messy. crazy. amazing. joyful.
We're not all officially ADHD. Dad's unofficial. Our ten-year-old twins have ADHD. Our seven-year old wants to have it because everyone is always talking about it. Our three year old has ADHD--just because she's three. And me, Mom, I think it's contagious. Who can remain untouched in a house where shoes seem to be lost every morning, instructions are routinely thrown aside, and fights erupt over which continent capybaras come from?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Just Say No to Red Dye
I'm following the Friday Food Challenge from a mom's view of ADHD blog, making some diet changes for the family that I hope will help with ADHD symptoms. I have made a lot of food changes lately through a nutrition challenge at my gym, so one more seemed a bit overwhelming. But Penny is taking baby steps with the challenge, so I thought I'd jump in. This week we are cutting out FD&C Red 40, an artificial food coloring that has been shown to increase hyperactivity.
I am trying to stay away from processed foods altogether so there isn't much we eat that has red 20. But when I went to buy ketchup I saw that the organic Natural Directions ketchup was on sale, even cheaper than Heinz. So I bought it. I thought that the kids might whine and say it wasn't good ketchup or "the right" ketchup, but they never even noticed. Cheaper, healthier, no brainer. A baby step in the right direction.