This has been bothering me for awhile now and something said in wugmama's thread spurred me on in writing this. I have 3 children DS 1 is five and can eat anything. DD 1 has intolerances and reacts mostly behaviorally--irritability, crying jags, insomnia, nightwakings, ect. But also bloats and her face looks puffy after eating dairy or gluten. Her eyes get a glazed effect as well, reminiscent of the "allergic brain" in The Mood Cure...DD 2 just turned a year and gets itchy rashes from the nightshade family, melons, strawberries, bananas, avocadoes, ect. So there's my background for you. Intolerances, allergies, what have you--How do you give your children a picture that food is healthy and a positive outlook? How do you NOT give them a complex--I mean, we're human, we have to eat. What does that mean if your food is your enemy but you cannot live without it? My DD (3yr old) says things like, "I can't have icecream, it will make me sick", which in a way is good because she realizes what she can and cannot eat. But she is also starting to reference everything to food. "What will we eat for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?"
I need a point of reference for creating a healthy outlook on eating and a discussion on this would really help. She is not ana, but I am worried about long-term exposure to gluten, mostly. I don't want food to become a control issue. And I want to her enjoy it! I DON'T want others pitying her or giving her a complex in that way. She is so much healthier now. So, let's discuss a positive, non-fear view of eating-minus a few (or a lot!) foods. Thanks!
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