You are what you eat!
This week, we talked about food as a key factor in determining your overall mood, health, skin conditions such as eczema and immunity.
For all the differences in opinion that scientists, wellness experts, dieticians and various health experts may have – they all agree that eczema is a chronic condition that flares up when it is triggered by some sort of allergy. Could this be your food?
We talked about how elimination diets work; and why the anti-inflammatory paleo diet has been adopted by some to manage their eczema.
For the very young, certain foods such as eggs, seafood, dairy and nuts tend to be the top culprits when it comes to triggering allergic reactions. We talk about managing these food sensitivities and re-introducing them at a later age.
If you want to explore the paleo diet, look out for our curated list of recipes we’ve organised for a week!
Food and Behaviour
There’s a reason why so many of our relationships, social interactions and struggles are so intimately connected with food. You share food with people you love, you offer food to guests, you deprive yourself of food as punishment when you feel stressed, anxious or unwell, we celebrate with food or soothe feelings of guilt, boredom and sadness with it.
Food has an incredible impact on our behaviour and learning how to manage it, identify triggers and self-monitor, is important.
We’ve talked before about how a child is unable to control impulses due to the immaturity of their pre-frontal cortex. Naturally then, the burden falls upon us parents and caregivers to plan what our children eat. Planning their meals properly will enable us to enjoy happier, calmer children who are less jittery, hyperactive and emotional.
Check out our guide to explore what foods could be affecting your child’s behaviour. As we always say though, every child is unique and different, so try out an elimination diet to see how your child reacts!
The Ingredients List
How often do you check out the ingredients list of the foods that you buy?
Do you know that the number one ingredient food psychologists caution against, is artificial food colouring, which can be found in any processed foods that have a uniform colour. Some countries such as the UK completely prohibit food colouring, while the EU requires products with food colouring to bear a warning notice. In Singapore however, there’s no such regulation.
Unlike allergy sensitivity, which can be outgrown, inflammation caused by foods cannot be outgrown – it slowly accumulates and manifests in gut issues, fussiness, irritability and other health issues.
My Developing Brain
Too much of any food isn’t good, but a significant lack of certain foods is also cause for concern. For young children in particular, the lack of omega-3 fatty acids should be something that parents pay attention to because they are crucial in brain development.
Children who have insufficient omega-3 fatty acids in their diet tend to have difficulty concentrating, paying attention and controlling their impulses, because fatty acids are essential in facilitating signals sent back and forth between the brain and various parts of the body.
Physically, parents can also observe dry skin, brittle hair and thin, peeling nails for children who have insufficient omega-3 fatty acids intake. Children may also complain about leg cramps or joint pains.
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