a labour of love

When we have children we have the highest hopes. We do our best to make sure that they are given proper nutrition for their bodies and minds. It is heartbreaking when we find out that we haven’t been giving them what they needed afterall.

We recently took William to my naturopath for a food sensitivity test. He was so patient as he held the ground and let her touch the probe to his finger for over half an hour. At the end of it all, we found out that his body doesn’t like certain foods. Specifically, sugar, wheat, dairy (including cheese), corn and MSG. Some of these were not a surprise to us. We have seen the effects of sugar on him and we avoid MSG as a family in general anyways. The wheat and dairy are really hard to work around though. Luckily, he is a little trooper and loves almond and rice milk, and goat yogurt and cheese.

As a family we are taking a food holiday from these things for the rest of the summer. Along with some homeopathic remedies to boost his constitution, I’m hopeful that this little break will be able to resolve some behavioural issues that we are having. I am so glad that the farmer’s market is on and there will be lots of fresh local foods to enjoy. Armed with a basket full of local farm yummies and the copy of Feeding the Whole Family that I just picked up at the library I am ready for anything.

My only challenge is preschool. Thankfully there are only two weeks left. But during those two weeks there is a group birthday party and a potluck. My poor little bean will be bringing fig newtons and a fruit platter to share. It’s going to be hard for him to see all of his little friends enjoying foods that he can’t have and I’m sure that he is going to sneak a bite or two of some forbidden treat. Personally, I don’t think that sugary, high carb foods should be allowed in schools anyways. I am constantly trying to convince the teachers that this is a real concern. Unless I can tell them that he is allergic and will blow up like a balloon if he eats certain foods, they seem unphased. What they don’t see is the two hour sugar high that ends in a puddle of fists, hollering and tears after he has eaten a Costco cupcake with two inches of icing.

In the end, I know that I am laying the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. This knowledge gives me the strength to stick it out.

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