Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Please Don't Feed the Bears!

When I try to explain to people about me and my kids sensitivities to some foods they usually scoff. Remember all those times your kids (or you too) acted like monsters and you just chalked it up to "being a kid" what if it were really something else? I have been able to identify some triggers to the times my kids act like monsters and the triggers are wheat, artificial dyes, artificial preservatives etc. The more research I do the more I find out. I'm not a know-it-all I just try to pay attention... lol
So we, in my family, are all paying attention to what we eat and the more we learn the less mainstream our diet becomes. Sometimes we are weak and want to indulge in something we used to enjoy and now we can always see it has disastrous consequences.
I read an explanation for this weird phenomena. The theory was that just like a drug addict you become addicted to foods that are causing you harm. The longer you indulge the lower the effects and therefore the more you crave them to keep the effects you are addicted to coming. When you discover a food sensitivity like this and stop consuming that food, hopefully breaking that addiction in the process, your body normalizes again and then subsequently if you reintroduce that food into the system that tolerance you had previously built up to that food is now gone so its like a huge shot of a powerful drug! In fact the last time my daughter had a huger meltdown after eating wheat cereal with cows milk at a friends house and I tried to explain what was happening to the kind people who came to try to talk her out of the garage; they scoffed. They said "eating some wheat won't make a person act crazy like this, she looks like she's on drugs!" 
 So for me, it has led to a total transformation in my eating habits. Kids are less easy to convince, probably due to a short attention span, that the fit of uncontrollable rage she flew into when her brother innocently poked her to get her attention may have been the result of the wheat cereal she ate a few hours ago. Just as many women, who have difficulties with fluctuating hormones don't want to see that the fact that your husband innocently asked you if it's "that time of the month" is because he can see that when you fly into a tirade over little things there is an inherent pattern to this behavior; because he is on the outside looking in. 
So its sorta like that. I can see it, just like that husband can see it. It doesn't really matter to me if science has or has not decided to come out with some mind blowing statistical evidence to support my theory or refute it. I can see it! 
If you come into contact with me and my kids, please don't be offended or shocked if we turn down your kind and generous offers of candy, snacks, or other food.  And please don't try to sneak some in when mom's not looking thinking "oh a little candy never hurt anybody". If you do, I may call you for one of the crazy nights and let you come see for yourself, lol! But seriously folks: Please, Don't Feed the Bears!

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