Excuse#1: It’s too hard
Dealing with a child on the spectrum, or with other neurodevelopmental disorders is HARD. Having to make healthy meals is not HARD.
Excuse #2: My doctor/ family/ friends don’t support what I am doing
They do not share the same vested interest in your child’s development that you do. When you see improvement, the motivation to continue will be there and you will stop caring so much about what others think.
Excuse #3: I tried it once, I cut out all milk and bread and it did nothing
Cutting BACK on the inflammatory proteins found in various grains and dairy may not make much of a difference because those proteins are still present in their system. Cutting OUT these proteins entirely will make a difference. Simply removing bread is not enough. Gluten is found in MANY different grains and these grains are often used in processed foods. You need to research which foods are safe and begin reading labels.
Excuse #4: Too much $$
It is very expensive to buy already made pre-packaged foods, I agree. We suggest making your own food using REAL ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc. There are ways to address the costs of eating clean, check out our blog from earlier this year. 10 ways to save while eating clean. And don’t forget, eating at home cuts the bills of eating out… this is turn will save you money.
Excuse #5: Too much time
If you have time to spend 1 hour/ day on the computer indulging in social media… you have time to make your family a healthy meal. Let MEALS become a priority again – put emphasis on what we use to fuel our bodies and our brains.
Excuse #6: It’s not fair to deprive my child of treats
“Treats” are what you define them to be. They don’t have to come in colourful packaging with your child’s favorite cartoon character on them. They don’t have to be covered in milk chocolate and creamy caramel. They don’t have to be neon colours. They can be tasty and healthy. They can be a game of laser tag or a trip to the local bowling alley. They can be an iTunes card. They can be a day trip to the park or the zoo. They could be an hour spent on video games. They shouldn’t have to be filled with sugar, artificial colours and toxic chemicals. You can dictate what your child perceives as a “treat”.
Excuse #7: I don’t want my other children to go without
Go without what exactly? Artificial food colourings and artificial flavour? High Fructose Corn Syrup and other Refined Sugars? MSG? Aspartame and Trans Fats? Sodium Nitrates and Nitrites? The list goes on. Seriously, you are being asked to feed your family REAL FOOD. You are not depriving any of your children of anything. You are giving them food to ensure a healthier life. Who wouldn’t want that for their family?
Excuse # 8: My child goes to daycare and is on a meal plan. They don’t know how to do grain free and dairy free.
Then it is time that they learned how. Many families are embracing a healthier lifestyle which means eating a CLEAN diet and not one filled with processed foods. We are asking that they feed your child Meat and vegetables and fruit (in their natural state, not covered in cheese sauce or syrups). This should be treated like an allergy. I understand that it is not life threatening if your child eats grains or dairy, but you need to get them to respect your wishes. They are not being asked to create new foods, just serve REAL foods.
Excuse# 9: We are going on vacation (or it is Holiday Season) so there is no point in starting now.
There will never be an appropriate time to start. There will always be something standing in the way. Our family has taken many vacations camping, Disney, road trips, hockey tournaments, etc and we always manage. It may mean that there is a considerable amount of prep work to ensure you have some nutritious snacks. It may mean making a few phone calls to local restaurants or hotels. It will also mean about 30 – 60 minutes spent researching menus on line… but it is all do-able. You are not the first family with special dietary requirements to plan a trip…. and you won’t be the last! When it comes to Holiday season, plan your festive meals accordingly. Find out who is hosting (if it is not you) ask about what they are serving and offer to bring some dishes (dishes that your family – and everyone else) can share.