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Making Diet Changes for Behavioral Reasons

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If you have a child with behavioral problems, you know that every day can be a challenge. If you have a child whose behavioral problems are the reason why he had to be homeschooled instead of remaining in a traditional public school setting, then you likely have a very good idea of exactly how bad behavior can become.

What if you could fix it—or, if not fix it, then at least make enough of a difference in his behavior that you can stop dreading the inevitable battles every day? What if you could make your day at least a little bit more bearable? What if you could give your child a comfortable, functional base for his behavior, instead of one that makes both of you crazy by the end of the day?

What if it was as easy—or as complicated—as changing his diet?

There are plenty of articles out there detailing the various ways in which diet can impact your child’s behavior, particularly if he has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. You’ve likely already encountered advice about how preservatives and food coloring are condemning your child to insane behavior patterns that he will never be able to overcome. You’ve probably looked into becoming gluten free, and considered just how challenging that’s going to be. You might even have considered going completely Paleo, and then thrown up your hands and said, “Forget it!” when you realized that there was no way you could do all of that.

But…what if?

What if you could change everything just by making a few simple changes at a time?

What if step one was making things from scratch instead of using boxed mixes? You could do that, right? Sure, it might take a little bit longer; but you’re at home, and sometimes, your kids cooperate. You could take those days and work on making your own mixes.

What if step two was removing sugar…just for a few days…and then bringing back more low-sugar alternatives? All of you would benefit from that, wouldn’t you?

Baby steps. Small improvements.

Would it be worth it, if they could make a huge difference?

Diving into a huge lifestyle change all at once will ultimately only make everyone insane. You won’t be able to keep up with what you can and can’t eat; your child will likely be furious at all the restrictions; and all of you will resent the things that you can’t have anymore—particularly in the early days. By taking little steps at a time, however, you might see a drastic improvement in your child’s attitude and behavior.

You would do anything to make a difference. Wouldn’t it be worth the effort just to try?

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