Foods for Bipolar/ODD

Discussion in 'Healthful Living / Natural Treatments' started by 2ODD, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. 2ODD

    2ODD New Member

    I was wondering if there are bad/good/better food choices to feed a child with ODD/bipolar?
  2. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    A lot depends on the kid, so you'll have to experiment. Mine does better with less nitrates/nitrites (in hot dogs and most other processed meats) and with more Omega-3s in her diet. We also use organic milk and some other organic products. We recently discovered Morning Star veggie corndogs are not all that terrible tasting, so she can still get her "hot dog" fix while avoiding a lot of stuff.

    Others have luck with girlfriend or girlfriend/CF diets, dye-free foods, non-processed foods, etc. Be sure to get really good guidance if you start cutting foods to make sure you're not losing needed nutrients, and a good number of girlfriend processed foods have more calories/sugar/fat than their gluten counterparts (as well as missing out on key nutrients that you have to make up elsewhere), so there's a lot of research and label-reading involved.
  3. Jena

    Jena New Member

    less sugar is all i can say..........
  4. Nomad

    Nomad Guest

    Would tend to agree with what's been said....
    little to NO sugar, little to no "junk" / processed foods, less carbs

    However, it seems as those suffering with a mood disorder tend to crave carbs.
  5. Josie

    Josie Active Member

    My daughter's ODD went away when we put her on the girlfriend/CF diet. Now, if she eats it, it is like a light switch and she is back to her ODD ways.

    She eats mostly junk food like popcorn, soda, and chips, but as long as it is girlfriend/CF junk food, her behavior and mood are fine.

    She was diagnosis'ed with ODD and depression. Another psychiatrist said Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) and her therapist thought she would end up getting diagnosis'ed with bipolar.
  6. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    I agree with-the others.
    Even if you don't have bipolar. :)
  7. Jena

    Jena New Member

    terry lol exactly........
  8. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Boy, do they ever! we're finding that it helps to control what kind of carbs... as in, "healthier" stuff - limits on "real junk", and no limits on "real healthy" - and yes, they will eat the healthy stuff as long as they get "some" of the junk... and are actually hungry (read: 9 times out of 10... hmmm - do I need a behavior chart for that??).

    Healthier carbs that seem to work with ours... popcorn (fiber), nuts (fiber, healthy fats, protein, etc.), raw or frozen veggies, fresh fruit (apples and bananas are faves). If the healthy stuff is of interest, then they are actually hungry, not just "carb-craving" - and if they are just carb-craving, then... if two cookies after school isn't enough, have a bowl of cereal, or bread-and-butter.