Use Food to Help You + Your Kids Reach Your Desired Goals

by Andrea Anderson on September 5, 2014

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What’s been coming up for me lately is this food thing.

Did you know certain foods can help you reach your goals while other foods can actually throw you off tract- never reaching your potential?

When I say this I’m referring to both YOU and your kids.

All of us are affected by food.

In talking with a Special Ed teacher at my son’s school she too sees the impact that food makes on learning and behavior for so many kids (especially kids with ADD, ADHD or autism!)

Some kids go from biting and yelling to talking and being  much more cooperative.

Others go from spaced out and confused to more focused and comfortably completing things.

While others seem to gain additional “brain power”- they begin to figure things out that they were previously stumped on, frustrated with or gave up on!

Food.

Such a simple thing and yet so super powerful.

How can you reap the joys of helping your child and you reach your intended goals?

Here’s how: (Below is an adapted excerpt from:  The Self Healing Cookbook by Kristina Turner)

If you or your child feels tense, stressed overworked, frustrated +  you want to feel:  Relaxed, mellow, more at ease, creative + intuitive

Eat:

  • More assorted steamed veggies
  • Salad
  • Fresh corn or corn tortillas
  • Pot boiled grains + beans
  • Tofu, tempeh, fish
  • Local fruits + occasional juices
  • Sesame  + sunflower seed condiments
  • Gentle all natural desserts (made with natural sweeteners other than cane sugar)

If you or your child feel confused, fatigued, spacey, moody, crave sweets, susceptible to everything + you want to feel more focused, assertive, physically active, down-to-earth

Eat:

  • Pressure cooked beans and grains
  • Roots + winter squashes
  • Sturdy dark greens
  • Buckwheat noodles
  • Miso soup
  • fish + sea vegetables
  • Very mild desserts (all natural, no cane sugar)
  • Toasted seed + sea vegetable condiments

As I’m typing this, I understand that not everyone is ready for a leap from their current way of eating to eating all the foods mentioned above.

I get it.

Our eating habits aren’t usually shifted overnight.

Do what you can to introduce more of the above foods.

As you move in the direction of you and your family eating more and more of these foods you’ll start to feel better and gain momentum without having to stress and try to change everything at once.

Work on bringing in new foods and focus less on removing old foods.

It’s much easier this way.

Here’s to eating in a way that helps you and your family be your best!

In light,

Andrea

PS For the month of Sept. I’m trying something different + fun! If you live in Connecticut and would like to meet me for a private in person Lets Improve My Kid’s Symptoms Session, I’m making myself available.  Text me at 860.485.4118 and write schedule me for a session at the top of the text and we’ll get you scheduled.

If you live outside of the US or Connecticut + would like to schedule a no- cost Lets Improve My Kid’s Symptoms Session -Click here to register, we can do this over the phone too!

Looking forward to connecting!

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Are you willing to try something?

Ok then.

Stop what you’re doing.

Notice your body.

Notice how you’re feeling.

Do you feel rushed?

Are you hurrying to get something done?

In hurry to get somewhere?

What are your thoughts?

Are they telling you you must get more done on your list?

Complete something: an email, a text, a phone call?

Organize back to school stuff?

Do you have a tight contracted feeling?

Is there an underlying thought that if you don’t get something done you won’t be ok.

Or, are you feeling at ease?

Really comfortable and not in a hurry.

Feeling like you really don’t care what’s on your to do list, you’re ok no matter what you get done.

If you’re feeling the latter, Congratulations!

This is the way we’re meant to feel and live.

This can be and is our Truth when we allow it to be.

Ok. Just get real clear where you’re at.

No judgement, just noticing yourself.

Now, close your eyes.

Breathe.

Breathe 5-10 L O N G deep breathes. So your belly and chest fill up with lots of air.

Now. Return your breathing to normal. Allow yourself to breathe softly for 1-2 minutes. Set a timer if you have to.

Close your eyes and softly breathe. This is the beginning of relaxing.

Notice something: Do you like feeling relaxed or tense and in a hurry?

Hurrying is your choice. Being relaxed is your choice.

You are FREE to choose what you do and what you don’t do on your to do list.

You are free to choose not to do a damn thing on that list.

You are ok no matter what you do.

Choose based on what feels best. Not based on what you think someone else wants or needs. Or, what someone else might think if you don’t do something.

You can not have a better quality life for your kids or you if you continue to choose to do what doesn’t feel so good.

Hint: If you’re in a hurry or tight, that doesn’t feel so good.

You start creating better experiences for you and your kids when you choose to do what feels better.

Here’s to noticing what feels good – and then mustering up the courage to follow whatever that may be!

Blessings + in light,

 

Andrea

PS  There is no one way to help improve your child’s ASD symptoms. In my journey to heal my sons I uncovered several key steps that, when done together brought about magnificent healing- for both of my sons! Here are 3 of the steps I followed (available to you in a short audio), that made all of the difference- enjoy!

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