Sugar

Does anyone have a problem with sugar issues? My 12 y/o son has this strong craving for sugar and had been stealing candy or anything that has sugar.... just two days ago ...I found he had been eating sweet and low out of the packets!! This really concerned me ...and I am not sure if this is related to SPD or something else..

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Apr 23, 2011
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sugar
by: LJ

THANKS to AJ and others for greatly appreciated advice. My son's test result came negative and we have another appt with the doctor and will discussed with her about those comments (inc candida). Thanks!!!

Apr 20, 2011
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Sugar Cravings-MUST READ!!!
by: Anonymous

My child is diagnosed with SPD, APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) and, most recently, ADHD. She has tried the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, gone to OT, seen an Audiologist, speech therapy, swimming, gymnastics, you name it....we've tried it! We recently started neurofeedback therapy and soon will begin Listening Therapy. We are simultaneously overhauling her diet and, for the first time, have had tremendous success!!!! We saw her smiling and happy and she told us that she feels better and less confused in school. I whole heartedly attribute this to the diet changes and new therapy we are doing! While our daughter did not go to the extremes your child did with sneaking sugar packets, she definetly had strong cravings and a yeast overgrowth in her body. We did a safe, simple cleanse using a yeast eating probiotic and have paid much closer attention to the number of grams of sugar she consumes throughout the day. Even fruit which most people don't think about has HIGH sugar content. Fruit has become her dessert. We are now reducing her carbs which have high yeast counts and increasing her protein greatly! These few and simple changes has brought about a smiling, happy child that I thought I might never see. The sugar cravings are powerful but they can be broken. A yeast cleanse is imperative and safe. My daughter is only 9 and she has had no problems with this. We even have our 7 yr old son, as well as my husband and I, doing this! The other thing to consider is antibiotics. If your child has been on a lot of antibiotics at any point in time, they break down the good bacteria in the gut creating an environment for the yeast to thrive and take over....thus the strong sugar cravings. I could go on and on about this topic.

In short, I suggest adding a daily probiotic (specifically a yeast eating variety), decreasing sugar and carb intake and increasing protein intake. It has made all the difference in our child. She has even told us how much better everything is for her. She has seen the better side of things and it has made her even more willing to give up her favorite foods and begin eating more veggies and protein. Good luck to you! I sincerely hope this helps some families out there!!!!

Apr 20, 2011
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by: AJ

http://www.yeastconnection.com/

here's a website you can refer to, the yeast connection handbook is a good resource to help you sort some of this out and try to decide if some of the issues may be related to candida.

i put my son on the candida diet for several months, and was able to help squelch some of the the intense sugar cravings and curb the melt downs.

for many spd kids they are more sensitive to the sugar than say other children. and it becomes like 'drug' for them, meaning their body is literally screaming for it.

have you tried alternative forms of sugar. we use a lot of cane sugar and stevia for making things like lemonade and breads...

Apr 20, 2011
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by: LJ

TO AJ: Candida? I never heard of it , but I will checked it out. We are still waiting to hear about the test result. If it showed up negative...I dont know what I am going to do ...but will look into this ...THanks, AJ!

Apr 19, 2011
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by: AJ

have you considered that he may have candida? it's quite common to have sugar cravings but intense cravings like this can be of concern.

Apr 07, 2011
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by: Anonymous

My son is 4 and has always had a very sweet tooth even tho I am very strict about it. He has SPD and will have a melt down if he doesn't get it. We have had times that he will wake up asking for candy and can ask 20x's a day. His OT thought maybe he was craving it for the sugar rush he gets since he is very high energy and not a good sleeper. He is constantly moving (jumping in place, running, flipping, etc..) so it made sense to me that he craved it when he might need a quick boost. I don't give in tho, I can't image what he'd be like if he had as much (or even half as much) as he wants.

Apr 05, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I am planning to take him to the Doctor this week ...but we have gone thru this before and they never find anything. I am wondering if puberty may have something to do with it .....The problem has been getting worse for the last year ...

Apr 05, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Yes I have this problem with my child. she has PDD-NOS and a strong desire for sugar and sweet food. I have doubts about the reasons for this, but there must be an explanation. Please whoever had an explanation to inform us. Thanks

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