Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition in which children/adults have difficulties paying attention and focusing on tasks. This common disorder begins in early childhood and can continue into adulthood. If not recognized and treated, it can cause problems at home, school, and work and with relationships. Many adults do not realize that they have ADHD until their children become diagnosed, and they begin to recognize their own symptoms. Adults with ADHD may find it hard to focus, organize, and finish tasks. They are often forgetful and absent-minded.
Eating a balanced diet can help all people—including those with ADHD—function well. Those concerned about diet and ADHD hypothesize a toxic or allergic effect by some foods. The most commonly targeted foods are milk, wheat, dyes, preservatives, sugars, and caffeine. These diet elements are believed to cause or at least contribute to ADHD and ADD Symptoms.
Foods to eats for those with ADHD
- Vitamin B Complex- Yeast, Liver,Nuts Milk, Eggs, Meats, Fish, Fruits, Leafy Green Veggies, Soy
- Protein- Add some protein powder to your smoothie, Make a protein smoothie for you kids when the come home from school. Brown rice cakes with hummus or any kind of nut butter like almond or cashew
- Calcium/Magnesium – Green Veggies like Broccoli, Kale, Collard Greens,Whole Grain Breads, Nuts Seeds, Milk and milk products are a main source of calcium. Green veggies such as spinach are a great source of magnesium, as are beans and peas, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
- Trace Minerals- micronutrients that are needed by the body every day, but in small amounts, include zinc and iron. Studies have shown people with ADHD have low levels of zinc in their bodies compared to those without ADHD.
Foods To Avoid
- Additives- Artificial dyes and flavors (Food Coloring like red and yellow), MSG so when ever possible choice natural choices
- Hydrogenated oils Generally are the ones that at room temperature are a solid – Bad Fats inhibit healthy nerve functions. Trans and saturated fats. Try using Flaxseed oil, Canola,or Olive Oil
- C affine
- Salt- Too much salt in a child’s diet can interfere with a child’s internal equilibrium. Salt can also deplete the body of some minerals needed in the body.
Best rule of thumb to use is read the labels of the food you choice also shop the perimeter of the store you will find most natural foods there.
Exercise is a fantastic and highly recommend way to combat ADHD it helps push past failures and helps you attack things you didn’t succeed in before. Exercise helps reduce learned helplessness. It also helps the Brain release important chemicals like Endorphins that help regulate mood, pleasure, pain. Also exercise helps elevate Dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels. These brain chemicals affect focus and attention, which are in short supply in those with ADHD. Contact one of our fitness professionals today to start a fitness program
- Walking 30 minutes four days a week.
- Team activities or those with social components.
- Exercises like Tae Kwon Do, Ballet, or Gymnastics, all these, you have to keep the mind focused to the activity at hand.
Some well known celebrities that have ADHD include Justin Timberlake, Jamie Oliver who both help keep it under control with diet. Katrina Smirnoff, Will Smith, Michael Phelps, Jim Carey, Ty Pennington Paris Hilton,Christopher Knight, Howie Mandel, Terry Bradshaw who frequently speaks out on mental disorders telling even big guys get it taken care of., James Carville, Pete Rose who found his undiagnosed ADHD may heave been a contributing factor to other addictions like gambling, Michelle Rodriquez, Bruce Jenner, Solange Knowles who was often mistaken for being high or drunk due to untreated ADHD.
Statistics have shown a person who has ADHD is 300% more likely to start their own business like Richard Branson, and David Neelman, who credits his ADHD for founding JetBlue. Having it gives you creativity and the ability to think outside the box. So does Paul Orfalea, the founder of Kinkos (the name comes from a nick name for his curly red hair).
If you and/or your child is diagnosed with ADHD with proper diet and exercise can be controlled.
If you have ever had or have migraines you know, they are painful sometimes even can be disabling. They are changes in chemicals and blood vessels in the brain, which send pain signals leading to the head. Often can lead to feeling of nausea, and vomiting, I often find when I have one there are sensitivities to light, noise, and smell.
I have been a sufferer of migraines from childhood. Knowing how awful they are, and I spent too many nights, going into the darkest room around, pray it would go away and hope to fall asleep! As I grew older working at a dental clinic in the Air Force, I found new smells and certain foods that would trigger these headaches. Every Monday or a long period away from work without fail, BOOM there would be a headache. After countless unsuccessful attempts to battle them on my own, it was when I started working with Fadi Malouf and David Baldovin we took them on with nutrition as my key to helping prevent and alleviate.
With the guidance of the Body By Fadi’s Team, I have learned certain foods can help prevent, alleviate, or reduce the severity of the migraine.
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Some foods such as spinach or other dark leafy vegetables are high in magnesium that will help alleviate migraines. Common causes like stress, alcohol intake, and menstruation in women absorb magnesium in the body. Eating such vegetables like spinach or kale will help restore levels. Currently learning how to create delicious smoothies with these and other ingredients below, thanks to Coach Scott Black’s book Living On High Speed.
Ginger – I found taking ginger will help with an upset stomach that may often come with a migraine.
Peppermint- I read a study done back in 1966 showed a solution containing 10% peppermint essential oil was as effective as 1,000mg of acetaminophen (the ingredient in medicine like Tylenol) I drank Peppermint Tea and also at times just massaged peppermint essential oil onto my temples.
Fish – Help reduce the frequency and severity of the migraine, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, as well act as an anti-inflammatory. Fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and trout are excellent sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acid.
Since taking they’re advise with proper nutrition, it helped a ton. Going from weekly on sets to just about gone. And now knowing what I know thanks to their help I can tackle them right at the start. Enjoying my working out routines and not spending my precious time in the dark, silent world.
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Once again I sit here listening to music getting into the mindset of writing my thoughts, when a particular song comes to mind. Home by Phillip Phillips. In this song the lyrics are “Settle down, it’ll all be clear. Don’t pay no mind to the demons. They fill you with fear. The trouble it might drag you down. If you get lost, you can always be found. Just know you’re not alone. Cause I’m gonna make this place your home. “
I have been doing the Body By Fadi Fast Track program now for an incredible 9 months. In those 9 months my coach Fadi Malouf has has taken me from a world of the unknown to a world of Health Nutrition and Fitness and made me feel very much at home. I have been sober for nine months now. Free of smoking for three months. I am so far from that person I was just 9 short months ago.
Back in September if someone told me I would be having a complete home gym in my home I would have said that would be awesome. But 9 months ago if someone told me I would be at a gym working along side the same people who scared me, I would have assumed you were drinking heavily at that moment. But that is exactly what I am doing. When I wrote a blog here 6 months ago I was so afraid of walking into a gym. I joined one and after several “I can do this” to myself. I Love it. Using the Virtual Trainer is fun and easy. Yep! Easy!!!! I track my progress with every exercise Fadi assigns. This virtual trainer is one cool phone app.
Fadi has taken this once under achiever in life and shown through this amazing Body By Fadi Fast Track program. Anything is possible. Goals can be and will be met. I started this program weighing in at 129 lbs. with a goal of making it to 150lbs with his nutritional guidance I achieved that. Eating healthy clean foods. No fast foods, no junk foods, no chips or sodas or anything processed. I struggled along the way but never once gave up. I was going to get there. Now that I am there I still have high goals to reach.
One of my biggest enemies was myself, my self-esteem, my self-worth, always targets by “haters” trying to burst my bubble along the way. Fadi, the big brother type made sure I never lost belief in myself, by keeping me motivated with Facebook posts. His own words of encouragement and making sure no matter what was happening, no matter how hard things were, I was never going to be left alone to lose sight of the “big picture.”
Along with helping me understand fitness and nutrition, Fadi has shown me a path I of all people never saw coming. The want to help others who were in the same boat as I am (or was at some point) in. I am now enrolled in getting my sports nutrition certification. To teach others what I was taught. Simply eating right is the ONE factor (of many) you can control in staying healthy and fit. It’s all a matter of knowing whats going in your body. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients there’s a pretty good chance your body won’t make due with it. I hope to be working along side Fadi after this process is done.
So you see now why this Song “Home” is so fitting to me and the Body By Fadi Fast Track Program. This Amazing man has shown me a home that I was once afraid of. A lifestyle to which I have become so accustomed to. He has made me know I have to fight off the demons of the way I was. All I have to do is look forward and know I have come such a long way and fought through so much. His words that’s started it all ” You can go back to the way you were, or move forward and never look back,” is still standing strong in my mind.
One last thing. If a year long program seems a bit long. Trust me in 9 months from now you’ll be saying “Dang only 3 months left but I am having too much fun”
Thank You for listening and well WELCOME HOME!