ADD Forums - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support and Information Resources Community  

Go Back   ADD Forums - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support and Information Resources Community > TREATMENT & MANAGEMENT > Exercise and Nutrition > Nutrition
Register Blogs FAQ Chat Members List Calendar Donate Gallery Arcade Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #166  
Old 07-28-18, 10:33 PM
Wire Mother's Avatar
Wire Mother Wire Mother is offline
Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: The Monkey Lab, USA
Posts: 25
Thanks: 28
Thanked 47 Times in 19 Posts
Wire Mother is a jewel in the roughWire Mother is a jewel in the roughWire Mother is a jewel in the rough
Re: Diet and ADHD

I do keto--very low carb, high fat--and it has helped with some (though not all) of my ADHD-PI symptoms. I generally feel more grounded and less flighty, while also having more physical energy. And I only get hungry once a day, which is fantastic from an ADHD standpoint because I only have to cook and clean up once a day (and less than that, if I cook a lot of food ahead of time). I also don't eat a wide variety of foods, so I'm much more aware of exactly what is in the refrigerator and everything gets eaten before it has a chance to go bad, which has eliminated food waste. I also don't forget to pick up items when grocery shopping because my list is so short!

Carbohydrates are my nemesis, and I have finally accepted that. I will still eat a few bites of whole fruit occasionally, and I still eat and enjoy some green vegetables (especially broccoli), but sugar, grains, legumes, starchy vegetables, nuts, and tubers--they're all out. If I start eating any of them again, two things start to happen: 1) the craving cycle that leads to overeating, and eventual destructive binge eating, starts again; and 2) all of my inflammatory/autoimmune symptoms start to come back. Not to mention the brain fog and difficulty concentrating that I've always associated with ADHD, but I now suspect are at least in part due to immune response.

Cutting carbohydrate consumption to the bone is what it has taken for me to finally be free of compulsive binge eating and food cravings. It's very strange to not think about food, and what food I'm craving, all the time. Either I am hungry, and want to eat, or I am not, and when I am not hungry I don't think about food at all. It's also eliminated any desire for alcohol, or even smoking weed. I have no moral objection to either; I just don't want to do them any more. I do still drink coffee, but much less of it than I used to because I don't feel so tired and brain-fogged all of the time.

Keto has not been a "cure" for my ADHD by any means, mind you. My brain still has a hard time finding motivation to act; I still have difficulty concentrating on anything that doesn't interest me; and I still have a hard time "shifting gears" between anything I'm focused on and anything another person needs me to focus on. But it has made enough of a difference in my physical health and mental functioning that I intend to keep doing this.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Wire Mother For This Useful Post:
20thcenturyfox (05-01-19), Monox D. I-Fly (01-24-20)
  #167  
Old 07-29-18, 07:54 AM
sarahsweets's Avatar
sarahsweets sarahsweets is offline
Mod-A-holic
 

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: nj, usa
Posts: 28,870
Thanks: 5,818
Thanked 33,455 Times in 15,509 Posts
sarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Diet and ADHD

This is exciting to hear because I have been thinking of doing keto to drop 10lbs.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wire Mother View Post
I do keto--very low carb, high fat--and it has helped with some (though not all) of my ADHD-PI symptoms. I generally feel more grounded and less flighty, while also having more physical energy. And I only get hungry once a day, which is fantastic from an ADHD standpoint because I only have to cook and clean up once a day (and less than that, if I cook a lot of food ahead of time). I also don't eat a wide variety of foods, so I'm much more aware of exactly what is in the refrigerator and everything gets eaten before it has a chance to go bad, which has eliminated food waste. I also don't forget to pick up items when grocery shopping because my list is so short!

Carbohydrates are my nemesis, and I have finally accepted that. I will still eat a few bites of whole fruit occasionally, and I still eat and enjoy some green vegetables (especially broccoli), but sugar, grains, legumes, starchy vegetables, nuts, and tubers--they're all out. If I start eating any of them again, two things start to happen: 1) the craving cycle that leads to overeating, and eventual destructive binge eating, starts again; and 2) all of my inflammatory/autoimmune symptoms start to come back. Not to mention the brain fog and difficulty concentrating that I've always associated with ADHD, but I now suspect are at least in part due to immune response.

Cutting carbohydrate consumption to the bone is what it has taken for me to finally be free of compulsive binge eating and food cravings. It's very strange to not think about food, and what food I'm craving, all the time. Either I am hungry, and want to eat, or I am not, and when I am not hungry I don't think about food at all. It's also eliminated any desire for alcohol, or even smoking weed. I have no moral objection to either; I just don't want to do them any more. I do still drink coffee, but much less of it than I used to because I don't feel so tired and brain-fogged all of the time.

Keto has not been a "cure" for my ADHD by any means, mind you. My brain still has a hard time finding motivation to act; I still have difficulty concentrating on anything that doesn't interest me; and I still have a hard time "shifting gears" between anything I'm focused on and anything another person needs me to focus on. But it has made enough of a difference in my physical health and mental functioning that I intend to keep doing this.
__________________
President of the No F's given society.

I carried a watermelon?
Reply With Quote
  #168  
Old 01-12-21, 10:50 AM
PaulTardner PaulTardner is offline
Newbie
 

Join Date: Jan 2021
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
PaulTardner is on a distinguished road
Re: Diet and ADHD

Has anyone had any luck using specific foods/natural substances to help with symptoms? I've been doing a lot of research lately and it seems there are quite a few naturally-occuring substances which are effective for improving ADD/ADHD symptoms. Of course there are heavy-duty compounds like Citicoline, but I've seen a few clinical trials were things as simple as Theanine and Caffeine can be almost as effective as Adderall in cases of mild ADD symptoms (obviously not in cases of severe ADHD though).



Would be very interested to hear if anyone uses simple foods/herbs/compounds to help ease their symptoms!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #169  
Old 01-13-21, 03:35 AM
sarahsweets's Avatar
sarahsweets sarahsweets is offline
Mod-A-holic
 

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: nj, usa
Posts: 28,870
Thanks: 5,818
Thanked 33,455 Times in 15,509 Posts
sarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond reputesarahsweets has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Diet and ADHD

Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulTardner View Post
Has anyone had any luck using specific foods/natural substances to help with symptoms? I've been doing a lot of research lately and it seems there are quite a few naturally-occuring substances which are effective for improving ADD/ADHD symptoms. Of course there are heavy-duty compounds like Citicoline, but I've seen a few clinical trials were things as simple as Theanine and Caffeine can be almost as effective as Adderall in cases of mild ADD symptoms (obviously not in cases of severe ADHD though).



Would be very interested to hear if anyone uses simple foods/herbs/compounds to help ease their symptoms!
I am not trying to bash supplements or diet. I take like 15 vitamins a day due to gastric bypass. As far as I know fish oil supplements are very good for adhd and I suppose omega 3 heavy foods like salmon would help. I also have heard of some people who swear by magnesium. But its important to remember there is a large internet presence that is anti-med for adhd. A google search will bring up hundreds of sites that are anti-med and with all sorts of diets. Its important to research things from reliable sources like the AMA, FDA, Mayo clinic- stuff like that. It has been noted that generally diet is always a good thing to have in check but it does very little to nothing for adhd. There are many parents that fall prey to the idea that stimulants will ruin their children and start doing no sugar (which is fine for health but nothing to do with adhd) and other diets. Some people try to link adhd to gut health and promote these gut health diets but there is no proof.


Like I said, I believe in supplements for certain reasons but its important to remember that the "natural" health industry is a billion dollar industry and nearly all supplements/dietary things are not FDA approved and have poor oversight.
__________________
President of the No F's given society.

I carried a watermelon?
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to sarahsweets For This Useful Post:
stef (01-13-21)
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Evidence doesn't support restricted diet for ADHD Andi ADD News 2 03-13-11 11:23 PM
Patricia Gilbert?(Scattered please take a look) anamari ADD Publications, Audio & Video Tapes 5 07-29-08 01:51 PM
Somebody else who thinks they have ADHD Bashi Adult Diagnosis & Treatment 5 01-23-08 05:23 PM
Has Anyone Tried This? satoriman ADD Publications, Audio & Video Tapes 2 07-15-07 11:14 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
(c) 2003 - 2015 ADD Forums