I’m pretty sure that when I was a teenager the artificial food dyes Red 40 and Blue 2 were a staple of my diet.
I ate whatever I wanted and I never had any health issues besides being extremely shy, which really isn’t a health issue when it comes down to it.
When I meet my my friend Erica from Edible Attitudes, first, I was shocked that she is a teenager. I was even more blown away where I heard her health story. At the age of six months, she started experiencing ear problems and as she god older she became more and more sensitive to foods and the environment. She has dealt with joint inflammation and pain that lead to her wearing ankle braces and going through months of psychical therapy. Her illness then manifested as weight gain and skin issues.
It wasn’t until she discovered she was 15 years old and discovered that she has Leaky Gut Syndrome, that she started seeing some relief after changing her diet. Her journey to healing has inspired her to help other teens who are also struggling with food restrictions.
We all remember what it was like to be a teenager (or if you are currently one, and trust me, you will remember the idiosyncrasies of this age) and Erica has done a great job of laying out some real world tips and tools for coming to terms with the fact that your diet is different from your friends.
- Discover your motivation on why following this diet is important.
- Why dreams and goals are an important way to keep you from cheating.
- Navigating dating and collage while sticking to your diet.
- Why your friends don’t care about your diet (it’s not what you think).
- Stories of real teenagers who have food restrictions.
This is a gem of a book that every teenager with food restrictions should have so buy it today.
Erica also has a Facebook group that teenagers can join for extra support during this tough time.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 cups frozen mangos
- ⅓ cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp. gelatin (optional)
- Place the fruit into the food processor or blender and let it thaw for 10 minutes
- Combine the coconut milk and gelatin with the fruit.
- Blend together until there are no fruit chunks.