Dietary recommendations in
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
Try sticking to these dietary recommendations
for at least 3 weeks to a month.
ELIMINATE THE FOLLOWING:
Milk, cheeses, ice cream, frozen yogurt, non-dairy
creamers. Check labels! You may have to eliminate foods
containing milk products.
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.
Canned or creamed.
Fruit drinks, citrus fruits, strawberries, raspberries,
and dried fruit.
Fats, Oils & Nuts
Margarine, shortening, unclarified butter, refined oils,
peanuts, salad dressings, mayonnaise and spreads.
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.
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.
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.
If it comes in a cellophane wrapper or pre-made from
the frozen food section, don't eat it.
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:
Rice milk, nut milks, such as almond milk and soymilk.
All legumes, dried peas and lentils.
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.
Clear, vegetable-based broth (not canned) and homemade
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.
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.
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.
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
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