Junk Food & Kids

In the USA 30 years ago, the three main childhood diseases were chickenpox, measles & mumps.  Nowadays we contend with cancer, asthma, ADD (attention deficit disorder) & hyperactivity disorders (ADHD).  The rates of ADHD, autism & learning disorders have soared over the last 20 years.  They have found that this health crisis is due to excessive levels of toxic chemicals that children are given to eat.

Junk food gets its name from being made fast, overly processed, laden with chemical synthetics and being devoid of nutrients.  Its what I like to call ’empty food’ – no nutritional value whatsoever, other than starch, fat & bad quality protein.

Convenient or fast food rob our children of what they are really craving – and the more they have the more they want.

Any refined sugar triggers a sugar spike – which can cause addictions in our children.  They hit such dramatic ‘lows’ in their bloodstreams that the quickest way to stop a screaming child is to sedate with whatever is dangling in front of the supermarket tills – or give them what they asking for – which is probably …. MORE SUGAR.

Research has found that the neuro-chemical pathways in the brain created by sugar (& refined carbs), and those created by chemical addictions & alcohol are the same.

It takes more effort to give your children wholesome, home made food – but you are helping them for the rest of their lives.

Convenience for us today, as a parent, is definitely not convenient for our children’s’  future.

(the above extract was taken from a book I have put together & published called “Healthy Kids Guide”).

🙂
Stella K

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Depression & Teens

This will be a short post and to the point.

Please try as much as you possibly can and not put your teen on an anti depressant.  (I am generalising here and I am no doctor!!)

If something really traumatic has happened – a death – an attack or something along those lines – I am not qualified to tell you how to handle it.

But when it is disappointments and hurts that are all part of growing up – help your teen to grow through them rather than numb themselves and sweep it under the carpet.

It is all building blocks on becoming an adult.

If the teen seems to be depressed – please please please … check the food and the hormones first. (Without going for the easy solution – the contraceptive pill or an anti depressant pill).

Fatty foods (fried foods, take-away food, nutritionally empty food) will put a huge strain on the liver – which (if you have read my previous blogs) will know has a huge role to play in the production of hormones.

So  the liver is overburdened – therefore cannot produce good quality of hormones – which will affect the hormones in our brains, like serotonin & dopamine, therefore affect the moods.

Just like what we like to call ‘baby blues’ – the hormones are all over the place – I wish doctors would rather focus on balancing the hormones – than be too quick to hand out anti- depressants. If one focused on balancing the hormones it would help with the moods,  sleep, the weight etc.

So if you find that your teen is on the verge of depression, or is depressed – please take a good look at their diet!!

I have heard many many people use the argument that our body ‘evolves’ to its environment and therefore will be able to put up with the type of food one eats.

I say – RUBBISH – show me evidence – just cos something might make sense in our brains – doesn’t make it true.  Our body is made up of cells – these cells need a variety of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, good bacteria etc, to grow and function.  It will never happen that a cell will grow and function to its potential with over processed food, bad sugars & fried foods,

If people out there are battling with children & depression – or even adult depression – I am quite happy to make a couple of suggestions – once again – please make an informed decision – I do not recommend you stop medication without supervision from your physician – it is very dangerous to just stop anti depressants.

What happens is that our brain works through ‘habit’ – so if it gets its ‘feel good’ hormones in a tablet form – it doesn’t see the need to produce any – so one needs to wean themselves off – hoping to kick start the brain to make its own.

So stay happy – stay healthy – and stay informed.

🙂

Stella

Sugar & Homones & the Body

Sugar is one of the worst legal drugs in today’s time.

We see more and more children being diagnosed with diabetes or even insulin resistant than ever before.  Sadly the diabetic clinics are stuck in a rut and not considering the whole body.  I will not pin point one specific diabetic clinic or diabetic specialist – but all I would like to encourage people out there and parents out there to do is ……..  DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH !!!

What your specialist says is purely ‘their’ suggestion and can only guide you according to their knowledge or even, sometimes, their belief system.

I guess I am doing the same ….. but again …. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH … make an informed decision.

I am not asking for people out there to be rude or disrespectful – Just do your own homework – this is your child’s body (and future) you are dealing with.

In Wales they have banned sugar in vending machines in hospitals.

Boston – the youth are asking to ban sugary drinks and items containing high sugar in hospitals and clinics.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, says that sugar should have its own warning labels – much like tabacco & alcohol products.

Think how long did it take society to finally put the tabacco warning labels on and make it law?

Was it 20 yrs ? 30 yrs? Longer?

So back to making your own informed decision.

A lot of parents feel that they don’t want to ‘deprive’ their child of a ‘treat’ eg. chocolate, sweets, muffins cakes, etc etc.

But it is the same as lighting a cigarette with your child – at the age of 8, after a meal because YOU feel it is a treat !! Or pouring a tot of whiskey (or two) with your 8 yr old – simply cos we (as adults) have it.

I know the above sounds completely ridiculous and stupid and no parent would do that … but why would you think that SUGAR or sugary items is any more acceptable ???

Our body needs sugar – agreed and accepted.  But if we have a good wholesome diet our body gets the ‘sugar’ it requires.

From our fresh fruit & vegetables & good carbs that we eat.  Our body definitely does not need the quantities of sugar that one child can consume.

If we take a child that has some ‘cereal’ for breasfast. Like Coco Pops, Frosties, Honey Corn etc etc.

They are packed with sugar.  They say it has Vitamins and Minerals (please note that some boxes used to have it in BOLD in the front saying that it has 9 Vitamins & Minerals – well you wont find it anymore in BOLD in the front – you know why ? Because the public complained that it was false advertising – and they were right & won).

Even if they have ‘added’ vitamins and minerals most of it gets erased by the amount of sugar that is in that cereal.

If you and your family LOVE Coco Pops – have it – but only as a treat – like maybe once a week or something, and be fully aware that there is hardly any Vitamins & Minerals in it.

Make a wise informed decision.

So your child/children have had their ‘sugary cereal for breakfast – they might have a sandwich with cheese spread or even a chocolate spread (because they don’t eat anything else – or because advertisers says it’s a good ‘nutritional’ food) at school.

When they come home they have a Hot Dog for lunch – then maybe they will have a muffin or a biscuit or what you would call a ‘treat’ and then supper – sometimes with a sugary drink or even a ‘fruit juice’ thinking that is the healthy alternative.

Look at what your child/children have consumed for the day – sugar sugar sugar or carbs that turn to sugar in the body.

Poor little body.

Now firstly sugar turns to acid in the body (where acid in the body is a whole different topic all together – which I will cover in the future).

Acid breeds disease – any disease in the body has to have an acidic environment to attach itself with to the body.

Think of acid as a glue in your body …. So you are filling your body (& your child’s body with ‘glue’) so that when any disease or virus crosses its path …. It can ‘stick’.

Sugar = acid = yeast build up.

Sugar = acid = mucous build up.

Yeast or mucous build up = bloatedness, gas, indigestion, sometimes even constipation or diahorrea.

If your body is alkalined – one cannot ‘catch’ anything.

Once again – let me remind you …. DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK – there are plenty of articles to back up what I am saying.

There is a fabulous book called ‘The pH Miracle’ – where two doctors alkalined patients (through diet) and brought their bodies to a balance – things like a lung tumour – after 6 weeks – had more than halved in size.

Some early onset diabetes – reversed.

And many more examples are in the book,

Absolutely AMAZING.

We are in control of our body – by what we put in our mouth.

Now sugar has a HUGE part in our hormone production too.

On a simple level – relate it back to the sugar = acid = glue.

Our body needs good ‘oils’ and good quality minerals like zinc, magnesium etc to produce hormones.

Putting huge amounts of sugar into our system – ‘erases’ the good things our body needs – eg oils, vitamins & minerals.

For the ladies … yes sugar cravings are almost ‘normal’ before a menses – it doesn’t mean that it is what your body ‘needs’ – have some good quality protein instead – the craving will go.

Sugar = acid = glue = feeds yeast etc  – which in turn can turn to PCOS & endometriosis  – and many other disorders.

Alkaline – alkaline – alkaline – then there is no ‘glue’ for a disorder to stick too.

I know I am over simplifying it … but I do not want to get too technical – I believe most parents are ‘normal’ people and not professors in pathology.

When the teens are going through puberty – they need all the right ‘fuel’ for the changes their bodies are going to go through.

Sugar puts a HUGE spanner in the process …

If your teen or even yourself suffer with very painful cycles – cut our sugary things (sometimes even very sugary fruit – eg mangos – depending how sensitive your body is to sugar) 5 – 7 days before your cycle – that would include the carbs – and you will see what a difference it will make to your cycle & the pain !!!

But most GPs will probably put you on the Pill or something … and ‘mask’ what your body is trying to warn against – and then it can  become a big problem – like PCOS or anything like that …. One never puts the two and two together and realize your body was trying to ‘warn’ you all along.

We need to listen to our bodies – and not be ‘amazed’ and surprised when it starts breaking down.

Ok … I will end here …. Let me know your thoughts or if there are areas I need to elaborate on …..

Happy living …..