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Written by Pat Pughe-Parry Pat Pughe-Parry
Last Updated: 01 January 2017 01 January 2017

fish riceKathy Krog, a dietician from Westville Hospital in Kwa Zulu Natal Durban has some very wise and pragmatic advice about diet and nutrition for those who have ADHD.

Here are some key points of her talk that I attended.

BreakfastSizedMeals should be eaten at the table and parents should not finish their meal before the children. By telling our children to hurry up we are sending negative messages about food, causes guilt feelings and the time can be productively used to talk and bond.

ADHD Medication and Food

Some ADHD medication does suppress the appetite so it is important to make sure that the child does eat regular balanced meals.
Give the children a shake or smoothie as an addition to the meals, not in place of, to help build up the child.

Tactile issues relating to food

Kathy says that tactile issues related to food are often caused by an under developed digestive system.

Kathy's Food Suggestions

sandwichWith a sandwich you have 2 slices bread so you need 2 proteins to keep it balanced

To summarise, eat regular, balanced meals that will provide energy.

Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms

ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - a new name for ADD

ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder

CD - Conduct Disorder

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression 

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

ACT -  Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®