I am really happy to introduce a series close to my heart and my head. ADHD is something that is very personal me and my elementary age son. I honestly don’t see this as a disorder. I see it as a gift. People with ADHD are smart, innovative, and can do anything! This doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging, especially in school.
ADHD has 3 types:
- Inattentive Type
- Hyperactive Impulsive Type
- Combination Type
School can be very difficult for some of these kids. The large class size, lack of movement, and reduced recess time are huge barriers for these kids since they struggle with paying attention, organization, impulsiveness, and forgetting things, among a few. Exercise and diet are proven key elements in managing ADHD. I am going to break down what you can do to help the diet of your child down into 7 distinct posts.
- Picky Eating
- Food Sensitivities & Food Dyes
- Sugar Intake
- Missing Nutrients
I want to take you through key dietary changes you can make to help your child(ren) successful in their everyday lives. ‘One size fits all’ doesn’t work with these kids in school, life, or ADHD management. They are unique individuals with different learning styles and different tastes. Working closely with a team of doctors, psychologists, dietitians, teachers, occupational therapists, and behavior therapists are your best bet to getting your child on the right path. You cannot medicate ADHD out of a child. You can help them develop a toolbox of strategies in diet, exercise, and life. It takes time. It takes dedication as a parent. Don’t give up! Make small changes and don’t overwhelm your child. Modeling healthy behaviors are key for these kids.
As a parent of a child with ADHD, I adore our kids! I love helping them, and I hope you enjoy this series!
Betsy Ramirez, MEd, RDN
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