(read previous entry, too)
Ki not only had ADHD'SID worsened from the foods, he also would get hives from certain foods and he has asthmma and allergies which got mUCH better after we did this diet (he went from breathing treatments 3-4 times a day to just once and then NONE by the end of two years.
To do the elimination diet- we took out ALL FOODS on the list (previous post) along with artificial colors and flavors and restricted preservatives (hard to get them ALL out of the diet)
After 4-6 weeks we added in ONE FOOD on the moderate list- if he had a reaction- we waited 3 days to let him clear before trying another food. well- that was the plan.. Ki reacted to every single food we tried and within 30 minutes. So after about 5 foods I just said 'forget it. he's not getting anything added in for at least a year!" after a year he'd still react, but very mildly and with not so small an amount. by year two he could have about everything- IN MODERATION- except for the WORST foods (extremely high level foods- those took another year)
he still doesn't get honey or peanut butter and spices are limited. And artificial colors/flavors are still not allowed- but he can have them on special occassions, like holidays and celebrations.
here is a list of the SAFE FOODS he could eat during that tiime: (a few on the LOW list he couldn't even have the first year )
Safe foods - Negligible amounts if any Fruit
Banana, lime, pear - peeled.
Bamboo shoot, cabbage - green/white, celery green split peas -dried, lentils, lettuce - iceberg, swede.
Beans - dried (not borlotti). You may use canned beans but avoid any that have added ingredients such as sugar and salt. It is possible to buy beans in filtered water only and there are some organic varieties available. Check in your local health food shop.
Potatoes are fine but they must be of the old white variety and you must peel them.
Grains :Barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, rice, rye, wheat.
To avoid additives and hidden preservatives, all bread, biscuits, cakes etc.. should be home-made. Seeds and nuts :Poppy seeds.
Sweeteners :Maple syrup, white sugar.
Meat, fish, poultry and eggs: Meat, fish, poultry and eggs are generally salicylate free but avoid liver and prawns and do not eat any processed meat.
Herbs, spices and condiments :Malt vinegar, saffron, sea salt, soy sauce (if free of spices).
Oils and fats Cold pressed oils such as sunflower or soy.
Butter. Margarine and processed rapeseed, safflower, soya bean, sunflower oils although low in salicylate are likely to contain preservatives that may mimic salicylate reactions and are best avoided.
Dairy :Butter, cheese (not blue vein), milk, yoghurt - natural only but you can add your own fruit.
Misc. :Carob powder, cocoa, tofu. :
Beverages : Decaffeinated coffee, milk, ovaltine, home made pear juice, soya milk, rice milk, water.
Very low Fruit Golden delicious apple - peeled (green variety only), paw paw, pomegranate, tamarillo. Vegetables Brussel sprouts, borlotti beans, carrots, chives, choko, garlic, green peas, leek, mung bean sprouts, red cabbage, shallot, yellow split peas.
Nuts and seeds Cashew nuts. Condiments Fennel - dried, fresh parsley.
Sweeteners golden syrup Meat and fish Liver, prawns.
Fruit Fresh figs, lemon, mango, passion fruit, persimmon, rhubarb.
Vegetables Fresh asparagus, beetroot, cauliflower, green beans, onion, marrow, potato - white with peel, pumpkin,sweetcorn, tomato, turnip. Frozen spinach.
Seeds and nuts Hazelnuts, pecan, sunflower seeds.
Herbs, spices and condiments Fresh coriander leaves.
Oils and fat Ghee
Beverages Dandelion coffee, shop bought pear juice.