Has anyone had luck with diet change?

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Has anyone had luck with diet change?
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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 8:28pm

Such as Feingold, or just any artificial dyes, and so on?

If so - did it work really well? Can you share your success story? And what diet did you have your child follow?
If not (tried a diet change but no success)- what did you try and how long did you try it for?

THANKS!!!!


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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 8:38pm

Hi Bethany,


I am brand spankin new to this board and I had to chuckle a bit when I read your post because I had typed out the exact question earlier but I had to pick up my 6 year old from school and didnt post it!

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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 11:41pm

HI


we have been following the Feingold diet for about 4 years now, and it has done wonders. We also only use "whole foods", no artificial dyes, colors and NO processed foods. MY dd has never had Mcdonalds, or really any fast foods.

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Thu, 09-03-2009 - 2:51am

We've started with artificial dyes - going on 4-5 days now.
However its SO hard now that school has started and my son wants to eat at school. I packed him a lunch today but tomorrow he says he wants pizza at school. *sigh* I will keep packing him a lunch of course but man oh man the fits he is going to throw.

Then other people keep feeding him things that are on the "NO" list. Tonight at his soccer game, a parent brought GUSHERS of all things for the after game snack !GUSHERS! He comes home with a blue tongue and I'm asking "what did you eat?!". My Dh is totally on board with what I'm trying to do, but he says he's not going to deny his son the team snack after his games. GRRRRRR

So it's been hard, but I'm still working at it!


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Fri, 09-04-2009 - 8:39am

We've just started. and it is difficult.


My son loves to buy lunch in school. Thankfully, our school lunches are much much improved- serving fresh veggies or fruit, whole grains, even the pasta is barilla-plus. pizza has wholegrain crust etc....So I'm letting him get it for now...small steps are in order.


I told dh after the diagnosis which just came last week--get rid of the sugar and nothing with food dyes at least to start. He then gets him a blue gatorade when they were out on the weekend.,


oh boy! I had to laugh. but he won't do it again


I've cleaned my cabinets of most things-went to Whole foods, spent a fortune on omega three supplements, and all natural substitutes for things he likes.


it's not easy...


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Fri, 09-04-2009 - 10:28am

We just had our son delayed allergy/sensitivity tested and to our surprise, things he eats often like eggs and dairy he's highly sensitive too...we have been off of all dairy and eggs for almost a week now; have not noticed a change yet in behavior, just intestinal/gassy issues so far but the dietician said it could take up to a month if those foods were causing any problems.


I can say that my son has been taking the regular dose of Omega's for about 5 months and within the last month or so I have noticed an improvement in

Kathy

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Fri, 09-04-2009 - 10:42pm

Hi Sorry to jump in...I'm new to this board and had a question about the food allergies.

Does a normal allergist test for all of the food dyes or do you need to see a dietician? My son has a lot of seasonal allergies and some food but we have never had him tested. I'm thinking we should after reading your post.... Thanks! Michelle

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Sat, 09-05-2009 - 12:10am

Some allergists do it; it's called Food Sensitivity Testing and/or delayed allergy testing.

Kathy

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Sun, 09-06-2009 - 9:01am

Thanks, Kathy, for the information you gave.


My DS, too, has seasonal allergies and was/is allergic to dairy. The whole dairy thing is interesting b/c apparently myself and my brother were both allergic to dairy as kids... an allergy, not lactose intolerance which are completely different. according to my mother, my brother and I used to get severe runny noses etc...but my brother also has adhd. Back in the day all that was available was Ritaln and the belief that sugar was the only food that caused problems (1970s). Anyway, supposedly I outgrew it as did he AND my DS. But I wonder if it really is a sensitivity as you say. When we first foudn out DS had this allergy he had severe diarrhea and projectile vomiting... he was 10 months old. We put him on soy milk right away and removed all other dairy products, except yogurt, from his diet. Apparently yogurt doesn't have whatever is in milk and ice cream, etc...AS he got older we tried different things with him and he can eat ice cream and cheese with no problems... but doesn't like milk... just like me...


Anyway, i have begun to eliminate as many dyes as I can. We don't do fruit snacks, "kid" yogurt (even though "adult" still has dyes, it's not nearly as much), no more "kid" cereals, etc.... anything that made their bowels change color is no longer purchased or allowed to be eaten by my kids. And really, they don't even ask for them any more, except occassionally when they see something at the grocery store, which 99% of the time I try to go without my kids, anyway. Too much stimulation there for DS.


I wish I could afford one of those tests. I guess I'll have to save up for it. I would be interested in knowing the additional results you get.


THanks!

jenn

jenn

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Sun, 09-06-2009 - 12:56pm

That's kind of funny, my son does not like milk either, he was put on soy at 13 months and never developed a taste for milk I guess. I could not have dairy as a child either, a baby/toddler but outgrew it although I do suspect I have an intolerance.


Anyway, I'll keep you posted...as for yogurt, I found that the Dannon kids yogurt does not have artificial dyes in them; my daughter eats those.


Kathy

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Mon, 09-07-2009 - 12:01pm

i still don't drink milk either, only on my cereal...lol


jenn