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ADHD Nutrition and Weight Loss/Gain

How do I stop eating so many carbs? :-(

Hi everyone!

This is my first post on here…a little nervous.

So here is my problem.  I am in the Army Reserves.  But am in danger of being kicked out because I am overweight. 

I know I need to eat healthier.  I definitely need to watch the carbs.  I don’t know how to explain it, but I have a mental block when it comes to eating healthier.  I don’t know where to start.
I don’t like to spend a lot of time preparing meals and food.  So for breakfast, I always have cereal and toast.  For lunch, I like PB&J sandwiches (and on a wild day, ramen noodles).  Everything I like is full of carbs and not helping me lose weight. It doesn’t help that I get impulsive a lot, and have a donut or cake and just tell myself I’ll eat better tomorrow, or I’m not eating good anyway so who cares, or just one piece of cake (or 3) won’t hurt.

What do you guys eat for breakfast and lunches?  I am fine with dinners, it’s just breakfast and lunch I need help with.  Something simple, but lower carbs and healthy—something, dare I even ask, as easy or almost as easy to prepare as cereal for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch?

Parting with my cereal and PB&J is going to be very difficult for me…I hope I can do it or find a healthier option that will satisfy me.


If you are going to eat carbs, be sure it’s the right carbs. You need whole grains and lots of fiber, as well as whole foods: So, for breakfast, have a whole grain waffle with low-sugar almond butter and a piece of fruit. For lunch, have your PB&J, but use whole grain bread with lots of fiber (Ezekiel bread is great for this), get all-natural peanut butter with low sugar (I like the Smucker’s) and get all-natural sugar-free jelly/jam.

Remember, fiber negates carbs, gram for gram. If something has 25 grams of carbs and 5 grams of fiber, then the net carbs is actually 20.

For me, weight loss requires 20 grams of carbs a day or less. I eat a salad for lunch most days. Sometimes, I use deli meat and roll cheese, lettuce, mustard inside. If I eat breakfast, it’s likely eggs. You can hard boil a batch of eggs and keep them in your fridge to grab and go.

More strategies:

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Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 25, 2016 at 2:18pm

Hi girls this is my first post - I am new here too.
I have had a long history of eating disorders and over the past two years I have been following a lchf/ketogenic diet and don’t get cravings or fall off the wagon and weight has fallen off.
If I can mention  is a great place to start with low carb diets including receipts for Brekky and lunch.  I hope this helps.  x

Posted by Kangannie on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:53am

I know that I don’t know much about adult ADHD or anything, but I agree with the post prior to mine. I have started the low carb/keto diet, and I have had so much success thus far. I can tell you there are a lot of recipes online, and many support groups on Facebook (LCHF-Low carb high fat, and Low carb and losing it). I actually am so strict about it that I eat 20 or less carbs a day, cut out grains, etc. This is my 4th week and I have already lost one pants size. Might be something to look into!
Good Luck!

Posted by djs0613 on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:50pm

Agree with Djs0613 20grms of carbs and under you will drop your weight and turn your body into a fat burning machine.  You will also lose your cravings, and have so much more energy

Posted by Kangannie on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:59am

I am not sure that you will agree with my approach, but here it is…

Not liking to cook?  Find simple to follow low-carb/high protein recipes.  This is where hubby and I found out how much we love to grill/barbecue.

He was active duty Navy and faced the same threat you mentioned.  We immediately talked to a nutritionist and his doctor.  He also enrolled with the fitness program at the base.  He hadn’t thought about the ways in which his activity level had affected his eating and appearance.

He retired from the Navy in 1985 and is now enjoying good health in spite of having developed Type II Diabetes (family/genetics).  He is only 10 pounds heavier now than when he retired.  No, it was not a medical retirement or disability retirement.

No one like to be told “It all depends on you.”, but the reality is that it does depend on you and how you want to live out your life.  If you want that retirement check each month, then you need to put some effort into the process and find the way to getting it done.

In short, put your effort into what you want.  That really is the only way you will achieve what you have set as your goal.

Keep us posted on your progress!

We love success stories!

Dianne in the desert

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Aug 02, 2016 at 9:47pm

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