‘The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them’
– Paulo Coelho
Children enjoy the ‘simple life’ and I know we have so much to learn by taking the time to reflect on life through the eyes of our children. A child sees a red traffic light whilst driving. They see the pretty red colour, they feel the excitement and anticipation as they wait for the green light.
If it’s a ‘Fun Mummy’ day, I will drive off quickly and make their hearts skip a beat with the excitement. As they sit, they are hopeful that the next light too is red, so they can once again experience the simple pleasures of those moments of anticipation and excitement as ‘Fun Mummy’ takes off.
I don’t always have ‘Fun Mummy’ days though. Those red lights are sometimes a roadblock, a means to slow me down and make me late. When I’ve already had so many red-lights slow down our morning. Like my toddler who refuses to be caught after nappy change and has insisted I play…
… chase around the ironing board, under the high chair, through the folded-up washing, (which is no longer neatly folded but is instead sprinkled around the lounge) under the table, over the table and through the ironing pile, blissfully absorbed in her game of chase, unaware of my need for haste.
This coupled with
‘Mum my homework is due today’! ‘Where’s my water bottle, I had it yesterday’? ‘No, I don’t want toast for breakfast this morning’! ‘Where’s Dad I want him to take me to school’?
…an unexplained, unexpected, unprovoked 5-year-old breakdown of unimaginable proportions.
A normal chaotic morning turns into complete turmoil.
Red traffic lights after mornings, evenings, nights of unexpected, unexplained meltdowns are far less fun and my ‘Fun Mummy’ moments few and very far between.
Achieving a ‘simpler life’ or a life with more ‘Fun Mummy’ moments at times seemed an impossibility.
As parents, we constantly seek answers for our children. From the moment we are first aware of their beating heart, we become their life-long protectors, who at any cost will seek answers for them.
Who would have thought that the answer to a ‘simpler life’ would be as simple as dietary changes?
Well not really that simple? But finally, science is starting to recognize that our lifestyles of highly processed, highly refined foods are having a detrimental effect on not only our physical health but also our mental health and well-being, and the health and well-being of our children.
Making dietary changes has not meant that my family has never-ending bliss, with no red-light, road block days. We do however have far more ‘Fun Mummy, Fun Daddy, Fun Sister, Fun Baby, Fun red-light family moments’.
Allergies and intolerances, oh, how these two things have played havoc with my family.
I don’t want you thinking that these are the only concerns which lead to meltdowns in children. There are many, many more reasons (that I am grateful to not have experienced) why children have frequent, unexplained, uncontrollable emotional breakdowns.
Food intolerances and allergies and early recognition of these, has meant that there are now very few meltdowns in my family, including adult meltdowns which cannot be explained.
I am grateful that science is now recognizing that food intolerances are actually food allergies. The aweful effects of what were formally referred to as food intolerances are finally being recognized for the debilitating effects they can have on those that suffer from them.
An allergic reaction occurs when the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to a common substance in the environment through ingestion, contact or inhalation (Healthline, 2016). When a person who is allergic to a substance comes in contact with their allergen the body can have an immediate inflammatory response (the traditional understanding of an allergy). Alternatively, the inflammatory response can be much slower and result in inflammation in the brain which can lead to meltdowns, irritability, anxiety, depression, brain fog and more (Brain Balance Achievement Centres, 2017).
It was not enough to just simply stop eating our allergens.
Yes, this made a significant difference but the real red-light, Fun Mummy, Fun Family moments started once we as a family reduced our exposure to allergens in many other aspects of our life. This meant hours and hours of reading labels of products on supermarket shelves.
We read labels on everything…
- foods (fresh, frozen, tinned, boxed),
- cleaning products
- kids school lunch friendly snacks (hmm not so lunch box friendly these ones)
We are not perfect and I am the first to admit that during times of high stress and high Mummy demand I am the first to reach for that Gluten loaded, Dairy loaded, High Sugar hit of Cadbury Dairy Milk, Snack, whole block of chocolate.
In my family’s mission to ‘simplify our life’ we have sought out health professionals who are amazing practitioners who know their craft.
- Scientists (doctors) who have learnt what they do very well
- Herbalists and traditional medicine practitioners who also know their craft.
- We are honest with them and respect the expertise each person we see can offer us.
Through a combination of medical and traditional therapies we have come to a good balance with a shared satisfaction and enjoyment in our families red-light Fun Mummy Fun Daddy, Fun Sister, Fun Baby moments. Which for a time seemed very far from reach?
1. Simple foods,
2. To take joy in life’s simple pleasures
3. To try as often as possible to make time to appreciate all we have, and each other.
Together we are an extraordinary family who have come so far.
‘Challenge yourself to be extraordinary’
Simplify your life and find your ‘Fun Mummy’, Fun Family red-light moments.
My challenge to you…
|1.||Take time this week to read five labels of products within your home and know what you have around you. (don’t just read them ‘Google’ them, know what’s in them)|
|2.||Share what you have learnt, what surprised you?|
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Brain Balance Achievement Centers,2017), ‘Can Food Intolerances Cause Behavioral Issues in Children’, viewed 15/06/2017, https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/blog/2014/07/can-food-intolerance-cause-behavioral-issues-children/
Healthline (2016) Ingested vs. Contact vs. Inhaled Allergies, viewed 15/06/2017, http://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/ingested-contact-inhaled.
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