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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A teenager mood swing...

I Have found with my son what he eats affects his attitude I Have to Choose his food wisely. I try to use plenty of whole foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains as well as lean meats and low-fat dairy products. “These foods are more likely to keep his mood stable than processed foods and foods with added sugar,” After doing research on what is added in some of the foods to preserve them makes me aware of the foods that I want to stay away from.

I Eliminate added sugar and caffeine from his diet. Foods with added sugar are more likely to make HIS blood sugar rise and fall during the day, leading to mood swings. And caffeine can make you feel anxious or nervous and cause his head aches with the energy drinks especially the sugar by not drinking them made a difference after a few weeks,
Vitamins and , some nutrients may be especially beneficial. Researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and vitamin B12 may help fight depression -- and a deficiency of these nutrients may be a risk factor for depression.Omega-3 fatty acids are mostly found in fatty fish, such as salmon, albacore tuna, lake trout, and mackerel. They are also found in tofu, soybeans, canola oil, walnuts, and flaxseed. You can find folate in various beans, green vegetables, beef liver, orange juice, and fortified cereals. Vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal products, such as meats, fish, milk, and eggs.
Im Keeping a food journal just to prove the difference. Different foods and combinations of foods affect people differently. I Am trying to Record everything that he will eat and drink each day and keeping track of his moods.
Eat regular meals has been difficult his father gets home late at night so he eats late and goes to bed with no exercise to burn off the fat which causes the body to work all night when it should be resting.Having meals earlier will keep your blood sugar stable and help prevent mood swings.
I am trying to keep my kitchen stocked with healthy snacks, such as fruits, nuts, yogurt, carrot sticks,, and whole-wheat crackers. This way I’ll have something healthy to eat if he gets a craving in between meals.If I have snacks I usually hide the ones with sugar or he wont eat his meals.

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