I would love to say that our kids eat enough variety of foods to get all the nutrients their bodies need. However, most kids (and adults) do not. Those missing nutrients are vital to our well being. In our experience, adding a handful of supplements throughout the day has had positive impact on our daughter's ability to focus, provided better moods, improved her sleep, and helped make our days happier.
In this coming year, it is my goal to SHARE more with those around me. That includes sharing more love and fun with my family. I have found that learning to love the every day is where real joy comes from and adding small fun touches to an ordinary day can transform it into an EXTRA-ordinary day. As Valentine's Day approaches you can share more fun to create the most memorable Valentine's Day for your family...and it doesn't have to cost a lot, nor does it have to be filled with endless amounts of junk food.
Over the years, we have used a variety of items to help Munchkin work with her ADHD, as well as, what I use daily to keep my brain in rhythm. For a time, while Samantha attended school she was on a prescribed stimulant. We found that it was effective to help with focus, however, the "rebound" effects were very negative.
Every year I pick one word that I want to reflect the upcoming year's focus. Last year for 2017 I chose Breathe (and I needed to do that a lot). This year it took me almost 3 weeks to decide the word I wanted to sum up my hopes for the upcoming New Year. After much consideration, my word for the 2018 New Year is SHARE.
It is my goal to SHARE more . . .
Over this journey, I have become a champion for healthy eating. I continue to preach that We Are What We Eat (#WeRWhatWeEat). I am a true testimony of what the difference can make, not only for weight, but overall health. This includes mood, behavior, and concentration for my 7 year old with ADHD, SPD, & DDMD. ADHD diets for kids and adults are not a new thing. Many in the blogasphere contest whether or not they are effective. I believe they are highly effective if implemented consistently and with all the important pieces in place.
I am a real believer that We Are What We Eat! If you put junk in your body, then you will get junk back. Over the years, we have learned the impact that food has on behavior, mood, and overall health. Essential we have stumbled into our creating an effective ADHD diet that really works. My daughter's focus, moods, and behavior improved. I was able to lose 50 pounds while also reducing my migraines, heartburn, sore joints while gaining better sleep and way more energy, by following the Wheat Belly Diet.
When I tell people that Samantha is unschooled, many of them are taken aback. They have a puzzled look on their face. I go on to explain that learning happens naturally for all of us through the experiences we have in life. In this process, it is not necessary to force children to learn something specific, as they will follow their natural curiosities, passions, and interest. Subjects, such as reading, math, science, present themselves through that engagement.
This fall my family was blessed to have an opportunity to take a BIG family vacation to the "Happiest Place on Earth", Disney World. We were meeting my parents and my brother with his family for 7 days of pure family fun.
As myself and my husband are not new to Disney World, we already knew what to expect. However, this was the first real, get on a plane, stay in a hotel, vacation for our daughter. Here's what we did and what I learned to ensure everyone has a great time.