October 13, 2011

Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs

(Hi, it's me Christin...I encourage you to click on the link and read through some of the hundreds of comments made on this story...very inspiring)

Hyperactivity. Fidgeting. Inattention. Impulsivity. If your child has one or more of these qualities on a regular basis, you may be told that he or she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If so, they'd be among about 10 percent of children in the United States.

Kids with ADHD can be restless and difficult to handle. Many of them are treated with drugs, but a new study says food may be the key. Published in The Lancet journal, the study suggests that with a very restrictive diet, kids with ADHD could experience a significant reduction in symptoms.
The study's lead author, Dr. Lidy Pelsser of the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands, writes in The Lancet that the disorder is triggered in many cases by external factors — and those can be treated through changes to one's environment.

"ADHD, it's just a couple of symptoms — it's not a disease," the Dutch researcher tells All Things Considered weekend host Guy Raz.

The way we think about — and treat — these behaviors is wrong, Pelsser says. "There is a paradigm shift needed. If a child is diagnosed ADHD, we should say, 'OK, we have got those symptoms, now let's start looking for a cause.' "

Pelsser compares ADHD to eczema. "The skin is affected, but a lot of people get eczema because of a latex allergy or because they are eating a pineapple or strawberries."

According to Pelsser, 64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food. Researchers determined that by starting kids on a very elaborate diet, then restricting it over a few weeks' time.

"It's only five weeks," Pelsser says. "If it is the diet, then we start to find out which foods are causing the problems."

Teachers and doctors who worked with children in the study reported marked changes in behavior. "In fact, they were flabbergasted," Pelsser says.

"After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior," she says. No longer were they easily distracted or forgetful, and the temper tantrums subsided.

Some teachers said they never thought it would work, Pelsser says. "It was so strange," she says, "that a diet would change the behavior of a child as thoroughly as they saw it. It was a miracle, a teacher said. "But diet is not the solution for all children with ADHD, Pelsser cautions. "In all children, we should start with diet research," she says. If a child's behavior doesn't change, then drugs may still be necessary. "But now we are giving them all drugs, and I think that's a huge mistake," she says.

Also, Pelsser warns, altering your child's diet without a doctor's supervision is inadvisable.

"We have got good news — that food is the main cause of ADHD," she says. "We've got bad news — that we have to train physicians to monitor this procedure because it cannot be done by a physician who is not trained."

October 7, 2011

Slow Cooker Baked Beans and Corn Bread

The cold and rain that we’ve had the last few days has inspired me to drag out the Crockpot. I love to cook in the slow cooker because not only is it super easy…the smell in the house is amazing.
The kinds and I are going to be in and out all day so I thought this recipe would be perfect.
2 cups dried beans (navy or pinto)
1/2 pound bacon (or left over ham or a hammock )
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
3 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup of hot water
Soak beans overnight in water. Drain and rinse.
Toss the rest of the ingredient into the slow cooker and let it cook for most of the day. All slow cookers are different. My mom’s you have to leave on high to get it to boil—mine will boil on low and sometime burn on high. So set yours accordingly. You may have to add a little water throughout the day.
For the corn bread I use a gluten free mix by Red Mills. Sometimes I doctor it up by adding a small can of chilies, or a half of can of drained corn, or even some piece of diced ham.

If I know we are going to eat the corn bread muffins with honey I just make it plain.
* One thing I’ve noticed about this mix is I have to add more liquid than it calls for. Every single time...so make sure the batter isn't too thick when you make it.

October 5, 2011

Trader Joe’s Baked Onion Rings

Here is our new favorite snack!! They are gluten, dairy, and soy FREE!!!!!!!!

Trader Joe’s Baked Onion Rings Ingredients: cornmeal, rice flour, sunflower and/or safflower oil, cane sugar, seasoning (salt, dehydrated onion and garlic, natural flavor, parsley, citric acid).

Be forewarned…they are ADDICTIVE. We buy them by the bags!