I spend my days teaching people how to achieve vibrant health, reverse disease, balance their hormones, sharpen their minds and raise healthy kids on a nutrient dense, whole, unprocessed fresh organic food…preferably gluten-free diet. I’ve raised my kids on whole foods since birth and as a result they have experienced amazing health and strength.
You can imagine my shock and horror at the news I heard about my younger son, soon to be 13 years old.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been getting calls and emails from several of his teachers about his behavior. It seems that he’s been having trouble focusing and has been goofing around with a couple of buddies. We’ve talked to him, tried to figure out if there’s something upsetting him, blamed puberty and hormones and suspected a gluten exposure.
Yesterday his teacher called again and I asked if she’d seen him eating anything he wasn’t supposed to have, like gluten, dairy or sugar. She seemed surprised that we kept him away from those foods. I was surprised that she was surprised because we’d met with the cafeteria and alerted those in charge of his dietary restrictions.
What a shock to get a call from him today saying that his teacher saw him with pizza on his cafeteria tray and told him to throw it away and call home!
In further investigating with the cafeteria, we were informed that he’s been buying chips, cookies and pizza for over a month…in spite of the fact that we’d had them register his dietary restrictions in their computer program…and they have perfectly acceptable vegan alternatives…beans, brown rice, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, veggie burgers!
It’s frustrating and embarrassing!
The good news is the time frame during which he’ been eating pizza almost exactly lines up with the time frame for the behavior problems! Even his older bother has been complaining about his behavior over the last month!
Before we put him on a gluten free diet, Kevin was what I would call oppositional. Very defiant. Hard to get him to sit still and listen to what we needed him to do. After removing gluten, he became noticeably calmer and more present – more mature.
So now he’s taking the stand “It’s my body. I can do what I want.” SO NOW what?
We told him when he’s out on his own and paying his own bills, that’s true, but our money goes towards good healthy foods not junk food pizza! Plus we need to help him be successful at school and food is a big part of it!
Our older son, now 17, was always such a dream about food…still is…so we never even imagined we’d have a challenge with Kevin!
I guess he’s going to have to be a student in our June “Kids in the Kitchen Class” and meet other kids his age working on a whole foods diet.
I believe we are challenged with what we most need to learn. Perhaps I am on the verge of breakthrough strategies for motivating kids to eat healthy food.
Sad part about this whole thing is I make the BEST pizza and all the kids I’ve fed it to love it! Why not my kid? Hopefully he’s satisfied his curiosity and when he gets back on his regular diet, he’ll notice such a profound difference he’ll be hooked! A mom can only hope!
We’ve canceled his lunch account and he’ll be bringing his lunch again. Kids his age hate that, yet it seems the only way. He lost the privilege.
I’d love to hear stories from other moms and am also open to advice!!!! Teach the teacher!
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Love, Health and Joy,