View Full Version : ADHA--foods that will help?
12-28-2007, 08:48 AM
Title should be ADHD--geesh! lol!
Gee lots of posts for me today--just went raw again yesterday (except for dinner...but will do better today)...so lots of new questions. :)
In any case--I am highly highly highly suspected to have ADHD. I can't be medicated b/c I am nursing. (yes I am that bad that I have considered the meds)
I was wondering if there were any super foods out there that could help with focus and concentration.
Also looking for my daughter as I do have her on medicine--but as soon as the patch goes off...holy moses! I medicated her while we begin behavioral modification therapy in order to make it easier for both of us. But it would be better to not have her on stimulants at all. But rather....'nature's stimulants' if there are any out there.
03-09-2008, 10:43 PM
I have ADHD also. I was diagnosed a year and a half ago at the age of 36. It explained a ton of things about me, my habits, my personality, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
I tried the stimulants and had HORRIBLE acne. I went onto another medication and after being on it for almost 8 months or so, I am enjoying the effects of being properly medicated on a medication that helps my brain function in a more productive way (especially with regards to my work).
I have had a VERY difficult time sticking to raw eating because of the impulsivity aspect of my ADHD and lack of discipline, but I keep coming back for the hope that the longterm positive eating will help me in some way, shape, or form...yet from the research that I have done, those of us with ADHD/ADD have brains that simply function differently rather than having something "wrong" with our brain function. It just, unfortunately for us, works out that our type of brain function doesnt fit well within our society, thus, creating a BIG OLD STINKING PROBLEM!!!
I would love to be able to sit in my chair and focus for longer than 20 minutes on my work...and my hopes are that someone will read my post and your post and tell us that they had a significant positive improvement in their ability to focus since changing to all raw.
PLEASE, LET THERE BE SOMEONE WITH THIS KIND OF AN EXPERIENCE!!!
03-10-2008, 03:25 AM
Good Morning kellijean and Momma,
I thought that you two might be interested in this interview with Dr. Fred Baughman, a pediatric neurologist. He explains in great detail the fraud of ADHD and the chemical holocaust against our children. Here is the link on that interview.
Here is another well written informative article by Mike Adams, a holistic nutritionist and researcher. He explains the real cause of ADHD. here is the link to that article.
You two have come to the right place for support. There is nothing that a raw food lifestyle cannot cure!
Would you two mind sharing what your eating habits are really like? It would be very interesting to see the connection between your eating habits and your ADHD.
03-10-2008, 06:18 AM
Although I did not visit Cabosun's particular links YET, I feel that anyone who has dabbled a bit in Alternative Medicine therapies and listened to/read the lectures/opinions/studies etc. of many current health practitioners, they are bound to have come across this issue- and most likely the dubiousness of it. I think ADHD is more a personality 'disorder' than anything, and I feel people are being improperly diagnosed. I don't feel it's a good excuse for anything... I myself could most likely fall into the category of ADHD, or ADD, at the least, but I'll just settle for thinking I'm a young, triple air (astrologically speaking) artist, instead of looking for a drug to 'cure' my 'disorder'....:D ;)
Anyway, setting that aside, I'm sure there are physical components that are contributing to this so called "ADHD" for both of you, and I feel that once you have both attained a diet that works best for your body, symptoms will ease a bit. Moreover, in terms of concentration, the brain is a muscle; it will develop, build, strengthen and expand is you exercise it, and sometimes that requires extreme dilligence. I have been an avid reader all my life, not because I can sit still to read a book for the life of me, or read very much in one sitting (I tend to have to migrate frequently in order to read), but because I FORCE myself to read... And I find that when I'm in the rhythm of reading ravenously, it becomes increasingly easier for me to concentrate on the task, as well as concentrate in general, where as I noticed that once I started attending art school and fell in love with dancing, developing an addiction to it and thus accumatively exercising my noggin less, over time my concentration began to abate and diminish... I'm actually currently in this state, and it's driving me nuts:eek: I FINALLY have to do some major studying here in art school, and it's like I have forgotten how... Nor can I get myself to concentrate to do so:confused:
Anyway, sorry for rambling, hope this made some sense... Best of luck to you both, though I'm sure I'm in a similar boat!
03-10-2008, 07:33 AM
I'm actually teaching a class on this topic on Saturday. Unfortunately, I am out the door to take my dog to the vet. When get back, I will post about some foods that will help and things you should stay away from.
I also believe that ADHD is just a combination of symptoms from poor diet and body abuse. It also stems from children that are smarter mentally than they are emotionally . Their minds are moving so quickly that they act before they think of the consequence. I'll post later today.
04-16-2008, 11:47 AM
I am bumping this up to get some answers for my family also. I have 2 children on medications for ADHD and there is nothing I would like better than to take them off medication and be able to live life without serious issues arising.
1bigfamily -- I stopped taking Ritalin (and had also tried other Strattera and Adderall prior to that) after I went raw.
I stopped taking the meds after going raw. It didn't seem right to be putting them in my body -- but raw helped so much that it worked out okay.
I find that I cannot have cacao regularly because I become dependent upon it much like I was on coffee and the ADD meds. Green smoothies and greens help a lot. I grew wheatgrass for a while and found it to be an immense help as well. I left my trays outside at my old house and just ordered some more. I'm eager to start the wheatgrass again.
I do some things that help me stay on task that may not work for others. For example, I am HORRIBLE historically of managing to clean up and keep organized. I also get overwhelmed at doing something for a long time. So I use a digital egg timer and pick an amount of time to do something like clean. This somehow helps me to stay focused.
I only work in a very clean organized space -- which is difficult for someone with ADD symptoms. So EVERYTHING has a place and stays there.
I follow the tips in "Getting things done" for work. It's not written targeted at ADD, but it is SO helpful to me.
Creating routines and quiet, clean, calm, uncluttered workspaces are important. :)
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