Carbohydrate Craving

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Carbohydrate Craving
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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:05am

My DS 9, seems to crave carbohydrates and milk. I can't have any sweets in the house or he will sneak down and eat them all. He can't seem to help himself. He also LOVES milk and drinks way too much. We also use carnation and lately he's put tripling the amount he puts in his glass. Now I will have to hide the carnation and put out only one serving. He eats like a bird otherwise. He is underweight.

I am guessing that this is an impulsive ADHD type behavior but just wondering others have experienced the carbohydrate problem. I realize that most kids love sweets, but this is way over the top.

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:16am

OMG! Are our kids twins (my DS is on the line between normal and underweight, and eats primarily carbs and dairy)? LOL!

Same deal, but I'm not too concerned. We don't stock a lot of sweets in the house as both DH and I are obese and trying to lose weight, and both of us profess to having ZERO willpower so we avoid having temptations in the house. When we do have them, then we let him indulge as it's a short-lived indulgence.

DS lives mainly on sandwiches, yogurt, cereal with milk, ramen noodles, and tomato soup (lately he's acquired a taste for a fried egg on a toasted english muffin...so he's getting protein from a different source at least).

I'd talk to your DS' pediatrician or ask to be referred to a nutritionist to see how you can sneak in what he's missing (assuming that he's actually missing nutrition) without it making your home into a war zone.

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:20am
Interesting...my DS craves carbs but he would much rather have a nice fresh, soft roll or a big slice of homemade bread.

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:21am

Has he been diagnosed?

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:23am

I highly suggest the book "The Sneaky Chef" by Missy Chase Lapine -- my kids have no idea their burger has spinach and blueberries in it; the pancakes have carrots and sweet potatoes and their pizza has navy beans!

Kathy

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:45am
Sounds like a great book!
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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:58am

We have the same problems, DD craves carbs, and will eat them over other foods. We do the Feingold diet, and are gf, so our carbs at least are not coming from wheat, mostly from rice or millet flour. It amazes me the things she will eat though to get carbs, Spring rolls are a current fave with her, and this is a kid who does not eat veggies( um, honey, thats what spring rolls have in them....LOL). Since we are trying to lose weight I have no junk food in the house, except my private chocolate stash, and so far so good.


I offer LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies, and try not to have bread and rolls too often. But seriously, have you tasted gluten free bread? ick She will even eat that in a weak moment.


DD is also a HUGE meat eater, and will eat a 17OZ steak in one sitting. We have to watch her weight closely, she gets appetite increase from stims, instead of the other way around.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 12:06pm

Well, good to hear I'm not alone! We don't keep many sweets around either. We had some candy to make some treats at Christmas to give away which he got into and ate about 2/3 of the bag. Then just the other day, I discovered that he had found and opened a box of candy that was sealed and was meant to be for Valentine's for his class. Once in a blue moon I'll bake something. The last time I baked brownies, I hid them after everyone had one and he found them and ate several before school the next morning. I never buy packages of cookies etc.

Because I don't keep sweets in the house as a general rule, I think he's using the carnation to satisfy his sweet tooth. I just calculated the carbs he has had recently by tripling the carnation and its over 80gms in one sitting right before school!

Yes, he is missing nutrients in his diet for sure. I may consult with a nutritionist for some suggestions because he just won't budge on most healthy options.

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 12:12pm

My son also loves rolls, bread and pasta.He also eats cereal like it's candy. I only but healthier cereals, like cheerios, kashi so it's not too bad, but still too many carbs. He will eat really large portions of things like mac and cheese. The sweets, though seems to be out of control.

I really have to figure out some healthier alternatives for snack. Thanks for your input.

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 12:18pm
Yes, he is diagnosed, ADHD combined. He's on Focalin XR 15mgs. If anything, things have gotten worse with the carb craving. Although, he does try and do the carnation/milk thing in the morning before he takes his meds. He's starving when he comes home. He refuses to take a snack to school. It sounds like that there is probably some sort of connection here but maybe not enough to "make the list of symptoms". Perhaps it could be defined as a co-morbid, occuring more frequently in ADHD children than in the general population. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing.
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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 12:20pm
if I have to have stuff in the house, brownies or cake for parties or holiday, I seal it in tupperware, and hide it under my bed. There are no kids allowed past my bedroom door, unless they are bleeding or on fire....and that

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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