It seems a never ending quest to find a treatment plan for Anthony’s ADHD that doesn’t include medicating him.  We tried going the organic food only route with some success, but unfortunately, finances just don’t allow us to shop 100% organic.  I can’t say that all organic really helped with Anthony’s symptoms though.  He may have chilled a little, but it wasn’t a huge eye-popping difference where we could say “YAY!”

I have successfully eliminated most processed foods and try to cook as much from scratch as possible.  I just wish the boys liked the “Canadian” Mac & Cheese recipe as much as I do!  {I only refer to it as “Canadian” because it’s my friend Cheryl’s recipe and she lives in Canada…it’s not some special Canadian blend of noodles or anything}

So now I am on to experiment #2:

Eliminating Red Food Dye

Reactions [to red #40] include temper tantrums, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, uncontrollable crying and screaming, kicking, nervousness, dizziness, inability to concentrate and sit still among other findings. Physically you may get frequent headaches or migraines, upset stomach and feel ill after ingesting this additive. Often when Red 40 is eliminated from the child’s diet a remarkable change is noticed immediately.  (Credit: associatedcontent.com)

That’s what I’m talking about!

Eliminating red food coloring is not going to be easy.  It is in everything.  It is really pretty disgusting if you think about it.  Why do we allow them to put all these preservatives and artificial shit in our children’s food!?  Food does not need Red #40.  They put it in there to make it “pretty” and so that children will want to eat it.  And, did you also know that Red #40 is made out of coal?  Nice.

Last night I started going through and reading the labels on stuff in my pantry.  It sucked that there was red dye in my kids’ chewable pain medicine.  But other than that, I have not found a lot in my pantry with red colors.  Go me!  It will suck the first time we stop at 7-11 and he begs for a cherry slurpee though.

Amanda has had good luck finding red dye alternatives for her kids, what about you?  Have you tried eliminating any of the food dye’s from your children’s diets?  Did you see any difference?  I’m really interested to see how this works.