The possible link between child eating preference and brain function
Did you know that allowing your child to eat in a way that is natural for them may actually enhance their brain development?
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I can appreciate that this is a very controversial topic, and one that took me a while to accept as well.
According to Human Design, we each have a way of eating that is most suited to the development of our brain, our unique skills, and our health and well being. It is radical and hard to believe, and that is why I always approach this area of Human Design with a grain of salt. But, according to Human Design founder Ra Uru Hu, if we allow our children to eat in a way that is aligned with their Human Design from birth, they will not experience the normal neural shutdown that commonly occurs at age 3yrs, and instead will have neural development until age 7yrs.
My kids' natural way of eating, according to their Human Design, is as follows:
My 5.5yr old son wants to eat the same thing day after day, until his "season" changes, and if he refuses to eat something, it is because it is not good for him and I should allow him to spit it out and not force him to eat it (including vegetables!)
My 2.5yr old daughter wants to eat all of her ingredients separate (meat, then cheese, then bread, meat not mixed in with rice, pasta plain etc)
We all know people like this and we call them "picky". Often parents are advised to keep forcing their kids to eat what and how the adults eat until they "conform".
The problem is, often kids "conform" and forget who they are, not only that, they develop food sensitivities, illnesses, brain chemical imbalances, sleep problems, and potentially early neural shut down.
I would never advise someone to restrict their child's diet because of what is in their Human Design! But, if a child is tending to want to eat a certain way, and it is in their Human Design to do so, I encourage parents to experiment with whether it would be possible to allow the child to eat in a way that is natural for them.
Like I said, my son eats ZERO vegetables, but he is the healthiest kid by far of all his friends.
He is also not showing interest in letter recognition at age 5.5yrs. And I know many parents would worry that this is not a good sign. But, I have read a lot about reading readiness, and reading generally naturally occurs at age 7/8yrs old, on average.
I feel it is likely the school system and parents who are trying to force reading to occur sooner, when some kids simply are not developmentally ready. Many argue that forcing early reading and conforming actually shuts down creativity and potentially disrupts normal brain development. And I wonder, since my son has been allowed to eat in a way that is aligned with his Human Design, which may have allowed for delayed neural shut down, maybe this is why he is not ready to conform and pick up reading at age 5.5yrs? Maybe he is simply not done developing his potential yet. And who am I (or the school) to rob him of his journey?
I know this is controversial, and the intention is not to make anyone right or wrong. Just to raise awareness on what I am seeing as a possible truth.
If you are curious to take a look at your child's natural eating tendency and their potential, along with many other aspects of their unique psychology, I invite you to book a free, no obligation,15min consultation here.
Love and Blessings,
MSc Psychology/Neuroscience (Specializing in Stress and Health)
Family Dynamics and Life Purpose Specialist