This past Saturday, I had the honor of speaking to the local chapter of CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. They invited me to their meeting to speak with them about nutrition.
I stayed for the entire meeting and was encouraged by what I saw. They were both moms & dads coming together to learn more about what is best for the children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sharing with each other, encouraging each other, and making suggestions. These parents are dealing with many different issues with their children with ADHD.
I talked with them about nutrition, what foods/additives they should avoid, and gave them suggestions for planning their meals. Some of the additives include: synthetic food dyes, aspartame, MSG (monosodium glutamate), pesticides, high fructose corn syrup, mercury, sugar, and simple carbohydrates. Meal suggestions included high protein because protein improves concentration. Protein at breakfast helps with concentration throughout the school day.
A couple of parents mentioned that they had switched their child’s breakfast from cereal or granola bars to a protein source and saw a difference in their child’s school experience.
If you are in San Antonio and have a child with ADHD, I encourage you to visit the San Antonio Satellite of CHADD.