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    #16
    Re: ADHD & Mood

    Originally posted by sfhargett View Post
    Okay, I may need to try that out next weekend. Since my surgery, I've been drinking protein shakes and the nutritionist says whey protein isolate is the most absorb able form.
    This is one of the models I have https://smile.amazon.com/Dash-DGY001...k+yogurt+maker
    Awesome :thumbs up:

    Yogurt is really easy to make, by the way. 90% of the "work" is just waiting for the cultures to firm up the milk. If you can boil water and run a thermometer, you're set. And you don't need to buy any powdered cultures. A tablespoon of storebought yogurt will make a whole quart of new yogurt. Just make sure it's plain -- no sugar, no additives, no flavors.

    Good luck!
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      #17
      Re: ADHD & Mood

      Originally posted by sfhargett View Post
      Thanks Jennifer! That is helpful.

      Anderson's mood problems are most significant before his meds kick in and when they are wearing out. The doctor actually just prescribed another med to help with that (a non stimulant) but he hasn't been taking it long enough to see results.

      I know routine is important -- I've got to get better on it. I remember a line from Simply Classical where Cheryl said that it was the unstructured time where most of the misbehavior/problems occurred. Completely true. I have such a struggle with acedia.

      I'm sure eating better foods will be helpful. I'm planning on cutting out artificial flavors and colors, trying to get rid of preservatives, etc, fresh foods, more whole grains. Only 1 snack food a day (like goldfish, crackers, etc - the stuff that adds nothing nutritionally). And yes to whole milk products, we were already doing whole milk, but we're switching to whole milk yogurt too.

      I like that fidget cube! I might get one. We have a couple of sensory toys that I should bring out more. He has a wiggle pillow thing for sitting at the school table and it really does seem to help him. He chooses to use it.

      We did two weeks without screens months ago and it was wonderful. So I have faith it will be good again.

      I've heard about fish oil, but there are so many types I haven't started any. We certainly don't get enough DHA/EPA in our diet. Do you mind sharing what type you are using?

      As far as headaches, it can be so difficult for him to communicate. His head hurting can mean he has a headache, it can also mean that his head/emotions feel out of control, or that he's having trouble focusing.
      More thoughts about diet ---
      I totally agree with more fat -- we switched to whole milk a few years ago (gosh, maybe 6?) when I was pregnant, and never looked back. Whole fat yogurt is SO filling. #yum

      I try to load my kids with protein as well --- hardboiled eggs, almonds by the handfuls. I have a few that will eat avocado, but not all of them. (not protein, but more fat) We eat a LOT of eggs --- scrambled, omelets, casseroles, quiches, you name it. We do a breakfast bake with eggs, sausage, chopped vegetables, cheese, etc. Easy to put together the night before and then pop in the oven the next day.

      Headaches --- do you think he's dehydrated? Being dry can bring headaches on, or make them worse.

      Baby steps, sweetheart. Pick one area, maybe two, and stay consistent there before moving on to change other things.
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        #18
        Re: ADHD & Mood

        Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
        More thoughts about diet ---
        I totally agree with more fat -- we switched to whole milk a few years ago (gosh, maybe 6?) when I was pregnant, and never looked back. Whole fat yogurt is SO filling. #yum

        I try to load my kids with protein as well --- hardboiled eggs, almonds by the handfuls. I have a few that will eat avocado, but not all of them. (not protein, but more fat) We eat a LOT of eggs --- scrambled, omelets, casseroles, quiches, you name it. We do a breakfast bake with eggs, sausage, chopped vegetables, cheese, etc. Easy to put together the night before and then pop in the oven the next day.

        Headaches --- do you think he's dehydrated? Being dry can bring headaches on, or make them worse.

        Baby steps, sweetheart. Pick one area, maybe two, and stay consistent there before moving on to change other things.
        He definitely could be dehydrated. The meds suppress his appetite and I hadn't really paid attention to his water intake. He didn't drink anything from 9-2:30 today, so that could definitely be a contributor.

        Yes, must focus on baby steps. For now that will routine building and better (very incrementally) eating.
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