We continue to learn fascinating science and findings about ADHD all the time that can impact how we think about the best ways to prepare our kids for successful and happy lives. One truth that will never go out of style, however, is the critical importance of nutrition.
Eating right is essential for any child, but it is especially important to keep stress hormones in balance for FastBraiin kids. You can learn the hard way how elements like junk food, caffeine, and sweets can cause major spikes in cortisol, causing your child to work much harder in their sleep to digest and respond to unhealthy foods.
Some ideas for improving the eating habits in your household and setting your child up for success at the dinner table.
- Allow for at least a few hours for food to digest between dinner and bedtime, ideally as long as three hours
- Monitor your child’s reaction to certain foods and dyes, with an eye to what tends to increase their hyperactivity
- Be vigilant about sugar in the evenings, unless you want to see your child bouncing off the walls before bedtime. Strive to make dessert an occasional treat rather than a frequent expectation.
What does the nutrition plan look like for your household? What foods have you learned to remove from rotation for your child’s diet?