"He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything." - Chinese Proverb
My kid doesn't have these various diseases that plague US children (ADD & ADHD are not so prevalent in Japan nowadays). Why? My child eats healthy.
I firmly believe that American children suffer all sorts of ailments because of diet. Think about it, of course your kid is sick when he eats processed foods all the time. Of course he can't concentrate at school; his brain is fried with chemicals. Of course. There is no child who can function normally when eating junk all the time. Eating junk doesn't go through you, it becomes you.
Folks, a breakfast of Sugary cereals, a Pop-Tart and a glass of homogenized milk is NOT a healthy breakfast.
Everything is raw. Heavy raw veggie and fruits intake at every meal. Raw lettuce, carrots, strawberries, tomatoes, cashews, melons, oranges. My son eats this three times a day. He will also have a little bit of rice or bread once a day and some meat or fish. Never will he eat processed foods or fast food. (Read this! What timing! http://abclocal.go.com/wls/
Health is important. Beef and meats are a luxury. If you're going to eat them, then eat the best quality grass fed beef. For Chicken? Buy chickens from real farms.
The best quality grass fed beef comes from New Zealand. USA beef is full of drugs and chemicals (and bovine growth hormones) and I've bought Australian beef that was reprocessed. So we don't buy that anymore.
I used to coach children's basketball. I could see how the kid's mood and energy levels were different every time at practice. I'd ask them what they ate... It was then that I realized that there is a problem.
I know mom and dad are busy, but preparing raw foods three meals a day is cheaper and, actually, faster (cut a lot at once and use Tupperware)... Also you'll save money in the long run on medical bills.
Folks, your child's health (and yours) begins with what you eat.
Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.- Hippocrates
The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. - Thomas A Edison
* NOTE: We also don't have a TV so my child can focus on important things like reading and music and sports.... TV is brain damage and a huge waste of time - and that has zero to do with content. TV is a displacement of time. Time is the only non-renewable resource!