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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Overly Restrictive Diets

If you're dealing with food allergies chances are there are some foods that you must avoid to stay healthy. Sometimes in our quest to stay safe we avoid too many foods. This is especially the case for parents. We tend to want to protect our children. This is a good thing but too much of a good thing can be harmful. Dealing with restricted diets is challenging for adults. It's even harder for kids. I try to make my children's diets as expansive as possible for nutritional and socio-emotional reasons.   If you're avoiding a certain food because you're afraid of a reaction ask your physician if you can take a food challenge in his office. This way you can safely experiment with a new food. Be careful to follow your doctor's advice about what needs to be avoided but don't make that list longer than it needs to be. 
For an interesting study about the effects of overly restricted diets click on this link
Food Allergy Fears Drive Overly Restrictive Diets (in Science Daily based on a study from the Journal of Pediatrics)

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