The New ADHD Diet — ADHD Tip O the Day 779

Many People Ask or Comment About Diets for ADHD.  Here are Some Insights:

(Actually these insights are a mixture of facts and opinion.  What isn’t these days?)


The research shows that some people with ADHD benefit somewhat from some diets.  The overall results are not very impressive, and most people find the diets too difficult to follow; the benefits do not  justify the hassle.  That said, since most research is based on averages, surely there are some people with incredible stories about the great success they have had with special ADHD diets.  I would love to hear from you.

Weight Control:

Dieting is a larger issue than ADHD.  Management of weight is a major concern.  That’s where my personal interest lies, as a person with ADHD, minimal will power, and an ongoing weight problem.

The Three C’s Diet:

So I have decided on a new diet, the Three C’s Diet.  It consists of ice cream, chocolate and Courvoisier ( a cognac brandy, if anyone doesn’t know).  And the diet allows an occasional root beer float.

Why not?  Nothing else has worked.  It’s worth a try.

Diets Don’t Work:

It is difficult for anyone to stay on any diet, especially those of us lacking will power.  But some people do manage to lose weight on a diet.  Then they return to their old eating patterns and usually regain more weight than they lost.

How To Control Your Weight (advice from someone who has not been successful.)

Avoid diets.  Change your eating habits and your exercise habits, for the rest of your life. (Easy to say.)

More Research

Research shows that dark chocolate and alcohol are both health promoting, in moderation.  Moderation has never been my strong point. Surely there are also some health benefits from ice cream as well.



Suggestion O the Day

If you are serious about controlling your weight, do not spend two weeks lying on the beach at a Mexican resort.

Note O the Day:

Anyone will benefit from a healthy diet and good exercise, ADHD or not.


ADHD and Foods

Diet may help the hippocampus

Start of a series on will power

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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8 Responses to The New ADHD Diet — ADHD Tip O the Day 779

  1. Pingback: Supplements and Diet for ADHD —ADHD Tip O the Day 953 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. Emma says:

    Diets don’t work – that is so true. Thanks for putting this constant tips out there and sharing the word!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ram says:

    Agreed. Changing the habits ist hard. Funny enough, after I started taking my ADHD meds, it became easy – and I didn’t know binge/impulse eating could be ADHD relate, so no placebo effect – but I did give up chips like one gives up cigarettes: it’s a lifelong commitment for me. When someone eats chips in front of me, the cravings are worse than when someone smokes in front of me, that’s how bad it was/is!

    The other thing that helped me is the one tip I can give people: you know how every diet starts tomorrow? Make yours start >today<. Well, Change of Habits, not für. But you get the gist. 😉 even if you've already ate too much, don't think "Well the day ist a bust already….", Ju decide to start then, go for a walk, eat better at dinner.

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  4. julia – ps well you did leave a comment, and helped make my day. so thanks
    again. hope you will repeat now that you have broken the ice


  5. Julia Morrison says:

    I’ve had a particularly impaired functioning day, and this has just made me laugh and feel human again.
    Thank you.

    I can’t leave comments due to being impaired socially and preferring anonymity. So I hope this is ok instead.

    Kind regards



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