Kara made a comment a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned I was trying to improve our eating habits and recommended Dr. Sears’, The N.D.D. Book: How Nutrition Deficit Disorder Affects Your Child’s Learning, Behavior, and Health, and What You Can Do About It–Without Drugs. I have read many of Dr. Sears’ books, but hadn’t heard of this one and was grateful for the recommendation and thought I would share a little about the book here.
Dr. Sears talks about Nutritional Deficit Disorder – that because of the junk that we are putting into our bodies and our children’s bodies we are causing our own health problems. Dr. Sears believes that if your child is suffering from mood swings or temper tantrums, or having behavior problems at school, or if the child is hyperactive or a restless sleeper, or having learning difficulties – that all of these things could come from a lack of proper nutrition.
I was struggling with an issue with one of my children and I asked our doctor about nutrition and supplements as a possible help to the problem. He immediately dismissed it and said that the issue and nutrition were completely unrelated. But in Dr. Sears’ book he says nutrition’s the first thing that should be looked to.
The basic idea of the book is to eat “Real Food” vs. “Fake Food”. Avoid processed foods and eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish products. I think it’s basic common sense-type stuff, but while I was reading through the book I definitely saw lots of room for improvement in our own diet. I especially liked the sample 9 day menu and recipes that were shared in the book.
Since reading the book I’ve been trying to make some changes. A couple of easy things I’ve been doing are to incorporate more raw vegetables into our meals, and also to start most mornings off with some kind of smoothie. Here is a link to some smoothie recipes on Dr. Sears’ site. I have also been trying to incorporate more fish and fish oil supplements.
I know we’re far from perfect (we made homemade donuts this weekend), but I’m not going for perfect just trying for lots of little improvements and hoping they add up!