Here’s a copy of the diet that Dr. Goldberg recommends:

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The Do’s and Don’t of the Diet! by Dr. Michael J. Goldberg

It is important to encourage the child to eat more protein. This will help balance out naturally their own amino acids, which in turn is part of helping their bodies become healthier. All these children need protein. It is also necessary to restrict the starches. Healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners should be served.

One should:
Avoid all dairy, chocolate, whole wheat and whole grains – while limiting sugars
All dairy means any product that has milk or bovine protein listed as a “major” ingredient.
This includes cheese, yogurt, and chips with cheese on them (Doritos’s, Cheeto’s etc.)
Don’t deprive your child however. Substitutes are always available for almost any product. Children seem to really enjoy “fake milk” in place of milk available at most health food stores and more and more markets depending on where you live. Easier to find are soymilk and sometimes goat milk. Mocha mix non-dairy milk substitute is available at most supermarkets, as well as Mocha mix ice cream. Don’t let them overdue this one because of sugar content.

Fake cheeses are also readily available. Tofurella comes in cheddar, Mozzarella and Jalepeno for the brave. These actually melt and make a reasonable fake pizza or fake grilled cheese sandwich. There are many other brands of Soy cheeses – make sure there is no added milk protein in them. Goat’s cheese is often a good choice (and tastes pretty good)

Chocolate is an offender because most chocolate is “milk chocolate.” An occasional treat made with cocoa powder is usually feasible (IF a negative reaction to anything, do not continue to use). Some children can tolerate Carob, some cannot.

With any “new” food always watch for a reaction. IF your child has a reaction, that product is not for them. Breakfast should generally consist of some “processed” (meaning not whole grain) cereal such as “Rice Krispies”, or Corn Flakes unsweetened , served with one of the fake milks. Some children have a problem with the preservatives put in cereal especially BHT (turns out it has antiviral properties.  If this is your child, then a preservative-free cereal like “puffed rice” or rice squares from the store brand of the food store is appropriate (be cautious and avoid ones made from brown rice)

A lot of the children also have problems with red, yellow and even blue food dyes. Pay attention to your child if they consume these in cereal or fake candy. If there is a negative reaction it is not to be used for them.
Eggs are usually okay (IF no eczema), French toast or pancakes (not buttermilk) in moderation (max 2x / week) with fake (not sugar sweetened) syrup. Vermont makes a great tasting one, also check the diabetic aisle of the supermarket as diabetics need to watch grams of sugar many products are made with sugar substitutes.
A “diet” soda is a great reward as long as your child does not react to Nutrasweet or Splenda. Sparkling flavored mineral water is a good choice with no added sweetner ( Avoid all berry, cherry, tropical fruit and fruit punch flavors). Most sugarless candies can now be found sweetened with saccharin , Splenda or Nutrasweet. Of the ones sweetened with Sorbital, be careful as this also works as a laxative so keep an eye out for loose stools.

In general, limit sugars.

The average American consumes over 120 pounds of sugar a year. For example a hamburger bun has three teaspoons of sugar, a regular non-diet 12 ounce soda has nine teaspoons of sugar (regular Coke, Seven-up, Sprite etc.).

Other names for Sugar “NO NO’s” are: Brown Sugar, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Fructose, “natural” Fruit Juice, Galactose, Glucose, Jam, Jelly, Lactose, Maltose, Maple Syrup.

Keep fruit consumption to two pieces /portions of fruit per day; this includes juice. Avoid all berries, cherry, tropical fruits and melons, as these can be very allergic.

Water down juices, start with half water half juice and work down to ¼ juice with the rest water.

Be creative!  If your child loves those juice boxes pour them out when the child is asleep, refill with diluted juice and put a piece of scotch tape over the top. You’ll getaway with it. Kids love the new Crystal light drinks that come in sport bottles. While expensive, buy them once then re-fill the bottles with the Crystal light that you can mix-up at home. Even better now they have it to go: single portions where you just add to a bottle of water (Just watch flavors).
Lunch is a good time for leftovers, again, trying to push extra protein.

Protein supplies necessary Amino Acids,” the building blocks of the body”.   No supplement can do as well as the real thing. Lunch is a hard meal to really make healthy. A sandwich is really okay as long as some protein is in the middle. Bread is really where the controversy begins. As long as your child is not overly gluten sensitive or has a significant titer to what is called gliadian antibodies, “processed” white bread is generally okay.

The word wheat is okay as long as the word “whole” is not in front of it (but this can be very confusing). The reasoning is, many people are allergic/reactive to whole grains, but not as dramatically, if at all to a processed product. Processing, changing the protein structure, grain, etc. removes most of the allergenic properties. For this reason often the store’s cheapest white bread is a good choice because when it cost’s less it is less likely to have butter (meaning less allergic) ingredients in it. While this may sound horrible for nutrition, the idea is not for a child to eat a loaf of bread, but to use it as a way to sneak in the protein (as part of a sandwich). Be careful -many white breads advertise whole grains, these are not the ones to feed your child. Besides allergens, whole grains are much harder to digest and can increase intestinal inflammation.

Dinner can be any meat, chicken, fish (if tolerated) with some vegetables and a little starch (small serving of white rice, or potato, or pasta). Try to remember the body converts starch to sugar within a few steps, so that is another reason to limit consumption.

We know your child may be stubborn at first and only eat the starch on the plate.  The key, is don’t fight them, if they do not want to eat the rest of the food do not force them. But do not let them fill-up on junk food / starches / sugar, “grazing” either. When they want more food present what they have not finished or just say, “wait till the next meal” (either approach is OK).  Believe it or not their pattern of eating will change.

Too often parents “give in” afraid a child “will starve to death.” As a Pediatrician I can safely say, “there are no reports in this country of a child starving to death, offered food. As parents, one may often feel guilty and give in. The key is to understand, the child / brain is often craving what is bad for it (like a drug), and in the end as a parent you are helping your child if you change that. But, Do Not fight with them or they will go on a hunger strike and be even more stubborn. Remember, you cannot make a child eat (or go to the bathroom), but “nature” will work for you if you let it.

Install a “good” water filter in your home if there is any issue of toxins or possible problems with your water supply.