful substances actually move us to change?
So that I am not speaking on behalf of others, I’ll speak for myself. If I am being honest, the facts alone were not enough to move me. My motivator, for that matter, was more about seeing how much I could save on my grocery bill. And for what reason? So I could indulge in those things that were of interest to me. After all, a girl must have a clothing and hair fund. Right?
What I came to realize, however, were that my choices said a lot about my values.
I was able to easily justify my food purchases by saying, “It is still fruit. That is better than Cheetos for snack time.” And, upon walking through the cereal aisle – with my 3 coupons in hand – I would pick up several boxes of Lucky Charms and think, “Hey, I grew up on this stuff. I turned out okay.”
But did I?
I mean, I have been known to suffer from anxiety, seizures, depression, and a host of other illnesses over the course of my lifetime. I cannot guarantee for one second that these are affiliates to food alone. For life is much more diverse than that. But, I would be doing a disservice to my own family, if I were not taking the knowledge I have been given and asking the question: What if the food we eat does play a larger role in our fullness of life?
It’s funny how raising a child with disabilities moves a parent to seek more knowledge. After all, those of us in such a boat, would do most anything to give them a fuller life. Even if it means turning everything we have always known upside down. And maybe somewhere along the way of turning what we were told to be true – and what really is true – we find freedom and life. For in forging a new path for them and letting go of our own self-interest, maybe we actually find the life we seek, but were simply unable to grab.
If you would like to begin researching the affects of food and what they may be doing to you and your child I recommend reading the book, Grain Brain. In addition, if you have not yet watched the movie “Super Size Me,” I would recommend seeing this as well. These will both open your eyes to what is in our foods and what it is doing to our bodies. We’re the only ones that can help ourselves. If we aren’t looking into it, no one else will. Life will continue on. Others will grow rich. But it will be at the expense of those we love. And often times, at an age that is much too young.
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Till next time,
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