Dr. Daniel Amen, a world-renowned physician, psychiatrist and an author of New York Times best selling books has published Healing ADD, which features the seven types of ADD, and gave some tips on how to treat each type through the ADD Diet. In using the book, parents can identify if their child has signs of having ADD based on the questionnaires. According to Amen, it is best to determine first which type of ADD is occurring to the child so that it can be addressed by the best treatment available.
Foods to Include in the ADD Diet
In the book, Healing ADD, Amen emphasized that this condition can be treated with food as a source of medicine. He claims that picking the right food to eat has positive effects to the overall health of the person with ADD. He stressed out that high-protein foods are preferable to eat and a low carbohydrate diet.
Amen recommends of not eating any simple carbohydrate during lunchtime if you want to maintain good energy levels until dinnertime. This means that foods like potatoes, rice, fruit juice, pasta and other carbohydrate-rich foods should be avoided.
Since ADD can be linked to the brain’s health, Amen suggested imbibing more water because hydration can give the brain the necessary boost to keep it healthy.
Sample Diet Meal Plan
- During breakfast, you can have a whole grain bagel and to make it more tasty, you can add it with cream cheese
- At midday, you may opt for a Cobb Salad
- If you decide to have an afternoon Snack, you can get natural peanut butter and celery sticks
- At dinner time, you can enjoy a grilled salmon, add it with Steamed broccoli, and you should eat brown rice
If you are on an ADD diet, aerobic exercise is highly recommended and you should perform it 30 up to 45 minutes and five times in a week.
The book of Amen is a great guide to identify the seven types of ADD and helps you in getting the best approach on how to address each type. The book also offers advices on how you should get a professional help.
However, the book did not mention any side effect of the suggested treatment. It did not also specify the meal plan to follow and most of the examples given lack the practical applications.
Readers find the book helpful in some ways, yet find it also technical with less practical applications. However, parents would find it helpful in getting tips on how to manage their child with ADD.