As you enter the Cave Man's environment, we remind you that this is not the comprehensive Feingold Diet developed by Dr. Ben Feingold which provides a Shopping Guide for acceptable processed foods, a Fast Food Guide and even a Guide to Natural Fragrance. Rather, it is a Paleo-style diet which follows the Feingold Association guidelines as well. If you are not familiar with the Feingold diet, see more information here.
Because of its more restrictive nature, the Cave Man's ADHD Diet should produce results quickly -- within a few days to a few weeks at the most.
If you or your child should be one of the unlucky few who actually get worse for a few weeks before improving, take solace in the knowledge that you are responding to the diet. Some parents call it "withdrawal" and some call it "detox," but it usually lasts no longer than a month to a maximum of 6 weeks. There is a metabolic explanation involving the PST / SULT1A enzyme. See the study here.
To use the Cave Man's ADHD DIET, you will do the following:
The Cave Man's ADHD Diet is an adventure, and an increasing number of people actually prefer to "eat Paleo" most (or all) of the time. However, if you or your children benefit from this dietary change, but you would like to return to the 21st century, check out the modern Feingold Program. If this is not available in your country, or you prefer not to join an organization, you can do it on your own using the guidance for adding and testing foods contained in this website to help you determine how much of the 21st century offerings you tolerate.
- Eat all organic foods, grass fed meat, etc. ... because THAT's what the Cavemen ate. If you are unable to obtain these, don't give up - just do the best you can.
- Avoid breads, milk products, AND all the replacements commonly used in a gluten-free casein-free diet ... grains were not grown and milk animals not domesticated yet.
- Avoid all processed foods ... and restaurants ... because the Cave People didn't have any.