Have you ever wondered why your little person shouts excitedly or uncontrollably, says ‘no’ far too often or has irrational behaviour to every day annoyances? One minute they are your adorable, loving and sweet little guy or girl, right? Then they turn… and you are left wondering what happened! This is how I felt with my beautiful boy, Maksim. He’s spirited, yes, and ‘busy’ (as my mum likes to call it). He’s also sensitive and loving. But if he eats too much of a good thing, like chocolate, he is OUT OF CONTROL!
A lot of kids these days have food intolerances. It’s growing exponentially, like allergies. There are many theories as to why… the hygiene hypothesis – are we too clean? – or is it the microbiome in our guts that are out of balance – too many bad guy bacteria and not enough good, throwing out our immune systems and triggering unnatural reactions. Whatever the reason, it can make life really hard. Whether it’s us – how many women do you know who feel bloated when they eat wheat? – or our kids, it’s an epidemic that more and more of us are facing. Maybe we don’t even know we have intolerances? Maybe we just feel a bit crap a lot of the time and think that’s normal? But maybe we secretly suspect something is not right and are looking for some answers.
I remember when a naturopath suggested I take Maksy off dairy and gluten – I nearly screamed, no way! He loves pasta, cheese sandwiches… what will I feed him? It wasn’t easy, there has been so much to learn and change along the way but we did it, and he is so much healthier and happier and even far less intolerant than he used to be. And he still eats cheese sandwiches and pasta, just gluten free with sheep’s milk cheese! And lots of fresh veggies, and vegetable/cheese muffins, and carob blissballs and he loves them all! I am here to help you on your journey of food intolerance and allergy. Let me assure you, there is always an alternative. There is always a way to make healthy, tasty and intolerance-friendly meals for your family.