Paleo & the ADHD Child
I haven’t discussed very much of what we do for our kids, but I feel this situation needs to be shared. Our youngest is already wheat/gluten free – because we discovered first, and foremost, it caused him GI distress. Getting him off of that (and refined sugar, HFCS, food dyes, etc – the usual culprits) last year was enough to bring about changes in him that were astonishing to his teachers & other school staff, etc. We now homeschool, and because of his ADHD, and more specifically this latest decline in his self-control, I, as his learning coach, often quit several times before lunch. lol. We have noted: hunger we feel is out of proportion for even a growing 6-year old boy, sneaking food, disobeying – eating things I’ve told him “No, dinner is ready in 5 minutes, just wait”, etc.
I’m happy to say that getting my pubescent 12yo daughter off the occasional wheat we had allowed her has helped her out of control, hormone-driven hunger & appetite tremendously!
The boy’s attitude, emotionality, and defiance/stealing/sneaking food, however, is a source of distress & stress for the rest of us, and even if he doesn’t realize it yet, it’s not fun for him either.
So, after much consideration and discussion, we’ve decided to wean him off all the foods he is sneaking or eating in excess – dairy, fruit, sugar, legumes (he still gets peanut butter 1+ times a week) and allow him to detox off those items. We will then observe him carefully for 1-2 months, adjusting intake if we need, maybe even giving something like GAPS a trial run. Then, and only then will we discuss if additional intervention is needed. I want to explore ALL possible avenues of supporting him before I even consider conventional treatments. Our family history with that has been horrific, to say the least.
We are currently working through what fruit, honey, etc still remains in our home. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. He will have unlimited availability of grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, any and all vegetables he’ll eat, including healthy starches, and coconut products. From experience, I know the first few days will be .. ugly .. but he’ll soon start to feel better, and regain control over his body, behavior, and mood. I pray. In a few months, I look forward to completing this elimination experiment with him and re-introducing some items like local seasonal low-sugar fruits like berries, raw grass-fed dairy, etc.
He’s the mexican jumping bean in our little band of Paleo’s, and I’d like to remove the dietary triggers that are making him anything but a normal, energetic, curious, affectionate 6yo boy. Rest assured, he’s a full partner in this & he understands we are only interested in helping him feel better. I will report on our progress with this, maybe as a weekly update, over the next few months.
If you have children, with or without diagnosed behavioral issues, how do you support their best health? Is there anything else I should be doing??
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