Natural Approaches to A.D.D.

Article by Trina M. Seligman

1. Diet, Allergy Elimination Diet, Blood Sugar Control Diet
2. Amino Acids
3. Vitamins/Minerals/Herbs/EFA’s
4. Exercise
5. Acupuncture
6. Biofeedback
7. Coaching

The Elimination Diet Foods To Eat
Grains: Rice
Fats: Olive oil, Flax oil, Sesame oil
Fruit: All except those listed below
Vegetables: All except those listed below
Nuts/Seeds: Walnuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Flax & Sesame seeds
Dairy Products: Goat’s milk cheese
Protein: chicken, fish, beef, beans & legumes (Eggs), (Soy)
Other ingredients: Gluten free foods

The Elimination Diet Foods To Avoid
Grains: Wheat, Oats, Barley, Rye, Corn, Quinoa, Spelt
Fats: Corn, Vegetable oil
Fruits: pineapple, mango, banana, orange, papaya, coconut, tomato
Vegetables: avocado, potato, eggplant, peppers, corn
Nuts/Seeds: peanuts, cashews, pistachios
Dairy Products: (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice-cream)
Protein: Pork, (Soy), (Eggs)
Other ingredients: casein, whey, gluten, aspartame, hormones, additives, food colorings & dyes.
Other: protein bars, soy sauce

What to Eat

Rice Protein Powder + Berries, + Juice or Rice Milk
Eggs & Vegetables
Rice Waffles (Van’s all natural waffles)
Rice Pancakes (Pamela’s)
Rice Muffins (see attached)
Rice cereal (hot or cold)

Lunch & Dinner
Salad plus tuna or chicken
Rice cake & sliced meat or canned tuna
Bean soup or cold bean salad
Stir fry with chicken/beef

Rice Dream (ice cream)
Gluten free cookies (Pamela’s)

The Elimination Diet

Continue the diet for 12-14 days. Monitor symptoms, both physical and mental ie. Headache, bowel changes, skin changes, energy, well-being, concentration, focus, ability to stay on task etc.

Upon completion of the Elimination Diet (12-14 days), the reintroduction of foods can be initiated.

  • Reintroduce foods in any order.
  • Eat the food in it’s pure form (ie. Shredded wheat).
  • Eat the food three times in one day.
  • Watch for symptoms for an additional two days.

Allergy Diet References

The Parent’s Guide to Food Allergies: Clear and Complete Advice from Experts on Raising your Food Allergic Child: Marianne S. Barber, Maryanne Bartoszek Scott.
The Gluten-Free Kitchen: Over 135 Delicious Recipes for People with
Gluten Intolerance or Wheat Allergy: Roben Ryberg.
Food Allergies and Food Intolerance: The Complete Guide to Their Identification and Treatment: Jonathan Brostoff, Linda Gamlin.
Is This Your Child: Doris Rapp.

Suggested Grocery Markets
Nature’s Pantry
Vitality Health, Kirkland
Whole Foods
Larry’s Market
Trader Joe’s

Blood Sugar Control Diet

Protein-based breakfast
Snacking every 2-3 hours
Eating protein with carbohydrate meals
Eliminate caffeine
Eliminate aspartame (A.D.D.)
Glycemic index
Eat high quality protein

The New Glucose Revolution: Jennie Brand-Miller, Thomas MS Wolever The Good Carb Cookbook: Secrets of Eating Low on the Glycemic Index. Sandra Woodruff.
Sugar Busters: H.Leighton Steward, Morrison C. Bethea, Sam S. Andrews

Amino Acids – Amino acids are precursors to neurotransmitters in the brain.

Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers in our brain
• Neurotransmitters control mood, emotions, memory, concentration, etc.
• Neurotransmitters (im)balance can be altered by medications or amino acid supplementation.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids (DHA)
Gotu Kola
Green Tea Extract


Stabilizes blood sugar
Elevates dopamine
Improves focus/concentration
ADD-tendency to intense activities, tendency away from group sports.


Helps to balance neurochemistry
Stress reduction
Improved focus
Decreased hyperactivity

Other Alternatives


Natural Approaches to A.D.D. Article by Trina M. Seligman


Philosophy of Natural Medicine

- Do no harm
- Find and treat the cause
- Treat the whole person
- Doctor as teacher
- The healing power of nature
- Promote wellness


- Preventive care may result in fewer sick days.
- Improved overall health and well-being (establishing a healthy diet and lifestyle program).
- Natural, non-invasive approach to illness (may reduce medication use).

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