For years, there have been stories about kids who seem to have their Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms get better or worse, depending on what they ate. The medical community generally pooh-poohed this idea, insisting that the parents were imagining these changes. Picture the surprise of the pundits when researchers found that some people with ADD are sensitive to the types of food that they eat. Their symptoms wax and wane according to their nutrition. What did scientists find?
Studies have been conducted about the effects of preservatives and food coloring on children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Not all kids showed an effect from the additives, however some were impacted. There have also been studies to show that fish oil helps Attention Deficit Disorder. Have you noticed effects from foods and supplements?
What are the implications for Attention Deficit Disorder? If you or your children have problems with hyperactivity after eating or drinking foods or beverages with artificial colors, additives, or preservatives, listen to your body’s signals. Pay heed to what it is telling you. Exclude that food or foods from your diet. Then, assess how you feel.
In general it is better to eat a diet that is low in refined carbohydrates and artificial products. Reduce your saturated and trans-fats. Use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to add fat to your meals. Eat more whole foods and foods that are nutrient rich. Find a way to eat your daily fiber. One way to do this is to decrease your intake of animal protein and add more vegetables and whole fruits to your diet. Organic foods can be more expensive, however it is important to buy some organic foods, since those grapes and leafy vegetables can have a lot of residue from pesticides. A good rule of thumb is to avoid prepared foods that have a lot of sodium and too many preservatives. Sometimes, you just need a quick snack or meal to go. Here is a recipe that can help!
Healthy Fiber Snack Muffins
¾ cup flax meal
2 ½ cup whole wheat flour (Use freshly ground or whole wheat pastry flour. I like Wheat Montana's Prairie Gold. )
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon
1/2 cup mixed raisins and dried cranberries (I like cranberries, while my husband likes raisins)
¾ cup Walnut pieces
1/2 cup canola or coconut oil
1 cup buttermilk (I buy the small half pint carton.)
1 carton (6 ounces) of Greek yogurt (I used Chobani peach flavored.)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons of molasses
1 ½ cups finely chopped carrots (This is about half of a pound of peeled baby carrots.)
½ cup juice (I recommend orange, pineapple, or apple)
1 tablespoon grated ginger (Use about one inch of peeled ginger.)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl
Beat the oil, buttermilk, yogurt, egg, and vanilla together. (I just do this with a tiny whisk in my 2-cup measure.)
Finely chop the carrots and ginger in a food processor. Then, add the juice and make a puree.
Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Let stand for 15 minutes before putting the batter into the tins.
Spray muffin tins with no stick cooking spray. Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees F. for about 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick or piece of spaghetti. It should come out clean. The muffin edges are a light brown and pulled away from the sides of the tin. Makes about 24 muffins.
These muffins give you a lot of fiber from the flour, flax, nuts, and carrots. The flax, nuts and oil contribute high quality fat to your diet. Made without highly refined sugar, they are still sweet from the brown sugar, molasses, raisins, craisins, carrots, and juice. These muffins are an excellent snack with a glass of almond milk. Served with juice, a protein, and a vegetable, they can be the basis for a grab-and-go meal.
Limiting the negative symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder takes a multi-modal approach. Nutrition is one thing that you can control. Make your creativity work for you! Design an eating plan that satisfies your body's needs, reduces ADD symptoms, while it also helps you enjoy your meals.
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