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The new generation of children – indigos, crystals and rainbows – are distinctly aware that their diets affect how they function. For some of these children, their special health needs present themselves from the time they exit the womb, while for others these dietary needs build until they start to exhibit such symptoms as migraine headaches, skin rashes, inability to focus, and more.

When the indigo population exploded in the 1980’s, questions arose, not only why were these children different, but how do we handle their special diet needs. Much of this conversation on how to properly address this topic were handled by local grassroots support groups and parents. These individuals relied on their network of friends, family and acquaintances to find positive solutions and product to assist their children.

As each new level of consciousness arrives,  diet requirements have risen to a higher level of purity and cleanliness. Fortunately, the push for a greener planet and healthier foods movement, that began in the 1960’s, has helped with the availability of clean foods to be more readily available to more people across our country as these children are arriving.

What should expect when feeding a crystal or rainbow child? These children require diets that don’t include processed foods, chemicals and should be mostly plant based. Many of these youth are very confidant at a young age about what fuel their bodies need. It is not uncommon for many to want to adapt a vegetarian or vegan diet at an early age, as early as 18 months – 2 years. You or your child may have sensitivities to a number of things, but these symptoms would not be classically fit the description of a food allergy. In the Midwest, many families are reporting reactions to products that typically make up breads or are thickeners in canned foods. If you continue to eat meats (beef, chicken, fish), there is a strong possibility that any drugs or grains fed to the host animal will affect the child.

Make conscious decisions to eat CLEAN. This means finding a supplier of food that is certified organic. Whether you choose to visit local outdoor markets during the proper seasons to take advantage of locally and seasonally grown fruits and vegetables, or grow your own garden, this are steps in making healthier food choices for your family.  If your family desires to have meat in their diet, even if it is only on occasion, find a supplier whose beef is grass-fed and doesn’t use antibiotics. You’d be surprised what you’ll come across as you begin your search. Many areas of the country have quiet, organic meat and produce entrepreneurs, and sometimes can be found at your local seasonal outdoor markets. We’ve been fortunate to be able to attend a market weekly that has meats, eggs and fresh fruit and veggies that are clean and free of additives, as well as bakeries that specialize in gluten free products.

Michael Pollen has written a great book that my children and I have found to be indispensible to meeting our food sensitivity needs. “Food Rules – An Eaters Manual” is a small, pocket sized book with sixty-four common sense rules about choosing food. Rule #2 – Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food, Rule #3 – Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry, Rule #6 – Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients, and our personal favorite, Rule #7 – Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader cannot pronounce.

“Food Matters” by Mark Bittman has also been of great help to me in understanding how these food changes would assist our diets, and it comes with a recipe section and a diet guide to help make the shift over to near vegetarian much easier. If you’re interested in learning more about common food products you would find at the grocery store or at a restaurant broken down into ingredients and health quality, I strongly suggest Food  This website lists everything that goes into a food product, so you can determine if it meets the food rules, and possibly what might make you or your child sick or have a reaction to.

Our youth are caught in a battle between the food producers, and what our bodies are telling us we need. As their population continues to grow, we can make a difference in what we ingest to keep us healthy and strong by making wise choices and not sacrificing our own well being for convenience.