Feingold Diet

This MedScape* article on Lifestyle and Complementary Therapies for ADHD includes a review of the Feingold diet.

I was surprised that the research cited supports the effectiveness of the Feingold diet. I had been under the impression that although this diet clearly helped some people, it was ineffective for the majority and hard to maintain, which made it a difficult solution for many households. To my surprise, the research cited in this article suggests that it helps a majority of the children who tried it. The diet is, however, controvercial. Click here for another viewpoint.

You’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s something you want to try. The advantages are it’s free and cant’ really hurt. Let me know if it works for you (or if it doesn’t!). I’ll be interested to know.

* Medscape is a online medical journal for healthcare professionals with the mission to provide timely, comprehensive, and relevant clinical information to improve patient care. You have to create an account to view the articles, but once you do, you can access the content at no charge.

5 thoughts on “Feingold Diet”

  1. Marcia –

    Thanks for the personal report. Because everyone’s ADHD is different (and as you point out it’s often not “just” ADHD that a person is dealing with), it’s good to know about a variety of options. I know that Feingold doesn’t work for everyone, but it clearly makes a huge difference for some.

    Did you have any difficulty staying with the diet when your son was younger? And now that he’s in charge of his own life, is he ever tempted to go off it?

    – Sarah

  2. We found that staying on the diet all the time was so much easier than the reactions he’d get, that we were motivated to stick with it. Going off now and then would send the wrong message. He needed to know that it was very important.

    I’m sure he is not 100% on the diet now but he knows how far he can go. There are just some things he won’tf touch. Visiting his home and going out with us shows me that he is still very careful.

  3. I have found exercise to be the most useful natural approach to my ADD with hyperactivity symptoms. I believe what is good for the body is also god from the brain so a healthy diet is probably does help but eliminate my hyperactive symptoms not – if I eat to many processed food I feel tired not hyperactive.

    The human body was made to move – not sit. The human brain was designed for movement after all only creatures who move have brains. There wasn’t any doctors prescribing medications when I was growing up – my mother managed my symptoms by working with who I was instead of against it. I had an hour play time between coming home from school and homework to give me time to exercise the wiggles. After running and playing I was better able to concentrate on my studies . Some 40 years later they are finding out what my mom seemed to understand all along – exercise is good medicine – Upset run around the block , fidgety go bounce a ball for ten minutes and come back, exercise heals many ails ADD being only one .

    Look at the illness caused by the lack of movement illustrates the importance of exercising . Notice hyperactive ADDers are not as prone to bi-polar depression, as ADDers in the other two sub-groups of ADDers Perhaps the activity level is an adaptation to enhance the brain development .

    In my opinion the “neurological condition” should be assign to those who expect six year olds to sit for an hour without moving.

  4. Being a restless type myself, I have to agree with you about the benefits of movement and exercise when it comes to self-regulation.

    John Ratey (of “Driven to Distraction” fame) has just come out with a new book entitled “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”.

    EVERYONE should read this book! And I do mean everyone-you, your spouse, your kids, their teachers, your doctors. EVERYONE.

    I originally put off opening it as I was afraid it would be dry and technical, but it’s not at all. I found it so compelling and easy to read I could hardly put it down. So go read it. And then come tell me how it’s changed your life!

    – Sarah

  5. My 6-1/2 year old son was just diagnosed with ADHD and oppositional defiance disorder. I don’t want him on any meds, and neither does his father or the rest of the family. I’m looking for help and and advice… especially with the Feingold diet. Please help!

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