Foods and nutrition

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Foods and nutrition
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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 4:22pm

I want to augment the Daytrana that my son just started on by making sure that he has a good diet. Right now, I'd say his diet is okay, but I figure improvement can only help. For the things he eats well, we're fine. But for things he's less interested in or things he's too interested in, we need some work. We also have the issue with lunch - he eats what he wants out of his lunch box and leaves the rest. And then there's the junk that schools and camp provide. Now, I know that I can tell them he can't have X or Y, but he already feels different and I don't him to feel even more differentiated or punished for having ADHD. I also want to make food a pleasurable thing - you can choose the good things and enjoy them. He is already good with fruit and many vegetables and I'd just like to encourage that.

So...I guess what I'm asking is for is your tips and tricks for balancing meals, making lunches, adding protein, etc. Also, has anyone had success with Omega 3s? I took fish oil years ago and it made me feel like I would throw up from the fishy taste. I hear the omega 3s still have that fishy taste besides the fact that they are HUGE and my son is still not comfortable with pills yet.

Thanks!

dee

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Mon, 09-15-2014 - 2:00pm

Sure there are lots of ideas...diet management, gluten management, remove all artificial colors and preservatives, no more high fructose corn syrup. Try it for a week and check the results...

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 07-21-2010 - 3:16pm
Krill oil is a bit more epensive than fish oil, but worth it IMO. We use Neptune brand, and Nordic Naturals Super Omega. YOu just have to make sure you are getting 750 EPA, and 450 DHA daily, which can take many pills.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Wed, 07-21-2010 - 12:52pm

The krill oil sounds interesting. I had never heard of it. I did a quick google search and found some sources, but it seems pretty expensive. One site had "kids krill oil." Is that what you use? Do you have a good source for it? DH is currently out of work so money is extremely tight.

Thanks for the resource.

dee

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Wed, 07-21-2010 - 11:30am

We've tried Omega 3's; we used...Nordic Naturals, I believe. They don't taste of fish oil. Fairly big, but not impossible, I'd say, and gelcaps are lots easier to swallow than a big pill. It wouldn't surprise me to find that other brands DID taste of fish oil, given that's what they often are. As I remember it, all the ones that seemed to be straight fish oil didn't have enough of the DHA (oh, help, well, our Cl will correct if I'm giving the wrong 3 letters here...) to be effective.

I'm not convinced they make a huge difference for my kid. It's a bit hard to tell, though. I'd guess this is like everything ADHD: depends on the kid!

Megan
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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 6:57pm

Jerry Seinfeld's wife - can't think of her name -wrote a book about hiding vegatables in food and the kids don't know - It is a great book and was a bestseller for a long time.


Google it

Denise

Denise

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Tue, 07-20-2010 - 5:50pm

Hi


We do Omega's and they do help, although they take time. The health benefits are so worth it. We use Krill oil, and the pills are tiny, so easy to take. There are also liquids available. Just make sure he takes a Therapeutic dose.


As far as foods, we do Feingold diet, and DD is a HUGE meat eater, so getting her to eat veggies and some fruits is a chore. I pack her lunch, and whatever she eats is fine...I don't push the eating as far as amount, but I do add things like Peanut butter and beans , for the protein, without the fats.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.