Picture this: A striking white, spotless kitchen is the setting, where a perfectly demure mom is packing lunches for her two charming children. A catchy jingle plays in the background as the kids kiss their mom good bye and pick up their backpacks to go to school.
“Don’t forget your breakfast!” The mom winks and tosses a carb-filled-frosting-glazed-sugary snack across the counter, through the air, and straight into each child’s waiting hand.
“Oh! Wow, my favorite! Thanks mom!” The kids cheer in unison. Munching on their candied confections, they grab their paper lunches, and skip out the door.
What this surreal and magical video doesn’t show is what happens in class later that morning.
Imagine a different scene: You are in a classroom filled with 15 kids and one teacher. He is standing at the board, chalk in hand and arithmetic tables are sprawled out before him. The kids are squirming around in their desks restlessly. Some are shooting rubber bands at their adversary across the room while others are in a daze, a line of drool slipping out the corner of their cheek. Frustrated with his students’ lack of attention, the teacher does his best to rally his class. Enter scene: Our hero from scene one, the happy, perfectly serine seven year old boy is now slouched so far in his seat that he has landed on the floor beneath his chair and is now army crawling towards a wad of paper that he had used as a weapon just moments before. This causes uproar amongst his peers and a mutiny breaks out.
The common outcome for a child in these circumstances: Who is chronically inattentive, disruptive, or hyperactive in class, is that he or she is referred to their primary care physician who slaps on a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and prescribes them pharmaceutical methamphetamines.
But what if we rewind this whole scenario and go back to the beginning? You might notice that despite the breakfast company’s brilliantly nostalgic marketing campaign, is it possible that loading a child up with carbs and sugar in the morning might have something to do with their behavior later at school?
Believe it or not, your diet does matter.
There are a myriad of possible causes for a child’s inattention, difficulties with concentration, comprehension and behaviors. Here are the most common culprits:
Let’s go back to our mom in the story above. Sometimes it’s tricky to know what to feed our kids and what not to feed our kids. Below is a list of the top three your kids should NOT be eating for breakfast:
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