Archives for October 2015

ADHD and Emotional Eating and More!

Jacqui on about.comHere is a roundup of my latest 6 articles on About.com as their ADD and ADHD Expert. This month has a health and fitness theme. You could read them all, or pick the ones that sound the most interesting to you!

ADHD and Emotional Eating

Food is something we comfort ourselves with when we are faced with an emotional challenge, like stress, sadness, anxiety or boredom. Here are 6 ADHD friendly ways to put you back in control.

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ADHD and Weight

Did you know that if have ADHD you are more likely to be overweight or obese than your non-ADHD peers? Here are 6 do’s and dont’s to help you maintain a healthy weight.

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How to Enjoy Exercise When You Are Living with ADHD

How to go from avoiding exercise to loving it? Here are 6 ADHD friendly strategies.

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ADHD-Friendly Ways to Eat More Vegetables

If you are living with ADHD, it is easy forget about long-term health and focus on getting through today. Here are 10 ADHD-friendly tips to eating 5-7 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

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6 Reasons Why Martial Arts Are Good for ADHD

Because exercise is so important in the management of ADHD, finding a form of exercise you enjoy is essential. Here are 6 reasons why practicing Martial Arts is beneficial when you have ADHD.

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6 ADHD-Friendly Tips to Get More Sleep

Getting enough sleep can be a daily battle when you have ADHD. Unfortunately, the less sleep you have, the worse your ADHD symptoms are. Here are six ADHD-friendly tips to getting more sleep.

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Women and ADHD

ADHD Success Plan For Women EventWhen you mention ADHD or ADD, usually the first image that pops into a person’s head is an 8 year old  boy.  The general population doesn’t realize that adults (both men and women) have ADHD too.

Women with ADHD have a unique set of challenges.

For example:

  • Traditional ‘female’ tasks like grocery shopping, laundry and having a tidy home are very challenging when you have ADHD. This can cause you to feel bad about yourself.
  • Hormone changes make ADHD symptoms worse, both monthly and over the life span.
  • The average woman doesn’t realize she has ADHD until later in life.

However it’s not all doom and gloom!

When you learn how ADHD affects you AND what actions you can take, you feel validated and empowered!

My friend and colleague, Dr. Kari Miller, ADHD Coach, is offering a FREE 4-day online event – and I’m one of the speakers!  It’s called the:

ADHD Success Plan For Women Event!
November 9 – 12, 2015

21 Leading Experts Share Proven Techniques to help Women Find Hope, Unlock Their Potential, and Get Stuff Done!

I want you to be my guest! You can reserve your space by clicking here.

In this FREE online event, you’ll hear how to manage ADHD so your true gifts shine through.
You’ll leave behind any shame and regret and move to a bright, successful, self-confident future.
You’ll learn how to set yourself up to finish what you start and feel the pride of seeing your great ideas through from start to finish!

Grab your seat here.

Check out this rock-star line up of speakers:

Tana Amen (Amen Clinics) – Healing Your Mind With Food
Dr. Ari Tuckman – The Psychology of Medication: Make Well-Informed, Well-Thought-Out Choices
Dr. Lidia Zylowska – Living Mindfully with ADHD: Lessons from Meditation in Daily Life
Zoe Kessler – Late Bloomers: How to Thrive After a Late-in-Life ADHD Diagnosis
Linda Anderson – Healthy Body–Healthy Brain; What You Can Do to Feel and Think Better (with ADHD)
Dr. Billi Bittan – ADHD Wisdom Across the Generations: Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Granddaughter
Jeff Copper – The Impact of ADHD on Sports and Exercise
Casey Dixon – AIM-ing for Goals the ADHD Way
Lynne Edris – The Missing Piece: The Importance of Your Values
Rick Green – Taming The Emotional Tornado
Dr. Regina Lark – Organized and Uncluttered – Knowledge is Power (Or To Thine Own Self Be True)!
Shell Mendelson – Defining a Clear Career or Business Direction
Bonnie Mincu – Develop a Time Sense: ADD Myths and Mysteries about Time
Shelley Mitchell – How to Go From Crazy-Busy and ADD-ish to Wildly Productive
Dr. Mary Lou Rane – Perception is Everything!  How to Change Your Life by Biochemically Changing Your Limited Beliefs
Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking – I Know What to Do, I’m Just Not Doing It: 5 Steps to Bust Through Procrastination and Overwhelm
Linda Larson Schlitz – From “Mess to Success” – Building a Path from Suicidal Addict to Legacy of Hope
Dr. Richard Shames – The Hidden Thyroid Connections to ADD and ADHD
Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster – Can You Still Be a Good Mom (or Dad) if you Have ADHD?
Dr. Kari Miller – Your Next Steps: Putting This All Together Into a Plan of Action!

And I’ll be there too!
Jacqueline Sinfield – How to Sleep Really Well When You Have ADHD!
Join me and get your Success Plan in motion!  Click here to reserve your spot.

Catch you November 9-12!

Grab your seat now, now, NOW!

Warmly,
Jacqui

P.S.  Share this amazing event with your friends – right after you get your seat!!!

ADHD and Grocery Shopping

ADHD Grocery ShoppingHave you seen the movie Hurt Locker? It’s a about a bomb-disposal unit doing a tour of duty in Baghdad.

There is a scene in the movie where the main character, SFC William James is back home in the US and he is in the grocery store. He is completely overwhelmed with choice, the aisle of products look incredibly long and he doesn’t know what to put in his shopping basket. This scene depicts what many people with ADHD experience in the grocery store.

Like the character in the movie, you are probably super talented in your career, yet picking up basic household items is challenging. It makes you feel bad about yourself because shopping is ‘supposed’ to be easy.

Does this sound familiar?

Going food shopping can feel overwhelming because there are so many choices, it can also make you feel over-stimulated and anxious. In order to get out of the store as quickly as possible, you might find you throw more items into your cart than you can eat or you could under buy, so you don’t have complete meals.

Here are 9 tips to help make grocery shopping as painless as possible.

1.  Plan Your Meals

One of the keys to being a successful grocery shopper is knowing what you need to buy before you enter the store. Trying to decide what to eat as you are walking around the store, is a recipe (pardon the pun) for overwhelm and anxiety. The night before you go shopping, plan your meals for the week. If that feels overwhelming, head here for an easy way to do your meal planning.

http://untappedbrilliance.com/adhd-meal-plan/

2.  Have a Shopping List

Never, ever, go to a store without a list. Even if you are only going to pick up 3 things, write them down. This helps with impulse purchases and also avoids forgetting what you went for.

3.  Be Loyal

When you find product you like, keep using it! For example, if you enjoy using ‘Dawn’ the dish washing detergent, every time you run out, replace it with another bottle of Dawn. You don’t have to go through the daunting task of deciding which detergent is best, comparing prices or reading the labels every time you buy dish washing detergent. You do the research once and if you are happy with the product, there is no reason to do that again in the near future.

4.  1 Weekly Shop

Get into the habit of going shopping once a week. If possible, go on the same day of the week, every week. This means that going food shopping never becomes a giant task, it stays manageable.

5.  Favourite Shop

Have a favourite shop and always shop there. You will get to know where your items are located and this saves time and mental confusion. Also, because you are seeing the same products every week, you won’t be tempted to buy novelty items.

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6.  Internet Shopping

Internet shopping for groceries might sound strange, but it can revolutionize your shopping experience. It is a particularly good option if you experience anxiety in stores, because you do it all from your own home. It is also great if you are prone to impulse shopping, or don’t have a car as everything is delivered to your home.

7.  On-Going List

If you run out of an item in the week, jot it down straight away. It’s easy to think say, ‘oh, I will remember that’, but life is busy and stressful without having to remember that you ran out of chili powder 5 days ago. Keep a shopping list handy; it could be a notebook on the fridge or an app like ‘Our Groceries’ on your phone.

8.  Don’t Be a Perfectionist

Some people try to be the ‘perfect shopper’. However, this places a lot of pressure on yourself, and makes shopping even more stressful. It’s ok if you do forget something! The suggestions here will help you purchase your supplies for the week. Nevertheless, if you do forget something, just add it to your list for the next week.

9.  Time Yourself

Some people worry about how long it takes them to shop for groceries. They feel it takes them longer than anyone else. Comparisons aren’t helpful because they just make us feel bad about yourselves. Still, just for fun, time yourself to see how long it takes to do a weekly shop. It probably takes you a lot less time than you think, but it just feels longer because its stressful.

How do you make your grocery shopping  painless?

7 Tips for a Productive Day. The ADHD friendly way. And More!

Jacqui on about.comHere is a roundup of my latest 6 articles on About.com as their ADD and ADHD Expert. You could read them all, or pick the ones that sound the most interesting to you!

7 Tips for a Productive Day. The ADHD friendly way.

Many ADHD characteristics can work against productivity. However, with a few changes you can be productive every day. Here are 7 ADHD friendly tips to help you.

http://add.about.com/od/adhdinadults/fl/7-Tips-for-a-Productive-Day-The-ADHD-friendly-way.htm
5 Tips to Breaking the ADHD Procrastination Cycle

People with ADHD experience higher levels of procrastination than the rest of the population. Here are 5 steps to break the procrastination cycle.

http://add.about.com/od/adhdthebasics/fl/5-Tips-to-Breaking-the-ADHD-Procrastination-Cycle.htm

10 Steps to Making Decisions Easily

Many adults with ADHD feel they aren’t good decision makers. Decisions are part of everyday life, so making them is a good skill to develop. Here are 10 ADHD friendly suggestions to making decisions.

http://add.about.com/od/adhdthebasics/fl/10-Steps-to-Making-Decisions-Easily.htm

5 Compelling Reasons to Start Batching Your Tasks

When you group similar tasks together you increase productivity. There are many benefits to batching your activities when you have ADHD. Here are 5 of them!

http://add.about.com/od/adhdinadults/fl/5-Compelling-Reasons-to-Start-Batching-Your-Tasks.htm

How to Maintain Your Boundaries When You Have ADHD

Healthy boundaries, help you feel safe, happy physically healthy and respected. Here are 6 suggestions to help you maintain your own boundaries when you have ADHD

http://add.about.com/od/adhdthebasics/fl/How-to-Maintain-Your-Boundaries-When-You-Have-ADHD.htm

How to Respect People’s Boundaries

Common ADHD characteristics can mean respecting people’s boundaries is difficult for adults with ADHD. Here are 5 tip to help.

http://add.about.com/od/adhdthebasics/fl/How-to-Respect-Peoplersquos-Boundaries.htm