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Name: FrazzledMom
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My daughter is 10 years old ADHD, ODD on Concerta and Risperdal. The concerta helps her hyperactivity, but the sneaky, underhanded behaviors and stealing junk food behind our backs and putting the wrappers under her bed, under her dresser or even in her garbage plain as day is making me crazy! She responds to NO amount of grounding and revoking of privleges! Anyone out there have the same problems? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Oct 3rd, 2006 9:34 PM
Where is she getting the food from? Is it from your cupboards? If so, then perhaps you could hide it somewhere in the house and eat it when she's gone to bed or out of the house. Or perhaps you could ban it altogether from the house and the entire family stop eating this stuff - replace it with fruit, nuts etc. more healthy stuff.

Have you restricted her junk intake because of her ADHD/ODD?
If she's stealing it from friends or shops then I guess that's more serious.

If you've had to ban junk in order to help with her problems, then perhaps you could relent a little bit and allow her just a little or make your own snacks instead - homemade ones will have fewer additives in and it means that you can control what goes into them.

I've restricted my sons sweet intake and I give him the ones with natural colouring in now - he's satisfied with this.

She could also be craving junk if she's becoming hypoglycaemic - this can happen if she's getting too much sugar in her diet like drinking sugary fizzy drinks. Try to cut out as much sugar as possible (including 'hidden' sugars in savory foods). Try to get her to eat fruit instead and unrefined foods like wholemeal bread, potatoes etc. Try to cook as much as possible from fresh - go for wholegrain stuff and try to cut out processed foods. I know it's difficult, but it is worth it - my sons behaviour has improved since I improved his diet.

Also, perhaps the meds are making her appetite increase - give her bananas, apples, dried fruit, cheese, nuts, breadsticks, crunchy vegetables, fresh juice to snack on between meals. Buy fruit and vegetables that look nice and have attractive colours. Cut cheese into small cubes.

The Omega3 Fish Oils have also helped my son.

Things I have done to help my sons diet include:

Sugary breakfast cereals - I buy the more 'adult' ones now - they still have sugar in, but not as much and he still finds them tasty.
White bread - I only give him wholemeal bread and buns now.
I only give him high juice - this contains 55% fresh juice and has no artificial sweetners or colours in.
He also drinks water and milk.
No fizzy drinks at all.
He only has a packet of crisps or snacks about twice a week.
We don't buy junkfood (like McDonalds) when we're out as he has a peanut allergy.
He's not allowed any artificial sweetners or stuff with lots of colouring.
I try not to give him processed foods. 

Name: MIMI | Date: Oct 4th, 2006 3:25 PM

Name: FrazzledMom | Date: Oct 5th, 2006 2:21 PM
hi MImi... what we started doing thus far is locked up all the goodies in the house under lock and key. It sounds to me that your son is feeling deprived. Maybe you should take him to the doctor and have the doctor explain to him the importantce of remaining healthy especially due to his diabetic situation. Maybe it will hold water with him coming straight from the doctor. 

Name: vixey | Date: Oct 5th, 2006 4:23 PM

I was wondering if someone can help me?

I haven't taken my 9 year old to the doctors yet but she is driving me mad..
I don't know iF she has ADHD but looking at some of the children's problems i have read it sounds like she has.

I have just got back from the school where she she goes talking with the headmaster already only a month into school.

She is starting to steal bully talk back to teachers etc etc.........she has been like this since primary school but i thought she might calm down when she goes up to a differnt school how wrong was i.

She has always sneaked food out the cupbards and sneaky behavior but since she is getting older it's getting worse.

Do you think i should take her to her GP and ask about this or im i doing something wrong?
It's strange as my other daughter who is 10 one year older than her has never done anything the 9 year old has done.

Can someone please give me advise as i am losing my rag.

Many Thanks 

Name: malki | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 3:45 AM
this is weird... i just read what you wrote and the responses and i cant help but wonder about my issues
im 20 and im almost sure i have ADHD and my doctore tested me and said the same she says its at a high level too but on top of that i have a binge eating problem but i dont normally binge on regular food just mostly just food its like i feel a big NEED for it and if there is nothing in the house i will even take something like cereal with lots of sugar so my question is can there be a connection? 

Name: malki | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 3:47 AM
oops pressed enter by mistake...
anyway my question was is there a connection? could the ADHD be causing a sugar need ? 

Name: Layne | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 3:58 PM
YYYYYEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! we do same situation with my son. I have tried everything and he still does it. I even make him clean up the evidence. to no avale. HELP!

And good for you A.S. anyone that wants help should go by her diet. also to answer the question for Malki- yes there is a connection between adhd and (candidia) yeast build up in our bodies. The yeast causes the cravings for suger so you eat to feed the yeast. This doesnt mean you'll have the ichy yeast infection necessarly. But it is a yeast build up in the body. To find out more on the subject google candidia and adhd. 

Name: malki | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 9:56 PM
well i looked into it and according to the symptoms i dont think that its that (candidia) cause i just dont have those symptoms
yes i do have huge sugar cravings and i do seem to have ADHD so im wondering wether the sugar cravings are just an addiction or is there really is some kind of cemical missing that can be causeing the cravings 

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