The Additive Puzzle

Why The Additive Puzzle?

Whether we like it or not food additives are an everyday part of our lives. Now and then we see certain additives getting ‘bad press’ however most still remain in our food and drink.

I have pieced together the evidence and research out there, and have identified the main ‘four’ food additives to avoid.

The Additive Puzzle is an easy to read user friendly guide, designed to help parents, carers and individuals make informed choices when filling their shopping basket, it’s often about just changing a brand.

This book will:

  • identify what kinds of moods / behaviours / health problems could be helped by avoiding various food additives;
  • help you through the shopping minefield with a few easy steps and changes;
  • show how to help a child ‘unlearn’ certain behaviours;
  • reproduce emails and testimonies from people I’ve helped, saying how children, teens and adults alike have had their lives changed by avoiding a few additives;
  • give budget-minded healthy eating tips and basic recipes;
  • provide an overall view of the research and evidence that is out there;
  • offer my take on why some countries don’t have the level of problems we do with some of these additives.

Forward to The Additive Puzzle

As a Child and Adolescent Therapist working in West Sussex for a number of years I came to know Judy and her tireless work on additives.

I worked with Sam who is mentioned in the book and noted the vast improvement, not only in his behaviour but in his self esteem and ability to apply himself at school. He was better able to work in his therapy and progressed in leaps and bounds.

  • Unhappy Child
  • Happy Child

In my work I came across many children who benefited from Judy’s research and many family and foster placement breakdowns were avoided as a result of the adults being willing to try additive avoidance in the first instance.

In my own family a niece has been able to help her son become calmer and more sociable by rigidly keeping to an additive free diet. For my husband and I, we both react to Chinese food and much as we love it we have ceased to eat it. The after affect is just not worth the good taste.

This book is an easy to read, informative guide for parents and professionals and I am delighted that Judy has taken the brave step to have her years of work acknowledged and published.

Judy, I wish you all success with this venture and thank you on behalf of the many children that you have helped to live fuller, trouble free lives.

Elizabeth Kennedy-Finlayson BA MA CQSW
Child and Adolescent Therapist

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