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School’s Back, Need help to stay on Track?

School’s Back, Need help to stay on Track? We all could use a little support and help in staying on track when it comes to packing those school time lunches. It’s hectic in the morning and you just want the routine to click in. Here are a few easy lunch ideas for you. A little over a month into the new school year and your children are getting into their new routine? You feel something is not quite right? Do they have a learning difficulty and you don’t know what to do? Could it be Pyrrole Disorder?

Many children these days find it hard to settle, sit still and concentrate. They don’t seem to tolerate stress like they used to. We all know the classroom environment can be a hectic and somewhat

healthy lunch ideas

anxious place for some. And I ought to know – my previous life was as a school teacher.

Have you heard of Pyrrole Disorder also known Mauve Factor or Krytopyrrole? What is it?  It is a genetic blood disorder that means your child may have a deficiency of zinc, vitamin B6, and an imbalance of omega-6 (essential fatty acid).  The disorder means that your child’s stress coping mechanism may not be developing fully, and it can mean that they are more likely to suffer from the physiological effects of stress.

Never heard of it? I’m not surprised. Many GPs don’t know about it, however, it is a disorder that is being diagnosed more frequently in both children and adults.

What do I need to look out for with Pyrrole Disorder? Signs & Symptoms

  • Explosive temper and mood swing
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Digestive problems especially with protein
  • Not coping with stress
  • Light sensitivity
  • White spots on the nails
  • Pale skin that doesn’t tan easily and burns
  • White spots on nails
  • Dry skin
  • Little or no dream recall

What Next?

Removing the unwanted, unhealthy sugars, diary and gluten from the body is a good place to start and replace these with more nutrient dense foods. Removing all preservatives, additives from the diet is also needed. This can be a process for some and this is where the help is needed. Specific natural medicines, in conjunction with a low-inflammatory diet, are the best way to good health.

8 Tips for Natural Wholesome Eating with Childrenhealthy lunches

  • Prepare your breakfast and lunch (if you can the night before). It takes the stress out of the morning.
  • Lead through example. It is difficult to get kids to eat their vegetables if you are not.
  • Have gluten free foods in the house and of course remove gluten sources if you need to.
  • Minimize sugar treats for treats, which is what they were originally supposed to be! Replace with fruits and low sugar versions.
  • Allow your children to help you in the kitchen. The more ownership they have over their food the more they are like to eat and enjoy it. Studies have shown that those who participate are likely to eat it.
  • Ignore the mess when children cook with you. The interaction that you have together is an important to share and find out what they like, what they don’t like and what has happened during the day. A fun time for all.
  • Make sure you have treats both savoury and sweet in the freezer for those times when you just can’t get to cook or need a break yourself. These can also be taken to school if needed as the last we want to do is to make our child feel different from the rest.
  • Ensuring your child knows exactly what they can are can’t eat is important for when they are at school or at someone else’s home. Remember also that you may not have to limit forever – elimination may be a time of healing and once healed the occasional ‘treat’ may be suitable. This can be discussed with your nutritionist on your visit to Gaining Health Naturally.

For more information on Gluten Free Dairy Free diets & recipes head to:

What do I need to look out for with Pyrrole Disorder? Signs & Symptoms

  • Explosive temper and mood swing
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Digestive problems especially with protein
  • Not coping with stress
  • Light sensitivity
  • White spots on the nails
  • Pale skin that doesn’t tan easily and burns
  • White spots on nails
  • Dry skin
  • Little or no dream recall

Simple tests can determine if Pyrrole Disorder is present. It is not necessarily the answer to everything however if you suspect that your child may be affected by this disorder or perhaps from heavy metal toxicity then maybe having them checked would be useful.  Please note that signs & symptoms are not enough to determine if pyrroles is present – testing is the only way to find out.

For more information contact Gaining Health Naturally on 0400836254.  

Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins pumpkin-muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt flour (or replace with gluten free flour)
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour (or gluten free flour of your choice)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 cup butternut pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon cottage cheese or plain yoghurt or coconut yoghurt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips, roughly chopped (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda & baking powder, mixed spice, and salt.
  3. Beat together softened butter and rice malt syrup until well combined – I like to use organic honey. Add the pumpkin puree, yoghurt or ricotta cheese, lightly beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Fold into until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Mix the wet pumpkin mixture with the flour until just combined. Do not over mix if using gluten flour.
  5. Gently, fold in the chocolate chips (optional).
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake at 180C for approx. 20 or until lightly golden and fully cooked. Test with toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin and it comes out clean.

Goodie Balls goodie balls

Ingredients

1 tablespoon maple syrup

200 g dates, chopped

1 tablespoon cocoa

2 tablespoon tahini

½ cup walnuts, chopped.

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Extra cocoa or coconut for rolling

Method

Blitz all ingredients except tahini, maple syrup and walnuts in a blender until well combined.  Add walnuts and liquid ingredients and blitz again until combined. Roll into 1 cm balls and roll in cocoa or coconut. Place into the fridge until firm.

For more information on Gluten Free Dairy, Free diets and recipes suggestions click below:

Gluten Free Recipes

Dairy Free Recipes

Sugar Free Recipes

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