For Yourself and Your Child
I want to share some things that are actually near and dear to my heart. Nutrition has given me the ability to be active in the world. At one point a doctor said I wasn’t absorbing my food. That doctor was not on my insurance so I couldn’t see him all but once. I wasn’t working because I was having seizures all over town, for years. This explained why I couldn’t stand up with just a second of lack of eating. Paying attention to what I am eating and how I am transforming my relationship with my body and engaging in my own healthcare, has put me in a position of power. I am empowered to know I have a say in how I feel and not just being at the mercy of western medicine’s habit of giving pills and not much else. Sugar knocks me out cold the next day. I feel like I have a hangover I can’t take aspirin to alleviate. I stay away as much as possible.
I met Niti at a business event. In her book, she speaks of her choices that lead to an allergy that would not go away and was gaining ferocity. No pill or surgery was working, even though doctors keep trying. She was studying to be a doctor and noticed she was eating McDonald’s because it was the only thing available at the school.
She decided to change her lifestyle around food, and everything was different. She then realized how broken the system is. Health issues that used to only affect the older generations were being transferred to kids. The school system that her taxes were paying for food with no nutritional value being given to underserved families, did not sit well with Niti. She is dedicating her passion to change these inexcusable practices, which are making children sick with very real repercussions.
One thing she found in her search for nutritional importance is when the baby is in utero. She found that women who are not getting enough iron will produce babies with sub-optimal brain health. She was so upset when she realized no OB-GYN’s were telling their patients this!
I recently was speaking to an elementary school teacher that was telling me about a teacher she knew that had implemented a practice she wanted to start at her school. It is something they are referring to as a ‘protein time out’. When a child was having a hard time behaving well, they would give them a protein snack. Behavior issues dropped by about 85%.
Project L.O.V.E. by Nitikul Solomon
Things like Granola have as much sugar as donuts. This is the culture we have bought into. Feeding families is a full-time job in many ways. After reading Nitikul’s book I felt inspired to create a different context about my eating. She is not implementing a diet, she is encouraging another way to see food as a way to be well.
Nitikul Solomon just moved to Portland from Salem, OR, where she has dedicated her pediatric practice to changing the way parents and children think about food and practical ways of changing habits. She is practicing her philosophy with families she serves in her pediatric clinic with explosive results.
I loved the practical application way she presents a way to really make a difference in your health. Imagine a world where parents realize what doesn’t work for their children, and can make these changes. While not relying on being at the mercy of anyone, we take back our health.