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Sticking to an ADHD Diet during the Holidays

If your child is on an ADHD diet, sailing through the holiday season will be tricky.  This time of the year is marked by parties, reunions, and all sorts of social gatherings with food at the center.  While it's not a good idea to take a break from an ADHD diet unless the doctor says so, your child will feel left out if he or she cannot eat a single thing during dinner.  These diet strategies should help your child stick to the ADHD diet during the holiday season.

Volunteer to host the party

If your family is big on holiday gatherings, volunteer to host this year's party.  This way you can have control over the food being served and make sure that every single dish conforms to your child's diet, be it the gluten-free casein-free diet or the Feingold diet.  If your apartment or house is too small to accommodate your entire family, offer to cook and bring several dishes to the party.  The food you will bring will, of course, follow the guidelines of your child's ADHD diet.

Look up some ADHD-friendly recipes

What fun will the holidays be without gingerbread, a piece of candy cane, or a mug of hot chocolate?  While these foods are typically forbidden by most ADHD diets, your child can still snack on these holiday treats if you can find recipes that make use of gluten-free, casein-free, and additive-free ingredients.  Your local bookstore should carry books on gluten-free and casein-free baking, but an Internet search should also yield some recipes you can use.

Desensitize the body

If you are simply too busy with holiday preparations to host a party or prepare a feast, your child can undergo some desensitizing techniques. There are several approaches out there that can make your child less sensitive to food allergies and intolerances; however, it might take weeks or months of sessions for the therapy to work.  Look for a chiropractor or medical doctor who offers food allergy elimination, organ-specific detoxification, and enzyme therapy. 

Ask help from family or friends

Ask your family or friends to help your child stick to the diet by serving foods that conform to its guidelines.  While they may not understand why you can't just medicate your child, it helps if you explain the logic behind an ADHD diet – certain foods have substances that affect brain activity and trigger hyperactive, impulsive, and inattentive symptoms.

With a little work, your child can still enjoy the holiday festivities despite being on an ADHD diet.