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ADHD Foods – The Good and the Bad

ADHD Foods – The Good and the Bad


I have ADHD, so trying to focus and be alert is quite a chore for me. I do take medication, which helps me tremendously, but I also like to learn about all-natural ways to heal, so I don’t have to 100% rely on my medicine. Having ADHD is a real struggle sometimes. I also teach dance to children, and also Ballroom to adults. So, when I am teaching a class, my brain must be completely focused and on stay on track with what I teach. I normally do not have problems with my ADHD during work, but there are definitely days when the kids are full of energy and it becomes hard to grab their attention. Those days, I definitely can struggle with my concentration (what was I last teaching?) and sometimes have to take a mental break for a moment to get it together. So, for those reasons, you can see why some extra nutrition is a good call. Her is a quote I found to be moving. I hope you enjoy. 

“What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look, scientists are also learning more and more that what we eat takes a toll on our brains. Yes, brain foods matter (especially for our gray matter).”

“Plus, brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. So when we focus on giving our bodies whole, nutritious foods benefiting both the gut and the brain, we’re actually benefiting our minds and bodies while keeping them both in tip-top shape.”



Source: Foods to Boost Focus and Memory

“A well-rounded diet can have a powerful, positive effect on your cognition, mood, memory, and behavior. The wrong diet can aggrevate ADHD symptoms. Here’s what you should (and absolutely should not) be eating to help your brain and body.”

  • Following an ADHD diet rich in protein and vitamins can help control symptoms of attention deficit. But only if you avoid sugar, artifical flavors, and common allergens as well.

“For years, doctors have speculated that certain foods may have something to do with ADHD. Although much research has been done on the subject, it’s still not believed that food actually causes ADHD. What some foods do seem to do, however, is worsen ADHD symptoms or affect behavior that mimics the signs of ADHD in children. “Excessive caffeine and excessive use of fast foods and other foods of poor nutritional value can cause kids to display behavior that might be confused with ADHD,” said Frank Barnhill, MD, an expert on ADHD and the author of “Mistaken for ADHD.” Read on for a list of foods that have been linked with ADHD symptoms.”


“Candy is loaded with sugar and artificial colors, which is a bad combination when it comes to children with ADHD who often need to follow an ADHD diet. Both of these common ingredients have been shown to promote ADHD symptoms — namely hyperactivity — in studies.”



“If you have ADHD, consider eliminating soda. (And even if you don’t have ADHD, saying no to soda is a good idea anyway.) These sweet drinks often have many of the same sugars and sweeteners that make candy a bad idea for kids on the ADHD diet. Soda also has other ingredients that worsen ADHD symptoms, such as high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine. “Excessive sugar and caffeine intake both cause symptoms of hyperactivity and easy distractibility,” said Dr. Barnhill. One 2013 study also found that 5-year-old children who drank sodas were more likely to show aggression and social withdrawal.”



“Eating fish and other seafood with trace amounts of mercury can exacerbate ADHD symptoms in the long term. Some of the worst culprits are shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish. “Mercury, like cellulose, is extremely hard to digest and can accumulate in the brain over time,” explained Ali. “This can lead to hyperactivity.” Talk to your doctor or ADHD nutritionist about the best types of fish to include in your ADHD diet.”


“Energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular among kids, especially teens. Unfortunately, they also have a veritable treasure trove of ingredients that can worsen ADHD symptoms: sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, caffeine, and other stimulants. “Energy drinks are high on the list of things that cause teens to display behaviors mimicking ADHD,” said Barnhill. They have no place in a healthy ADHD diet.”



Source: Terrible Foods For ADHD

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25 Phrases Girls Never (Ever) Want To Hear From Their Boyfriends — Thought Catalog

Meg Augiar1. You are a nice girl. I don’t deserve you. 2. You wear too much make up. 3. You should/ should not wear this. 4. You don’t look like your pictures. 5. You should be more independent. 6. I’m meeting my female ‘friend’ later. 7. I’m busy. (Unlike you.) 8. All your exes are…

via 25 Phrases Girls Never (Ever) Want To Hear From Their Boyfriends — Thought Catalog

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25 Little Things A Guy Will Only Do When He’s Just Not That Into You — Thought Catalog

mrhayata1. Ask to meet somewhere, then change the place or back out at the last minute. 2. Act like he’s going in for a kiss, then kiss your cheek in an awkward-friendly type of way. 3. Give you a side-arm or one-arm hug. 4. Make plans with you, but then run 20+ minutes late. 5.…

via 25 Little Things A Guy Will Only Do When He’s Just Not That Into You — Thought Catalog

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I hate my VW Beetle!

  
So, I have a two-door, green VW Beetle and it has done nothing but give me grief and cost more money after I bought it from a used dealer. The next day after I bought the car, the passenger side door handle ripped rift off! So now I have to close the door with my arms hand-shutting the door. 

  
The car gets great fuel mileage, but that’s it. Literally, that’s all it as going for it. If you are thinking about purchasing one, please reconsider and read all of horrible reviews about the car and how every little thing that can break will, because VW uses plastic instead of metal…so their parts break off if you pull it wrong! How ridiculous! 

Today, my car alarm started going off when I turned the car on. I mean come on! I had to listen to it for about 20-seconds, and people thought I was stealing my own car too. Every time I have turned on my car, the alarm goes off. I took it to an auto shop, after reading my symptoms, I read it might be my battery dying. 

  
Well… By the time I got it in the VW dealership, they found the problem, which was the battery in my driver’s side door, to the alarm, was dying. I asked if they could just turn it off, and here’s the answer I got…. Not verbatim, of course, but essentially I was told, “yeah, we’re gonna rape you now and charge $462 mofo dollars just to do nothing but shut something down.” Well, at least, that’s what I heard! 

  
Oh yeah, and VW has been caught cheating on emission tests, so read up on that and find out more about this disgraceful company and even more awful than all other car companies. 

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Monday’s Just Suck!

  

Scientific studies show that Monday’s do suck. 

“File this under things that we already knew, but a confirmation by science doesn’t hurt. A scientific study by Marmite has revealed that Mondays do indeed suck.”

“The findings fo the study, as reported by The Telegraph, indicate that many people don’t smile on Mondays until 11:16 am, and that half of us won’t turn up to work on time, either. Mondays also tend to be fairly unproductive, with only about three and a half hours of actual work getting done. And those in the 45 to 54 year-old demographic will moan for about 12 minutes on Mondays, making them the most susceptible to the suck that is Monday.”

  

“Experts indicate that the reason behind our hatred of Mondays is a result of humans being “governed by deep-rooted tribal habits” and that we prefer to ease into the week rather than tackle it head-on first thing Monday morning. In fact, those that do the latter may end up burning themselves out before Friday hits.”

Click HERE to read the whole article. 
And if you really hate Monday’s as much as I do, then go on over to causes.com and there, you can actually join to vote to ban Monday’s. I know it’s a joke to ban Monday’s, but you’ll see how many people HATE Monday. 

  

Most of us don’t crack our first smile until 11:16 a.m.”

“A study, by Marmite in England, showed the Southeast was the happiest region, with people cracking the first smile at 11.06 a.m. The East Midlands are the glummest, taking until 11.33 a.m. to look on the bright.”

“Over 50% of employees are late to work on Monday’s. A lame excuse won’t work; researchers claim that most of us find the start of the week so grim nearly half of us are late for work.”

“The best preferred way to beat Monday blues is by watching television or having sex.”

  • The top five ways to get over that horrible Monday feeling is: 
  • 1. Watching TV, 
  • 2. Sex, 
  • 3. On-line shopping, 
  • 4. Buying chocolate or make-up and 
  • 5. Planning a holiday

  

Did you know???

  • “Most people will moan about it being Monday for a whole 12 minutes”

  

  • “People between the ages of 45 and 54 are likely to suffer the most Monday blues.”
  • “Workers only manage three-and-a-half hours of productive work.”
  • “Monday is the most likely day to commit suicide.”

“The Office for National Statistics in England found 16% of male suicides and 17% of female suicides occurred on Mondays, compared to 13% on the weekend days. Researchers said the trend was not solely a result of returning to work as it was also seen in retired people.”

  • Mondays are also the most likely day to get a heart attack.”

“The British Medical Journal reported a 20% increase in heart attacks on Mondays as opposed to the other days of the week. The attacks may be caused by stress and high blood pressure caused by returning to work. ”
  

  • “Monday is the least rainy day of the week.”

“Some believe it’s due to man-made pollution subsiding over the weekend.”

  • Monday is the best for buying cars.”

“Believe it or not, there are positive things about Monday. For instance, when you’re going to shop for a new car, do it on a Monday. Car salespeople make the bulk of their sales on the weekends. When Monday rolls around, there are usually few customers in sight, and the weekend is a long way off. That’s why car salespeople are more desperate on Monday, and they’ll be more willing to cut you a deal.”
  

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High & Low Levels of Cortisol are Bad for Bipolar Disorder – Part 1

  
When I began reading about cortisol, “the Stress Hormone”, I became concerned when reading that bipolar patients had poorer health with high and low levels. Normal levels of cortisol did not affect most other bipolar patients. 

  

The following is from psychologytoday.com – 

Cortisol: Public Enemy #1
“The stress hormone, cortisol, is public health enemy number one. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… The list goes on and on.”

  

“Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels also increase risk for depression, mental illness, and lower life expectancy.”

“Cortisol is released in response to fear or stress by the adrenal glands as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. The fight-or-flight mechanism is part of the general adaptation syndrome defined in 1936 by Canadian biochemist Hans Selye of McGill University in Montreal. He pubished his revolutionary findings in a simple seventy-four line article in Nature, in which he defined two types of “stress”: eustress (good stress) and distress (bad stress).”

  

“Both eustress and distress release cortisol as part of the general adaption syndrome. Once the alarm to release cortisol has sounded, your body becomes mobilized and ready for action—but there has to be a physical release of fight or flight. Otherwise, cortisol levels build up in the blood which wreaks havoc on your mind and body.”

  
Eustress creates a “seize-the-day” heightened state of arousal, which is invigorating and often linked with a tangible goal. Cortisol returns to normal upon completion of the task. Distress, or free floating anxiety, doesn’t provide an outlet for the cortisol and causes the fight-or-flight mechanism to backfire.”

 

 
 

 

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3 Easy Steps To Breaking Bad Habits

Break that Habit!  

3 Steps to Breaking Pesky Habits:

“We may be loath to admit it, but most of us have at least one bad habit. And while some bad habits — such as smoking — can pose serious health risks, others like nail biting, throat clearing, and knuckle cracking are really just plain irksome (for us and for the people that love us).”

“Odds are you have been biting your nails or cracking your knuckles for a long time. So how can you be expected to break these bad habits now?”

“Where there is a will, there is a way. No matter what your bad habit — whether nail biting, knuckle cracking, cuticle picking, chronic coughing, or throat clearing — WebMD’s cadre of experts have a simple three-step solution that can be customized to whatever habit needs breaking.”

  
Step No.1: Make It Conscious

“The first step is to figure out when — and why — you bite your nails, crack your knuckles, or engage in any other bad habit. “If you can notice when you are doing it and under what circumstances and what feelings are attached to it, you might be able to figure out why you are doing it and be able to stop,” says Susan Jaffe, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City.”

  
Step No. 2: Put It in Writing So It Really Sinks In

“”Log it,” says Janet L. Wolfe, PhD, a clinical psychologist in New York City and author of several books including What to Do When He Has a Headache. This will help you establish a baseline, she says. “Put down the antecedents, the emotions surrounding the knuckle cracking and what goes through your head when you crack your knuckles,” she says. “This will make your bad habit more conscious.””

  
Step #3: Bait & Switch

“Once you realize when and why you are biting your nails, cracking your knuckles, or engaging in any other bad habit, the next logical step is to find a not-quite-as-annoying temporary or permanent replacement for it.”

  

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