Healthy Eating for Kids: Teaching Your Child to Eat Healthy in a Fast Food World

Four: The Truth About Wheat

Wheat is one of the leading causes of heart disease. Two slices of wheat bread can automatically spike your blood sugar. Just about all foods contain wheat, such as pizza crust, pasta, canned foods, instant soups, frozen dinners, candy bars, salad dressings, and baby formula. Some children are allergic to wheat and cannot have it in their diet. I had a child at my day care that was allergic to wheat. I was not eating healthy when he was enrolled. So, I felt like this kid could not eat anything I served, such as pancakes, bread, pretzels, crackers, macaroni and cheese. I was forced to read food labels in order to not give him wheat. That was when I noticed that just about everything had wheat in it, but it did not apply to me, or so I thought. Some of the side effects the child had from eating wheat was skin irritation, itching, swelling, coughing, and watery eyes.

Wheat also causes major weight gain, bloating, and low energy. It is very addicting and symptoms from the addictions are cravings, nausea, nervousness, anxiety, headaches, and paranoia. It also causes dark circles and puffiness around your eyes. Wheat also creates a glue-like paste in the intestines, causing constipation (http://authoritynutrition.com/6-ways-wheat-can-destroy-your-health/).

Wheat also interferes with children’s learning because of lack of attention, delayed learning, and disruptive behavior. So many children are also born with wheat allergies, and I have had several throughout the years at daycare. One of the babies could not eat formula because it contained wheat. Thankfully, the mother could breastfeed her baby, but was told by her pediatrician not to eat wheat while nursing. Nonetheless, after about eight months of breastfeeding the mother stopped and went back to eating wheat. She immediately became constipated and bloated. She also became very tired, moody, and her joints ached. The parent also became obsessed with eating wheat more than ever. After the parent described me these symptoms of eating wheat, she told me she would stop eating it. I told her to stop eating it for at least two weeks straight for her to really see healthy results. She agreed, and we worked out a meal plan together that did not include wheat. Thankfully, I can say that the parent and her children have committed to not eating wheat, and they are very healthy indeed (http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/11/what-about-the-children/).

Other people I know who have stopped eating wheat have noticed a big difference in their body and health as well. For example, they told me they have thicker hair, stronger nails, loss of cellulite, reduced circles around their eyes, teeth improvement, more energy, less inflammation, are more youthful, and ultimately much healthier. Here are some substitutes for wheat that you can give to your children and yourself: rice, millet, oat bran bread, gluten-free bread, Amaranth, quinoa, Ezekiel bread, which pertains multiple vitamins, and wraps. I also cook sweet potato pancakes, waffles, and fries.