Many families have asked about ABR and diet. Because ABR is about building small increments of health from the very basic level, it is of course important to include a sensible diet as one of the basic foundations of health building and health regeneration.
As described in the ABR assessments all parents should have attained the understanding that the special needs children have generalized metabolic and digestive weakness. Therefore anything one can do to assist the digestion and metabolic system can relieve it of stress and help it to work better.
Below we will give some general guidelines.
Size and Consistency of the Food
If the child cannot chew well – and most of the Level III, Level IV and Level V children do not chew sufficiently – then it is always good to think about the size of the food pieces and whether the food should be pureed or not. If the child cannot chew the food sufficiently, then the big pieces that land in his/her stomach turn into a problem for the child. The digestive enzymes that are already in under-production cannot handle the big pieces. In fact digestive enzymes are not meant to be able to digest big pieces – they can only work from the outside layers of the food. Therefore large pieces will either stay in the stomach for a long time or they will pass the stomach as large pieces where they will be even more indigestible for the system.
Therefore – observe how your child eats and adjust the piece size or pureed state of the food accordingly.
Your ABR Team is always observing the condition of the jaw of your child and works on giving you appropriate exercises for jaw and palate strengthening. Still, until the chewing capacity of the child has advanced enough, remember to take care and not give food in too large pieces. If one would like the child to have some “chewing practice” regularly, then try with raisins or dried fruits and see how the child handles these.
Type of Food
In general it is best to buy food that is organic in quality and as little processed as possible. This means “food” in its raw state:
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh grains
- Fresh meats or fish
- Dairy Products (non-pasteurized if at all)
All of the above should be in as fresh a condition as possible and as little “altered” as possible – through being treated or industrialized or refined. It is important to avoid and eliminate:
- Processed foods and frozen foods
- Sugars – especially refined white sugar – but in any case – use sugar with discression – (especially with children with epilepsy eliminate sugar all together.)
- Already prepared foods such as frozen pizzas, frozen dinners, chips, etc.
- All colas and soft drinks, sweet sugary drinks
In addition we recommend that parents also eliminate grains that have gluten in them and milk products. Children with weak metabolic systems all seem to thrive much better when casein and gluten are taken out of their diet.
Please continue reading here: ABR Dietary Guidelines
En Español: Guía Nutricional ABR