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Feeding the Brain: Heidi's Power Point Cliff Notes


Presented by Centers of Development Heidi Clopton, Ped. OTR/L and Owner of Centers of Development, PLLC with contributions from Beryl Turner, Clinical Nutritionist


— Why do I speak on Nutrition?

— Changing your families diet is a gift that lasts a lifetime and is possible to give daily!

— You don't have to be a nutritionist, therapist, MD, or specialist of any kind to educate and EMPOWER yourself and your children to a healthy lifestyle.

— My goal is to educate you to give you the desire to learn more so that you can feel in CONTROL of your child's health issues and your own.

— Education is Empowerment

— The body is like a team working together & if one part is not working correctly then the entire team suffers. 

This is usually the GUT which is your little brain telling the big brain what to do, what to release to focus and how to act.  

— Clients who did only therapy versus those who did supplements, diet changes, and therapy...the ones who were on special diets such as gluten, soy and casein free diets seeing a biomedical MD doctor made superior improvements in behaviors and skills compared to those who do not.

— Examples of SI issues related to nutrition:

— Sensitive to sounds (auditory defensiveness): lack of magnesium in diet. Where do you get Magnesium? Green veggies and meats.

— Poor motor coordination, delayed motor skills: lack of L-Carnitine, Essential Fatty Acids, Vit A to name a few

— Sensitive to touch (tactile defensiveness): lack of EFA (DHA), Vit A & D (Cod Liver Oil), and magnesium usually. CASEIN SENSITIVE always, usually need dairy free diets!

— Poor Attention: need DHA (fish oil), magnesium to make the myelin sheath thicker for connections.

— Poor Bowel functions/picky eater: deficient in good probiotics and often need Cod Liver Oil, DHA, magnesium, zinc, digestive enzymes and usually a special diet because they can't digest dairy and wheat well and/or or casein and gluten sensitive!

— Food Sensitivities and Reactions

— Food reactions include: — IgE (immunoglobulin type E) allergies, the most severe, but least common, type of food reaction. This is what is tested usually by the allergy doctor...but this is an acute issue like hives or asthma, NOT chronic issues like sinus, gut, behavioral issues.

— IgG (immunoglobulin type G) & IgA sensitivities, which are much more common than classic allergies, but usually chronic issues, not tested for by most allergists. — Intolerances or Sensitivities, which are not caused by the immune system, but by chemical reactions. They are very common, and can cause serious symptoms.

The signs and symptoms of each of these three food reactions may be similar, and may include the following:

— Congestion of the nose, sinuses, and throat. Infection may accompany chronic congestion.

— Gastrointestinal problems, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, nausea or vomiting.

— Watery, glassy eyes, puffiness around the eyes; dark circles under the eyes; or a horizontal crease just under the eyes.

— Perspiration for no apparent reason, or night sweats.

— Ear infections triggered by congestion; or red, warm earlobes.

 — Dizziness, vertigo, or poor balance.

— Headaches, migraines, or tension in the neck and shoulders resembling that of stress tension.

— Eczema, skin rashes, or canker sores.

— Swelling of the hands, feet, face or other areas.

— Coughing, sneezing, wheezing, asthmatic symptoms.

— Muscle aches, leg cramps, or twitchy legs.

— Cognitive problems, including poor focus, poor memory, or brain fog.

— Insomnia, restless sleep, or chronic bedwetting.

— Negative behavioral symptoms associated with autism and ADHD, including hyperactivity, disassociate behavior, tantrums.

 Top 4 food sensitivities are: Cow's Milk (Casein protein in Cow's Milk different than other proteins in other animal milks), Wheat/Gluten, Soy, Eggs in other words- the typical AMERICAN diet!  No wonder why most Americans are chronically ill.

— DEMAND an IgG and IgA when you get the IgE blood tests! ELISA testing is needed for any child with the above issues.

— IgG tests for food sensitivities, a chronic issue often missed! IgG and IgA cause more chronic issues and are food sensitivity or intolerances. 

Food directly affects how your child thinks, feels, behaves, attends, reacts to emotions, and how easily they deal with stress, and same for adults. The foods we eat directly affect Neurotransmitter levels in the brain.

There are five anti-nutrients, substances that can disrupt and damage the brain: refined sugar, damaged fats, certain chemical food additives, toxic minerals and food allergies or intolerances/sensitivities.

 Your gut is your little brain helping the big brain.

 Optimum nutrition means achieving the right intake of the five essential brain foods:

— Essential fats: DHA in Omega 3 and Omega 6 balanced intakes.  Children deficient in essential fats have more learning difficulties, while children who are breastfed have higher IQs at age eight than bottle-fed babies, which is thought to be due to the higher levels of essential fats in breast milk. There is LOTS of research now to support DHA fish oil intake for EVERYONE and EVERYTHING!  Purified fish oil supplements are available through good companies like Nordic Naturals!

— Phospholipids- memory molecules that give oomph to the brain. They are the intelligent fats in our brains. They are found in fish, eggs, and organ meats.

— Amino acids: the brain's messengers. Nutrients such as amino acids help to tune up your child's brain .

— Vitamins and minerals: the intelligent nutrients that keep the brain in tune. Your child CANNOT eat fast foods, processed foods, and sugars and carbohydrates all the time and be healthy in their body or MIND!

— General Guidelines for Brain Fats:  Provide plenty of seeds and nuts: the best seeds are CHIA, flax, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame. You get more goodness out of them by grinding them first and sprinkling them on cereal, soups and salads.

— Choose coldwater fish such as wild/organic salmon two or three times a week. This provides a good source of omega-3 fats. Daily intake with purified pharmaceutical grade DHA is essential in the American diet we simply do not eat enough fish daily. 

  Research abounds on the effects of Fish Oil on Learning — A recent study revealed that 40% of children showed significant improvements in reading and spelling when given fish oil supplements. (Fish oils contain omega-3s that are essential for brain development and function, but such oils are lacking in modern processed diets.)

Researchers studied close to 120 British children (ages 5-12) who were judged to be normal but were labeled underachievers and believed to have dyspraxia- a condition encompassing problems with motor skills and coordination that frequently overlaps with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.  Half of the children analyzed were given fish oil supplements over three months, while the other half were given placebos of olive oil. After three months, the placebo group were also given the supplements. Children who took fish oil supplements made about three times the amount of progress in their reading skills than those who took the placebo. Similar boosts in progress were then found in the placebo group when switched to active supplements. None of the children involved in the study were labeled as ADHD, though one-third of them demonstrated symptoms that could have put them in the category. However, after three months of taking fish oil, half of them showed significant improvements that no longer would have been diagnosed as ADHD. This research information was obtained from Pediatrics, May 2005, Vol. 115, No 5:1360-1366.

Note: Mothers can help insure that their infants get the omega-3 fats necessary by having an adequate supply of it in their own diets when nursing! 

General Guidelines for Optimal Phospholipids:  give your child an egg for breakfast preferably free-range, organic, high in omega-3s and lightly boiled, poached or scrambled, but definitely not fried. Look into brain food formula providing phosphatidyl choline and phosphatidyl serine, especially if your child is having learning problems.

Connection of Food and Behaviors

— Foods affect neurotransmitters; foods become neurotransmitters. In fact, most fundamental processes of mental activity involve ordinary foods we eat daily.

— HEALTHY foods like high anti-oxident berries and veggies protect against damage from a polluted environment. Poor nutrition makes children vulnerable to toxic environmental hazards to the brain. If toxins or deadly metals get to the brain, how long they remain there depends upon vitamin status and a child's natural chelation abilities. Subtle vitamin deficiencies slow the body's excretion of harmful burdens of heavy metals.

— Recent evidence shows that food additives interfere with behavioral control and sleep and increase somatic complaints and allergic-like symptoms in young children.

— Toxins in food cause disorders: Studies have shown that food additives have an effect on learning and behavior: A study in Canada involving 20 hyperactive children showed that food dyes adversely impacted 17 out of 20 children in performing a learning task.  A study conducted at the Alberta Children's Hospital resulted in half of hyperactive children showing improvement when artificial colors, flavors, chocolate, MSG, preservatives and caffeine were eliminated from the diet.

General Guideline To Help With Nutrition To Feed Your Child's Brain

— Choose whole foods: lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetables should include all leafy greens, broccoli, green beans, lentils, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, peas, etc.

— Choose fresh fruit such as black cherries, blueberries, figs, pineapple, prunes, strawberries, melons; infrequently bananas.

— Choose whole grains such as brown rice, buckwheat, millet, rye, oats, whole wheat, corn or quinoa in cereal, whole grain breads and rice pastas.

— Avoid overly processed prepackaged or fast foods. Keep your home free of these foods so they are not an option. 

— Avoid refined white foods  white flour, white sugar, white table salt  (use iodized sea salt) these are known as white death to your body.

— Avoid sugary drinks, snacks and artifically sweetened anything.  This means anything with added glucose, sucrose and dextrose, and fructose.  Definately do not eat high fructose corn syrup- it contains mercury a brain toxin.

— Don't be tempted to go for sugar substitutes as most are detrimental to health and they all keep sugar cravings alive. The sugar substitutes have been tagged with the name "Sweet Poison" these are neuro-toxins. 

— Combine protein foods with carbohydrate foods by giving cereals and fruit with nuts or seeds, and ensuring your child eats carbohydrate-rich foods (potatoes, pasta, brown rice) with protein-rich foods such as fish, chicken, lentils, and beans.

— As fiber is important for slowing sugar absorption, make sure your child is getting ample fiber in fruits and vegetables.

— Choose real fresh fruit juices by making a smoothie so that the fiber is there with the sugar.  Steer clear of the highly processed juices with a long shelf life. Help your child avoid caffeinated food and drinks, such as chocolate, tea and coffee. No sodas.

— Avoid foods that contain hydrogenated fats or high fructose corn syrup!

— Choose free-range, organic and omega-3 rich eggs.

— Steaming vegetables is the best cooking method as they retain more nutrients than boiled and are healthier than fried.

— Many children will happily eat raw vegetables rather than cooked. You could provide these as snacks.

— Be a Nutrition Detective READ LABELS and teach children how to read labels!

Don't be fooled by marketing to "look" healthy: For example NutriGrain Bar: Do you really think this is nutritious? Filling: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, blueberry puree concentrate, glycerin, sugar, modified corn starch, sodium alginate, natural and artificial blueberry flavor, citric acid, sodium citrate, modified cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, malic acid, red #40, blue #1 Enriched flour, whole grain oats, sugar, sunflower oil, high fructose corn syrup, honey, calcium carbonate, dextrose, nonfat dry milk, wheat bran, salt, cellulose, potassium bicarbonate, natural and artificial flavor, mono- and diglycerides, propylene glycol esters of fatty acids, soy lecithin, wheat gluten, corn starch, Vitamin A palmitate, carrageenan, niacinamide, sodium stearoyl lactylate, guar gum, reduced iron, B vitamins

Not a healthy choice at all!  Just marketing to make you think it is healthy, read labels.  If God didn't make it...don't eat it.

Learn to be a Nutrition Detective GREAT RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND KIDS: Videos, games, etc on nutrition:  Dr Katz has been featured nationwide for his efforts to educate children and families!

 I believe that fruit juice and milk are two of the most misunderstood foods in our culture. Most people believe they are health foods, while the opposite is true.  One of the easiest and most powerful steps that someone can take is to switch all of their fluids over to pure water.

— Americans are sick even with adequate food and water

— 1 in 4 children suffer from eczema

— 1.5 million children suffer from asthma

— 1 in 6 children has some form of allergy

— Millions of children are medicated as a result of being hyperactive, behavioral disorders, and/or focusing difficulties.

— Ear infections are considered a routine part of childhood but are actually a serious issue affecting attention, balance, hearing, vision, and sensory processing.

— Sinus Infections and Seasonal Allergies are NOT a normal part of childhood- FIND THE CAUSE!

— Do we have it right in America? — 30% of type-2 diabetics are now adolescents or people in their 20's.  The fastest growing population of overweight people in the U.S. are children!  30% of Americans are obese, we are number 1 in obesity compared to 29 other countries. — 60% of overweight children aged 5-10 have a risk factor for heart disease such as high blood pressure or elevated insulin levels

 Only 1% of Americans get the RDA for vitamins and minerals from what they eat.

— We are OVERFED and MALNOURISHED.   We are 22nd out of 29 countries in healthy years life expectancy!  WHY? 

What's wrong with this picture if we spend the most on healthcare?

— Does Milk REALLY Do the Body Good?

— Do other countries really on cow's milk as a main source of nutrition? Goat milk is the main source in healthy countries!  Goat milk is much easier to digest and closer to human milk.  Cow's milk has a very hard to digest protein called casein (cow's digest it 4 times in their 4 stomachs). 

— In Asia does the Pediatrician ask the parent "how many glasses of milk is your child getting a day?" Who is healthier?  

— Who is healthiest in the world? Who has the lowest rates of ADHD, Autism, learning disorders, etc.? North Africans and Asians are the healthiest. Look at their diet compared to ours (no dairy no wheat).  

— America's health is one of the worst in the world, equivalent to third world levels, and it is not because of a need for health insurance coverage, it is what we are eating. 

— What kind of Food Pyramid do the healthy North Africans and Asians have? Local, fresh grown veggies, legumes, fruits, and grains and fish. 

— What is Casein in Cow's Milk?  Casein is the protein found in cow's milk: "white glue"!

Let's think about 2nd grade science class- How many stomachs does a cow have?  How many stomach's do humans have? Were we ever designed to drink milk from a cow? Not unless we have 4 stomachs! 

Why is it so disgusting to think about drinking goat milk?   We have been marketed to believe that COW milk is good for us and it is "pure" marketing that makes us feel guilty when we don't drink it.  

— Why Casein Causes Problems in Most

— Cows milk contains 300 times more casein than mothers' milk.

— Casein, which is very sticky, is a main component in popular nontoxic glue.

— Casein coats the digestive system, leading to leaky gut syndrome, malabsorption and/or constipation.

— These all lead to a weakened immune system and toxic build up in the blood along with a host of other health problems that stem from the leaky gut syndrome .

— Casein Can Cause Allergies-  Casein is extremely mucus-forming, due to its bacterial breakdown (putrefaction), our allergic response, and its glue-like nature.

Do a Google RESEARCH on "casein and health problems" and see for yourself. 

— "Dairy products may play a major role in the development of ALLERGIES, asthma, sleep difficulties, and migraine headaches." — Israel Journal of Medical Sciences 1983;19(9):806-809 Pediatrics 1989;84(4):595-603

 "In reality, cow's milk, especially processed cow's milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including: mucous production, hemoglobin loss, childhood diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones, mood swings, depression, irritability, ALLERGIES." — Townsend Medical Letter, May, 1995, Julie Klotter, MD — "...62.7% of the children were confirmed to be allergic to milk..." (153 hospitalized infants with pneumonia or bronchitis were tested) — Roczniki Akademii Medycznej 1995; 40(3) (Polish Journal) — Asthma and Sinus Infections — "At least 50% of all children in the United States are allergic to cow's milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy." — Natural Health, July, 1994, Nathaniel Mead, MD —

There is a lot of research on how hard cow's milk is to digest and how many children and adults are sensitive to it, but our American food culture is so full of dairy products many people cannot break the habit. 

The American Academy of Allergy and Immunology Committee on Adverse Reactions to Food a division of the National Institutes of Health states that according to their research seasonal and food allergies of 1/3 children tested cleared after cow's milk was removed from the diet. Report in the Journal of American Medical Association in 1997 stated that cow's milk allergies start in infancy and strict removal of the offending allergen be taken as treatment. Has your pediatrician recommended this? I hope so!

— ADHD and Casein — 40 children, 36 boys and 4 girls, aged 3-7 (average 4.8 years), who met the DSM-IV-criteria for ADHD, followed their usual diet for two weeks and thereafter for two weeks an elimination diet, based on the [gluten and casein free] few foods diet (rice, turkey, pear and lettuce). 9 children did not complete the diet. Of the 31 children that stayed with the diet for two full weeks, 25 children (80% of the 31) showed an improvement in behavior of at least 50% on both the Conners list and the ADHD Rating Scale. (ref. 1) — Norway ADHD Study for 1 year — All twenty-three children in the long-term study, who were between four and 11 years old when the project started, had symptoms of ADHD and had been shown to have abnormal levels of peptides in their urine. — All of the children followed a strict casein-free diet the first year, and the results were overwhelmingly positive. Twenty-two of the twenty-three children had clear improvements in their behavior and attention span.

— Autism and Casein — Professor Cade of the University of Florida, who has contributed to a number of studies on autism, has provided preliminary results from a behavioural study of 70 patients with childhood autism who were put on a casein free diet. — The results from Cade's observations are that 8 out of 10 no longer could classify as ASD after casein was eliminated for 1 year.

— Ear Infections — Even one ear infection can have a life long effect on your balancing system, vision, hearing, and attention. Never under estimate an ear infection! — We can tell years later which side was more affected by excessive fluid through balance testing. Ear infections affect a child's ability to have good attention, visual motor skills, auditory processing and listening skills, and even how straight they sit in a chair in school! Do not tolerate ear infections, if your child is having frequent ear infections, get milk out of their diet ASAP.

— "Milk allergies are very common in children... They are the leading cause of the chronic ear infections that plague up to 40% of all children under the age of six." — Julian Whitaker, M.D., "Health & Healing," October, 1998, Volume 8, No. 10 — Cow's Milk and Ear & Sinus Infections — "Cow's milk allergy is associated with recurrent otitis media (ear infection) during childhood." — Acta Otolaryngol 1999;119(8) — "Concerning ear infections, You just don't see this painful condition among infants and children who aren't getting cow's milk into their systems." — William Northrup, M.D., Natural Health July, 94

— Cow's Milk and Constipation — Scientists at the University of Palermo discovered that constipation symptoms returned to a controlled group of infants 48 to 72 hours after they were placed on a regimen of cow's milk proteins. Their determination was that chronic constipation in infants has an allergenic pathogenesis. This study was published in the January, 1995 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. — Milk Decreasing our Immune System — Researchers at the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Tampere, Finland, discovered that diet has a significant effect on the developing immune system. They observed that formula fed babies, at the age of 3 months, were secreting low levels of serum antibodies to bovine proteins contained in their formula. This critically significant evidence was published in the August, 1994 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology.

— Casein in Formula Fed Infants — Doctors at the Department of Pediatrics, Odense University Hospital in Denmark noted that most formula fed infants developed symptoms of allergic rejection to cow milk proteins before one month of age. The majority of infants tested had two or more symptoms. About 50-70 percent experienced rashes or other skin symptoms, 50-60 percent gastrointestinal symptoms, and 20-30 percent respiratory symptoms.

— Leading Pediatricians are against Cow Milk — Cow's milk has become a point of controversy among doctors and nutritionists. There was a time when it was considered very desirable, but research has forced us to rethink this recommendation... dairy products contribute to a surprising number of health problems (including) chronic ear problems..." — Benjamin Spock, M.D., "Child Care," 7th Edition — "Cow's milk in the past has always been oversold as the perfect food, but we are now seeing that it isn't the perfect food at all and the government really shouldn't be behind any efforts to promote it as such."

— American Academy of Pediatrics — The American Academy of Pediatrics intelligently advises parents to not give their children dairy milk before their first birthday. Doctor Frank Oski, former Chief of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital elaborates, "It is my thesis that whole milk should not be fed to the infant in the first year of life because of its association with iron deficiency anemia, occult gastrointestinal bleeding, and various manifestations of food allergy."

— Why ever recommend cow milk? — His conclusion outsteps the AAP: "Why give it at all - then or ever? In the face of uncertainty about many of the potential dangers of whole bovine milk, it would seem prudent to recommend that whole milk not be started until the answers are available. Isn't it time for these uncontrolled experiments on human nutrition to come to an end?" — I do not want anyone to be an experiment while the Dairy industry gets rich and has excellent marketing and lobbyist to get even richer.

— Disease Proof Your Child- NO Cow Milk! — In Dr. Fuhrman's book Disease-Proof Your Child, Dr. Fuhrman presents studies linking diseases to cow's milk that including: allergies, anal fissures, childhood-onset (Type 1) diabetes, chronic constipation, Crohn's disease, ear infections, heart attacks, multiple sclerosis, and prostate cancer.

— Besides the link between high-saturated-fat foods (dairy fat) and cancer, there is a body of scientific literature linking the consumption of cow's milk to many other diseases. If we expect our children to resist many common illnesses, they simply must consume less milk, cheese, and butter. Dairy foods should be consumed in limited quantity or not at all.

— Does it ever go away? NO — "Allergy to cow's milk protein often persists beyond 4 years of age. Clinical presentation changed over time: at onset symptoms were prevalently gastrointestinal, while at the end of the study there was an increased frequency of wheezing and constipation and a higher frequency of delayed reactions...infants with persistent cow's milk protein intolerance exhibited atopic disease: asthma, rhinitis, eczema." — Clin Exp Allergy, 1998 Jul, 28:7

— For more information on this topic, visit, the website for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and these websites for more information: — — — — — Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies by Kenneth Bock, MD — Don't Drink Your Milk book — Milk a to z book —


Got Goat? 

— Goat milk is the easiest for humans to digest, because goat milk proteins are most similar to the protein found in human milk.

— Use Earth Balance butters 

— Use Goat Cheese in substitute for creams (soften and add some non dairy milk and butter to make creamy)

— How to change your shopping habits:  Stay on the outer aisles of Kroger (produce, alternative milks and butter section, proteins, then move on to the far side of the store to the organic and natural aisles for snacks, frozen foods, etc.)

— Sam's for your goat and sheep cheeses 

— Think plant based foods, seeds, nuts, fresh raw food

— Food Additives that are TOXIC — Artificial Dyes or Preservatives — High Fructose Corn Syrup (very high Mercury levels) — Artificial Sweeteners (use Cane Sugar, Agave, Honey) — MSG (other names are hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, textured protein, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour) — Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (even worse for you than MSG) — Hydrogenated Fats/Trans Fats — Nitrates/Nitrites (Walmart and Kroger both have bacon, sausage, and lunch meats now that are Natural and don't have nitrates)

— Food Additives and Your Child's Behaviors

— Limit the intake of these toxins by preparing meals containing whole foods and by reading labels to identify ingredients shown to exacerbate symptoms.

— A study conducted by the UK's government Food Standards Agency (FSA) found a definite link between food additives and behavior problems in children, such as temper tantrums and poor concentration.

— Adult diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Heart Disease may be linked to toxins in foods.

— Refined White Flour — Research shows that since as long ago as the 1950s, conventionally farmed American grains have been low in protein quality and quantity. So much so, that whenever the U.S. tried to give its surplus grains away to countries with starving populations, they found that the deficient U.S. grains did little to maintain or improve the health of the starving. It is an empty nutrition.

— After 130 years of consuming highly processed grains in the form of breads, pastries and cereals, chronic disease states are rampant among most industrialized nations, with the greatest prevalence in England, which has the greatest consumption of white flour, white sugar and tea per capita. Unfortunately, the U.S. IS A VERY STRONG SECOND.

— Nutrients Needed by Almost Every Child — Vitamin C.

This nutrient is of special benefit to ASD, as well as ADHD, Allergies, and Asthm.

It reduces harmful oxidants. Oxidative stress damages brain cells. Helps balance levels of dopamine. Helps balance amino acids phenylalanine and tyrosine which are important for physical and mental energy and have a direct impact upon the brain. Helps form L-carnitine which helps metabolize fatty acids. Helps balance hormone levels particularly those of oxytocin, vasopressin, and cholecystokinin. Oxytocin is important for emotional bonding. Helps with immunity. Helps decrease and prevent constipation.

— Nutrients Needed by Almost Every Child

— Zinc: Zinc is vital for proper cognitive function, but it is typically deficient among autistics. In one study of autism, 85 percent had low zinc. — Low zinc impairs digestion, methylation and the immune response. — Low zinc can contribute to excessive levels of copper, which can be neurotoxic. — Zinc deficiency often occurs because of GI dysfunction, which is then exacerbated by low zinc, in a vicious cycle. This cycle is common among autism. — One advantage of giving zinc is that it tends to increase the desire of  kids to eat a wider range of foods, in contrast to their usual limited preferences.

— Nutrients Needed By Almost Every Child — Calcium and magnesium: these two minerals should be taken together because they work in tandem. Calcium is an important element in hormonal activities. It's good for bones, and is also know for having calming effects in some children. (Natural Calm) Magnesium and B6 should be taken together with calcium to help balance magnesium effects. Magnesium is often low in children with behavioral, cognitive and mood disorders

— Vitamin D- loads of new research showing it is lacking in American diet and all people and children need more.

  — Cod Liver Oil- rich in vitamin D, vitamin A, and essential fatty acids. It has so many important ingredients, all of which are present in balance, it is usually better to give cod liver oil than the isolated forms of the nutrients that are in it.

— Probiotics are healthy bacteria that promote good digestion, and help control dysbiotic gut flora, such as candida. Probiotics are of special importance for any child who has recently taken antibiotics, which kill both good and bad gut bacteria and can therefore destroy the healthy flora that the GI system needs.


— Foods and Your Child's Brain

— What children eat can profoundly shape the course of the brain's growth, its functions, and its capabilities.

— Children's brains are actively changing, dynamic structures, strongly influenced by what, how much, and when they eat. — Food nurtures the brain, providing key nutrients and energy for growth.

— Food alerts as well as calms the brain.

Food changes the moods of the brain, both through the pleasure it affords and by its chemicals.

— Food is part of human culture, habits, and lifestyles.

— Important new understanding now exists about the ways that food changes behavior, mood, and mental proficiency in children; and how human behavior in turn affects nutrition.

— Foods can enhance problem-solving ability, optimize alertness, and improve mood and behavior.


— Snacks and Sides Ideas — Fresh fruit — Fruit Salad — Fruit cups — Dried fruit — Fruit Leather (read ingred.)

— Raw nuts

— 100% Applesauce or make your own! Easy!

— Dry cereal that is HEALTHY CEREAL like granola from oats

— Organic apples, carrots, celery slices w/ nut butter to dip

— Goat Yogurt (stock up from Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Trader Joes, or Earth Fare) or find a buying club locally (Good Shepard will order for you and you can order yummy Goat Milk Kefir)

 — Carrots, celery  w/Hummus for dipping

— Granola bars (watch ingred.) My favorite is the 24 pack of kids Cliff Bars at Sams in Vitamin

* Organic Baked Blue Tortilla Chips

— Organic Fruit

— Organic Fruit Leathers

— Organic Lightly Salted or Raw Nuts and Seeds, huge containers  of nuts at Sams available.

—  Odwalla bars (Wal-mart 6 pack, Krogers,

— Soup as a snack (organic canned soups at Kroger's or stock up at Wild Oats, Trader Joes, Earth Fare, SAMS etc.)

— Veggie Chips and Sticks (Terro has many flavors at Walmart and Krogers)

— Goat milk based caramel at Wal-mart in Mexican food section near Nutella treat for dipping apples!

— Goat cheese and flax seed crackers a favorite at our house for cheese and crackers.

Goat cheese is cheapest at Sams ($6 for a 16 ounce log)

— Naturals Lightly Salted Popcorn for special treat- Orville Red. or purple popcorn at Amish Store! 

— Frozen blueberries thawed with Agave nectar on top (big bag of Wild berries at Wal-mart, or organic Kroger brand in frozen section)

— Blackberries from Sams go away like crazy at our house!

— Grapes on table at all times! (3lb at Sams) organic if you can find at Krogers

— Baby carrots with a little sea salt on table in afternoons (organic bag at Sams cheap!)

  — Chopped organic spinach from Sam's for $3! Can be added to many different meals without children even noticing such as in all smoothies, spaghetti, noodles and goat cheese, etc.

— Veggie Baked Terro Chips many varieties at Walmart & Krogers

— EnviroKids rice bars at Krogers

— Snapea Crisps at Walmart in produce section (Baked Snap Peas- great for babies!)

— Kashi and Cascadian Farms cereal products make great snacks

— Crock Pot Meals Turkey breast or whole chicken add enough MSG free all natural chicken stock to go up half way over breast or chicken, then add water to cover. Salt and Pepper to taste, add veggies like carrots or broccoli to cook with the chicken or turkey. Onion for taste. Cook in crock pot on about 350 degrees until done. Eat that night with rice. Then take what is left over and cook it down even more, to pull off all the meat, and take out all bones. With meat, veggies, and stock boil brown rice noodles for a great noodle soup or noodle dish! May need to add butter before serving.

— Roast with carrots, celery, and onions and take leftover stock and veggies and add ground beef, can of green beans, more beef stock, and can of tomatoes to make a great veggie soup!

— Lentils are fabulous for you and great with chicken or turkey and veggies!

— Veggie Sides for Meals

— Bean soups including Chili are excellent for you!

— Mashed white cannelli or northern beans make a great healthy mashed side with butter sub.

— Lentils are excellent and MANY varieties

— Cook down your broccoli really soft and mash in with potatoes, lentils, beans, etc.

— Broccoli casserole with goat cheese and parmesan/romano sheep cheese

— Sweet Potatoe fries and sweet potatoes with cin and agave nectar are great

— Add Kale to soups and crock pot meals! Bake kale and make kale chips!

— Casein & Soy Free Ice Creams are at Krogers and take smoothies and freeze to make homemade Sorbet/Goat Ice Cream- use blender like making a thick smoothie use your favorite frozen berries, fill up blender half way, then add about ¼ of blender size of goat milk or evaporated goat milk, then sweeten with Agave nectar, Stevia, or honey. It should be thick, if not thick, add more frozen fruit. Freeze and then eat with spoon!

— Can make chocolate version with ice, goat milk, and Chocolate protein powders

—  Quick Review

— Get food sensitivity and allergy tested by an allergist who understands the role of foods in causing chronic issues. IgG is as important as IgE tests! DEMAND a RAST/ELISA TEST for IgG and IgA not just IgE.

— Do not have these foods in your home as a choice: 1. Foods your child is sensitive to or allergic to 2. Foods with processed chemicals ~ more than 5 ingredients or words that arent natural! Read labels 3. NO white sugar, high fructose corn syrup or any corn syrups in ingredients. 4. Foods with white flour, enriched flour, bleached flours, etc. 

  — NO foods or drinks with artificial colors or flavors. — NO MSG- often called artificial flavor proven to be a neurotoxin! — NO Artificial sweeteners use only honey, cane sugar, or Stevia.

— Increase opportunities to eat whole foods, put out  trays of raw fruits and veggies when home for snacks and stop filling up on sugar and wheat snacks.

— Follow the HONEST food Guide for real health

— Increase protein ~ turkey, chicken, nut butters, smoothies with protein, protein bars (Cliff or Odwalla)

— Increase Purified WATER intake, keep pitchers out and water bottles out as often as possible, car, home, school!

 — Essential Fatty Acids are ESSENTIAL!!!! Omega 3s cannot be out of a child or adult's diet without harm to the brain and body! Purified forms only.

— Whole food multivitamins

— Look at Vit A & D in Cod Liver Oil purified

— Magnesium

— Consult with your doctor, biomedical doctor and/or clinical nutritionist regarding needs for other supplements and amounts, digestive enzymes, Probiotics, Dr. Bernui or Dr. Kalb locally in Nashville.

OVERWHELMED by a Picky Eater??????

— So, you now know the importance more than ever of good nutrition, eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and proteins and decreasing carbohydrates.

— You think you can do the supplements and vitamins by using powders in capsules, creams, liquids hidden in foods or smoothies.

— But What about your picky eater?

— How are you going to get the 7-11 fruits and veggies in daily?

— First, What is a picky eater? — Picky Eaters vs. Problem Eaters — Picky eater: decreased variety of foods less than 30 foods. Foods lost due to burn out regained after 2 weeks, able to tolerate new foods on plate, touch, and taste. Eats at least 1 food of each texture, adds new foods after 15-25 tries or seeing the food.

— Problem eater: less than 20 foods eaten, foods not regained once burned out, falls apart when presented with new foods, refuses entire category of textures, adds new foods in more than 25 tries.

— SOS feeding therapy helps both groups.

— Why are they a Picky or Problem Eater? — Physical: pain, discomfort, nausea, stool issues, allergies, food sensitivities, intolerance to certain foods: Must get tested!!!!!

— Motor: delayed self feeding, over stuffing, choking, delayed chew, tongue, swallow coordination: must get oral motor therapies!!!! — Sensory: texture hypersensitivity, oral hypersensitivity, oral aversion, sensory processing problems, auditory (hurts to hear the crunching sounds, or the sounds in the meal room), too stimulating: must get OT!

— Behavioral: hyperactive, low frustration tolerance, highly distractible, need for routine, impaired social interactions. If they can't sit in a chair any other time, why would they sit there to eat for 15 minutes or longer? OT and Behavior therapies help!

— Impaired social skills: eating meals is very social, they have to answer questions, look at others, possibly touch one another. Usually helped by adapting the environment, calming techniques, sensory diet.

— Malnutrition: 99% of our children and adults are malnourished in US, this causes us to be pickier eaters, craving sugar and carbs! Need more whole foods, fruits and veggies for the body to crave more good foods.  

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