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Dietary recommendations in overcoming ADD 

By RITA LOUISE 

ATTENTION Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit 
Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a disorder that 
primarily affects children manifesting a series of 
learning and behavioral problems. Factors that contribute 
to this disorder include heredity, environmental pollutants, 
artificial food additives, lead poisoning and allergies. 

Symptoms of ADD/ADHD can include lack of concentration, 
impatience, extreme distractibility, self destructive 
behavior, learning disabilities, easily frustrated, 
inability to sit still for long lengths of time, temper 
tantrums, mood swings, emotional instability and low 
tolerance to stress. 

Currently, ADD/ADHD is treated with stimulants such 
as Ritalin. It is estimated that approx 3 million 
children are currently taking Ritalin. A possible 
reason for this is that physicians discovered drugs 
like Ritalin, which acts like a magic bullet, eliminating 
the need to explore natural alternative or help that could 
be encouraged through lifestyle changes. 

While not effective for everyone, diet and lifestyle 
changes have been shown to have a miraculous affect 
on children with ADD/ADHD. Many scientists now believe 
that ADD/ADHD is more of a neurological/physiological 
reaction to dietary and lifestyle factors than a true 
disorder of the central nervous system. 

Recommendations For Wellness 

If you have a child with ADD/ADHD, I would recommend 
the following diet, not only for your child, but for the whole family. 
Try sticking to these dietary recommendations 
for at least 3 weeks to a month. 

ELIMINATE THE FOLLOWING: 

Dairy Products 
Milk, cheeses, ice cream, frozen yogurt, non-dairy 
creamers. Check labels! You may have to eliminate foods 
containing milk products. 

Meats 
Beef, pork, ham and veal, cold cuts, frankfurters, 
sausage, canned sausage and canned meats. 

Breads and Cereals
All gluten containing foods such as wheat, spelt, 
kamut, oats, rye, barley or malts. Gluten is contained 
in breads, crackers, pastas, cereals and products 
containing flour made from these grains. 

Soups
Canned or creamed. 

Fruits 
Fruit drinks, citrus fruits, strawberries, raspberries, 
and dried fruit. 

Fats, Oils & Nuts 
Margarine, shortening, unclarified butter, refined oils, 
peanuts, salad dressings, mayonnaise and spreads. 

Alcohol 
All alcoholic-containing products: wine, beer, liquor 
and over the counter products containing alcohol. Read 
labels carefully. Over the counter medications may 
contain alcohol, caffeine or other substances that you 
may react adversely to. 

Beverages 
All caffeine-containing beverages including coffee, 
caffeine-containing teas, cocoa, Postum sweetened 
beverages and soda pop. Coffee substitutes from 
gluten-containing grains should be avoided along 
with decaffeinated coffee. 

Yeast 
All processed and packaged foods, refined sugars, 
foods from a box, bottle, can or package, foods 
containing yeast, cheeses, commercially prepared condiments, 
peanuts and vinegars. 

Processed Foods 
If it comes in a cellophane wrapper or pre-made from 
the frozen food section, don't eat it. 

Sugar 
Reduce sugar intake by 90%. If you can, cut this down 
to zero. Sugar is in just about everything. Do your best 
without going crazy. This includes chocolate also. Do 
not substituted Nutrasweet or products sweetened with Nutrasweet. 

WHAT YOU CAN EAT OR SUBSTITUTE: 

Dairy 
Rice milk, nut milks, such as almond milk and soymilk. 

Legumes 
All legumes, dried peas and lentils. 

Meats 
Chicken, turkey, lamb and cold-water fish such as salmon, 
halibut, tuna, swordfish, and mackerel may be acceptable 
if you are not allergic or have an intolerance of these foods. 
Select from free-range/organic whenever possible. 

Breads & Cereals 
Whole grain rice, products made from brown rice, millet, 
soy, potato flour, buckwheat and gluten-free flour, 
sweet potato, potato, quinoa, amaranth, tapioca and arrowroot. 

Soups 
Clear, vegetable-based broth (not canned) and homemade 
vegetarian soups. 

Fats, Oils & Nuts 
Cold pressed, unrefined flax, pumpkin, canola and walnut 
oil. Sesame, canola or olive oil to heat. Sesame, sunflower, 
flax or pumpkin seeds. Walnuts, pecans almonds, filberts. 

Beverages 
Drink at least 2-8 oz glasses of filtered purified water 
4 times per day. Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices, 
non-citrus herbal tea, naturally decaffeinated black teas. 
Sugar Stevia, a herbal sweetener, can be used in limited amounts. 

Vegetables & Fruits 
Lower starch, high water content, alkaline mineral rich 
vegetable, including asparagus, bean sprouts, beet greens, 
broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, endive, 
lettuce, mustard greens, radish, spinach, Swiss chard, 
watercress, beets, Brussels sprouts, chives, collards, 
dandelion greens, eggplant, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, okra, 
onion, parsley, pimento, pumpkin, red pepper, rutabaga, 
string beans, turnip. 

Summary

Just eat foods that god made for a while. Buy a Betty 
Crocker Cook Book for ideas. 

After 3 weeks, begin adding these foods back into your 
childs diet, one new food, every four day. Eat A Lot of 
that food that particular day. Look for a reaction to foods 
daily. Most reactions to foods will occur within 4 days. 
Reaction can vary from big red splotches on the body to 
the ears turning bright red to indigestion, diarrhea or 
constipation and even explosive temper outbursts. Ask your 
child how he/she is feeling daily and note what potential 
foods may have caused this change. Go back and retest this 
food in a few days. If there is no problem, enjoy the food. 

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Rediscover Your Wholeness with SoulHealer Dr. Rita Louise. 
Rita Louise,ND works with the whole person, addressing 
physical, emotional and spiritual issues, thus helping 
to restore harmony and order to all levels of human functioning. 
Author of the book "The Power Within", Dr.Louise is a 
Naturopath, Medical Intuitive, Professional Clairvoyant,
Reiki Master, Master Herbalist and Certified Hypnotherapist. 
For information regarding any of Dr. Louise' services, 
please contact her at (972) 475-3393 or visit her 
web page at http://www.soulhealer.com.

 

 

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