I am a firm believer that what we put in our bodies directly affects how we feel. I know if I drink coffee I feel jittery and I don’t like that feeling because it’s the same feeling I get when I am at the onset of a panic attack. As much as I love the wonderful smell of the rich full bodied brew I stay away. The same rings true for sugar with my son. Too much sugar and you’ll find him pacing and breathing hard – whether he recognizes it or not his body is most surely talking to him and saying, “What the heck are you doing to me? I don’t want this junk.” I found this article today and thought it would be good to share as a bit of reminder going into the holiday season where feast and bounties of every variety are around us. Remember what we put in our mouths directly relates to how we feel so give you and your children the gift of health.
Diet for Anxiety
ANXIETY JUNE 16, 2011 BY: DELIALAH FALCON
Can you recommend a basic diet program for children suffering from anxiety?
Peter Chase, Charlotte NC
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Children who suffer from anxiety may exhibit intestinal symptoms such as nausea, stomachaches, diarrhea and vomiting. Controlling anxiety may reduce intestinal symptoms. Although there is no evidence that any particular diet can cure anxiety, some studies suggest that eating and avoiding particular types of foods may help decrease the number as well as the severity of attacks. Implementing dietary changes does not serve as a substitute for treatment. If your child suffers from severe anxiety that interferes with his daily activities, consult a pediatrician.
Giving your child adequate protein for breakfast will help him sustain his energy levels throughout the day. Children who suffer from anxiety may experience episodes of lethargy from lack of sleep and emotional drain. Obtaining energy from a proper diet will help combat these effects. According to the Mayo Clinic, carbohydrates are thought to increase the amount of serotonin in your brain, which has a calming effect. Avoid simple carbohydrates found in sugary foods and white breads, and opt for whole grains instead. Breakfast foods that are high in protein and healthy carbs include scrambled eggs on a whole wheat tortilla, whole grain toast or English muffin spread with peanut butter, or an all natural whey protein shake.
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