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9 year old diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder. 5 year old- possible Celiac. What does a Mom do when her nine year old child cannot help but pull on sink fixtures, bust out screen doors, and over wrestle with his little brother? (Please forgive typing errors, I am in a hurry)
1) Prevention. Since all kids are wound up after school, take them for a hike through the woods. Be sure to find hills. If that's not possible, find a way to work their muscles indoors.
My nine year old and I hiked first today. Then - when I realized he was in 'extreme' mode, I asked him to move his heavy mattress across his bedroom. It took one minute, and then I allowed him to go back to his brother and wrestle.
It doesn't always work, mind you, but I know what the alternative will be. Drugs. I keep trying to avoid that, because of the side effects and because it does not treat the root of the problem. I am not certain what will happen in the future.
Educate, teach. Parents can help guide their kids by being good role models and buying good foods. Unfortunately, we also have to let go. Kids will experiment and the school system is notorious for bad, bad food. Maybe someday, I can work with a school district and influence the type of food that is served.
Power Smoothies! I attended a raw foods cooking class. First thing in the morning, I grab frozen berries, dark greens, apple juice or any other compliant juice, brewer's yeast, etc. If possible, all 7 colors of the rainbow would be best. I grind it up in a good old fashioned 40 dollar blender, and drink it right after my water and lemon. I take my vegetarian iron supplement and my calcium with it BEFORE even thinking about that first cup of coffee.
Next - monitor your body's reaction. I find a need a little cheese or brown rice. Too many berries definately irritate the system! But I have also found something else. My energy level is quite high. I am still working out the kinks. I still need to go back to Dr. Julia and have her test me so we can tweek my meal plan. I still need to plan on tweeking my menu even more if I have a race planned or some other intense athletic event. But I am getting there. If my kids will drink this homemade smoothie berry stuff, I would be estatic! Get those dark greens in, kid!
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