Good nutrition and healthy eating are such vital parts of reversing dyslexia that we could write endlessly about them. When your child’s body is nourished correctly, he has the building blocks for treating dyslexia naturally. When you eat right, you have the stamina necessary to help your child through treatment.
Nutrition is a controversial subject, even among medical professionals. Much of the conventional wisdom you hear isn’t correct or helpful. Because of conflicting information, myths and half-truths about healthy eating abound. Let’s dispel some of those incorrect beliefs.
A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.
The macronutrients are fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Your body needs calories from all three to fuel and rebuild, but there is a definite difference in quality within each category, and your body will be healthier if you choose the high-quality foods.
Fats give us energy, help build our brains, and help our bodies absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Good fats include fish oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts, and olive oil. Notice that these fats are natural, not manufactured. Bad fats include margarine, lard, cottonseed oil, and anything hydrogenated. These oils and fats were created in a lab, not in nature. Fats from animal products are fine if eaten in moderation, but don’t overdo it.
Proteins are the building blocks of life and contain amino acids, which our bodies need. Some of these amino acids are considered essential, which means we cannot make them ourselves and must get them from our diets. Healthy protein comes from animals, seafood, and plants. Eating a variety of protein sources ensures that you’ll get all the essential amino acids. However, there is a big difference between eating a McDonald’s hamburger and enjoying a salmon fillet. The calories are not the same as far as benefits to the body are concerned.
Carbohydrates give us energy and are the body’s usual fuel source. Here’s where it gets interesting. Fruits and vegetables are healthy carbohydrate sources, but cookies and candy are not. Again, what the calories do for and to the body differ tremendously.
When you eat the lower-quality foods, you take in empty calories that don’t give you much nutrition. Eating healthy means eating high-quality fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. One hundred calories of chocolate cake will affect your body much differently than one hundred calories of broccoli or berries.
No, all calories are not created equal.
Sugar free is an acceptable substitute.
While sugar is one part of the diet that needs to be drastically reduced or eliminated to reverse dyslexia, going sugar free doesn’t improve anything. In fact, you substitute chemicals created in a laboratory. Eating artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes is never the answer. The body doesn’t know what to do with these chemicals, so it often stores them in the fat cells.
Do you know the names of the common artificial sweeteners? Acesulfame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin are the main culprits.
If you must, eat real sugar sparingly, and I do mean sparingly. But please don’t let these man-made chemicals near your children.
Wheat is fine to eat, and in fact, our bodies need the fiber.
Allergies to wheat have been around for many years, but they’re more common now with all the genetically modified foods we can buy today. You’ve heard of gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a sticky protein present in grains, especially wheat. The gluten is what gives most people allergy problems. Actually, you can have negative reactions to gluten in your digestive system for a long time and have few or no symptoms.
Because of the modifications we’ve made to wheat, it’s not nutritious and is in fact dangerous to many of us. At the least, it’s contributing to our widespread weight problems. You can find plenty of wheat substitutes and gluten-free foods now. You don’t need to eat wheat to get your fiber when fruits and vegetables have as much roughage and far more nutrients.
I hope that clears up some of the common myths of healthy eating. If you have questions about wheat, calories, or sugar substitutes, or you want to explore ways to help your child with good nutrition, contact me today.