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Natural Approaches to A.D.D.
Article by Trina M. Seligman
1. Diet, Allergy Elimination Diet, Blood Sugar Control Diet
2. Amino Acids
The Elimination Diet – Foods To Eat
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.
Blood Sugar Control Diet
Snacking every 2-3 hours
Eating protein with carbohydrate meals
Eliminate aspartame (A.D.D.)
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)
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
Biofeedback Coaching Other
Natural Approaches to A.D.D. Article by Trina M. Seligman