Picky Eaters, No Time and a Limited Food Budget?! Me, too!

Picky Eaters, No Time and a Limited Food Budget?! Me, too!

Fluorescent orange mac n cheese noodles: Replace the bright orange brand with the white cheddar brand (it really does help reduce your child’s unnecessary exposure to synthetic chemicals).

Or if your kids are like mine and freak out, then stick with the bright orange, only don’t use the ENTIRE packet of bright orange powder the next time you mix the box up – use 90% of the pack of fluorescent orange powder mix, then slowly cut back to 70% of the pack, then 50% of the pack?..until they are less dependent on seeing that bright orange bowl of noodles!

2) Less is more

Look for the following on food labels:

  • Ingredient lists with FEWER ingredients
  • Ingredients with SHORTER names
  • Ingredients that you can PRONOUNCE
  • Ingredients that your GRANDMOTHER cooked with

3) Organic Options

Oh, how we wish that organic food was easily affordable! Because by law, organic food is not allowed to contain these synthetic chemicals, genetically engineered proteins and chemicals and all of the other harmful substances we’ve been discussing in our posts this week!

Unfortunately, it is these safety laws that make organic food more expensive, since organic farmers must adhere to strict standards and testing when it comes to ensuring the safety of their products.

So if you can’t afford an entirely organic shopping cart, then choose ONE THING in your kitchen to convert to organic, consider choosing something that your children consume a lot of (in our case it was milk, in yours, it might be bagels). Just making that one change will help reduce a huge heaping serving of chemicals in your kids diets!

As we converted our family over to a more organic diet, our pediatric bills actually dropped…..a lot! So the money we saved at the doctor’s office helped pay for that extra nutritious food!

NOTE: given that different children have different allergies and sensitivities, make sure to read ALL labels before feeding your children, especially as manufacturers often change their ingredients unannounced.

Start with Baby Steps

The important thing is to remember not to make the perfect the enemy of the good and that ANY start is a good start!

And Remember….

This is a slow and steady process. It will not happen overnight (even though you may want it to!), so you may want to consider approaching it the same way you approached potty training or weaning your child from the sippy cup…a slow and steady process!

Additional Resources

Learn more about the importance of reducing your child’s exposure to environmental toxins at www.drgreene.com, , Healthy Child Healthy World and the Environmental Working Group
Learn about Additives and Nutrition Action at the Center for Science in the Public Interest
Additive Free and Preservative Free Food at Feingold Association
Additional Books, Films and Resources at AllergyKids.com

Robyn O'Brien

As the founder of AllergyKids, Robyn has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and CNN highlighting the role that chemicals in our food supply are having on our health. Robyn is the author of The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About it (Random House, May 2009).

Note: This Perspectives Blog post is written by a guest blogger of DrGreene.com. The opinions expressed on this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Greene or DrGreene.com, and as such we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied. View the license for this post.

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