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Old 08-27-04, 11:50 PM
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Question Attention Deficit Disorder - snacks instead of lunch!?

The other day at work I pigged up at lunch which included buttery, sweet pound cake . . . A few hours later my brain was useless! I felt tired and was unable to focus at all. I had read that small and frequent snacks may help keep a relatively even blood sugar level so I gave that a try. It has been 4 days now that I have eaten a couple of pieces of whole rye flour "crisp bread" [could have easily have been wheat]; a few hours later I had a can of Slim Fast and then a couple of hours later some home made "trail mix" [almonds, roasted soy nuts, dried apricots, waltnuts]. Have to say that I have been more awake, less irritable, and better [though not great] at focusing. Also, I have 2 - 3 cups of caffenated green tea during the day. I start the day with a large serving of regular oatmeal [made with milk] and have recently begun to eat it without added sugar [add cinammon as I understand that helps with cholestorol and perhaps other things too].

My point, or rather my question to others:

Have you found that avoiding a big noon-time meal by substituting healthy snacks spaced every 2 - 3 hours has been of any benefit to your ADD, mood, energy level, etc.?
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I had a similar experience, but when I reduced my carb intake, I noticed the mid-day food "coma" go away
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I used to believe I could control my ADD with diet and I was sugar free for years. My doctor at the time told me the sugar factor was a crock. Bon Appetit!
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Well, the "sugar factor" might have been overblown, but it's still true that eating fewer simple carbs can make you sharper mentally. When I started choosing foods according to their glycemic index, I started feeling much better. There are some threads on this over in the Nutrition forum:
http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7784
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Actually I think that Dr. was a crock.
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