You are working hard to improve you child’s health & resilience and for that I give you a standing ovation. No parent wants to see their child sad, angry, scared, in pain, feeling stupid or incapable. None of us wants to see them underestimated or mis understood or excluded because of their troubling behaviours.
If you're like me there is nothing you want more than to see your child thriving; see them grow to their full potential. And I'm glad you're here because if you engage in this community you'll start to develop an unwavering confidence in your ability to help your child thrive.
I'm sure you've been on the hunt to fill your tool bag with tools and have probably had to sort through all kinds of opportunities. There are medical tools, behavioural therapies, physical therapies, nutritional interventions, lifestyle shifts, educational assessments.... all worthy strategies to explore.
But I want you to keep this next idea forefront in your mind as you search for the best way to help your child feel better, focus better, have fewer tantrums, be less anxious, learn better, get sick less often, have more stable energy and emotions...
If your child is not healthy, they aren't feeling or functioning their best. Yes, you read that right... I'm telling you that their anxiety, their fear, their inattention, their tantrums, their aggression, their sadness - even if they are to the extent that they qualify for an official diagnosis - can all be reflective of health imbalances like nutritional deficiencies, gut problems, blood sugar issues, food allergies; issues which, thankfully, we can start to resolve by using food strategically.
(again, I'm happy you're here because that's exactly what we do here... use food to help your child become their best, healthiest self).
There is a trifecta of issues which, when present, get in the way of ev-er-y-thing else you’re doing to support your child.
For your child to have resilient health they need to…
That’s the trifecta. If they are not sleeping, pooping and eating (and doing those things well - so we’re talking quality and quantity) you’re likely to hit a ceiling. You’re likely to stall out and get frustrated with all the other interventions you might be trying.
This trifecta is the first thing I assess with my private clients, and we spend a lot of time in our group coaching program addressing it as well.
Poor sleep, constipation, diarrhea and picky eating are foundational obstacles to optimal health.
Are they issues in your family?
If so it's time to focus your energy on working through them. They are in your way, and they are figure-out-able.
Sleeping, pooping and eating are so important to overall health that I pulled content out of my main Raising Resilience Jumpstart Group Coaching Program and created mini resources to address each of them.
These are short, action oriented resources to get your child sleeping, pooping and eating. No fluff. You'll find them in my Resource Library here.
We look at the most common nutrition-related contributing factors to sleep problems, constipation & diarrhea, and picky eating, and I give you checklists of strategies I’ve seen work (along with a little insight into why this matters so much to add some motivation).
Poor sleep, digestive issues and picky eating are all symptoms of something bigger... they are all telling you there's work to do on your child's resilience (more on resilience here and here), but you need a starting point.
My goal is to help you simplify things; focus your energy on what matters most and get practical. The resources in my Resource Library will help you overcome this fundamental trifecta of obstacles so you can move the needle of your child's health and success, and so that all those other great things you're doing with your child can be more effective.
Jess is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and Family Health Expert, specializing in brain health & resilience for kids. She is the author of Raising Resilience: Take the stress out of feeding your family & love your life, a mother and an advocate for children’s health. Her book and online resources have helped families all over the world improve the lives of their children with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD, autism and mood disorders by fitting the food and feeding piece into their health puzzles. She is the 2019 recipient of the CSNNAA award for Clinical Excellence for her work helping families get healthier, and she continues to work at bringing an understanding of the power of good nutrition to the mainstream conversation about children’s mental health, learning, and overall resilience through her blog, courses and as a contributor to print and online magazines. You can reach Jess at www.jesssherman.com
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