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The various links below discuss nutrition particularly for Autism and ADHD however; this information is beneficial for cleaning up any diet. It also reviews the affects certain foods can have and also how to make nutritious and delicious meals on a specific diet

12 steps to feeding the brain: Consult your doctor or nutritionist about the following...

  • 1. Feed your tummies a diet rich in purified DHA, pure water, fruits and veggies, and lean protein foods. Become an expert at juicing and you can hide all kinds of greens and fruits in a great tasting smoothie! No artificial colors, preservatives, flavor enhancers, nitrates, etc

    Nothing artificial or words you don’t understand should be in your foods.

    Limit highly processed foods and fast foods, artificial sugars or dyes. For our family also limiting casein (diary) and gluten (wheat) products in our diet has made a dramatic difference.

    For a great fridge reminder on how the healthiest countries eat, print out the pyramid from HonestFoodGuide.org

  • 2. Limit TV, screen time, and video games to near nothing or limit to 30 minutes a day after that. Near focus time should be saved for educational needs on computer and at school, not for FUN. Video games should be movement based and NEVER violent. Limit to 30 minutes as a privilege that is earned.
  • 3. Low stress environment is vital to a child’s emotional, physical, and mental health and their IQ!
  • 4. Create a love for learning environment where a child can learn, explore, have questions, and even make mistakes & learn from their mistakes and have a love of learning. Let them learn it is okay to take intellectual risks & and learn from it. Children need to feel like they are succeeding. Play family games and board games often!
  • 5. Feed the brain myelin for faster connections, more focus, and prune the excessive connections by repetition, DHA daily (omega 3), plenty of purified water daily, and lots of calming touch inputs. Research shows that children who are raised in a loving environment full of loving touch (hugs, being held while reading a book, etc) have a higher IQ. Memory is enhanced by deep pressure touch (massage, hugs, brushing protocol taught in OT sessions).
  • 6. Sensory diet rich in movement, sports, and hands on play experiences.
  • 7. No lights or TV in room when sleeping- any light source at night, especially a TV decreases Melatonin production in the brain & you need this neurotransmitter to have good sleep cycles!
  • 8. Ask your physician about supplementing diet with DHA, milk-free probiotics, all natural food based multivitamin, fruit and veggie gummies, and have heavy metal, iron & iodine levels checked. Have a vitamin analysis of Vitamin levels, especially D and essential fatty acids.
  • 9. Consider goat milk based formulas best if you cannot breast feed. Goat milk is the closest animal milk to human breast milk without the high risk of food sensitivities/intolerance that comes with cow’s milk.
  • 10. Watch intake of sugars, especially high fructose, sucrose, dextrose, maltose or any “ose” sugar. These contain excitotoxins that cross the blood brain barrier disrupting production of important neurotransmitters and promote free radical damage to brain cells.
  • 11. EXERCISE daily with 70% max heart rate aerobic exercise at least 30-60 minutes a day! This is the best natural way to increase Brain Derived Nerve Growth Factor...the weed and feed for the brain!
  • 12. Learn what your child's love language is and learn to speak it every day: Time, Touch, Words of Encouragement, Acts of Service, or Giving. Dr. Chapman's books are wonderful such as the 5 love languages for children!
  • Feeding the Brain Heidi Clopton, Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Center of Development & Jason Clopton, Developmental Optometrist at Center of Vision