August 21, 2014

For 64 Percent of Kids with ADHD, Food is the Cause

It's scary to think that over 5 million children in this country are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and of those children, 3 million are medicated each year. ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination. It's the most commonly diagnosed disease among kids, in fact between 3 and 5 percent of kids are said to have it.
Many parents are hesitant to medicate their children because the side effects of medications like Ritalin can be quite drastic. From a lack of appetite to the inability to sleep, and in some cases, depression, the downside is real. The idea of having such a huge population of young children medicated like never before in any society in itself seems downright frightening. And a new study published in the Lancet and reported on Civil Eats, sheds some light on what many of us have been thinking for a while. It's the medication that we take three times a day that can really make a difference and that medication is our diet.
The study's lead author Dr. Lidy Pelsser of the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands said this to NPR:
"Food is the main cause of ADHD." The study found that in 64 percent of children with ADHD, the symptoms were caused by food. "It's a hypersensitivity reaction to food."
This is good news for parents, especially when you hear the long term impact that Ritalin can have on some kids. Civil Eat's Kristin Wartman, pointed to one study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2007 that said "[a]fter three years on Ritalin, children were about an inch shorter and 4.4 pounds lighter than their peers."
Kids are showing both a sensitivity to foods themselves and food additives. The Feingold Diet proposed in the 1970s outlined particular foods to cut from a child's diet like artificial coloring, artificial flavors, added preservatives, Salicylates (a pesticide added to some food plants), and other food additives like sulfites, artificial sweeteners, MSG, and others. This really just points to a diet free of processed foods and rich in organic plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans.
Caffeine and processed sugar have also been known to be culprits. Flaxseed oil, on the other hand, has shown signs of correcting some of the negative behaviors associated with ADHD, just by mixing it with some of your kid's favorite foods. This is because omega 3 fatty acids are critical to healthy brain development as shown in this study on ADHD and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
by Sara Novak

August 18, 2014

Protein Mix That's Gluten, Dairy, & Soy Free! ~Life's Basics Plant Protein~

It’s so hard to find a protein mix that is gluten, dairy, and soy free so I wanted to share this with all of you. I really like this product because of the OMEGA 3-6-9 fatty acids and all the amino acids. I feel ADHD children really need a little extra of these supplements. It's very filling and gives you extra energy.
I paid $19.00 each.
We really like the chocolate. I recommend mixing in a blender with some crushed ice. You can add whatever you like: fruit, honey, cinnamon, almond butter, coconut oil, etc...
We've mixed it with water, coconut and almond milk...whatever we have on hand.
The taste is good, especially if you doctor it up ...
I've heard that some people bake with it or add it to their oatmeal...I might have to try that.

Lifes Basics Plant Protein Chocolate from Lifetime Vitamins 

Life's Basics® Plant Protein provides a complete range of amino acids (complete protein) by combining pea protein isolates, organic Manitoba Harvest™ hemp protein powder, concentrated rice protein and chia seed powder. This unique vegan combination is rich in energy super food sources of amino acids, essential fatty acids, and fiber. Life's Basics® Plant Protein is great as an energy boosting protein source for everyday use.

LifeTime® Life's Basics® Plant Protein:
• Provides complete protein from yellow pea protein isolates, hemp, rice, and chia
• Is rich in EFA's, amino acids and fiber
• Can be utilized as a high performance vegetarian superfood protein powder
• Is a low Glycemic index product and is suitable for diabetics 
Lifes Basics Plant Protein Chocolate    

Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 39.5 (1 scoop)     Servings Per Container: 15
Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 134 
Calories from Fat 13 
Total Fat 2 g 3%
 Saturated Fat 0.2 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 67 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8 g 3%
 Dietary Fiber 3 g 12%
 Sugars 5 g 
Protein 22 g 44%
Iron (naturally occurring from protein matrix) 1 mg 7%
Phosphorus (naturally occurring from protein matrix) 109 mg 1%
Chia Seed Powder 1 g â€¡
Omega 3 200 mg â€¡
Omega 6 550 mg â€¡
Omega 9 150 mg â€¡

*U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance not established for adults.
Other Ingredients:
Life's Basic Proprietary Plant Protein Blend (Pea Protein Isolate, Manitoba Harvest™ Hemp Protein Powder & Rice Protein Concentrate), Fructose, Dutch & American Cocoa, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Xylitol, Chiamax™, Stevia & Sea Salt. 
Free of:
Yeast, corn, soy, gluten, wheat, milk, egg, whey or any artificial ingredients or preservatives. No Hydrolysis used. 
Mix one heaping scoop in water or your favorite beverage, once or twice daily to create a delicious protein shake.

August 16, 2014

Honey Garlic Chicken ~Slow Cooker~

4 or so boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs
1/2 cup coconut aminos
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup honey
1 tea dried basil
3 cloves of garlic minced

Whisk together the garlic, basil, coconut aminos, ketchup, and honey.
Add the chicken to the slower cooker /crockpot.
Pour the sauce over and mix everything together.
Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. 
If you are short on time you can cook it on high.