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Attention Deficity / Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder that primarily affects children manifesting as a series of LEARNING and BEHAVIORAL problems. Factors that contribute to this disorder include heredity, environmental pollutants, artificial food additives, lead poisoning, allergies and candida.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Symptoms 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, Attention Deficit Disorder is treated with STIMULANTS such as Ritalin. It is estimated that approximately 3 million children are currently taking Ritalin. A possible reason for this is that physicians discovered drugs like Ritalin, which acted like a magic bullet, eliminating the need to explore NATURAL alternatives or help that could be encouraged through lifestyle changes.
SOME BASIC CHANGES
While not effective for everyone, DIET and LIFESTYLE changes have been shown to have a miraculous affect on children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Today, many scientists now believe that this is more of a neurological / physiological reaction to dietary and lifestyle factors than a true DISORDER of the central nervous system. If you have a child with Attention Deficit Disorder, I would recommend the following diet, not only for your child, but also 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, and 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, 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 (margarine, shortening, unclarified butter, refined oils, peanuts, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and spreads)
- Alcohol (all alcoholic-containing products including 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, 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, so do your best without going crazy -- do not substituted Nutrasweet or products sweated with Nutrasweet)
WHAT YOU CAN EAT OR SUBSTITUTE
- Dairy Products (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 (cold pressed, unrefined flax, pumpkin, canola, sesame, olive, and walnut oil -- sesame, sunflower, flax, or pumpkin seeds -- walnuts, pecans almonds, and 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, and naturally decaffeinated black teas)
- Sugar (stevia -- an herbal sweetener -- can be used in limited amounts)
- Vegetables & Fruits (lower starch, high water content, alkaline mineral rich vegetables including asparagus, bean sprouts, beet greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, endive, lettuce, mustard greens, radish, spinach, Swiss chard, watercress, beets, brussel sprouts, chives, collards, dandelion greens, eggplant, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, okra, onion, parsley, pimento, pumpkin, red pepper, rutabaga, string beans, and turnips)
FINDING THE PROBLEM AREAS
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 child's diet, one new food, every FOUR DAYS. 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.
Rita Louise of Body, Mind & SoulHealer, helps people rediscover their wholeness by working with individuals on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. The author of the book "The Power Within" and editor of the SoulHealer newsletter, Dr. Louise is a Naturopath, Medical Intuitive, Clairvoyant, Vibrational Healer, teacher and Lecturer. You may contact her at (972) 475-3393 or visit her website at www.soulhealer.com.
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