A Mother's Journey Blog

2010 Envirnomental Working Group Latest On “Dirty Dozen List”

Purchasing organically grown produce is the ideal first step in gaining control of ADD/ADHD, however I do understand that for some of us it can become too costly for our budget. So knowing how to discriminate between the least amount of chemcials for certain produce needs to become an important part of your eating habits. I have updated this year’s Environmental Working Group’s latest 2010 list of the “Dirty Dozen:

 While carrots, pears, and lettuce are no longer included on the list, unfortunately, spinach, blueberries, and potatoes have taken their place.

Dirty Dozen(Always and I mean always try to buy these produce organic)

Celery Peaches





Bell Peppers





 Grapes (Imported)

Equally helpful when shopping is to know which fruits and vegetables have the least amount of pesticide residues, so when organic varieties of the “Dirty Dozen” are unavailable, you can choose these as great alternatives: (To Clean chemicals off of these produces, soaking them in GSE Grapefruit seed extract- follow directions from GSE website)



Sweet Corn



Sweet Peas








Sweet Potato

Honeydew Melon

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.


Hafer Theory Connected To ADD/ADHD
The Hafer Theory is a studying done (more than 20 years) connecting the dietary consumption of certain foods and beverages and the noticeable negative effect it has on ADD/ADHD. Hafer discovered that there is a common component in foods which affect ADD/ADHD. This component is phosphate. She publish her findings in her book called “The Hidden Drug- Dietary Phosphate (Cause of Behavior Problems, Learning Difficulties and Juvenile Delinquency. Hafer argues that phosphates trigger ADD symptoms. On page 91-116 of her book, it explains in great detail how the phosphates and acids of the citric acid cycle affect a sensitive person’s metabolism. 1 tsp or 1 tbsp (depending on weight) of red wine vinegar (which contains acetic acid) can neutralize the affects of phosphates.
Tip: 1 tsp of organic red wine with 1 tsp distilled water and a tiny bit raw organic honey.
Phosphate is a common ingredient in Processed Foods (used as preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners, self-rising bread, and any sodas). It is also a mineral that is vital for many life processes in our bodies. These types of phosphates should be pulled from ADD/ADHD diet!
Hafer’s claim to limit amount of phosphate/phosphorus from diet. Because we need this mineral for healthy development, it would not be wise to eliminate it entirely from our diet. 
Here are examples of Natural Foods that contain phosphate that should be limited in ADD/ADHD diet: Egg yolk (the lecithin in yolks is a high source of phosphate), all dairy products, all seeds (peas, lentils, dried beans, etc), most nuts (peanuts, walnuts, almonds, etc), soya bean products, and all whole grains. Sugar intensifies the body’s response to phosphate rich foods, alcohol exacergates the excess effect of phosphate, and citric acid effect on the body’s metabolism effects the phosphates.
The World Health Organization recommends that our daily intake of  800-1000mg to be consumed dialy in a 1:1 ration with calcium.  A German study revealed on an average that many individuals are consuming between two to three times this recommended daily allowance upsetting the delicate mineral balance leading to other mineral deficiencies affecting the nervous system and triggering ADD symptoms. Health professionals can agree that nearly every child with ADD/ADHD is deficient in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and zinc. Excess phosphate interferes with the absorption of these minerals.
There is no cure for phosphate sensitivity. A low-phosphate diet have shown to provide incredible results with ADD/ADHD.
Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers
When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Trans-Fat Should be Avoided In ADHD Diet

Other terms for Trans fats are “partially hydrogenated”, “hydrogenated”, and “shortening.” If you pick up a product and you think it’s safe because it says “Trans fat are 0g,” that means it has less than 0.5g. US ruling says that it the fat content is less than 0.5g per serving, manufacturer cans list it as having 0 gram. It may seem like a small amount but seriously how many of us eat one serving size.

Most kids will eat multipe servings exceeding this intake. Trans fat are the result of adding hydrogen to vegetable oils. They are used to extend the shelf life of products and to make fried foods taste crispy.

Here are some of the Trans-fattiest foods in your supermarket:

1. Hostess Cherry Fruit Pies (8g per serving)

2. Pop Secret Kettle Corn (6g per serving)

3.Celeste Original Pizza (5g per serving)

4. Pillsbury Grands Flaky Supreme Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls (5g per serving)

5.Austin Cheese Crackers With Cheddar Jack Cheese (4.5g per serving)

*Your limit should be less than 2g a day.

Enthusiastically yours,

 Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Favorite Green Drink for ADD/ADHD
Handful of organic spinach
Handful of grapes
3 slices of organic pineapples
pinch of pure stevia extract
Fill distilled water over Vitamix blades and toss everything in. Mix for about 30-45 seconds. Makes two servings. This is a very delicious green drink! It has become a common request among friends and family.
Spinach is super source of  antioxidants (folate, beta carotene, lutein, etc) and the king of digestion (heals almost all stomach lesions). Don’t cook spinach or you will lose the oxalic acid healing properties.
Red grapes are high in antioxidant quercetin and resveratrol. Always try to purchase grapes with seeds. You will want to remove the seeds before you juice. Grapes that do not have seeds have been GMO which is a major no no for ADD/ADHD.
Pineapples contain one of the strongest protein digestive enzyme called bromelain. They are also loaded with tons of vitamins and minerals. They strengthen your bones because they are rich in manganese and they can help heal a damaged digestive tract.
Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers
When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Best Cereal For ADD/ADHD

A common question I’m asked is what do we eat for breakfast. Sometimes Charlie will eat raw organic oatmeal in unsweetened soy milk ( sweetened with 1/4 tsp pure stevia extract) with 2-3 scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil. We completely stay away from sugar and butter. Sometimes he’ll sprinkle raw Himalayan salt or his favorite spices over his eggs. Lately we have been enjoying Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Original cereal for breakfast. Because the grains are sprouted it is very gentle on your digestive system and full of beneficial enzymes. It’s an organic cereal that doesn’t contain preservatives or anything artificial for that matter. It has 0 sugar and this cereal uses six sprouted grains and legumes making it a complete protein. My husband uses 1 cup of Ezekiel in unsweetened soy milk. He adds 1 full dropper of Vanilla Alcohol Free Stevia. It’s crazy delicious and sooo good for you! I prefer to mix my cereal in either unsweetened rice milk or almond milk. One bottle of liquid vanilla stevia (2 oz) will cost you $14.99. After using this product you will never consider sugar or artificial sweeteners again. Sometimes my husband will mix either raw carob, raw chocolate, organic cinnamon, or fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc) in his cereal. Personally I do not put anything in my cereal except the stevia. The great thing about protein is how full it keeps you all day. Which is great for ADD/ADHD since they tend to get hungry quicker than most kids. Not only does protein help with focus but it helps to stabilize their blood sugar too. You should also check out Ezekiel sprouted breads. We LOVE their sesame bread! We went to our local grocery store and talked them into ordering this bread for us. You can definitely find it at your local health food stores that have a refrigerator selection. We order our cereal in bulk on http://www.amazon.com (Free shipping). This is a pricey cereal but well worth it. Price ranging anywhere from $5.25- $6.69 per box. You can order vanilla stevia at http://www.NuNaturals.com (Free shipping for orders over $35) Enthusiastically yours, Shirley Highers http://www.addnaturalremedy.com When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Perfect Meal For Thanksgiving
Everyone has been calling me asking me what I’m going to make for Thanksgiving. This will the first Thanksgiving where I will actually be doing the cooking. Normally we get in the car and drive to our relatives to eat. We stuff our faces and move on to the next house. Finally around 5pm we make our way back home rubbing our bloated bellies. We have always been so proud of those moments. No cooking or cleaning. Thanksgiving has always been our cheat day. But since last June and especially August, I have moved our family toward more organic raw living meals. Currently we eat 95% organic, 75% raw, and 25% tofu or chicken. So here we are; Turkey day and everyone wants to know including myself what I’m going to make that will be healthy.
So I decided to go with a chicken instead of a turkey. Turkey is always so dry. Plus no one ever wants the left over because it’s so dry. The night before I marinated my cage free, grass fed, no antibiotic and steroid chicken in the our favorite spices. Next morning I smoked it for 5hrs @ 225.
I selected broccoli as one of our sides dishes due to it’s strong disease fight factors and abundant antioxidants. I made sure I prepared a raw dish. In a bowl, I cut up(bite size) 2 broccoli heads. I diced up 1/2 organic red onion and and 2 celery stalks. For the sauce, I used 1/2 cup Veganise, added 1/4 tsp pure stevia extract, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and 2 tbsp organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I poured the mixture onto my veggies and sprinkled in some hunza raisins.
For my second side dish I selected sweet potatoes because it’s one of the BEST choice for complex carbohydrates! It helps with your metabolism, has anti-inflammatory properties, it ties with carrots when it comes to having the highest amount of beta-carotene, it’s rich in potassium, vit A, & vit C, and contains a large amount of fiber. I sliced up 4 large organic sweet potatoes and then layered them in a casserole dish. I poured 1/4 cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil over the sweet potatoes and sprinkled some sea salt and cinnamon. I covered with foil and baked @ 400 F for 30 mins. In my smaller food processer I poured 1/2 cup of organic bran & flakes cereal with a handful of spouted walnuts. I sprinkled 1/4 tsp pure stevia extract and grounded everything together. After I removed the sweet potatoes from the oven, I poured the grounded cereal/walnut over the sweet potatoes and then placed a layer of walnuts on top of the cereal. I sprinkled cinnamon & pumpkin pie seasoning and some salt over everything. I left it uncovered and stuck it back in the oven for another 15 mins. Once out of the oven, I sprinkled raw unsweetened chocolate (cacao) over walnuts. I also took 1 tbsp of organic raw agave or Grade B maple syrup and strategically placed small drops all over the top of the casserole. I did half the casserole in maple (1/2 tbsp) and half in agave (1/2 tbsp) to see what everyone liked the best.
For dessert I made a raw vegan sprouted almond cheesecake. I was suppose to use cashews but they’re very fatty. Almonds are easily digested and so very good for you especially when you sprout them. Nutritional level jumps up about 3-4 times higher. I wanted to keep Thanksgiving lite so everyone didn’t feel heavy afterwards wanting to take a nap. The goal was to select foods that didn’t require a lot of energy to break down and does not stick to the colon walls.
I was just praying that everything turned out okay that day. Well it turned out better than okay. The meal was such a success that we didn’t even have left over’s for dinner. We could not stop eating. The chicken was soooo juicy and spicy! The sweet potatoes tasted more like dessert because the cereal made it crunchy. Everything was so yummy! And no bloated bellies either!
Enthusiastically yours,
Shirley Highers 
When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Is Organic Food Not Nutritionally Better Than Commerical Produce?

According to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Researchers, organic produce DO NOT have a higher nutritional content. This team of researchers have now completed the most extensive systematic review of the available published literature on nutrient content of organic food ever conducted. Over 50,000 papers were searched, and a total of 162 relevant articles were identified that were published over a fifty-year period up to 29 February 2008 and compared the nutrient content of organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs.The review focused on nutritional content and did not include a review of the content of contaminants or chemical residues in foods from different agricultural production regimens. The researchers found organically and conventionally produced foods to be comparable in their nutrient content. For 10 out of the 13 nutrient categories analyzed, there were no significant differences between production methods in nutrient content.

So, since this is now a proven fact, “Do I still recommend that ADD/ADHD have a strict organic diet and continue to pull the crap from their diet such as dairy, MSG, hydrogenated oils, etc??” My answer is, ABSOLUTELY!!  As I mentioned in previous blogs: Eating organic foods isn’t just about getting more minerals and vitamins into your diet but to bypass poisonous chemicals that are used to grow produce and livestock. Heck why do you think we still put our son on high quality liquid supplements to aid with this ADHD? I never once for a moment that he was going to get everything he needed just from the food the consumed especially since ADHD are highly deficient in vitamins and minerals already. He would have to eat like 8-10 serving sizes of various raw vegetables daily. Please understand that eating organic foods is crucial for ADD/ADHD because they are FREE of pesticides, herbicides, harmful fertilizers, insecticides, or any other poisons for that matter. PLUS they are not GMO or genetically engineered or modified. Organic meats or livestock’s are FREE of antibiotics, steroids, and growth hormones. Since omega-3 originates in the green leaves of plants, grass, and algae; organic grass feed livestock’s will be higher in omega-3 and CLA (helps fend off cancer and burns body fat). Ask yourself, “What is ADD/ADHD?” It’s a neurological disorder. Pesticides, fertilizers, hydrogenated oils, etc. are all neurotoxins. This means they are destroying neurotransmitters and keeping the nervous system from developing properly. Do you really think it’s a good idea for a child who doesn’t have a developed immune system diagnosed with ADD/ADHD that they should eat chemical laden foods that’s only going to make their existing problems worst? Personally I think EVERYONE should eat organic not just ADD/ADHD! When you purchase organic products this is the only way to ensure that their are NO artificial sweeteners, dyes, flavors, MSG, trans fat, or other preservatives.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.