Diet for ADHD / Indigos
Several Indigos have ADHD tendencies and for many diet will help assist in the calming of those tendencies….
Here is a list of things to keep in mind in your (or your child’s) ADHD diet:
WHAT TO EAT TO FEED THE ADHD BRAIN:
1) 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%.
2) PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS might be needed to get the added protein for Breakfast. They are often very helpful in the afternoon as well. Here is our favorite recipe for a Protein Shake:
a) Make a cup of coffee, using one of General Mills’ International Coffees, or something like that, with a flavor that you or your child will like (yes, I know I’m breaking my own rules here, as these coffees have dried milk and some sugar, but I’m trying to get your kid to actually drink the thing, and also get some caffeine mixed with the protein.). Pour the hot coffee into a blender with about 6 oz of ice. Turn on the blender for a bit.
b) Add a good quality protein powder. There are many good ones available. If you can’t find one that you like, ask at your local health food store. Get protein powders that are mostly protein and very little carbohydrate. Add between 15 and 20 grams of protein to the cold coffee in the blender.
c) Turn on the blender again.
d) Drink it up.
This protein shake is helpful for a lot of people. For many small kids, and many adults, this recipe works about as well as a small dose of Ritalin (100 mg of caffeine is roughly the same as 5 mg of Ritalin). So many who might just take a small dose of Ritalin might get away with just doing this.
Don’t forget, though, that even caffeine can have some side effects. Every once in a while we find someone that has problems with the caffeine in the coffee. Usually, though, the caffeine in the coffee helps the person to focus better. 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.
3) MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS may be helpful. Colloidal Minerals or fully chelated minerals are the best. We like the MinPac from VAXA, but there are several good choices. Don’t buy minerals in the grocery store. Get good minerals.
–Several studies show that ADHD children are deficient in many common minerals, most often in magnesium, zinc, and iron, and that magnesium supplementation significantly decreases the hyperactivity symptoms in these children
–Consumption of soft drinks (pop or soda) decreases the body’s absorption of magnesium
4) FLAX SEED or PRIMROSE OIL. High sources of Omega oils. Borage oils and some fish oils are good as well. Very important. Mix about a spoonful a day into foods as you prepare them, or add to salad dressings, etc.
5) EAT LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Avoid Aluminum exposure. Eat in a healthy manner.
6) NO DAIRY PRODUCTS, especially cow’s milk.
This is the single most important restriction. The American Pediatric Association estimates that 30% of all children are allergic to milk. Instead try Almond milk, Rice milk, or Better Than Milk. Drink water instead of milk.
7) NO YELLOW FOODS. Especially Corn or Squash. Bananas are white. Don’t eat the peel
8) NO JUNK FOODS. If it comes in a cellophane wrapper, don’t eat it
9) 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.
10) NO NUTRASWEET. None. Period. Never. It’s bad for you
11) 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.
Peanut Butter/Banana Shake
* Water/Ice (Recommended amounts from Protein Mix)
* Protein Powder (Your choice)
* 1 tbsp peanut butter
* 1/2 banana
Ginger Fruit Bowl
* 3 Tbsp. chopped crystallized ginger
* 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
* 3 Tbsp. Honey
* 2 cups cubed cantaloupe
* 2 cups cubed honeydew melon
* 3 cups cubed fresh “Golden Delicious” apples
* 4 cups sliced strawberries
In large bowl, combine ginger, lemon juice and honey.
Add cantaloupe, honeydew melon and “Golden Delicious” and mix gently.
Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight, stirring once. (Just before serving, stir in strawberries.)
* 1 cup brown rice
* 2 ½ cups water
* 1 lb wild salmon fillet
* ¼ cup orange juice
* 1 tsp dried dill weed
* 1 tsp dried rosemary
* 1 tsp dried basil
* 1 tsp dry mustard
* 1 tsp lemon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a saucepan bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil.
Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
In a large pan, add enough water to just cover the bottom of the pan.
Lay the salmon fillet in the pan, pink side up.
Place cooked rice around the outside of the fish. Sprinkle the orange juice over the fish and rice.
In a small bowl, combine the dill weed, rosemary, basil, mustard, lemon pepper and sprinkle over the fish and rice.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the salmon is tender and flaky.
Baked Sweet Potato Sticks
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* ½ tsp paprika
* 8 sweet portatoes, sliced lengthwise into quarters
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Lightly grease a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix oliv oil and paprika.
Add potato sticks, and stir by hand to coat.
Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven
Steamed Green Beans with Red Potatoes
* 1 lb green beans
* 4 whole red potatoes
* Freshly ground nutmeg
* Freshly ground black pepper
To test steamed green beans for doneness, dip your fingers in cold water and tweak a bean.
If it bends a little, the beans are crisp-tender; if it bends a lot, the beans are fully cooked.
The less you cook the beans, the more vitamins they retain.
Frozen Yogurt with an Omega 3 Boost
2 cups plain yogurt
2 boxes sugar-free pudding
1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, bananas…)
2 Tbsp. flaxseed oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups skim milk
Blend all ingredients except milk in a food processor or blender. Gradually add milk. Place in freezer until soft frozen. Enjoy
“Mrs. Dash” – A Salt Alternative Recipe
_ 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
_ 1 tsp. each onion powder, garlic powder, dried tarragon, celery seed, dried parsley, oregano
_ 1/2 tsp. salt
Blend ingredients together and use as a salt substitute.