There are so many questions around here about how to deal with being ADHD without meds etc. So here is what has worked for me. I will link as many resources as I can for you…
A little background first I was diagnosed with mental retardation and hyperactivity (I am in my late 40’s so ADHD wasn’t a thing yet especially not for girls) at 6 years old. I didn’t start talking till I was almost 5, didn’t read till I was 10, and didn’t really do school till I was 11 (I had that one amazing teacher that changed the world for me). Also, Ritalin was a game-changer for me back then… I took that until I was 15 and started to have some health issues. My son is also ADHD and ASD and is now a functioning happy adult (which we were told he would not be). I went down the RABBIT trail HARD when my son was about 2 since I didn’t want him having the issues I had with medication.
I am not a Doctor but I have 3 degrees and one of them makes me an amazing researcher. I am a hobby herbalist, nutritionist and as a profession a Practical How of life & business ADHD coach.
Here is what works for me and also what works for my son.
1: Dopamine Hacking is a HUGE deal – see the other article here…
2: No processed grains, sugars ok well any food.
– set timer go down TikTok and IG stories rabbit trail for 1/2hour to an hour
4: 1/2 cup of grapes in the morning with my coffee https://www.techtimes.com/articles/220338/20180213/eating-grapes-can-help-improve-symptoms-of-anxiety-and-depression-says-study.htm
5: 2 eggs (hardboiled is my favorite way) https://www.additudemag.com/slideshows/adhd-protein-breakfast-recipes/
-Get to desk and brain dump for the morning
6: Tumeric, Liquid Magnesium, Liquid Potassium, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B complex, Food Enzymes
– get to my desk and start my day
– I have a 15 min break every hour to move and do a chore or something
7: Snack 1 cup plain yogurt with berries and 1 TBL spn honey or maple syrup mixed in.
8: Protein, veggies, and some dark chocolate
9: Green tea I sip this all day instead of water, honey added for taste or berries crushed
10: berries, yogurt, and 1/2 cup grapes
11: Bullet Proof Coffee
12: Dinner: Protein, salad or fresh veggies, carb – almost always potato with brown rice once in a while
13: Bedtime snack might be frozen yogurt but I allow myself good quality ice cream some as well.
14: Bedtime routine no matter what time I go to bed this routine is always followed:
-Wash my face and then do a hot washcloth placed over my face for a minute to relax me.
-Breathing exercises for 2 minutes
-Stretching for 1 minute
-Cuddle with puppy and husband for a few
-Make sure the book light is charged (plugin if needed)
-Make sure relaxing reading is close (no electronics just a good old book) for when I wake up at 2 am and read for about half-hour and then go back to sleep.
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