Food police

I will tell you something: for parents who have kids with debilitating food allergies, my hat is off to you.

Well, one of my hats, anyway… 🙂

We have reached a point with both kids where we do more talking, and somewhat less food policing. We know they get stuff at school, from friends, after games, that they probably shouldn’t indulge in all the time, but what can I do? Follow them around everywhere all the time?

I can’t, and I won’t.

Sometimes you gotta choose which battle(s) to focus on.

What I do know is that for some conditions, a change in diet does wonders. My own eczema issue has been cleared up simply by following a few dietary rules. I tried to explain this to my kids time and again and they nod and reach for a Halloween candy bar.

Sigh.

I get it thought, I fell off the wagon a few times too, reaching for a glass of wine, or something sweet with my afternoon tea, and then the eczema flares up again.

Well now one of the kids is dealing with a skin issue too, and although some of the topical creams and antihistamines help manage the itch, the bumps and scales are still there. I said:

  • no sugar
  • no white carbs

You gotta start somewhere, right? But with Christmas coming and a lively baker in the house, the timing couldn’t be worse.

But here is where the point comes in: both kids are tweens and not yet in the hormonal upheaval we all know is coming. If the skin condition persists, or gets worse, and then the adolescent hormones kick in, there will be much mayhem and crying.

I can’t prevent it, but I can help guide them, and hope they trust and believe me enough to make a difference when they’re presented with packaged or processed ‘treats’.

No white carbs, no sugar, for the short term. It doesn’t mean never again, it means for now. Add to that a lot of water with fresh lemon squeezed into it, and the acidic pH level should return back to a more alkaline state.

Until the Christmas baking begins…

 

One thought on “Food police

  1. It’s so hard for kids these days to be on alert for things they aren’t supposed to eat. Food is such an integral part of our lives – it’s everywhere, at all events! We have one girl at guides that is celiac, and one night when we were having cookies and hot chocolate she mindlessly ate a couple – of course we should have been monitoring, but it shows how easily kids will just accept food and eat it without thinking. I suppose they have to have some sort of internal motivation but it’s hard to say “no” all the time. Hope you find a happy process to make it work!

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