Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best known as parent educators. A psychologist for 25 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach. His books, including The Secret of Happy Children, Raising Boys, The New Manhood and Raising girls are in four million homes and 31 languages. They have influenced the way we look at childhood. And especially the development of boys and men. Though, the exploitation and misuse of girls and young women globally are a major focus.
About Steve Biddulph
He is my favorite writer for helping me as a parent. I love his books. The two of them I have at home. Almost all parents these days are concern about children nutrition. In this article is more about children nutrition. From my heart, I recommend that you read at least The secret to happy children.
If you are a parent or even if you are not. I read his first book more than 10 years before having my son. I recommend his work. Steve Biddulph wrote a book before he had own kids. Now, He and his wife, Shaaron, have raised a son and daughter.
Here is one excerpt from a book The Secret of happy children. It is about children nutrition. We test it. We are changing eating habits. And as a result we changed our son’s behaviour.
Food and kids behavior – children nutrition
Would you change your kid’s diet, if you knew it would make them do really well at school, be calm and happy themselves, and twice as pleasant to be around? Of course, you would. Did you know that poor food intake is thought to be a major factor in juvenile crime? And did you know that the same changes to diet can help you to feel better, have more energy, and perhaps avoid being overweight without eating less?
Sometimes it’s important to go back to the basics – and there’s nothing more basic than food. What we feed to our children, and when, has a profound effect.
Here are some simple guidelines on the psychological effects on food (children nutrition):
CHOOSE FOOD THAT GIVES STEADY ENERGY.
Food serves two purposes. It provides nutrients for growing and for repairing our bodies, and it also gives us energy for physical and mental activity. Most people these days provide their kids with range of foods to give the right kind of energizing food – complex carbohydrates, and protein foods, which give steady, daylong energy release. This kind of diet will prevent fatigue, promote a steady, focused state of mind, and help children to feel settled and easy. In
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particular, children need to eat complex carbohydrates (whole grain foods), high protein foods, and perhaps some fresh foods such as fruit, for breakfast each day.We suggest that you experiment. Give your children protein food such eggs, meat, or fish with their breakfast each da two weeks. (If they complain they aren’t hungry at breakfast time, give them less for dinner the night before!) See for yourself how much more settled and happy they are at home and school.
EAT BEFORE YOU NEED IT.
That’s right – breakfast! Breakfast is the meal that will provide energy throughout the day. Eating substantial foods in the afternoon or evening may nourish you and your kids, but the energy input will be wasted. Eating your main food intake just before you become active will also avoid obesity – food goes straight into the bloodstream, where it’s needed. When children or adults eat a big meal in the evening, then just sit around or sleep; the food is laid down into their fatty reserves. People can eat just as much, but changing WHEN they eat it, they’ll find that this will reduce weight problems.
AVOID ”QUICK BURNOUT” FOODS.
Sugar and refined sugar foods have a remarkably unpleasant effect on kids’ behavior. Many children have simply too much energy minutes after eating such rapid-release foods. They become edgy, hyperactive, and just plain naughty. Blood tests show that this energy release peaks early, and the child’s blood sugar drops below where it started, as the body struggles to cope. Thus, children have a midmorning sag, in which they cannot concentrate, and become lazy and unfocused.
AVOID CHEMICALS, DYES, AND PRESERVATIVES
Additives and dyes in foods have complex and individual effects.
In addition to observing what your child reacts to, you’ll want to keep in mind that some foods are generally a problem for almost every child. The need to reduce sugar has already been mentioned especially at breakfast and lunchtime. Tartrazine (E102), which is found in yellow-dyed foods, can cause violent hours of hyperactivity in children. Phosphates (found in processed foods such as hot dogs, commercial hamburgers, processed cheese, instant soup, and toppings) are strongly implicated.
The simplest and most effective thing you can do is feed your kids good food earlier in the day, so they just won’t get as hungry for junk. Likewise, if your child is going to a party where the parents are still living in the 1950s diet-wise (soft drinks, cakes, ice-cream, and lollipops), then feed your kids before they go and minimize the damage!
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