Bonnie Kiser, MS, LMFT
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Nutritional Tracking for ADHD Symptomatic Behavior
(with Dr. Greg Sowles, FCC)
 
 
 
Goal:  To identify and remove items in foods that cause behavioral problems.
  
Step 1:  Log diet (everything individual eats and drinks).
 
Step 2:  Log behaviors
 
Step 3:  Identify foods that may contain the following:
  • Artificial colorings (red#40, Yellow #5, Blue #1, etc)
  • Artificial flavorings (synthetic vanilla, etc.)
  • Artificial sweetners (aspartame, saccharin, etc.)
  • BHA, BHT, and TBHQ preservatives
  • Step 4:  Identify foods that include the following:
  • Corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • HVP (hydrogenised vegetable protein)
  • Sodium nitrite (in lunch meat)
  • Calcium propionate (in baked goods)
Step 5:  Consider the following most-highly allergenic foods:
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Milk products
  • Chocolate
  • Soy
  • Corn products
  • Caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Nuts
Step 6:  Eliminate one possible irritant for 1 week and note behavior.
 
Step 7:  Continue process to eliminate nutrition's effect on behavior.
 
Step 8:  Track until there are 2 significant days of behavior change.
 
 

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