Do you have a child who is struggling with ADD or ADHD? Maybe you have tried medication, and you are still looking for more ways to ease the symptoms? We understand how frustrating and disheartening it may be to find the best way to help, which is why, our team, at Pacific Quest, is here to help you find the best diet for ADD.
What is ADD?
ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, is a mental disorder that makes it extremely difficult for people–particularly children–to control their behaviors, such as movements, speech, and attentiveness. The trick is being able to identify whether your child is suffering from ADD/ADHD or simply acting out. We have gathered some key signs that help distinguish this.
ADHD Warning Signs
- Self-Focused Behaviors
- Trouble Focusing
- Uncontrolled Emotions
- Difficulty Completing Tasks, following through on tasks
Learn more about the warning signs of ADHD in children.
As you can see, there are many different symptoms that a kid with ADHD could exhibit. Some will appear sluggish while others seem restless and “bouncing off the walls.” It may be that certain activities can capture their interest while others, such as sitting in school, can’t hold their attention.
You Are What You Eat
Did you know that simple changes in your child’s diet could help ease some of the symptoms of this frustrating disorder? A healthy diet consisting of mostly lean protein, vegetables, and fruits–all crucial to helping alleviate the symptoms associated with ADHD that medicine simply cannot curb. The whole goal to changing the diet is so your child is eating more nutritional foods that help lessen their symptoms. While there isn’t a scientific based diet to help reverse ADHD, certain foods definitely add to a healthier mind and reduce restlessness that comes with simple sugars. Here are simple ways to balance your meals and cultivate the best diet for ADD.
What To Include For A Healthy ADD Diet
- Lean protein: Fish, Eggs, Beans, Nuts, Low Fat Dairy: Protein can help to prevent surges in the blood sugar that increase hyperactivity, especially in the morning and for an afternoon snack.
- Vegetables, Fruits: The more the merrier!
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Tuna, Salmon, walnuts, and olive oil are great sources for this. You can also choose to add this as a supplement, too.
What Foods to AVOID with ADD
- Sugar/Caffeine: As with most things in life, these two are best in moderation- especially to a child struggling with ADD.
- Simple Carbs: White bread, pastas, and grains are delicious, but not the best for long-term energy. Then again, whole grain bread every now and then is great to avoid developing an intolerance.
- Food Additives: While this has been hotly debated, food colorings, MSG, as well as aspartame have been linked to hyperactivity.
Read more about the benefits of changing your diet and adding better vitamins.
Overall, you can start with targeting one or two foods that usually trigger symptoms and try to eliminate or reduce consumption. This could be a helpful tool for managing ADHD. It’s amazing how our relationship to food can affect us in a positive or negative way. This is the root behind our horticultural and wilderness therapy program here at Pacific Quest.
How Can Pacific Quest Help Instill Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Skills?
The best way to learn about how to eat healthy is in the safety of our organic, sustainable farm, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our wilderness therapy program focuses on compassion (instead of punishment and humiliation) to instill healthy, lifelong habits. At Pacific Quest, we will combine regular individual and group therapy sessions, rotating learning positions, as well as horticultural work to create a deeper sense of purpose and community. Your child will leave with a greater sense of self-love as well as the tools and knowledge to cope with their ADHD.
Call Us Today To Get Started!
If your child is exhibiting ADD/ADHD symptoms, and isn’t responding to only medication and therapy, it’s time to call Pacific Quest. Don’t be left feeling burdened and hopeless.