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Food dyes and behavior

Monday, September 24, 2012

There has been some behavior issues with my grandson and my daughter finally realized that it happens whenever he eats foods that have dyes in them. I think there is enough evidence that some of the additives that food companies use are not really beneficial for the consumer. But the profitability of using such things has priority over whether or not it is good for our health.

My little grandson is only three years old and I can see that he will have a lifetime struggle with some foods. Sugar is one of those things. The little guy seems to have an addiction to sugar and actually climbs up on the counters so he can search the cupboards to see if there is anything "hidden". About a month ago, my granddaughter was telling everyone it was her "half" birthday, so I decided to help her celebrate it and bought a small cake. After we all had a small piece, my grandson started climbing onto the counter so he could get some more.

I took the cake home with me to make it easier for my daughter not to have to struggle with keeping it away from him. We live on adjoining properties and the next morning I had a very small visitor who came looking for num-nums. Shortly after, his mom came running after him. I gave him a banana and sent him back home, only to have him at my door 15 minutes later. He received an apple this time. His sister came after him and brought him home. A few minutes later, there he was again. This time he started going through my cupboards saying he was looking for cocoa num-nums, specifically blue cocoa num-nums.
He wanted a piece of that birthday cake.

I see the effects of sugar in that little boy and began noticing some behavior issues whenever he had anything with food dyes in it. The behavior goes beyond, "oh, he is just a being a boy." Although there may be some genetic issues, my husband was a very active little boy and his mother has told a few stories. Plus, the boy's father has a few issues also. So, while it may be genetic, there have been some notable behavior changes that occur when he eats foods with dye in them. Red dye #40 is a one that causes some very naughty behavior.

Without thinking, my daughter fed him some mac and cheese for lunch one day. The next day, I took them shopping and asked if she was feeding him junk food again. She replied that she gave him mac and cheese without thinking about the dye.

A while back there was consideration to put a warning on the packaging about dyes in food but the food industry won on that one. There is enough evidence to show that the way our food supply has changed over these past few decades that it is bad for our health. Yet, there does not seem to be anything done to change it for the better. It is all about profits, profits and more profits to the big food companies.

We need to get educated and cast our vote at the checkout!!

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DS9KIE 9/24/2012 11:16PM

    I agree...its amazing as to what we are calling food ...I look at some ingredenta there are soo many words I can't pronounce its scarry

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JENNYKD1 9/24/2012 6:55PM

  It's a shame they aren't banned or carry a warning label like in Europe. There's a support group here called Feingold Assoc. that really helps me shop and know what to do. Both my kids are sensitive.

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WAHMINSC 9/24/2012 9:22AM

    When I cute Red #40 and Yellow #5 from my kitchen, my (now teen) daughter mellowed out. Her behavior was rarely extreme, but there was a big difference in her activity level after an afternoon with grandma. It was the same for my stepson years later.

Here's to finding a solution that's easy to stick with.

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LIV2RIDE 9/24/2012 9:11AM

    Sounds like a tough battle with the little one. I hope you guys are able to stay strong for him!

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DMEYER4 9/24/2012 7:04AM

  good luck with your grandson. my grandchildren seem to be the same way. I wonder if it is the food or more specifically the dye. I will mention it to my daughter. Thank you for the info.

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CAM2438 9/24/2012 7:03AM

    I totally agree with you.

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CAM2438 9/24/2012 7:02AM

    I totally agree with you.

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LADYRH 9/24/2012 7:00AM

    So true

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My race time was...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

33:10 It was a good run for me. I did very little walking this race. I am such a lazy runner at times. Part of the route was on an overpass and coming back I just did not want to run up the thing. I seriously need to add hill workouts to my routine.

I am satisfied with my run and I guess that is what matters. I feel like I am not able to get my speed back to where it was last summer. But, then, I am 1 year older now (54). I love the age graded times - my age graded time for this race was (drumroll here... 27:34) I can pretend I did my sub30 5k !!! emoticon emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 9/24/2012 9:09AM

    AWESOME!! emoticon I'm really proud of you! You did a great job!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/23/2012 11:44PM

    That's a great time!
Enjoy the run and don't worry about the time!

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DABLUECAT 9/23/2012 9:19PM

    Great time! I ran a 5k race this morning myself. I still find it hard to believe.
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Tomorrow is Race day for me

Friday, September 21, 2012

It is the race I was hoping to have my best time ever, but realistically I know that it is not going to happen because I have not properly trained for it. My 5k times this year have been slower than ever this season. But then, I really do not have a lot of seasons.

I did a half marathon this spring and ever since then I seem like I slowed down. I focused more on doing the distance and did not focus on speed and now I am regretting that decision and wish I would have stayed focus on speed also.

I also spent some time this summer running with my granddaughter and that was so much better than have a new PB for my time. I am hoping that she will enjoy running and want to run with me all the time.

My grandson loves to run with me. So, yesterday we had a mock race and we ran the length of the driveway (1/10 mile). We have a long driveway. Grandpa was at the other end with the timer and ribbon. He is so cute running. He just turned three.

Yeah, seeing my grandchildren take an interest in running is so much better than having a new personal best this season.

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BETHS60 9/22/2012 7:29AM

    Good luck on your race.

Awesome job with the grandkids. When my kids were little, I would try to get out of the house on Saturday mornings and get a run in before anyone else was up. Then I would have the rest of the day to do my Saturday chores. My husband suggested that we all go. So instead of being done by 8:30, we didn't get started until 10:00. Everybody had to be up, fed, dressed. But still, it was the right decision. I was never going to be a competitive runner, but I could be a role model while having fun with my children.

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MIRAGE727 9/21/2012 2:04PM

    I have a personal & healthy approach to my running! I do try to beat my best times but I love the race for the intrinsic values.
What is more important to me is what you are achieving with those beautiful babies! My Gianna is 6. She already has attempted a walk with a crash & burn but she still wants to do the Jingle Bell Run in December with us. She loves the race atmosphere. All we have to do is a kid's run with bling involved and she will be hooked! She's our Spark and our focus to be proper role models! You're doing fantastic! Be well and keep rockin'!

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DR1939 9/21/2012 1:59PM

    Best wishes.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 9/21/2012 10:40AM

    Your acceptance of change is inspiring! Doing things with your family make the memories which get us through our challenges. Having seen your motivator I understand the change in priority so well.
Good luck, just do your best. You will have your own cheering section. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 9/21/2012 9:36AM

    I love how your priorities change. What seemed important a few short months ago just don't seem that way anymore. I'm glad you have been able to spend time with your family and getting them active. Sounds fun! Good luck at your race and have a good time. I'll be thinking about you when I'm doing my Honor Ride Saturday morning.

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Blogging is like running today...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I just cannot seem to get into it. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/18/2012 2:11PM

    Okay, but I see you are just doing it anyway. Way to go!!! When the feeling is gone, just keep doing it until the feelling comes back. With running, slow down or add some/more walk breaks. Stick with it and you'll soon feel it. Reallly!!! -Marsha

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LIV2RIDE 9/18/2012 1:56PM

    Funny! Sometimes I find the things in my mind aren't fit for human consumption anyway. Seems like a good time for some reflection. Have a great day!

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Uphill Battle

Monday, September 17, 2012

I have this hill on my running route that is very difficult for me to run up the whole way. Well, yesterday, I chose my 5 mile route and I came upon that hill right after I hit mile 4. I looked at it in the distance and told myself I was going to jog up to the top this time.

Although I had accomplished this feat in the past, I had not done so this season. There are farm fields on my route and the poison plane (crop duster) was fly too frequently (and I noticed the farmer is now using Hyland seeds) so I changed my location to run.

Back to the story, I told myself I was going to make it up that hill without stopping and about 1/4 of the way up, I was wanting to walk. I stuck with the plan and made it to the top. I was huffing and puffing and absolutely needed a walk break at the top, but I did it once again.

Now, I am telling myself that I can do certain things if I just make the determination that is what I am going to do then "Just Do It". Too often I say I am going to do something but never fully commit to actually accomplishing the task. Just knowing that I can still make it up that hill (which, by the way, was a goal of mine when I first started running) has given me a new sense of empowerment.

There is a phrase I heard on the Frasier show "Commit to Commitment" too often I just do not commit to achieving what I want to do.

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KELLEEH 9/18/2012 9:00PM

    Way to GO! You are right.... whatever goall you commit to, you will achieve it!

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/17/2012 10:43AM

    emoticon When the going get tought that is when we just gotta do it . WAY TO GO !!!!!!!!!

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BECKYANNE1 9/17/2012 9:25AM

    emoticon Now as you approach that hill, you can tell yourself you've done it before so you can do it now!

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LIV2RIDE 9/17/2012 9:16AM

I think a lot of times we set these goals that we just don't commit to. So I'm glad you were able to gut it out and get to the top of that hill. You are VICTORIOUS!! emoticon

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