After the kids fell asleep tonight, I spent three hours reading the 325- page Australian book "Fed Up" by Sue Dengate. Her book is about how food affects our children and what we can do about it to change our eating habits. She comes up with "failsafe" eating, which means free of additives, and low in salicylates, animes, and flavor enhancers. Our family of six has struggled to find the right mix of healthy food that we can prepare easily, and that our kids like to eat. We even created a company, Healthe Concessions, to try to address the issue of how to find healthy food for our kids at local organized sporting events. As I read the book this evening, I am surprised to find out that certain foods that I thought were healthy for our kids are probably contributing to behavioral issues, lack of concentration and several hours in our house which I can only explain as crazy and out of control. On top of the well- known foods with additives that can cause lots of undesirable issues, foods like oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, grapes, canned pineapple, and olives are all high is salicylates, which occur naturally in most fruits and some vegetables. Salicylates create food intolerances in certain people, and can cause anxiety, diffuse sweating, difficulty concentrating, fluid retention, and itchiness. Having experienced many of these symptoms myself and having watched my kids react less favorably to certain foods, I am excited to try out some new food choices. This book has a grocery list and several recipes...can't wait to get started!
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