Nutrition during infancy, childhood and adolescence is of great importance because these are periods of growth and development, when the organism requires special care. One of the problems is that older textbooks and references on the subject were written before the concepts of the glycemic index, metabolic stability, the effect of high insulin secretions, the influences of heredity and of the environment and so on, were known, recognized, or well understood. Inevitably, advice is often given to young mothers there, we would generally consider unacceptable today. This is hardly surprising. As knowledge advances, more and more "facts," doctrines, formulas and precepts, are found wanting.
Variable and erratic growth
Growth in childhood and adolescence is both highly variable and erratic. In infancy a child may double its weight in the first six months and triple it in the first year. Later growth may be gradual for a while, in spurts at times, and stable at other times. Naturally, the appetite varies accordingly. But this is why child feeding must follow knowledgeable discretion and not stark oppression. The worst thing of all is to offer inducements in the form of junk foods. This sends the message that such foods are precious and desirable, since they are offered as rewards. It is no surprise if such a child turns out an adult junk food addict, with all the problems this kind of malnutrition brings forth. Still later at puberty, another round of changes begins, following the change in hormonal secretions when the adolescent is being prepared for adulthood. Children must be guided through these stages with a loving hand and an alert brain. Their own curiosity provides the energy required. Your imagination, preparedness and foresight must furnish the rest, including the stimulus, ways and means.
A successful education
To succeed in educating your children to eat correctly, you must use patience and subtlety to avoid offending their instincts; these tell them to eat differently from what social behavior and practice dictate. You must know what your children's genetic code as known from their blood type fosters; what kind of hereditary baggage they carry; what preferences to encourage. You must yourself understand what you are doing, why you are doing it, and be able to pass this knowledge unobtrusively to your offspring; not as arid lessons to be staidly remembered, but as shared experiences to be cultivated and enjoyed. No easy task, but in the end immensely rewarding.
Our program aims to help you competently plan your child's nutrition, meaning the utilization of diet, at the present stage of his or her development. This taking into account the age, sex, heredity, ancestral origins, blood group, medical history, and present health of your child.