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: 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 :)

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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: 03-09-2009
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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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: 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: 06-10-2007
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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Registered: 11-10-2003
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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Registered: 11-10-2003
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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Registered: 11-10-2003
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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Registered: 06-10-2007
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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