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Old 01-24-09, 04:08 PM
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Re: Diet and ADHD

thanks adhd. Good to know about the antacids too.

Roseblood, that's interesting about the flax. I figured it wasn't as good, but it's what I take. I'm a veggie. I'm definately going to try the algae.

Here's a link too.
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Re: Diet and ADHD

Thanks, Tilly, for the fish oil review link. That's very useful. They also have other information on different kinds of fish, other than their oil value.
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Re: Diet and ADHD

I heard almonds were great.
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Old 03-20-09, 08:06 PM
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Re: Diet and ADHD

I just wanted to share our experience of being off diet for a week. We were in Disney and I pretty much let my son eat anything he wanted minus brightly colored foods.

I brought my own candy, so if everyone else had gummy bears on top of their ice cream he could too.

I was really pretty pleased with how he did at Disney. Of course expectations were different. I suspect if I sat him down to do some homework or asked him to clean his room there would have been problems.

I had to keep a keen eye on him so he wouldn't wander off. But overall I was happy. I just wanted him to have a fun time.

One thing I noticed was that he didn't get the high pitched voice after he ate say a vanilla ice cream, something which would have happend in the past.

He was using his new tri enza enzymes, which can potentially help with artificials. So I don't know if they helped or if he is just managing them better. Either way it's a great sign.

Towards the end of the week we did have 2 unusual days where he was crying "I'm a bad boy". It was first thing in the am, so he wasn't tired. I gave him the alka seltzer gold and the fit stopped within a few minutes. It had been going on for over an hour.

The 2nd problem we had was when he ate strawberry shortcake. He had already eaten his when I looked at mine and could see the strawberry sauce wasn't strawberry red it was red dye 40 red. Ugh!!! He was a mess after that. It was so sad to see. He just couldn't follow a simple direction and he was very sad.

One scarey moment happend when I gave him a meat ball which had been cooked in tomato sauce. I wiped the tomato sauce off. Tomatos are his biggest allergy so I wouldn't even normally do this. He ate the meatballs and then a few minutes later his throat was bothering him. I could see it was really bothering him and he just kept wanting to take drinks of water. I've never seen him do that before. The last time he had tomato he was itchy after. I am very concerned that this could continue to develope and become an anaphalectic reaction. His doctor said it is possible. I have an epi pen just in case and I won't be wiping off sauce anymore.

But given we were there for an entire week and he had say 2 1/2 hours of fits I think we did well in Disney.

Until we got home and had to do homework and school work. His teacher said he had an exceptionally difficult week with focus and hyperactivity. At home he cried every day during home work. He began flipping his letters again. His writing was horrible. He couldn't remember his spelling words.

It's been 2 weeks since our trip and he is only now returning to normal. He got 11 out of 12 right on his spelling test today. Last week he got 5 out of 12.

I'm hoping to someday be off this diet, but at least for now I know I'm doing it for a reason.
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Re: Diet and ADHD

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You can also get non-fish alternatives that should contain no mercury or PCBs at all. Flax is a very poor source of DHA and EPA but the supplements that contain extracts of farmed algae (algae is where fish get it from in the first place) are high in EPA and DHA and are very pure. If you google 'vegetarian DHA' and you should find a few.
Wow, great tip.

Unfortunately, you have to be careful with algae too because algae produces a lot of natural toxins. Specifically, blue-green algae produces microcystins (don't remember what that is), and it can contaminate some algae products. Cut and paste this link for more info: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs...r-eng.php#blue

Anyhow, according to the link above the algae products are okay as long as they only contain Spirulina, and not other blue-green algae products. Also, the farmed algae appears to be safer than the stuff from natural lakes, so you are good there too.
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I know this goes in with medications, but I'd really try to stay away from antacid medications as much as possible. They increase your stomach pH (i.e. make it less acidic), which can result in a number of negative consequences. Weak stomach acid makes one more susceptible to food allergies, because food allergens are less broken down. As a result, their incomplete digestion can not only lead to allergies which can exacerbate ADHD symptoms, but they also reduce the absorption of key foods and nutrients which are used to treat ADHD symptoms such as B vitamins, omega-3's, etc. Trying to maintain elimination diets for food allergies can be difficult, but by keeping your stomach pH strong, it gives you a bit more leeway/breathing room with some of the other great strategies suggested above. An excellent thread on a great ADHD subtopic!
Interesting... My sleep doctor told me my allergies might improve if I get my GERD more under control. She actually told me to take antacids or one of those acid reducers before bed to help with the apnea. (Swelling from GERD inflamming my airway and making it smaller...) Anyhow, what happens is the stomach acid causes inflammation, which causes your immune system to react. Introduce the food allergens while the immune system is doing its thing, and you make the allergy worse. She said she's had patients whose allergies have improved after controlling their GERD more. I've read that GERD can worsen asthma as well. Where did you get this information?
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Re: Diet and ADHD

Here's a few things that my change of diet (unrelated to ADHD purposes) has changed:
Small amount of excercise in the morning (im talking like 3 minute jog with the dog and 10 star jumps) will stop me being restless for a few hours
Low carb lunches make my ability to concentrate on any given thing near impossible
Snacking on fruit (fresh only I found) every few hours improves my attention span
And only having caffeine in the afternoon, in the morning it makes me too restless
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Re: Diet and ADHD

hello,

first off, i am new here and this is my first post. nice to be here! just got rxed friday.

anywho... first thing i did was google feingold, and not read the whole article. i obviously don't know anything about the diet, but the one sentence i did read mentioned food with no additives. i have been eating organic since 2005 for whatever that is worth. still got adhd. but, there could be some strings to that, that i am not aware of....

so here is my diet. i am pre diabetic, and i have pcos. i went to a dietician two weeks ago. she has me on the diabetic exchange diet. i am eating 1100 cals a day. i am doing 1 1/2 hours of cardio. i am supposed to eat every six hours. weightlift two times a week. i feel good. the adderall is helping me with the cardio. (to stay focused and give me the energy to finish.) the eating later on in the day is the hard part. so much has gone by and i was doing so many tasks and getting them done, that i forgot to eat. so i will have to remind myself to eat if this keeps up. that is my diet. hope that helps.
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hello,

first off, i am new here and this is my first post. nice to be here! just got rxed friday.

anywho... first thing i did was google feingold, and not read the whole article. i obviously don't know anything about the diet, but the one sentence i did read mentioned food with no additives. i have been eating organic since 2005 for whatever that is worth. still got adhd. but, there could be some strings to that, that i am not aware of....

so here is my diet. i am pre diabetic, and i have pcos. i went to a dietician two weeks ago. she has me on the diabetic exchange diet. i am eating 1100 cals a day. i am doing 1 1/2 hours of cardio. i am supposed to eat every six hours. weightlift two times a week. i feel good. the adderall is helping me with the cardio. (to stay focused and give me the energy to finish.) the eating later on in the day is the hard part. so much has gone by and i was doing so many tasks and getting them done, that i forgot to eat. so i will have to remind myself to eat if this keeps up. that is my diet. hope that helps.
First off, Welcome (I was diagnosed friday as well )
Hmm, I'm not our dietician and I'm not qualified to be one, I'm just wondering if you're getting enough calories.

Weight lifting and 1.5 hours of cardio with only 1100 calories a day seems like torture to me. I was a bodybuilder for a while and while extremely low calories was easier than extremely high calories - 1100 every day seems incredibly low, especially when you're obviously active.

Okay I'm rambling, it's because it's late and my adderall has worn off and I can't concentrate or remember that I just said what I'm currently saying...

Anyway - you might be a naturally small person, where as I'm naturally pretty large (not overweight, just wide and tall) also you might be female where as I'm male (which is very significant when talking about cals)... idk - I'm just trying to look out for you.

Good luck getting all the meals you're supposed to in, It's been hard for me with adderall in my system.
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Re: Diet and ADHD

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Here's a few things that my change of diet (unrelated to ADHD purposes) has changed:
Small amount of excercise in the morning (im talking like 3 minute jog with the dog and 10 star jumps) will stop me being restless for a few hours
Low carb lunches make my ability to concentrate on any given thing near impossible
Snacking on fruit (fresh only I found) every few hours improves my attention span
And only having caffeine in the afternoon, in the morning it makes me too restless
Hey, thanks for that. I have to eat carbohydrates midday too; I can feel full without some bread, crackers or pasta, but I feel funny. (Are you on ADHD stimulants? Are you sure it's unrelated to ADHD?)

I've also been snacking on sunflower seeds the past few weeks, which kill two birds with one stone: they're a relatively healthy snack and satisfy my constant oral fixation.
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Can anyone reccommend a good power bar/ or some sort of on the go snack I can always keep in my purse every day? I have ADD.. not hyperactive.

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This is a thread dedicated to experiences with diet.
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Good Nutrition, the Human Brain, & ADHD



Good Nutrition, the Human Brain, & ADHD

http://www.nutrition.gov/

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Re: Diet and ADHD

if you like coffee related beverages have yourself a large coffe or watever with a decent amount of caffeine(80 mg's or above) and you will feel a differnece mentally.. It makes Non-ADDers awake and stimulated. Well as you probably know ADHD use stimulates to slow them down Caffeine helps the realease of dopamine, a key neurotransmitter relating to focus. Sometimes you'll feel focuses and more tired and relaxed under caffeine for a short time and others youll get hyped up like most people. Hopefully ur ADD allows you to read this thoroughly lol
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Re: Diet and ADHD

Hello
I am 24 ,and i suffer from ADD,i just wanted to know that if there is any natural source for Methylphenidate like fruits or foods or herbs?
thanks in advance
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Re: Diet and ADHD

I Highly recommend The Ultramind Solution by Mark Hyman, M.D. Excellent book on nutrition and nuerobiology. I mean EXCELLENT
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