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?
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?
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.
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.