Book DescriptionIt took months of doctors visits and several illnesses for Erica Reid to uncover that her young son had multiple allergies and serious asthma. Her daughter, who had suffered from skin irritation since birth, was diagnosed with food allergies as well. Thus began a cautious, thoughtful journey to more doctors and led the author to totally re-vamp her family’s diet, “de-tox” her home, and, as her children grew older, coordinate healthy routines for school and travel.Along the way, Reid developed complementary child-rearing strategies promoting respect, responsibility, creativity, spiritual balance, and love. From heath and nutrition to discipline and spirituality, Reid schooled herself in every area that is part of creating a totally healthy environment in which a family can flourish. THE THRIVING CHILD also includes in-depth prescriptive advice from top experts, including doctors, and celebrity mothers.
I recently shared a guest post from Erica Reid, author of The Thriving Child and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read her book. Her passion for her children’s health is obvious and her persistence to carry out what’s best for them is remarkable.
I have to admit as I was reading this I thought to myself “guilty as charged!” I let my kids eat all of the processed foods and snacks that she lists. Even though I know it’s not necessarily what’s best for them, I have the same excuses that most moms have: I don’t have time to plan out what I’m cooking in such detail, I don’t have time to do the research, I don’t have two hours to spend in the grocery store. It always comes back to time.
Erica goes into incredible detail about how she came to the conclusions that she did regarding her kids diet and even changing their surroundings in their home when each of her children experienced a health crisis with no definitive diagnosis. At the end of each chapter there is a Q&A section from an expert on that specific topic. I think it was smart of her to include this for those naysayers who won’t listen to anyone who isn’t a “professional.”
I was so impressed with the amount of time and research that Erica put into discovering the source of her children’s reactions to things and correcting them. By sharing her research in this book, it saves the rest of us a lot of time from having to do the same! My son has a digestive disorder that still has yet to be diagnosed and I have slowly been making changes in his diet to see if it makes a difference. I’m excited to try some of Erica’s suggestions and recipes she included in the back.
It’s overwhelming to think about doing a complete overhaul on your child’s diet and/or your own, but like she suggests, you only have to do one thing at a time. It doesn’t have to overnight. It’s the same way that I handle parenting: one day at a time! The Thriving Child is a great place to start and an invaluable tool for moms everywhere.