17 Jan 2019

ADHD and Lack of Protein at Breakfast

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From:  Parenting Children with ADHD/10Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach by Vincent J. Monastra, Ph.D.

“Neurotransmitters like dopamine are manufactured in our bodies from foods with high protein content, such as meats, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, certain beans, and nuts.  This manufacturing process takes place primarily in the morning and early afternoon.  Although the body is capable of storing a certain amount of dopamine, the truth is that if we fail to eat a breakfast that includes a sufficient amount of protein, we will have difficulty concentrating by mid-morning, whether we have ADHD or not.  If the first time during the day that a person eats protein is at lunch, it is likely that he or she will feel quite sluggish and inattentive within an hour of lunchtime.”

An excellent resource for parents with ADHD children is Parenting Children With ADHD by Vincent J. Monastra, Ph.D.