It has been documented that poor diet and food allergies could be related to ADD/ADHD, or that there could be improvements in an ADD/ADHD individual by putting them on a specific ADHD Diet.
ADD/ADHD Diet Information:
Since an individual with ADD could be having adverse reactions to a specific type of food, we suggest cutting these foods from their diet for two weeks. These foods include:
- Any Food with Food Colorings.
- Dairy Products (especially cow’s milk).
- Yellow Foods (especially corn or squash, bananas are okay).
- Fruit Juices.
- Sugar & Chocolate (Cut intake by 90%).
- Aspartame or NutraSweet.
- Processed Meats.
- Fried Foods (Cut intake by 90%).
After the two weeks, you can begin adding these foods back into your diet. Add one food type every couple of days. If the individual has a reaction to that food in the form of: red splotches, red ears, or an explosive temper outburst, then eliminate that food from their diet indefinitely. A reaction should show within 4 days. If there is no reaction, then you may add that food back into their normal diet. Keep a journal of the behavior before and after the diet, then you can see when problems arise and what foods were eaten at that time. If a food is eaten by mistake from the banned list, do not worry; just get back on the diet.
ADHD Diet Information Tips:
- Incorporate some old family recipes, using all natural ingredients, into your family dinners.
- Serve a high protein breakfast (60% protein/40% carbohydrates).
- Keep an even balance of protein to carbohydrates for lunch and dinner (50%/50%).
- Eat plenty of raw organic vegetables and fruit.
- Cook extra meat while cooking dinner and use it as sandwich meat or make a salad with it.
- Make up protein shakes a head of time and store them in the freezer. Protein shakes are great for breakfast or in between snacks.
- Studies have shown that many ADHD children are deficient in Zinc. Good sources of Zinc are organ meats, seafood (especially shellfish), whole grains, and legumes (beans and peas).