Kids can be moody. One minute they are happily playing; the next they are slamming the doors or tantruming on the floor. But is this reaction out of the ordinary? More importantly, is this something that can be prevented by our food choices? The answer to all of these questions could, surprisingly, be ‘yes.’
If you notice your child is impacted by mood swings and behavioural concerns, then you are certainly not alone. I will be the first to admit that my childrens’ behaviour sends me over the edge every single week. We are all mums at Babyology and we understand how frustrating it can be. This is why we want to help.
And it is also why we are introducing our “Nutritional Bite” to the Babyology schedule – join us every Sunday night for a little bite of nutritional knowledge. We will be featuring tips from Michele Chevalley Hedge, a qualified nutritionist, a mum and the founder of the My Family Wellness Low Sugar Lifestyle program.The 28-day online program is full of healthy tips and education on how to create a wellness change in your home without an extreme approach.
Michele, a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution ambassador, tells us that health figures show one out of six kids have learning or behavioural disorders, which can lead to low self esteem. One in 10 kids are diagnosed with ADHD and one in four Australian kids has more body fat than they require, which zaps their energy, their brain power, and their feel-good hormones.
While moodiness is a part of life, there are ways to reduce behavioural problems at home. And it all starts with reducing sugar, especially the hidden sugars that you might not even know are there.
Small ‘bites’ are all it takes to help reduce some of the hidden sugars in our kitchens and hopefully aid in improving the overall behaviour of our children. So here are this week’s bite-sized tips from Michele:
Gather healthy, tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner
This doesn’t necessarily mean organic – strip back to basic fruits and veggies. But be sure to refrain from telling the kids your ingredients are healthy! Here is a great one to try for a sneaky healthy dessert this week – cacoa and coconut cream ice cream.
Overstock your pantry
Michele refers to this simple trick as “crowding in.” Keep your pantry cupboards full, but with good stuff rather than junk food. Crowd in so much darn good stuff that your family doesn’t realise the junk food has left the building.
Make use of Sunday
Sunday is home day. Start using this as a prep day. Cook and store as much as you can on the weekends so when the busy week arrives you have ‘clean food’ ready to go. Make muffins, casseroles and other foods that freeze well.
Pretty up their water
It sounds silly, but healthy choices start with the presentation. Buy colourful water bottles for everyone in the household. Excess sugar is found in our soft drinks, flavoured milks and juices which are common staples in many households. So if you and the kids have a bottle you like to drink from, then the water you have in it will be more appealing, especially if you add a few slices of lemons, limes or oranges for flavour. Sometimes kids might mistake thirst for hunger, so always have water handy.
For more information on taking small bites towards dietary change, check out My Family Wellness. And stay tuned for our next edition of Nutritional Bite with Michele next Sunday night.