Omega 3: A Whole ‘Nuther Meaning for Essential

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You've heard people talking about essential oils at the soccer games, your mother has given you a sample, and EO information is consuming your Facebook feed. But this post isn't about those kinds of oils, although we're going to do a post about soon. (Add your comments on the subject here, please.) This post is about another oil that is truly essential to the human body - Omega-3 fatty acids. There's been a long debate about whether or not Omega-3 fatty acids have an effect on ADHD symptoms. Last month, a brief was released that once again suggested that they absolutely do. In the study, … [Read more...]

Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween!

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It’s that time of year. Every parent is on a full-speed-ahead journey headed directly to fun size chocolates, lollipops, bubble gum and chewy candy of all shapes and sizes. But does it have to be that way? Creative parents everywhere have shared all kinds of fabulous ideas to counteract an incredible influx of sugar. Some of these ideas are plain EVIL. Bwhahahahah!! Maybe that’s why I love them! Take a look: 1. Hand out candy your kids don’t like. 2. Trade it in for money – or take to a dentist. 3. Let them gorge one night, then have only two pieces a day, and toss it out if … [Read more...]

Is Candy Dandy or Downright Dangerous?

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A few days after Halloween, the treat bags steadily dwindle as each child digs in enthusiastically. Favorites go first, and trade negotiations for the last box of Milk Duds make the latest UN efforts seem low key in comparison. While the candy goes quickly, one question remains: Does candy make them hyper or not? For three out of four boys at Kayla's house, sugar made no difference in their behavior. Ash, the one without ADHD, could simply smell the candy and would start bouncing around like Tigger. I have to admit that I worked hard to limit sugar at our house. Edison was nearly … [Read more...]

The Weighting Game

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At our house, weighing in at the psychiatrist's office has been a stressful event. Loss of appetite was the most worrisome side effect for Lesley, our tall, slim 15 year-old-daughter taking Concerta to help her manage the symptoms of ADHD-inattentive. Her weight gain was closely monitored, much to her chagrin. Although she didn't lose any weight, any measured weight gain was miniscule during the school year. Yet she gained very little weight over this past summer when she wasn't taking the meds, a fact that would seem to point to genetics rather than the environment of Concerta's … [Read more...]

“Momma, What’s For Supper?”

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I quickly realized what bad timing it was to send a newsletter focusing on nutrition on Halloween. So I waited a couple days. Ready?   This ghoulish holiday brings me to an important nutritional point: all things in moderation. It seems the most efficient way to bring unprecedented attention to any food group is to make it a forbidden fruit, so to speak. Lesley has one friend whose parents are diabetic and isn't usually allowed sweet snacks. Lesley has noticed that whenever there are cookies, brownies or any sort of dessert available, her friend routinely overindulges. Halloween … [Read more...]

ADHD and Nutrition – Food For Thought

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I've always tried to give my family healthy foods. I 've limited sugar intake, cooked 'from scratch', and made recipes as low calorie as possible. As the years have gone by, I've become even more careful about what foods I prepare. I thinkI've completely cut out MSG, for example, although I keep discovering it on labels (like Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup). And I rarely buy anything with nitrates - like bologna or hot dogs, with the great exception of frozen pepperoni pizza. I don't know if it's helped my kids focus any better, but it certainly hasn't hurt anyone. We all know that there … [Read more...]

Omega 3’s and ADHD

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I have written several times about Omega 3's, the fatty acids necessary for cell health, most commonly found in fish oil. Studies have shown that deficiencies in Omega 3's are related to ADHD. The body cannot make these fatty acids, and since the foods we eat contain very little, it's necessary to use supplements. I've done a good bit of reading on the subject of Omega 3's or LCP's, and it convinced me that our family needed to start taking fish oil capsules. We started taking the supplements last year, and while we didn't see spectacular results, I really think that the boys were better … [Read more...]