Who would have thought...

The last week with Tristen has been rough to say the least...it's like being on an emotional roller coaster! One minute he's calm, then he's angry and violent. After closely watching the last episode of rage and him literally coming after me (it was so bad I had to call my Mom to come get him) I noticed a link between his behavior and those two days that were the worst. As crazy as it may seem, I had bought him some Halo oranges (he had never had them before) and both days about three hours after he had one he totally lost his mind! He's had other oranges before but never reacted like that. So yesterday I decided no more apples either because one of the days he had apples as well. Apples are a big staple food in our family but as I was thinking about it I was able to link some of his hyper behavior to the apples. Yesterday my child was a different kid! He had a few times when he got a little excited and just normal boy behavior but none of the aggression or agitation and constant motion. He even had candy, chocolate milk, and soda yesterday and was as calm as could be, the only thing I eliminated was the fruit. I'm sure we will find more triggers along the way, but it's nice to have some answers! It's crazy how food can play such a big roll in behavior.

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    10/30/15
    That is crazy! Glad you were able to find the answer though.
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      10/31/15
      Food plays a huge part in your health, and so many people pay little attention. It's weird that a healthy food (fruit) could cause such a violent outburst in your child. However, even fruit has to be appealing before it's sold, so the fruit is sometimes dyed to look pretty. I've had apples and oranges in Costa Rica. They were smaller and less red and orange. Red food dye (Red #40) causes a lot of problems with kids. Some kids are diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, and autism when in fact they simply have a food allergy. I've been working in a deli for years, and over the summer I had to attend some classes because the deli was getting some high-end meat. I learned that red food dye comes from petroleum! Yuck! No wonder it causes so many reactions! Red #40 is found in so many foods that it's hard to avoid. Fortunately, it is listed in the ingredients (near the end so you don't have to read the whole list), You may try keeping a diary of the foods he eats and his reactions. That will help you pinpoint the specific food allergy. Good luck!
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        10/31/15
        See...the food dye thing is total bogus, almost as much as the gluten thing...the fruit is actually a natural ingredient in the fruit that kids are sensitive too...it's not an actual allergy just a sensitivity. I was looking into it after checking with the doc and it's found in SO many things, from fruits and veggies to deli meats. It's funny because most of the organic snacks that kids get has it in there. But apples, grapes, almonds, cucumbers, tomatoes and oranges are the worst. It's funny because my husband is actually allergic to all those things. It can cause ear aches, headaches, hyperness, rage...all in carrying degrees depending on how bad the sensitivity is. My husband like I said though is actually allergic and if he eats too much of it he sweats and shakes and if he even looks at grapefruit we have to get him to the ER cause it's that bad.
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        11/01/15
        That's how Eva is with some fruits and veggies. We can be allergic to some weird things!
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        11/01/15
        We discovered today that cheesy crackers are out too! Totally lost it in the store today! Oh my!!!!
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        11/02/15
        oh no! That's horrible (in his mind anyway). White about white cheddar?
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        11/02/15
        I am gonna have to try the white cheese ones for him, poor kid! And the bonus of that is I don't like those ones so I won't eat them. lol I felt so bad, he was asking for fishy crackers again and I had to tell him no.
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        11/02/15
        Aww i bet. I know that feeling. So much stuff has those colorings you don't even think about it until you have to
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        11/02/15
        It's not the food coloring, it's the salicylates which is why so may fruits and vegetables bother him. It's a natural chemical that is in a lot of things that I would have never r thought of. Apples, oranges, grapes, almonds, and cucumbers seem to be the worst for most kids. The red delicious apples have a low level of it so I am going to try them and see. I was reading a study on it and when they took away the foods with it in them from kids that had been diagnosed with all kids of behavioral issues and we're even on medication, 75 % of them no longer showed signs of the behavioral issues. Today tristen hasn't had anything with it in there and he is calm and does what you ask, he's still a little crazy but he's a two year old boy. Lol normally when my mom comes over he goes crazy and today my mom and nephew were here which normally equals a trip to crazy town for tristen and he was perfectly fine, excited to see them buy no running and jumping and screaming. It's really nice! Lol
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        11/02/15
        LOL oooo quiet. We had quiet once... oh wait, that was summer when they could spend ALL DAY outside.
        I didn't mean the food colorings. Eva can't have fruits and veggies high in beta-carotene. (We tease it's because of her red hair.) But it sounds along the same list as what you have to avoid.
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