Friday, March 27, 2009

For the record

Twister took his first steps this morning.

**sigh**



So, I've been pondering lately. . . My dad was talking to me about a program he watched on TV about how changing parts of your diet can make a big difference in how you think. The strange thing is how much sense it seems to make to me. I've read about kids with autism who make drastic improvements when taken off gluten or casein (wheat and dairy). The thing is, its not a universal improvement for every person every time... What the doctor on this program suggests is that some people are allergic or sensitive to these foods and that the body reacts accordingly. It makes sense to me that perhaps some of the kids who have ADHD or autism (as they are often linked) might maybe be experiencing a response to an allergy or sensitivity to certain foods. He also has a bunch of other ideas for improving your health and mind... Go check this website if you want to read more. It looks quackish, I know, but the guy is an MD... I think he is in the business of selling books, but I think what he has to say is intriguing.

Anyway, the question I propose to you is: How much would you be willing to change your lifestyle to improve your quality of life? I'm tempted to investigate this doctors book, but at the same time, I wonder if I would be able to follow through. I've never been a dieter, so I don't have experience like that to relate to... but I did try to do flylady's program before. It was awesome, I felt better, more energetic, I loved having people come over to see my clean house, and I told everyone about it. But I sort of fell off the bandwagon after a few months and have been telling myself I want to do it ever since. How lame is that? Why don't we keep doing these good things? I don't want to do the same thing with this... find out that we all are much better off with certain dietary changes, then not follow through with it.


I'd love to hear what you think. . . I'll keep you posted on if I get the book...

7 comments:

Corrine said...

i have a friend and a boy in my class followig the diet. i think for sure what we p;ut in our bodies effects us, however, as far as it changing our personalities significantly not sure....

however when we feel better we do act better.

Katie said...

Rosie is getting tested for food allergies next week. I will be really interested to see how that goes. It's fascinating stuff. I've been getting really health nutty and trying to cut out HCFS, TBHQ, BHA, BHT, BPA, and I only wear lipstick on special occasions because it grosses me out now that I know so many kinds have lead in it and you can't tell which one. And phthalates totally freak me out. I wonder how much these toxins really affect me or my kids. But do I eat my vegetables? Nope. Not nearly enough. At any rate, I'm excited to take a look at that web site! Thanks for the link.

Liz Smith said...

just do it cheryl. really, you can't not try new things just because youre afraid of failure. i think it takes a while to find something that really sticks. this new diet may not turn out to be all that it says it is, but why not try. And lets say it is awesome and you do it and then stop after a while...it's okay. you can always start it up again. I love working out but i dont always make it to the gym....it's a battle every day that i have with myself when im trying to decide whether or not to leave my warm house. however, even if miss a week or two, or a month, or months (like this winter cuz ive been a hermit) i still keep pushing and continue to re-make my goals. every day is a new day and a clean slate, so i say go for it! :D

Ashly said...

I definitely think there is something to eating more natural and healthy. My mom tried to make everything from scratch. And we ate almost exclusively out of our garden every summer. There is just something about eating living foods that makes you feel so good. I am kinda like you in that it is hard to totally change something and stick to it. But, a little at a time is possible. You go girl!!!

Max Drown said...

I totally believe that behavior, attitude, mood, etc. is influenced by diet among other things. Check the labels of everything you eat and you'll see high fructose corn syrup and msg (under many code words) in almost every thing we eat. Do a google search on these two ingredients and you'll be shocked by what you'll find.

Also, check out a book called Eat to Live by Fuhrman

devri said...

you are a great mom, keep it up, and I will try to stop going through the drive through for the kids!

Liesl Shurtliff said...

I saw this in the book store and was intrigued and agreed with the basic concepts, however I think it's a little extreme. Let's start with the basics of just getting our daily five, eating whole grains, etc. We would probably see a large improvement in behavior and thinking processes just by starting with that. I know it affects me. I think when people try to jump to extreme diets for whatever reason they end up setting themselves up for failure and/or lunacy. Also I have a firm belief in moderation in all things. You can try too hard in some areas and that also affects your behavior and though processes. My humble opinion which I think highly of. :)