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step 8: avoid nasties or download the free Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide app. 5. Beware of corn and soy. Most corn and soy products are GM-derived. Food allergies, food intolerances and sensitivities If you suspect your child has a food allergy or intolerance, see your GP or paediatrician straight away. It also helps to do the following: • Keep a food diary and record food eaten and any reactions. Include what food was eaten, how much, what symptoms, how long they lasted and if any medication was given. • If a reaction occurs in a restaurant or at a friend’s home, find out exactly what was in the food given to your child. • If a symptom arises – such as a rash – take a photograph to show to your doctor. • If a symptom occurs after eating a particular packaged food, save the packaging with the nutrition label or take a photo to show your GP or paediatrician. • Remove suspected foods from the diet for a period of two to six weeks or until symptom fades (discuss first with GP or paediatrician). • Slowly reintroduce the foods, in a controlled manner, one at a time, recording any symptoms if they should appear. • Have a detailed record of any allergy history on both sides of the family. Goal 8: Set goals & rewards One of the points of difference in my approach as a clinical nutritionist is that I combine nutritional advice with behavioural change techniques. From my own experience as a child, and as a qualified practitioner and mother-of-two, I know kids do not eat new food just because we want them to. Often they need encouragement and parents need to be guided on how best to motivate their child to display positive eating behaviours and to let go of negative ones. Encouraging children to try new foods can be daunting for them (and frustrating for you) at the best of times. Setting goals and offering rewards can be a very powerful tool to encourage children to broaden their repertoire, as long as it is age appropriate and achievable. Don’t set your child up for failure by setting goals that are too advanced or too far out of their comfort zone. Use the SMART approach When I worked on the MEND programme I spent time with Dr Paul Chadwick, an expert in behaviour change for children. Dr Chadwick, who works as Professional Lead for Psychology Services at Camden Integrated Practice Unit for Diabetes in the UK, developed the behavioural aspect of the MEND programme using a reward system based on SMART goals. The SMART goal approach can be applied to help break unhealthy food and inactivity behaviours and to establish new ones. Setting goals with kids from a young age can reinforce their internal motivation to do something new – and when applied to new eating behaviours, can be very effective. What SMART stands for S = Specific The goals you set for your child need to be specific (eg eat one new vegetable each week, eat half the amount of chocolate on the weekend, eat breakfast before school). M = Measurable You need to be able to measure if your child has achieved their goal. Did they eat a carrot this week? Did they eat two less chocolate bars on the weekend? How many mornings included breakfast before school? A = Achievable Does your child have the ability or skills to achieve this goal? Is it age appropriate? An example of a non-achievable goal for a fussy child who hates vegetables would be eating a new vegetable at every meal for a week. An achievable goal is trying a new vegetable at one meal each day for the week. R = Relevant Try to choose a goal that will have most benefit for your child. There’s no point setting a goal to reduce chocolate cake in their diet if they are low in iron and only have cake at their grandmother’s house once a week. Start with something they can work on in their day-to-day life. Example: Try to eat ironrich meatballs at two meals this week. T = Time-limited Young children are more inclined to work towards a goal if there is immediate gain. Stretching a goal over too long a timeframe is not as productive as working towards a goal with a clear end in sight. So instead of making the goal ’eat carrots more often’, make it ’eat carrots three times before Monday’. 271 you know? Cow's milk, egg, Did peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat are most likely to cause an allergic reaction in children. Most kids will grow out of milk and egg allergies.