For all of the detrimental teen influencers out there, it’s nice to find one who encourages kids to treat their bodies right.
Miley Cyrus has become a recent advocate for living a gluten-free lifestyle thanks to a gluten and lactose allergy. Recently under fire for her sudden weight loss, the young actress tweeted and responded to anorexia accusations by tweeting “For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!”
This news will probably come as comfort to parents struggling to help their child relate to a world that’s full of breads and cakes. Now it will be a little bit easier to fend off a case of the weepies with the sentence “If Miley can do it, so can you.”
Some articles, like the one from USA Today, reporting on Cyrus’s recent diet changes are predicting that teen girls all over the country will start questioning the gluten in their own diets thanks to the added weight loss benefit.
If your child is gluten-intolerant, make sure to explain to them that the main benefit of a gluten-free lifestyle is NOT weight loss. The benefit is being healthy and happy.
For parents struggling to explain why this new diet is important, try these three tips:
1. Use Visual Aids to Teach Your Child About Their Digestive System
Show your child a map of the human body and point out the organs affected by gluten. Show them visual differences between healthy and unhealthy bodies and then have them identify each so you know that they’re fully aware.
2. Practice Identifying Foods that Contain Gluten
Print out pictures of foods and meals that contain gluten and have your child identify which ones are ok to eat. Make the food items as easy as pizza and as confusing as gravy to make sure they understand.
3. Cook With Your Child
The more quality time you two spend in the kitchen, the easier it will be for them to not only understand their new diet but also appreciate all the great meals they can eat.