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On my current reading of ADD sources/postings/etc. I've run across several references to an ADD child being a picky eater. Is this something common among ADD kids? How about ADD adults? If you have an ADD/ADHD child, I'd love to get your feedback on this question. If you are an ADD adult, are/were you a picky eater?
I have never heard that, but for what its worth, I have always been a very picky eater. I am so bad that it is embarrassing when I go to peoples homes and I don't like anything they have offered. You have a link to a write-up on this?
[QUOTE=JT95]I've run across several references to an ADD child being a picky eater. [/QUOTE]

Hmmm... Hadn't heard this one, but it DEFINITELY is true for my severely ADHD son. I have milder, inattentive ADD without the hyperactivity and I'm really not finicky about food. I just love to eat too much!
[QUOTE=erg57]I have never heard that, but for what its worth, I have always been a very picky eater. I am so bad that it is embarrassing when I go to peoples homes and I don't like anything they have offered. You have a link to a write-up on this?[/QUOTE]


No--I've not seen anything published that makes this connection. I was just reading a book where a lady mentioned that her son (who was ADD) was a picky eater. I remembered seeing a couple of posts in the past where people had made a side comment about their child being a picky eater. I've always been a picky eater myself. So, I was just curious if there might be some connection between the two. Be an interesting thing to look into if enough people have that connection between the two.
Since the food we eat, mainly proteins convert to amino acids, and amino acids are what produce neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, etc., could be a link there to ADD in the fact that picky eaters may not produce all the necessary aminos for proper brain function. Maybe one thing is the result of the other?
[QUOTE=Jennita]...could be a link there to ADD in the fact that picky eaters may not produce all the necessary aminos for proper brain function. Maybe one thing is the result of the other?[/QUOTE]

Hmmm... I suppose it's possible. I've always made sure that my severely ADHD picky-eater eats plenty of protein (even if it isn't what the rest of the family is having) and takes a good multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement so I lean against this theory. However, I'm willing to consider the possibility that there are essential nutrients that we haven't yet identified that wouldn't be included in a vitamin so perhaps he didn't get everything he needed in the vitamin to utilize the protein. But, that's somewhat of a leap...

My thoughts were more along the lines of pairing the fact that many ADD kids also have sensory-integration disorders and therefore have issues with various food textures. However, that doesn't apply to my son and I've met SID kids who definitely weren't ADD, so perhaps that doesn't "fit" either.

Interesting topic.
[QUOTE=index.html]Hmmm... I suppose it's possible. I've always made sure that my severely ADHD picky-eater eats plenty of protein (even if it isn't what the rest of the family is having) and takes a good multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement so I lean against this theory. However, I'm willing to consider the possibility that there are essential nutrients that we haven't yet identified that wouldn't be included in a vitamin so perhaps he didn't get everything he needed in the vitamin to utilize the protein. But, that's somewhat of a leap...

My thoughts were more along the lines of pairing the fact that many ADD kids also have sensory-integration disorders and therefore have issues with various food textures. However, that doesn't apply to my son and I've met SID kids who definitely weren't ADD, so perhaps that doesn't "fit" either.

Interesting topic.[/QUOTE]

Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrates are also essential foods in conjunction with the proteins; carbs are protein sparing. I know carbs are no-no's these days with Atkins and all, but they are a necessary part of the diet. Too much protein is actually hard on the kidneys. So balance is key. Also, synthetic vitamins are ok to fill in gaps but whole foods are very necessary. Also, try to avoid the microwave and canned foods since they have very little nutrition left.

I also believe many kids change drastically over the years; some are slower in getting there. But I've seen it; my own son is finally concentrating on a career at 26, so it took him a few years longer than alot of his friends. THis can be trying on the parent's patience I know.

I was all about encouragment and not about typical parental pressure, so it all worked out in the end.

My daughter was the opposite, however, at 22 shes' already almost done with her college; both thank me now for not getting on their backs or punishing them about the D's and C's in grade school and appreciated the talks about their futures instead. While their friends were getting grounded for D's, mine would get talks of how important education is to have a decent life and maybe try harder next semester.

Actually, both ended up graduating high school with decent grades and now both are A students in Calculas and computer programming in college.

I can say for sure my son, if in grade school when Ritalin and Adderall became so popular, would have been diagnoised with ADHD for sure; ;he had all the symptoms. He was also a very picky eater come to think of it.
[QUOTE=Jennita]Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrates are also essential foods in conjunction with the proteins; carbs are protein sparing. .[/QUOTE]

Carbs have never been a problem.
[QUOTE=index.html]Carbs have never been a problem.[/QUOTE]

They are for some people. Awhile back, I visited some board where Atkins dieters were experiencing depression since on the diet.

Things like diet shouldn't be underestimated in mood/learning problems. You know, all the chemicals in our bodies/brain come from what we ingest.
[QUOTE=muztang777]I have had ADD all of my life.. I'm 40 now... I have been a picky eater all my life.... All I want to eat is pizza, pasta. hamburgers or sandwiches... Healthy huh lol! See ya![/QUOTE]

This is my son's favorite diet, just add cola! :)





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