I suppose what I am getting at is that parents should take advice from professionals not strangers on line. It's dangerous to apply broad guidance such as cut wheat without checking with a professional that it is right for your child's individual circumstances.
There is fierce debate over wheat. There has also been numerous peer reviewed studies that show that the nutritional components of wheat have not been changed, they show that the wheat has been modified to resist diseases and yield bigger crops but it hasn't actually changed the grain itself. There have also been studies done on groups that have the closest diets to paleothic, like Inuits in Canada, and these groups have worse health and higher mortality rates.
Other peer reviewed studies show that whole wheat lowers cardiovascular problems, diabetes and cholesterol.
That is not say wheat/gluten doesn't affect anyone, some people have coeliac diseases and intolerances and of course, if it makes people feel sick, they should get tested, and if that comes back negative then they can take wheat or gluten out of their diet and see if it makes a difference.
There is some evidence to suggest that some people with bipolar disorder respond well to gluten free diets in terms of their mental health, which is interesting.
Personally, whether someone eats it or not is neither here nor there, but I agree with some of the PPs if you are going to make changes to your diet, it's best to get your info from credible sources, not blogs on the internet.
These are just my musings as a 100% gluten chilli and capsicum free person but if I didn't have to avoid food, I wouldn't, it is a total pain in the ****, especially when you travel
I try an avoid processed food and make my own snacks, have started growing my own (chemical free veggies and fruit) and am just about to purchase my first chickens for eggs.
The naturopath who spoke with us yesterday said the key is to reduce, not cut it out altogether as that can lead to allergies. One serve of wheat a day is fine, it's when we overload the body with it that it can cause issues. I had weetbix for breakfast so will have rice at lunch. Potato with dinner and vegies and dip or fruit for snacks
I stick to the everything in moderation motto.
We have 2 serves of wheat a day. At least 4 serves of veg, 3 serves of dairy, 2 serves of fruit and 1 serve of meat/ fish. We severly limit sugar with only 2 serves of refined sugar max a day.
So i will show yesterday's diet. It was a lazy day but normal for what we eat.
Breakfast, 100% corn corn flakes with milk, recess was veg sticks and a choc milk, lunch was a salami and salad wrap, afternoon tea was rice cakes with cream cheese and salad, dinner was baked potatoes with baked beans, cheese and sour cream. Desert was a frozen fruit slushi.
This is not a thread I'm going to jump into too heavily, as I'll come off looking pretty rude :P I'll simply say this:
Improving diet is a fantastic move; what we eat has a lot to do with our health. We're pretty resilient though, and can cope with a lot of different diets without MAJOR effects. If for whatever reason, your kids don't eat as you would find ideal, I don't think you ought to feel guilty. You're clearly doing your best.
My personal thoughts on food? Go for fresh unprocessed foods as much as possible; avoid eating lots of highly refined carbs (sugar, white bread, some white rices etc.). Absolutely take advice from dieticians, but ignore naturopaths. Naturopathy is full of pseudoscience and SO much evidence-free quackery. There are a few evidence-based approaches in amongst it, but those are approaches that an actual dietician would suggest too.
As for cheats/tips/making it easier? The internet! There are fantastic ideas and recipes out there for simple whole-food snacks to keep on hand, or in the freezer. I find those kind of ideas immensely helpful
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