Archives for February 2012

101 Things To Do

Do you feel like you have 101 things to do and never seem get any of them done?

You aren’t alone, I do too, I really do!  Perhaps, because I just celebrated my birthday and wanted to start my New Year with a clean slate. Or perhaps because the days are getting longer and Spring is just around the corner that I felt encouraged to Spring Clean.

101 things to do and how to deal with spring cleaningWhatever the exact cause, I was tired of having items pop into my head, and think…oh I must do that…and then not actually doing them.  I got a large piece of paper and a colourful pen and started to write all the items that came to mind. When I got to 50, I was surprised I had so many, so I challenged myself to make it to 101. It didn’t take long to get there! I walked around my home and did a mental tour of my office. I looked in my inbox for reminders and within an hour I had 101 things to do.  Rather than feeling overwhelmed, I felt excited that I had everything written down and was inspired to get them done.

This week, I am challenging you to write your own list of 101 things to do so that you can do a Spring clean of your life too.

To help, I have included some of the categories that my list included. When I was writing the list I didn’t write them in categories, but afterwards I realized they naturally fell into them.

Arranging Appointments
Doctors annual check up
Routine eye exam

Organizing My Home
Declutter hall closet
Tidy book cases
Throw out 50 things

Keeping In Touch With Friends
Arranging to see people I haven’t seen for awhile
Emailing or writing to friends that don’t live locally

Work Stuff
Changes to my website
New Business cards printed

Paper Work
Changing addresses to new address book
Set up a new filing system at home

When you have your list, think of how you are going get the task done. For example, I am going to do a minimum of one per day. I know some days I will be inspired to do more. For the items that will take longer than 1 hour, I am scheduling them into my agenda.

When we are finished, not only will our lives be all caught up and up to date. Our brains will be clearer too, because aren’t we always thinking of everything we have to do. Also, there will be space for new and exciting things to come into our lives!

Happy Writing!

Sugar and ADHD

One urban myth that has been successfully ruled out is that sugar doesn’t cause ADHD.

sugar and addHowever, sugar does effect how your brain functions.  Since ADHD is neurological in nature, it’s interesting how to see how sugar affects our brain.

When you eat carbohydrates your body turns them into glucose (a type of sugar) and your organs (including your brain) and muscles use it for energy. Since, the neurons in the brain can’t store glucose they need a steady supply of it.  Spikes in the glucose supply to the brain are bad news as they result in hyperactivity and sugar crashes.

As with fats there is good and there is bad sugar.

The bad sugar is the refined sugar in cookies, candy and soda.  When you consume refined sugar, the affect is immediate your brain gets flooded with glucose and serotonin is released.  Serotonin makes you feel happy.  Because of large increase in blood sugar the pancreas produces large amounts of insulin, to absorb the sugar.  This is when you feel the ‘crash’.  You feel tired (more so than before you ate the sugar) and cannot focus.

When you eat too much sugar over time you can have problems with processing information, memory, depression and anxiety.  All of which many ADHD adults are prone to have problems with.

Good sugar comes from of fruit and complex carbohydrates.  Because fruit also has fiber its sugar is released at a steady speed while being digested.  Complex carbohydrates are also broken down into sugar. They take longer to progress and give energy for many hours.

For some reason we think of sugar as being harmless; yet there is nothing harmless about the ailments it causes.

As well the obvious ones such as Diabetes and obesity and tooth decay there are also things that ADHD adults are already susceptible to, such as:

I have to admit I am a former sugar addict!  I would eat little pieces of chocolate all day.  It was a great way for me to have energy without the hassle of meal planning.  However, I noticed my brain was really foggy and thinking took lots of effort.  One month ago I stopped eating processed sugar.  No more chocolate, no more deserts.  The first few days were hard because I had to break the habit and the times I would normally enjoy a chunk of chocolate, I needed to remind myself I didn’t eat chocolate anymore.

After the first few days my energy became low and I felt very sad. A quick Google search told me this was normal sugar withdrawal symptoms.  Now those have passed I feel amazing, both mentally and physically very strong.

When you eat a healthy diet that gives your body the chance to have a stable blood sugar throughout the day you will have increased mental focus and attention, and balanced moods.

How to get the sugar out of your diet:

1) Start with the obvious culprits. Chocolate, cakes, sugar in your coffee etc.  Later on in your sugar elimination process you can cut out the hidden stuff.

2) Go Brown
Change all the white products in your cupboards to brown, for example bread, pasta, rice.

3) Eat regularly
Never go too long without food. This keeps your blood sugar in your brain stable.

4) Withdrawals
If you notice some withdrawal symptoms like me, try to stick it out. They aren’t pleasant, but the grass is greener on the other side! (also constant a doctor if you are worried)

5) Notice the benefits.
In fact, don’t just notice them, enjoy them!!