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"Food Triggers" what are your child's?

Pamela - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




I am interested to find out what other children's food triggers are. My son has asked to be taken off his medication and I am willing to give it a go. He is 13, soon to be 14 and learning slowly to deal with his issues. I am just wondering if there are some things to watch for. In the past I have not seen any real change in his behavior because of food. You never know though.


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This is an old post, but it popped up for me as a "related conversation" to something else I was reading. I thought I'd add my current thoughts to it in case others are reading, too...

The most common triggers are artificial ingredients like colors, flavors and preservatives, as well as artificial sugars, MSG, etc... Also gluten, dairy and soy or any other food sensitivities your particular child has. Being aware of environmental exposure of these items and other toxic chemicals through body care products and household cleaners is also important.

I just held a recent teleclass (open group class by phone) about ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and diet. If you are interested in listening to find out all the details on diet and transitioning your kids, then you can get the replay here:

Hoping it helps!


Amanda - posted on 02/12/2009





no artificial colours or artificial flavours


List A

List B


-         almonds

-         apples (incl. juice)

-         apricots

-         black berries

-         boysenberries

-         gooseberries

-         green peppers

-         raspberries

-         cherries

-         currants

-         grapes/raisins (in a lot of juices)

-         nectarines

-         oranges (lemon/lime okay)

-         peaches

-         plums

-         all teas


-         tomatoes & products (incl. ketchup)

-         cucumbers (incl. pickles)

Bakery Goods

-         no commercially made or mixes

-         no frozen

Lunch Meats

-         none incl. hotdogs


-         make sure no artificial or mint flavouring

-         okay otherwise and goes for sherbet, gelatines, puddings


-         none


-         no diet/reg pop

-         tea

-         choc milk (plain okay)


-         margarine

-         mustard

-         mint flavouring

-         soy sauce

-         BBQ flavouring (SM on ingredients)

-         cloves

-         ketchup

-         chilli sauce

-         BHT preservative

-         tartrazine (in orange cheeses)


List B is permanently restricted, list A is restricted for the first 6 weeks and will be gradually reintroduced.  We're just getting started, but the first step is to cleanse the body.

Loreita - posted on 02/12/2009




Have you ever thought about the toxins in your home being a possible trigger or that it may add to the problem. I found that all the things in my house had some sort of toxin in them that can cause all kinds of problems. We changed out all of our cleaners and personal care products to Melaleuca and we had a big change. We were able to take our daughter of her adderall and my husband off his lexapro and 2 allergy meds. We were shocked. I have learned so much about the toxins on our home and I would be more then happy to help you. I am a representative for Melaleuca and I do make money when I help people, but I have become very passionate about helping moms who are wanting to help their kids. You can email me privately at and I can get you all kinds of info.


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Kim - posted on 03/03/2009




refined sugar, vegemite, cucumber, artificial colors and flavours. and the worst one of all....tomato sauce or ketchup. my daughter is 12 and is not allowed any of them.

Michelle - posted on 02/13/2009




My 9 yo son is extremely sensitive to food dyes of any kind.  We have found that starting there made a tremendous difference.  I haven't made the leap to gluten/caessin free yet, but we have cut back quite a bit with good results. 

I can tell in a min if he has had school lunch and made lousy choices.  For him a high protein diet really helps.  If his glucose is low, his behavior/ attitude is lousy.  So far, no diabetes, but when levels are on the low end, there is a noticeable difference.

Have you ever kept a food diary for him?

Nicole - posted on 02/12/2009




I have been researching this myself. I am actually taking my daughter off of gluten as I have issues with gluten myself and I have read that the incidents of gluten intolerance is higher among ADHD kids and that taking them off of it can help a lot. I am willing to give anything a go to make my girls life easier.

I have also heard of the Feingold diet which some people reccommend. I am not going that far yet.

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