Archive for February, 2013
I am a fan of confronting challenging situations and finding solutions. And at AllergyKids, we are continually inspired by the parents that share their stories about how they are doing exactly that – creating the solutions they need to address the escalating number of children that now have food allergies, asthma, ADHD, autism and other conditions.
Today, 1 in 3 American children now has allergies, autism, ADHD or asthma. That number should give us all reason to pause because while our children only represent 30% of the population, they are 100% of our future, which is why I am excited to share the following article, written for AllergyKids by my friend, Gabrielle Hankamer Welch, NC, CHHC, author of The Pizza Trap: Every Mom’s Guide to Breaking Children’s Dangerous Food Addictions, Ending Mealtime Battles and Building Healthy Habits for Life.
We need all hands on deck, and there are so many opportunities to be part of the solution. ~ Robyn
Our nation’s children are facing a serious health crisis, really a pandemic at this point, and I’m not just talking about obesity, which is what the media likes to focus on these days. That’s part of it of course, since obesity has eclipsed smoking as our primary health concern in the US. Our kids are also facing a huge epidemic of chronic childhood illness that’s sweeping our nation as a result of the toxic environment in which we live.
As a mother, nutritional consultant and now author, it’s one that both compels and scares me at the same time. My goal as a mom activist has been to help educate as many parents as I can, so that they can make good decisions for their families at a time when our nation is facing a record number of life threatening children’s health issues.
I wear many hats daily, like I know many of you do. Aside from being a mom and a wife, I have a nutritional consulting practice, I’m a public speaker and now I’m an author of a book entitled the Pizza Trap: Every Mom’s Guide to Breaking Children’s Dangerous Food Addictions, Ending Mealtime Battles and Building Healthy Habits for Life.
In my practice, I teach busy moms how to get their kids off junk food and how to make healthy eating easy, convenient and fun. My program also teaches moms how to avoid and eliminate toxins that go in, on and surround their children’s bodies to help prevent and reduce allergies, asthma and other increasingly common childhood illnesses.
My motivation for this journey has been my three wonderful girls, ages 8,10 and 12, one of whom has had chronic asthma, allergies and eczema, along with several hospitalizations since she was 3 years old. This is really what started me on my journey as a children’s food and health advocate and mom activist.
I decided to reinvent myself and help other moms out there for one reason and one reason only: to give them the information they needed to keep their kids from getting sick. Maybe you have a child who is chronically sick like I do. Maybe you’ve spent sleepless night as I have in the ER with a child whose chest is collapsing, or worrying about their health at home in bed at night when you can’t sleep or hear them coughing night after night, or just wondering what else you can possibly do that you are NOT doing to get them better. As a mom, I think this is one of the scariest things we can go through, having a sick child and feeling totally powerless to help, day in and day out.
Since 1/3 of American kids today have either asthma, allergies, ADHD or autism and are most likely taking some sort prescription medication daily, the odds are, you probably do have a child with some sort of chronic illness. If not, your child might very well be one of the 34% of kids in the US who weigh too much, or even worse, one of the 17% who are obese.
Whether it’s asthma, allergies, ADHD or your child is struggling to lose weight, you CAN help them better their quality of life by taking a few easy steps to clean up their food environment.
As a mom, you can do this for your children like I have done for mine. Take the offensive…don’t be a passive observer in your kids health and life and just hope for the best!
By making a few simple changes in the way your family eats and lives, you can dramatically change your children’s health forever. I did.
Gabrielle Hankamer Welch, NC, CHHC is the author of The Pizza Trap: Every Mom’s Guide to Breaking Children’s Dangerous Food Addictions, Ending Mealtime Battles and Building Healthy Habits for Life