I used to think I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. And that we ate fairly healthy. I mean, we had some sweets on occasion, like these technicolor turkey cookies on Thanksgiving in 2013. But life wasn't all rainbow sprinkles and candy corn, because my son, then 6 years old, was a difficult kid. He was diagnosed with ADHD but was not yet medicated, and in addition the busy bustle of hyperactivity, he could also be mean and combative. Sure, he was a sweet kid sometimes, but other times he was not. There were a lot of tears and tantrums, like toddler frustrations that he could just not outgrow. And he didn't even sleep through the night. And it took him an hour to fall asleep. And often times he wet the bed. And in the morning he was largely incapable of getting himself dressed. And if you complain about any of this to anyone, parents of all generations will nod and tell you, yes, parenting is hard. You need to try harder.
And then we found the Feingold diet. I'll have to dedicate a post to our Feingold experience, but in the mean time, just google it. We started the diet in the middle of my son's kindergarten year. It was an amazing transformation and kicked off our journey into finding alternative health solutions to modern day problems, largely caused by our SAD diet - yes, our Standard American Diet of technicolor turkey cookies.
And when we took those out we realized there may actually be a kid inside who wants to listen, be cooperative, go to bed when asked, and not do 100 cartwheels at bedtime. They may even stop wetting the bed or having asthma attacks. Homework even gets done without tears. Yes, food can do that.