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« Why is it so hard for ADD folks to get up in the morning? | Main | ADHD, Food, and the Back-up Plan »

May 10, 2011

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Elizabeth

All of those potential ADHD dietary challenges - I tend to do all of them, with my favorite bonus pitfall: not recognizing when you have crashed and you do realize it, not remembering that eating might help. After spending the last month working hard to overcome those tendencies, I now plan my meals for the week. When I remember to look at the plan, it provides enough support for me to eat something - no decisions needed.

What I haven't sorted yet is recognizing meal times and planning around them. My schedule is different every day & from week to week, which makes developing regular mealtimes challenging. This means I sometimes eat lunch at 7pm, usually in a very bad mood. Does anyone have any suggestions for remembering meal times?

Becca Colao, MA, Senior Certified ADHD Coach

That is the bonus pitfall for ADHD folks indeed: in other words, you forget to eat--> get more forgetful/less aware of your body--->forget to eat some more---> spiral. Have you tried (1) establishing regular mealtimes that you'll use if there are no conflicts (2) putting mealtimes in your calendar when you look at your schedule for the week and/or (3) making sure to eat something at your mealtimes (or as close as possible) even if you can't sit down and eat? Like a protein-type bar or nuts? For me it works better to err on the early side- if you're going into a meeting (or whatever where you can't eat), eat something before it even if it's not mealtime. --Becca

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