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Old 05-31-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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ADHD Child with no sugar & no red dye diet.

Hi hope everyone is having a blesses day. My 6 yr old was diagnosised ADHD last month. And im so blessed to be home with him. It makes it easier to cook homemade. But I have a couple birthdays coming up does anyone have suggestions?

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Old 06-01-2011, 09:10 AM   #2
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Is it only refined sugar he has problems with? So many natural foods contain some form of sugar that I would think it would be difficult to control. You might try searching for diabetic diets since they also have to restrict sugar intake. I would think the red dye issue would be easier to avoid. My oldest (now 26) is ADHD but diet doesn't seem to affect him at all. There are a bunch of studies out that show diet is not the culprit as often as is thought in the general public. I would get really frustrated with other parents who would scold me for allowing my child to have cookies and brownies with his ADHD. They all assumed it was his diet or my parenting that caused his behavior. Now as an adult, he has been able to compensate for his problem but still relies on medication to get through a work day. He knows he needs the drug to be successful at work. I'll never forget the day in middle school when he spit out the pill and went to school. He came home and confessed. He never went without it again. He realized how much it helped him to control himself. Hope you can find what you are looking for with recipes! Good luck.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:16 AM   #3
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Well I've been baking with splenda. And it does effect him alot if he has the store bought baked goods & fruit snacks. And got mad at the school cause they still give him the things he can't have. So im thinking ill need a note from the doc. And looks like ill have to go to the parties at the school and bring lunch to school next year. I have to cook homemade no box foods.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:32 AM   #4
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So the diagnosing Doctor said...NO sugar and NO red dye??
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:10 AM   #6
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That makes me wonder if it is something with the preservatives in the ready made foods and not necessarily the sugar. If you make homemade cookies does he react the same way? Does he take medication at all or is it strictly controlled with diet? If diet alone controls his behavior I'd be suspect of the ADHD label. Was it just his pediatrician making the diagnosis? Has he been tested by a psychiatrist/psychologist? My son went through nearly a year of testing and observations and behavior modification before being diagnosed. You really need to have a complete workup. I don't mean to get preachy or anything since I don't really know your situation. I just know that my experience as a Pediatric nurse (25 years) and parent of one ADHD son and one without ADHD gives me a better than average understanding of the disorder.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:41 AM   #7
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He was in behavior health for a year. They suspected it but wouldn't diagnosis cause when he started there is was only four. He was seeing a physicist as well but she left so he wasn't going so it got bad again. He is on meds & the diet. If he has any sugar it bad candy OMG there is no controlling it. So it isn't jus store bought baked goods. And I have to keep him busy or im going to have a bad day.
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INFORMATION: There is an organization called CHADD here: CHADD Live | Home Page
My son was diagnosed at age 8.

DIET: We did all the diet changes (and still live with them) but I didn't see a change really. (they are healthy changes, food from scratch, allergy awareness, little sugar)

SKILLS: Organization.....is a skill, which can be learned.

DISTRACTIONS: Lack of focus, distractibility in ADHD, has to do with a part of the brain. That part of the brain doesn't effectively use the glucose available as well as non-ADHD children/adults. This was shown in brain scans.

STRUCTURE and ATTENTION: I've found giving them structure helps (chore charts, attention from adults, hold them responsible) and will not cure the problem. By the time they are adults they've learned the coping skills they need to pay attention in a manner they can pay attention.

INTELLIGENCE: ADHD is not a measure of intelligence, a person can be ADHD and have a very high IQ or a very low one, that is not relevant to ADHD.

My son is now 26, good job, and happy life (in addition to his amazing wit, charisma and good attitude toward life). There have always been ADHD people, and they find their niche. My son likes driving around all day doing service calls and managing people--the constant interruptions to his day and physical movement are great for him, he's very successful.
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Yes I agree. I have the chore charts for all my kids. And I do the 1-2-3 counting system with him he seems to do better with that. And I punish right away with loss of 1 thing when does wrong. And found he loves art. And I figure eating healthier is better for our family
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I am allergic to red and yellow food dyes (and therefore can have nothing that is orange either. And with my husbands many intolerances and Dad's diabetes I have worked with many natural sugar alternatives - agave syrup is very good, as is stevia; however neither of them give the bulk of sugar to be able to just replace them in a baked good. I have gone to unrefined cane sugars and lesser amounts with pretty good success. I can get severe sugar rushes (similar to the reactions in ADHD) and I don't from the cane sugars.

The other thing I find is putting healthy ingredients into the baked goods to cut the need for sugar and still keep the flavour. I have a brownie recipe for Dad that uses the organic cane sugar, whole wheat flour, zucchini and banana (for moisture and bulk). They may not sound friendly, but my neighbour's granddaughter loves them....and she is very picky!

I commend both you and Blissful for your dedication to your sons. That is the biggest factor in them overcoming their challenges!
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