A Bad Diet and Bad Health Can Be Corrected, Part 2

This is a continuation of “Who is looking out for the health of our Children?”and a series discussing:

The Value of the Food we Feed Our Children.

A Bad Diet and Bad Health Can Be Corrected – and we can prove it!

Bad diet, bad health CAN be Corrected

Experience is a great teacher and through our effort to help out children without a family, our very first foster son won’t eat anything but peanut butter and jelly on white bread. We are turning the tides with a nutrient-dense diet. The challenge we face is to allow him to be hungry enough to want to eat good foods but ensure he is eating.  This is a not-so-fun balancing act.  

Our Guiding Principles

The next couple of months prove to be very enlightening and educational. As a family who heavily subscribes to the Weston A. Price diet, the main book in our kitchen is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD. We know exactly what to do. We pull out the bone broth, fresh fruit and vegetables for breakfast. The healing must start here in the kitchen.

My three sons, who are only a few years older, get to see the behavior of a child on a bad diet. This sweet little guy is beyond picky. If it is not Peanut “Butty” and jelly- it is thrown. Fortunately, we find NuttZo and use this as we introduce new foods into his diet.

We arrive at the local health store to get some elderberry syrup – we used this– to assist the bronchitis out of his body and begin an arduous journey to health. At this point, I figure, he’s been on antibiotics for approximately 20 of the last 30 days, with no success, so I’ll try our family method for a few days, then re-evaluate.  

We teach gardening and it encourages our new son to eat what he has harvested: basil. We put it in soups, make pesto sauce and eat it over zucchini noodles. Bieler’s broth is brewed, from Nourishing Traditions, to last a couple of days and we get him to eat some bit by bit.

We gently rub a bit of tea tree oil on the outside of his ear and chest. He is better by evening and there is no croup-y cough in three days. Yay, we have a fast recovery!

Inherent Challenges to Overcome

Additionally, every two weeks, our foster son is allowed a 2-hour visit with his biological Mom, who in her guilt of the situation brings a lot of sugar candy to “make him happy”.  So we get the Sugar Detox Challenge for the next few days following these visits. We hide the candy and play the “bad guys” and dispose of it. The detox for this child means; dramatic behavior changes for several days {I am not talking about a whining tantrum that annoys people in public facilities}. This tantrum is violent; throwing dishes, scratching, and biting and blood involved. Remember this is a 2 year old boy and he has a 2 hour visit filled with soda and sugar-burdened, food-like products.

After fostering several childrenwe are beyond disappointment that each child comes into our home pretty sick and the diet suggestions include;

  • Soy formula or soy milk for babies and young ones.  
  • Favorite foods; hot dogs, chips,Cheetos, pizza

...A pattern becomes apparent.

Who is looking out for the health of our children? The state, national, and world-wide governments do not have the means to support the health of these children. The burden is given to the caretakers with a caveat. One must use “widely-accepted” practices.  Support is given to the caretakers of these foster children and the incentive is flawed. Everyone is entitled to an opinion here, but if you disagree, explain why we have epidemic diseases in our population today that surpasses any other time in history? If you are missing the first part of this series, Part 1, please read about the incented food to eat. [here]

Each child we take in comes with food allergies, emotional challenges, and medical records, longer than mine. The difficulty is that I am referring to children that are ONLY 2 and 3 years old. A life that has just begun and there are already health (physical and emotional) issues.

But there is HOPE, we have corrected bad health by simply following the guidelines above!

Yet this is a REAL “WAKE-UP” Call. Our children are screaming at us that there is a problem. We have seen it, corrected it and we want to share how you can recover too!

Keep Fostering Nutrition for you and your loved ones! Check out the Canary Kids Project video and support a great cause.

 Canaries in the Coal Mine.

 Bad Diet, Bad Health CAN be Corrected

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Mandy is the force behind the advocacy portal Real Food Recovery. Since losing a 4 yr old to cancer while fostering to adopt, Mandy founded a nonprofit organization recovering children at-risk using real food, real discussion, and encouragement. As a Wife, Mom of birth, foster, and adopted children, author, Nutritional Therapist, & NRT, Mandy shares simple food tips while volunteering in a local Orphanage to create a model for change. Connect with Mandy through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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One thought on “A Bad Diet and Bad Health Can Be Corrected, Part 2

  1. Oh, Mandy, this teaches a great lesson. I look forward to reading more of your successes with your new addition. He’s a lucky little boy to wind up in your family <3 Thank you for all you do.

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