Nutrition can be a big part of the solution for dealing with ADD and ADHD. The following information is from The ADHD Information Library online. I have not personally confirmed the validity of everything described here, but much of it rings true with research that I have done. I recommend experimenting and seeing for yourself what works best for your child.
A lot of what is contained in these suggestions are good ideas for anybody, not just children with ADD/ADHD. Good luck!
First, what NOT to eat for TWO WEEKS:
NO DAIRY PRODUCTS, especially cow’s milk. This is the single most important restriction. Instead try Almond milk, Rice milk, or Better Than Milk. Drink water instead of milk. In fact, drink lots of water. The brain is about 80% water, and increasing your water intake to 7 to 10 glasses per day might be helpful all by itself. Sodas, Gatorade, teas, icees, etc., do not count as water. Water counts as water.
NO YELLOW FOODS. Especially Corn or Squash. Bananas are white. Don’t eat the peel.
NO JUNK FOODS. If it comes in a cellophane wrapper, don’t eat it.
NO FRUIT JUICES. Too much sugar content. One small glass of apple juice has the sugar content of eight apples. Later on you can have juice, but dilute it with water 50/50.
CUT SUGAR INTAKE BY 90%. If you can, cut it down to zero. Sugar is in just about everything, but give it a try. Do your best without going crazy.
CUT CHOCOLATE BY 90%. No more than a single piece, once a week.
NO NUTRASWEET. None. Period.
NO PROCESSED MEATS and NO MSG. Only get meats with labels that say, “Turkey and Water,” etc. If the meat has chemicals listed that you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it.
CUT FRIED FOODS BY 90%.
AVOID FOOD COLORINGS WHENEVER POSSIBLE. See if your child is sensitive to any particular colors, such as Reds, Yellows, etc. For now, though, avoid all if possible.
SUMMARY: Just eat foods that nature made for a while. Eat like people did in the 1940′s. Go to a used book store and get a Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for recipe ideas. There really are about 10,000 meals that you CAN eat. Just not much in the way of “fast foods” or “convenience” foods.
AFTER TWO WEEKS begin adding these foods back into your diet, one food every other day. Eat A LOT of that food every day for four days. If you have a problem with one of the foods, you will see some kind of a “reaction” within four days. The reaction can vary from big red splotches on the body to ears turning bright red to explosive temper outbursts. If there’s a problem, you’ll know. If there’s no problem, enjoy the food.
WHAT TO EAT TO FEED THE ADHD BRAIN:
FOR BREAKFAST SERVE HIGH PROTEIN, LOW CARBOHYDRATE MEALS. Say, “Good-bye,” to Breakfast cereals and milk. Serve 60% Protein and 40% Carbohydrates for Breakfast. Other meals should be 50% / 50%.
FLAX SEED or PRIMROSE OIL. High sources of Omega oils. Borage oils and some fish oils are good as well. Mix about a spoonful a day into foods as you prepare them, or add to salad dressings, etc.
EAT LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Avoid Aluminum exposure. Eat in a healthy manner.
PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS might be needed to get the added protein for Breakfast. The protein helps to feed the brain. If you find this helpful, have one with Breakfast, and one around 3 pm. If it is not helpful, then don’t bother with it.