Food Choices: How do they affect our performance?

Presenter: Stephanie Goodman, CNC
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Ms. Goodman guided us through much of the information and misinformation about nutrition that is out there today. She also touched on signs of food allergies or sensitivities. Ms. Goodman gave us practical ideas changes that can be made to our diets to improve our health and nutritional intake.


  1. KelleyT says:

    What is the latest research regarding the impact of high sugar foods, processed foods and food allergies on behavior?

  2. KelleyT says:

    What are some specific foods that can help with gastrointestinal problems?

    • SGoodman says:

      Regarding gastrointestinal problems – I would look into removing offending foods, but also add foods with healthy live bacteria such as fermented vegetables. However, this should be done slowly.

  3. KelleyT says:

    Provide a list or link to a list of foods that are better choices, no hydrogenated oils and corn syrup etc.

    • SGoodman says:

      Some companies that do not use hydrogented oils, etc. are:
      Arrowhead Mills
      Eden Organics
      Nature’s Path
      Lundberg Family Farms

  4. KelleyT says:

    Any information on various diets that parents adhere to such as GCF as it relates to autism and others relating to ADHD would be helpful. Are they actually helpful or entirely dependent on the individual?

    • SGoodman says:

      Regarding a child with TS, ADHD and IBS, gluten can certainly be aggravating and might benefit from removal of it.

  5. KelleyT says:

    What type of dr is best to check TS, adhd, asperger child’s vitamin deficiency? or Pediatrician

    • SGoodman says:

      As far as what type of doctor to work with – I would suggest one who does functional medicine. They look at the individual as a whole and would check for nutritional deficiencies. In one office I work at, we do a test that looks for deficiencies of minerals and several vitamins.

  6. KelleyT says:

    What is the best subsitute for refined sugar in baking or any kind of cooking?

    • SGoodman says:

      I prefer using sweet fruits such as pumpkin and other squash or fruits. You can also use something called xylitol or erythritol or stevia.

  7. KelleyT says:

    Should a child with TS, ADHD, and IBS eat a gluten-free diet and are fish oil supplement good to take for a 10yo?

    • SGoodman says:

      There have been many studies about fish oil helping children with adhd, so it might be worth trying.

  8. KelleyT says:

    Should kids with tourettes take magnesium supplements?

    • SGoodman says:

      Regarding magnesium for TS – it has been found to be helpful, but again, it is on an individual basis. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 functions in the body and as a whole many in this country are deficient.

  9. KelleyT says:

    Ideas for gluten free school lunches for kids with ADHD behaviors?

  10. KelleyT says:

    I heard that coconut oil is high in cholesteral and should therefore be avoided. Is this not correct?

    • SGoodman says:

      Coconut oil is not bad for cholesterol. It is a medium chain fat – meaning that it breaks down quicker in the body. It can actually improve cholesterol values.

  11. KelleyT says:

    I believe in healthy eating, but it’s hard to convince my husband to avoid additives, etc., especially after we tried the Feingold diet and saw no improvement in my son’s behavior. Any suggestions?

    • SGoodman says:

      You can try showing him this article and asking him why he thinks these additives were banned in other countries: http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/13-banned-foods-still-allowed-us

      Also, talk to him about the long term cost of the additives. What the body does not recognize as food, it needs to detoxify. What happens to the body over time when it gets too many toxins…
      I hope that helps.

  12. KelleyT says:

    Eating local and using CSAs works great in CA, where many plants grow well. What about people who live in harsh climates? What should they do?

    • SGoodman says:

      I would still check out the local harvest website: http://www.localharvest.org/
      They have information about farms all over the country. It is more difficult in the winter – you can eat vegetables that have been frozen right after they were picked so they have not lost nutrients.

  13. KelleyT says:

    Child has fructose allergy what foods we avoid?

    • SGoodman says:

      For a fructose allergy here is a great list of what to avoid, but I would also speak with the person who diagnosed it as they may have more resources. http://www.healthhype.com/nutrition-guide-for-fructose-malabsorption.html

      This brings up something else I wanted to mention and that is that I am not a fan of agave nectar. Agave nectar, depending on the way it is processed can have anywhere from 55-97% fructose. That makes it potentially worse than high fructose corn syrup.

  14. KelleyT says:

    How does regular pasta affect kids’ moods?

    • SGoodman says:

      When speaking of diets such as gluten free/casein free – there are many benefits to it. In fact on the autism research institute website, 69% of parents said that the diet helped their child. However, it is very individualized and sometimes, just removing those are not enough.