Organizing Diet Revision
Mother is often the leader when a child needs help and mother needs
education, reassurance and support. Even if mother is well motivated and
has identified a need for change, she will still have doubts about what she
should do. She may want to try minor changes or will look for easier solutions
than complete diet revision.
She will be discussing options with family, friends and professional advisers
and have collected different, contradictory opinions.
Often there is conflict in the family about what is wrong with the child and no agreement about
the right way to manage the problem. Since complete diet revision involves hard
work and extra expense, it will often be the least attractive option even if it
is the best option. Professional advice is often not helpful or hostile and may
add to conflict and confusion in the family.
Children from 2 to 22 are remarkably attached to their food preferences and
will seldom cooperate with diet revision without persuasion, rewards and the
persistence of a well-motivated parent. Children require sustained persuasion,
rewards, and opportunities to express their anger and resentment when they feel
deprived. Punishment never works to motivate children to change their food
The most cooperative are children who are chronically and seriously ill.
Their suffering transcends other concerns and they will cooperate once they have
felt the relief that diet revision offers them.
The least cooperative are children with behavioral problems. Many
children with food allergy and restless and unhappy who will behave like addicts
and fight to keep their food fixes; the older the child, the more persistent the
addictive resistance. Dysfunctional teenagers are almost unreachable and are not
likely to learn the self-management skills they required to be healthy and sane
until they reach mid to late 20's. The sooner you start diet revision, the
Alpha Nutrition Program
The Alpha Nutrition Program works well for children, but
change is difficult and each child has individual needs. The task is to find the
best-fit food choices for the child's special biological requirements.
Alpha refers to the optimal diet, optimal nutrition and the center of a state of
well-being; Alpha also refers to health recovery by returning to a resting place
and eating simple primary foods that restore health.
The Alpha Nutrition Program is kindly motivated and intends no harm.
Understanding and compassion are the right responses to this natural resistance
to change - never confrontation or punishment. We encourage each parent to
review his or her own feelings towards food as entertainment, comfort, and
reward. You have to re-think and change discipline strategy. Normal parents get
angry and children can be difficult and defiant. We want to give medals to
conscientious mothers who make a big effort to prepare proper, nourishing meals
and are rewarded by food refusal by a petulant child and anger from her husband
who demands to know if it really worth it to get the child to eat properly.
Most of us grew up with rewards and punishments based on offering or
withholding food treats and continue this tradition in the management of our own
children. When you realize that a child's food selections may contribute to
illness, behavioral problems, or learning dysfunction, you adopt an entirely
different approach to eating. Food is no longer recreational and no food is
offered as a reward, and no food is withheld as punishment.