This question was asked of me 4 times today…so I guess it is time to post about it. First know that ADD/ADHD is a blessing not something to curse. Did you know some of the most famous people on the planet are/were ADD/ADHD? Ansel Adams, photographer; Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone; Hans Christian Anderson, author; Beethoven; Terry Bradshaw, foot ball quarterback; Jim Carrey, Actor; Prince Charles; Cher; Agatha Christie; Salvador Dali, Leonardo da Vinci; Walt Disney; Henry Ford; Magic Johnson and so many more!
As moms we have to know that we do our best with the information that has been provided to us. We are not to blame when we don’t know.
WARNING AFTER READING THIS POST YOU WILL KNOW…
THERE WILL BE NO MORE EXCUSES.
You can either stop reading now and go back and bury your head in the sand or you can stand up and do something about it.
We have to be VERY cautious of what C.R.A.P.
Something even as simple as Bread…we have a rhyme in our home…the whiter the bread the quicker you’re dead! Not all bread is created equally. Don’t let the “colour” fool you. Not all “brown bread” or “whole wheat” bread is good for you either.
First, look up bread recipes… Flour, milk/water, sugar, oil, eggs, salt, yeast
Then look at the ingredients in the loaf you are considering buying…NOT the same!
Ingredients to AVOID in bread (and anywhere): high glucose fructose (corn syrup), “bleached flour”, diglycerides – synthetic is bad, diammonium phosphate (also found in some cigarettes as a nicotine enhancer). We have to be VERY cautious of what C.R.A.P.
Did you notice that spells out C.R.A.P? Out bodies are NOT cut out to process all the C.R.A.P that is in our foods. We may not get to choose what the manufacturers put in their products but we can vote for a healthier choice by what we buy and put in front of our family.
Here’s a list of some of the most medically questionable and harmful additives in everyday foods:
- Sodium nitrite
- BHA & BHT
- Propyl gallate
- Monosodium glutamate
- Trans fats
- Food colorings (Blue, Red, Green, Yellow)
- Potassium bromate
- White sugar
- Sodium chloride (salt)
BREAKFAST: The only food in my house in the morning is www.BestBreakFastEver.com.
– Veggie lasagna – minimal cheese, just lots of goodness
– EGGS: Omelets stuffed with veggies and cheese (eggs are GOOD for you and they are NOT just for breakfast)
– Whole grain RICE with veggies (my kids LOVE a mixture of tomatoes, green onions, olive oil and Italian seasoning warmed in the oven and sprinkled over rice)
– PASTA – get creative – ANYTHING goes on pasta – try different types of pasta, eggless pasta, gluten free pasta, rice pasta, brown rice pasta, organic, even different type of grains (amaranth, spelt, quinoa, millet to name a few): Tortellini, Pasta salad
– French toast sticks
– Whole wheat pancakes with fresh fruit
– SOUPS – minestrone, cream of broccoli, tortilla, pumpkin the choices are endless!
– Oh so sea shells: Buy large sea shell pasta and have the family help you stuff them with their fav foods, carrots, broccoli mushrooms, cheese, asparagus, etc
– fajitas / quesadillas / enchiladas
– wraps – my kids put EVERYTHING in a tortilla wrap – even cold spaghetti!
– grilled cheese with veggie IN or on the side
5 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT THE FOOD YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH:
- Is it advertised on TV? Most products advertised are full of fillers/preservatives because advertising is very expensive so you get a lower quality product in the end.
- Can you purchase it at one of those large discount stores? Be leery, again, how do they sell things for such a “great price” again, fillers and garbage?
- What is the serving size vs how much sugar? Now do not just look at what it says on the label (legally they only have to account for sugar – not all the derivatives of) Count the number of “ose” ingredients. Now some are necessary and some are even healthier but it there is a combination needed for them to be healthier.
- How many ingredients can you NOT read on the container? Now you are not expected to be a scientist or a formulator, but know what you are reading. What kind of protein (I prefer whey) is in the shake and WHAT grade is it? If you are buying something and you can not find out what the grade is be careful.
- What are the percentages of “stuff’ on the label vs the serving size? Look at the daily percentages on the label. KNOW what is necessary.
STAY AWAY FROM MSG (www.MSGMyth.com)
Other hidden sources of MSG include:
• Autolyzed vegetable protein
• Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
• Calcium caseinate
• Sodium caseinate
• Textured protein
The following powerful dietary and lifestyle suggestions can be extremely helpful as well:
- Eliminate most grains and sugars from your/their diet. Grains and sugars both tend to cause allergies in sensitive individuals. Even organic, whole grain can cause problems in many children so it would be wise to give them a grain holiday and see if their behavior improves.
- Replace soft drinks, fruit juices and pasteurized milk with pure, clean water.
- Increase omega-3 fats by taking an effective form of omega-3 oil.
- Minimize your use of nearly all processed fats, especially trans fats as they disrupt nerve cell intercommunication.
- Avoid all processed foods, especially those containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, which may trigger or worsen symptoms.
- Clear your house of dangerous pesticides and other commercial chemicals. Pesticide exposure has been linked with ADHD.
- Avoid commercial washing detergents and cleaning products used on clothes, and replace them with naturally derived cleaning products with no added perfumes, softeners, etc.
- Begin your day with a nutrient rich, calorie dense whey protein shake.
EDUCATION NOT MEDICATION
Now what about medication for kids and their “difficulties” to help them “focus”
“Maybe, a small percent, like 10 percent or less of ‘hyper’ children, may need the drugs to calm them, mainly because they have had some sort of injury to their nervous system that diet will not touch. Otherwise DIET is the only way”
By definition, Ritalin stimulates your central nervous system, leading to side effects such as:
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Increased body temperature
- Increased alertness
- Suppressed appetite
In a study, they gave 130 children with ADHD, between the ages of 7 and 12, omega-3 fats daily. The children’s behavior improved dramatically within three months.
They also found that:
- After seven months, the children were not as restless and showed improvements at school
- Improvements in concentration and attention improved by one-third
- After 15 weeks, 30-40 percent of the children taking fish oil had improvements
- After 30 weeks, 40-50 percent improved
WHEW that was a lot…and I have just barely scratched the surface. It is your job as a parent to KNOW what you are feeding your family. I suggest you partner with someone knowledgeable (we have a group of moms who are on a mission to be better moms if you want to join us).