ADD Diet Challenge

4 Apr

Tomorrow the man-child and I are embarking on a journey. Can we help our daughter through diet? We don’t need a doctor to tell us our six-year-old has ADD. In fact, we were told they won’t test for that until she’s at least seven. Ok, so what do we do until then? Grace is intellectually advanced. Don’t confuse that with gifted or genius. In every school subject, she’s one to two years ahead of school mates. But if you saw her report card, you would never guess it. Grace gets bored. She can’t maintain focus. Also, she’s impulsive. Grace simply acts and reacts. Lil’G doesn’t understand social cues/consequences. She needs help. I don’t need a doctor to tell me that.

So how do you help her? Sure, there’s a four thousand dollar course we could send her to. There’s also medicines we can stick her on. Medicines that can make her sick, lethargic, unhappy. Isn’t there a better way?

After much research, we’ve learned a few things. Like how much artificial dyes, flavors and preservatives affect children with ADD/ADHD. How important it is for children with those disorders to take Omega 3 supplements. How changing your child’s diet can help with more than just ADD/ADHD, it can help with heat sensitivity, speech and writing problems, nightmares and night terrors, and on and on and on.

Once we read all that, it wasn’t really much of a choice. We are going to change our eating habits, in the hope that we can change Grace’s life. If we can control our child’s ADD just by changing what we eat, isn’t that the best solution? We think so. I’m even going to start baking our own bread.

So, tomorrow is the big day. It will be her first on a completely all-natural diet. Care to follow along?

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2 Responses to “ADD Diet Challenge”

  1. kelly April 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    All-natural never hurt anyone. this sounds like smart parenting for sure. I wish you every success with this endevor. I tend to lean the same way about how to address medical issues in life. Taking medications is a last resort for me personally. Hey, maybe there will be even more positive repricutions for doing this all natural diet. Perhaps more energy or better sleep? Looking forward to your future updates on this. xo Kelly

  2. ann8healthy April 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    I was told by my daughter’s first grade teacher that she had a “unique learning style”… later she was diagnosed with ADD. I wish I knew then what I know now: she’s lactose intolerant. She had to drink soy formula as a baby, something they said she grew out of. Hardly. Her body adjusted to it for years; now in her 20s, she can’t handle dairy in any form.

    Good luck with your journey! I know it will be successful regardless of the outcome because you’re handling it with love.

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