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  • Raw Food for Speech and Language Issues in Children – Part 3




    Raw Food for Speech and Language Issues in Children

    Raw Food for Learning Disabilities – Speech & Language Issues

    - Q&A Interview with Karen Ranzi

    Karen Ranzi is a regular Raw Mom contributor and author of “Creating Healthy Children”. In Part 1 and Part 2 of Raw Mom’s 3-part Q&A series on Raw Food for Speech and Language Issues in Children, Karen answered such questions as, “How does raw food help children with speech and language issues?”, “Why does raw food work?”, and “Once a parent has changed the child’s diet, how soon are changes seen?”

    Read on to discover more answers to further questions about the raw foods diet and speech and language related learning disabilities in children.  Today we’ll learn how long parents should feed the raw foods diet to their children, as well as the first step parents should take when transitioning their child’s diet over to whole raw foods.

    Q: How long should the parent feed the raw foods diet to the child?

    The raw foods lifestyle is not a diet, it’s the natural way of living.A:  As for the dietary and lifestyle change, there are usually some notable improvements soon after the switch to a “high raw” living GF/DF plant foods lifestyle. Subtle improvements may not be immediately readily observed but as the child’s body adjusts to natural fresh foods, progress in speech and language development is inevitable. The raw foods lifestyle is not a diet, it’s the natural way of living. There is no diet to return to once embarking on “natural, real foods.” Of course, the younger the child and family motivation toward following through with lifestyle changes will affect progress.

    Dietary changes can be effective in a short period. When off gluten and casein, some kids have gone from speaking a few words to speaking in sentences.

    Q: What’s the first step parents should take in changing the child’s diet?

    Eliminate processed and refined, packaged “factory” foods.A: I always recommend parents start by providing superior examples for their children. Parents cannot be home eating Twinkies and potato chips and expect their children to eat healthfully.

    The first step is to eliminate processed and refined, packaged “factory” foods.

    A good place to start is with healthy snacks: fresh fruit or veggie slices with a delicious home-made dip. The taste buds begin to change toward the desire for natural foods as more fresh food is added. If the child will accept green juice and green smoothies, they should become an important part of the daily diet, and can make up a healthy alkalizing mineral-rich beginning to the day.

    Many children on the autism spectrum display finicky eating patterns, and it may be necessary to invent transitional foods that mimic items such as macaroni and cheese or pizza. Today we have numerous transitional recipes that contain plant foods having similar tastes and textures to these standard foods, and we can find ways to add green leafy vegetables to these recipes in order to create increased alkalinity and nutrient density.

    A good place to start is with healthy snacks.Treating children with autism spectrum disorders as they have the potential to be “normal” takes away the view of a tragic life situation and instead places optimism and numerous growth opportunities in a positive direction according to their developmentally different schedule.




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    5 Responses to “Raw Food for Speech and Language Issues in Children – Part 3”

    1. By Kim on Jul 15, 2011

      Thanks, Karen! My son, who has autism, has been really improving with his eye contact, attempts at speaking in the last few days and weeks. Since the warmer weather, we’ve been able to eat mostly from our garden and the Farmers’ Market. It didn’t occur to me that his improvement could have been linked to eating more raw (not just fermented vegetables) foods. I’m very grateful that he likes the food I give him – though hasn’t tried my green smoothies in a while.

      Now if I could only encourage and make it fun for my daughter to eat more raw, that would be great!

      Since our home is essentially vegan (except for some raw honey and sometimes eggs from local pastured hens for the kids), my husband thinks that we should be consuming a lot of flax oil. Could we be getting too much of it?

      Thank you so much for the article, and I look forward to more.

      Have a wonderful day!

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    2. By Karen Ranzi on Jul 21, 2011

      Thank you, Kim, for your response. I’m so happy to hear your son is eating so healthfully. I believe this will help him with his eye contact and language/pragmatic abilities. As far as the flax oil, I would prefer to see him have fresh ground flax instead of the oil. I believe that flax oil is quickly rancid. The ground flax should be used the day it is made, and can be given in a smoothie or on a salad or other food. Using it immediately will keep it from rancidity. One tablespoon a day is good. Omega 3s can also come from soaked walnuts, hempseeds and green leafy vegetables.

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    3. By Kim on Jul 21, 2011

      Thank you for the advice on freshly ground flax, Karen.

      I read in one of the Victoria Boutenko’s books not to add anything else other than greens and fruit into a smoothie – is ground flax okay? Also, I’ve frozen apple cinnamon bread that has partially ground flax (recipe from Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine) – is this sufficient for the Omega?

      Thank you again, Karen. Enjoy your day!
      Kim

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    4. By Karen Ranzi on Jul 21, 2011

      I prefer getting in the ground flax without dehydrating since it goes rancid very quickly upon heating. Adding it to smoothies, puddings, or even salads has worked well for me. Some days I will have some walnuts, other days flax, always a lot of leafy greens, sometimes I add hempseeds to my salads and smoothies….All great ways to get in the Omega 3s. If you prefer not to add the flax to smoothies then you can simply mix it in a pudding or any food your son will eat it.

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