Saturday, October 23, 2010
MY SIMPLE TRUTHS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
1) everybody has food allergies (or sensitivities), even if symptoms are not obvious,
2) people are attracted to foods that they are allergic too – yes, the stuff your kid loves,
3) eating food allergens can cause many people to gain fat,
4) food allergy is often a critical factor blocking fat loss,
5) dairy products are one of the most common food allergens in the American diet,
6) wheat and other gluten containing grains can cause fat gain for many people,
7) sugars and refined starches are a real problem,
8) it would be helpful if your child can have a body composition analysis – better than weighing,
9) there is a difference between giving up on your kid’s health, and being discouraged at times,
10) when we give up on our kids, they often give up on themselves.
A great place to start is to take your child off of ALL (100%) dairy products for one week. Dairy can not only cause fat gain, but often causes tiredness, emotional lability, poor behavior, aggressiveness, stomach aches, constipation, intestinal gas, diarrhea, muscle pain, headache, ear infections, throat infections, colds, etc...
It works best when the ENTIRE family participates in the experiment. In most cases, the entire family feels better while off of dairy . At the end of the week, put your child back on the same amount of dairy that he/she was eating before. Most kids feel, look and behave worse on dairy.
If your child felt or appeared better while off dairy, the experiment needs to be repeated. Some children voluntarily choose to stay off of dairy once they find that they feel so much better. Repetition of the experiment creates clarity for both parent and child.
If dairy is found to be an allergen for a child, removal for even a month will often result in fat loss.
The dairy experiment is just a place to start. Dairy is the best food to use to teach individuals and families about food allergens and their role in fat gain and fat loss. If you find that you need help as you work to improve your child’s body composition, you may want to find a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner (chiropractor, naturopath, medical doctor, doctor of oriental medicine, etc) to guide you. BEWARE; it may be difficult to find such a practitioner.
For more information on the power of removing food allergens from the diet to improve fat loss, read UltraMetabolism by Mark Hyman, four-time New York Times bestselling author, family physician and international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. Find out more at: http://www.drhyman.com/
All children deserve our help.
Dr. Young :)