Carbohydrate Craving

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Registered: 11-10-2003
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: 09-17-2003
Thu, 01-28-2010 - 1:58pm

WOW!!


I am new to the board and was browsing around. I swear this sounds just like my DS ....and I LOL

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Registered: 10-31-2006
Thu, 01-28-2010 - 2:14pm

Check this out!


http://chealth.canoe.ca/channel_section_details.asp?text_id=3694&channel_id=159&relation_id=17781


Oh, and in our home we refer to CheezIts as the "Family Crack."

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Thu, 01-28-2010 - 3:01pm

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I just looked them up as they aren't sold in Canada, but they look identical to Christie's Cheese Nips. OMG, I love Cheese Nips, and can hardly keep out of the box until they are all gone (which is why I no longer buy them LOL).

I'm such a carb freak and I am the poster girl for ADHD (although I haven't pursued a dx yet), so this all makes sense now. My most favourite lunch (or breakfast) was to mix up a bowl of instant mashed potatoes (with butter and extra salt). Soooo good and soooo off the menu now LOL.

Yup, carbs and salt...mmmmmm!

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Thu, 01-28-2010 - 3:30pm
Sounds like we have a lot in common, I have a big sweet tooth too. That's why I don't keep things in the house very often in the first place. But, I wouldn't say that I fit the ADHD profile in any other way.
Because my son is almost 10 he is allowed to make his own breakfast, etc. It gets harder to control everything they eat at this age. Unfortunately, even with rules in place, his impulsiveness gets in the way and he makes bad decisions.
As far as chocolate, I like the Carnation becausee it helps fill in the gap of some things that he is low on, like protein and vitamins. It has twice the protein of an egg. But, on the other hand, I can't let him have so much of it at a time.
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Registered: 03-04-2009
Mon, 02-01-2010 - 10:29am

I never really thought about the Carb connection until this thread started. I always call DS my "Carb Kid." He loves BREAD and Pasta... he will just eat a plain ol' hot dog bun or his new carb of choice is tortillas, which on occasion I will buy the low carb ones from Mission, but they cost a heck of a lot more.


We also do not keep sweets around and I make the kids hand over any snacks or sweets that they may get from school or a birthday party and then ration them out over time. My brother, who is now almost 42, is ADHD and we had a cabinet with a padlock on it when we were kids b/c he would raid all the snacks too. And now as an adult he has the WORST diet... his idea of a vegetable is iceberg lettuce!


We started seeing a chiropractor who specializes in nutrition in kids with ADHD, Autism, etc... She wasn't too concerned about the amount of carbs DS eats, but very highly suggested protein in the morning to help keep him from having those carb crashes later in the day. Personally I am still working on getting the protein into his moring routine as he doesn't like anything I have tried so far with him. I am getting close to buying protein powder and making him breakfast "shakes." I also started buying him Clif Bars (they make a kid version, but he likes the adult size). I put them in his backpack for his afternoon snack. It satifies his sweet tooth and his need to chew. And it makes me happy b/c it's so much more nutritious than other options. Since we have been doing this he has had MANY better days at school.... afternoons were always a bad time...I am not saying the Clif bars are the only reason... we have had some other changes too, but it is definitely a component in our current recipe for success.


Overall I am slowly trying to overhaul the entire family's diet... buying more organic, less preservatives etc... it's slow going b/c you can't change everything at once.... but eventually they don't even miss the things you used to buy. My kids never ask for Pop Tarts or fruit snacks any more :)

jenn

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