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The Feingold Diet

An elimination diet designed specifically for children with ADHD.

7 Comments & Reviews: The Feingold Diet

  1. I grew up on the Feingold diet and it was a Godsend for my family!

    The diet described in this article dates back to the 1970s when it was much more difficult to use because we had no way to know what was in processed food so we had to make many things from scratch.

    But that was more than 40 years ago and much has changed. Today we know how to research brand name foods and can buy snacks, sweets, mixes, and even fast food.

    Another change is that we now know it’s not an “all-or-nothing” program. It is important, however, to have up-to-date information and not try to figure out on your own.

  2. The diet worked for me and mine for the past 30 years. I was told my son would never make it through high school successfully before using the diet – and for him none of the meds had helped either. On the diet not only did he do just fine in high school, but he has college degrees in both chemistry and engineering. None of that would have happened without the help of the Feingold Association. Who woulda thought learning some simple recipes and identifying “safe” restaurants would be what made a difference in the future of my child?

  3. My child was constantly in trouble in preschool. We started Feingold on January 1st of his preschool year and saw an immediate improvement. His teacher was shocked. Here’s what she had to say:

    “In the fall [child] had trouble following directions, following school rules, controlling his impulses and/or anger, being defiant and he was sometimes disrespectful.

    Immediately on [child]’s return to our classroom after Christmas break I saw a change in all of his behaviors. He is able to control [his] behavior, make good choices, be an excellent friend, follow directions, follow rules, show compassion,be respectful and willingly participate in all activities of our classroom. Since January I would continue to describe [child] as smart, kind, patient, hardworking and a delight to have in class. I no longer make any adjustments for him in class. […] If someone were to observe our class, they would never pick out a child that had behavior struggles in the past.”

    We have now been doing Feingold for over a year. It is a commitment, and it was difficult to start, but it has made a HUGE difference, and there is so much support from other members. We will never go back.

  4. I’ve had my son on the Feingold plan since September and have noticed a significant improvement in impulse control. It is a challenge at times because it is so strict, but it gets easier as you go to find substitutes. One tip, I’d suggest using the search function on your phone or tablet—it tends to be easier than searching through the list and there have been things that I’ve found using the search function that I did not find in the guide. Also, there is a Facebook group that you can join that has a ton of information and tips from other parents.

  5. Like the old saying, we are what we eat. You’ll never go wrong with a non-dye, preservative free, organic diet. I say it’s worth it for my family. We’ve always eaten that way.

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