Does anyone have any info on the feingold diet? I want to try this first instead of meds for my son but it is expensive.
Does is work?
HI, and welcome
How old is your son? What type of ADHD does he have? What Problems is he having?
We use the Feingold diet, and have for several years now. It does help, but it is not a cure. The ENTIRE family has to be on the diet for it to work, and yes, it is kind of expensive, but well worth it IMO.
A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.
Are you talking about pre-packaged meals? They would be more expensive. The diet (as I recall from research a couple years ago) is a method of eliminating foods and additives that may cause problems. That may mean you have to get creative in how you do meals, but it shouldn't be too much more expensive if you have the time to make from scratch. If you are eliminating wheat, you may want to switch to corn tortillas for making "sandwiches". I know there are mixes for breads, but there are also recipes that you can find and use with a bread maker. (Ask on Freecycle or Craig's list - people got these as gifts then they take up space on the counter.) You may want to eliminate things like wheat foods altogether and make meals with rice instead of pastas. As I recall there are lots of websites that can help you with menu planning and working from scratch.
I do agree with the pp that it will work best if you are preparing one meal for the whole family, not a separate meal for the person who may need to eliminate something.
If your child attends camp, daycare or school, be sure that staff knows that he/she should not be having snack prepared by other people and not sharing or trading food at lunch. This may actually be the biggest hurdle - other people who don't understand why you are doing what you are doing and still offer that pink birthday cupcake to your child even though you know that it will make him or her fly off and end up getting sent home early. I had a friend who was trying the diet, even sent a letter to the teachers at the school and STILL they gave her son stuff that he wasn't supposed to have and they would complain how "Bad" he was. Duh, no red dye, no sugars and wheat limited to whole grain! If you want to help him - give him the jerky his mom sent in! When he has a high protien diet, he does just fine. Send him to a birthday party with soda, cake, candy and lots of dye prepare for a monster!
Being on the Feingold diet does not have to be expensive. Joining the Feingold Association is worth every penny is costs ($82). Many families just save up. How much does a dr appt or meds cost?
Don't eat the fries at McD's, order something else. There are items Feingolders eat.